Across the Fence

Why read­ers love au­tumn

Birds & Blooms - - Contents -

Build­ing bon­fires on chilly au­tumn nights. The magic of the sea­son per­vades all of my senses with the smell of woodsmoke, the sound of crisp leaves and the taste of hot spiced cider—all en­joyed while I’m wrapped in a warm blan­ket.

Cat Wil­liams FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS

The cool air and lis­ten­ing to the dried leaves tap dance down the street.

Pa­tri­cia Brown SANTA ROSA, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

I love the warm au­tumn col­ors and the way the leaves fall like snow dur­ing a breeze. Deborah Steen­bakker GRAND MARAIS, MIN­NESOTA

My fa­vorite time to be in the woods is a brisk sunny morn­ing when the trees are in full fall color. The sun­light bright­ens the hues. Dar­rell Corsi WALES, MICHI­GAN It’s a time to take things down, clean out nest boxes, and prep feed­ers and suet cages. The cold air com­ing in al­ways smells fresh, even more so with the first snow­fall. De­bra Stein­ert NORTH COLLINS, NEW YORK

I look for­ward to the ar­rival of gold­en­crowned spar­rows. These friendly birds spend the win­ter in my back­yard. I love their short and sweet whis­tled song and watch­ing them go crazy for peanuts!

Kelly Berry

SAN RAFAEL, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Gold­en­crowned spar­row

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