It’s that time of year when the summer’s heat combines with the shortening days to offer just a hint of autumn. The thistles have flowered and are slowly drying, while the goldfinches collect the few remaining seeds. For this reason, August is a bittersweet month for me. While I love the feel of the heat and humidity, it saddens me to see the end of summer so fast approaching. Out in our yard, the many nests sit empty, and the birds are slowly disappearing as they begin their annual migrations. No more Redstarts, Phoebes or Thrashers. Our once busy yard is strangely quiet; just the resident Hummingbirds dominate as they fight over the feeders for a few more weeks. Even though it’s 90 degrees, it’s time to think about fall preparations.