About a dozen or so adolescent cardinals also frequent our feeders. Both males and females are patched with brown baby feathers still. Some still have what appears to be baby fat. Some of them will stay to create next year's generation of cardinals that will partake of our feeders, and some others will find mates and homes abroad in the forested hills we live in.
I look forward to wrapping up summer projects, like getting a final harvest from our back-deck garden, and packing things away for the winter. I'll assess what worked and what didn't and make plans for next year's garden. However, I also look forward to new projects the change of season will inspire. For example, I'm really good at making soups, so I look forward to those cozy hot meals when the weather becomes blistering cold. And of course, there's always the holidays to look forward to.