Pennsylvania Game News - September 2016 - 57

SEPTEMBER 1967
The heat of summer gives way to the start of autumn's finery in
September. Evidence of nature's abundance and honking from the air
point to the approach of another season.

A

S A RELUCTANT schoolboy I
loathed September. In my nottoo-practical mind, it symbolized
the end of another summer of glorious
freedom and the start of another nine
months of classroom incarceration.
With maturity, however, the picture
has changed. For one thing, summer has
lost some of its luster. No longer is it a
brief, but idyllic, hiatus; I work as hard in
summer as in any other season. Also, as
a grown-up, I have discovered the existence of summertime evils that we didn't
seem to have when I was a boy. If we had
mosquitoes, punkies, deer flies, neckties,
perspiration, and the like, I certainly
wasn't aware of them.
Strangely enough, September has now
become one of my favorite months. It's
good to feel the heat and humidity bowing
out, and to see a splash of scarlet foliage
here and there to rejuvenate the faded and
tattered greenery. The rains have washed
away the dust, and once again it's a pleasure to hike across the fields and ridges.
For the first time, we are aware of the
SEPTEMBER 2016	

teeming wildlife populations that have
built up since winter's low. Old ringnecks
and their maturing broods are a common
sight in farm country. Rabbits romp and
feast in hayfields at dusk. On the mountain
gray squirrels seem to be scurrying everywhere. On one day I counted seventy-one
deer in the Game Lands food plots, and
saw two nice broods of wild turkeys.
It's the same with insect life - katydids
by the thousands drown out every other
woodland sound on early September
evenings, and the fields buzz, hum, click,
and chirp with insect stridulations.
September is truly a time of abundance.
Nature, wise to the decimating ways of
winter, has laid up a rich surplus, and her
foresight makes autumn an especially
enjoyable season.
September 1: This afternoon, I eased
up to within inches of a plump cicada
as he began his song on the sunny side
of a fence post. Stooping low, I could
see the two horny flaps vibrating rapidly
beneath his abdomen to produce the shrill,
whining sound. As it rose in volume he
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