I have this theory based on what I have observed over the years having to do with the behavior of woodpeckers in my area. During the Summer, it is rare that I will see them, but come Fall, they seem to be out and about hunting for food. This afternoon, I noticed 2 of them. One in my yard and another just down the street while I was taking a walk.
I realize that we are just hitting mid August, but there have been many signs that are pointing to an early Fall here this year. Our neighbor's burning bush started to get tipped in red in July and now, here in mid August, some of the leaves are totally red. I've even noticed the leaves turning on some of the trees lately. Our nights, for the most part, have been really cool, down into the upper 30's at times but averaging in the mid to high 40's. This is not normal for our area at all. I am just praying that our tomatoes will ripen and we will get some more squash before too much longer.
Animals sense changes in weather far sooner than we do and start to prepare. Woodpeckers are kind of barometers for me. When they arrive, I know that Fall is not far behind. This has been a very strange year weather wise for us with an earlier than normal Summer combined with really cool nights so I guess it does make sense that Fall will be early too.