Rufie's Diary (kept by Gerry Stewart)
Part 4: January, 2004
1, 2003 Happy
New Year! "Rufie's first feeding of 2003: at 6:48, temperature
47 degrees, foggy drizzle.
January 2, 2003 More Cold Weather Coming! "Rufie showed up at 6:51, temperature 41 degrees and that's about as high as it's expected to get. Tomorrow has a projected high of 32, but Saturday it gets warmer, so it shouldn't be too rough on Rufie. Rufie's lookin' good. I was just thinking that after gazing at him all winter, the Ruby-throats will probably look a bit peculiar when they show up this Spring -- too long and slender. He's a chunky little guy. The bander did say Rufie was nice and fat -- that is one of measurements they take, although the fat determination is actually subjective rather than a measurement per se. But also I think Rufous's are shorter and stockier by nature than the Ruby-throats."
January 3, 2003 Slept In? "First saw Rufie at 7:00, temperature 30 degrees. I suspect he may have made an earlier visit, but that I was immersed in reading or something. I hurried out with fresh nectar (room temp.) He didn't come back again 'til 7:30, long enough for me to start worrying. !!! But he's okay.
4, 2003 Last
Day "Rufie showed up at 7:05, temperature 24 degrees.
I was getting worried. He looks fine.
Try This! Journal Writing
Why did Rufie suddenly stop coming to Gerry's feeder? Here are some possibilities:
Which possibilities seem more likely? Which don't seem likely? What do you think happened to Rufie? Do you have any evidence from Gerry's diary that supports what you think happened?
Is there any way Gerry might ever learn what happened to Rufie?