Folks who spend time outdoors can’t help but be happy. It’s hard to wear a frown when smelling freshly turned earth, reeling in a big fish or watching the sunset.

After that heat wave last week, these cooler temperatures have made it feel a lot more like fall.

Long-time readers of this column know that I often remark on the beauty and bounty of Southern Maryland. The forests, fields and shorelines and all they have to offer for hikers, hunters, fishermen and nature enthusiasts.

Two weeks ago in one of my columns, I mentioned that I hadn’t seen any hummingbirds at my feeders in a few days and figured they’d already begun their migration south. Since then, several readers have chimed in with sightings from their yards, or should I say lack of sightings.

This is the last Friday of September, and that means there’s just one more month of fishing reports and then the Reel Report will take a break until April 2020. It also means there’s some fine fall fishing still on the horizon.

You might have noticed a handful of leaves in autumnal hues are beginning to grace the treetops.

These past few days have been a bit cooler, and while there will still be a couple more hot days in our future (which happen to nearly always coincide with when I’m schlepping five kids around at the county fair), some nice sweater weather is soon to come our way.

Last week as I was making my way to the checkout counter at my local Tractor Supply Company, my eyes caught sight of the orange and green cover of the 2020 Farmer’s Almanac displayed next to the counter.

The kids are back in school, pools are closed for the season and each day forward we lose a couple more minutes of daylight.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met last month to hash out the details of Addendum VI, which addresses the current overfishing of striped bass and will implement new regulations taking effect in 2020.

Labor Day weekend is upon us, but you probably don’t need me to tell you that.

Records are made to be broken, right? My best guess is Jeff Wright wasn’t hoping his record would be broken so soon, though. On Aug. 16, a Pasadena woman caught a new Maryland state record common dolphinfish (also called mahi mahi), effectively cutting short Wright’s three-week reign at the top.

See if you can guess where I went last weekend. Here are some clues:

How many times have you been so close to a bald eagle you could literally reach out your hand and touch it?