A chorus of squeaks and squawks comes from on high as birds scout out good feeding territories, warn of possible predators, or call out “bring me another worm!”
A Purple Finch is interested in tasty seeds – and likes to wait between snacks in the cool shade of lower branches.
A Chipmunk often watches from near the top of a wood fence until it seems safe to grab seeds on the ground.
Bright butterflies are now flashing around the yard as well. Above, the Eastern Comma Butterfly, and below, a Monarch on a favourite flower which has dibs on the grand title “Butterfly Weed”.
For more than two weeks, Bergamot blooms have attracted the Hummingbirds.
A strange creature landed in the garden recently and I tried to find its name. I learned that the Crane Fly, with its astonishingly long and delicate legs, often breaks at least one – which is probably why the insect below has only five legs. That apparently doesn’t matter a lot – once this fly graduates from maggot stage, I read, it is not known to eat anything and needs to survive just long enough to reproduce.
Damselflies are typically active predators but on a calm cloudy evening they were busy pairing up, landing on a marsh surface where couples were reproduced in reflection.
The water was soon rippled with raindrops and a rainbow rose over the lake at sunset.
Photo at top: Flicker & Birch (full-size version here)