The last thirty days took us from bare twigs to full green canopy. That spring growth can transform everything so quickly just never gets old for me.
April is abundance. We’ve had rain and the trees and berries are water heavy. Birds linger under the mulberry eating their fill of berries and I suppose some insects for dessert.
When my dad was visiting he said he kept seeing a blue jay outside his hotel window. It is probably the same jay that has taunted me all month. Everywhere I go I see him posing just so on a branch. Waiting … waiting … until I -almost- have the shot. At the precise moment my finger touches the button … he jumps into the air laughing his ass off while I curse at yet another missed photo. Blue jays. Bah.
The red-winged blackbirds are more cooperative:
I love these birds so much. I remember them from fishing trips when I was growing up on the other side of the continent so seeing them here is like running into an old nearly forgotten friend. They live in large colonies around pond edges. I think their calls are beautiful — if music was a liquid it might sound like the red-winged blackbird.
Actually, they make a variety of sounds for a variety of purposes. The ones at the pond near my house make a certain call in spring that I have never heard before and isn’t listed on the Cornell All About Birds site. It sounds to me like a clear whistling bee-yip. The colony seems to use it to triangulate possible intruders and/or nosy people wandering through their nesting area.
A lovely grackle trying to take a bath in peace ….
And look! A pied-billed grebe! So cute. So little.
On one of the information signs at the Mueller demonstration garden is the line: where there is water there is life.
Life and turtles …
Someone on a forum told me this is probably an ancient red-eared slider. As they age the red marking fades.
Birds, Bees and the
Beetle that Laid the Golden Eggs
Whether you think they are welcome or not, insects can be colourful.
And have knack for finding colourful places …
Imagine a world where flowers were the size the size of a small room. Here’s a skipper in
paradise an evening primrose.
At the very beginning of this month I found these eggs on my indigofera. Normally I don’t care if ‘pests’ eat plants (unless they are bugs of mass destruction) but this is a small plant just starting to get established. I raced inside to find out which bug lays golden eggs.
No cause for alarm. A few days later …
a group of ladybug larvae emerged. I separated them so they wouldn’t eat each other. I don’t KNOW if they do that but I have heard rumours.
And while I know the world really doesn’t need more bee photos I don’t really care. haha
Bee with thunder thighs … mmmm magnolia ….
Bee with handsome sunglasses …
And one more just cuz …
I am so thankful that Tina from My Gardener Says hosts Wildlife Wednesday. The recurring deadline helps keep me mindful of the world around me. Do check out her blog and the comments section where you can see the more exotic wildlife other people from around the world find in their backyards and beyond.