Monday, October 15, 2012


After a very quiet spell, birds are starting to return to our yards.

White-winged Doves are once more perching in our trees and the other day we had the first visit in weeks by a Northern Cardinal. It was good to have one of these beautiful birds brightening up our yards again. We've missed them!

Two Northern Mockingbirds visit several times a day every day, sometimes coming to our suet feeders and sometimes to eat from our American Beautyberry.

They usually ignore our presence on our deck but when I raised my camera towards this one, it gave me a very stern look.

We see the occasional adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird but females are now much more numerous at our feeders and our plants. So I assume that most of the adult males have already headed south.

Mixed in among the females are a couple of young males, showing just a splash of red on their throat.

Butterflies are much less common than they were all summer but we have been seeing a few Clouded Sulphurs. (At least that's what I think they are!)

Bees have taken a liking to our esperanza blooms. Oddly, though, they don't go into the flowers. Instead, they walk around the outside of each flower's base. 

On Sunday my foot had recovered enough for me to spend a couple of hours in Bear Creek Park. I'll write about what I found there in my next blog posting.

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