First was a red squirrel eating one of our numerous mushrooms or fungus.
Down in the lower meadow, it looks like a young Sweatheart underwing, soaking wet in the dew, it was flapping its wings to get them dry.
While working hard on my upgraded garden, I could hear twittering in the trees. I took some time to watch them Monday, and realized they are Cedar waxwings. They would harvest some sumac berries, then fly to the tops of the trees for a bit of a chat with one another.
Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)
Dorah brought me a prize. She promptly came in the house for some cat crunchies. You can tell it is a ribbonsnake from the white mark in front of its eye. It was a healthy 61cm long. I don't know what she was thinking, this cat. "Look, Mummy!" I guided it over to the hops bine, where it silently slid down the vines to the ground.
The goldfish pond is doing well. The leopard frogs are numerous. Geraldine is quite happy resting in the water. I have yet to measure her this year. She is quite hefty!
From the dead bark on the Elm trees, ravaged by Dutch Elm disease, many critters shelter in its bark. Sow bug, millipede, garter snake and another mystery bug.
Out in the backyard, the Monarch caterpillar is growing nicely. Here is a before and an after photo, with my baby finger showing its original size. Its doubled in size, at least!
|I could hear some rustling|