Thursday, 3 June 2021

Frogs, spruce, poppy

 I've two leopard frogs in the goldfish pond, as well as my 5 goldfish. So far, so good. 

I was reminded about our spruce bud worm infestation.[Chipping sparrow & spruce budworms (2017)] The tree recovered. This year's spruce buds reach for the sun. 

The LLD caterpillars continue to fall from the trees. You can see just one in the centre of the photo.

I accidentally brought a caterpillar in on myself, JB fetched the bug catcher, and he flushed it. He narrated it, "Nothing personal, little guy, I just don't want you eating my trees!"

I found a large wasp in the house. They come in via the chimney, along with the bumble bees and bats. Country life! 

I've dumped the last of the bird seed for the spring. First, we see three raccoons, then Butch watching Nutmeg, watching the raccoons. 

I'm happy to report that we finally have rain. The plants are happier. This doesn't look like much, but the yellow devil's paintbrush are ready to bloom. I timed cutting the grass well, chopping off the dandelion stalks, but not harming these. Next, it'll be the red ones. Also, the first poppy popped.

JB ordered a new neck thing. This is designed for necks. It should help with the pain.

Forest walks have been healing. I keep hearing the common yellowthroat. It's song is a witchety– witchety– witchety

It's been tricky with traffic, though! I snickered when the app said to avoid traffic.

Cinnamon pulled a Fluffy. Fluffy was our family cat when I was a kid. 

He'd sit there, and suddenly look up at the ceiling until YOU looked up at the ceiling, and he'd look away. That's what Cinn did to me at the trailcam. I don't know if it was a bird, or what. We're really careful in the forest. 
The coyote peed in front of the trailcam. A cat later thought it required inspection.

coyote marking from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

This is funny. The ducks  flew in and scared Butch up the tree! They looked so embarrassed.



Tom said...

...warmer weather brings the creepy crawly critters out!

eileeninmd said...


I love the pretty poppy. Cute shot of the Yellowthroat.
The neck thing looks interesting.
Have a happy day and a great weekend!

Anvilcloud said...

TG for rain.

Olga said...

Always something interesting going on at your place.

William Kendall said...

So Butch does startle easily

Olga said...

There is always something interesting going on around your place.

Nancy J said...

That first red poppy, and greenery all over, love the reaction of the ducks, then some gunshot booms!!!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hi Jenn ... I am laughing about the Cinn thing , cats have a secret wicked sense of humour I think .. they laugh at us a lot !
EEEEUUUWWW ! funny as much as I love the country, bugs make me shiver.
Do you hear frog song a lot ? .. now that is a sound I love to hear.
I considered that neck thing for myself .. I just haven't followed through yet.
The trail cam(s) are awesome !

RedPat said...

I like rain during the night and then nice weather for the daytime.

Lowcarb team member said...

Pleased you've had some rain.

A friend of mine uses one of those neck bands, she finds it very good.
What a lovely colour poppy that is.

All the best Jan

NatureFootstep said...

love to see you have the leopard frogs in your ponds.
But I can do without the wasps!

Take care!

Kay said...

I wonder if that’s a cicada killer wasp.