Saturday, July 25, 2015

Groundhog sighting

I prefer to call them woodchucks.  My motion-detector (Russ) started barking at something out the window and I caught a glance of a woodchuck ducking into the tall grass behind my back fence.  I haven't seen him come out again.  He may be wandering far from home or I have something else to keep an eye out for.  So no picture, just reporting what I saw.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Since I will never have a nectar feeder hanging off my house, I won't get incredible close-up pictures.  So I have to pay attention and have my camera ready and sneak up on these speedy creatures.  I'm trying to get a picture of one hovering in front of me because they do that quite often.  But here is one perched next door.  At least I got the throat in the picture...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

More Monarchs

Still seeing Monarchs flying around.  This is the same butterfly on two different plants. 

1st Plant

 
2nd Plant

 
Closer...

Milkweed sighting!

I had given up on this season for milkweed.  My coffee can effort didn't save those plants.  I have seen Monarchs fluttering around so I was content to let it grow somewhere else.  So to my surprise, I see a smallish plant this morning among the tall grass and weeds.  It's a small plant but the tallest I've had.  And I don't remember planting seeds there.  I did sow some last fall in hopes something would happen and I believe this is one of those seeds.

Here are some pictures that likely explain the trouble I've had this year (seem like record numbers this year)...



 
Here is the plant...
 

 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sitting pretty

With a better camera, this is the type of shot you might see in a bird book.  American Goldfinch perched...

Here's what I saw while mowing the lawn yesterday...

I put out a new thistle sock.  And I already had a visitor...

 
And I have to be careful with the weed trimmer against the house...
 

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Little Help From My Friend(s)

Yes, another Beatles tune.  And another rescue effort.  I believe this is a leopard frog which is the most familiar frog in Iowa.  This was out of my deep egress window well...

Before
 
 
After