That was a new butterfly for me, in our yard. I have a new camera, a Nikon D500, but I’m still not getting out into the world much to shoot anything. Covid precautions, family issues, minor injuries, lack of motivation. I did an online course on the camera so I understand the basics but there is a lot more to learn. So…blogging is also more difficult because I don’t have any photos I’m very enthused about…no new birds, for instance. In a slump, I guess, sort of a long one…and now it’s the holidays, which I also can’t seem to get into.
We have many kitties but Ferguson does get featured more than the others. He’s a pretty cooperative model. He did not at all enjoy posing in this winter sweater but he tolerated it…
Since he can’t speak English, he has to find other ways to show his displeasure:
This is the first photo I took of him with the new camera:
So just for fun, I massacred a pomegranate. It had been laying on the ground for a few days so I didn’t think eating it would be a good idea plus ours just don’t taste good. The birds ate most of the seeds so it was not a pointless crime.
And here are a very few birds that have stopped by lately…
The yard is autumnal now…well, for Phoenix. Anna’s Hummingbirds above.
And they are even getting ready to start posing in my little tableaus.
A few butterflies have stopped by:
Fiery Skippers, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur
Those are very tiny Western Pygmy Blues in pink muhly grass. They are very small, 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
I’m sad to say that the little Orange-crowned Warbler who has wintered in our yard for the last 5-6 years did not return this year. I suppose they can’t live forever…but she won’t be forgotten and we will go through a lot less grape jelly without her. This is her last March and early April right before she left. Bye, “Tink.”
My outdoor birds are not cooperating with their acting duties so they are on hiatus, maybe through the summer as it’s just too hot now to sit out there hoping they will toss me a morsel when I toss them a peanut so this is Anthropomorphizing Birds to date:
These were the last two in the series:
I think they are busy nesting and other seasonal things. And a few more from the hot yard:
Baby birds are starting to appear. A Curve-billed Thrasher feeds a juvenile. Others are looking for mates:
Bathing European Starlings
I think my sweet little Orange-crowned Warbler has departed for her summer home. I hope she returns yet again next fall. Safe travels, Tink.
What is spring without bunnies romping around with eggs and making everyone wonder what that connection is…including this Curve-billed Thrasher…
It also seemed to puzzle our cat, Ferguson…
Ebony didn’t even want to get involved with it all…
And who is this? Baby Bouche just showed up a few months ago and is now a neutered, ear-tipped member of the family. More to come…we’ve had an influx of cats that apparently were dumped or whatever, poor little things…but everyone is being fed…
Strangely, amidst birds, cats, bunnies, and eggs, I haven’t seen many butterflies at all this year and I have photographic proof from past years that they were here in abundance by now…worrisome…but the hummingbirds are out in full-force, very busy, not stopping to pose for many photos.