Last Offspring of The Season

Every August, our yard is the nursery of the last offspring for the season. The young birds become more independent from their parents and explore our backyard. Here and there, we hear a little “Chirp” from the juvenile birds. Soon after, a parent arrives with a juicy worm or insect and shoves it down the young bird’s throat. In a few more weeks the youngster will be independent enough to find its own food. But in the meantime, we enjoy them being around the patio and the woodpile. It’s also the time we have to make sure, Joshua and Chewbacca will stay in the house. The cats can watch the birds from behind the patio door. We call it jokingly “Cat Food Network”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Juvenile House Sparrow on our wood pile: It still has a lot of feathers to grow in. But it is independent enough to fly around in our backyard.

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Juvenile Blue Jay: it looks so cute with its little “bonnet”/crest.

Beautiful August Flower Garden

In August 2015, I had a beautiful Summer flower garden. It looked very inviting for our backyard wildlife. Next to butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, we also hosted a den for Eastern Cottontail bunnies. And a hummingbird family came over to visit our yard on a daily basis as well. Plant an environment for wildlife, and they will come! Here are some bloom photos of that wonderful Summer:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio Glaucus)

Several years back, while Kevin took the clothes out of the dryer he said that there is a big butterfly hanging around my Mexican sunflowers. I might want to check it out. When I looked out the patio door, I saw a big Tiger Swallowtail fluttering around my flower bed. Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of photos. This was the first time, Kevin and I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard. What a beautiful sight.

August Garden

I love August! A lot of flowers in all kind of shades of yellow, orange and reds bloom and attract dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbirds at this time of the year. Here are a few photos of some blooms and the smallest dragonfly, I’ve ever seen before.

Peppers In The Garden

Since we have triple digit weather, the peppers are flourishing in our garden. Now, we have some jalapeรฑo peppers, sweet bell peppers, and Chilean sweet peppers growing in the raised beds. Hmm, it’s getting hot in here …ย ย โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ