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”. 😉
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.
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.
The widow skimmer dragonflies begin to visit my yard more frequently, again This means it’s over 100ºF, and it’s mid July. As soon as I fill up the bird bath and water the garden, my little dragons come over for a visit and check out, what I’m doing. They love to hang out in my yard until sunset. And the following evening, the dragonflies show up again. I love Texas Summers. Usually, when it gets that hot, the humidity goes away.
Yep! Every year when we grow vegetables, we have a little “Peter Rabbit” in our garden as well. I just looked through my photo files and got reminded that I still have these photos, I’ve captured five years ago. Little “Peter” hides out from the gardener (me). And when he thinks, he’s safe form the gardener and the cats, he explores the vegetable patch. 😀 😉
This morning, the weather was so beautiful and the temperatures were 77ºF (25ºC). After Katelynn and Sara were on their way to school, I got dressed and packed my backpack for a small hike at the Shoreline Trail. When I arrived, a Painted Bunting welcomed me at the trail head. It sang a beautiful song to its mate. It was humid. But taking a short break in the shade and the wind blowing, helped a lot. The Prairie looked so beautiful. Butterflies and other insects got attracted by the thistles, prairie coneflower, bee balm, and many more blooms. I watched many more wildlife along the trail, before I hiked back to the car. It felt good visiting the Shoreline Trail. I have to do this more often, again.