I haven’t posted anything on this in a little while, so here goes:
- Jewel Weed has been blooming for a bit.
- So has the Steeplebush (another sort of wild Spirea).
- As well as the first of the Asters. The Flat Topped Aster.
- The wild white Turtlehead has also started to bloom.
- We have been able to collect berries for breakfast off and on this past week. Blueberries and Raspberries. Even a couple of Blackberries.
This summer has also been interesting for the avian discoveries we have made. This is not to say that these birds have just this summer showed up, but rather (1) we have only just noticed them, (2) we have only just been able to distingish them from other birds, or (3) the habitat changes around the house have allowed for a greater variety of avian visitors — maybe (4) all of the above (?).
This being said, this summer in addition to other birds we have seen and heard in the past, we have also seen and or heard the following:
- the House Wren
- Indigo Bunting
- And in addition to the previously seen Phoebes, King Birds and Great Crested Fly Catchers, we realize we also have the Willow, Alder and perhaps the least Fly Catchers
Although we seem to have been seeing a good number of birds the numbers of certain* insects seems to be lower or at least slower in developing. This may be because of the cool, wet spring and early summer. Overall I seem to have seen fewer butterflies and only two Monarchs so far. The Crickets and Grasshoppers seem to be fewer as well.
*The Mosquitos and Deerflies are the exception of course! Worse than usual I would say!