There is something about a blue jay squawking that gets your attention! This week I could hear one often in the neighborhood, and got a few pictures of one at the bird bath.
Blue jay getting ready for a bath. Beautiful blue feathers.
Blue jay with new hairdo after bath. Making a ruckus!
“Whatchu looking at?”
I put fresh water in the bird bath and more birds have been visiting again. What is this robin thinking about on this sunny fall day? Is he listening to me talk to myself as I work at my desk, or listening for a meal, or just enjoying the moment?
After robin had his bath it is sparrow’s turn.
Monarchs on zinnias. From my office window I could see several butterflies on the zinnias so I went outside for a closer look.
Monarch sunning itself on a zinnia.
The monarchs spent hours on these zinnias that afternoon.
A painted lady butterfly was also briefly on the zinnias.
Katydid resting on plastic chair on a cool day.
Katydid side view. This katydid did not move until I had bothered it quite a bit and then it moved a bit. I could still hear grasshoppers and crickets today as the weather was in the 60s.
Black saddlebags dragonfly on alyssum. I think this is a female with the yellow spot. I saw her flying around the yard and resting here and there occasionally.
Side view of black saddlebags dragonfly hanging on to alyssum.
‘Hunter’ is the neighbor dog, who likes to watch what I am doing, and likes a pat on the head now and then. The goldenrod is starting to turn brown now. The American hornbeam in this picture has had wonderful fall colors the past two years, we will see what happens this year.