Here are a few pictures of birds looking for their next meal. Besides some butterfly and flower pictures, I also have a few tomato shots. This is the time in the garden when everything ripens and needs to be eaten or frozen or given away or something!
We could see the male goldfinch working on the cone flower seeds from the kitchen window.
Male downy woodpecker working on yucca seed pods. Each year after the yucca plant finishes flowering I leave the ugly seed pods standing. I understand that there is a moth that only lays her eggs on the yucca plant and the caterpillars grow up inside these protected seed pods. That always brings the woodpecker to these plants by our front window and I love to watch the woodpecker working at the seed pods.
Two baby robins in the lilac tree nest. This must be the third set of baby robins that have come out of this nest. The lilac has been having a terrible time this year, but this one tall branch has stayed green and been a good home for the robins. It looks like there is some plastic around the bottom of the nest.
Later in the week one of the baby robins was trying to look inconspicuous and waiting for Dad robin to bring something tasty to eat. We seem to have a lot of juvenile robins in the yard this year.
We spotted this hawk on a visit to the Morton Arboretum last week. I am guessing it is a red-tailed hawk. We spent time looking at the collection of trees native to Illinois and found Chinquapin oak and bitternut hickory trees, like the ones we have in our yard.
Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on a cream-colored cone flowers at the Morton Arboretum.
We stopped to watch a group of young people doing Japanese drumming.
Back at home the monarch was flying around looking for milkweed so she could lay her eggs. I don’t have a lot of healthy milkweed or butterfly weed this time of year, but she found every plant that I have as she flew back and forth. Now we will see if eggs were laid and caterpillars emerge.
Was this the same monarch sipping on zinnia nectar after the eggs were laid? In the background the dill is blooming yellow.
This dragonfly, perched on Russian sage, is probably a blue dasher.
Amish paste tomatoes ripen
We eat tomatoes very day, but just keep picking them. The cherry tomatoes did not fit in this bucket. The peppers are nice and red now, too. I need to make some tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce this week.