Flowers are blooming and butterflies are visiting.
From the kitchen window I caught a glimpse of a monarch butterfly on the swamp milkweed.
Thursday morning I saw the first monarch caterpillar I have seen in the yard in a long time, chewing on the swamp milkweed flower, as far as I could tell. However when I went back in the next hours I could not find it. I am hoping it made it to safety….
We have a lot of hungry juvenile robins, as well as juvenile starlings and a lot of other birds in the yard. I read that soldier bugs are predators for monarch caterpillars, though maybe that is when the caterpillars are tiny, not huge, like the one above.
We have had grackles in the yard this week, visiting the bird bath.
A noisy blue jay has started visiting the yard this week, checking on the acorns on the Chinquapin oak, which are still tiny.
On this day the bird bath was almost empty and not very clean, after a large group of starlings had a pool party. The blue jay did not take a drink or a bath… I have to change the water frequently in this hot weather.
I really enjoyed the raspberries this year, but I think they are all eaten now!