The flowers are still blooming, but we had some brief snow flurries today…. The following photos have been taken over the past 3 weeks as I enjoy the visitors to the garden.
Migrating yellow-rumped warbler on the bird bath.
The way the party started was that the blue-jay came for a drink and made a racket.
After that the sparrows came and tried to see how many could be in the bird bath at once.
With all that noise the robins started to arrive.
The yellow-rumped warblers hopped around on the grass until the bird bath was empty and then several of them gave it a try. This is a side view of the bird. A lot of these small warblers look alike to me and I am gradually learning the differences.
Here you can see the difference between the size of a sparrow and the smaller warbler.
Earlier this week the mourning dove came for a visit. They are higher in the pecking order than robins and scare them away. Once doves arrive they like to sit for a while.
Just after I published my last post at the end of September I saw this butterfly on the ‘fireworks’ goldenrod. It turns out it is a gray hairstreak butterfly. I don’t remember seeing one in my garden before.
Last week I took this picture of the zinnias and pineapple sage. I saw the hummingbird on the pineapple sage a couple of times.
Last Saturday morning Arrowhead Lake was beautiful with the water temperature warmer than the air temperature, causing steam to rise.
Birding adventure: I get emails from IBET about birds that have been sighted in Illinois. A red-necked grebe was sighted in a slough in the forest preserves near us, so on a day off Dan and I headed to the Sag Slough to see if we could see it. We probably spent an hour looking and hiking around and finally met a young kid with a scope who pointed it out to us. It was too far away to get a picture. Reading emails the next day, some of the best birders in the area were not able to get a glimpse when they came looking for this bird, so we felt lucky. I am not really keeping a life list of birds, but I am gradually viewing more species, and that is rewarding.