Good morning everyone! It is very cool and wet this morning, it rained overnight and it’s still cloudy with a temp of only 59F (15C). If the forecast is correct, these cool nights are here to stay now. But that is quite normal for August, the nights are longer and they get cooler like this. Except it isn’t quite August yet, but close enough. Hard to believe that some of our birds will be heading south in a few days. Seems like they just came back. There is no chorus of birds singing in the morning anymore, they all have young flying around now and the parents are diligently showing them how to survive, no time for singing now. Though now and then one of them will stop and sing briefly, especially the warblers, but most of them are silent now too. Singing brings unwanted attention to them and their young who are not yet wise to predators.
The chipmunks and the new squirrel have been getting acquainted this morning. I need to come up with a name for that squirrel, I have tried out a couple but they just didn’t fit him. He doesn’t like the chipmunks, naturally, and chases them on sight, but the chipmunks outnumber him and work together. This morning Squirrel was chasing a chipmunk and got him off the deck, while another chipmunk (Pocket) came up behind him. When Squirrel turned around, the sight of the chipmunk standing there must have startled him and he jumped and ran. He didn’t get far though and must have realized it was a chipmunk so he turned and the chase was on again. During this chase 2 other chipmunks filled up with peanuts and left. Another time Squirrel was sitting eating a peanut on the step outside the door when a chipmunk jumped on there with him. Poor Squirrel, he jumped straight up and took off running, but before he ran off the deck, he stopped, turned around and saw the chipmunk filling up with peanuts and he came charging back and chased the chipmunk off the deck. Before he got back 3 other chipmunks got their peanuts and scattered when the Squirrel came back, he didn’t know which one to chase so he just sat there kind of bewildered. He’s learning, slowly.
Well, now for our pics for today, the top featured image is white “phlox”, a very nice country garden flower, but it would look good in any garden. It is hardy and a perennial, so it comes up again every year and doesn’t need a lot of care.
Then in the photo above is the lavender “phlox”, the two colors look very nice together and are a medium height flower which makes them a good choice to put in front of taller flowers like hollyhocks or delphiniums. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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