Good morning on this sunny Thursday! It is a beautiful looking day though rather cool this morning. Even our daytime highs are not so high anymore. Yesterday it was 74F (23C) and it should be the same today. But it is only at about that temperature for maybe a couple of hours, then it starts to cool off again. But it is still nice when the sun is shining. The chipmunks are once again busy this morning, they seem much more anxious about gathering food now.
Time is running out and they know it so they want to get as much as they can. Just went out to feed them again, and to put some peanuts where Baxter can get at them. Plus the evening grosbeaks and goldfinches needed more seeds too. I have some bird pictures from yesterday to show today. Some young evening grosbeaks, a robin, and a hummingbird.
Those robins were after the chokecherries on some bushes along our fence. The bushes were really full of berries this year, most berries I have seen on them since living here. Yesterday while out getting photos I actually saw 6 different insects that I have not photographed before. But, I only got pictures of one of them! I tried for the others, I even followed one odd looking insect all over the yard but it just would not land long enough for me to take a picture of it.
Oh well, I am hoping it shows up again today, plus those other odd insects. Well, 2 were not odd, one of them was a dragonfly and one a beautiful butterfly. I was also stung twice yesterday by a wasp. Sigh. Sometimes these critters fight among themselves, they get mad and the loser takes it out on the photographer, which is me. It has happened before as well, last year. I have now been stung 4 times this year, compared with 11 times last year.
At least it was not one of those huge wasps, I do not want to get stung by one of them. One did land on my head, another on my back and another on my ear. At different times of course. When that one landed on my ear I just froze, not knowing quite what to do. But he flew away without doing any harm. I left the area too. They seem to like my deck right now, there is always 2 or 3 of them flying around out here.
I have been getting a lot of spider photos lately too. I do not like spiders, they are a bit on the creepy side, but I always run across them while taking pics of insects so I started taking pics of them also. The only ones I do not mind are the Daddy Longlegs. Interestingly they are found all over the world. I have noticed some different colors and patterns on them too, never realized that before.
Maybe I should do a spider post. Or just include them in a post like this. It would be something different. Coffee and spiders. What do you think? I know one of my readers dared me to put spider pics in one of my posts. So it just might happen. Watch for them. Well, I hope you all have a very nice day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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