It's August, and daylight is a bit less each day, nearly an hour lost since the Summer Solstice.
However, it seems there is more activity in this condensed time frame.
There is always something going on in a native garden!
We were having breakfast one morning when I noticed the spicebush (Lindera benzoin) near the pond had a folded leaf. Caterpillars! I found quite a few on the different plants in the east beds.
Here is a female Spicebush Swallowtail laying eggs in 2020. I've been seeing one around, they're quick about it.
Eastern Wood-Pewees have been busy catching flying insects in the woodland and near the pond.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird numbers are picking up.
Northern Cardinals are still feeding their begging young. The two males look a bit worse for the wear as they are losing feathers in summer molt.
A young Red-bellied Woodpecker has been teasing sunflower hearts out of the feeder with its tongue.
Dan's weather station has recorded 17.67" of rain since 7-1-22. Our whole yard is basically a rain garden, but this has been really challenging. It has been so hot, birds are still coming in to cool off, bathe and get sips of water. An American Robin and Northern Flicker were in the basin today, and a Blue Jay drank at the bubbler.
There are some bright spots. Our little grove of Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) now has one tree with fruit.
Ironweed is blooming, and the hummingbirds have been drinking nectar from the purple blossoms.
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinals) is a favorite of the hummingbirds, too. But look carefully and you'll see a tiny syrphid fly hovering on the right side of the brilliant red spire.
Today, a Tiger Swallowtail was on the Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). But when will we see the officially endangered Monarch?
Take care, stay cool!