Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Few more Butterflies and a Couple of Babies...

   It's been another hot, dry, depressing week here. Temperatures near 100 every day and we haven't had any rain for many weeks. Our days consist of trying to keep everything alive. We planted a lot of trees, shrubs, and perennials this year and we've had to water everything new on a daily rotation. We're still seeing quite a few butterflies passing through. Life seems to be concentrating along the river, although its level has dropped considerably. It's the only place where plants aren't brown and crunchy. I've seen several cool birds: lots of hummers, a Green Heron, a little Blue Heron, a Kingfisher, and some Tree Swallows which I didn't know were still hanging around. I also found two new-to-me butterflies...

 Juvenal's Duskywing

Pearl Crescent

   The critter cam has been very active lately, perhaps animals are on the move looking for water and food since we're in a drought and many have babies with them. Some of the highlights include our first red fox and the emergence of a few junior critters. We have a momma deer and a momma raccoon that are regulars, they just hadn't brought their little ones to the yard until now. 

 The long legs and black markings confirm this is a Red Fox

 I finally bought a second critter cam, I wondered who was eating the plants out of our water pots, now I know! Sorry the flash is too bright. It's so important to provide water for everybody right now.

Momma (zombiecoon) and baby

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those night cams have paid off. That fox looks so healthy. What a treat to capture all of these nocturnal visitors.