Wildlife in our gardens


#903

LOL, I think I’ll opt to keep my fingers !


#904

I’ve seen 2 while deer hunting and 1 i called into 50ft. away with a predator call. neat looking animal.


#905

Mixed signs of spring -
The Gold Finches are back and getting their summer color:

… but the Evening Grossbeaks still haven’t left:


This was the first year the Gold Finches didn’t over-winter here. They usually dominate the feeders.


#906

First butterfly of season that I’ve spotted. Eastern tiger swallowtail on creeping phlox.

Also seeing some lizards which I believe to be an eastern fence lizard and a ground skink


#907

Nice bed of phlox


#908

That’s a single phlox plant I got at Lowe’s last spring. Didn’t realize how much it would spread in just one year.


#909

[sigh] I wish mine would do that


#910

Saw this guy on my fence yesterday, pretty sure it’s a red shoulder hawk…


#911

Hooded Oriole


#912

@Richard
Do they eat any of your fruit? We have them here and people leave oranges out for them.


#913

They drink and bath daily in our bird fountains. Their diet is mainly insects and they leave our fruit alone.


#914

Bath time!


#915

Giant swallowtail larvae are back…I’ve seen several of these guys hanging out onmy citrus trees…this one on the meyer lemon…


#916

The queen was unhappy I captured her army!


#917

Ladybugs have shown up to take care of the aphids. This is the first time they have taken to the pluots…


#918

Where did you get the trap? It looks pretty effective.


#919

My daughter is home sick today and the squirrels must know I’m not around…this guy is making a solid effort at getting to that food, but the squirrel buster is doing it’s job…I was hoping a passing hawk might have picked him up but no luck…going to put my trap back out tomorrow…


#920

I think it is a dynatrap (off of amazon). It is EXTREMELY Effective. After 4 or so days of running it every night, I can turn the outside lights on again, and not have a horde of moths and june bugs!


#921

the window overlooking my yard has my .22 mag leaning near it. i slide the top window down and it makes a perfect shooting bench. :wink: i haven’t seen any squirrels since feb. but i have been watching.


#922

I got 2 red squirrels with .22 magnums in the pistol today.