The blackbirds have definitely discovered my new feeder in the front window. I think Goldy, has, too, given the amount of time she spends lying on the living room couch these days. Actually, there are two blackbirds that just hopped to the feeder as I type…so I sound the “bird-bird-bird!” call to the cats…and right on cue, both of them race in, pouncing into the windowsill and scaring the birds away! Oh well… :)
We had a visit from a House Finch today! My field guide says these birds live only in the north of Florida, but some have been reported in the Orlando area. The finch appeared first in the oak tree in front of the house, then later at the feeder, and then later in a neighbor’s oak. I wished I could have gotten some better pictures. His song was so joyful!
This monarch surprised me being in the garden at sunset tonight. Usually the butterflies are long gone by that hour. I wondered if he was sick, because he was crawling all over the angelonia very slowly. Then I wondered if he might be laying eggs. The angelonia is not a host plant for him, but it’s right next to a milkweed. So I’m going to hope for some caterpillars!