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!
Birds-birds-birds! We are getting visits from at least 50 red-wing blackbirds and grackles each morning and evening. Goldy and Squirt like the mourning doves, too (their call as they try to land on the feeder reminds us of a call “watch out below!!!”). It’d be fun to have more songbirds in the yard, but it’s also fun to host these guys.