The group of us stood patiently behind the fence, trying to catch a better view of the Whistling Ducks, several hundred yards away. An immature Bald Eagle took to the skies from a tree next to us. None of us knew it was watching us the entire time we were focused on the ducks.
An Indigo Bunting rests high in the treetops, migrating home to Central America. Until next April- bye, bye, Bunting.
Monarch butterflies are making an appearance in my backyard. This is a welcome sight compared to the small numbers of Monarchs that appeared in 2013. The Monarch butterfly in this image is on a Common Milkweed plant. The Monarchs I am seeing now are laying eggs in an incredible migration story. The caterpillars that will hatch from these eggs will eventually transform into butterflies. These Monarchs butterflies will then attempt to fly to the mountains outside of Mexico City, Mexico. Incredible! A great source for information on this process, and Monarch butterflies in general, is www.monarchwatch.org
This time of year spider webs seem to appear overnight, painted visible by the morning dew. Get out early to see the webs in the wet morning grass, between flowers and even on street signs. Once the sun rises, the dew evaporates and the spider webs seem to disappear in the morning light.
Explore the outdoors with Daniel
Photographs, musings and observations. (Click on images to enlarge.)