The resident Juncos are wondering why the heck their fountain isn’t working anymore. While we were away last week, the pump for our frog fountain (sitting on the rock with a bird on his head – you’ll probably have to enlarge the photo) went on the fritz. Looks like we’ll have to fix it right away – the birds can still drink out of the pond, but it’s much more convenient when the frog is doing his job! I just love how they all sit on the garden fence waiting their turn.
There was a lot of activity at the feeder this morning, too. What you can’t see are the two dozen or so other birds hiding within the branches of the laurel – they scatter en masse when I try to take a picture. (The blue net bag is full of Princess’ fur which I left out thinking they might like to use it to line their nests – after reading Farmgirl’s post yesterday, I think that might actually happen).
We learned some more about ladybug reproduction today! I found a cluster of eggs on a cosmos plant while I was out watering…
as well as a younger larvae than the one I posted yesterday. They apparently molt a few times before pupating and becoming beetles, which explains why this one looks so much different than the one I saw yesterday. My husband thinks they’re the creepiest things he’s ever seen (he doesn’t get out much). Just look at him chowing down on all those fat, juicy aphids.
I also discovered a young Blue Hubbard squash while out doing the rounds!
It’s the little things in life.