Anne spotted this 5 foot long water snake along the edge of the marsh.
Usually they get very dark as they get to this size and appear to be black.
On this one you can still see the bands.
Nerodia sipedon insularum
July 30, 2012
July 25, 2012
It's butterfly time around the cottage.
Our tall grass prairie, the back yard, is starting to bloom which is bringing in a good selection of butterflies.
I'm not one for cutting grass so we planted native tall grasses and flowers which don't require fertilizer, water or cutting.
July 24, 2012
July 23, 2012
Now there is a mouthful for you.
I had heard about this moth before but hadn't seen it.
It appeared in the yard a few days ago.
Looks like a bee, flies like a hummingbird and has clear wings.
July 20, 2012
Crash is a big cat and Oz looks like he is going to be a compact cat.
Oz likes to hide and then jump and crash. After the attack they take turns chasing each other around the house.
Have a good weekend.
July 19, 2012
July 18, 2012
July 17, 2012
July 16, 2012
Another odd creature at Rondeau. This one likes damp areas under logs etc.
Moved an old freezer that we store bird seed in and there were five of these slow moving creatures.
Did you notice there are two? One is trying to hide under the other.
July 13, 2012
I had a rare opportunity to photograph a skink gaurding its eggs.
In order not to disturb the skink I had about 4 seconds to get the shot.
If I get another chance I', going to trim the grass in the foreground first.
July 11, 2012
A female or immature ruby throated hummingbird takes a sip from the oriole feeder.
That's fair because the orioles use the hummingbird feeders.
The way it is drinking reminded me of a child with a spill proof cup or sippy cup.
July 10, 2012
Oz was in the window staring at the house wren nest, watching the adults come and go.
Three feet away and it might as well have been on the moon.
He seems to think they would taste like chicken.
July 06, 2012
Cicadas are common in our area and they create an insect drone each evening.
It is a sound of summer just like kids playing baseball or splashing in a pool.
Thought I would give you a break from bird photos.
The frigate bird has left our area.
July 04, 2012
The magnificent frigate bird was flying up the beach and we were watching it from the yard. It made a right turn and flew directly over the yard.
I doubt we will ever top this as a yard bird.
For non birders, a yard bird is a bird seen or heard from your yard.
Seeing is always nicer than just hearing.
July 03, 2012
A magnicent frigate bird showed up at Rondeau and we took a group of birders out on our pontoon boat to see it.
It perched at the top of a cottonwood and didn't seem to be bothered by all the oooohs and aaaws