Spent the day in the garden yesterday – 'twas quite lovely – and really enjoyed watching the various winged things who hang out there. I was planting some impatiens in the shady bed under the crape myrtle, which was pissing off the mama robin who’s nesting there – she had brought back something yummy for the kids, and couldn’t give it to them while I was there, lest I figure out exactly where her nest is. (Her secret continues to be safe – I went to the back yard for a few minutes to give her a chance to pop in at home for a moment, so I still haven’t spotted the actual nest.)
Then I was sitting out back reading and just soaking up the gorgeousness of the day, watching three titmouses (titmice? titmouses?) bopping around, in and out of the birdbath, up on the side of the neighbor’s house, in and around the fence. And while I was sitting there a woodpecker was feeding on the cones at the end of the branch of the white pine, maybe 8-10’ above my head – I watched her for more than ten minutes, very cool.
But the highpoint of the day was seeing a hummingbird moth do a transit across my back bed. Not sure exactly what kind it was – got as far as “WTF! Hey! That’s a …” before it was gone. Those are big honking insects.