It's Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina at "My Gardener Says" and time to see what's been visiting my garden the past month or so.
We'll start things off with a disoriented armadillo. These nocturnal creatures live near the dry creek behind our house. Overnight on Tuesday we had 9.25 inches of rain which flooded them out causing this one to become a temporary homeless wanderer in the dark cloudy morning. An armadillo moves pretty fast, especially when caught out of its element so this slightly blurry photo is the best I could do.
This is most likely a solitary bee I noticed clinging to the white stone wall of the house. A rare chance to get a closeup on a solid background. Nice legs!
While visiting friend Paula Stone in Fredericksburg back in June we wondered what this unusual bug was. I tried unsuccessfully to get a good photo. Some type of bee or wasp? We'd just never seen one that looked quite like it before.
Several weeks later Paula sent me the photo below. It's a Cicada Killer wasp. She saw it bring a cicada back to the garden. Cicadas live about five to six weeks and they were quite plentiful this year. It's cool to see how predators appear when the opportunity is right.
|Photo by Paula Stone
September's GIF is a vulture looking for something that must have died in the creek.
A male Cardinal at the feeder.
Although the pair politely take turns we sometimes put a second ration of birdseed on the table so both can feed at the same time.
A male lesser goldfinch on the fence. The deep black and gold plumage is quite striking and the only thing "lesser" about this beauty is its size.
Whitetail deer have been gathering around the blue water bucket as our hot, dry summer continued.
They are looking at all those yummy plants inside the fence.
They have plenty to eat out there so, nope, no garden plants for them.
That's the wildlife round-up for my garden as summer draws to a close so be sure to head on over to to Tina's post on Wildlife Wednesday to see what she and other bloggers have from their gardens this month.