spider webs. there must be insects.
geese & ducks flying. mild weather, perhaps a robin song. blue jays. downy woodpecker on black knot fungus (Apiosporina morbosa). pair of northern flickers. white hares.
seed pods. who knew? it's a prolific plant. pods in the summer. pods in the fall. edible pods. the ongoing multiple flowers ('raceme' inflorescences) are huge attractants for bees and butterflies.
it's a super-patch! plan to pull the plants later and hang them to dry, for seeds next year.
blue jays. flickers. great horned owl. hairy woodpecker. ravens. robins. hawks aplenty, 1 wingèd stoop. crows. a hornworm.* butterflies. bees.
2 coyotes. a skunk. rabbits, 1 juvenile. 2 fawns.
a ladybug in flight. wild raspberries. a tall sunflower grove.
*Whoa, sphinx moths can have up to a 14" proboscis.
**Amaranthaceae - spinach, beet, sugarbeet, chard, quinoa, 'pigweed family'
rain and hail and mist and hot and 2 dragonflies. blue jays. robins. chickadees. sparrows. a kestrel with 1 sparrow. hawks. red-wing blackbirds.
a bat. trying to determine butterflies. so there's a white admiral that's actually black with white bands, quite a few. an orange-black with jaggedy wings, or its white rim is an illusion of jaggedness. painted lady? red admiral? monarch? fluttery white ones, and tiny in-the-grass ones.
conclusion. butterflies are difficult to chase and gone in split seconds. 4-dot ladybugs. several big (edible-looking) mushrooms. gophers. thunderstorms. centipedes.
thinkin' about phenology wheels and plant families. garden hardiness zone 4a/3.
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