mottled hares. it has begun! robins, gulls, downey woodpeckers, nuthatch, chickadees, bugs, spider web, swarming cedar waxwings, crows, ravens, ladybugs, swans, geese, ducks, seeds, voles, rain ...
coyotes. gophers. winter eggshells, seedling starting pots. a branch of pussy willow that unexpectedly rooted. spring crocuses.
half of the half-eggshells were lost (to complete fracture) by poking holes in the bottom for drainage, but 48's enough. spring is sproinging. crunching shells when planting later, if there are plants, should work for root development.
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.
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