Visiting Coopers Hawk

There’s nothing like a close-up seat for viewing a visiting bird.

This visitor was a female Cooper’s hawk.

The females are bigger than the males.

This one spent time checking for any visitors in the yard.

Apparently, the large oak tree across the highway was the main tree magnet.

This last picture was taken after the clouds thinned later in the  afternoon.

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Immature Ladybugs

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Ladybugs have held my attention lately. There’s been so many of them.

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 This pupa stage of a ladybug was on the trunk of a maple tree,

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and the shed of another one was the other trunk. There were several of different sizes on the bark of the three maple trees in our backyard.

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I doubt if their nymphs are pestered by other insects!  Their spines look like they mean business.

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This is a younger, smaller instar.

Ladybugs do overwinter as adults.

Wonders in Nature

    I have lots of rocks in the house and many many more edging the gardens in my backyard.

Most were picked for their shape, color and design.

This rock “bowl” holds water and attracts birds. It also reflects any nearby plants.

 Any water movement in this “bowl” reflects small objects, clouds, nearby plants,

and clouds in the sky.

A light wind moves the reflections of a nearby vine.

 

 

Milkweed Bugs

Colorful Milkweed bugs feed on the sap inside the pod of the Milkweed plant.

Bullseye Spider Web

 

I got up in the morning and looked out the picture window, and this spider was weaving his web.


  He had it almost done.

He was a talented spider.

That came out every morning to recreate his work of art.

A Little Girl up in the Clouds

What fun it would be to watch the earth from a cloud way up high!

There’s a young cloud-girl on the right side of a cloud, way up high in the sky.

Her dog sits on the opposite side of the shallow cloud-bowl they’re sitting on.

 I wonder what their view looks like from way up high?

Resident Racoon

A new animal set up residence in our backyard recently … a raccoon.

There are enough places for the coon to hide, especially under the barn.

The raccoon must be mostly nocturnal or have other small places to hide. The animals — foxes, raccoons, ground hogs take turns living there.

It stays close to barn where it can easily hide.

I wonder what it’s watching? Is it worried about another animal wanting a new “home?”

Our two-acre yard offers many places for wildlife to set up residence.