A Little Education and A Little Bit of Art
Did I ever learn a bit today from the Eastern bluebirds! After watching them for several decades, I didn’t think bluebirds could teach me too much anymore, but today I learned many details about the fascinating busy birds.
- Eastern bluebirds are omnivores. I watched as Momma bluebird fed berry after berry to the little ones in the nest box. Until today I thought they only fed grubs, insects, and caterpillars to their young.
- Adult eastern bluebirds recognize gnats and ants as trouble for their young. When Momma bluebird stopped on top of the nest box, she clearly noticed the many gnats and ants walking around. I almost went home for bug spray for the birds.
- Eastern bluebirds can make their fluid call even when they have insects in their beaks.
- Eastern bluebirds transfer multiple insects from the male to the female.
- When an Eastern bluebird drops an insect, one or the other will fly to the ground to capture the insect so it doesn’t go to waste.
This morning I went paddling at Sweet Marsh in hopes of finding American Lotus in full bloom. The plants I did find didn’t look too good, so I don’t know if I will be able to photograph blossoms this year or not. While I was paddling I noticed something bright white in the distance. The eye-catching spot was this bald eagle sitting on a stump.
In the vicinity of the American lotus there is pickerelweed almost near the flowering stage. I didn’t even shoot any blossom photos, but did record a couple of artistic images of the patterns in the leaves.
Since our weather cannot decide whether it wants to deliver rain in severe storms or just thunderstorms, I had to dodge raindrops and lightning throughout the day. That meant I spent some time in the backyard enjoying the interesting and colorful gifts we have been blessed with. I am sharing these in no particular order, but will begin with flies.
Fly on Nanking Cherry:
Hoverflies on Spiderwort:
Cherry (from a “new to us” cherry tree):
I will end with an image of Kristy’s yellow rose. Year after year her rose blooms with many blossoms. This beautiful blossom accented with raindrops caught my eye. The composition is symbolic of beauty and the reality of life…something not always beautiful, yet with a promise of beauty yet to come.