Today is the first Wednesday in June. JUNE. Can you believe that? I can’t. This year is going by so fast it’s almost scary. Memorial Day is already a memory and Independence Day is fast approaching. That means the meat — and heat — of summer is closing in. It also means that today is Wildlife Wednesday, a monthly meme hosted by Tina and her blog My Gardener Says… as a way to celebrate the wildlife in our gardens.
We’ve been really lucky here in North Texas so far this year when it comes to the heat part of the equation. Normally by this time we’ve broken the 100°F (approximately 38°C) mark at least once. As it is, we’ve cracked 90°F only a couple times to this point. Much of that has to do with the rainy month of May.
The little American Robin (Turdus migratorius) below spent most of a very rainy day in a Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) outside our back window. He continually looked for Mama, who was toiling away trying to keep the little guy fed.
She returned on a regular basis to check on her offspring. Both of them looked pretty pitiful due to their exposure to the constant rainfall.
More often than not Baby Bird was rewarded with a morsel of food. He had quite a time trying to get this earthworm down!
Then Mama Bird would be off again in her eternal search for food. Baby Bird just continued to sit, waiting and sulking and probably wishing he’d found a dryer place to roost!
We ended the month of May with exactly 17 inches of rain, the most rainfall we’ve recorded for any month. Ever. That was the official total. Unofficial reports had some areas in the region receiving upwards of 20 inches for the month. Our monthly average for May is 3.79 inches. To put it in perspective, already this year we’ve had 25.11 inches of rain, just 3.81 inches below our average annual total! Our May rainfall alone eclipsed the 12.97 inches we received in all of 2011, the official first year of our drought. We’ve already received more rain this year than in any of the previous four years. And June is historically our wettest month…
Here’s another Robin with one of her offspring. She had two almost fully grown youngsters following her around. No wonder she looks frazzled!
I’m pretty sure the bird in this photo is a Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). When I saw him I had to run into the house to grab my camera. I just knew he’d be gone when I got back outside, but thankfully he stuck around.
He spent a short while crawling around the trunk of a small tree looking for insects.
Isn’t this Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) cute? He’s sitting in a 6 inch flower pot, so that should tell you how small he is.
I managed to snap quite a few pictures of insects before the rains started falling and in the few nice sunny days since they stopped. Here’s a Hoverfly (Syrphidae).
Another Hoverfly (Syrphidae).
And a Bee. Don’t ask me what species!
Dragonflies have been abundant due to the wet weather. Did you know that the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation and adaptability? The life history of these creatures is astonishing. If you’re interested in reading about Dragonflies visit this page at Wikipedia. You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible!
Here’s a Mosquito (Culicidae) on the bloom of a Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria). Mosquitoes actually pollinate flowers! They pollinate goldenrod, orchids and various types of grasses. Nectar is actually the natural food of adult mosquitoes. And I was convinced they were only after my blood!
Here’s a Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) perching on a Hummingbird feeder.
And speaking of Hummingbirds, here is my last photo for this month’s Wildlife Wednesday — a Hummingbird! The bird was flitting about so the picture isn’t the greatest. I would hazard a guess that it’s a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), but I can’t be sure.
That’s it for this month’s Wildlife Wednesday post. I’m already searching out critters for next month! If you want to join in by posting a link to your garden wildlife on Tina’s meme, or just stop by to check out what others are posting, visit My Gardener Says… and be amazed! Many thanks to Tina for hosting this meme!