One of the greatest joys in cultivating a garden is not only the beauty we love to see in flowers and foliage. It is so much more than that. It is the sheer pleasure that comes when the wildlife we long to attract joins us and makes our outdoor living space their home.
Early this morning my first Viceroy sighting of spring... She happened to land on the blue eye asters in the veggie garden... makes for a nice contrast. I'm starting to see Gulf Fritillaries again and Swallowtails and actually saw my first Cassius Blue. The Sulphurs and Monarchs hung around all winter. Lots of Skippers are out and about ... and the dragon flies and bees are flitting about, too... toads, lizards, and even one black snake (so far).
Later in the day when filling all the birdbaths with fresh water a Northern Parula flew in at the sound of water from the sprayer. It is so dry here with our third year of severe drought well underway ... the very tiny bird took its chances for some cool liquid with me only a few feet away. My camera happened to be handy right next to me in the wheel barrow.
Ahhhh, now that feels better.
Why not just go for a swim?
After flying up into the Ligustrum above to do a little preening, it came bravely back for another dip.
The goldfinches are having a feast these days of the larger seeds. They are eating the thistle, too, but really flocking to the supreme blend (Wildbirds Unlimited brand). They won't be here for much longer before they head back north. I will miss hearing their very sweet song that keeps my back garden alive birdie melodies.
This goldfinch made me chuckle. Staring down the stationary birdie before deciding it safe to take a drink.
Spring is a glorious time of year. I'm so thankful for all the creatures sharing this space with me.
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant."
Blogger's Note: On Sunday, March 30, I ran across GGW's Design Workshop. The topic for March is "Wildlife in the Garden". Nan Ondra doesn't mind if we include something already written so I am submitting this post as an entry for that workshop. If you'd like to see all my previous posts labeled critters you can click here. Be sure to click over to Gardening Gone Wild for some great reading and beautiful photos of wildlife in Nan's garden as well as links to so many great gardening blogs. Thanks, Nan.