Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Second Look--August 14, 2013

Birds and Bees Edtion

While there are still flowers blooming, the big shows of spring and summer are gone. That means I've spent more time watching the celosia right outside my window. It is all volunteer from last year and as most volunteer plants do, it is growing very well. This week it had a great influx of bees* and I'll show you some of them.
(*I am using the term "bee" in the most generic sense. These are mostly pictures of wasps and maybe a fly.)

Also, what would a week be if I didn't show you some difficult-to-make-out baby bird pictures? The baby sparrow should fledge any day now, and the baby bluebirds have just hatched. Last time I looked they still didn't have their eyes open. Also, there has been a male cardinal at the feeder with a somewhat bare head. It is molting season for many birds and I assume that is why he is bald.

For this week's Second Look
"Let me tell you about the birds and the bees."
 (Does anyone know that song by Jewell Akens?)