it’s an egg and nipple time of year….
Male Eastern Box Turtles have red eyes, so when I saw this one in the morning hours, I figured it was probably a female…… A female remains fertile for four years after mating. She doesn’t have nipples.
And later that evening, when I saw she had been busy digging a nest for her eggs, I knew she was a female. Perhaps we’ll see the baby turtles when they hatch in 75-90 days.
Five Eastern Bluebird hatchlings
They hatched late Sunday.
They’re born hungry and stay hungry. Busy days ahead for the adult bluebirds while they feed the hatchlings.
A Song Sparrow nest. I’ve looked for a song sparrow’s nest for years and was thrilled to come across one yesterday morning while out looking for fawns…. quietly looking for fawns in the area bears regularly go for honey. I forgot that while I was quietly creeping through the area.
The Song Sparrow nest is on the ground and the eggs are light green with brown spots.
Baltimore Checkerspot larva.
Dorsal view of a Baltimore Checkerspot.
My guess is a Freija Fritillary…. it’s in the family of Brush-foots for sure. Science-y huh?
Um Ma’am, you’ve got something on your chest…….besides six nipples. (She’s stealing the suet)
Hot summer-like temps were the norm this past weekend. I weeded 10 perennial flower beds and covered them with 15 yards of mulch. Still rubbing the grime off <3