so pretty… so dead.
Well, the Eastern Bluebird eggs are way way overdue to hatch. Since we’ve had more 100°F days than not the past month, the girls and I guessed the eggs were cooked.
I didn’t want to destroy the whole nest just in case there was a wild chance the eggs were viable.
I took one egg out of the nest and broke it open. It wasn’t close to developed. I have an awesomely gross picture of the yolky fetus, but it was just disgusting enough to save for an entire post devoted to sick and nasty photos…. that way any weak stomached readers can just skip that entire future post.
Leah was downwind from the egg I cracked and confirmed it was certainly rotten. I pulled the nest out of the box and hope the bluebirds have enough time to start another nest.
mature male Green Frog (right Jomegat?)
Not quite a green frog….yet.
I’ve caught a lot of sunsets after late runs.
Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar
I turned over a milkweed leaf yesterday looking for a monarch caterpillar and came across a deadly battle between a small tussock caterpillar and a shield bug. The shield bug won a meal.
I flipped the leaf over hoping a monarch caterpillar ate away the bottom left part of the milkweed leaf.
Yesterday was a day filled with fawns.
I startled this fawn when I threw back the curtains in the morning. It snorted and stamped its tiny thermometer-sized hoof. The aggressive behavior seemed sweet since the fawn is so small I could have knocked it out if I tossed my coffee cup at its little head… The window between us kept us safe from each other. (:
This deer was at the trailhead last night. I sadly didn’t have a zoom lens with me.
There are two fawns to the left