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an update on the hummingbird garden

2003-06-28 - 10:51 a.m.

Note: all photos � 2003 by Elaine Radford

On this gray overcast day, the backyard is alive with activity -- the Mockingbird fledglings insisting that they still need to be fed, the gang of adult and immature male Common Grackles cruising through with sinister intent, the immature or female (no full gorget on throat) Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flitting teasingly from flower to flower as I snap my photographs. I have possibly re-discovered the crazed dill-munching caterpillar, who -- assuming it's the same one -- found that potted dill I'd hidden near the tangle of the asparagus plants. The potted dill was promptly consumed and then, oddly, the caterpillar placed its chrysalis on an asparagus stalk that was tangled in with the dill.

chrysalis on asparagus stalk

I dug up these plants from a shady spot behind J.'s house in Folsom last summer. I didn't know what they were, because they couldn't bloom back there. Actually, I still don't know what they are, other than orange. The hummer tried them briefly then went back to the Cardinal Climber.

orange mystery flowers

close-up mystery flowers

Here are some updated photographs of the wildflower area. It is a tangle of green finally tall enough to conceal the air-conditioning unit. Cardinal climber has taken the bait and climbed the feeder, and echinaceas are blooming freely.

wildflower area from one angle

wildflower area from another angle

I put out another suet cake before I wrote this diary entry, and the Mockingbirds and the gang of Grackles -- perhaps more than a dozen of them -- have already discovered it. Of course, the adult Mockers always shoulder their way to the front of the line but as soon as they take off to feed their fledglings, the Grackles are all over it, sometimes even landing on each other in their excitement.

Hold the Presses: As I was posting this entry, I observed a Mississippi Kite cruising over the neighborhood. Whoo hoo. It is never a bad day when you see a kite.

Hummingbird Report: Lots of hummingbird to-ing and fro-ing. Not sure if I'm seeing the same one or different ones. Sometimes the flowers are being used, sometimes the feeders.

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