Apparently so. The proud new Mockingbird Mom and Pop have been frenzied in their attempts to forestall tree traffic coming anywhere near their nest. Their efforts have been all encompassing as they work to keep the nearby canopy emptied of lingering squirrels, paying special attention to assertive blue jays.
It must be exhausting, dive bombing so many, so often, fuss-fuss-fussing as they go. All that night-long singing must have really gotten Poppa Mock in good shape. I tried grabbing photos but the velocity and ferocity of his defense left me with nothing more than a series of varied blurs. I'll keep trying, but no photo [here] means you'll simply have to take my word. It is quite a show.
Mr./Ms. Mockingbird aren't the only new parents around. Poppa and Momma Wren have been out singing songs about the best wren babies ever! They've been raising young in a craft store birdhouse I hung on an upper deck to reflect on windows and deflect white winged doves who were otherwise intent on crashing through. I never expected it to actually house nesting birds, but expectations are apparently made to be defied, at least when it comes to wild parents.
|My babies are so sweet! So sweet! So sweet!|
|Heavy with young, these pregnant does aren't going anywhere fast. It won't be long now...|
At first I was absolutely beside myself with joy at the thought of watching her build a nest and raise young right before my eyes.
|I was being soooo quiet - do you think she noticed me? Yeah, I think she did too...|
To change things up from recent posts, I thought I'd show some winged visitors that are anything but butterflies. We've seen a lot of pollinator action, and though butterflies often grab most of my attention, they are by no means the only attractive action in flower town.
Flies, moths and bees are all equally beautiful in their own way, if you take time to really look closely.
|Condylostylus/Asian long legged fly posing on Pavonia leaf.|
|Syrphid fly, bee mimic, on Daisy.|
|Green on green, a Lucilia, or green blow fly, reflecting the morning sunshine.|
|What goes with purple? A tiny agapostemon decked out in deep emerald green.|
|Looking equally well accessorized, a Pink Evening Primrose with a slightly larger agapostemon.|
|...and not to be outdone, Coreopsis joins the fashion parade.|
|Unspecified bush Katydid nymph, looking pretty dapper on Winecup.|
|Take a bow and say so long!|
Thanks as always to blogger extraordinaire, Tina, of My Gardener Says, for hosting this most fascinating monthly meme. Be sure to check out all the other posts linked to in the comments section of her Wildlife Wednesday post for this month. You'll want to see who and what's shaking in wild spots from all around.