Folks, it’s been dry this fall. But this old squirrel, with his comfortable suburban life knowing which houses have a birdbath or backyard pond the humans keep filled, had no idea the local natural waterways were faring this poorly.
Yikes, that is low for our local pond.
We haven’t had a freeze–ha, far from it!–so the place was still abuzz with insects, like this male Autumn Meadowhawk.
Despite finding the pond in less than its best state, I’m happy I took the outing while our weather is balmy.
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We gave this bird a wide berth…until we realized he was a smaller bird, not a hawk!
It is Friday the thirteenth, you know!
Monarchs aren’t the only ones we’ve seen flying these days.
The monarchs are migrating. We know it’s been terribly dry, so if you still have blooms in your yard, please water them for the end-of-season insects!
We squirrels aren’t the only ones collecting those delicious acorns
plonking on the rooftops of your human cars.
But this year, it looks like there will be enough to go around, for squirrels and chipmunks alike!
The woods of Reston’s open space are great places to run and hide.
Keep your eyes peeled as the leaves come down.
The Squirrel Nutwork’s regular readers still has monarchs hatching her yard! Take a look at this gal:
And these fellows (all males!)
Neat to see on the hot, just-like-summer days we’re having!
Thanks for sharing, Nancy!
A reader found an Eastern Box Turtle in an unusual spot.
Nope, he’s not dead–look carefully to find his head poking out of the water. We think this fellow just needed to cool off. When you’re in the middle of a woodland, you use any puddle you can find!
Our thanks to Bill for sending us this unusual sighting.
While Hickory and I were looking at the Devil’s Walkingstick last week, we found this fellow hanging out on a nearby sumac.
We were so surprised we circled around the tree. The praying mantis followed us, waving its spiky arms!
Even going under the leaf to get a better view of us with its pin-point little eyes.
“We aren’t prey!” Hickory chittered.
Uh, for a praying mantis at least.
But some of the young still have their baby feathers that helped them hide in the nest.
We expect this immature hummingbird will join the adults for immigration, but we’re still seeing them at the flowers every day. If you put out a feeder, keep it up!