Feeling extremely tired due to flu – don’t have the strength for heavy-duty gardening, so here’s a few pictures from today. Poland and earlier spring migrants can wait a day or two. It is very frustrating feeling so weak.
The bluebirds are back (again). As usual, they arrived a month ago, tried out the nesting boxes, and left when the swallows came. But again as usual, they returned and are now nesting.
I only got one clear picture today as I was working so just took a few seconds hoping to get one of the bluebird trying to render a wasp (yellow-jacket) harmless, before feeding to young. It shook and pecked this one (clear through binoculars but I didn’t get the photo quite right) for a good ten minutes.
Although these lady slipper orchids are relatively common, this is the only clump I know around here so I was very pleased to see several small outlier plants meaning it is successfully seeding, so I might risk moving one of the small ones just as insurance against vandalism as this clump can be seen from the road if you know where to look.
I posted a few pictures of this moth already, on Twitter, but here’s another one. They are the same family as the hummingbird hawk moth which I always find interesting as a case of parallel evolution – you could mistake it for a small hummingbird if you didn’t know about the moths, and it feeds in daylight whereas this Sphinx is a night flier. I don’t know what the caterpillars eat – almost afraid to ask – as those horrible tomato hornworms that can demolish a tomato crop over night are in the same family.