Scarlet Tanager, Hairy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinch

I sat outside for a while tonight until the bugs started getting to me (they seem to bite when I’m taking a photo). The birds are around but they’re relatively quiet. I was excited when I saw this Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) – sorry about the fuzzy photo:

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These woodpeckers are Hairy Woodpeckers (Picoides villosus). Thanks Susan! Sorry again about the fuzzy photos:

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Here’s a female American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in the Rose of Sharon:

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The rabbit is getting bigger:

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I enjoyed watching a bee collecting pollen from the petunia flowers:

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The bee backing himself out of the petunia:

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The male and female Northern Cardinal flew through the yard tonight. I captured the male Northern Cardinal:

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It was really good to be outside again to watch nature, except for the biting bugs.

Interesting Insect – and the Winner is. . . Western Conifer Seed Bug

This interesting bug greeted me as I came home from running errands today:

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I don’t know whether he’s a good bug or a bad bug, I’ll have to get my insect id books out. It’s looking like this insect may be a Bee Assassin Bug (Apiomerus spp.). So to me it is a bad guy since it kills Honey Bees. If anyone can confirm this, I would appreciate it!

I wrote to the Entomology Professor at school and he identified this leaf footed bug, Order Hemiptera as: Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis). Thanks Rob!

As I opened the front window I saw this next bug (it looks like some kind of fly) sleeping on the Echinacea:

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It wasn’t too bad at all going out today since it was sprinkling. I put on my workout pants (since they’re soft) and everything worked out fine. Yay! I can go outside again. But I still will be careful of the sun because there are still some blisters, and lots of skin healing to go.

Oh, Here We Go Again

I was hoping to never have to show my rain guage again. I was awakened at 5:22 AM to lightening and thunder so I had to get up and close all of the windows. This is the rain guage at 9:30 AM – and it’s still raining – more gentle now (hopefully it stays gentle):

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When I went down to the basement the pans that I left there from the last onslaught were full and the floor was slightly wet in a couple of places. I’m glad I left the pans there from last time, “just in case.” I was hoping there wasn’t a “just in case” time, though!

Here’s a couple more of my zinnias I took yesterday – I was trying for photos while the sun was hiding, but it came out during the second zinnia photo:

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Sun shining:

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My cosmos are getting bigger and prettier:

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Here’s some of my white Echinacea:

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I was going to attempt venturing out today to buy groceries, go the bank, return overdue library books (I don’t like doing that, but I couldn’t help it this week), but the rain is causing roads to flood, and where I need to go are places prone to flooding. So maybe this afternoon, we’ll see. . .