I've noticed a lot of birds returning to our yard over the past several days. It seems that the empty nesters and babies are all out exploring. We've had a group of 3 Stellar's Jay that have been in our yard during the days. Lot's of chickadees are back at the feeders. Sparrows, hummingbirds, finches and more seem to all have come out of hiding. Anyone else noticing more birds around lately?
I caught this cute little guy at the pond. It's a juvenile Golden-crowned Kinglet.
There has been a pair of Spotted Towhees in our yard regularly. They like to try out the different birdbaths.
I caught this pair hanging out at the pond and then they decided to take a dip in the birdbath. They were so cute I had to record a little.
The little birds love this bath because it's so shallow. I notice the deeper birdbath in the front yard attracts Stellar's Jays, Robins and Crows to it. I have a couple of other birdbaths as well and they all get used.
Here are a few new flowers I found while out watering today.
Peach-leafed bellflower (campanula persiciflolia). I was happy to find blue one has reseeded, usually I only find white ones. They reseed in the path area quite a bit.
Here is 'Alionushka' clematis. I love it's bell shaped flowers. It's great for growing up something short because it only gets 4 - 6 feet tall. I have it growing on a shepherd's hook that holds bird feeders. It blooms June - September. I'm sort of picky about clematis, I usually only buy ones that have a long bloom time. Most of mine bloom all summer or are spring and then late summer bloomers.
And this is for Chandramouli.
The first of the annual Bachelor's Buttons or Cornflower (centaurea cyanus). He's been waiting to see them. These are one of the easiest annuals to start from seed. Sometimes they even reseed themselves and show up the next year.
Hope you're making lots of exciting discoveries in your garden!