Alligators, butterflies, dragonflies and squirrels are some of the wildlife living here in my area that are not birds. I spend most of my nature observation time looking for birds but I also appreciate the other critters! We have both Grey Squirrels and the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels here but the Grey Squirrels are the most commonly seen between the two. We also have Cotton-tail Rabbits, a variety of snakes and lizards and a few Coyotes and perhaps seldom seen, a Bobcat.
Alligators are here in most of the ponds and lakes. I often spot the butterflies and dragonflies in the preserves and of course in neighborhood yards and gardens. Always a beautiful sight! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures on various days in the past few weeks in my yards. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird was up in the lakeshore Oak that has a branch hanging over the water. A cool spot for the little bird. The insects are Swallow-Tail Butterflies and a Dragonfly. I have enjoyed seeing a variety of animals, birds, and insects here this year and hope to have many more such pretty and interesting visitors in coming months. The weather is hot, there are many boats and swimmers out on the lake and my yard looks fairly chaotic due to the ongoing construction of the new dock. The new dock is nearly done but there still are several tick-list items to go before we can say “Done”. Today’s post will be the last one for about a month. I am taking a break from blogging for some well-deserved time off. The blog will resume in the first week of October. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross or other similar disaster relief agency to help those who likely may be adversely affected by the coming Hurricane Irene along the East Coast. Many thanks! To my East Coast blog friends, I am thinking of you and hope all will be well.
Possibly a Monarch Butterfly
Here are some photographs I have taken fairly recently of some insects and butterflies that I have seen here in my yards and also along my street in neighbor’s gardens and along the shoreline of the lake near the dam. I won’t often post insect pictures but occasionally I like to include a variety of critters in my wildlife posts. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Possibly a Mayfly
Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly