Last week I posted a number of photos of bumble bees taken at Blackburn Park in mid-July. Before heading home I checked out a small flower garden in the front yard of a house across the street from the park’s parking lot. I found a few insects there.
Okay, it’s another bee but at least not another bumble bee which seemed to bee everywhere this summer.
I’m not positive but I don’t think this is a bee nor a wasp but a mimic of some sort.
Wow! It’s not a bee ! Finally something totally different.
When I got home from the park and pulled into the driveway I found a couple of common grackles (I think) in the bird bath. I left the car running and took these two photos through the driver’s side window. These were the first birds I’d seen in the bath since moving in, but then at this point we’d only lived here about 45 days. As you can see by the water drops on the male (the little bright spots on him) and the ruffled breast feathers on the female, they really were bathing, not just drinking.
Here’s the male by himself. That little drool under his “chin” kind of reminds me of my 11 month old grandson. On the upper right side you might be able t make out some water spray from the female splashing away.
Another surprise was this female cardinal in the yard a few feet away from the bird bath.
Thanks for stopping buy.
All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.