Sunday, May 1, 2011


We've had several interesting visitors lately.  This moth was hanging out on one of our window screens and I was able to pick him up and move him to a little sapling (window screens are really not a great background for photos!).   He posed for a few minutes then flew off into the woods. Mark and I were unable to find this guy in our field guide, but I'm going to send a picture into the Missouri conservation department and see if we can get it identified. 
This little critter showed up last night, but we didn't know what we were hearing.  We were eating dinner and heard something thumping near the wood stove, but decided it was hummingbirds hitting the house.  This morning Mark heard noises again and decided to investigate.  The poor thing had gotten trapped in the wood stove!  Mark was able to capture him and let him go outside.  He flew off looking unhurt so hopefully he's okay.
 And lastly, the hummingbirds are back!  We saw the first one a few weeks ago, but they are coming back strong now.  There are nine in this picture.  When I refilled one of the feeders this afternoon they were landing on the feeder before I had gotten it hung back up!  I was mesmerized by how close they were.  Such energetic creatures!

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