I was cutting some lumber outside, stepped away for a few minutes, and returned to find this mantis standing on top of my workpiece. I presume it was acting as a safety inspector.
I saw this person out for an aerial spin. Looked like a great time.
I felt a bump while running my hand through the hair on the back of my head the other morning. Asking Faye to look at it she confirmed that it was a tick, carefully removed it using a tick key, and commented that it removed easily.
Knowing we have Black-legged Ticks (Lyme disease carriers) in the area and unsure of my ID I sent a photo to our local health unit. (The other object is a piece of wax.) They returned two positive IDs that this is an American Dog Tick, which is not a Lyme carrier. Still, ick. While I tolerate many insect life forms, I zero out ticks, mosquitoes, and cockroaches are instant kill.
Be sure to to a thorough tick check after being in tick country.
A male American Goldfinch blends in quite nicely.
Currents flow, waves break, whitecaps come and go.
One thing I am doing today is admiring this Turkey Vultures’ graceful soaring.
A strip loin with potatoes, carrots, marinated mushrooms, and garlic scapes. Washed down with a pleasant Italian pinot grigio.
A Turkey Vulture rides the wind, just before a thunderstorm arrives.
Would you like to guess what this is?
This female Baltimore Oriole watched to ensure she was not being ambushed. It is so interesting that she and her partner come to the hummingbird feeder!