A little rain

The last few days have certainly been hot. We have however witnessed a few drops of rain on Monday and again today!

This morning I woke to the sound of thunder and rain drops!
It wasn’t much. Here is the evidence of our .01″. Unlike Monday’s sprinkles this registered in our rain gauge! Yippee!

Amazingly the Greeneyes (Berlandiera betonicifolia) are doing well.

So I wonder if it was the grasshoppers that chewed on the Arkansas Yucca’s seed pod?

The Two-striped Toothpick Grasshopper (Mermiria bivittata) could certainly be a candidate for eating the seed pod. Here it landed on me. In fact this species is the most abundant species here at our house.

The Common Persimmon is loaded!

Contrasting colors of the Horsemint (Monarda cittriodora) and the Leavenworth’s Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii).

So it had been almost four weeks that the four bluebird eggs were noticed by me in one of our nest boxes. Indeed time to check them. Did they bake or perhaps infertile?

Breaking the first egg open it appeared infertile to me.

A second egg was the same. At least the other four or five attempts around here had been successful. And several had six nestlings fledge. They often come to the water.

We are very happy for any rain we get. Perhaps a bigger rain will come soon. Fingers crossed.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Yay at least it was .01. Bill Lindemann called that “a sip”.
    And yay for the common persimmons. Pretty reliable fruit and so important a wildlife food source. I think in fall they look like little pumpkins hanging in the tree if they are still on after the leaves fall.
    Tx Greeneyes are dear to me. Two places I have known them from the most, the LBJ Grasslands where I admired their interesting look closeup, and along our highway near me. Unfortunately this year the farmer sprayed or cut them down. And the highway department mowed the ones outside the fence. Heartbroken! I had to buy a plant at a sale to get one in my yard and it is still hanging in there. It, Grindelia and Camphorweed endure the harshest conditions.

  2. Hooray for your rain! We got 0.08″ last night! And hooray for the baby condors – hope to see one in the wild one day.

  3. That is exactly how my wren eggs looked when I broke them open. So did a breeding not take in these two birds’ instances or maybe the extreme heat affected the eggs or the parents?

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