The Hummingbird Bush was literally buzzing.
There were many kinds of bees,
in the evening, Hummingbird Moths.
A Green Anole was getting into the action, hoping for a bug snack. In the Fall, the birds will eat the ripened berries.
Hamelia paten, named after Frenchman Henri Hamel, is a large shrub/small tree that is native to Mexico. It has many common names including, firebush, scarlet bush, Mexican firebush, Mexican firecracker, Texas firebush and in Mayan, Ix Canaan. In this area, we call it Hummingbird Bush. All of these names give us a good reason to learn botanical names.
The Hamelia paten is related to coffee plants and in Mexico, the fruits are fermented into a drink.
It is certainly a versatile plant that feeds many and produces bright red flowers for humans to enjoy.
A new day and the feeding frenzy has escalated. Seven or more hummingbirds have descended on the garden. Another hummer has claimed the second feeder leaving the others to fight for it.
I was watching from a window and saw the hummingbirds acting differently and went out to see what was going on. It turns out that hummers aren’t the only ones interested in the sugar water. A green anole was blocking their access.
And the birds were not happy.
The anole eventually climbed up on the stand and encroached on the hummingbird’s perch. The bird tried going after the lizard with its needle-like bill.
The anole was steadfast.
The hummingbird was not amused.
The hummer sat on its perch for a few minutes trying not to look at the lizard, while the anole may have been wondering if it could swallow the little bird.
In the end, the anole outlasted the hummers who finally met their match.
You never know who is watching while working in the garden. I spotted the head of a toad peeking from a hole. It burrowed into the soft soil the Cicada Wasps have dug up.
While working near the house, I found this brown anole watching me from a weep hole between the bricks. The brown anoles live out front and the greens are in the back yard. (He is small and the photos were taken with a phone, so not the best.)
This time, I’m the one watching this little green anole. It is so tiny and cute exploring the world it just entered.
While eating my lunch, I noticed some activity outside my kitchen window.
Baby Cardinals just out of the nest were having a nice mud bath in my flower bed.
Dad was keeping a watchful eye on the kids.
As soon as Cardinal family left, this Green Anole hopped on the sill to do some bug hunting on my window.
Yup, I know that window needs to be cleaned, it always does.
All the photos were taken through the kitchen window. I planted the bed with flowering plants that attract all kinds of backyard critters and there’s a feeder for Hummingbirds. I am always entertained while I dine.
I came across this baby Copperhead that seems to be going through a difficult molt. This photo was taken in the morning.
I checked on the snake late in afternoon and it was still on the same rock. Its tail is in a new position, so I knew it was alive. No, I did not poke it to check. Molting or the preferred description, shedding or the scientific word ecdysis, seems to be hard work. I did some research and it said a snake in captivity can be helped by its owner. With a Copperhead, I decided to let nature take its course. It seems late in the year for babies, but…
there are lots of baby lizards, anoles and geckos, around. This green anole greets me every morning from its home on a potted plant by my door.
The garden has been full of these yellow Cloudless Sulphur butterflies. There were at least 7 flying around. They were not very interested in posing for photos, so this is the best shot I was able to get.
Quite a few Gulf Fritillary butterflies have been visiting. They had been gone from the garden for a few years and just started coming back last Fall. The Bottle Brush decided to put out a few flowers attracting the butterflies and bees.
My Japanese Anemone has been struggling all year, but has finally bloomed.
My Confederate Rose is still blooming and giving me joy every day. With the cooler weather, it is skipping the light pink color and going directly to dark rose. Here in the Gulf Coast area, this time of year is often called our second Spring and it certainly seems that way with baby animals and newly blooming flowers.