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JBtheExplorer

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Had to look that one up @JBtheExplorer
Not around here and I see it is a moth.
Yep. People often call it a hummingbird moth along with a few other species. Has a color that more resembles a bumble bee, but they definitely fly like hummingbirds.
 
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Just watched a Snowberry Clearwing fly around to hundreds of my Common Blue Violets. I don't often see much attracted to the violets. Occasionally bumble bees. I really planted them just because they're a host plant for Fritillary butterflies. Seeing a Snowberry Clearwing use them was awesome!
They are amazing little critters! We have a couple of honeysuckle vines which are their host plants, so we do get our share.
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I haven't planted violets (on purpose) but we do allow many of the native 'weed' violets grow in a variety of areas, especially for our Diana Fritillaries.
 
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Darn feral cats, had two trying to fish out of the pond. I need to put up deer fencing so they can't reach the water. One ran when it saw me, one got caught in the wide weave net. Hubby and I are trying to figure out to release that spitting howling clawing cat when it fell into the water, tried to climb the iris, then managed to get out for the water and somehow got loose and ran into our woods.
 
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Ah you might have found mama cat and pa pa cat! Gee just think you could have had four more of those critters running around hungry and wanting to eat up your fish. Glad they got out tho and maybe they will be scared enough now to stay away. Prolly not tho if they found an easy fishing hole. Wonder if they ever catch any?
 
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Ha never seen a rabbit and a chipmunk sharing a seed buffet before. Great shot.
 

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I just heard a bird call I didn't recognize. I was curious so I looked out my window and couldn't believe it.
An Eastern Bluebird was sitting on my fence!! I've never seen one in the yard before. I got a super blurry photo for documenting through my old blurry windows and window screen. I then slowly opened my window and just as I was focusing, it flew away. I would've had a solid photo of it. :cry:

Here's the blurry shot.
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My gut told me to walk out to my nest boxes today, and I'm glad I did.

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I don't know if they'll move in or not, but I'm glad they're here today. I'm kind of at a catch 22 right now.
House Sparrows have been such a problem this year that I put wood on the front of my nest boxes to make the entry hole smaller, which can help deter sparrows blue still allow wrens and tree swallows to move in. Of course, the year I do that is the year that bluebirds show up. They need larger holes. I'm not sure how to win.
 
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Oh, that is a dilemma. We had a pair visit & check out our box, but they didn't opt to move in. :( I know that our heavily wooded property really isn't their favorite type of environment, though, so I just try to be happy when one or two decide to come by & pay us a visit.
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I saw a pair of Orioles back at my feeder the other day, prob the same pair as lady pat year, I got their feeder all set up the next day. I use Welch’s Passion Fruit Juice in the cup, and I bought a few nice oranges, they love both. I can’t seem to get a pic.
 

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