Well my Twitter and Facebook buddies have already seen these. I took some shots of a Hummingbird Clearwing moth last weekend. They are the most amazing little creatures! The first time I saw one, I did a double-take because I thought it was a miniature hummingbird.
Isn't nature amazing? I still have not seen a single Monarch butterfly this year, which breaks my heart. Some estimates say the population in eastern Canada has dropped up to 90% this season. This is a tragedy. Here's one story about the sad situtation. I have loved Monarchs since I was a kid, and to think that humans have contributed so largely to their demise is just, well, heartbreaking. I hope they can make a comeback in this area next year. I really miss them.
On another note, the ducklings are HUGE!
I think this one is the only male, which is a good thing because we are very drake-heavy right now!
And there should be three more ducklings hatching in a few weeks. While we were in NYC, Marcia duck went broody. We came back to find her sitting on three eggs. I found her down there the night we returned, and marked the eggs. But I didn't get a chance to discuss it with Gordon, and the next day night, as he was making ice cream, he told me how he hadn't been able to find one of the ducks. Then he saw her on the the nest. AND TOOK AWAY HER EGGS! And used two of them in the ice cream he was making. AAIIIEEEEE!!!
He had just stolen the eggs, so I took the remaining one back to poor Marcia, then the next day gave her two new eggs to incubate. My heartless husband! We'll see if all three hatch or not. She hadn't been sitting long at all, which is why the ice-cream eggs weren't, er, embryos.
And I have to say, the peanut butter/chocolate chip ice cream Gordon made was outstanding!
Have a great weekend. Brian and Gary, if you are reading this, I'm sending you lots of love and good thoughts.