Our Connecticut back yard bird list has grown to 64 species, of which I have photographed 50 on-site. The latest additions were two flycatchers, which appeared on consecutive days (June 24 & 25).
The first was heard before appearing briefly in the shrubs at the back (west) end of the property. It is named for its plaintive "Pee-oh-wee" whistle:
Next came the Eastern Kingbird. It never approached closely:
Two other flycatchers are more common here--
...and the larger, more colorful Great Crested Flycatcher:
Our granddaughter Graci snapped this expansive view of the western horizon back of the house, just after sunset (used with her permission):
Our morning walk along Diamond Lake provided nice views:
I was intrigued by the shape and color of the small flowers of this creeping vine:
It attracted Bumblebees...
...and had green berries:
My Internet search provided its identification as Climbing Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), a member of the family Solenidae which includes the Deadly Nightshade. This was a bit distressing until I realized that this family of plants includes tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers and eggplant. The berries will turn red and are only mildly toxic.
(This reminded me of my Irish grandmother who, before cooking eggplant, stacked the slices overnight with a flat iron on top and cheesecloth layered between them to "absorb the poison." This unnecessary procedure produced a vile-tasting shriveled-up vegetable which I avoided until I found out that the fresh product is indeed delicious and safe).
On a lighter note, the wild blackberries will soon be sweet and edible. I have watched them progress from blooms...
...but not quite black as of yesterday:
Aside from the birds and berries, we had a visitor to our front door at 1:15 AM on June 26th. Our doorbell camera captured its arrival and departure. In the interim while it was out of sight, the camera recorded scratching noises at our door (which was then and will be forever locked after dark). Watch to about the one minute mark when the bear returns to view and ascends the steps. Our daughter turned on the floodlights, but this seemed not to faze the bear:
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