which is really a large tray that I fill with fresh water
for the wildlife to drink from,
has been getting the attention of many
colorful and .....most often.....
hard to see visitors. The wild birds......all in
beautiful colors, shapes and sizes stay continually
in and around the water, enjoying baths and an escape
from the harsh high temps we have been having lately.
Even the shy and standoffish bobcat that usually only comes
around in the late, late, evening, has been visiting
in the early day for a relief drink. As you can see from
the photo above, it is panting in the 104 heat of the day.
Underneath the watering tray......there is a little
world......living in the damp coolness and unseen
from the eyes of predators. Hundreds of Pill bugs
are always abundant, but, for these past 6 weeks,
this young Tiger Salamander has been calling this
spot it's home
I am surprised to see it.......everyday.......because the salamanders
that I have seen here in the past, usually only come out at night
after a heavy rain. I have only seen them twice in all the years
we have lived here. I change the water every day........and
this salamander was only about 1 1/2 inches long when I first discovered it.
It is quickly growing and is now almost 3 inches long. Salamanders
are very friendly and do not mind to be picked up. I just wonder how much
longer it will stay and if I will see it when the cold winter arrives.
Also living underneath the water tray are several baby bullfrogs.
It always amazes me to see bullfrogs here when we hardly
have any rain or any ponds nearby. These are not the rain toads
that we also have an abundance of. These will grow to be very large with
spots and good jumping legs.
I spend the early mornings watering what flowers and plants that are
still hanging on in this heat. The rest of the day, I spend
inside.......grateful for air conditioning and keep my fingers busy with
Summer is almost over, however.......
what has your summer been like?
Have you traveled? Have you had guests?
Have you raised a garden?
What kind of creatures have taken sanctuary in your backyard?
I would love to hear!