July, 2014, Superior Views

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” E. B. White

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Superior Views, early July 2014

Finally, beautiful weather! Unfortunately, after rainy June, the gnats and mosquitoes take

White Admiral Butterfly on the shore of Lake Superior
White Admiral Butterfly on the shore of Lake Superior

fun away from the enjoyment of the magnificent sunny calm days!

Redstart warblers sing and love all the mosquitoes!  Also, song sparrows, Northern parula,  and red-eyed vireo sing in constantly until a fox walks down the driveway. Hummingbirds, finch and pine siskin frequent our feeders. Other birds that nest in our neighborhood are: Chestnut sided warbler, common yellow throat, white-throated sparrow, winter wren, and oven birds. They sing a symphony of joy soon to end with July nesting season.

The best plant for pollinators in early July is the wild geranium.

The hummingbirds and bees love wild geraniums
The hummingbirds and bees love wild geraniums

The birds can be heard, but seeing them is difficult. However, the swallow-tail butterflies, a few monarchs, viceroys, painted ladies, white admirals and northern crescent add to the beauty of each day. Eggs from the painted lady butterfly sit on the pearly everlasting plants, and we watch for caterpillars.

July sunset
July sunset
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