The first birds I noticed were the Northern Flickers. Northern Flickers are a type of woodpecker that often peck ants out of the ground, also utilizing their specialized tongue. There were five of them pecking and flicking bits of moss and grass out of their way so they could reach the tasty ants. I have learned that the males have a red moustache. The two that are together seem to be a mother with a young one as in the video I took, the young one is fed by its mother. However the video seems to be too large for Photobucket so will have to check later to see if there's another way to upload it. Here's a 5 photo slideshow.:
A pileated woodpecker arrived: (may be a female, because males have red moustaches and more of a red head)
Here's a closer look ~
Then some baby robins looking rather "puffy" appeared at the bottom of the back garden:
I don't know if it was the heat, or if they were suntanning or what, but all of a sudden one opened its wings and lay flat on its belly. Shortly after, another did the same!
Of course, the crows were still interested in the cherry tree, so every so often one would come cawing down to have another go at it:
Just then I heard a whirring sound and knew a hummingbird was near:
If you watch carefully you can see it in these videos:
Well, you'd think that was more than enough for one day, when lo and behold, the swallowtail butterfly thought it better get into the picture. Remembering the beautiful closeup butterfly photos on London Daily Photos, I went in for the eye to eye.
I thought I better check the front garden, and what did I spy, but another butterfly, and luckily it was busily enjoying the Heliotrope long enough for me to get a couple of photos:
I think it looks similar to Flighty's butterfly.
Earlier in the morning I had checked the rose garden as is my usual practice, and noticed a couple of blooms had blossomed on "Hot Cocoa":
Also in the rose garden, the sunflowers are maturing ~ if you look into the centre of this one, there are a few different creatures engaging in whatever it is they do. I can see at least three different ones.
Am I ready to go tomorrow? No. Did I have an amazing day? Yes.
Tomorrow will take care of itself :)