I can't remember who told me the bees would come back out when the temp was warmer. I'm not remembering the temp they said now, either, but we had a day this week that got up to the lower 70s, and others in the 60s, and I am pleased that I have seen bees.
This garter snake was on the fence by the herb garden. The hose is from the rain barrel, and I had the water going into a watering can, which I was letting overflow into the garden. The snake did not leave after I took photos and walked away, like they usually do. I was able to get photos from the garage side as well as the herb garden side. I wonder if it was drinking water out of the can.
I'm not sure what this insect on the garden side of the garage is, some kind of beetle, I think.
This beetle was having a feast on the gazania bloom.
I have seen robins, blue jays, and a number of other birds this week, and the squirrels are still running about. There has been a rabbit in the back yard several days this week. I am sad that a clematis I had planted this summer was cut off at the base, just as it was about to bloom some time this past week. I'm thinking it was either the rabbit going under the deck, or Heidi trying to get to it. The birds have been flying around in large groups. There were some large dark colored birds making lots of noise in one of the neighbor's trees this afternoon. It rained about 3 inches the last few days, so the sun felt good today.
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