Between a hectic work schedule and an incredibly comfy new sofa in the big room away form the back windows, I haven’t been doing much pond-watching lately, but I thought I’d pass along some updates.
The last few nights there has been a bright crescent moon reflecting over the water, and it’s nice to check in on it every night and watch it progress. We’ve also had some lovely cloud layers where the front clouds are bluish and the back layer peeking through is a pale pink and flickers with lightning.
I found both cats glued to the sliding-glass door, avidly watching a female cormorant sunning her wings on the edge of our property. The birds easily outweighed both cats put together, but they would have loved to try!
A cluster of four ibis bobbed around the pond last week, giving us a show from the side window when they ventured between the houses.
Most excitingly- I was originally sad to see that one of the clusters of reeds right off the back of our property seems to have died back. However, this has left an ideal turtle sunning-spot and I am treated to turtle-watching almost daily now. It’s hard to tell even with binoculars, but they may be Suwanee cooters.
And not pond-related, but still outside wildlife-y, this morning I discovered a bazillion tiny cup mushrooms springing up in the bed under the bushes that line the front of the house. I will take a picture this afternoon when I can actually bend over and get a good look at them! We also had a foolish frog clinging to the windscreen of the car while on errand this weekend- I wanted to jump out and rescue him but traffic was too heavy and he leapt to freedom. I hope he made it!
While it’s been miserably hot (meaning, outrageously humid), I really do love the Florida wildlife in our area.