We haven't seen as many butterflies this year as we usually do, but there've been some swallowtails and some pretty yellow ones, a number of little white butterflies, and I got this picture of an orange butterly (a Gulf Fritillary?):
and some photos of an entirely different kind of orange butterfly, (perhaps a Monarch?):
The swallowtails still come to the flowers, but are looking quite ragged this late in the year.
We've had a hard time attracting cardinals, but we finally found a feeder that does the trick:
The problem is that the feeder the cardinals like is readily accessible to the squirrels and chipmunks *sigh* They should just call them chipmunk feeders and be done with it:
This female cardinal ventured down for water:
The hummingbirds pulled a stunt I'd never seen, with one hanging upside down from a Dracena leaf while the other poked and prodded until they both flew away.
I find hummingbirds hard to photograph, but I got a couple of videos. In this one you can see and hear the hummingbird up in the dogwood tree:
and in the one below you see the hummingbird at the feeder:
We still have some coneflowers blooming:
and some caterpillars on the rue:
The opossum has been a new visitor we get a kick out of watching. She (he?) has only come twice, several days apart around 11:00 PM, and hunts bugs with enthusiasm:
She patrols the perimeter, looks in the door at us, and gets a drink. We're in favor of anything that keeps bugs at bay and doesn't want to come inside.
Yesterday was a gray, drizzly day with a high in the low 70s -perfect weather for the equinox observance!