Tree Frog Redux

Mary found another tree frog while picking Savoy lettuce for breakfast:

Tree frog on Savoy cabbage
Tree frog on Savoy cabbage

They’re much better camouflaged in their (more or less) natural surroundings, so I didn’t spot it at first, either.

They really are cute little gadgets:

Tree frog on Savoy cabbage - detail
Tree frog on Savoy cabbage – detail

This is only the fourth tree frog she’s seen in the last two decades, but the second one in a month. It may be the same frog as before, although the garden now has a rather husky resident snake who seems to be eating well.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

The butterfly bush attracted another Hummingbird Moth:

Clearwing Hummingbrid Moth
Clearwing Hummingbrid Moth

As always, those gadgets are a wonder to behold!

Photo from the Pixel 3a, zoomed all the way, and showing why digital zooming isn’t the way to get nice pictures. On the other paw, it’s the camera I always have with me.

Tree Frog

A myriad of tree frogs serenade us in the evenings, but we rarely see any. This fingernail-size critter was impossible to miss against a brown plastic trash can:

Tree Frog on trash can handle
Tree Frog on trash can handle

It sat tucked nose-up inside the handle until I loomed overhead, whereupon the edge seemed better. It eventually jumped to the ground, dozens of body lengths below, and hopped off into the leaf litter behind the cans.

We wished it well and expect to hear from it during the rest of the season.

Goose Parade

Canada Geese seem primed to travel in a straight line, whether in the air, on water, along a rail trail, or even on a sidewalk:

Canada Goose parade - A
Canada Goose parade – A

They proceed around corners in an orderly manner:

Canada Goose parade - B
Canada Goose parade – B

But they completely ignore crosswalk markings:

Canada Goose parade - C
Canada Goose parade – C

We think two goose families joined forces for this outing: four large geese and seven goslings by our count.

The sidewalks sport a rich assortment of goose poop, so the geese obviously enjoy their hikes.

Carolina Wren Construction

A great musical interlude on the patio announced an airlift of construction materials eventually producing this pile inside the top cover of the propane tank:

Carolina Wren - nest started atop propane tank
Carolina Wren – nest started atop propane tank

The male Carolina Wren switched from the Tweedle of Great Nestbuilding to the less musical Mighty Chirr of Disapproval, presumably because he noticed a mouse (or, perhaps, chipmunk) occupying the lower ring of the tank. Rodents and birds do not coexist well at all; I have no doubt a mouse would climb right up the tank for a supply of breakfast eggs.

I must blow the crud off the tank before the next fill.

Homebrew Mint Extract

I clearcut a stand of spearmint and turned it into three jars of what should become mint extract:

Homebrew mint extract - start 2021-06-17
Homebrew mint extract – start 2021-06-17

The left jar has 3 ounces of mint mostly covered with 80 proof vodka and the other two jars each have 5 ounces submerged in 180 proof grain alcohol.

Nine days later:

Homebrew mint extract - 2021-06-26
Homebrew mint extract – 2021-06-26

The vodka is now on the right and shows a weird layering caused by the leaves extending above the light yellow liquid; I’ve been inverting the jars every few days. The grain alcohol looks more like the previous iteration, with uniformly decolored leaves in dark green liquid.

A closer look:

Homebrew mint extract - vodka vs grain alcohol - 2021-06-26
Homebrew mint extract – vodka vs grain alcohol – 2021-06-26

What’s happening in the vodka jar does not look like a nominal outcome …

A Spider at Breakfast

The underside of a spinach leaf makes a fine place for a spider to guard her egg sac, right up until the leaf arrives on the kitchen cutting board just before breakfast:

Spider guarding egg sac
Spider guarding egg sac

We deported her (and her incipient family) to the flower garden just outside, wished her well, and continued with breakfast.