Butterflies thrive in our warm climate.
and Gulf Fritillaries are locals.
But the Monarchs are the show stoppers now.
They are a threatened species, so seeing them is a special treat.
Cheers to you from from the Southern California Flutterbyes~
These gorgeous creatures,
are Grey Buckeye Butterflies,
a newly identified sub-species, found in south western North America. The species was first identified in 2016.
Grey Buckeyes are genetically and morphologically distinct and from Eastern Buckeye Butterflies.
All I know is they are beautiful and I love having them here!
Cheers to you from the beautiful Grey Buckeyes~
For More Information on the identification of this new species see:
Great Tailed Grackles are fun birds to watch.
You find them easily by following their loud and distinctive vocalizations.
They chatter, sing, whistle and shriek. (I included a link at the end of this post if you are interested in listening to the diversity of their songs and calls.)
But mostly they sing like this happy guy.
Grackles are always at least as interested in you as you are in them!
They are devoted people watchers.
Cheers to you from the cheerful grackles~
Here is a sampling of their vocalizations: