Tuesday, March 23, 2010


It's Spring, it's Spring, it's Spring.  

No matter if frost touches the dawn, our winged friends know it's Spring.

Our first Tiger Swallowtail butterfly appeared two weeks ago. 

Pictured last season on Texas Gold Lantana. 

And I saw the first Black Swallowtail on my walk today.

Pictured in April 2008 on lavender.

Front-runner hummingbirds began appearing exactly a week ago.  We know they're 'our' hummingbirds because they zip to the spot where the feeders were hung last year. If we're late putting the feeders out now, the birds whistle, click, and maybe swear until we hustle out to serve them.  

In the Hill Country, early season hummingbirds are mostly male Ruby-Throats.  The pioneers get the best territories.

Picture taken 8-29-08.  Note the bees on the feeder.  The drought brought them.  We were afraid the birds wouldn't come in but the hummingbirds adapted; hovering for a few seconds.  The draft from their wings scattered the bees. 

But a couple of Black-Chinned Hummingbirds showed up yesterday.  
Female Black-Chinned taken May 16, 2009. 

Male Black-Chinned taken May 16, 2009.  See the flash or purple in his gorget?

Wildflowers, butterflies, birds, people...we all renew in the lengthening days.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.


  1. Beautiful! I particularly love the hummingbird photos. I've never managed to photograph one. Happy Tuesday!

  2. Wonderful photographs! I haven't seen any butterflies in our garden yet, although I have seen them in the hedgerows as we drive out to see the horses.

  3. I haven't seen any hummingbirds yet, but I'll get my feeders up now that you have seen some! Thanks for the heads up!

  4. As I was driving into Houston today, I noticed all along the sides of the country road I was driving that the blackberries were in bloom. "Yes," I thought, "It really is spring."

  5. These are just incredible photos! Hummingbirds are strange and wonderful little creatures, I think.

  6. How wonderful to have these creatures in your garden. I particularly love the swallowtails. I have a hard time getting a good picture of one, so I will enjoy yours :-)

  7. I bow to you getting these photos.
    As is renewal, absolutely.

  8. I am supremely jealous: all those hummers at your place! I've seen one in ten years at mine. Of course, I do live in Alaska, maybe that has something to do with it;)

    Christine B.

  9. I love hummingbirds. I find them fascinating.

    Love you, too, Kathleen. Happy Spring!


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