Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Critters in the Garden

Here in Central Texas this has been a difficult summer for gardeners and the critters who share our gardens with us.

This summer was so dry, bees visited my bird bath for the first time.  I thought they were thirsty, but apparently, the bees take the water droplets back to the hive for use as a sort of evaporative cooling system. 

Word got out and more bees came.  I'm usually better about cleaning my bird baths, but this year... well, how do you clean a bird bath full of bees?

Luckily, I have more than one bird bath, because this was the kind of summer where even the hawks felt like a swim.  This hawk came regularly throughout the summer to drink, swim, and do a little hunting now and then.

It was so hot, the frogs decided to become birds.

Even the lizards tried to blend into the furniture.

And, the squirrels, well, they tried to stay cool the best they could. 

The only critters who seem to take the heat in stride and go about their business was the road runners.  Beep! Beep!

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