Today was the first day I could spend in the yard without fighting off mosquitos and feeling as if I was surrounded by hot liquid air. Hurricane Joaquin picked up the cold front headed our way and pulled it through from west Florida to east Florida, as it moved northeast in the Atlantic. It was cooler than it has been, much drier and breezy. The butterflies were flitting everywhere, and there were more Monarchs than I have seen in a long time. I also saw two migrant warbler species - a Prairie Warbler that I got some photos of, and a female American Redstart that I could not get anything but blurs. Below are some of the photos from today.
At the bottom of the pictures are some Sparrows at our feeders. I couldn't label them above the picture because Blogger wasn't cooperating.
A Skipper butterfly
Above and below - the beautiful Prairie Warbler
Below - some posing dragonflies
A couple of Monarchs - one nectaring and one laying eggs
A Gulf Fritillary