It's been too dark to get many photos in the holler lately but at the moment my small rock garden has most of the blooming flowers in the holler: Echinacea and Shasta daisies. Wingstems and jewelweed are growing but will not flower for awhile.
Earlier in the week -- during an outbreak of sunshine -- I found this wonderful crab spider:
A yellow crabspider on Echinacea flower, 2 June 2013 -- Misumena vatia is my tentative i.d. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
New bird arrivals include a wood thrush. (Check out wood thrush songs -- one of my favorite holler singers.) On June 29th during my holler walk, a great blue heron flew along my path but in the opposite direction. I see them two or three times a year up at this end of the holler.
The phoebes fledged around the 16th of June. After that, a Carolina wren began spending more time near the house...a couple of days ago I saw a yellow-throated warbler collecting pet hair on the porch. I have seen this species near the house for a couple of years, I think, but I had not been able to get a good enough look for a positive identification. Yesterday one of the phoebes -- a female -- returned to the nest for a minute or so. It had slightly different coloration than either of the parents, so I'm wondering if it was one of the grown chicks from the second brood.
Here's a couple of the last videos I got before the chicks fledged. The first one is on June 14th during a very active wing testing and grooming session. The second one is from June 15th, the day before they fledged. I especially liked this one because of the other holler sounds in the background: