I’ve been seeing a lot of swallowtail butterflies lately. A Black Swallowtail–like this butterfly, but this photo is from another day–laid eggs in our parsley plants today.

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The eggs look like tiny pearls. I don’t know how many will hatch or how destructive the caterpillars are, but I’ll keep an eye on the parsley pots.

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Little Carolina wren looking around the yard.

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The next few shots were taken through the window and without ideal camera lens and settings, so they’re far from great photos. But it was the first time I’d ever seen a Swallow-tailed Kite land in a tree, so I grabbed the camera and took some very quick pics. The bird seemed very agitated at first, moving on the branch with its mouth open and wings raised.

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After a few moments it calmed down and sat quietly.

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And after a few more minutes it flew away.

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