Monarch Caterpillars, Cedar Waxwings, And Baby Chickadees



Just a brief update tonight since I am getting home late.  I’ll be posting lots of pictures this weekend, especially since we now have lots of Monarch Caterpillars.

I just checked some of our Milkweed plants tonight, and many of them are covered in Monarch Caterpillars.  The picture below is just one plant (and not one of our better ones) and I count 10 Monarch Caterpillars on this one.

Ten Monarch Caterpillars On Milkweed

Ten Monarch Caterpillars On Milkweed

On another plant, I counted at least 2.

Monarch Caterpillars Crawling Towards Newer Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillars Crawling Towards Newer Milkweed

Many of our other Milkweed plants also have Caterpillars but I haven’t had the chance to count them all.  From what I can tell, all of these eggs, and now Caterpillars, are from the single female Monarch we saw a few weeks ago.  In the latest update from Journey North, they are reporting that huge numbers are migrating out of Mexico and that the leading edge of the migration has already entered Oklahoma.  That being the case, I’m hopeful that we will see more Monarchs later this week (although I also may end up needing to buy more Milkweed).

I have a day 5 update on the Carolina Chickadee babies.  Of the original 6 eggs, five of them hatched, but only 4 chicks remain.  I’m not sure what happened to the other chick.  Do the parents remove a baby if it doesn’t survive?  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t due to a predator.

Although I wasn’t able to get any quality pictures, we had a flock of Cedar Waxwings land in my Maple Tree this evening.  We’ve noticed a flock of about a dozen flying overhead in the evenings, but have never seen them near the backyard before today.  Just for kicks, I’m going to put out some grapes and some jelly and see if I can get them to feed in the backyard.  I would love to take a good picture of one of them!

Check back starting tomorrow for new (and hopefully better quality) pictures of Butterflies, Caterpillars, and Birds.

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