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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Well you might be wondering how Walter’s surgery went yesterday. The truth is it didn’t happen.

This butterfly has quite a lot of snow on her back

On Monday the weather peeps were telling us that we were getting a big storm on Tuesday that would make travel difficult to the vet (remember it is a 1 ½ hour drive from our house). Our mom made the decision to cancel the appointment for safety sake. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 27th.

Instead of having surgery I got to do lots of playing in the snow

Dad made lots of snowballs for us to retrieve

We had about 15+ inches of snow in the past couple of days (this broke records for snow fall amount and low temperatures). It was light and fluffy but packed well for snowballs.

I still have all my teeth.
Don’t you dare chomp them on me.

I love sticking my head in the snow

We sure had a great time playing in the snow

The snow won’t last for long as the temps are supposed to get above freezing during the next week.

We’re sorry we haven’t been around much this past week. Our mom had family visiting and got a little behind in commenting on our friends blogs but she promised to get caught up soon.

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Happy Halloween everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here.

We’ve enjoyed being outside in the nice fall weather. 

Today we are joining the LLB Gang for their No Tricks, Just Treats for Shelters blog hop. Sadly the rescue group that we both came from no longer is in business so we can’t help them any more but since Millie was rescued from Rochester Animal Services we decided to help them out.

What are these leaves doing on me?
They look great against your furs Millie.

There is something that is so easy for everyone to do if you ever shop at Amazon.com that can help your favorite charity.

You can choose from over one million charities to support. Just make sure when you are ready to start shopping you start at smile.amazon.com. We made sure that our mom has designated the Verona Street Animal Society as our Amazon Smile charity. They are a non-profit that raises needed funds for the city shelter where Millie came from.

We must be raising lots of money based on how many Amazon boxes come to our house.

You should check to see if your favorite charity is supported by Amazon Smile and sign up. There is no additional cost to you to do so.

We are joining the LLB Gang for their blog hop and Comment-a-Thon. They are donating money to three worthy pet charities. For every blog that joins their hop they are donating $1 and for every comment they are donating 50 cents. Help them out by visiting and leaving a comment even if you don’t join the blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. This past Sunday evening Charlie and I headed out to Webster Park to see what the sunset would be like. It wasn’t as beautiful as we had hoped but here is a little of what we saw.

I love the panorama setting on my new camera
(maximize your browser window then click on the image to make it bigger)

Here is a little video I put together of a sequence of pictures I took.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

One last picture as the sun was fading below the horizon

I’m joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Late last week we were lucky to have some Painted Lady butterflies migrating through our yard. They enjoyed a stop over for some refueling. We first found them enjoying the sedum.

The underside of a Painted Lady Butterfly is not as colorful as the upperside.

The upperside of the Painted Lady Butterfly.

They really loved the sedum…

… and often had to share them with other insects like this honey bee

Here is a little video of the action on the sedum.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

The next day when we came outside there were many more Painted Ladies and this time most of them were on the Blue Fortune Agastache.

Painted Lady butterflies on Blue Fortune Agastache

At one point we counted about a dozen butterflies on the agastache

Painted Lady Butterfly

The butterflies worked every angle of the flowers

This would make a good Tongue Out Tuesday picture
(click on the image to make it bigger to see what I mean)

The upperside is so beautiful

Here a video of the action on the agastache.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We also found the Painted Ladies on our hydrangea.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Painted Lady invasion we had in our yard recently.

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. I know some of you are disappointed that Millie & Walter aren’t here today but I’m having fun taking pictures of other subjects too. Don’t worry the pups will make an appearance soon, I promise.

This past Saturday Charlie and I went on a field trip with the Rochester Birding Association to Ontario Beach Park. We started out seeing what was among the crowd of birds on the beach. It was fairly early in the morning and the lighting wasn’t coming from the best direction for photography but I managed to get a few keepers.

First Winter Ring-billed Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull – Non-breeding Adults

Next we moved to the pier to see what might be hanging around there.

Great Blue Heron

There wasn’t much other action beside the heron so the group decided to walk back to the cars. I kept my eyes on the rocks along the pier and spotted a little bird hopping quickly from rock to rock. The leaders stopped to see what had attracted my attention and were surprised to find this little guy.

Least Sandpiper

He was moving fast and pecking at all the cracks and crevices in the rocks.

Hey lady are you happy I stood still for you?

According to the experienced birders this was a unusual find for this location. At this point the group was going to head to another location further down the Genesee river but Charlie and I decided to head home. On the way home we decided to make a stop at North Ponds Park to see what was there too.

One of the three Great Blue Herons at this park

Double-crested Cormorant

Other than the many herons we saw, this lone cormorant was the only other unusual find for this location.

I hope you enjoyed going along on our field trip. I’m joining the Wild Bird Wednesday blog hop. You should stop by and see some more birds.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here again. Last week I showed you some of the smaller creatures that enjoy our sedum. Today I’ll show you some butterflies that also enjoy the nectar from the sedum.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

This eastern tiger swallowtail is looking quite beat up at this point in the summer.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

It’s difficult to photograph the giant swallowtail as they are in constant motion. You will see what I mean in the video below.

Monarch Butterfly

This monarch butterfly had to share this sedum with some other insects.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

The butterflies have also been enjoying the Joe Pye weed, which isn’t a weed in our garden but a perennial that we planted (there is a native variety that does grow as a weed in our area too).

Monarch Butterfly enjoying the Joe Pye Weed

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the butterflies hanging around our yard.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Okay so maybe there will be a few words. There are a few plants in our yard right now that are virtual magnets for all sorts of insects. One of the favored plants right now is the sedum. Here are a few of the smaller visitors.

White Belted Black Wasp

Zabulon Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

For those of you wondering how I know the names of so many different insects I just do a simple internet search using key words that also indicate the region I’m in such as “black wasp western ny”. I can usually find what I’m looking for with all the images out there.

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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