Here's how the garden looks on the first full day of summer, just as the morning sun is peaking over the house.
A robin pair re-used the successful phoebe nest under the deck. Robins are more restless than phoebes; the mother robin clucked every time we walked onto the deck or nearby the nest. Yet, she was successful in carrying the brood through to hatching. The nest has three robin nestlings and both parents are busy bringing insects to the young. Here are the three hungry (and hot) baby robins as they wait for more food; one flopped its head down when it realized that my arrival was not its mother bringing food.
Speaking of the chipmunks. I live-trapped one this morning, after I watched it skipping away from the old peach tree with a walnut-sized peach in its mouth. That was just one of many peaches they've run off with. Chipmunks are so easy to trap. Against my better professional judgement I drove the trap-happy chipmunk down the road and released it in a nice woodsy area with a stone wall. I hate to kill the cute little rodents.
Such are the goings on in our yard this hot summer day.