Birds, violets and butterfly eggs

Viola sororia 'Freckles'

Viola sororia ‘Freckles’

Spring has finally arrived here in northern Kentucky.  An exploration of my brother’s yard this Easter weekend revealed all kinds of goodies!  The lovely violets are in full bloom.  We picked, washed and froze some of the flowers in ice-cube trays to use later in glasses of lemonade for a pretty splash of color.  These are vital host plants for our various species of native fritillary butterflies.


The birds are busy building nests and laying eggs.  A momma robin decided to set up housekeeping among the branches of the native coral honeysuckle that grows between a lattice-work trellis and the privacy fence.  She’s tending to three beautiful blue eggs.

robin eggs

A momma wren chose a more interesting nursery…. inside a watering can!  She filled the entire can with leaves, moss and grass…. a soft and fluffy nest for her brown speckled eggs.



And, for the tiniest Easter egg of all… a sulphur butterfly flew into the yard to check out the clover growing in the lawn.  It was fun to watch her investigate each leaf before she paused long enough to “glue” on a single egg.  A new generation of life is well on its way in my brother’s beautiful wildlife garden.

sulphur butterfly egg

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  1. Darcy McClelland says

    What is it about wrens (and others) that attracts them to illogical nesting places?? Growing up in the city, the hanging baskets on our front porch always had nests in them. And, of course, every time someone came to the door (or walked out), mama bird would fly away for hours. Too much time away from the nests and the eggs never hatched. In frustration one year, my mother put up barriers to the front porch to see if the eggs would hatch. (They didn’t, but we don’t know why.)

    Even now, in the country where there is plenty of natural cover, I’ve got wrens (and others) who build their nests on rafters in the breezeway, on shelves in the work area or chemical cabinet, and even in an open area on our range vehicle. Without fail, the birds fly away whenever someone passes by and the nests end up homes to unhatched eggs–or worse, to abandoned hatchlings. Silly birds!

    • says

      Judy, What a sweet photo of the wren’s nest in the watering can :-) Good of you, Darcy, to add your comment about the urban wren who put her nest too close to your door… Readers might want to be on the alert for nest in odd places in their spring gardens so as not to disturb them by accident!
      kathy vilim recently posted..Easter Sunrise Over the Pacific

  2. says

    Judy, looks like you had a great treasure hunt. I’m especially impressed that you saw and captured the sulphur buterfly egg! I’ve had 2 male black swallowtails and 1 pipevine swallowtail emerge from their chrysalises this past week. It would seem butterfly season is here. .
    Betty Hall recently posted..Bleeding Hearts


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