Our river that runs through it, is low. The 24-year average flow rate for this time of year is 89 cubic feet per second. The previous low was 37 CFS. As of the 6th it was flowing a mere 12 CFS. The average 30-year rainfall for the first six months is around 12.7 inches. We've had four.
We are drying up and blowing away.
That said, our back yard has become kind of haven for an abundance of critters. Here's Toad, returning to Toad Hall after a night out.
These guys, and other waspy types, are paying regular visits to the bird bath.
Texas red wasp and Yellow jacket
A lovely snake called a Mexican Racer came to call. It was about four feet long. I didn't have time to get the camera before it squeezed into a hole in one of the railroad ties. You can see a picture of what they look like here.
(Spider alert!) This beauty made its way across our lawn, which you can see is more dirt than grass. Stan found another (or perhaps the same one) living under a rock in the front yard.
A whole family of Northern Jays has taken up residence, food and water being always available. (Image compliments of Ken Thomas.)
In the past the occasional Jay has dropped in for a snack and drink but parents with young, hanging around on a permanent basis, hasn't happened before. We've also had two, possibly three other birds visit that we weren't able to identify. Of course there are the regulars, titmice, chickadees, cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, sparrows, whitewing doves, Inca doves, and our favorites mockingbirds. One mockingbird has a broken foot but seems to getting around just fine.
And let me not forget squirrels and lizards of various kinds.
And hummers. More than usual are fighting and fussing over the feeders as there are so few flowers.
Bats don't usually show up until later in the summer, but they're here already as our yard has a night light which attracts insects.
We had to put up an electric fence to keep the deer out. A part of me feels sorry for them. But the population is so large there's need for a natural culling.
The other day there was hawk in the yard. They come by often enough that we call it fly-in dining. There will be a small explosion of noise and movement near the tree where the birdfeeder hangs followed immediately by total silence.
The only thing missing is bees. Haven't see any this spring. Worrisome.
If you've had too much rain, huff and puff and blow it our way, we'd be ever so thankful!