Female Rufous Hummingbird at 'Texas Star' hibiscus.
But finally today, I had my first migrant of the season of quite another kind. At about the middle of the day, the very first Monarch butterfly of the fall migration came to rest on a garlic chive blossom in my backyard. He sat there sipping for some time as I watched. Then I headed into the house to get the camera to try to record the event. Of course, by the time I got back outside, he had moved on, but I was finally able to chase him down.
You can tell he's a male by the two black spots in the middle of his hindwings.
Since he's a male, there won't be any eggs left behind from this visitor, but I'm hoping he is the harbinger of more of the brightly-colored fliers to come. Soon, perhaps, there will be a female who will be happy for all the milkweed that is growing rampantly in my garden. And I will be happy to welcome her and any eggs she chooses to leave with me.
Meantime, today's visitor did not tarry long. Soon, I saw him winging south once again, determined to make his way to the mountains of Mexico. Fair weather and safe travel to him and all the millions of his brothers and sisters to come.