The day I watched the seagulls playing king of the hill, I was sitting on a concrete block. I turned around for a few minutes and right behind me on another block with this beautiful grackle. His feathers were bluer than any grackle I had seen before, maybe because I had not been this close to one before, but I think my camera settings may have accentuated the blue a little more than it actually was in reality.
When I first saw it, I thought the bee was dead. I touched the side of the butternut squash blossom and he started slowly moving around. I am convinced that he was taking a nap. He moved around a little, and then went right back to what he was doing -sleeping! He stayed there for most of the day! I began to think that he might be sick or dying, but he was gone that evening, and back napping the next day!
These photos were taken at White Rock Lake as a cold front was blowing in. I sat for about an hour watching the sea gulls flying around, then chasing one of the other gulls off the post. Some went more easily than others.