Today I was on my walk with Winston and Emma and I found these guys on the fence post by our back gate. Not sure what the deal with them - LOTS of them for sure!! Not sure what kind they are but based on Google I think maybe red house spiders - they were fascinated by me though and they tried to check me out by flying on their webs over to see me. Glad I am not afraid of spiders. If they are red house spiders they are totally harmless - fangs not strong enough to break through human skin.
I think they are pretty cool - maybe a bit brazen hanging out just 30 feet or so away from an incredibly active bird feeder..... the pictures don't really do them justice. The part hanging off the rock - the kind of droopy part hanging down from the top of the second photo - that's what I think is the nest that all of these babies came from. There are literally hundreds of babies piled there.