April 18, 2014 – First Bumble Bee

Day 108 – April 18, 2014 – Friday

• A little warmer, kind of overcast but with sunshine much of the time even if it wasn’t the brightest.

Ground Conditions
• wet

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 71.7 F (3:17 pm)
• Low : 44.9 F (5:50 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 70
• Low : 43

Gardening and Yard Work
• worked on the lawn mower – found the air filter and took it apart and cleaned it then turned it upside down and put it back together (that way the air will be mostly going through the cleaner part, also cleared the vents into the air cleaner, looked at the blade and it looks like it has some big dents in it so I think it needs to be replaced instead of sharpened (I tried a little to get it off but will need something to stop the blade from turning)

• grass needs mowing
• all the day lilies in the back were trampled flat by the tree trimmers yesterday – they didn’t need to do that and it is upsetting
• the tree trimmers trimmed the pear tree in the back so that it is not bothering the wires – we expected and wanted them to do that

• cabbage white

• robins
• goldfinches
• woodpeckers – downy
• smalls
• black-capped chickadee
• ducks – the usual 2 plus I saw others flying several times
• cardinal – male

Other Animals
• squirrels
• chipmunk
• bumble bee (first I’ve seen this year)

March 19, 2012

Low: 60.8 (7:53 am)   High: 81.8 (3:39 pm)   Precipitation: None

Humidity: 64% at 12:15 pm, 52% at 4:30 pm (80 F), upper 40s in the evening around 7 and 8 pm with the temp around 77 F

The last day of winter, but it feels like summer. Mostly cloudy with some blue sky and quite a bit of sun, then becoming mostly clear and sunny later in the afternoon. Everything seems to be growing – getting buds, leafing out, coming up. There is a noticeable difference everyday when I look out into the yard.

I refilled the Upside Down Thistle Feeder, which was empty.


  • Cabbage Whites


  • Cardinal – male, female
  • Robins
  • Smalls
  • Juncos
  • Black-capped Chickadee


  • Bumble Bee
  • Wasp


  • Groundhog
  • Squirrel

Cooler, Sunny, Cloudy, Rain

October 13, 2010

Photo of a praying mantis insect

Praying Mantis


  • High: 75.0 F (4:18 PM)
  • Low: 54.1 F (8:20 AM)
  • Humidity: upper 40s% I think
  • Rain: probably between a 0.25 and 0.5 an inch
  • Sunny in the early afternoon and then becoming cloudy. Just before dark there was some wind and some thunder and lightning and then some rain.


  • Cardinals (all four I think)
  • Black-capped Chickadees (4)


  • Cabbage White (1) – on Aster

Other Animals:

  • Praying Mantis (1) – on the patio screen door [Encyclopedia of Life]
  • Squirrels – (more than one, as usual) being a pest in the flower bed and at the feeder
  • Bees (lots) – on the aster flowers


  • Aster – in full bloom and covered with lots and lots of flowers and lots of bees and one butterfly (the cabbage white)
  • Cosmos - some have started to bloom (this is the second time, at least, and I don’t know if it is the same plants that bloomed before or some new plants that have grown since)

Sunny, Warm, Gardening

October 10, 2010

Photo of Ash Tree showing fall colors

Ash Tree showing fall colors


  • High: 83.3 F (4:21 PM)
  • Low: 58.1 F (8:02 AM)
  • Humidity: 39%, 38%
  • Sunny, nice, warm.


  • Black-capped Chickadee (1)
  • Cardinals (too dark to see how many or which ones)
  • Crow(s) (didn’t see them, but heard them)


  • Silver-spotted Skipper (1) – on patio side of house
  • Cabbage Whites (2 or 3) – 2 on Aster, 1 on patio side of house
  • Sulphur (1) – on Aster
  • Tinies (2) – on Aster

Other Animals:

  • Bees (lots of bees on the Aster)


  • Ash Tree – Has turned color and has lost quite a few leaves. The colors may not be quite as bright as some years because it has been (and still is) so dry. Photo (see below).
  • Boneset - See Yardwork below

Yardwork: Spread some grass seed on parts of the lawn. Spread some organic fertilizer on parts of the lawn. Then I used the leaf blower on reverse to vacuum up and turn the leaves into mulch. And then I pulled up a bunch of Boneset plants from my photo bed – they are coming up all over the place!

Sunny, Warmer, Rufous-sided Towhee

October 6, 2010

Photo of a Bee on an Aster flower

Bee on an Aster flower


  • High: 70.1 F (5:32 PM))
  • Low: 48.0 F (8:05 AM)
  • Sunny, warmer, breezy.


  • Cardinals – (4) Parents and 2 young – The young female was the first one I saw; she came down to the feeder before I put any seed out.
  • Black-capped Chickadees (4)
  • Rufous-sided Towhee (1) I didn’t recognize this bird, so I looked it up and found out what it was. I don’ remember ever seeing one before. It was in and around the patio bed (including on the patio) and came to the feeder a couple of times.


  • Cabbage White (1)
  • Sulphur (1)
  • Tiny (1)
  • Note: All the butterflies were on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun.

Other Animals:

  • Bees – (photo, see above) There were a lot of them on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun. Most of them were the small ones that I think are honey bees.


  • Aster – in full bloom (photo, see above)
  • Dogwood tree – really turning color
  • Joe Pye – still blooming (it may still be in full bloom)
  • Verbena – still blooming
  • Snap-dragon – I thought it was finally finished blooming, but I think there may still be one flower left. This plant has done well and hopefully a patch of them will grow up from it’s seeds.