April 27, 2014 – First Tiger Swallowtail

Day 117 – April 27, 2014 – Sunday

Conditions
• Sunny until late afternoon when it got cloudy. Windy.

Ground Conditions
• moist to wet, but some of the flower beds are getting a bit dry

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 69.8 F (5:20 pm)
• Low : 46.2 F (7:10 am)

Temperature – official from TV, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 69
• Low : 40

Humidity
• High: 63 % RH
• Low : 40 % RH

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out two hummingbird feeders – hung one on the short thin hook (which I moved from under the dogwood tree to replace the straight pipe which I had taken out a while back) in the patio garden where it has always been, and the other one I put on the straight pipe in the Hummingbird Garden (where it was last year)
• mowed the lawn

Observations
• the redbud and cherry trees are not flowering as well this year – they definitely have fewer flowers this year
• I’ve only seen two dandelions in the yard this year; one just inside my butterfly garden and one on the hill just past the grass, and I dug both of them out today

Butterflies
• cabbage white
• Tiger Swallowtail – first one I’ve seen this year
• sulphur

Birds
• robins
• european starling
• black-capped chickadees – 2
• woodpecker – downy
• cardinal – male, female
• ducks – the usual pair – and then another male showed up and there was a fight
• smalls
• dove

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 17, 2014 – Beautiful Snow – At Least 2 More Inches

Conditions
• Cloudy. Snow. At times it was snowing heavily with large flakes and no wind – it was beautiful when it was like that.

Ground Conditions
• 2 or 3 inches of snow cover by evening

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 34 about 10:20 am, 24 about 4:15 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 30 and (official from TV or Weather Underground)
• 16 was the morning low
• the low for the day was tonight

Humidity
• 100% at 10:45 or 11 am according to the computer weather applet

Precipitation
• at least 2 inches of snow

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – male, female
• goldfinches
• juncos
• downy woodpecker – female (or hairy? – I think they are downy)
• red-bellied woodpecker
• dove

January 15, 2014 – Colder, A Little Snow

Conditions
• Colder. Light to moderate snow this morning. Some sun in early afternoon, then cloudy with snow flurries.

Ground Conditions
• a light dusting of snow – not enough to cover the grass

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 32 about 1:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 31 and 17 (official from Weather Underground)

Precipitation
• a trace or light dusting of snow, not enough to cover the grass

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• juncos
• cardinal – male, female
• doves

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 14, 2014 – Sun, Clouds, And a Trace of Rain

Conditions
Bright sun and blue skies this morning, then becoming cloudy in the afternoon. A little bit of rain this evening.

Ground Conditions
• very soggy and wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:45 or so (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 46 and 27 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• just a trace of rain (not enough to measure)

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out a new block of suet and propped up the one plant hook that was leaning over (pulled over by the wire I hang the suet on)

Observations
• the suet is gone – time to put more out

Birds
• goldfinch
• smalls
• dove
• geese – a flock flying
• cardinal – female, male

January 4, 2014 : Calm Before the Storm

Conditions
– Warmer. Some melting of the snow. Sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy.

Ground Conditions
– ground still covered although probably not as deep because there has been a little melting

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– about 32 at noon, 35 about 5 pm, still about 35 at about 11 pm (my observations)
– 36 and 11 (preliminary official data from U.S. National Weather Service)

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

Birds
– juncos
– hairy woodpecker – female
– dove
– cardinal – male

January 3, 2014 : Cold!

Conditions
– Bright sunshine, blue sky, sparkling white snow and cold.

Ground Conditions
– about 5 inches of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 16 at noon (my observations)
– minus 5 and 14 (official from TV)
– minus 5º F = -20.556º C (conversion by metric-conversions.org)

Birds
– juncos
– smalls
– goldfinch
– black-capped chickadee
– wren – on suet feeder
– hairy woodpecker(s)
– cardinal – female, male
– dove

Other Animals
– squirrel

Day 061 – March 02, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
Cold with light snow most of the day. Only a very light dusting, a trace – enough to just barely cover the bare dirt in the flower bed.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
28 and 24

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
30 about 4 pm

Precipitation:
a trace of snow

Birds:
juncos
cardinal – male, female
smalls – a bunch
robins – 2
dove

Other Animals:
squirrel

Photos:
a few of the yard to show the trace of snow (Canon)

Day 021 – January 21, 2013 – Monday

Weather
It was very cold with snow showers, heavy at times, from late morning until mid-afternoon, that left a dusting of snow on the ground. There were some brief peeks of sun, between and during snow showers, and then becoming sunny with a few clouds in the late afternoon. It was also breezy/windy.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
23 and 9 (official from Weather Underground)
the high was in the early am hours last night and the low was in the hour or so before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 about 1:15 pm, 14 about 11:50 pm

Birds
cardinal – male
dove(s) – 1 or 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – a very small one, near the base of the bird feeder, it was unusually small and looked like it didn’t have much hair, but I don’t know what else it would have been

Photos
snow in the yard (Canon)