September 26, 2016 – Hummingbirds Have Gone

Day 270 – September 26, 2016 – Monday

Weather
• A big change in the weather. Much cooler. A little rain this morning. Some clearing and sun starting in mid-afternoon.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 71.6 F (1:11 am)
• Low : 59.7 F (11:59 pm), the “morning” low was 64.0 F (12:33 pm)

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

Precipitation
• about 0.2 inch of rain

Gardening and Yard Work
• used the hoe to cut off a patch of weeds with yellow flowers in front of the evergreen in front

Observations
• didn’t do very much observing
• some trees are starting to change colors, I noticed this a day or two ago when going to the store

Birds
• hummingbird – getting what it could from the very few cardinal flowers that are left

Other Animals
• squirrel
• rabbit

September 11, 2016 – Beautiful Fall-Like Day – Grasshopper

Day 255 – September 11, 2016 – Sunday

Weather
• A beautiful, comfortable, Fall-like day. Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70s and low humidity.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 76.6 F (3:07 pm)
• Low : 60.2 F (7:39 am)

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

Humidity
• low

Observations
• didn’t get to do much observing

Butterflies
• caterpillars – the 3 black swallowtail caterpillars on the parsley – they have almost finished the parsley growing in the pot and I don’t think they’ve eaten any of what we added from the store
• silver-spotted skipper
• tinies
• cabbage white
• monarch – large one

Birds
• hummingbird
• goldfinch
• cardinals – male, female

Other Animals
• squirrel
• rabbit(s)
• grasshopper – photos
• cicadas
• fireflies – I saw one or two flashes

Photos
• grasshopper

photo of a Grasshopper on seed head of a Cone Flower (Echinacea)

Grasshopper on seed head of a Cone Flower (Echinacea)

May 01, 2016 – Hummingbirds Have Arrived!

Day 122 – May 01, 2016 – Sunday

Weather
• I don’t know about the morning but the afternoon was beautiful with blue sky and plenty of puffy white clouds. And it was warmer with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. The sun was very bright and hot. It would have been even nicer if the humidity had been lower. There were a couple of light sprinkles in the evening and then as it got dark the thunder and lightning started and then we got some rain too.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 78.8 F (3:19 pm)
• Low : 57.3 F (12:08 am)

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

Precipitation
• 0.25 inch of rain or maybe a little bit less

Humidity
• a bit muggy

Ground Conditions
• wet

Gardening and Yard Work
• cleaned up the pile of sticks in the butterfly garden
• dug out 2 or 3 honeysuckle on the hill, and a vine I think, and broke starts off more honeysuckle with the shovel
• planted a clump of xxx on the hill, that M. dug up in the front porch garden

Observations
• starting to get some afternoon shade on the hill where the cherry trees were and down to around the butterfly garden

Butterflies
• unidentified – several different kinds, one was medium sized with rapid erratic flight, one was larger and dark blue or black, and there were several others
• cabbage white

Birds
• black-capped chickadee
• cardinal – male
• smalls
• goldfinches
• robins
• unidentified – black, maybe european starlings but not sure
• grackle
• hummingbird(s) – female, at the feeder about 7:30 pm, 1st one I’ve seen this year, several sightings
• white-breasted nuthatch
• geese – 2 flew over

Other Animals
• squirrel
• rabbits

May 05, 2015 – Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80° Day

ROI Blog Day 125 – May 05, 2015 – Tuesday

Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80 Degree Day

Weather
• Another warm summery day. Sunny most of the time, but it was cloudy at times. Early this morning, a few minutes after midnight, there was a thunderstorm with some brief, but heavy, rain.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 84.5 F (4:15 pm)
• Low : 63.3 F (7:22 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 82 – first time this year that we officially got to 80 degrees
• Low : 62

Precipitation
• about 0.5 inches of rain (0.375 when I measured but some will have evaporated)

Ground Conditions
• varies, as usual, from damp to very wet

Gardening and Yard Work
• B. came over to mow the lawn and help with yard work, he did the whole lawn this time, even the wet areas
• I filled the upside-down goldfinch feeder with fresh thistle seed
• I pruned the smaller branches off the broken cherry tree branch that hangs down to the ground so that B. could mow around it
• I pulled the weeds with the little white flowers from the corner garden
• a few other little odds and ends and supervising B.

Butterflies
• cabbage white
• red admiral – the first identified butterfly that isn’t a cabbage white

Birds
• hummingbirds – sighted the first one of the year at 12:02 pm, it was at the feeder in the patio garden, saw another one (or the same one) later at the other feeder – this one was a female and I didn’t notice with the first one, one or two more sightings after that
• cardinals – female, male
• wren

Other Animals
• rabbit – a little baby one
• squirrel

May 01, 2014 – Hummingbirds Are Here!

Day 121 – May 01, 2014 – Thursday

First Hummingbird sighting of the year!

Conditions
• It was very nice in the morning and early afternoon, with a mix of clouds and sunshine, but then it became completely cloudy for the rest of the afternoon, except for a few peeks of sun this evening. It was also cool and breezy.

Ground Conditions
• probably still wet

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 65.4 F (12:03 pm)
• Low : 47.6 F (6:57 am)

Temperature – official from TV, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 58
• Low : 44

Humidity Maximum and Minimum
• 72 % RH
• 42 % RH

Observations
• Things are really growing nicely.

Birds
• robins
• woodpecker – downy, in the cherry trees
• hummingbird(s) – the first one I’ve seen this year, on the hummingbird feeder in the Patio Garden about 11:30 am, this afternoon I saw another one (or the same one?) on the feeder in the Hummingbird Garden, I think both of them were females, and another sighting later
• goldfinch(es)
• european starling
• grackles
• smalls
• cardinal – male
• duck – one flying
• black-capped chickadee

Other Animals
• squirrels – 3, and I’m pretty sure I saw 2 of them mating on the flat part of the big branch at the top of the hill

Beautiful Day

September 12, 2010

Weather: High 79.1 F, Low 63.1 F, Humidity 44%, 40%.
A beautiful, comfortable, day with sunny blue skies and a little breeze.

Birds: 2 or 3 times I saw a Hummingbird during late-mid afternoon. Could be a local, but I think it is just passing through.

Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Silver-spotted Skippers, 2 Cabbage Whites, Tinies, Monarch, Pearl (?) Crescent.

Note: There have been a lot of Silver-spotted Skippers this year, especicially the last few weeks or so; so many that they are hard to count, but I tried today and there must have been at least 12. The Tinies consist of several varieties, are impossible to count (but I would guess there are at least 20 and probably more), hard to identify the different kinds so I don’t try, but I think most of them are Peck’s Skippers.

Yardwork: Raked up some dried leaves and put them, and the Great Blue Lobelias (that I took out the other day), into the compost bin in the back yard. I also did some watering as it continues to be extremely dry and some of the plants are wilting.

No Hummingbirds, Few Butterflies, Beautiful Day

September 9, 2010

Weather: High 74.1, Low 55.0, Humidity 40%. Beautiful sunny blue skies with a few wispy clouds.

Birds: I did not see any Hummingbirds today. I think they have gone south for the winter.

Butterflies – Noticeably fewer butterflies today. The ones I did see were:

  • Tinies
  • Silver-Spotted Skippers
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Cabbage White (this is the first time in a long time that there has only been one, in fact there have been quite a few for a while)