April 09, 2014 – First Butterfly of the Year!

Day 099 – April 09, 2014 – Wednesday

Conditions
– Sunny with clear blue skies this morning. a lot of clouds during the afternoon, but still some sun.

Ground Conditions
– wet and still some standing water

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)

– High: 63.5 F (2:33 pm)
– Low : 41.7 F (7:29 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit

– High: 60
– Low : 38

Butterflies
– cabbage white – the 1st butterfly I’ve seen this year (I usually see at least one in March, so this is unusually late)

Birds
– robins
– juncos
– goldfinches
– woodpeckers – downy
– cardinal – male

Other Animals
– squirrels
– chipmunk

February 26, 2014 – Hawk Photos

Conditions
• A cold day. Sunny at times, cloudy at times. And at least one flurry of tiny snow flakes.

Ground Conditions
• frozen, icy in spots where there was standing water

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)

• High: 28.0 (5:13 pm)
• Low : 13.1 (7:48 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit

• High:
• Low :

Gardening and Yard Work
• the birds finished the suet so I put out another block

Birds
• juncos
• goldfinches
• cardinal – female, male
• smalls
• hawk – perched on the cement leaf shaped water bowl under the dogwood tree, photos taken through the kitchen window (used F11 setting recommended in the Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips book)
• woodpecker(s) – downy
• black-capped chickadees
• wren(s)

Other Animals
• squirrel

Photos
• hawk

Photo of Hawk Under Dogwood Tree

Hawk Under Dogwood Tree

Photo of Hawk Under Dogwood Tree 2

Hawk Under Dogwood Tree 2

Photo of Hawk Under Dogwood Tree 3

Hawk Under Dogwood Tree 3

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 16, 2014 – Cloudy, Cold, Snow

Conditions
• Cloudy and cold. Snow beginning just before noon and continuing much of the day and tonight.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered – just enough to cover the grass

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 27 or 28 at 11 am, 29 or 30 at 12:30 pm, about 31 about 11:15 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• (official from TV or Weather Underground)

Precipitation
• 0.25 to 0.5 inches of snow is my guess

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – female, I think I saw the male too
• juncos
• downy woodpecker
• wren

Other Animals
• squirrel

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 9, 2014 : Another Inch of Snow

Conditions
• A bit warmer, breezy, overcast most of the day, some sunshine, some snowflakes. Then tonight we had some snow.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered, with grass starting to show through in places, until tonight when everything got a fresh coating of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 33 about 11:15 am, 35 about 3 pm and 5 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 33 and 18 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• at least 1 inch of snow is what it looks like

Observations
• didn’t do much observing today
• not as many birds around as usual – I wonder why

Birds
• juncos
• cardinal – female

Other Animals
• squirrels
• human – the gas meter reader walked through the yard

January 8, 2014 : Temps Returning to Normal

Conditions
– Cloudy, cold, a few tiny snowflakes and a few tiny peeks of sunshine.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 25 or 26 at noon, I think I saw 29 in mid-afternoon (my observations)
– 26 and 10 (official from TV and Weather Underground)

Observations
– didn’t do much observing

Birds
– downy woodpecker – or is/are it/they hairy woodpeckers?
– juncos
– smalls
– european starlings
– goldfinches
– cardinal – male, female
– red-bellied woodpecker – on the ground (with the 2 cardinals) under the thistle feeder – eating thistle?, later on the suet

Other Animals
– squirrel – it was drinking at the spring in the hillside in the neighbors back yard, it is also being a pest on the bird feeder so I put a bunch of hot pepper powder on the feeder – it still came but it may have left sooner

January 7, 2014 : Extreme Cold, Below Zero Start, Warming Up

Conditions
– Extreme cold last night, but warming through the day. Sunny with a few clouds, but becoming overcast in late afternoon.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 12 about 1:45 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
– 11 and minus 9 (official from TV as of the 11 pm news)
– the official airport temperature was up to zero about noon
– the high temperature was tonight as temps continued to rise

Observations
– didn’t do much observing
– after some more research I now think the hairy woodpeckers I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – female, male
– smalls
– goldfinches
– hairy woodpecker or downy woodpecker – after some research I now think the ones I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Other Animals
– looks like rabbit tracks

January 6, 2014 : Very Cold! And Getting Colder! Record Low!

Conditions
– Very Cold! Windy. Sunny, but through some cloudiness, so it wasn’t very bright much of the time. Temperatures dropping.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 4 about 11:15 am, about 3 at 3 pm, below zero at 5:15 pm (maybe 2 below – see note below), I estimate minus 5 about 10:15 pm (see note below) (my observations)
Note: my mercury thermometer isn’t marked below zero and I don’t know if it is accurate that low
– wind chills were around minus 30 at noon (TV news)
– 23 and minus 10 (official from TV as of 10 pm news)
– 23 and -10 (official from Weather Underground)
minus 10 was a RECORD LOW for this date and occurred tonight

Precipitation
– maybe another 0.5 inch of snow last night after midnight (hard to tell if there was any snow or not today)

Observations
– I put out extra bird seed
– the cardinal male was not as skittish as usual today – the cold makes him braver I guess, but the female is never as skittish and she was about the same as usual
– I saw the red-bellied woodpecker eating snow on the trunk of the red bud tree (photos)

Birds
– juncos – photos
– cardinals – male, female, photos
– hairy woodpecker – male, female, photos
– red-bellied woodpecker, photos
– goldfinches
– smalls

Other Animals
– I think there had been a squirrel on the bird feeder – the snow had been pushed off and there were what could be squirrel tracks

Photos
– woodpeckers, juncos, cardinal

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

 

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

January 5, 2014 : Snow Storm Fizzles (or should I say drizzles?)

Conditions
– Cloudy, “warm”, rain. There was drizzle and maybe some light rain in the morning and early afternoon. Rain becoming heavier in mid-afternoon and continuing into the evening with some fog developing in late afternoon. Rain changed to snow by 9 pm.
– A snow storm was forecast with maybe some rain mixed in, and 3 to 6 inches of snow, but they were wrong.

Ground Conditions
– mostly snow covered but also standing water and slush from the rain and melting snow
– everything covered in snow again later tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 37 or 38 at 10:30 am, almost 40 at noon, 40 in early afternoon, 39 about 4:30 pm, about 29 at 11 pm (my observations)
– 37 and 23 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was just before midnight tonight

Precipitation (my observations)
– a little over 0.5 inch of rain
– 0.75 inches of snow

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

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

Other Animals
– squirrels