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 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

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

April 18, 2014 – First Bumble Bee

Day 108 – April 18, 2014 – Friday

Conditions
• 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)

Observations
• 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

Butterflies
• cabbage white

Birds
• 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)

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

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 012 – January 12, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
very warm
cloudy with a few peeks of sun
a trace of rain in the morning and light rain shower(s) tonight

Conditions:
ground conditions are very wet
only a couple very small piles of snow by the street where the snow plows piled it

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit)
63 and 51 (from TV)
64 and 51 (from Weather Underground)
the high was just before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
62 at 4 pm

Humidity:
probably high

Precipitation:
1 or 2 tenths of an inch

Birds:
doves
robin

Other Animals:
squirrels

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weather: cloudy with light snow shower(s)

Conditions: snow melting – grass showing through in places

Temperatures (Official): Seems to be some confusion
36 and 29 (Fahrenheit, from TV)
36 and 24 (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)

Temperatures Observed: 38 at 1:25 pm, 33 at 5:15 pm (Fahrenheit, my observations)

Humidity:

Precipitation: a trace

Gardening and Yard Work: none

Observations: none

Butterflies: none

Birds:
– cardinal – male
– great blue heron – it was flying , and I didn’t get a long or close look, so I can’t be absolutely positive, but I am pretty sure that is what it was
– junco
– robin

Other Animals:
– squirrel

Photos: none