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

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 12, 2014 – Overcast Then Sunny, Breezy

Conditions
• Overcast in the morning. Clearing during the afternoon and sunny most of the time. Breezy/windy.

Ground Conditions
• soggy wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 42 about 3:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 42 and 32 (official from TV)

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• woodpecker – downy woodpecker (or hairy woodpecker)
• cardinal – male

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 11, 2014 : Warm Start, Temperature Drops, Rain

Conditions
• Warm, dark, rainy and windy with some peeks of sun. Temperatures dropping through the day.

Ground Conditions
• soggy wet, a tiny bit of snow left where I had shoveled some, but I think it was gone too by tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 51 about 11:15 am, 50 about 11:40 am (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 35 (Weather Underground)
• the high was shortly after midnight last night

Precipitation
• 0.5 inch of rain

Birds
• great blue heron or crane or stork or something – this morning a very large bird with very long legs and neck flew by and landed on top of the big farmhouse next door, but by the time I got my tripod and camera out it was gone
• woodpecker – downy (or hairy)
• cardinal – female, male

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 10, 2014 : Warmer, Snow Melting, Cloudy

Conditions
• Warmer, snow melting, cloudy. Some light rain or drizzle starting before dark and continuing tonight – but there was nothing measurable and so I wonder if it wasn’t just enough mist or fog to keep the ground wet.
• All the beautiful snow that fell last night was gone or turned to slush and melting fast this morning. By midnight tonight there was hardly a trace of snow left.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered to start, but most of the ground was bare by the time it got dark, and by midnight almost all the snow was gone

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:30 am, almost 44 at 3 pm (my observations)
• 46 and 33 (official from TV)
• 46 was the current temp at 10 pm news and could have gone higher

Official from Weather Underground (20140112)
• 50 and 33
• the high was just before midnight tonight

Humidity
• very high

Precipitation
• possibly a little snow in the early am
• a trace of rain, or was it just enough fog or mist to keep the ground wet?

Observations
• didn’t do much observing
• even so I didn’t see any birds until almost 5 pm (very unusual, but happens once in a while)

Birds
• woodpecker – downy or hairy
• cardinal – female, male, at dusk

Other Animals
• squirrel