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

Day 255 – September 11, 2016 – Sunday

• 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 :

• low

• didn’t get to do much observing

• 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

• hummingbird
• goldfinch
• cardinals – male, female

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

• grasshopper

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

Grasshopper on seed head of a Cone Flower (Echinacea)

Sunny, Warm, Gardening

October 10, 2010

Photo of Ash Tree showing fall colors

Ash Tree showing fall colors


  • High: 83.3 F (4:21 PM)
  • Low: 58.1 F (8:02 AM)
  • Humidity: 39%, 38%
  • Sunny, nice, warm.


  • Black-capped Chickadee (1)
  • Cardinals (too dark to see how many or which ones)
  • Crow(s) (didn’t see them, but heard them)


  • Silver-spotted Skipper (1) – on patio side of house
  • Cabbage Whites (2 or 3) – 2 on Aster, 1 on patio side of house
  • Sulphur (1) – on Aster
  • Tinies (2) – on Aster

Other Animals:

  • Bees (lots of bees on the Aster)


  • Ash Tree – Has turned color and has lost quite a few leaves. The colors may not be quite as bright as some years because it has been (and still is) so dry. Photo (see below).
  • Boneset - See Yardwork below

Yardwork: Spread some grass seed on parts of the lawn. Spread some organic fertilizer on parts of the lawn. Then I used the leaf blower on reverse to vacuum up and turn the leaves into mulch. And then I pulled up a bunch of Boneset plants from my photo bed – they are coming up all over the place!

Warmer, Breezy, Mostly Sunny

September 30, 2010


  • High: 76.2 (2:58 PM) F
  • Low: 52.8 (8:05 AM) F
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Mostly sunny, warmer than yesterday, and breezy. A nice day.

The patio side of the house does not get much afternoon sun these days because the sun is lower in the sky and behind some large trees to the south and southwest. During most of the summer it is sunny on most of that side all day long. This is the area where I take most of my photographs. After the leaves fall it will be sunny again, but there won’t be much to photograph.


  • Black-capped Chickadee(s)
  • Cardinal(s)
  • Note: I didn’t have much time to observe today


  • Silver-spotted Skipper (1 or 2) (patio area)
  • Cabbage White (1) (on Aster flowers)
  • Gray Hairstreak (1) (on Aster flowers)

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)