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
• 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
• cabbage white
• monarch – large one
• cardinals – male, female
• grasshopper – photos
• fireflies – I saw one or two flashes
Grasshopper on seed head of a Cone Flower (Echinacea)
October 10, 2010
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
- 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!
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.
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:
- 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)