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

Day 255 – September 11, 2016 – Sunday

Weather
• 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 :

Humidity
• low

Observations
• didn’t get to do much observing

Butterflies
• 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

Birds
• hummingbird
• goldfinch
• cardinals – male, female

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

Photos
• grasshopper

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

Grasshopper on seed head of a Cone Flower (Echinacea)

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 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 2, 2014 – Snow!

It was beautiful day, especially in the morning when it wasn’t windy. Snow is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things in nature. Everything blanketed in soft white snow, the flakes falling, and the quiet; beautiful and peaceful.

Conditions
– Snow in the morning. 4.5 inches on the bird feeder and 4 inches on the patio table (which is a metal meshwork so early on the snow would have fallen through) by noon and still snowing steadily. After noon the snow became lighter, with some pauses, and it got windy. Temperatures were dropping too. About 2 pm or so I measured 4.5 on the hood of my truck and 4 to 4.5 inches on the sidewalk and driveway (the first snow probably melted there as the ground would have been above freezing).

Ground Conditions
– snow cover of 5 inches or so

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 24 or 25 at noon, 20 at 3:30 pm (my observations)
– 29 and 8 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was tonight just before midnight

Precipitation
– about 5 inches of snow

Gardening and Yard Work
– shoveling snow

Birds
– woodpeckers – the usual hairy woodpeckers, female and male – photos
– juncos – photos
– goldfinch
– cardinal – female, male

Photos
– snow, juncos, woodpecker

Snow!

Snow!

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

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Junco in snow

 

Day 023 – January 23, 2013 – Wednesday

Weather
A very cold morning again. Cold and cloudy with steady light snow starting a little after 3 pm and continuing until after dark and then becoming lighter and probably ending around midnight. It was a very light, dry, fluffy snow – the kind that is so beautiful to watch come floating down.

Conditions
There was a little snow on the ground to start with but there was more grass than snow showing. The inch we got today was enough to cover the ground.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
20 and 8

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 in early afternoon I think
22 at 6 pm

Precipitation
probably about 1 inch

Birds
cardinal – 2 males and 2 females, VERY unusual!!!, years ago there were 5 or 6 pairs around one winter, but I don’t remember seeing more than one pair (and their children) since then (although it may have happened).
juncos – 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – outside, caught in the trap with stale cheese as bait
rabbits – several, after dark tonight

Photos
Of the cardinals and juncos (Sony, while it was snowing)

Here are some of the female Cardinal:

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Female Cardinal Photo

Female Cardinal Photo

December 27, 2012

Conditions
cold, cloudy, clearing in late afternoon but too late to get any real sun
snow melting some

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
36 about 2 pm, 34 about 4:30 pm (my observations)
29 and 24 (official from Weather Underground)

Precipitation (Rain / Snow)
none

Butterflies
none

Birds
cardinal – male
juncos
geese – a flock flew over (photos) and another flock flew nearby

Other Animals
squirrel

Photos

Photo of a Flock of  Geese

Flock of Geese

December 26, 2012

Conditions
cold and cloudy
snow – heavy and wet snow most of the day

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
32 about 2 and 3 pm, about 31 around 4:30 or 5 pm (my observations)
33 and 26 – high was early am, low was late pm (official from Weather Underground)

Snow
about 4 inches of heavy wet snow
7 inches official at the airport

Gardening and Yard Work
shovelling snow

Butterflies
none

Birds (after I cleared snow off the feeder and put out some sunflower seeds around 5 pm)
cardinals – male, female (haven’t seen a female for a long time)
junco(s)

Other Animals
none

Photos

Photo of snow in the yard

Photo of snow in the yard

Cooler, Sunny, Cloudy, Rain

October 13, 2010

Photo of a praying mantis insect

Praying Mantis

Weather:

  • High: 75.0 F (4:18 PM)
  • Low: 54.1 F (8:20 AM)
  • Humidity: upper 40s% I think
  • Rain: probably between a 0.25 and 0.5 an inch
  • Sunny in the early afternoon and then becoming cloudy. Just before dark there was some wind and some thunder and lightning and then some rain.

Birds:

  • Cardinals (all four I think)
  • Black-capped Chickadees (4)

Butterflies:

  • Cabbage White (1) – on Aster

Other Animals:

  • Praying Mantis (1) – on the patio screen door [Encyclopedia of Life]
  • Squirrels – (more than one, as usual) being a pest in the flower bed and at the feeder
  • Bees (lots) – on the aster flowers

Plants:

  • Aster – in full bloom and covered with lots and lots of flowers and lots of bees and one butterfly (the cabbage white)
  • Cosmos - some have started to bloom (this is the second time, at least, and I don’t know if it is the same plants that bloomed before or some new plants that have grown since)

Warm, Sunny, Patio Bed Renovation

October 11, 2010

Photo of Patio flower bed undergoing some renovation

Patio flower bed undergoing some renovation

Weather:

  • High: 82.9 F (4:23 PM)
  • Low: 60.0 F (8:03 AM)
  • Humidity: 34%
  • Comfortably warm again, sunny with a little thin cloudiness.

Birds:

  • Black-capped Chickadee (1) – I didn’t have much observing time today
  • Cardinals – at least 1, probably all 4, but I didn’t have a good look

Butterflies:

  • Cabbage White (1) – on patio side of house

Yardwork: My 88 year old Mother, who loves to garden, has been working on the patio bed the last few days and she has dug much of that bed out to remove a few trees that were starting to come up, and to try to get rid of the Gooseneck (which spreads like crazy), etc. See photo above.

Sunny, Warm, Gardening

October 10, 2010

Photo of Ash Tree showing fall colors

Ash Tree showing fall colors

Weather:

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

Birds:

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

Butterflies:

  • 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)

Plants:

  • 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!