Beautiful, Possible First Frost

October 22, 2010

Weather:

  • High: 61.5 F (4:54 PM)
  • Low: 37.7 F (7:41 AM)
  • Humidity: 43%, 36%
  • Beautiful, clear sunny blue skies. Possible first frost of the season. I was told there was frost on the roof. Don’t know if there was frost on the ground.

Birds, Butterflies, Animals: Too busy to observe much today

Plants:

  • Aster – looks like it has about finished blooming
  • Joe Pye – looks like it has about finished blooming

Cooler, Beautiful Fall Day

October 19, 2010

Weather:

  • High: 61.8 F (3:54 PM)
  • Low: 43.8 F (8:04 AM)
  • Humidity: 46%
  • A beautiful, sunny, afternoon with scattered small clouds. Breezy.

Birds: [didn’t have much time for observing today]

  • Black-capped Chickadees (2)
  • Cardinals (young female, male)

Butterflies:

  • None

Plants: [these are just what I happened to notice that are still blooming]

  • Aster
  • Cosmos
  • Joe Pye (but fading fast)
  • Verbena (a little)

Beautiful Fall Day, Warmer

October 17, 2010

Weather:

  • High: 71.2 F (4:25 PM)
  • Low: 53.9 F (8:22 AM)
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Another beautiful sunny blue sky day. Warmer.

Birds:

  • Black-capped Chickadees (3 or 4)
  • Cardinals (3 I think, but sometimes it is hard to be sure, especially when they come to the feeder around dusk)

Butterflies:

  • None – I did take a quick look around at the Aster in the late afternoon

Plants:

  • Aster – still blooming well
  • Joe Pye – still blooming, but some of the blossoms are fading
  • Ash Tree – has lost most of it’s leaves
  • Dogwood Tree – has turned beautiful fall colors
  • Verbena – still blooming

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)

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!

Sunny, Warmer, Rufous-sided Towhee

October 6, 2010

Photo of a Bee on an Aster flower

Bee on an Aster flower

Weather:

  • High: 70.1 F (5:32 PM))
  • Low: 48.0 F (8:05 AM)
  • Sunny, warmer, breezy.

Birds:

  • Cardinals – (4) Parents and 2 young – The young female was the first one I saw; she came down to the feeder before I put any seed out.
  • Black-capped Chickadees (4)
  • Rufous-sided Towhee (1) I didn’t recognize this bird, so I looked it up and found out what it was. I don’ remember ever seeing one before. It was in and around the patio bed (including on the patio) and came to the feeder a couple of times.

Butterflies:

  • Cabbage White (1)
  • Sulphur (1)
  • Tiny (1)
  • Note: All the butterflies were on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun.

Other Animals:

  • Bees – (photo, see above) There were a lot of them on the Aster which is in full bloom and in full sun. Most of them were the small ones that I think are honey bees.

Plants:

  • Aster – in full bloom (photo, see above)
  • Dogwood tree – really turning color
  • Joe Pye – still blooming (it may still be in full bloom)
  • Verbena – still blooming
  • Snap-dragon – I thought it was finally finished blooming, but I think there may still be one flower left. This plant has done well and hopefully a patch of them will grow up from it’s seeds.

Warmer, Breezy, Mostly Sunny

September 30, 2010

Weather:

  • 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.

Birds:

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

Butterflies:

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