May 05, 2015 – Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80° Day

ROI Blog Day 125 – May 05, 2015 – Tuesday

Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80 Degree Day

Weather
• Another warm summery day. Sunny most of the time, but it was cloudy at times. Early this morning, a few minutes after midnight, there was a thunderstorm with some brief, but heavy, rain.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 84.5 F (4:15 pm)
• Low : 63.3 F (7:22 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 82 – first time this year that we officially got to 80 degrees
• Low : 62

Precipitation
• about 0.5 inches of rain (0.375 when I measured but some will have evaporated)

Ground Conditions
• varies, as usual, from damp to very wet

Gardening and Yard Work
• B. came over to mow the lawn and help with yard work, he did the whole lawn this time, even the wet areas
• I filled the upside-down goldfinch feeder with fresh thistle seed
• I pruned the smaller branches off the broken cherry tree branch that hangs down to the ground so that B. could mow around it
• I pulled the weeds with the little white flowers from the corner garden
• a few other little odds and ends and supervising B.

Butterflies
• cabbage white
• red admiral – the first identified butterfly that isn’t a cabbage white

Birds
• hummingbirds – sighted the first one of the year at 12:02 pm, it was at the feeder in the patio garden, saw another one (or the same one) later at the other feeder – this one was a female and I didn’t notice with the first one, one or two more sightings after that
• cardinals – female, male
• wren

Other Animals
• rabbit – a little baby one
• squirrel

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 15, 2014 – Colder, A Little Snow

Conditions
• Colder. Light to moderate snow this morning. Some sun in early afternoon, then cloudy with snow flurries.

Ground Conditions
• a light dusting of snow – not enough to cover the grass

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 32 about 1:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 31 and 17 (official from Weather Underground)

Precipitation
• a trace or light dusting of snow, not enough to cover the grass

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• juncos
• cardinal – male, female
• doves

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 14, 2014 – Sun, Clouds, And a Trace of Rain

Conditions
Bright sun and blue skies this morning, then becoming cloudy in the afternoon. A little bit of rain this evening.

Ground Conditions
• very soggy and wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:45 or so (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 46 and 27 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• just a trace of rain (not enough to measure)

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out a new block of suet and propped up the one plant hook that was leaning over (pulled over by the wire I hang the suet on)

Observations
• the suet is gone – time to put more out

Birds
• goldfinch
• smalls
• dove
• geese – a flock flying
• cardinal – female, male

January 13, 2014 – “Warm” and Windy with a Little Rain

Conditions
• Cloudy, “warm”, and windy. A little rain in late afternoon and into the evening.

Ground Conditions
• soggy even before the rain

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 49 or 50 about 10:45 am, 50 about 4 pm, about 47 at 9:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 42 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• about 1/8th inch of rain

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – female, male

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 7, 2014 : Extreme Cold, Below Zero Start, Warming Up

Conditions
– Extreme cold last night, but warming through the day. Sunny with a few clouds, but becoming overcast in late afternoon.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 12 about 1:45 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
– 11 and minus 9 (official from TV as of the 11 pm news)
– the official airport temperature was up to zero about noon
– the high temperature was tonight as temps continued to rise

Observations
– didn’t do much observing
– after some more research I now think the hairy woodpeckers I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – female, male
– smalls
– goldfinches
– hairy woodpecker or downy woodpecker – after some research I now think the ones I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Other Animals
– looks like rabbit tracks

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 5, 2014 : Snow Storm Fizzles (or should I say drizzles?)

Conditions
– Cloudy, “warm”, rain. There was drizzle and maybe some light rain in the morning and early afternoon. Rain becoming heavier in mid-afternoon and continuing into the evening with some fog developing in late afternoon. Rain changed to snow by 9 pm.
– A snow storm was forecast with maybe some rain mixed in, and 3 to 6 inches of snow, but they were wrong.

Ground Conditions
– mostly snow covered but also standing water and slush from the rain and melting snow
– everything covered in snow again later tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 37 or 38 at 10:30 am, almost 40 at noon, 40 in early afternoon, 39 about 4:30 pm, about 29 at 11 pm (my observations)
– 37 and 23 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was just before midnight tonight

Precipitation (my observations)
– a little over 0.5 inch of rain
– 0.75 inches of snow

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – male, female
– hairy woodpecker – male

Other Animals
– squirrels

January 3, 2014 : Cold!

Conditions
– Bright sunshine, blue sky, sparkling white snow and cold.

Ground Conditions
– about 5 inches of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 16 at noon (my observations)
– minus 5 and 14 (official from TV)
– minus 5º F = -20.556º C (conversion by metric-conversions.org)

Birds
– juncos
– smalls
– goldfinch
– black-capped chickadee
– wren – on suet feeder
– hairy woodpecker(s)
– cardinal – female, male
– dove

Other Animals
– squirrel