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

• 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

• 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.

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

• 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

Warm, Sunny, Patio Bed Renovation

October 11, 2010

Photo of Patio flower bed undergoing some renovation

Patio flower bed undergoing some renovation


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!

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.