October 1, 2010
- High: 68.5 F (3:39 PM)
- Low: 53.7 F (7:59 AM)
- Today was cooler than yesterday, sunny, and beautiful.
- Blue Jay (1 for sure, but I think there were 2) – It/they made an awful screech (like a hawk). I’m not sure I’ve seen any Blue Jays here before, but I have a vague impression that maybe I did years ago (if so they were rare even then).
- Black-capped Chickadees (2)
- Cardinals (the parents and their young)
Yardwork: I cut back part of one of the bigger Butterfly Bushes in the corner bed so that the Buttonbush would get more light. The Buttonbush is growing, but it was somewhat overgrown by the Butterfly Bush and needed more light and more space to grow.
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.