birds

monday morning black-bird

Yesterday’s Phenology: A tad on the breeeeezy side, but let’s not quibble. Lots of clouds, and temps in the 70s, after a night with occasional rain. Almost perfect out there today, except for those biking into the wind.

Song of the day: Paul Simon, I Know what I Know


early morning blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: More sun, more warm. Late afternoon clouds. Lots of little branches littering the ground because of the storms and the wind. No rain tonight, though.

Song of the day: Sonny Rollins Trio, Weaver of Dreams


off they go…

Yesterday’s Phenology: a warmish morning, followed by gathering clouds in the afternoon, followed by thunderstorm, followed by cool damp evening. Nice! My phenology reports are seriously hampered by being locked in the office all day. (okay, I’m not actually locked in all day.) However I did note little tiny baby raspberries on the raspberry bushes today.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, When the Circus comes to Town


ms. redwing blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny, clear, very warm, perhaps even hot out in the sun. Not so bad in the shade. A perfect evening to sit outside at the Sea Salt restaurant, enjoying a nice dinner and a delicious beer.

Song of the day: Miles Davis, Summer Night


red-winged black bird

Yesterday’s Phenology: Summer. Upper 70s and sunny. May was cooler than average – the first month that was cooler than average after a string of 18 warmer than average months. I expect we will be starting another string of warmer than average months in the very near future.

Song of the day: Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On


mo cro

Yesterday’s Phenology: Almost a perfect day, especially from a bike-riding perspective: overcast. upper sixties, low seventies? Not much wind at all. All this led to a pretty nice ride. There’s a lot of water locally. There’s a gully  by the greenway that is usually dry. I see cats down there sometimes when I’m just getting onto the bikeway. Today: 4 mallards, paddling about. Now that all the trees are leafed out, I hear more birds than I see. Today featured the Red-winged blackbirds.

Song of the day: Los Lobos, Wicked Rain


crow

Yesterday’s Phenology: Rain, light rain, heavy rain, drizzle, mist, fog, rain, heavy rain, more rain, rain rain rain and more rain. It rained all day. The temp slowly climbed up through the 40s, and it was a bit breezy at times. A lot of rain. A nice morning to sit under the awning at Isles Bun and coffee, enjoy a scone and some coffee and watch the rain fall. Lots of very wet birds out there now, and a lot of unhappy worms. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tomorrow.

Song of the day: Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Fire


where’s mama?

Yesterday’s Phenology: First, today’s picture is of the baby bald eagle we saw at the dog park a couple weeks ago. Mom has just flown off, probably to go grocery shopping. Yesterday was mostly a cooler day than I thought it would be. A cold front (not to get all meteorological on you) pushed through, and then the sky got really quite dark, and then it rained a bit. Then it cleared off in the later afternoon and got sunny, and now it’s cloudy again. I’ve noticed, whenever there is a news story on the radio about heavy rain or snow somewhere, 99% of the time the story ends with “…One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tomorrow.” Things are bad, and things will be worse tomorrow. Such is the human condition. Back to you, Stan.
A work day, and a rainy one, and little wildlife was noted. Oh, there was the Bald eagle swooping over the River Road on my way home. Probably the one that lives in the neighborhood. I wonder if he’s got a name? What would be a suitable name? Something to think on.
Anyway. One thing’s for certain: more rain is predicted for tonight AND tomorrow.

Song of the day: Randy Newman, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today


cardinal, eloise butler

Yesterday’s Phenology: Alas. A bright warm sunny day. A bit too bright, too warm, too sunny for my liking. Temp ventured up into the low 80s, I believe. A beautiful morning for the farmer’s market, and an okay day for a bike ride. Nicer after sun-down, though.

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now


the morning call

Yesterday’s Phenology: A late spring day, or an early summer day? Sunny and temps in the upper 60s. Perfectly pleasant. The days seem incredibly long now. Still light out at quarter to nine!

Song of the day: Archie Bell and the Drells, Tighten Up


on the edges of the eloise butler garden

Yesterday’s Phenology: It was mostly an indoor day today. Cloudy morning, cloudy day, sun came out as I got off work, and a pretty evening. The air smells springy sweet from all the flowerin’ trees. Especially in the early morning.

Song of the day: Ella Fitzgerald, I love Paris


the crow flies over the moon

Yesterday’s Phenology: Pleasant enough. Cool and sunny morning. As the day wore on the offices warmed up. Had an afternoon meeting in a conference room that was a bit too warm. Don’t think we’ve hit air conditioning season yet, but it won’t be long now. Overcast in the evening, and now, as I prepare for bed, some lightning and thunder and, I assume, precipitation. Very pleasant hearing rain on the roof as one drifts off to sleep.

Song of the day: The Monkees, Daily Nightly


morning flight

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny sky, high in the upper 60s, with a cooling breeze, redolent from the flowering trees, which seem to be everywhere. A few are starting to drop their petels, but many more are full of buds about to open.

song of the day: Grateful Dead, Uncle John’s Band


Spring Cardinal, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Yesterday’s Phenology: A very sunny and nice early part of the day, then clouded over later in the afternoon. Temp in the 60s. Saw a hairy (downy?) woodpecker in the park, pecking, and a egret swooped down oh-so-slowly-and-gracefully into the shallows of the pond. Also found a very very very young turtle, sitting on the path, looking over-warm. Carried him (or her) down to the pond, and he or she swam away, happy, I assume, to be back in the wet.

Song of the day: Joe Cocker, Feelin’ Alright


spring snow

Yesterday’s Phenology: We actually did get some snow yesterday. Mostly it rained a cold rain through the day, but in the mid afternoon the rain decided to turn to snow for a bit, and we had several million flakes come down on us. Nothing that stuck on the ground, however. But it was a pleasant enough day, rainy and cold and breezy and cloudy, and wet wet wet. Just like we like it.

Song of the day: Pete Seeger, L’Internationale


spring pond, early morning

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another March day, high in the 40s, rained in the morning, and then stopped, though it looked like planned on raining again, and finally did in the later evening. A bit breezy, but generally nice, for March. The spring flowers are loving the cool temps, I think.

Song of the day: Leonard Cohen, Solidarity Forever


early morning red-winged blackbird

Yesterday’s Phenology: A pretty beautiful day. Sunny morning, temps in the low 40s, seemed a bit chillier by the river at the dogpark. The river was running fast from last week’s rain, and some of the low parts of the dog park were underwater. Lots o’ dogs at the dog park this morning. Warmed up a bit in the afternoon, and clouded over.

Song of the day: Ten Years After, I’d Love to Change the World


early morning fog

Yesterday’s Phenology: In the upper 40s in the early morning, a bit chilly on the bike. Warmed up a bit as day wore on , but still, mostly cloudy and cool, with some gusty breezes.

Song of the day: the Beatles, Hey Jude


morning flight

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another nice rainy day, until the afternoon, when it stopped raining, and then the sun peeked out a bit. Nice to get the rain. Noticed a ruckus up in the trees as I walked Flynn in the late afternoon, birds, excited, and then a hawk flew out of a spruce and away.

Song of the Day: Spencer Davis Group, Gimme Some Lovin’


passing crow

Yesterday’s Phenology: It was much like a nice fall day yesterday. The high temperature was about 3 in the morning, in the low 50s, and the temp just gradually dropped from there throughout the day. Some would call the day “gloomy” but I liked the dark clouds moving through, they had character and forboding. It rained a bit on my way home from work, and the temp is just 33 now as I head to bed. A cold foggy night ahead. Will we get a frost?

Song of the day: Grateful Dead, Cold Rain and Snow


cardinal time

Yesterday’s Phenology: an overcast day, sprinkling a bit of rain occasionally, but mostly just gray and apparently planning on rain. Temp in the 40s, I think. Many birds about, woodpeckers pecking away, cardinals claiming territory, other little birds flitting about. The crows have a lower profile.

Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, Summer Wind


the clouds and the crows

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, a grand day it was, if you like a little chill and a lot of clouds and a bit of mist and wood smoke in the air. Took a nice long walk with wee Flynn, we are not the speediest of pairs, with me stopping to take pictures now and again, and him needing to examine every tree and light pole and clump of grass and bit of hedge and so on and so forth. Still, we had a grand old time. Flickers mocked us from over head, we ne’er saw a one, but we saw a number of the cardinals and a bossy blue jay, and all the usual little brown ones, and crows and a stray sea gull. Lots of green shoots poking their heads up, and the grass is trying to green up a bit. Aye, tis Spring all right.

Song of the day:  Simon and Garfunkel, At the Zoo


searching crow

Yesterday’s Phenology: It felt like a fall day. Temps in the 40s and overcast, a bit foggy in the morning. Rained the night before for quite awhile. Maybe things will green up soon?

Song of the day: Simon and Garfunkel, A Hazy Shade of Winter


hunkered down crows

Yesterday’s Phenology: overcast and a tiny bit warmer. Almost not measurably warmer, but still, a bit warmer. And a bit rainy in the late afternoon. A little rain will be good.

Song of the day: Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing