spring

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


stormy weather

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sunny chilly day. The temperature hung in the low 30s throughout the day, and there was an obnoxious breeze. Still, for March, it could be worse.

Song of the day, Lena Horne, Stormy Weather


crows in control

Yesterday’s Phenology: Positively nice. Mid 50s. Magical disappearance of most of pond ice and snow scraps. Cardinals and Red-winged blackbirds singing their morning songs.

Song of the day: Sheryl Crow, Everyday Is A Winding Road


street saturn

Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice spring day. Sunny, mostly, and a bit breezy. Not warm enough to kill all the snow, though. First robin of spring? Check.

Song of the day: The Mamas and the Papas, Monday Monday


One from the archives: Brian Boru Pipe Band, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Paul, 2010

Yesterday’s phenology: March continues. Temps maybe crept into the 40s. Snow receding. Grass beneath all brown and dead looking. Martha reports seeing a murder of crows harassing a great horned owl in the morning. There certainly are many crows aboot. That must be a sign of something. “When hundreds of crows do thee see, then…?”

Song of the day: Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftans, The Foggy Dew


one from the archives, Kat-Keys, march, 2010

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny but not so warm. Mid 30s? Slow melting. Crows. Jupiter and the Moon up in the early morning sky, very bright.

Song of the day: Harry James and his Orchestra, It’s Funny to Everyone but Me


First Red-winged Blackbird of 2017

I saw this Red-winged Blackbird about a week ago. He eyed me curiously, no doubt thinking that the photographers were out early this year.

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another windy day – perhaps not as windy as yesterday, but a bit cooler, Mostly sunny. Squirrels by the lake are gathering chunks of ice to store for the hot summer months.

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, You Turn Me on I’m a Radio