2015-03-26: A big flock of American robins is singing in the dark in my neighborhood -- first time in 2015 for my location and approximately on time overall. In the Hot Year (2012) they were 2 weeks earlier: http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2012/03/15/singing-in-the-dark/
2015-03-25: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection declared a drought watch for 27 counties, mostly in the northeast and central parts of the state. The drought watch is du to low groundwater levels because of a dry fall and below normal precipitation in Jan and Feb.
2015-03-27: I saw three mallard ducks (two male, one female) while running on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail (along the Monongahela River) yesterday!
2015-03-29: First of year: Louisiana waterthrush at Cedar Creek Park, March 29. I don't know if he's on time because I've never been to Cedar Creek this early.
2015-04-01: I began keeping bees ( or maybe they kept me!) a year ago. I was given a hive and a swarm of caught bees by who has become my bee mentor. I live in a good area for bees - surrounded by fruit trees, flowers, gardens and in the fall an abundance of rabbit brush. The hive thrived. Going into fall the hive was full of bees and honey. I saw very little evidence of mites, etc. As I want to keep bees for pollinators for the community, I did not harvest any of the honey believing it to be the best food for the bees during the long, cold winter. Imagine my delight when a couple of weeks ago I noticed bees out and buzzing around in the warm weather! Last week on 2 consecutive days I did not see any bees. On the third day (March 27) I decided to open up the hive as I still had not seen any bees. Now imagine my broken heart when I found not a single live bee in the hive. As well, there were maybe only 50 dead bees in the hive, most of them on the screen board. There were not thousands of dead bees on the ground either. They were simply gone. I think it is way too early for the hive to have swarmed and even so, would the whole hive leave a good home? The only thing I noticed was that there were a lot of small black flies around the hive as it warmed up and I started seeing the bees out and about. Would flies chase away an entire hive of bees? I had already bought a second hive and have ordered bees to be delivered at the end of April as I wanted to keep two hives. I'm wondering if A) most of the bees left in the late fall and I didn't know or B) if they all left earlier this year when it was unseasonably warm and, if so, has anyone else experienced this or might have an answer. The photo is from early fall 2014. This is from the top honey super.
2015-04-01: Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park in western Pennsylvania is still iced over on April 1. It usually opens up in March.
2015-04-08: Peaches bloomed in Hotchkiss, CO, 6 days earlier than I have ever before recorded and about 21 days ahead of average. Barlett Pears broke the earliest bloom record by 5 days. Apples which often open near the end of April are starting to bloom as well. Codling moth biofix is predicted for the 10th of April, around 20 some days earlier than normal.
2015-04-16: 17 degree low on Redlands Mesa, unusual bloom on our fruit trees- all of our varieties- cherries, pears, prunes, plums, peaches- were all bloooming at the same time. There were even some late blooms on the previously damaged apricots, and we had an apple tree almost open. I've never seen that before. The photo is from a few days back, didn't have the heart to take the picture yesterday of the trees in full bloom, because of the certain freeze coming in.
2015-04-16: From 75 degrees to 18 degrees. Just. Like. That. Oh, and snow.... lots of steady snow. There goes the fruit and all the peonies.... but we do desperately need the moisture. What's "normal" is that this spring snow is typical for CO. What isn't typical is that we haven't had ANY! With the exception of a week or two, we've had Spring since Jan and no moisture.
2015-04-18: First tentworms appear as the choke cherry trees leaf out, April 18 in Schenley Park
2015-04-25: Delaware Public Media reported on the first sighting of a piping plover nest in Cape Henlopen, Delaware. Apparently it's one of the earliest sightings of the bird on record--these nests usually aren't spotted until May. http://delawarepublic.org/post/first-piping-plover-nest-season-spotted
2015-04-25: Big snowflakes this morning, April 25. Heading for Meadville, PA where there is no snow at all. It's unusual to find better weather north of here.
2015-04-26: After few nights in lower side of 30 degrees this week, Our Saucer Magnolia flowers got burned. This is the first time happened.
2015-04-27: It's been dark for days , tornadoes and storms ended Jazzfest early, cancelled classes at LSU and local schools, caused power outages, and today a train got blown off the Huey P. Long bridge!
2015-05-09: Continued yo-yo weather extremes in Pittsburgh. Two weeks ago we had snow. This week we have July temperatures. I love spring weather. I don't like heat. I'm not happy about this. Today's graphical forecast attached.
2015-05-12: Formosan termite swarm season started on time in New Orleans, but two weeks earlier in Kenner, our termite contractor said it's within normal range (around Mother's Day). Time to turn off the lights and hunker down!
2015-05-19: It's cold this morning! and the news says it will get colder tomorrow, I wonder what we will get for the coming summer?
2015-05-19: Funnel cloud in Montezuma County. Didn't get much bigger than the photo and dissipated within a couple of minutes.
2015-05-23: More yo-yo weather in Pittsburgh, rather extreme. May 22's high was 17 degrees below normal. (We put on wool clothes again.) Frost advisory for the morning of May 23 with a low 14 degrees below normal, but the high was exactly normal. Now May 24 is predicted to be 5 degrees ABOVE normal. This is much more variability than I remember in the past.
2015-05-24: Today was a warm, sunny day. It was cloudy during the day and was windy in the evening. The soil is dry and plants need to be watered.
2015-05-26: Monsoon-like clouds spotted near Albuquerque, New Mexico. We've been getting a mix of torrential rain and clear and sunny weather throughout the day. The moisture has allowed for more verdant landscapes -- cactus blooms and greener-than-usual flora and fauna, according to locals.
2015-05-25: Memorial Day at Lake Irwin, CO - blanketed with fresh snow. Spent a weekend at a cabin - it snowed almost constantly, adding about 10". No BBQ for us!
2015-05-29: today was very hot. Almost 80. The sky was blue and there were a lot of birds out. I guess this is the time when all the animals are coming out because unfortunately there was a dead deer in the yard this morning.
2015-05-25: Saw this little guy on my favorite trees on Jumbo- don't remember seeing them in the North Fork before
2015-06-17: For the second year in a row there are lots of billbugs in Pittsburgh (weird-looking round black bugs). Their swarming to mate in mid/late June is normal but the quantity of billbugs seems very high in the past two years. Did something change 3+ years ago to make this so?
2015-06-18: today is 66 degrees. it is gray and looks like it may rain. humidity is 68. it is chilly this morning at 9:36am
2015-06-08: In the book, "Corpse: Nature, Forensics and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death" by Jessica Snyder Sachs, she tells stories of how plants and pollen have helped forensic botanists narrow down time of death in murder cases. On page 205, she quotes a forensics expert on how people's loss of connection w/nature has been a loss for forensic botantists: "I used to get my best information by simply walking down a country road and talking to people in their yards," says (David) Hall. Did they notice, for example, when the pines shed their pollen that spring, when the sunflowers reached full size, or when the dandelions went to seed? A prudent botantist has too great a respect for the seasonal and geographic variability of the plant world to presume to know such things from books or charts. Unfortunately, by the mid-1980's, urban sprawl was rapidly robbing forensic's newest field of a vital resource. City dwellers and suburbanites simply were not as in tune w/their surroundings as their rural predecessors." So, record on citizen scientists!
2015-05-27: The golden eaglet is 2/3-3/4 the size of a crow now. All white except wings mostly black. Hard to get a picture of him.
2015-05-21: The fuzzy white eaglet was perched on the edge of the nest today w/ an adult golden eagle.
2015-05-21: Picked first kale from my garden today. After a couple of weeks of rainy weather, it'll be a while before I can plant tomatoes, peppers and other tender veggies.
2015-05-23: Comfreys on verge of blooming in my flower bed. Also lupine starting to bloom.
2015-05-14: This morning about 7 am, we watched a skunk wandering through our grassy field next to the wetlands where a pair of Canada geese have been hanging out. As the skunk got closer to the geese, one of the geese approached the skunk w/his wings out apparently defending their territory. The skunk turned and went the other way. Since the geese don't have a sense of smell, the skunk's defenses would've been useless, so good choice on his part.
2015-05-18: On 5/17/15, we saw the head and shoulders of a fuzzy, white golden eaglet just above the rim of the nest.
2015-05-02: Saw a hummingbird (unidentified but probably black-chinned) and male Bullock's oriole for the first time this year.
2015-03-28: Yesterday (3/27/15), I saw 2 drake shoveler ducks on a neighbor's pond. I've never seen shovelers in western Colorado near Paonia. I checked in Colorado Birds book and shovelers aren't listed as occurring here at all. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture to verify my observation.
2015-03-28: I have pictures of the 2 drake Northern shovelers ducks but was unable to get the picture to upload on I See Change.
2015-04-10: On 4/9/15, I saw a buck just below Paonia's airport hill with just one antler. This morning off FS road 703 and Steven's Gulch Road, I saw 2 branch-antlered elk bulls with both their antlers. Seems late for both deer and elk to still have antlers. In 2013, we talked to an outfitter near Creede, CO who was surprised to have seen elk w/ antlers in the middle of April.
2015-04-10: This morning off FS road 703 and Steven's Gulch Road I saw mountain bluebell flowers 2" high blooming. Seems early.
2015-04-26: Goslings hatched in the elevated nest box we put up in our wetlands. Not sure how many--4 at least, maybe 5. Last year they hatched 2 days later on 4/28.
2015-04-27: This morning, all 6 goslings jumped/fell out of the nest box and took their first paddle. The last one had a heck of a time getting out--must've taken him 15 min. or more but he made it. We had a ramp for them to get out but the adults kept going to the opposite side of the nest when they were on the ground or water so the little guy was on the wrong side. One of the adults waited for him while the other adult took the other 5 up on the dam to eat. I expect they'll leave our pond in the next day or so. There's a cat 20 yards away from them but I've seen the geese defend the nest from something as innocuous as a heron, so I think the little guys are safe.
2015-06-04: Everyone is really happy with the spring moisture in southwest Colorado, but it doesn't tell the whole story, and the drought is far from being over. More here: http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20150604/NEWS01/150609914/Snowy-peaks-deceive-in-La-Plata-County
2015-06-04: Today I noticed the darker clouds and slight chill throughout the day. I wonder why the temperature has been consistantly low this in June
2015-06-04: It was around the fifties today. Partly cloudy not as cold as yesterday but still chilly. I noticed these weird big white fluffy cotton like things blowing around in the air all day. Not exactly sure what they are or where they are coming form.
2015-06-09: the temperature was higher this morning around 64 degrees than reached to around 74 degrees F. definitely more cloudy today with the humidity around 87%.... i also saw tis tan and white bunny on my yard for the first time during the day instead of at night
2015-06-10: Bright and clear sunny day here with a temperature of 83 degrees when this post was made. Supposed to be the hottest day of the year today and we might even break a record according to the local weather person. Common milkweed and bee balm are in full bloom and both are covered in pollinators. There appear to be many more bumble bees this year than in the past few years. Last year only a few carpenter bees were present. Still no monarch butterflies, though.
2015-06-10: One cedar waxwing observed this morning on cottonwood tree by house. I've never seen one here before in 8 years. "Colorado Birds" lists them as irregular to uncommon and occurring mostly during migration mostly during fall.
2015-06-07: Traveled to Rebersburg, Pa, just east of State College this weekend and saw a Black Vulture. Never saw one before. They are primarily a southeastern bird, but I've read they are expanding their range northward in the last couple of decades.
2015-06-10: Saw these beetles on the driveway. I have no idea what they are but I've never seen them before.
2015-06-11: Hello from the southern hemisphere! Gorgeous and chilly sunrise this morning. Warm and cold currents in the ocean meet near #newzealand, causing climates to be constantly windy. That means a lot of intermittent cloud cover but also beautiful magenta refractions like this in the atmosphere.
2015-06-11: Hot out today. It's reached 80F, with a high of 85F. It's humid and not very breezy. I saw butterflies today though, so that was nice.
2015-06-11: Today it feels like 84 F, humidity is 60% and the wind is traveling 13 mph.. a lot of worms on the ground. There is visible pollen all over my car.
2015-06-11: Earthstar mushrooms growing in sandy desert like conditions. The rain has allowed for optimal fruiting
2015-06-11: One of the hotter days of the year, high was 80 but felt much warmer than that. Hazy and partly cloudy today. Sun was strong. I found a very small deer tick on my arm, tick season is high!
2015-06-12: Today's high was 82 degrees F, and the humidity was 81%. Very hot and sunny today, partly cloudy at times. Updated on June 9th, "Brown tide is popping up across the waters on Long Island's South Shore." Researchers from Stony Brook University state that the damaging tide has been spotted across much of the Great South Bay and Moriches Bay as well as Shinnecock Bay and Quantuck Bay. - News 12
2015-06-09: As of right now, temperatures are high as well as clear skies. You can feel the humidity in the air. Maybe because it is expected to rain later on.
2015-06-13: The time is 6:03pm; it is 76 degrees outside with broken clouds and with the humidity at 62%. I saw lots of bug, like spiders, ants, and moths. Today pollen count is very high for grass and none for trees and weed.
2015-06-12: Today is partly cloudy 83F, average of humidity at 62% and winds are at 10 to 15 mph. Shower is expected in the evening. Cyanobacteria Bloom Found in Maratooka Lake in Mattituck. For more info please go to LongIsland.com
2015-06-12: today it is 80 degrees, very hot, humid and muggy. Humidity is at 60% and 9mph winds. Very sunny, the birds are out and very high pollen activity.
2015-06-11: Very hot and humid day today. Temperature got up to 92 degrees today. Very windy as well. The bee balm is thriving this year with all the wet weather. There seem to be more bumble bees this year than last. I posted a picture of one of them working on the bee balm.
2015-05-31: The weather was odd today. It was very cloudy in the morning. Around 11:30am It became sunny and warm. In the evening, it got very cool and it rained a little bit. I saw a family of geese out and about today.
2015-06-01: After waiting for so long, about a week or so...it FINALLY rained. Happy about that but it was cold. It wasn't so bright out either. The trees also getting part of their nutrients
2015-06-01: Cleaned the greenhouse and found 7-8" bullsnake enjoying the warmth until I moved the bags of leaves. Saw an ~15" garter snake yesterday. Hope they don't eat too many baby frogs and toads. Still enjoying the "creaks" of leopard frogs.
2015-06-01: Another pair of geese have moved into the pond. She's not nesting but they're there a lot. It's interesting that they have a different preferences than the pair that hatched a brood. This pair spends a lot of time on the ridge between our house and the neighbor's. Haven't seen any other geese feed or lounge on that ridge. I think she (or he) likes high places as I suspect she's the one that perched on the roof of the neighbor's two-story house for a while and has stood in the nest box--not sat, just stood.
2015-06-02: The sun finally came out this afternoon and the temperature reached 70 degrees. Very nice day for working in the garden. The wild black raspberries are showing some color and with any luck we should have our first raspberries by the weekend. While running errands this morning, I spotted a dead armadillo by the side of the road. This is a first for me in this area. St. Louis news has reported armadillos on the west side of the Mississippi but not this side.
2015-06-03: The month of June started with a cooldown and some periods of rain, which was a nice break from the bright, humid weather in the last few weeks. Temperature highs dropped from 80s over the weekend to the mid 60s. I'm wondering if we have an unusually hot May for Delaware, as the Wash Post just published an article a couple days ago, saying that May 2015 was the hottest May on record for DC. We're only a couple hours away... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/06/01/may-2015-was-the-warmest-on-record-in-washington-d-c/ And on an unrelated note, I also saw a bat flutter out of my back porch, but it moved too fast for me to see what kind it was. Summer is peak bat season, and I hope to spot a few more. I might get a bat box to provide them with shelter.
2015-06-03: I wish I had set my rain gauge up earlier, as I wasn't expecting a full month or so of rain, rain, rain. Within just 3 days I had a measurable 3"+ so I can't imagine what the total tally was around here. Moisture amounts tend to be quite variable from mesa to mesa around here. My perennials look quite happy! But I need to fertilize for sure, as I can count on a lot of nitrogen was probably leached out from so much rain. Mosquitoes, mostly from mud puddles, are starting to come out, especially in town. This is the first full sunny week we've had in a month and we're expecting more storms this weekend. I'll take a cooler, slightly wetter summer ANY day. Just hope the tomatoes/peppers and such produce!
2015-03-21: I saw a deer tick on me after walking in the woods a bit. I saw a lot of deer droppings and trails in the area I walked.
2015-03-21: The daffodils and tulips have started to come up. I also saw robins for the first time this season!
2015-03-22: Chicago starts snowing again , news says we are going to get few inches overnight,March's weather is not predicable.
2015-03-22: This year, because of lower than normal temperatures, the snow melt from our above average snow fall is slower, reducing the threat of flooding of our rivers, streams and creeks. We had a chilly spring last year and this year looks like a repeat. Normally, we have temperatures in the 50's, 60's and sometimes in the 70's. This year it's more like the 40's and sometimes the 50's.
2015-06-24: It is 9:02am and 72 degrees, scattered clouds and the humidity at 61%. It is warm and nice outside right now. There is a light breeze. Grass pollen is very high today.
2015-06-29: currently its 80 F very humid and cloudy looks like it will rain later on.
2015-06-29: Smokier throughout the day. Hard to breathe when outdoors and seepiong into buildings. Nearest fire is 700 km North of here. Still high 20s.
2015-06-29: Raccoon! Not just bold. Desperate seeming. I've been seeing more in my yard, close to people, than I ever have in 8 years. Tonight I got within 4 feet of one and that really shouldn't be happening. A neighbor had left a pan of water out for him, I think.
2015-06-30: I've seen many sick Purple finches, 2 slowly died right outside my window where I feed the birds, and others have found dead finches around Paonia. Is this a bacterial or viral infection? I sent one to the DOW to test and they said they don't deal with songbirds, but may test the one. Anybody know what's happening to the finches?
2015-07-02: Still smokey, but i could see faint shadows finally so it feels like it's clearing a bit. Cooler temp.
2015-07-09: With summer rains keeping the rivers at nice, playable levels in southwest Colorado, my wife Danielle has been building a dam in the Mancos River to help cool off on the hot 90+ degree days of early July.
2015-07-07: Late post about june bugs at our back porch: only two seen on property this year, in early July. This continues 5 years of diminishment, when we'd average 4-6 a night over a 3 week period from mid-June. Each year was less and slightly later. Nothing's changed in the surroundings we have there.
2015-09-10: I noticed the early apple blossoms in the month of March and a first crop developed and fell last month earlier than ever. This week apples that are newer and greener remain on the tree and have begun to fall enmasse. None of the trees nearby are as healthy as they were. The dry hot weather in Central, Pennsylvania over the past few weeks has caused leaves to dry and fall. Perhaps the Fall foliage will not be a spectacular one. The now, cooler weather, A 20 to 30 deg F difference surely will create changes for the trees and vegetation in this region. Everything bloomed earlier and greened up before the dates we usually see these things occur this year.
2015-09-10: Change is the only constant. We have to protect the Earth and our environment as much as possible. In State College, PA , a Central Pennsylvania College town, the environment was granted Rights just like the human citizens have. It has the right to be healthy and productive, protected from abuse, and allowed to prosper and we need to work for all of Earth's rights, everywhere. Just do it!
2015-07-03: We've never seen so many baby Woodhouse toads on our property. They're dime-size.
2015-06-21: On 6/27, saw a tiny woodhouse toad not much bigger than a dime. He (she?) was on the edge of a plot we're rehabbing from ditch piping where we planted sunflowers and clovers for soil health and pollinators.
2015-09-19: I saw a humming bird today--latest I've ever seen one here. Didn't get a long look so I'm not sure of species but it resembled a female black-chinned, the most common type I see.
2015-08-25: An epidemic of Alpha-Gal, the red meat allergy from the Lone Star tick. This disease is in every continent in the world and is spreading. There is no cure.
2015-08-25: Been getting a surge in mosquito bites lately, starting in the first/second week of August. I'm generally a mosquito magnet and not good at remembering to put on repellant, but after the beginning of June, I didn't get any bites.
2015-08-28: I've heard from locals in Oahu, HI, that there are more rocks on the beach than usual this year. On top of that, I've heard this year's summer is significantly hotter than past ones. I found this piece of coral on the shore, which seemed to have broken off.
2015-09-03: Late summer rains are bringing the humidity up here in southwest Colorado, leading some to refer to the area as the "Pacific" Southwest. Feels good to me!
2015-09-04: Haven't seen the black-chinned hummingbirds for a few days. I assume they're gone until next May as this is the time they usually depart.
2015-09-04: A couple of weeks ago, I posted that there were more kestrels around my house. Upon further reflection, I think the reason may be the cover crops of legumes and flowers we planted where there was bare dirt previously from ditch piping. Better habitat for insects and possibly mice might mean better hunting for these beautiful little falcons.
2015-09-01: An unusually tiny hummingbird - just 1.5 to two inches across -- mixed in with the bees and the butterflies, enjoying the fall flowers. Hope it is not too tiny to make its trip south. Usually the hummingbirds I have seen here were grown up -- and three to four inches long.
2015-08-19: Over night on the 18th the smoke from the California, Arizona fires snuck in and now the Ridgway valley is filled. My eyes are burning and I can hardly see the mountains. In fact as I write this my smoke detectors just went off because I had a couple windows open. Ugh
2015-08-20: Smokey haze all over the Four Corners over the past 2-3 days. The National Weather Service says it is from the wildfires burning in the Northwest. Bleck!
2015-08-16: Usually we have 1 pair of kestrels around our house but in the past week, it seems like there is 1 or more extra pairs. I wonder if their food source is particularly abundant this year. Sue Husch over the pass in the Roaring Fork thinks there are more mice this year. Kestrels eat mice.
2015-08-18: In July three acquaintances who live in different parts of northern Allegheny County came down with Lyme disease. This April was the first time I'd heard of Lyme disease in the county. Why is Lyme disease suddenly so present? I am wondering...
2015-08-11: My house has had an ongoing ant problem for the last several summers, where before that there were no insects.
2015-08-12: First visible wildfire of the summer happened on Ute Mountain southwest of Cortez, Colorado last week. Rains started the next day and really helped get the fire contained and managed within 48 hours. Thanks El Nino!
2015-08-12: Early signs of fall the grasses are dying and the weeds have turned brown, the night temp has also drastically fallen just within the last week.
2015-08-07: What is up with the weather this summer? May was mild, even chilly some days. June was warm, but cooler than previous years. July finally got hot, and now August is cool again with only a few hot days. It's also been really rainy. Is that normal for Western , PA? Is this weather global warming in action?
2015-08-07: It's been really hot, which is pretty normal, but a lot more humid than I recall other Augusts here in LA
2015-08-09: We Have a sassafras tree that is dying. Lots of dead and dying trees in the neighborhood. Forest Hills may soon be called Prairie Hills
2015-07-29: On July 17th (12 days ago) the agricultural field next to my home was drenched in Round-up herbicide. Most of the plants in the field were killed. However, some survived. The picture posted here is of the weed, annual fleabane (larger plants) and the GMO crop Round-up Ready soy beans. (the seedlings). The fleabane is a so-called super-weed in that it is completely invulnerable to Round-up. In a few weeks the fleabane will flower and produce millions of seeds that are also invulnerable to Round-up. It will be interesting to follow the field over the next few years and see what the farmer does about the fleabane. The field across the street is choked with superweeds.
2015-08-06: SO many rabbits this year, and I just noticed I haven't heard any coyotes in Ridgway. I normally hear them in the evenings and early mornings.
2015-07-27: We drove through southwest CO-- Salida, Westcliffe, Walsenburg, Alamosa and Creede. Amazingly green everywhere for late July. Vegetation is bright green where the forest fires were near South Fork and Creede 2 years ago with new vegetation. Blackened "sticks" still standing where the conifers were burned.
2015-07-27: I noticed black soldier fly larvae in our backyard compost bin. We've been composting for 10 years, and this is the first time we've seen them.
2015-07-21: I'm about ready to pick some Pomegranates from my backyard tree , normally I would not by doing this until the middle of September.
2015-07-21: The monsoons started a few weeks early this year, on June 30 to be exact. Mushroom hunters are very happy... it's a banner year for 'shrooms. Haven't seen many hummingbirds or butterflies though, which is surprising given that my perennials are loving the rains and I have lots of flowers.
2015-07-21: Found this Monarch Caterpillar in my garden last night! Obviously I've been overlooking him for weeks.
2015-07-23: Colder night than usual last night (7/23-7/24), down to the low 50s F which is certainly not normal for CT in late July. Nights in general have been cool for the past 3 years; using the heater in the car at night on our drives to the gym well into June. Have noticed fewer frogs in the pond this year and last year, after two brutally cold winters. Daytime temperatures delightfully cool for summer. Definitely no global warming in these parts. Jewelweed growing by the edge of the pond is blooming late, only a few flowers here and there when in previous years it would be in full bloom by this time.
2015-07-22: The story on WDDE (Delaware Public Radio) on Friday, July 24, 2015 was about moths. The attached picture is of one very large moth (4" to 5 " wingspan) at Killens Pond in Kent County seen on July 22.
2015-07-25: This spring. Only 1 mating pair of barn swallows showed up this year - same as last year. We had swarms of nesting barn swallows in our neighborhood 2009-2011. Fewer in 2012. In 2013 a few showed up too early, February I think, still really cold here. I miss their aerial acrobatics and fierce determination to nest above our front door. They flew off after a few days. Maybe not enough bugs in the air? We used to have a LOT of house flies back then too but they have all but disappeared too.
2015-07-25: June-July: our ornamental tree (some king of fruit I think) has strewn these twisted dried stickers all over our yard, getting stuck in the dog's fur and being tracked into the house. I've never seen them before.
2015-07-15: July 2, 2015 Bodega Beach (not bay): sections of foam from the waves are tinted purple. Closer inpection of the sand at the edge of the waves reveals tiny parts of jellyfish that have literally disintegrated, with occasional larger blobs of clear body sections. These are not velella velella, which are bluish and leave behind a lightweight pseudo skeleton. These are purple, like the true jellyfich that I have seen washed up in decades past, except that they have disintegrated, whih I have never seen before.
2015-07-15: I am seeing fewer hummingbirds. I have fed hummingbirds for 15 years, and it appears that the population has decreased.
2015-07-15: I'm seeing ants in my kitchen on the second floor. I never noticed them in the summer.
2015-07-15: I am seeing our beehives bring in less nectar yet plent of pollen. We also had a honey flo in December + January.
2015-07-15: Within Fresno, I have noticed an odd amount of blooming. Trees in certain areas such as North Fresno have begun to change color while flowers are blossoming, especially after the amount of rain Fresno had in early June. To some this is considered a minor change; however, a minute change is all it takes to affect a whole ecosystem.
2015-07-16: Beautiful day today with temperature right at 80 degrees and low humidity. Only counted one monarch larva on my milkweed patch this morning and that is very discouraging. Have not seen a single monarch chrysalis all summer. On the on the other hand, the population of milkweed longhorn beetles and the milkweed tiger moths seem to be thriving. I uploaded a picture of tiger moth larvae on honeyvine milkweed. They have almost completely defoliated this plant.