Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Honeybees riding out the rain on Showy Goldenrod

rain gauge reading 9/19/07

A reading from our garden rain gauge, taken this morning around 8 AM

  • Nearly 2" of rain in the garden gauge since Monday evening. Storms were quite heavy Tuesday morning, limiting visibility during the morning commute.
  • Lots of Cedar Waxwing activity in the last week, and especially this morning. Appears that one of our cherry trees had a bumper crop this year.
  • The local Honey bee population, as well as the populations of some smaller native bees, have been congregating in thick, humming clouds over the Goldenrod and Aster.

Wildlife Spotted in/around Garden this Week:

  • American Toad
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Goldfinch
  • Green Frog
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Grey Tree Frog
  • House Finch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Robin

Native Plants Blooming in Garden:

  • Aster (unknown variety)
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Elm-leafed Goldenrod
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Rough Blazing Star
  • Showy Goldenrod

Fall Color:

  • Smooth Sumac
  • Sugar Maple

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