Winter Wren

I have seen winter wrens flitting about in the brush all winter. I have also frequently heard them making a short chirping call. This morning, for the first time this year, I heard them singing. I wonder if this means they are getting ready to defend territory, win mates, and nest.

Weather Observations

After a few days of sunny moderate weather in the 40’s, it has gotten cloudy, cooled off a bit and is now rainy. Today was one of only a handful this winter where snow could be seen on the trees along the whole of Gavan Ridge. It appears the snow level is below 2000 feet, … Read more

Dipper Song

I wanted to see if there was another gathering of merganzers this evening, so late in the afternoon I headed down to the river. When I reached the river, I heard a dipper signing. I have heard the song on at least half of my visits to the river, so this was not out of … Read more

Merganser Gathering

Around sunset Melissa, Connor and I went for a walk down to the beach. It was only a little after the low tide so there was plenty of beach to walk on. We made our way to the park and walked through it to get to the Indian River estuary. Perhaps due to the fact … Read more

More on Spruce Cones

I twisted apart a few more spruce cones today. I did not find any more with worms, but I did find one that had a long skinny black beetle looking insect. Perhaps the worm I noticed previously is a larval stage of the insect I saw today.

First Flowers

It was a sunny day that was fairly warm by February standards. I decided to check the flower beds along the south facing buildings around campus. I found many crocus blooming in front of NPH. I suspect they may have been in bloom before today, but I had not checked to see.