365 Nature – Day 339

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. With the possibility of snow coming tonight, Seattle has turned it's collective eye to the sky. This morning I saw reports of snow to the southeast of us and surveyed the sky. I was surprised to see clear, blue skies to the north and to the east and south dark clouds. But most interesting to me were the clouds directly east. I had to get my cloud selector wheel to figure out what they were because they had a bubble...

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365 Nature – Day 331

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Another dark autumn day, but there are sparks of light all around our yard. We don't get fireflies here, but we do get something that is just as flashy. Anna's Hummingbirds have been a regular presence since I put the feeders back up and I've been watching them like I do every autumn and winter. This year we've had regular males visited the feeders and perching in the yard. Last year my memory, although often faulty, recalls more females than...

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365 Nature – Day 318

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the last couple of months I've developed a night-time ritual of watching the spiders around our back porch light. When we replaced our exterior doors we opted for new doors with small windows at the top. I wish I could say the reasoning for the windows was so I could watch spiders at night, but that would be untrue. Really, we just wanted more light inside, the spider watching was an unexpected bonus. Now, each night on my way...

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365 Nature – Day 303

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the last week we've had a yard full of goldfinches and this morning they're still abundant. I've seen them at all the feeders, they seem to like the shelled sunflowers and the patio mix and at times they've been quite numerous. Earlier this week I looked out the window and saw a couple of dozen at least, covering the feeders, the ground and even the chain holding the feeders on the tree. There are other birds around too, but...

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365 Nature – Day 297

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I cleaned out the bird feeders from the soggy bird seed which had become drenched from our recent rains. I replaced the seeds and hung them back up before sitting in front of the window with my camera, waiting for the bird to come. I waited patiently and a few Dark-eyed Juncos arrived, foraging in the orange and red leaves. But they stayed in the shade, rarely venturing into the sunlight. The Black-capped Chickadees were also visiting, but...

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365 Nature – Day 287

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. In recent weeks I've noticed tiny flying blue, fuzzy insects around Seattle. Last year at this same time I noticed them as well in the arboretum where they were flying in dense quantities and stuck all over spider's webs. They are very easy to catch as they simply float through the air like airborne seeds. Last year I admired them and then thought no more about them until I saw them again this year. I was curious and put them...

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