An eerie silence has descended on our yard as we reached the maximum obscurity for our area. No birds are in the air and the ones in the trees are currently silent. No owls, bats, or other flying night animals have been observed. A lizard that only comes out at dawn and dusk scampered across […]
The indoor lights that are controlled by photo-eyes have turned on. Many of the backyard birds have returned to the trees where they roost at night.
The Eclipse is about 50% and starting to look like late evening. Two female cardinals are at the feeder.
We’re starting to see a change in the holes where the sun peaks through. A lone pigeon was circling the pond. We don’t usually have pigeons on our property.
15 Minutes after the start of the eclipse. No discernible change in the colander shadow, darkness, or temperature change. All birds appear to be behaving normally.
The starling gathering and feast continues. Other birds are dining at the feeders as usual. The pattern to the left is of the shadow of a hand-held colander.
Today’s solar eclipse should maximize at 2:45 pm with a 91% sun obscuration in this location. It will begin at 1:16 pm and end at 4:06 pm according to local news sources. Dozens to hundreds of starlings have gathered in the grass surrounding this area–just like they do prior to the fall migration. Early fall? […]
About a week ago, I spotted these birds swimming along the shore of the ocean near Bonita Beach, Florida. I could tell that they were mergansers from the shape of their head, but I also knew they were not the hooded mergansers with which I am familiar. Yesterday, as I was walking in the backwater area, the […]
This morning I awoke to more activity on the pond. I was greeted by the usual Mallards chasing each other about–4 drakes and one duck. Then I searched the shoreline through my binoculars. I discovered a pair of American Wigeons, a male Bufflehead, and a Pied Billed Grebe. As the sun warmed the day, the […]