Monday, February 23, 2015

A Little Rain

We had some light rain last night. Dropped our daytime temperature back down into the 60's.

Lots of birds activity on our morning walk - Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Verdin (pair), Abert's Towhee, American Kestrel (pair), Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-dove, Great-tailed Grackle, Rock Pigeon, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Anna's Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven (pair), House Finches.

White-crowned Sparrows are still lingering here. When they head north we'll know the summer weather is getting close.

The rain will help our Butterflyweed recover from its recent munching by the Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars.

The plant is already putting out new leaves after being thoroughly decimated a week ago.

We saw some Queen Butterflies on our other Milkweed plant a couple of days ago. If they laid eggs, we should have another round of ravenous caterpillars soon.

"When I was a kid, being outside was the norm. Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house."
~ David Suzuki

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