The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.March 14
San Juan County, Pacific Northwest
This afternoon I saw my first Rufous hummingbird of the year!
Got a couple of pics before he darted away.
These pics of my local Anna's were taken a few days ago, also on a dark gray day, so the dull colors do not do their glorious beauty justice. The sun will be out soon, for that. Male and female.
The salmonberry flowers have been out for a month (first blooms noted 2/15). The Anna's feed on them and the odd winter flowers, but also consume a lot of insects, even more than other hummingbirds do. Still, it is really amazing to see them flying around out in sub freezing temperatures in the depth of winter. I make sure the feeder is available, and thawed, all winter for a ready supply of calories.
Year Date of first Rufous hummingbird seen at my house
and then did not record until this year :(
There's a phenology citizen science organization many of you know about, Journey North, which has been tracking the migration and flowering of a variety of organisms since 1997. Rufous hummingbirds have been tracked since 2002. I will spend a little time looking at that data, for example comparing it to my own where it overlaps.
And I'll be a bit more observant myself of the changes as the season progresses.
What's going on in your neighborhood? All observations are welcome in the Bucket!