|The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you. 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. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
Castro Valley, CA
continued below the orange bird's nest
On Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, both our neighbors and ourselves had piles of deeer scat in the front yards. They are coming into civilization to look for delicacies, such as roses and such even though there is plenty of forage in the nearby parks and open spaces from which they come. This means that they expect such foliage to be here already - go figure.
Meanwhile, my Ceanothus has finally begun to bloom. Lineatus, just across the Bay, reported some in full bloom weeks ago, and here I am just getting two flowers this weekend as a prelude of what's to come. I do have an unusual species, shaded by a blue spruce, so that could be part of the difference, in addition to micro-climate. My Ribes, on the other hand, is blooming like there is no tomorrow.
This is the part where you tell us what is happening with nature in your area (as well as where that is). What are you seeing and where? Please post your sightings in the comments as usual.