The Daily Bucket is your repository for local nature gossip. Winter ducks overhead? Hummingbirds warring over feeders? Moth larvae in your flour bin? Post your sightings here, along with nature questions, answers, and commentary. Everyone is welcome - all we ask is that you let us know where you're located, as close as you're comfortable revealing.Seattle. December 7, 2013.
Got up in early morning twilight this morning. The hummingbirds had already gotten up, their hard little voices chipping from the tree next to where the feeder should have been. The feeder was sitting on the dining room table, safe from the cold.
On Thursday the pond down at the Wetland had a thin glaze of ice along its edges. Yesterday the ice had thickened and spread. The pond's usual winter contingent of Mallards were absent. I found them in the open water of the lake, better swimming there, at least for the time being.
Even the licorice ferns had curled themselves up against the cold.
Your turn. What's been happening in your natural neighborhood? Everyone is welcome to add their observations to the Bucket. I'll be here most of the day, but may venture out for a spell in mid-afternoon.
Update 1:25PM. Um, I forgot the link to the weekly Green Diary Rescue.... here it is:
"Green Diary Rescue" is posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page. Green Diary Rescue has been good to Backyard Science, so take a minute to recommend, comment, and then link to your other off-Kos groups.