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The Backyard Science group regularly features the Daily Bucket .  Anyone can note any observations you have made of the world around you.  Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds, flowers and anything natural or unusual are worthy additions to the Bucket and its comments.  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.
Here are pictures of my larger backyard pond.  I took the first picture in the middle of February, and the second picture yesterday, March 17. Continue reading below the swirling orange mist for more dicta.

The tree frog chorus is back, having survived the snow.  The water irises (left of photo) are greening up, and so are the rushes, (center of photo) which I moved in last year.

I can spot signs the heron's been around the other pond.  I imagine the heron creeping up to water's edge, steady, steady, fish in the sights, get closer .... G---D it! That rock slipped into the water and the fish escaped!

Those green pointy plants are pseudo irises (aka yellow flag) coming in strong. I leave them be for some early color.

Last year I pulled up almost all my invasive pickerel, and put in the rushes and also cattails.  A few days ago, I spotted a hummingbird tearing all the fluff off of the cattail.  Another good reason to plant native plants. Here's what's left.

Now it's your turn for a comment on the goings-on in your corner of the earth.



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