At long last, spring has arrived in the PNW islands, marked as much by temperature as light. Our unusually cold temps, especially at night over these past couple of months, delayed some spring nature events this year, like the start of chorus frogs singing. Phenology FOY observations over the years can track that. Here are a few recent FOYs in my neighborhood.
Satinflower: the first few were out when I went by on March 17, meaning they’d opened up a few days earlier. Satinflowers usually bloom in late February.
Red- flowering currant, a native deciduous shrub, first bloomed March 14, about two weeks late.
Bumblebee: March 16. They tend to show up at about the time the currants bloom, so yeah, late too.
Rufous hummingbird: March 18
Bucking the trend….. chippies!
Townsend’s chipmunks, who den all winter, first appeared out and about on March 1, earlier than usual by a week or two.
What’s blooming or awakening where you live, and how does that compare with your phenology observations from previous years?
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Warming in the PacificNorthwest islands. Temps in low 50s! Mixed sun and cloud, with a light breeze.
WHAT’S UP IN NATURE IN YOUR BACKYARD?