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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2019, 09:23:56 am »
What natural activity is going on where you are?

I have the year's first tenant in a terrarium that I've set up as a flophouse for cat-injured slowworms (a species of cute legless lizard). It's warm enough that they're waking up from their semi-sleep. They are helpless against cats and so I rescue them from little paws and jaws, apply ointment, and feed them until they're fat and shiny-scaled.

It's mating season for slowworms and my tenant is a fine gent with his temporary blue spots. 

The birch trees leafed out this past weekend and I saw the first wagtail ambling across the pavement.
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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2019, 07:14:18 pm »
Pretty heavy rains where I am in Texas. I can see the creeks swelling.

We seem to have missed the flooding here, though Quebec and the Ottawa area are in quite a bit of trouble. This must be part of a different watershed or something; the news keeps referencing the water levels in 2017, when my region did have some flooding, but so far so good.

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2019, 11:10:39 pm »
The leaf buds (previously described as 'tightly furled') on the trees and bushes that are very close to my building (and thus benefitting from the building's warmth) have been gradually unfurling pretty much since I described them as 'tight'; they aren't quite leaves yet, but they're not exactly buds any more either. I think 'green haze' will be on the early side this year (that's when one looks at more-distant trees, and what have been just bare branches have become surrounded by a faint greenish halo - usually not until five or ten days into May, here).

And as soon as I said that, two or three trees in sight of my balcony did start showing green haze, though most haven't yet.

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Alas, I doubt the butterfly survived what happened yesterday: a spring snowstorm. While we don't get them every year, they're a not-uncommon feature (see, 'summer arrives but winter doesn't leave'): sopping wet, heavy (this year's was relatively light, only a foot or less), and often accompanied by high gusty winds. Basically, soggy blizzards.

Much of the snow has already melted again, and the grass revealed is very green indeed.

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2019, 04:59:18 pm »
What natural activity is going on where you are?

Got our first ant visit of the season today. Cats kept chasing after it as they are typically wont to do.

The grass is growing so fast right now, and there's a shift towards mostly sunny weather.
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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2019, 12:49:38 pm »
Got our first ant visit of the season today. Cats kept chasing after it as they are typically wont to do.

The grass is growing so fast right now, and there's a shift towards mostly sunny weather.

The green shift here in NYC in just 3 weeks has been astonishing: from a delicate, pale green lacy haze on the trees, to full-blown leaf-out.

And I had my first American Lady butterfly of the year.
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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2019, 04:04:41 pm »
I think 'green haze' will be on the early side this year....

And as soon as I said that, two or three trees in sight of my balcony did start showing green haze, though most haven't yet.

Alas, I doubt the butterfly survived what happened yesterday: a spring snowstorm. While we don't get them every year, they're a not-uncommon feature (see, 'summer arrives but winter doesn't leave'): sopping wet, heavy (this year's was relatively light, only a foot or less), and often accompanied by high gusty winds. Basically, soggy blizzards.

It's being a particularly... interesting... 'summer's here but winter hasn't left' this year. I emerged from IKEA last week into All The Weather: simultanous rain, snow, and hail, with thunder (and presumably lightning though I didn't see it) and strong wind, but sunshine beaming in from the west because it was evening and the stormclouds were overhead while the western sky was clear. A comprehensive sampler! - well, not quite; there was no fog. That appeared the morning after next.

The more wintry parts of the weather seem to have slowed the Green Haze, so I was wrong about it being early. Though a couple more trees on my street did start showing, aside from that, the ones that had infant foliage didn't noticeably expand it, and those that didn't held off. The former are now, just as of the last day or two, increasing their greenness, but the latter are still biding their time.

The birds don't care; they're turning my neighborhood into an avian karaoke singles bar.

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2019, 06:22:46 pm »

What natural activity is going on where you are?

Saw my first ladybugs of the year, two of them, while weeding.

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2019, 08:49:11 am »
Saw my first ladybugs of the year, two of them, while weeding.

Also first sunburn of the year  :-[ Figuratively facepalming because a real one would hurt.  Note to self: You own a garden hat for a reason, DON'T GO OUTSIDE without it!

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2019, 08:53:14 pm »
The more wintry parts of the weather seem to have slowed the Green Haze, so I was wrong about it being early. Though a couple more trees on my street did start showing, aside from that, the ones that had infant foliage didn't noticeably expand it, and those that didn't held off. The former are now, just as of the last day or two, increasing their greenness, but the latter are still biding their time.

Theme of the season: I post, and the trees proceed to make a liar of me, or at least render me obsolete. Several more trees are showing green, so although there are also still several naked (or clad in last year's treestuffs - mostly seedpods and such rather than leftover dry leaves), we seem to be at that point when they seem to change not just from day to day but over the course of a few hours. So Calgary's most springlike period has arrived, pretty much right on time.

It doesn't last long; by the end of the month if not sooner, the trees will be in full leaf and summer-like heat will be possible and not unseasonable. (And it's a weekend, too - current and former Minnesotans and their friends are invited to come here, in spirit if not in body, for a picnic ;D.)

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2019, 02:28:20 pm »
The leaves on the oak trees near where I live are now recognisably oak leaf shaped, though still not quite full sized and still that very striking, bright spring green colour.

There's still a few trees which are just at the green haze stage, but mostly we're fully green here - it's still that very bright green, though, which I love.
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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2019, 05:46:28 pm »
Several more trees are showing green, so although there are also still several naked

The magnolias are blooming here, I expect the decorative apple trees will be next.

Also, rabbits are suddenly everywhere.  I was at my parents' place for sunday dinner, we had the news on the TV but we (all grown-ass adults) were at the window watching a couple of rabbits eat grass.

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Re: Signs of the season 2019
« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2019, 04:01:25 am »
Also, rabbits are suddenly everywhere.  I was at my parents' place for sunday dinner, we had the news on the TV but we (all grown-ass adults) were at the window watching a couple of rabbits eat grass.

I love it!  That'd be me and my family, too.
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