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All the other spring ephemerals are flowering. Among the loveliest are Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, toothwort. I could go on, they all are lovely.
The hummingbird clearwing moth and the snowberry clearwing moth both look and act like little hummingbirds. Uncommon enough to be an exciting find, but common enough to be seen most years. I can’t tell the two species apart (both in the genus Hemaris) but that’s ok with me for now.
Late in the evening tonight and through the early hours of the 14th, the Geminid meteor shower will put on a good performance if it’s clear. The new moon will not interfere and these quite reliable meteors come in yellow, green, and blue, as well as white.
Jefferson salamanders are the earliest vernal pool visitors, arriving even when there’s lots of ice.
When people aren’t complaining about drought, conversations turn to dog ticks. How many did you pick off your dog or yourself today?
Now that the ground has really frozen, some of us can cross a few jobs that we didn’t quite get to off the list.