Monday, July 12, 2010

Warm and Sunny

Continued good weather.  The color around the pond brings something new every day.  the cold spring has left its mark.  Still fewer than normal pollinators.  Frogs are much fewer this year as well, although the earlier large number of egg sightings was encouraging. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Observations and Pics

More dragonflies are appearing daily.  Some butterflies are starting to show up but in small numbers so far and there seems to be more bumblebees but still much fewer in number than usual for this time of year.  A number of salamander tads were seen today in the bog pond.  Very hot, in the 90s. 

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Finally Comes to Oregon

As usual our summer started after 4th of July..this year on July 6. The cold, variable weather seemed to affect some of the pollinators and other insects.  Our Bumble bees are almost non-existent so far, but we have hopes for their recovery.  We are seeing many dragonflies, some butterflies and honey bees now that it is warmer.  Temperature in the 80s yesterday and supposed to reach mid 90s this week.  Some pictures:

Mt. Adams on a beautiful first day of summer weather

Three dragonfly species: Common White Tailed, Eight-Spot Skimmer in the center and Cardinal Meadow Hawk to the right. In the background (only visible on the enlarged photo, by clicking on this one) are several Blue Tule Damselflies.

More pictures added on the Dragonfly page above.