Had the first hummingbird at our feeder tonight during dinner. My journal says that the first one came last year on May 11th, so I expected this year to see them a little later, given how late winter has hung on, but this guy was early anyway!
What fun to have one show up so quickly!
Jody O on Cascade Beach Rd
First Male Hummer arrived at feeder May 15
We have a hawk owl in our yard. Range is the boreal forest of North America with irruptions of Juveniles to the South. Diurnal hunters. S/he's been watching the chickadees for about the past 15 minutes.
The Hummingbirds are in Schroeder!
Saw our first pair of robins of the spring!
On a warm, sunny winter day, take a look at the base of a tree where the snow may have melted down to expose some leaves, or where the snow is shallow or hollowed out just a bit. There you'll find a sprinkling of what looks like "pepper" or "ashes" on the surface of the snow. Each speck you see is a snow flea. Once you find them, watch closely and see what they're up to. Snow fleas are actually tiny insects which come out on warm, sunny days to eat decayed plant material or sap oozing from the tree. They hop around acting like fleas and that's where they get their name, snow "fleas." They're not fleas though, but actually an arthropod called Collembola (kol-LEM-bo-la) or commonly called springtails which measure about 1/8 inch (2mm) long. They have a very unique catapult system to get around. Two "tails" on their back end are tucked up underneath their belly, held in place by tiny "hooks." When the springtail wants to move, they just release the spring-loaded "tails," called furcula, which hit the snow and send them flying into the air. Since snow fleas can't conrol their flight or direction, they frequently land in the same spot or only a few inches away.