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Sunday, March 1, 2015

All is well in my world

Got to see the Lucifer Hummingbirds return (right on schedule) before having to come to Alpine today. Got this shot of a very skittish male. He's most likely already banded. It was 32° when I took this photo. You can see that the ice hasn't all melted off the trees yet (see previous posts).


I had thought I heard a hummer yesterday (Feb 28) but it was so cold and windy I didn't hang out long enough to confirm it. Wish I had now.

Bonnie Wunderlich from one of our banding sites near Terlingua  heard one yesterday too. Today, she also got photos, plus she also had a female. I find that very interesting. Here are Bonnie's captures. She did great! The more observers, the more is learned.



I'm thinking that with the winds coming from the south yesterday* the Lucifers arrived with it. And while male hummers usually arrive before the females, I'm considering that Lucifers might migrate north together. This isn't the first year I've seen them together the first day. One year I actually saw the female first. I'll pay more attention in future years. I wonder what Kelly will have to say about that theory.

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*The wind north of CMO was from the north, but south into Mexico it was from the south for the last couple of days. Serendipity for the early arriving Lucifers.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Much the same

There was less wind today, and this afternoon things finally melted. But this morning was miserable. Good thing I know the way to the oasis because I sure couldn't see much.



Which didn't matter much because there wasn't much to see.




No hummers, no butterflies, no dragonflies, and just the same wintering birds at the feeders, including the Gray Catbird.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yuck!

After five miserable days in town I came to CMO for yet another miserable day. Windy, in the 20°s, and very little visibility. I HAD hoped for early hummers, but now I sure hope none tried to arrive yet. They wouldn't have survived.



The things I hate to see worst are the Mexican Elders and apricot tree that were looking so wonderful last week, and now are pitiful looking.


I'm hoping the apricots aren't blooming enough to kill the fruit.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shortest post ever

I wanted to go to CMO today but it's been cold and windy and my pickup is in the shop. Maybe tomorrow.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter is back!

Good thing I got to enjoy last week at CMO because winter returned this week. Hope I don't lose the apricots there. I believe it got down to around 22° the last couple of nights there, but since they're not totally bloomed, maybe they'll survive. Meanwhile, here's an overload of Alpine for you like I'm getting. Nice of me to share the misery with you, huh?





Sunday, February 22, 2015

Counting down the days

I'm stuck in Alpine counting the days until I can get back to the oasis. Here are a couple of pics of the potential apricot tree blooms that I took before I left there.



















































I watered everything good yesterday and so badly wanted to water the apricot tree but forced myself not to. It would bloom like crazy today and then freeze tomorrow. Been there, done that. Gotta slow it down.