Phenology Log 2018

Spring 2018

  • March 17 – First petite buds seen opening on invasive olive bushes
  • March 16 – First bold forest daffodils blooming, several weeks later than in last year’s warmer winter
  • March 11 – A late winter wet snowfall of 5 inches is the most snow in past 2 years. On this same date in 2017 we also had the only significant snowfall of last winter.
  • March 6 – The local herds of deer this winter have been larger than in past years. Often up to 4-6 in a group, requiring greater caution when driving. They are also eating things they don’t normally feed on.
  • March 4 – First pairs of geese seen together on Lake Konstanz
  • March 2 – First wild onions and tender buds on bushes seen along forest edge
  • March 1 – First turtle, a small ornate box, seen crossing a road, very early, too early, in the year
  • Feb. 27 – So many birds chirping and singing in the morning have brought the forests back to life after the winter
  • Feb. 24 – Daffodils have risen 2 inches above mulch
  • Feb. 23 – Robins cavorting in the underbrush
  • Feb. 21 – First worms seen crossing roads after heavy rains
  • Feb. 18 – First daffodils seen poking above mulch
  • Feb. 15 – Record high of 80 degrees in the middle of winter was 36 deg above average
  • Feb. 10 – Deer this winter have eaten more plants around the lot than we recall in previous years, including yucca, holly, and arborvitae