Friday, June 10, 2005

Heading Toward Solstice

It's Friday, and the clouds have rolled back in. We're having a wet and cool spring. Washington had twice the average rain fall in May, and we've had one sunny day, so far, in June. It's not bad for us-- we have sweaters and rain gear--we just worry about the corn and tomatoes. They're braving it as best they can, but they definitely need a couple of hot sunny days to spur them on.
We're heading towards the summer solstice. Days are incredibly long in the northwest. The sky starts to get first light by 4:30 am. The songbirds are in full-throated glory by 5:00. The sun doesn't set until 9:30, when the frogs close the day with their croaking symphonies.
Here's what we've been seeing lately.

Singing Female Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

Hawk very high in the sky (Buteo jamaicensis)

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