Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Impacts of Winter Storms – Nature 49

We talked about “Winter Storms during Cold Season” at previous post:

- Rainbow Before Evening : Winter Storms during Cold Season – Nature 48

Image 1- Snow, several years ago.

Impact not only to an individual, but also to communities, and even to animals (pets or farming).

High speed and chilly winds may cause personal injuries, and sometimes deaths.

It is often that the storm has strong effect on many activities:

- travels
- business
- and school activities.

Image 02- Frozen, two years ago

Hundreds of flights may be canceled.

House maintenance is expensive during cold season. Snow and ice could cause on water pressure, sump pump and water temperature, then lead to plumbing problems.

Image 3- Frozen Ice at the backyard

Please avoiding hypothermia where our body may become freeze due to lack of blood circulation, thus body has extra worked when exposure to extreme cold by pushing more blood to keep lungs and heartwarming and working properly.

Finally, take care yourself during extreme temperature of cold storm.

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Monday, 23 January 2023

Winter Storms during Cold Season – Nature 48

We got first winter storm in early January this year. The storm brought freezing rains and snow to many states of USA.

Image 1- Icy in our place, last year photo, illustration.

The snowfall was approximately 5.1 cm (2 inches) per hour in several states such as:

- Nebraska
- South Dakota
- Minnesota

It was predicted in the coming days that winter storms will again visit several parts of USA.

Image 2- Just for illustration

As you might be know that severe storms due to a blast of cold air from Arctic region sometimes, and as one of important factors.

Image 3- A squirrel, illustration only

Temperature is expected to drop to F below zero or around 17 C minus, so much below the freezing point with might be more than a one feet snow.

Image 4- Pile of snow in backyard, several years ago

Since winter storms cause temperature dropping and bring snow, and snow could cover many spots, thus very hazardous to walk or drive in this condition.

What do you think?

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Mockingbirds are Permanent Residents of Our State – Nature 47

Since my photos are not sharp enough, just using a cellphone, I doubt to say what species of the bird I saw.

Image 1- A lonely mockingbird.

Through Google ID searching by image, the result said that the bird is the Northern Mockingbird.

Then, I believe with at least two reasons:

- the length size is quite similar to Robin
- length of tail is almost the same with its body
- body shape is slender

Moreover, why are Mockingbirds permanent residents of Louisiana state?

Image 2- A corner of suburban areas of our city

We may observe the Northern Mockingbirds through all seasons all seasons in our state, Louisiana.

Image 3- A Mockingbird sitting on the twig.

Hence, they are permanent residents of our state, not migratory birds come in from other states or regions.

In fact, mockingbirds are common birds. They seem well adapt to the city and residential areas. I often see this bird seeks insects nearby our neighborhood.

Did you observe Mockingbirds in your areas?

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Thursday, 5 January 2023

Green Parakeet in Our State – Nature 46

The Green parakeet or the Monk parrot was not the USA native bird. The birds came from South American areas.

Image 1- A Green parakeet at the corner

They are imported to the USA around 1950’s, then distributed across America. We may spot Monk parrots in the garden or parks in almost states.

The record has shown that a green parakeet was seen the first time in our state, Louisiana around 1960’s.

They are breeding in the wild successfully. The wild area was around the city of New Orleans, then spread to nearby cities.

Image 2- A shy little Monk parrot

Image 3- A little green parakeet at neighborhood

We just saw the green parakeet at the corner of one of our neighbor houses. However, we don’t know whether the bird is a wild or a pet one.

At the first, the parakeet looks sleepy, then when we approach, the bird flew away. Hope, she found a good shelter.

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Friday, 9 December 2022

A Pheasant in Neighborhood – Nature 45

Quite surprising that we met with a pheasant when we were walking in our neighborhood area recently.

Image 1- A pheasant, lonely

Morning walking or jogging for 35 minutes is our routines, almost daily. Sure, we encounter a lot of critters.

It was the first time to see a pheasant. Since this critter is normally a wild animal, and it should be live in areas such as:

- farmlands with multiple crops
- woodland edges
- brushy meadows
- and open areas

Image 2- Amaryllis flowers

Image 3- Decoration at neighborhood

We assumed some people must be raising this critter close by. People raise pheasants for several purposes: just for pets, a source of food, and return their back to nature.

In case of introducing to the wild, the pheasants then for hunting purposes. It is quite popular in several parts of America.

Have you seen a pheasant? Where?

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Thursday, 17 November 2022

Cooper Hawks Love to Come to Bird Feeders – Nature 44

A Cooper hawk is one of hawks found in our state, Louisiana. They live in the edges of woods or forests.

Image 1- Cooper hawk sitting on the fence

We may see Cooper hawks fly around our neighborhood recently. This hawk is common, not include as a rare critter.

From several sources, the raptors active to hunt their prey during dawn and sunset as their favorite hunting times.

However, these hunting times don’t apply at our neighborhood. We usually see Cooper hawks chasing their prey around 9 AM in the morning until afternoon. It seems daylight hunter.

Image 2- Cooper hawk perching over the bird feeder

Image 3- Hawk starting to fly away

Interestingly, we always see Cooper hawk visit our bird feeders. We then wonder: why?

After a while we find the answers:

1) Cooper hawk knows that small birds come to feeders.

- so, these small birds are good and easy preys to catch
- prey of Cooper hawks may include doves, woodpeckers and quails

2) My guess that bird feeders as their source of food as well.

Have you ever seen Cooper hawks? Where?

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Monday, 14 November 2022

Wild Bees are Visiting My Backyard – Part 2 - Nature 43

You may read previous post (Part 1):

- Wild Bees are Visiting Our Backyard – Part 1 - Nature 43

Image 1- Pure raw honey from our neighborhood.

Naturally, the word “honeycomb” has multiple purposes:

- housing for brood, included capped larvae, larvae and eggs
- storing pollen, nectar and honey.

Moreover, I familiar with the word's honeybees, bumble bees and wild bees, but honestly, I do not know differences of these critters. I just saw many bees come to my backyard.

They were abundance in the spring, then the number reduced in the summer. But bees still appear in the early fall.

Image 2- The bee on the wildflower, it may pollinate or take pollen

Image 3- Artificial beehives at our neighborhood.

They seem visit our backyard to pollinate my flowers and fruit plants, some of them are:

- orange quash,
- tangerine orange
- figs.
- blackberry and strawberry

The bees also collect pollen and nectar from plant flowers and wild flowers.

It is said that honeybees are outnumber the other bees, hence they are most important of pollinators in nature.

Do you know differences of honeybees, bumble bees and other wild bees?

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Saturday, 29 October 2022

Wild Bees are Visiting Our Backyard – Part 1 - Nature 43

Indeed, Spring and Summer times are the peak of bees visiting our backyard, but we may see few bees in early Autumn.

Image 1- He's coming, pollination will be in progress.

As reported by Gees Bees Honey Company (2022: What Do Honeybees Do in the Fall?) that they noticed “Even after the first frost, the bees bringing pollen into the hive, presumably from aster flowers.”

The number of bee species is quite great, it is estimated about thousand different species both in the world and in North America:

- 16,000 species in the world.
- 4,000 species in North America.

Image 2- The bee between flowers and leaves

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Image 3- One of important flowers for bees

Of thousands, I wonder why one species only to produce honey called honeybee with scientific name Apis mellifera.

Image 4- Local honey from wild bees

Another species, bumble bees produced honey as well, but just small amount for their own used only. Hence, the honey can’t be collected by beekeepers for commercial purposes.

Moreover, Honeybees live in collective for years, while wild bees live collective for short period, one season.

Honeybees live in the hives which have honeycomb.

# To be continued to part 2

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Monday, 17 October 2022

Nuts of Pine Trees in the Park – Nature 42

We have seen a lot of pine’s nuts on the ground when we are jogging in the park during autumns.

Image 1- The pine’s nut

The nuts, actually cute looking, and we know that some people use its for decorations.

As you might know, there are around 105 to 124 species of Pines in the world, found mostly in Northern hemisphere.

The Pines are grown in many places for two purposes:

- source of timber
- ornamental trees in the parks

Image 2- Pine trees nearby walking path

Image 3- Pine nuts on the ground

Image 4- One of critters consumes Pine nuts

Image 5- A lot of Pine nuts fall down

Image 6- Pine trees in the park

Image 7- A squirrel playing on the ground

Of 105 to 124 species, there are 20 species of well-known pine trees that produce “edible nuts.”

However, 4 species are commercially harvested for their nuts:

- Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea)
- Mexican pinon (Pinus cembroides)
- Chinese nut pine (Pinus koraiensis)
- Colorado pinion (Pinus edulis)

Many groceries include Walmart sell Pine Nuts, have you tasted them?

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