||Observation (Click on links for photos)
||Ruffed Grouse drumming near Pensaukee, Oconto County,
Tom Erdman. One Forsythia shrub in
conspicuous flower against a wood fence along Libal St. near the Allouez/Green
Bay border--very early.
||Double-crested Cormorants return to Green Bay (Tom Erdman); Red-breasted Mergansers at the mouth of the Fox River (Tom
||White Pelicans return to Green Bay (Tom Erdman).
First fully open Dandelion flowers. This is on an
extreme site, UWGB lawn, south facing slope against a wall, where
it gets a heat subsidy. Dandelions on unsubsidized sites will
not flower for a long time--UWGB average is 04/20 and the earliest
previous was 04/08. The peak of Dandelion bloom is usually in May.
||Turkey Vultures, Nicolet National Forest (Andy Paulios).
American Elm, UWGB
||A new brood of Mallards reported for Marquette Co.!!! "Town
Ducks", but still remarkably early (from "Wisbird" on internet)
||Milder weather has returned and we will see rapid changes if it
continues. Andy Paulios reports large numbers of calling Wood
Frogs (and spring peepers) in Oconto County near Lakewood
on the 22nd (also in Brown County 0323, Joan Berkopec). We have
had reports of a few calling frogs a couple of weeks ago, but Andy
has been in Oconto County regularly, working on his study of owls,
and this is the first night he heard large numbers of frogs calling.
Bob Howe reports Tree Swallows and Phoebes in
the Shiocton area on his ornithology field trip on the 23. A Snowy Owl was reported on ice in lower Green Bay on the
23rd and a Greater Yellowlegs was seen on the shoreline of lower Green
||NOAA announced that this winter was the warmest on record (105 years of records).
||March temperatures, compared to the averages: After the warm beginning
in which several new record high temperatures were recorded, the recent
cooling trend has been a shock. However only one day actually had
a high temperature below average--it's all relative.
||Snow returns to remind us
that the recent warm weather is the exception for this time of year.
Green Bay shoreline - daily series of photos on UW-Green Bay from February 21 through
March 7 (about 175K).
Unbelievable warm weather continues with high temps of 70+ predicted.
Speckled Alder (Alnus rugosa)
is in flower, City of Green Bay - previous early date was March 15.
Many new insects first sighted today, including Mourning Cloak, Milbert's
Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies and "water striders" on UW-Green
Bay. Today is the first report for Killdeer on UW-Green Bay. Today
is also the first day a Garter Snake was seen on UW-Green Bay (Joan
||Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
has begun to flower, City of Green Bay. For the last 15 years I have
monitored the same tree and the earliest it ever flowered before was
March 14 (1990). The average date is about March 25!