Photo by Corey Husic

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Year two of the Eastern PA Phenology Project begins

I have been receiving reports of birds singing, new sightings of birds that were away for the "winter", and many have noted that it even now smells like spring.  I know what they mean, but cannot put that into words.

Today, a large flock (4000+) of snow geese and flocks of Canada geese were heading north over Kunkletown.  It has been a delight to see the snow geese for several months in the Lehigh Valley, but there numbers are decreasing and they seem to be more restless, perhaps preparing for the trek northward.

For comparison, here is what we posted last year on February 19th:


  1. At Tuscarora SP, the buds of the Japaneses Quince have opened and this years leaves are developing.The seed pods of the Rhododendron have opened and hundreds of seeds per pod are being scattered. The sweet tasting sap of the Red Maple is flowing and the leaf buds are swelling.

  2. Dear Diane, I can't believe it's been a year! My latest blog posting shows the birds and happenings in my garden in Effort right now. Pamela

  3. I am getting many reports of unusual plant "activity" and early hatches of insects. It will be fascinating to see what happens a bit later when it really is supposed to be spring in terms of plant health and productivity and insect and arachnid populations.