Weather at Bedford, Hanscom Field, MA - via NOAA's National Weather Service

Thursday, January 14, 2010


birds I have seen at or near my feeders in the past two days:

house finch
mourning dove
brown creeper
blue jay
downy woodpecker

My grandmother asked me the other day if my witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) was blooming yet.  No, not yet, I told her.  It's been very cold - it finally got above freezing today (34ºF).  Here are a couple of shots of the witch hazel as it looked yesterday.  In a few weeks the flower buds will pop into flowers.  I wrote about witch hazel a couple of months ago, when the fall-blooming ones (Hamamelis virginiana) were in flower - the one in my yard is a late-winter bloomer. 

Witch Hazel

 flower bud

leaf bud

And lest you think I am rushing spring, here is a picture of the ice on my teeny tiny waterfall...

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