This morning is a repeat of yesterday. The ceiling is very low and the mist is rising up from the valley against a background of freshly greened mountains. More rain is predicted for today and right through to Friday with Saturday and Sunday to be warm and sunny. It is a very good thing that I have raised garden beds as the soil is totally saturated.
Yesterday afternoon I sat down with determination and my Newcomb's field guide and went through each and every step from 'regular flower with 4 parts'; opposite leaves, wet meadow, etc. I discovered two small patches of this sweet little flower last weekend while mowing the lower corner of our meadow. My first attempt at identification was with my Peterson guide. Arrrrgh ! Finally turned to the very reliable Newcomb's!!
Several years ago I began monitoring a pair of Peregrines nesting on Quarry Hill cliffs. On Friday I was fortunate to be watching during a food delivery and watched the female feed at least two very youg chicks. Because the eyrie is a shelf of sorts it is very difficult to see over the outer edge. When the chicks are a bit larger/taller it will be easier to count heads. The picture above are is 2009 and taken from the foot of the cliff.
My lens isn't powerful enough to capture a clear picture of the bird on the snag.