Saturday, March 17, 2012
St. Patrick's Day at the Beach
Ladybugs must have come out of hibernation in response to warmth or day length. They were all over every solid object on the beach, and washed up along the strand, along with thousands of feathers, which looked like duck feathers to me. Eagles picking off ducks? WE didn't see any eagles today, or any Osprey yet this year.
Novartis shutting down a plant due to QA problems. She has to be off of her old arthritis medicine for 5 days before she can start the new one. Boy, is she sore tonight...
Lesser Scaup offshore, too far to see clearly. No sign of the Buffleheads today, perhaps they've left for the season. I didn't see the Tundra Swans either, though we didn't walk far enough to be sure.
Bird's Eye Speedwell. (They seem to be the same weed, Veronica persica). A cute weed, dense leaves on short stems forming a dome shaped mass, dotted with blue flowers. I've seen them all over at work in the last week as well.