I keep a Phenology Journal (or try to) where I write down weather conditions, species sightings, bloom times, etc. on the property. It is both fun and frustrating. Fun, because it keeps me in tune, aware and expectant of new discoveries. Frustrating, because there is so much going on at this time of year, I actually forget to document it all!
As an example, here are a few 2009 excerpts from when I was down there around the same time last year. You may have to think about some of my abbreviations!
Thursday, March 26-Rained most of the day (1-2") Sun kept peeking out after 4pm. Waxwings on persimmon, 25 goldfnch w them-then flew to eat maple buds. F Rose-brsted grosbeak at feeder. Goldn-crwnd kinglet, yel-rump, yel-bel sapsker. Juncos still here. High 62
Friday, March 27 - Chipping sparrows seen for the first time. Blue violets out. Daffodils are mostly bloomed. Saw geese in pond this pm. Japanese beetles still thick at kitchen
Saturday, March 28 - Heard woodcock and barred owl around 6:45 pm. Barred owl is like clockwork. Woodcock again at 8:30 - 27 "peents" before whirling.
Sunday, March 29 - Red-spotted Salamander in pond found by B. McLaren! Blue Violets. Spring Azure butterfly. Cold and Windy