Dry Spring

Rainfall for the last 30 days.

Rainfall for the last 30 days.

Since we put the new water tank in place….. and pumped it full from our existing storage we’ve had very little rain. So much so that Iris has been watering her new vegetable plantings for several days after sowing. Most unusual, especially this time of year. A wry comment on our normal rain fall pattern is that a drought on Stewart Island is 5 days without much rain. What has looked promising on the weather forecast site we use has in most cases come to nothing.

The years rain fall to date

The years rain fall to date

Warm Temperatures

And it has been very warm, especially at night. A couple of nights ago the low was a very mild 15 deg C

Our weather station page has current and historical data, as well as tide tables, Aurora predictions Web Cam and MetVuW predictions

Temperature graph for the last 30 days, showing warm days little nighttime drop

Temperature graph for the last 30 days, showing warm days little nighttime drop

Ulva Visit

A couple of days ago I had a family across on Ulva Island, and I was

Wilting Film Ferns

Wilting Film Ferns

surprised just how dry it was there as well. The forest floor leaf litter was like walking on cornflakes, and several patches of film fern were seriously shrivelled up. Normally something that would be a summer thing after several days of no rain, and equally importantly…. warm dry breezes to dry out the soil and moss.

First Orchids of the Season

Nematoceras acuminatum Dancing Spider Orchid

Nematoceras acuminatum  Dancing Spider Orchid

The first of the seasons orchids are Nematoceras accuminatum, and they are well out, and lots of them

Young Photographers

Young Photographers photographing orchids

Spring Courtship

Courting Robins

Courting Robins

The robins are busy courting, and my young guests were fascinated by the female begging for food, and the male feeding her. The saddlebacks are also firmly into breeding mode, with the jack birds in close attendance to their mates

And they found a large kiwi dibble hole beside the path.

Kiwi Dibble Hole

Kiwi Dibble Hole

We have been hearing Kiwi calling  around our house, and our next door neighbour thinks she disturbed one beside her drive way around 10 am. Although its great to hear them it’s also a worry as they are very vulnerable to being hit by vehicles at night.

So all in all, “Spring has well and truly Sprung on Stewart Island”

Sails Ashore

…. Peter & Iris, Sails Ashore
11 View St,
Stewart Island,
www.sailsashore.co.nz
tait@sailsashore.co.nz