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March Observations

It’s the beginning of Spring, so let’s take a look at the March Observations at the Cove…


March Flora…

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The Azaleas and Camellias are finishing up their bloom, while Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Dogwoods, and Redbuds quickly follow.  Mullein is seen blooming along the roadsides as is Spiderwort and most of our perennials are now starting to bloom in the garden.  Most trees are leafing out and look great with the newer, fresh green leaves.


March Fauna…

icon fauna AIAt dawn and evening, the resident Sand Hill Cranes call each day throughout the pond. The larger group of Cranes was due to additional migratory cranes and they left at the beginning of March.  Hearing numerous owls. Also, several water birds and ducks are present in the pond. Hemingway, our resident Osprey is back fishing again ( 2017 ).  The first Whip-poor-Will was heard on March 3rd (2023).  Starting to notice many ticks this month (2023).  The year’s first noticeable mosquitos are here around sunset.  Very enjoyable on the porch.  Have seen a few more deer than in the past couple of months.  Lubbers appeared by mid-March 2017. Also, many more banded water snakes have been seen, both larger and babies ( 2017 ).  Bullfrogs are heard in the evening.


March Celestial Observations…

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March opens with a stunning pair of bright planets in conjunction in the western sky. Jupiter and Venus hang together in the evening, shining at magnitude –2.1 and –3.9, respectively. On March 1, they stand a Moon’s-width apart, so it’s worth getting to a location with clear skies for this conjunction. Mercury transitions to the evening sky in late March.

The March 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Worm Moon, will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 7:40 AM EST or 12:40 PM UTC. This will be the third and last full moon of the Winter 2023 season as it occurs before the spring equinox 2023. The March Full Moon will be the full moon in Virgo.

March 20March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 5:25 PM EDT. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Scorpio stretches out across the pre-dawn Southern sky in March.

Download a March 2023 Sky Chart.