Hurricane Zeta is predicted to make landfall on the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon and evening, Oct 28. Zeta will then reduce to a tropical depression, bringing rain and wind to our neighborhood late Wednesday through Saturday.
Here is the latest track projection for Zeta from the National Hurricane Center. The letter D indicates a Tropical Depression — rain with winds less than 39 MPH.
.WEDNESDAY...Mostly cloudy early in the morning, then becoming
partly sunny. A slight chance of showers early in the morning.
Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
rain 20 percent.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy. Rain likely after midnight.
Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
rain 70 percent.
.THURSDAY...Showers. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to
15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...Showers, breezy with lows in the lower 50s.
Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of
rain 90 percent.
.FRIDAY...Mostly cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then
partly sunny with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Windy
with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers in the
evening. Breezy with lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain
.SATURDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.
A few weeks ago we sent to everyone an email describing the results of a year-long trial of the mowing schedule for the large, 7-acre common area behind the homes along the southern (non-water) side of Potomac Drive.
This large field is not simply an empty field. In fact, most of the area is septic drain fields that serve 30 of our 52 lots. Waste water is piped from these lots into the drain fields in the large field. For this reason, the grass and brush on the area must be cut regularly to prevent large root intrusion into the septic drain fields.
The area of concern is on two plats of our neighborhood that are posted on the PBE POA website:
Previously the area was cut four times a year. In late fall of 2019, a group of homeowners asked that the cutting be reduced to allow and encourage use of the area by ground-dwelling and ground-nesting birds. In 2020, we cut the area before April 15 and after August 15, which is the nesting season for several species native to our neighborhood. The result was gratifying as a few nesting pairs with fledglings were observed that had not been seen for several years.
The area is being cut today, October 8, as the third and final cut for this year.
We now are in the process of certifying the 7-acre area as a Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. To that effect, we have suspended mowing in that area from approximately April 15 to August 15 to enable the grass and wildflowers to flourish. We have already had sightings of Eastern Meadowlarks and are hopeful of attracting more bobwhites, indigo buntings, bluebirds, flickers, migratory songbirds, and other bird species along with many varieties of butterflies.
We ask that everyone tread carefully and limit human activity in this area and let us know what varieties you observe. It would be fun to keep a list of sightings and dates for our website.
Thanks to everyone for making our neighborhood a friendly place for everyone as well as for our feathered and furry neighbors.