Life & Times

BIll Danielson photo
Seen head on, the faint scalloping on the breast feathers are another hint that this is not a mockingbird.  This adult bird is gray and white without any of the coffee-colored staining of an immature bird.

Speaking of Nature: The thrill of the hunt

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last week, I introduced you to a gray catbird that has adopted my yard as its home base for the winter. Prior to that, I told the story of a swamp sparrow that had also turned up at my feeders at roughly the same time. Well, I am happy to let you know that both birds are still coming to … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required. Women in Nature: Animal Tracking and Sign March … 0

Voice of Audubon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a Bohemian waxwing was also found. A rough-legged hawk continues in Lee, and five black vultures were seen in Sheffield. A clay-colored sparrow continues to come to a feeder in Belchertown. An Iceland gull was seen in Chicopee, and … 0

Between the Rows: houseplants and nurseries

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some of us may have gotten a gift plant during the holidays. If we are not experienced indoor gardeners, this can cause some anxiety. “Now what do I do?” the recipient may wonder when the gift givers have … 0

Speaking of Nature: Birding

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One of my favorite things to do on a cold winter’s morning is to get a cup of something warm to sip and then grab an old book off the shelf and lazily peruse its pages. The enjoyment … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A snowy owl is still being seen occasionally on the roof of the Smith & Wesson building off Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield. Rough-legged … 0

Book review: ‘The Sword and Scabbard’ by Allen Woods

Friday, February 6, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Sword and Scabbard” by Allen Woods (Boston Heritage Publishing, 337 pages, $24.99) Allen Woods of Greenfield makes history come alive in unexpected ways in “The Sword and Scabbard.” Americans tend … 3

Lovers of vinyl have their reasons

Monday, December 22, 2014

What keeps people listening to vinyl records? Customers at John Doe Jr. Used Books and Records in Greenfield have their own reasons. “I’ve had a turntable for three years and I’m trying to build a jazz collection,” said Zack Finch of Williamstown. “The jazz world opens up when … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Digging Deep’

Friday, January 2, 2015

In her book “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening” ($14.95), Fran Sorin makes the point that we are all creative creatures. Every baby ever born learns something new every day, laughs at something new every day. … 1

Caught in the spell

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd, There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud. There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself, The other cares for naught save fame and self. There’s one who’s brokenhearted for … 0

Kids & Critters: Master Edwin

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Many years ago, my mother received a phone call from a lady who had a question. She had found a tiny baby animal and she didn’t know what it was. Furthermore, she had no idea how to take … 0