Outdoors

Speaking of Nature: The palm warbler

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I hinted at the notion of failure in last week’s column on the blue-winged teal. This week, I surrender to it. All of my attempts to get photos of green-winged teal failed and the only photo in my archives is simply not publishable. The image clearly shows a green-winged teal, but it is so blurry that it simply will not … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catamount Hills hikes The Deerfield River Watershed Association plans three spring free hikes in the Catamount Hills: April 26, May 3 and June 14. ∎ … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Many regular species are arriving from the south daily. Warblers reported … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our region

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Elusive & unforgettable

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I purchased my first camera in January of 1998. I knew nothing about photography. More importantly, I knew nothing about nature photography. I didn’t understand the exasperating situations I would find myself in, the long periods of waiting, … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The number of regular migrant water birds found on the Connecticut River continues to increase, with the most notable species being northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead and pied-billed … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kestrel nest box talk March 28 NORTHAMPTON — State ornithologist Andrew Vitz, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club, will discuss results from a study that monitors kestrel populations and helps elucidate the mechanisms behind their long-term declines. This project was initiated in 2013. Learn … 0

Speaking of Nature: A winter-thrush trifecta!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of the satisfying aspects of keeping a field journal is the fact that you have your own personal record of past events. It’s a silly thing, I know, but I take great delight in saying, “To My … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Competitive paddling Saturday ORANGE — Trail Head, 1 South Main St., Orange, will be having a free workshop Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. This event will be all about competitive paddling. The presenters are father/daughter team Eric … 0

Voices of Audubon: area bird sightings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins, American kestrels, … 0

Kids & Critters: a fat rabbit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All winter long, I have been noticing something rather odd. It doesn’t happen every single night, but at least a couple times a week it appears as though rabbits will walk out onto my deck. This is odd … 0

Said and Done: Lollygagging was not Mabel's way

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a Valentine’s remembrance for a lady no longer here. She is worth remembering. Mabel always wore widow’s weeds. There was no need for it. She had never lost a husband, for she had never married. We often saw her, dressed in black from head to toe, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kestrel nest box talk Mach 28 NORTHAMPTON — State ornithologist Andrew Vitz, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club, will discuss results from a study that monitors kestrel populations and helps elucidate the mechanisms behind … 0