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Speaking of Nature: Bill's bumper crop of bluebirds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With mid-July behind us, it is now safe to say that the breeding season of our local songbirds is starting to wind down for the year. Some species, like the yellow warbler, may have already packed up for the season and started their move south. Others, like the red-winged blackbirds and grackles, still have hordes of hungry fledglings following them … 0

Voice of Aububon

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/ ∎ Totally Tree-mendous: Gnomes Knoll. … 0

Voices of Audubon

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Southerly winds and sunny days brought an arrival of resident songbirds from the south. The most notable were ruby-throated hummingbird, great crested flycatcher, least flycatcher, blue-winged warbler, American redstart, northern waterthrush, indigo bunting and orchard oriole. … 0

Kids & Critters: The wood frog

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I went for a walk with my wife this past weekend and while we were walking along a section of roadway that ran through a forested area, we heard a curious sound. It wasn’t a crow, but it … 0

Said & Done: Rascals like us never looked back

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It was the Devil that made us do it. I refer to the fact that when the spring mood was on us, we skipped school. The funny part of it was the Devil really did have us by the tail, coercing us down the path to perdition — … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Despite the cold, windy weather, regular species arriving from the south this week included spotted sandpiper, chimney swift, northern rough-winged swallow, bank swallow, house wren, black-throated green warbler, blackburnian warbler, ovenbird and rose-breasted grosbeak. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Conway Station hike Saturday On Saturday, May 3, the Deerfield River Watershed Association the association will co-sponsor a trip with the Pioneer Valley Institute to visit the historic Conway Station site. The site was important as the junction … 0

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 … 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. ∎ Saturday, April 26, will be the Earth Day hike of about 2 1/2 … 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 were black-and-white, palm, pine and Louisiana waterthrush. Other land birds were great crested flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, brown thrasher, chipping … 0

Speaking of Nature: The blue-winged teal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The scene was a familiar one to me: a rather substantial body of water not far from my house with the characteristics of a pond —– shallow water with lots of cattails — but the size of a … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 16, 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. ∎ Saturday, April 26, will be the Earth Day hike of about 2 1/2 miles. Hikers will meet at the top of East Catamount … 0