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Speaking of Nature
Bill Danielson photo
An adult male American kestrel perched in a tree by a large field. This bird is similar in size to a blue jay or a mourning dove.

Speaking of Nature: The American Kestrel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about being a nature photographer is how often you can see a fairly common species and still have no real chance of getting a photo of it. It makes perfect sense that game species should be extra sensitive to the distances that humans are allowed to approach. Humans, after all, have these things called … 0

Speaking of Nature: Canada goose

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Before I get started on this week’s column, I just want to run through some of the arrivals that have occurred in the last week. On Friday, April 3, the tree swallows and eastern phoebes showed up. I found this remarkable because the birds arrived last year (together) on April 4. I don’t … 0

Kids & Critters: the wood duck

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

People will tell you that the robin is a sure sign of spring. This, I think, is more a matter of association than truth. The fact is that some robins spend the winter with us every year, though they may be difficult to find because they aren’t hopping around in your lawn. It … 0

Speaking of Nature: Treasures in plain sight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

January, February and March are months that often give me trouble as a nature writer. In the depths of winter there can be precious little to feature in my columns and I find that I often have to … 0

Speaking of Nature: Waiting for the toddlers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Now that June is here, we lovers of nature can finally get ready for the season’s first batch of babies to begin to show themselves. April is a month of amore, May is a month of nesting and … 0

Kids & Critters:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Well boys and girls, this is it. June is finally here and in just another couple of weeks, we’ll enjoy the longest day of the year, followed by the last day of school. Once the school bus stops … 0

Speaking of Nature: The tree swallow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a summer evening is to sit on my deck and soak in the sights and sounds of the evening. There is an open meadow down the hill from my house … 0

Speaking of Nature: the snapping turtle

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May is a time of new life. Flowering plants begin to seek help from the insects, offering nectar in the hope that the insects will accidentally assist in cross-pollination. Birds, many of whom have just finished migrating great … 0

Speaking of Nature: Dive into vernal pools

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We are generally aware of the locations of the permanent ponds in our neighborhoods, but in springtime there are also temporary pools that will appear in the woods. These pools, called vernal pools because of their association with … 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

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

Speaking of Nature: A dandy dabbling duck

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The big news in birding this week is the arrival of the waterfowl. Ducks and geese have flooded into our area as the ice covering lakes and ponds has melted and a day doesn’t go by without me … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Spring has pressed the button

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is it. We stand on the precipice of time and look out into the vast expanse of the future with optimism and the hint of a smile on our collective faces, … 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