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Speaking of Nature

Speaking of Nature: The eastern phoebe

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Phoebes have been of special interest to me ever since I moved into my red house. Prior to that I never had the physical structures in any of my previous homes or apartments that would entice a phoebe to nest. Phoebes like little sheltered nooks under the eves of houses, or inside garages, barns or sheds. But just because I never had them nesting nearby does not mean I wasn’t unfamiliar with them at all. Phoebes were regular patients of mine when I was fully involved in wildlife rehabilitation. It’s this habit of nesting on man-made structures that puts phoebes in close proximity to people … 0

Speaking of Nature: Seaweed isn't a plant

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some of my favorite summertime memories from my childhood revolve around visits to the ocean. I can remember wonderful trips to Cape Cod and the coast of Maine where it seemed that every sight, sound and smell was something new. You could smell the ocean before you got within sight of it and … 0

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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American robin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whether it’s dawn, or dusk, there is always one prominent song in the world of birds; that of the American robin (Turdus migratorius). Bright and clear, this song carries quite some distance and brings with it the positive, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Green Herons

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The phone call came on the afternoon of July 3. It was not at all unusual for the phone to ring because of the long list of telemarketers that somehow seem to get my number. No, what made … 0

Kids and Critters: Does this flower know if you like butter?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July is finally here and for many of us that means the longest days of the year can be spent outside. I remember spending hours on end running and playing in the woods and fields around my home … 0

Speaking of Nature: the eastern cottontail

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is probably one of the most ubiquitous, recognizable animals that can be found in our area. They can easily be seen munching on grasses by the sides of roads, especially by people who … 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