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Raking it in at last

February 28, 2018 - Normally, by the time the snow flies, I've raked all the leaves off our little patch of lawn and assembled them into lar...
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Homecoming

February 27, 2018 - When the Red-shouldered Hawks return to our woods towards the end of February or, in a less-global-climate-change time,...
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Incomplete floral herbivory

February 26, 2018 - A few days ago, I reported what seemed like a semi-tragedy, i.e., the local White-tailed Deer, hungry for greenery at th...
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Another avian return

February 25, 2018 - One of the signature sounds of spring's impending arrival is the "oonk-a-ree" song of the Red-winged Blackbird, a call t...
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Can and Snow

February 24, 2018 - Canada Geese are certainly a species of waterfowl that are so common around here that, much of the time, the only reason...
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Salad bar

February 23, 2018 - I love deer, and I still get a thrill from watching a herd graze the edge of a field... a distant herd. However, playing...
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Aconite aboveground

February 22, 2018 - I was hoping that today would be the hallowed day when the very first crocuses that were so ready yesterday to bloom wou...
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Crocus, almost

February 21, 2018 - One of the most wonderful parts of being a gardener is having early blooming bulbs that can document the start of the gr...
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Lampless

February 20, 2018 - The temperature is now pushing into the 50s, and I had an idea: maybe, just maybe, a species of exceedingly early firefl...
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Hot-blooded plant

February 19, 2018 - I didn't think I'd get a chance to take this picture in 2018... given the reality setting in that it doesn't appear like...
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Two recyclers

February 18, 2018 - Normally, I try to offer the best of the best in the daily image collection, but that always is predicated on having the...
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Open witch

February 17, 2018 - About a week ago, I highlighted the start of the first flower on the garden Witch Hazel, a cultivated member of the Hama...
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Indoor partridge

February 15, 2018 - Last autumn, when I finally built a terrarium, my goal was to populate it with mosses and liverworts and observe them at...
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Mallards on the move

February 15, 2018 - I realize these are just mallards... and not exactly the most exciting of waterfowl species. (I think there might be one...
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Unexpected appearance

February 14, 2018 - Several months ago, I put together a terrarium that would house my collection of mosses in various containers living on...
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Harvesting the harvest

February 13, 2018 - While I did manage to "tick off"—as in the British way of listing birds you've seen; in fact, British birders are someti...
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Beetle walkabout

February 11, 2018 - The temperatures were well into the 50s, the rains had swollen the creeks and rivers, and any traces of snow and ice wer...
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First tree flower

February 11, 2018 - When I was working at Yale just about every day, one of my favorite sights at this time of year was the university's col...
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Pileated, diminished

February 10, 2018 - This morning when I went to the bathroom, I noticed something strange near the top of the tree that holds our suet cage.
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Crown jewels

February 09, 2018 - There was a little bit more cold in the air last night, and by morning, there had been a little bit of refreezing. The N...
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Darlin' companion

February 08, 2018 - Normally, I wind up walking alone. It isn't that I'm antisocial—I'm actually quite friendly... really—it's just that my...
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After the great storm

February 07, 2018 - I know the anniversary of the arrival of the Greatest Blizzard, the "perfect storm" of 1978, was yesterday, and I'm also...
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The Great Storm's 40th

February 06, 2018 - Forty years ago this morning, the first flakes of snow started falling from a pewter sky. It was cold, real cold, and bo...
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Warming the water

February 05, 2018 - More relative warmth. More sun. More melting. More surprises. Early this afternoon I was taking my neighbor's dog for a...
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Now starring

February 04, 2018 - A little warmth was in the air, and with it, the Noah-sized stream in the backwoods was in free-flowing form. Just after...
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Back to business

February 03, 2018 - This doesn't look like much, I'll agree—just a sliver of a trail in snow-blanketed woods—but remember: this is a scene I...
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Feeder birds, finally

February 02, 2018 - That famous—OK, infamous —Pennsylvania groundhog did indeed see his shadow early this morning, and if Phil is correct ab...
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Forty years ago, today

February 01, 2018 - The only natural history event of note was that the millpond not only wasn't cleaved in two, but the open water started...
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