Life's a beech

May 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Many, many years ago... OK, it was decades—I've been in this writing racket during at least five of them (starting, professionally, at the beginning of 1978)—I coined a durable May phrase about the "descent of the green curtain." I've used the term every spring since then to describe the way the emerging leaves popped out of their buds and—sometimes quickly, sometimes more slowly—make it vexingly difficult to view the bird and insect life of the woods. In our forest, a major constituent of the foliage curtain belongs to the Beech trees, and in soft, green glory, Fagus grandifolia is helping to make the woods safer for nesting birds, and, in the process, more trying for birders and bird photographers.


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