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April 14, 2018 - The Phoebes have been back for several days, and, in their raspy voices, they've been singing up a storm, calling out an...
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Not quite dynamic duo

April 11, 2018 - When I spotted the first Great Horned Owlet several days ago, I thought that it might not be alone. But no matter how lo...
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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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A wrinkle in sumac

December 18, 2017 - The so-called "road to hell" is said to be paved with good intentions. So it goes with my good intentions. Because of th...
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Back to bobolinks

May 17, 2017 - Genuine heat made its presence known today, so, naturally, I decided to visit the warmest, least sheltered place, outsid...
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Concentrated

March 07, 2017 - There's been the slightest break in the cold, but the shallower stretches of the local farm pond—the one I now hike to o...
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Getting warmer

February 21, 2017 - Yesterday, there was quiet to greet the sun; this morning, it's chickadees giving their "pee... dee..." calls, titmice s...
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Sanderlings presumably

November 17, 2016 - I'm not alone in finding shorebird identification a non-stop challenge, and while I know there are plenty of tricks to m...
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Fall snowbirds

October 26, 2016 - For reasons that have all too much to do with work—both paying work and the house variety—I'm having a lot of trouble ge...
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Still oystercatching

October 18, 2016 - Indian summer is one thing, but true summer weather is quite another, so, with the temperature nudging 80, I gave up all...
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Earwig protector

October 16, 2016 - It hasn't been all that fine a season for migrating warblers, and maybe that's for the best. To paraphrase an immortal l...
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Great horned, hiding

September 25, 2016 - One of the main reasons for creating this blog was vanity: it would give me a chance to showcase my, of course, splendid...
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Waiting for a sign

September 17, 2016 - For the past few days, the woods have been alive with young Phoebes. They're quiet, unlike their incessant ratchety call...
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Coming back

July 16, 2016 - It was too hot to do much more than sweat, so, to avoid heat stroke, we headed up to the lake to try to stay cool. There...
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I see you, too

May 12, 2016 - It's been a fine sunny day for warblers in the tree tops, and with the leaves still little more than a green haze, I'm a...
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Airborne capture

April 26, 2016 - When you're using a "big gun," one of the hardest things to master is the classic action shot... especially if you're tr...
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Super supertelephoto

April 22, 2016 - I am always one to count my blessings, but some days feature more of them to count than others. So it was that when I he...
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Home improvements

March 25, 2016 - I've heard rumors about the return of the Osprey all week, but this gray and raw afternoon, I finally spotted the first...
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Courtship dance

March 23, 2016 - It was a wonderfully warm day, and though I spent much of it indoors writing—virtuous me—I did eventually decide that I'...
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Small visitor

February 12, 2016 - The infamous Polar Vortex settled in overnight with a dusting of light snow and genuinely Arctic temperatures... well, f...
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Here's lookin' at ya, kid

January 28, 2016 - The January Thaw is definitely upon us and most of the snow from last weekend's mini-blizzard is disappearing rapidly. T...
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Unexpected renewal

January 12, 2016 - I shouldn't have been surprised to find a stonefly on the steel railing of a local bridge over now-energetic waters, but...
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An unexpected heron

September 08, 2015 - As a result of far too many Great Blue Herons missed, I have learned to approach the millpond dam and waterfall warily,...
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Like birds on wires

August 13, 2015 - For the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that the phone and electric lines have started to sag under the weight of Tre...
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Great Blue deja vu

July 22, 2015 - I launched this humble blog in late-June 2013, and my third post, in what I figured was a labor of love that wouldn't la...
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A sign of Pileateds

July 19, 2015 - The temperature neared 90 this afternoon, and though I just kept going with the outdoor tasks and managed to split my da...
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On the trail

June 06, 2015 - Most of my daily walks are done solo. It's not that I'm anti-social, it's just a matter of scheduling. Essentially, I hi...
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Fading glory

May 31, 2015 - It was warm, almost hot this afternoon, and after my granddaughter and daughter-in-law headed back north, I piled my plu...
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Babies at the nursery

May 23, 2015 - I had to head to the supermarket this afternoon, but before I made it over there, I stopped at the Henne refuge for a qu...
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Out of the canopy

May 14, 2015 - Red-eyed Vireos are among the noisiest of singers, drawing constant attention to themselves with a sweet song that is us...
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Bluebird of nastiness

May 13, 2015 - So there I was, atop Babcock Ridge, my camera in one hand, my homemade parabolic microphone rig in the other. It was abo...
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Oriole at last

May 11, 2015 - I was walking by the millpond, en route to my daily obsession—checking the natural world for the appearance of odonates—...
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Blazing ferns

May 10, 2015 - Sadly, neither I nor my wife have living mothers to honor on what would be their day, so, since my wife basically loathe...
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The hummers are back

May 03, 2015 - I put the snazzy hummingbird feeder that I received for my birthday last year up on my May 1 birthday this year, and yes...
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Splendid singer

April 28, 2015 - Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are among the smallest songbirds in our cast of avian characters, and they're one of the hardest...
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Billing

April 25, 2015 - The "great blue wave" of Tree Swallows arrived later than usual this year—no doubt, because of the intense and late-depa...
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Gnat nightmare

April 22, 2015 - Today was Earth Day, the wonderful holiday for naturalists and conservationists everywhere, and my day for celebrating b...
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Goosanders at last

March 28, 2015 - With the ice cover of the millpond shrinking daily and more open water available, I've been looking for these birds to a...
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Don't call this home

March 23, 2015 - If luck were with me, I'd have had my camera handy when our local Red-shouldered Hawk appeared this morning to display h...
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Killdeer arrival

March 22, 2015 - Right after my now-five-year-old granddaughter departed, I tried to assuage my sadness with a long walk. Most of Ultima'...
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The (black) birds

March 14, 2015 - The day started out OK, but with murkiness and rain in the forecast—and a presentation to complete for presenting tonigh...
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Welcome home, RSH

March 13, 2015 - Spring began today at a little past 10:30 in the morning when a sharp shriek pierced the walls of my house. To be sure,...
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Hooded, with apologies

March 12, 2015 - I take a lot of pictures, often more than a couple hundred a day, and, since I pretty much know what I'm doing and I tra...
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In flight entertainment

March 09, 2015 - This was almost going to be a photo-free day—sigh—what with a deadline project that needed to be finished, but in late a...
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Graveyard shift

March 05, 2015 - The snow from Thor lightened overnight, but it never stopped entirely, and at daybreak, it increased in intensity. I gue...
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Thor starts to hammer

March 04, 2015 - Winter Storm Thor arrived this afternoon, and by sundown, the snow was falling fast and heavy on the ridge. By about ten...
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Unexpected visitor

February 26, 2015 - Woodpeckers have distinctive feather patterns, sizes, and voices, but sometimes, you can know which species is in the ne...
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Pandora's Sunday surprise

February 22, 2015 - I hadn't expected this: a fresh blanket of new snow that arrived in the morning as Winter Storm Pandora swept by. There...
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Octavia's junco

February 17, 2015 - After a one-day, semi-respite—as if winter tundra conditions, even though sunny, constitute balmy—we were paid a visit b...
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Harbinger, perhaps

February 14, 2015 - Valentine's Day dawned almost unbelievably cold... well, for our neck of the woods... and it was pretty chilly indoors a...
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Jeepers, creepers

February 05, 2015 - It's possible we've had Brown Creepers at the suet feeder for most of the winter, but if so, they've certainly made them...
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Adolescent eagle

January 25, 2015 - Winter Storm Iola may have been a dud in Connecticut, but it dropped about six inches of snow in coastal New Hampshire,...
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Empty nest syndrome

January 20, 2015 - One of the great joys of roaming the woods during the winter is the chance to spot things that I'd searched in vain for...
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Sudden Kingfisher

December 01, 2014 - I heard this bird, a Belted Kingfisher, working its way through a local marsh, long before I saw it. And even then, the...
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LBJs ID'd

November 29, 2014 - Sparrows, with the exception of White-throats, have never been easy for me, and all too often, I take a quick look, shru...
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Remarkable artist

November 18, 2014 - British artist and anatomist Katrina van Grouw is the modern-day heir to Audubon and George Stubbs, both of whom turned...
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Uncertain thrush

October 30, 2014 - There are times when I'm not at all sure that I should post a photograph, even one I think is the best of the day and de...
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Gorgeous migrant

October 13, 2014 - There wasn't a lot of time today for much of anything, what with overseeing a tree-cutting job at my neighbor's and writ...
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Red-tail left

October 11, 2014 - It was one of those partly cloudy but warming days, and though a good part of the morning and early afternoon was taken...
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Model vulture

September 08, 2014 - I met my friend Juan this morning for a surveying trip up and around Lantern Hill. He's planning a gathering, later this...
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Mastering the air

August 31, 2014 - Most of the local birds have been silent, but the Wood Pewees, both young and mature, are starting to find their voices...
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In a patch of Jewelweed

August 26, 2014 - In 1991, University of Vermont physiological ecologist Bernd Heinrich published In a Patch of Fireweed, a splendid memoi...
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Gone fishin'

August 17, 2014 - The house was quiet early, so I decided to get outside while the gettin' was good. Overnight, by the millpond, we clearl...
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