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Dark jewel

May 31, 2018 - For reasons that may, or may not, have an explanation—blame it on the frigid spring... blame everything on the frigid sp...
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Many moccasins

May 30, 2018 - If Imelda Marcos, that infamous collector of footwear, had manifested a fancy for moccasins, even she would have been ov...
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Strange gathering

May 29, 2018 - In the classic 60s rock song, For What It's Worth, the Buffalo Springfield note, "Somethin's happening here, what it is...
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Memorial thoughts

May 28, 2018 - I never served in the military, and while that served to create a never-really-resolved tension between me and my too-of...
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Shad, most glad

May 27, 2018 - For very close to the last 30 years, Memorial Day Weekend Sunday has been reserved for the most special event, besides b...
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Ancient rite of spring

May 26, 2018 - I've written a weekly natural history column for more than 40 years, and one of the favorite topics I address is what to...
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The impossible season

May 25, 2018 - Every birdwatcher will probably admit that he or she went bad on warblers, those brightly colored jewels of the woodland...
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Tracking the King of Flowers

May 24, 2018 - Given that my stated hope for this now-fairly-long-running series of mini-photo-essays is to record the highlights of ea...
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BGT at the hardware store

May 23, 2018 - If you've heard the hallowed words "sometimes, you get lucky," as the starting point of far too many posts, then, before...
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Bee magnet

May 22, 2018 - One of my favorite stories in Stalking the Healthful Herbs, a third of the trilogy of famous foraging books by Euell Gib...
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Hearing test

May 21, 2018 - Every May, there's a warbler I listen for with more than my usual anticipation of hearing the returning migrants. I list...
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Pitch preserve

May 20, 2018 - Several years ago, a superb Connecticut College ornithologist I got to know through the walks I led for the Avalonia Lan...
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Pink moccasins

May 19, 2018 - Ask folks around here to name a favorite flower and, no doubt, Cypripedium acaule —the Pink Lady's Slipper, or Moccasin...
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Spark and court

May 18, 2018 - I trekked the Thomas Miner preserve earlier in the month in the hope of spotting the refuge's signature bird: the Boboli...
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Variant heron

May 16, 2018 - All Great Blue Herons may be great... in the sense of large... but not every GBH is actually blue, or, closer to reality...
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Dogwood days

May 16, 2018 - When my wife Pam and I got married on this very date in 1982, the wild dogwoods were in bloom and were a featured floral...
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Statuesque

May 15, 2018 - I know I posted a shot of Great Blue Herons yesterday, and I don't like to repeat myself, but this one was just too good...
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Heronry hatchlings

May 14, 2018 - The morning was murky and threatening, but I put the raincoats on the 85mm micro and 100-400mm mini-supertelephoto lens...
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Mayflower time

May 13, 2018 - The Canada Mayflower is a misnamed member of the Lily family found throughout Canada as well throughout the United State...
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Hovering for handouts

May 12, 2018 - The first Ruby-throated Hummingbird—a male, of course... the males always come back to the ridge first—returned from mig...
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Empty nest syndrome

May 11, 2018 - Three days ago, when I last checked on the progress of my —you try hard not to get possessive, but it isn't usually poss...
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Life's a beech

May 10, 2018 - Many, many years ago... OK, it was decades —I've been in this writing racket during at least five of them (starting, pro...
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Glorious surprise

May 09, 2018 - This afternoon, instead of trekking, I was working in the garden planting spinach and peas, while my wife Pam was on wee...
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Hummer food

May 08, 2018 - The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been back at the feeder for about a week—April 29, to be exact—and, more than a litt...
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Dinner flight

May 07, 2018 - If you shoot often enough... and then some more and some more... sometimes you get lucky and come away with a happy acci...
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Trout and poison

May 06, 2018 - With back to back "journeys of discovery" under my belt, I really wanted to do another trek, but I also really needed to...
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Fire in the field

May 05, 2018 - A few months ago, my very own Avalonia Land Conservancy closed on a spectacular 400-plus-acre property not too far us th...
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Recovery reward

May 04, 2018 - When I finished hauling all of the trash—praise be, more recyclables than garbage—to the various proper places at the du...
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Almost airborne

May 03, 2018 - I haven't posted any images of the Great Horned Owlets that I took with the new Sigma 100-400mm semi-supertelephoto, but...
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Spicy

May 02, 2018 - The Spicebush is flowering abundantly this year, and it just might be close to peak. On our ridge and surrounding woods,...
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Happy birthday!

May 01, 2018 - The new lens was, in semi-truth, a birthday present, albeit an early one that I essentially bought for myself. I don't l...
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