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A shrill whistle

July 31, 2018 - The Broad-winged Hawk was my "gateway drug" into the world of raptors. I was introduced to these medium-sized hawks, whi...
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Enter the dragon... hunter

July 30, 2018 - I am, it almost goes without saying, pretty close to obsessed with odonates, and while many more-or-less retired guys my...
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Another mushroom mystery

July 29, 2018 - After the recent deluge that, amen, amen, removed us from the yellow "abnormally dry" designation at the U.S. Drought Mo...
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Good beetle behavior

July 28, 2018 - I am not, in all honesty, a beetle expert, and while this might sound a tad maudlin, I don't think I have time in this l...
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In the swim

July 27, 2018 - Mea culpa... I should probably stop featuring my granddaughter in these posts and get back to writing about natural hist...
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Old berry friends

July 26, 2018 - I had hoped to take Stasia blueberry-picking at one of several potential terrific places, but the heat, humidity, and bu...
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Up and away!

July 25, 2018 - This didn't turn out to be a trekking day, but we still managed to spend a lot of time outdoors, even if it was only in...
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The start of underwing season

July 23, 2018 - While the insect pickings at the kitchen porch light have been less than memorable this year—sigh, no giant silk moths—I...
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A different fawn

July 23, 2018 - With the steady heat and humidity seemingly here for the duration—and there are deluded souls who believe that climate c...
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Spicy return

July 22, 2018 - This past spring, we had a reasonably decent emergence of Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies. To be sure, it was later an...
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Back in the saddle... bags

July 21, 2018 - I thought I was heading to a guided walk at Hopkinton's Blue Pond to be led by Doug McGrady, an absolutely incredible bo...
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Toad catcher

July 20, 2018 - When Stasia decided that she wanted to try photography this past spring, she took to it almost instantly and I thought w...
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Fun and games

July 19, 2018 - I know what you're thinking: there's something wrong with the photographer's color vision, and he knows that he's red-gr...
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Great gold

July 18, 2018 - Gooseneck Lysimachia, which hales from Japan and China, is a fine garden perennial to have around. It's got these pretty...
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Wise visitors

July 17, 2018 - I'm not entirely sure how we managed to haul our very tired bodies over to the Wheeler Library this morning—we had to pi...
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Hydrangea station

July 16, 2018 - I'm in the middle of a raft of deadline projects, so my walking schedule is off. Still, there's always a bit of time to...
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Salty dragons

July 15, 2018 - My route today took me on a circumnavigation of a place I'd long wanted to explore: Whit Davis's seaside farm in Stoning...
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Fine fair night

July 14, 2018 - The 54th annual North Stonington Agricultural Fair rolled into town a couple of days ago, and tonight, I was finally abl...
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Menage a trois, beetle-style

July 13, 2018 - If you're inclined to base your explanations of the "birds and the bees" on what you find in the natural world, then may...
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In praise of tea

July 12, 2018 - I left for "rabbitat" country early this morning, and I had high hopes of actually spotting and photographing—recording,...
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A bellflower's return

July 11, 2018 - According to botanists, there are almost 500 species of Bellflower, a.k.a., the Campanulas, and while there are a number...
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Handsome widower

July 10, 2018 - There's been something of a dearth of odonates this month and last, and their relative absence has both mystified and un...
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Whip-poor-wills, at last

July 09, 2018 - One of the signature sounds of the singing year was the call of a bird that repeatedly invokes his name: whip- poor -wil...
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Tidying up

July 08, 2018 - I ran into a colleague who's a great birder and birding photographer, and in the course of our conversation about what w...
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Hitchhiking "cat"

July 06, 2018 - Today's trekking adventure took place at the Avalonia Land Conservancy's Hoffman Evergreen Preserve, and it involved a p...
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Faux nightmare

July 06, 2018 - The Lace-cap Hydrangeas have started to open and put on their annual show. In addition to a fine collection of bumblebee...
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A ruination of Gypsy Moths

July 05, 2018 - Last year and the year before, the woods were so thick with Gypsy Moth caterpillars that you could hear a steady rain of...
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Happy 4th!

July 04, 2018 - If the feature photo is an out-of-sharp-focus shot of kids with sparklers, it can only mean one thing: as has become our...
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Social climber

July 03, 2018 - It was hot and humid all day, and though what I really wanted to do was head to the lake and spend my time in the water,...
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Rhode show debut

July 02, 2018 - Every month of the growing season has a signature flower or two, and early July is notable for the debut of the Rhode Sh...
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Firefly field

July 01, 2018 - In a perfect world, I would be standing in this local field at twilight with biologists who were skilled in the amazing...
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