Browsing category: Enjoying Nature

Except For That One Year and That One Heron…

We were hearing an unfamiliar bird sound. Baby crows often make a similar racket, but this sound was different somehow… softer and less harsh. It was coming from the dense vegetation surrounding the brook in the field adjoining our property.

Sometimes When You Feel You’re Being Watched… You Are!

Yesterday afternoon I was taking some photographs of my alpine columbines (they’re in full bloom right now and absolutely gorgeous) and my new yellow columbines that are blooming for the first time this year… when suddenly I had the feeling that something was watching me.

Wolf Spiders in the Garden

Wolf spiders have very good eyesight which helps them in hunting their prey, and eight eyes arranged in three rows… there are two medium-sized eyes in the top row, two very large eyes in the middle row, and four small eyes in the bottom row.

It Will Be Interesting To See What Type of Frog They Turn Out To Be…

We have noticed frog’s eggs in both of our ponds that look very different from the ones we’re used to seeing. All the eggs are in the same stage of development, but some are at least twice as large.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

One of my very favorite birds is the mourning dove, Zenaida macroura. I counted forty-six of them a few minutes ago as they flew back and forth to our platform feeder, perched in the trees, and picked up pieces of corn and sunflower seeds off the ground.

This Really Makes Me Angry

I have decided not to buy any of the mixed bird seed this year after reading about the lawsuit against the Scotts Miracle-Gro company and the toxic pesticides they knowingly put in their wild bird seed a few years ago.

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

One of my favorite birds to watch is the white-breasted nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis. These small, delicate looking songbirds have a very large head, a long bill that turns up slightly at the end, and a short tail.

Just Passing Through… We Hope!

Almost as soon as the ice and snow melted off our small pond this spring, we noticed that the pond’s usual crystal clear water was now always slightly muddy.

A Life Worth Saving

Yesterday morning I was driving our small tractor over the bridge that crosses the brook in our meadow.

Why Bumblebees Buzz

I always thought the loud bumblebee buzz was the sound of the bee’s wings beating.