Browsing category: Enjoying Nature

There’s a Bear in Our Bird Feeder

When I woke up yesterday morning as usual just before five a.m., it was raining lightly so it was still somewhat dark outside. As I looked out the window towards the woods and the brook, I noticed that the bird feeder down there seemed to be tilting in an odd direction…

What Happened to All the Birds?

Winter arrived with a vengeance here. Suddenly we had lots of snow on the ground and temperatures that stayed below freezing during the day and hovered around zero at night.

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

It is surprisingly easy to identify a tree frog because of their large toe pads. These sticky toe pads and their flexible toe tips allow them to grasp and climb, even on smooth surfaces. Tree frogs have very rough skin and warts like a toad, although not as many.

Little Acorn… Mighty Oak?

I uncovered this sprouted acorn in the pile of leaf mold yesterday. We are used to finding stashes of seeds and nuts that the chipmunks and gray squirrels have “planted,” but this little acorn sprouted in the mulch and had already produced a perfect miniature oak tree.