Nature

  • Nature: Snowy owls are a winter-long favorite 

    Nature: Snowy owls are a winter-long favorite 

    A flock of evening grosbeaks flew in with a flourish to an island feeder this past week, making the yard and the area beneath the feeder very colorful with yellow, black and white. This is definitely the time for them to be more and more visible. They are bold, brash and beautiful.  Friends in Southwest Harbor sent me a photo of an old,

  • Nature: Beavers keep busy preparing for winter

    Nature: Beavers keep busy preparing for winter

    On any warmer autumn days that come our way, be on the lookout for strange floating objects (or swarms) in local woods and fields. These swarms contain filmy white insects with blue bottoms! Some people affectionally call them blue-bottom bugs. To me, these ethereal creatures look like something Dr. Seuss created. They are really named woolly

  • Nature: Creepers spiral upward, leaves gently fall 

    Nature: Creepers spiral upward, leaves gently fall 

    Fall is a fickle month with warm, lovely days mixed in with chilly to frigid winds, colorful leaves and then fallen leaves. Carefree summer days are mostly gone, but there are still lots of things to see and enjoy in nature. A golden plover surprised some expert birders this past week at Hadley Point. This beach is a good birding area. This island has many

  • Nature: Let it be 

    Nature: Let it be 

    Signs of fall are everywhere these lovely days and we should all try to get out and enjoy them however we can do so. Staghorn sumacs are bright red as well as the abundant poison ivy and Virginia creepers in some areas. Just remember that little rhyme, “leaves of three, let it be,” in order to avoid touching poison ivy. Virginia creeper has five leaves. Pay attention before you touch the

  • Nature: Cheerful birds whistle for thistle 

    Nature: Cheerful birds whistle for thistle 

    Hawk flights in September over this island can be spectacular. Regularly this month, hawk watchers climb the local mountains and find their favorite spots from which to watch this amazing migration. Take a picnic lunch in your pack and spend the day on one of the local mountains. Cadillac is one favorite spot and Beech Mountain is another good