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Speaking of Nature: Drama at the feeders: The arrival of winter means the arrival of some foul-weather friends
01-24-2024 10:30 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It appears as though winter has finally arrived. November and December (most of which is technically autumn) were very mild and all through the Christmas break the high temperatures were consistently above freezing. This resulted in little to no snow...


Speaking of Nature: It happens every year: Robins brave the snow in search of food
01-16-2024 11:45 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Every winter I get a few emails from readers who want to know if it is normal to see American Robins in winter and every winter I send out responses that indicate that the presence of these birds is quite normal. I then go on to discuss various...


Speaking of Nature: No snow makes hunting easier for the red-tailed hawk
01-09-2024 1:16 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Editor’s note: This column was written prior to last weekend’s massive snowfall. Well folks, this El Nino thing turns out to be no joke. Winter officially started on Dec. 22, and I’ve only seen a few stray flakes here and there.Furthermore, any...


Speaking of Nature: Records and a national spotlight in 2023
01-02-2024 9:12 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Welcome to 2024 everybody. As is tradition at this time of year, I like to take a look back at the highlights, successes and other happenings we have shared over the past 12 months. So without further adieu, let’s dive back in time to one year...


Speaking of Nature: An immature Cooper’s Hawk gives me a glare
12-26-2023 9:27 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Dear Reader: I can’t believe that 2023 is almost over. Next week I am going to work on my traditional Year-In-Review column, but today I have decided to give myself permission to go back to one of my favorite photos of 2023. This is a photo that I...


Speaking of Nature: Learning about larch trees: The non-evergreen evergreen that sleeps during the winter isn’t dead at all
11-28-2023 2:29 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

As November comes to a close, we find ourselves just three weeks away from the official arrival of winter. Many of us have seen our first snowflakes already, and last week we had a wintry mix that may have added a smidgen of anxiety for anyone...


Speaking of Nature: Not the bird visitor I was expecting: A perfect comparison of an adult and an immature Sharp-shinned hawk
11-21-2023 12:38 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was your standard November morning. I had a cup of coffee, I was adding notes on temperature and precipitation into my journal and I was keeping track of the arrival times and numbers of different species of birds. There was nothing out of the...


Speaking of Nature: Worth the wait: Arrival of American tree sparrow should be any day now
11-14-2023 12:22 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

As I write this column I am looking out my office window at a world that is enduring its first winter storm of the season. Back in October we saw the first flakes of snow, but that wasn’t really enough to describe as a storm. It was thrilling to see,...


Speaking of Nature: A new record, and then another: October brought more photos and more species: one a guarantee, the other serendipity
11-07-2023 12:54 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Sometimes you see these things coming and other times you don’t. This is a story about both. The first was simple math and I could see its approach coming months ago. There was a certain inevitability about the whole situation and it was really just a...


Speaking of Nature: A late-October feast: Butter-and-eggs wildflowers a surprise burst of color before the cold
10-31-2023 11:54 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was early in the morning, before the sun had come up, and I was tasked with the weekly chore of taking the garbage out to the curb. Sometimes I remember to do this the night before, but I am somewhat wary of the midnight raiders that might knock...


Speaking of Nature: Small but sassy: Ruby-crowned Kinglet sighting a welcome respite from the news
10-24-2023 10:55 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

As more and more of the national and international news seems to be increasingly depressing and alarming, I imagine that many of you, like myself, might be looking for solace wherever you can find it. It might be losing yourself in the spirit of the...


Speaking of Nature: A surprise in a quiet corner: Nannyberry dazzles with a show of autumn color
10-17-2023 1:02 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

“One has only to sit down in the woods or fields, or by the shore of the river or the lake, and nearly everything of interest will come round to him, — the birds, the animals, the insects; and presently, after his eye has got accustomed to place, and...


Speaking of Nature: Birds on the move: I want that fly — Observations of a hungry magnolia warbler
09-19-2023 3:55 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

The first week of September was appalling. The highest combination of head and humidity that we had experienced all summer all presented in a heat wave that lasted for four days. Then, even though the temperatures moderated somewhat, the humidity...


Speaking of Nature: Late summer nights a katydid heaven: Warm temperatures, high humidity levels create the perfect conditions for nighttime insects
09-12-2023 10:44 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the first full week of September and for some reason the weather gods decided to save some of the hottest days of the summer for those of us going back to school. The combination of heat and humidity made the notion of relaxing on the deck...


Speaking of Nature: A photo worth at least 1,000 words: The first and only time I’ve witnessed a parasitized species feeding the offspring of a nest parasite
09-05-2023 4:24 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

We’ve all heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This suggests that if you can simply see something, then you can understand the situation perfectly. In my line of work, however, this is often a gross underestimate of the power of a...


Speaking of Nature: A quick lesson on butterfly anatomy: Inspecting the gray hairstreak, an unexpected treat
08-29-2023 2:53 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

By the time you read this column, my summer break will officially be over. It has been an eventful summer for me with new birding records being set in both July and August (more on that next time) and I have taken thousands of nature photos that will...


The hummingbird wars are upon us: Once fledgling hummingbirds discover the free food at the feeder, the fun begins
08-15-2023 11:39 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Dear Reader, I am pleased to announce the 2023 Hummingbird Wars are now open! This is a time of great excitement and entertainment for me and I look forward to it with great anticipation every year.There has been quite a buildup this summer and it...


Speaking of Nature: Reading the signs of the seasons: Young birds mature enough to explore, not yet ready to migrate
08-08-2023 2:30 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

The clock of the seasons keeps ticking away, whether we are paying attention or not. There are signs all around us that will tell us what season we are in, but you have to pay very close attention to interpret them correctly. Some signs are very...


Speaking of Nature: Breaking a personal birding record: After a rough start to the month, July was excellent for bird watching
08-02-2023 5:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Those of you who know me will already “get it.” Those of you who do not know me will need to embrace the following declaration about myself – I am a Bird Nerd! I am constantly thinking about birds and I am forever in pursuit of them. If ever I have...


Speaking of Nature: Fly meets flower: The hover fly and St. John’s wort aren’t pesky at all
07-25-2023 1:33 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Today we have a two-fer and it is all thanks to a wondrous change in the weather. I’ve complained about it before and I will complain about it again; the first two weeks of July were just a complete mess. Rain, smoke, rain, more rain and then… more...

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