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To all those interested in the natural world. Please add your sightings.

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson

Best-Lynn

Saturday, February 16, 2019

2-15 Bluebirds

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Six male bluebirds accompanied a small flock of goldfinch visiting my feeders. The bluebirds appeared to be eating cracked corn both in suet mixture and scattered loose on the ground.
John

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Icicles on the bank of the Ashuelot River

Well, the Ashuelot River does not run through Dummerston, but i saw these fascinating icicles in Swanzey NH on Christmas Day.

Cheryl Wilfong











Sightings on Canoe Brook Road

I know this isn't the usual nature sighting, but i couldn't resist :)

Cheryl Wilfong




Friday, December 21, 2018

12-20 Grouse Locust

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Grouse Locusts ( Short-horned Grasshoppers) were active - if a bit lethargic- early this afternoon.
John

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

11-27 Snow worms

11- 27
Some cutworms and earthworms chose to take their chances atop the snow this morning. Snow would not seem to be a good medium for wither … but … ?!?!
John
cutworm

earthworm

Monday, November 19, 2018

Beautiful Buck

We had a moose in our front yard on October 24. Probably the same moose that John saw in the West River 3 weeks earlier?

On Friday, this beautiful buck visited my garden.







And, in other news, Bill is training chickadees to eat out of his hand.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

10-6 Moose

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Late this morning a visitor stopped by, had a drink of water and ate some leaves.
John

Thursday, August 16, 2018

8-16 Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

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A caterpillar called the Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar rests on a twig.
A good crop of Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade carpets wet places.
A colorful little Garter snake waits patiently for me to leave.
John
Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade

Garter snake

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8-15 American Yew

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The bright red berry-like cones of American Yew seem almost translucent.
The greenish-white flowers in long branching groups of umbels mark
Spikenard.
Silverrod is starting its flowering. Silverrod is the only white goldenrod.
John
American Yew berry

Spikenard

Silverrod

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8-14 Three-seeded Mercury

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Large leafy bracts and clusters of tiny flowers tucked in the leaf axils make Three-seeded Mercury easy to identify.
A colorful Tachinid Fly paused just long enough for me to takes its picture.
John
Three-seeded Mercury

Tachinid fly

Monday, August 13, 2018

8-13 Bur Marigold

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Bur Marigold, AKA Beggar's Tick, are flowering.
Colorful, but not positively identified, galls line an Oak twig.
John
Bur Marigold

Gall on Oak twig