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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


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

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

11-27 Snow worms

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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 … ?!?!


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

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

8-16 Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

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.
Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade

Garter snake

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8-15 American Yew

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



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8-14 Three-seeded Mercury

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.
Three-seeded Mercury

Tachinid fly

Monday, August 13, 2018

8-13 Bur Marigold

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

Gall on Oak twig

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8-11 Dead Man's Fingers

Although they start out white in the spring, the fungi called Dead Man's Fingers turn a carbon black by late summer. They grow on the stumps of Maple and Beech.

Friday, August 10, 2018

8-10 Hog Peanut

The tiny paired flowers of Hog Peanut drape grasses and weeds.
Panicled Tick-trefoil lurks along the edges of dry woods.
A juvenile Great Blue Heron looked for lunch in the field behind my house.
Hog Peanut

Panicled Tick-trefoil

Great Blue Heron

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8-9 Carrion berries

The grape-like fruits of Carrion Flower drape thickets.
Two species of Calligrapha beetles posed nicely while I took their pictures.
Carrion Flower fruit

Calligrapha Beetle

Calligrapha Beetle

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8-8 Turtleheads

Aptly named Turtlehead can be found in wet ditches and along shores.
Diminutive Canada St. Johnsworts flourish in damp lawns and low places.
A male Northern Walkingstick perched on a Black Locust. We routinely see these insects in even numbered years but find none in odd numbered years.

Canada St, Johnswort

Northern Walkingstick - male

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

8-7 Galls

Grape Phylloxera galls make a grape leaf nearly identifiable and Willow Cone galls look as if they should e in evergreen forests rather than on river banks.
Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars devour milkweed leaves one after another before they go their individual ways.
A Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral Complex basked in a patch of sunlight. The two butterflies are varieties of the same species and often interbreed.
Grape Phylloxera galls

Willow Cone gall

Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars

Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral

Monday, August 6, 2018

8-6 Locust Treehopper

A Locust Treehopper - one of many thorn mimicking hoppers - perched on a goldenrod.
In the woods, Three Bird Orchids were at their delicate best.
Locust Tree Hopper

Three Bird Orchid

Sunday, August 5, 2018

8-5 Suphur Polypore

Sulphur Polypore makes the base of a tree seem to blaze.
Rough Hawkweed is in flower along road sides and in old fields.
A Red-tailed Hawk perch hunts from a utility pole.
Sulphur Polypore

Rough Hawkweed

Red-tailed Hawk

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8-4 Large Cranberries

Along the West River, in an area inundated by every freshet, Large Cranberries are setting fruit.
Large Cranberry