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Hunkering Down

A Northern Cardinal and a Blue Jay, awaiting their turn at the feeder, are hunkering down against the cold on a snowy day. Their bright colors stand out against the lichen-encrusted branches, offering a cheerful contrast to the dull gray … Continue reading

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Repurpose Your Tree

Source: http://www.birds.Cornell.edu blog

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Cedar Waxwing

A small flock of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) visited my Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) today. A visual treat! Fruit-lovers, they favor this winter delicacy. Cornell’s All About Birds describes them so well: “…the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, … Continue reading

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Solstice Greetings

re-posted from YardMap.org‘s FB page

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Making Tracks

Living in the country as we do, we share our land with many wild creatures. Though rarely seen as most are nocturnal, we occasionally see sign of them in a muddy footprint by the river or a soft spot of … Continue reading

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At My Feeder

Today, as it steadily snowed tiny, soft flakes, Pine siskins, along with an American goldfinch or two mobbed my thistle feeder.   I was transfixed by their constant fluttering and twittering, and impressed by their lack of fear of my presence. However, in … Continue reading

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Weeds

American goldfinches (and lots of birds) love all sorts of seeds! Consider leaving seed heads for the birds to forage. Coneflower (Echinacea), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Sunflower (Helianthus), Ox Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis), Thistle (Circium, Caduus) and Cosmos are just a few favored … Continue reading

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Chokecherry

Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana),  with its polished red fruit looks delectable, but like the name forewarns, has a decidedly astringent taste. I admire and love the dark crimson color against the green leaves. As a child, I was always attracted to their inviting … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods

A walk in the woods yields all sorts of surprises. Despite the liberal application of bug spray, we were relentlessly pursued by mosquitoes as we walked the woodland trail of Graves Farm in Williamsburg, MA. Originally a family dairy farm for over … Continue reading

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Mother Nature Owns Your Garden

A few years ago while reading a garden anthology that featured several authors, one article by Gene Logsdon, aka The Contrary Farmer, gave me a new perspective on gardening. Up until that point, I had always viewed my yard and garden … Continue reading

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