Category Archive: bits and pieces

April 2017 on the Farm

We are having a lovely spring with a long period of cool weather.  We still have lots of butterflies around, the dewberries are already ripening, and a few bumble bees are showing up.… Continue reading

The Beauty of Little Brown Birds

This winter I have been very inspired by the work of nature writer Florence A. Merriam.  She was the first to write about observing birds alive in the field, rather than relying on… Continue reading

A Sharp Dressed Bug

I found this bug yesterday, on a very decrepit goatweed plant.  I have been reading The Practical Entomologist by Rick Imes, and learning the basic insect orders, so I recognized that this is… Continue reading

Dinner!

Feast issues in the animal world…  

Bird Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz on out-dated bird names, as found in a 1988 US government report. 1 — burrion goes with picture E, the House Finch.  (This is a female.) … Continue reading

Upset But Not Alone

   

Summer Can Take a Toll

It’s not the heat OR the humidity — it’s the territorial disputes and the predators that can really wear you down!

If Mother Nature Had a Cyber Monday