October 20, 2002
across these pretty fall
colors in the woods today. The
red leaves of the maple show up brilliantly against the evergreen
Quite a few leaves have already fallen, but there is still a lot of
foliage color on individual trees -
especially the red maples.
October 19, 2002
today that acid rain may be contributing to the decline in the population
article describes a recent study by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
which shows a definite link between the increase in acid rain and
the decline of the wood thrush in
its breeding range. Hames, the scientist who reported the findings,
goes on to say that acid rain could also be a factor in the decline
of other songbirds.
October 18, 2002
morning, a flock of about 25 ravens
settled on a tree outside my kitchen window. They stayed there for
a while, then they left the tree and started soaring around in the
open area to the south of the house.
They would flap their wings for a while, then soar for a while. The
sun reflected off their backs making them look almost white.
as if on signal, they all settled into another tree close to the first
one. Then they repeated the whole exercise - soaring again and then
settling in a tree. This went on for about 20 minutes or a half hour.
After that the ravens were out of sight.
October 17, 2002
I was lying on the ground (taking a picture of the treetops) when
two chipmunks ran by - about
6 inches from my head. One was chasing and scolding the other.
Gave me a chuckle. Guess I'm getting to be just part of the landscape
October 16, 2002
fall foliage has been just about at its peak in southern Vermont over
the last couple of days.
It's been raining and a bit windy today - which has been bringing
down a lot of leaves. So it's likely that we will see less color on
the trees tomorrow and
are some fall foliage photos
from a previous season.
October 15, 2002
you are interested in learning about insects and spiders, you'll like
this website. It contains descriptive
information and a photo for almost 100 different bugs. (Click the
"B" button on the home page.)
You'll also find a facinating section on butterfly wing patterns here.
October 14, 2002
flock of juncos and tree
sparrows came by again today. Not sure if it's the same flock
as last Friday.
This time I saw a white-throated
sparrow among them. There was probably
more than just the one
© Robert Royse
a nice-looking bird with the yellow spots
near its eyes and pretty white throat. The one
I saw was the form with the black and white head stripes
(vs. brown and tan head stripes). It was doing its "chink...chink...chink"
been hearing its melodious whistle-like song in the mornings during
the past week or so. I wonder if this flock is going to stay in
the area or if it's just passing through?
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