October 27, 2002
afternoon I kept hearing an unusual sound outside, so I opened the
window to take a look. As a deer
bolted away, I realized that it had been pawing at the snow to get
at the acorns on the ground. Felt sorry that I had scared it away.
We had another small snowstorm Friday night, so all the best browse
and nuts were covered with snow. This makes it hard for the deer (and
other mammals) who are trying to fatten
up for winter. Fortunately, it was warmer today and most of the snow
October 26, 2002
the whinny-like call of a pileated
woodpecker this morning. It's one of my favorite birds.
For several years, I had been seeing it come and forage for insects
in a dying beech tree not far from my house. Last year the tree finally
fell down and now I don't see the pileated woodpecker as often.
October 25, 2002
been seeing scat from a red fox along
one of the paths that I walk. This summer, I saw the red fox quite
a few times - unlike other years when I rarely would see one.
I remember a winter night several years ago when the moon was very
bright. I looked out my window and saw a red fox trotting by the house.
It was so beautiful in the moonlight! I can still picture it in my
mind today as though it had just happened.
October 24, 2002
this hemlock tree and birch tree growing together in the woods.
Whenever I see two trees growing so closely together, I'm always amazed
that they can both survive with their roots so closely entwined.
You would think that there wouldn't be enough nourishment in the soil
both. But I guess nature knows better.
October 23, 2002
had about 4 inches of snow last night! Pretty early for that. We rarely
get snow when there are leaves still on the trees. After the snow
stopped, leaves started falling on top of the snow. An unusual sight,
The chipmunks were quiet this
morning for the first time in a long time. They must have temporarily
retreated to their dens. (I would too!) But by mid-afternoon, I heard
a few of them making their "chipping" sound again.
October 22, 2002
this mushroom on one of my walks in the woods. It's a Fly Agaric (Amanita
muscaria) and is NOT edible.
This is a common mushroom in New England and throughout North America.
Its color can be red, orange, or yellow - or occasionally white. In
the eastern U.S., the orange and yellow forms are the most prevalent.
October 21, 2002
a yellow-rumped warbler this
morning - feeding on the seeds of a goldenrod just outside my kitchen
window. It must have just stopped by on its way south. During the
summer, I hear a lot more warblers than I see. So, for me, it was
special to see that yellow-rumped warbler so close up.
A flock of juncos and sparrows
also came by around the same time this morning. The sparrows were
pretty well hidden in the brambles, so I couldn't positively identify
the species. I'm guessing that some were American
Between the juncos and the sparrows, I was hearing so many different
songs and calls that couldn't pick out any one of them. I've been
spending a lot of time lately listening to the different sparrow songs
on my bird song CD, but I think I'd better go listen some more. :
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