November 17, 2002
a hemlock seedling I found in the woods. It's about 15 inches tall.
Hemlock trees can grow with very little sunlight, but they grow very,
very slowly in these conditions.
I was amazed to learn from a forester that a hemlock sapling less than 1 inch in
ldiameter can be as
|much as 100 years old! However, if these
saplings begin to get more light (for example, if some
nearby trees fall) they will start growing much faster.
November 16, 2002
this week, my neighbors saw a bald eagle
a few miles down the road. They said it was flying pretty low to the
ground and was being harassed by 3 or 4 crows.
This "mobbing" behavior is practiced by many types of birds
- including songbirds - when a predator is in the area. There is some
debate as to the purpose of this behavior, but most think that the
intended result is simply to chase the predator out of the area -
and to alert other birds to its presence.
Since this behavior seems more prevalent during the breeding season,
some think that the intent - at that time - might be to distract the
predator's attention from the nest.
November 15, 2002
a couple of red-breasted nuthatches
(one of my favorite birds) and a tufted
titmouse at my birdfeeder this morning, along with the usual
One of the songs of the tufted
is very similar to one the
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black-capped chickadee sings.
have a hard time telling those two similar songs apart. I have to
wait until I hear it sing a different song to know which bird it is.
November 14, 2002
chipmunks have been quiet for
the past 4 or 5 days, so maybe they've retreated to their dens for
the winter. It was a particularly warm day yesterday, so I thought
they might be "chipping" again - but not a sound.
that I've put the birdfeeder out, the chipping of the chipmunks
has been replaced by the songs and calls of the chickadees.
And they've been eating a lot! I wonder if they're preparing for
the storm that we're expecting tomorrow night.
November 13, 2002
fog in the valley was pretty this morning. If you look closely you
can also see a tiny bit of remaining fall foliage. On days like this,
the fog is in constant motion, providing a show well worth watching.
just the tops of the
mountains can be seen, and sometimes
the mountains are totally obscured by
other times, the fog completely surrounds the house and gives a beautiful,
ethereal look to the woods around me.
November 12, 2002
a very useful site that has photos and information about more than
50 species of North
Each factsheet contains a brief description of the tree's physical
characteristics and preferred habitat. It includes a photo of the
entire tree plus photos of the leaf and fruit. Note that the range
information is for Canada.
November 11, 2002
a gray squirrel today. Surprisingly,
I don't see very many of them in the area near my house - or in the
woods nearby. Lots and lots of red squirrels,
Red squirrels are more aggressive and territorial than gray squirrels.
I've heard that red squirrels will chase gray squirrels that come
into their territory. That may explain why I see so few of the gray
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