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Archive for June, 2015

Squirrelly Behavior

Posted: Saturday, June 27th, 2015 @ 11:24 am in Mammals | Comments Off on Squirrelly Behavior

When as kids we noisily chased each other around, our parents accused us of being “squirrely.” You needn’t look far for the origin of this expression. Take a camping trip in the next couple of months, and you’ll see campground squirrels chasing each other around tree trunks, across campsites, and up and over picnic tables. […]

Almost Twins

Posted: Sunday, June 21st, 2015 @ 1:03 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Almost Twins

We spend a lot of our time outdoors trying to identify what we see, and sometimes this can be quite difficult. During spring migration the look-alike flycatchers give us fits. Mushroom hunting can cause similar problems, but fortunately we’re usually after photographs, not dinner. But once we’ve made a difficult identification our next question is […]


Posted: Thursday, June 11th, 2015 @ 8:30 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Butterflowers

A young couple camping for the first time since the birth of their child were playing that game common to all parents, asking their toddler, “What’s this?” in an effort to expand her world along with her vocabulary. One afternoon we overheard them going through the routine. “Sarah, what’s this?” “A robin.” “What’s this?” “A […]

Duck of Many Colors

Posted: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 @ 1:02 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Duck of Many Colors

Birds tend to be found in predictable locations, and as experienced birdwatchers that’s where we usually look for them. Hawks soar on thermals, so we search high in the sky. Shorebirds prefer the water’s edge, and we usually look for them next to the ocean. And ducks congregate in clusters on lakes and ponds. But […]

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