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Late for the Tropics

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Look up chestnut-sided warblers in most field guides and the illustrated breeding range will encompass southeastern Canada, the northern Midwest, the Northeastern States and the Appalachian Mountains. However, over the past two decades,...Show More Summary

Coyote America, by Dan Flores

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Here is a review of the book Coyote America which I wrote for the November/December 2016 issue of The Gnatcatcher, published by the Juniata Valley Audubon Society: If you, like me, are a fan of coyotes, this book will both delight and sicken you.  Subtitled A Natural and Supernatural History, Flores covers every aspect of […]

Kudos for Wild North

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A few days ago, while taking care of two grandsons, I searched Netflix for a program that we all might enjoy. Fortunately, I came across Wild North, a three episode series on the landscape, seasons and wildlife of Norway.Narrated inShow More Summary

Kinglet Chatter

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

When it's mid November in the Heartland and you hear the staccato chatter of a house wren coming from the woods, it is likely the call of a ruby-crowned kinglet. These tiny insectivores breed in coniferous forest across Alaska and Canada...Show More Summary

Victory to the Nationalists

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Donald Trump's resounding victory reflects a shift toward nationalism in the U.S. and across the globe. Anti-immigrant fervor, tinged with racism, is part of the motivation, as are the negative impacts of technology and globalization...Show More Summary

South Platte Reservoir

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Occupying the southwest corner of South Platte Park, in southwest Metro Denver, the South Platte Reservoir was created from an abandoned gravel pit and was completed in 2007. Siphoning water from several drainage ditches in the area,...Show More Summary

The November Flycatcher

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Say's phoebe, a handsome flycatcher of the American West, breeds from Alaska to Mexico; indeed, it nests much farther north than any other flycatcher in North America. In addition, unlike most other flycatchers, this phoebe favors dry,...Show More Summary

The Lone Survivor

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A thin, young fox squirrel has been foraging along the edge of my feeding area this past week. Ever vigilant of the adult squirrels that chase him from the handouts, this juvenile is probably the lone survivor of a late season litter,...Show More Summary

A Robin led Invasion

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this cool, sunny morning along the Front Range, birds were abundant on our Littleton farm. Large, noisy flocks of American robins apparently led the invasion, feasting on berries in our juniper trees; their activity seemed to draw...Show More Summary

White-throated Sparrows

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

By November most of our songbirds are gone. But at least a few white-throated sparrows, which nest farther north and have been migrating through here since late September, elect to stay instead of heading to the southeastern United States to spend the winter. Not only do they stay, but they continue to whistle their plaintive […]

Restoring the South Platte

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Over the past few years, crews have been "restoring" the South Platte River in southwest Metro Denver. The stretch north of Chatfield Reservoir had become braided, producing unstable cliffs and lacking a persistent deep channel. Apparently,...Show More Summary

Confrontation on the Farm

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Last evening, as dusk enveloped our Littleton farm, a flock of magpies began to squawk from the northwest corner of the property. Checking on the cause for their alarm, I observed a great horned owl, perched on a limb of an aspen tree.Oblivious of the confrontation, the stoic raptor gazed out across the pasture as if to apologize for the disturbance. Show More Summary

Welcome Back Harly!

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A large Harlan's hawk has wintered on or near our Littleton, Colorado, farm over the past decade and returned again today. This dark subspecies of the red-tailed hawk breeds in Alaska and western Canada; come autumn, they migrate toShow More Summary

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