For two years now I have been writing about the beasts that share our wildlife habitat here in Western Massachusetts. One installment a month published over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. This month, while most of these birds would be nearing their overwinter sites, I offer the twenty-fourth installment of ‘A Bestiary . . […]
‘A Bestiary . . . Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ continues with the gregarious Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens. Each spring this small songbird returns to our wildlife habitat within the foothills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. There are more photos and stories of my encounters with this warbler over at Native Plants and […]
‘A Bestiary’ continues . . . this month featuring the medium sized and strikingly marked Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia. I first sighted this little songbird kicking up detritus from within pots on the terrace garden. It was May 2009 and proved to be, so far, my only close-up encounter with this beautiful warbler. A rather […]
A new addition to my ‘A Bestiary: Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ is up over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardensfeaturing the nimble Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla. You can learn more about this warbler by clicking on the link above.
July has been a sultry mix so far with last night’s “humiture” becoming more bearable or wearable I might say. I find it amusing that a former weatherman and gardener of the nameGeorge Winterling developed what we know as the ‘heat index’ . . . where the temperature of the air and that of the […]
Common Yellowthroat Warbler Geothlypis trichas, is featured in a new installment of my ‘A Bestiary: Part Twenty ~ Songbirds: Warblers’ and it is up over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Female and Male Yellowthroat Warbler
Hairstreaks somehow escaped my notice until this year . . . or yesterday and today more like . . . when I have discovered three different species in the south field. Banded Hairstreak Satyrium calanus, feasting on Milkweed blooms. Striped Hairstreak Satyrium liparops, on Milkweed. Banded Hairstreak and a honeybee share feasting on Milkweed. Striped […]
Looking back over the month of June, iris sepals unfurl and fall creating waves of hues from lavender to deep purple . . . filling the Middle Meadow garden with hundreds of blooms lasting nearly three full weeks as new buds continue to open. Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Papilio glaucus or Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Papilio canadensis […]