Recently, Justine and I spent a weekend at our cabin in northern Pennsylvania and had some time to explore the nearby forest. In addition to the fantastic breeding birds such as Blue-winged Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, we noticed that there were red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) everywhere along the trails. Luckily, they are so bright that it … Read More
[dc]T[/dc]oday we were tromping through the SCCCMA fields, doing a bird survey through the mixed agricultural fields, weedy areas and woods. While walking through some of the game commission fields, Justine happened upon a ootheca and called us over when she noticed that the praying mantises were emerging. I have never seen praying mantises quite as fresh as this batch, … Read More
[dc]T[/dc]here is no doubt about it. Spring is upon us in all of its glorious proliferation. Trees are leafing-out, yards are being mowed, and spring migrants are winging their way back to us in earnest. Frankly, I’m a bit worried about warblering season, as the unseasonably early tree leaves will make the little buggers impossible to see. (And let’s be … Read More
Alright birders, let’s take a break from spring migration (if that’s even possible) and challenge your other-nature knowledge. Do you know the defining features of a mammal? Sure, the average person could provide the correct – if not complete – answer of “they have hair.” But I know second-graders who can do that. A more knowledgeable person might add “they … Read More
It should be immediately stated that I am most definitely not the bird enthusiast in the Weber household. Indeed, while Drew can easily get up at 4am to find some passing warblers, or stare through a scope at a flock of gulls for (what may seem like) hours, I enjoy sleeping in until the sun rises and there are times … Read More
Last night the forecast was calling for a dusting to 2″ of snow. Around 9 pm the snow really started falling and was already 4 inches deep when we went to bed at 11pm. We expected that to be it, but it continued on and we ended up with 10″+ of snow, our first good snowfall of the year. Here’s … Read More
You have to check this video out. At 8 minutes its a bit long for the typical internet browsing attention span but its well worth it. Enjoy!
In the mornings, as I am zipping from point count to point count, I generally have the radio tuned to National Public Radio if I can get reception. A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on the radio and out of the speakers buzzed the loud drone of the 17-year Cicada. Because I had just received … Read More