Birds

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Yesterday’s kayak trip took place just down the street at Eckblaw Landing. Here you can take a trip down the Quinsigamond River. I’ve done this trip several times and don’t usually see all that much in the way of birds because the MA Turnpike runs right over the river. Still, sometimes you really hit the […]

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Many of you around the country endured a harsh winter (especially you in the Midwest). Endless snow. Frigid temperatures. Dreary dark and shortened days. Our winter here in New England was long and hard and spring has been slow to come. But finally, Spring is here! Some of you nature lovers are lucky enough to live […]

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

For the past 26 years I have lived in central Massachusetts. A bird watcher, I have sought in vain to find that “sweet spot” where the spring migrants congregate. I need not search any longer: I live in that sweet spot! Two years ago, across the street from my house, I experienced what experienced birders […]

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has been problematic since my mother died. I am sure other daughters who have known a close with their mothers experience that special tinge of melancholy that greets this day. We are no longer daughters. But we are still mothers even if we don’t have children of our own. There are “children” in […]

Owls, Owls, Owls! Meeting our feathered friends at the Fruitlands Museum

Owls, Owls, Owls! Meeting our feathered friends at the Fruitlands Museum

I love birds and I love cats. So it makes sense that owls, with their cat-like eyes, should capture my heart. I had the thrill of seeing these beautiful creatures up close and personal at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA in a presentation by Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls. Passion for […]

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

Need a break from the sudden onslaught of winter? And that it’s just beginning? Check out these beautiful birds photographed by my brother-in-law Tim’s friend Matthew Faughnan: One of my favorite birds – they usually will come upon you in a swarm, grabbing berries off of bushes and trees. As smooth as silk! This photo […]

Birding at historic Mount Auburn Cemetery, circa 1960

Birding at historic Mount Auburn Cemetery, circa 1960

Mother’s Day in our family was always celebrated with a trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery for the Spring Warbler Migration. It’s a magnificent trip to a truly historic place awash in beautiful mature flowering shrubs and trees surrounding three different picturesque ponds. And the birds! Warblers are tiny, often colorful wonders with a wide variety […]

The thrill of birding: the game, the competition, the beauty and the art

The thrill of birding: the game, the competition, the beauty and the art

My brother-in-law (the same one who gave me the Daktari DVDs) has lately been sending me spectacular images of birds from his friend Matthew Faughnan. I enjoyed these pictures so much that I wanted to share them with you (see below for gallery). West Coast, East Coast Since I am an East-Coaster, these birds from […]

A passion for birding brings joy in the midst of darkness (and unlocks a powerful memory)

A passion for birding brings joy in the midst of darkness (and unlocks a powerful memory)

I am a lifelong bird watcher. My mother was passionate about it and got my New York City-raisedfather hooked on it too. They used to take elder hostel trips to sanctuaries to watch bird migrations. Their favorite was a trip to the Audubon sanctuary on Hog Island in Maine with the “rock stars” of the […]

“Bird Tales” connects humanity to the natural world

“Bird Tales” connects humanity to the natural world

Today I had the good fortune to catch a wonderful program on PBS called “Bird Tales.” You can watch it on your computer or check your local PBS station for a schedule of showings. In a series of stories, “Bird Tales” shows how your everyday birds connect with the world at large. Here’s a preview […]

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