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Speaking of Nature: A romantic evening for two birders: To hear the wonderful sounds of the Saw-whet Owl, one must go outside at night
02-12-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was a cold winter’s night and my beautiful wife Susan and I were watching movies. There was a fire crackling in the wood stove, we were enjoying good food and drink and we were both all snoodled up and comfy. It was everything you could have wanted...

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Speaking of Nature: Where have all the birds gone?: They’re there, and here’s a handy tool to keep track of their appearances
02-05-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I receive emails from readers throughout the year and I do my best to respond to them in a timely manner. Sometimes messages pile up in my inbox and sometimes things get filed incorrectly, but I genuinely do try to respond to every one. This year (the...


Speaking of Nature: Who is that mysterious woodpecker?: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has caused quite a stir with readers
01-29-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

My selection of a writing topic is not always an easy thing. Sometimes I sit down to the keyboard and find myself completely stuck. I haven’t had an idea all week and at the last minute I still find myself with nothing to focus on. These are the...


Speaking of Nature: Drama at the feeders: The arrival of winter means the arrival of some foul-weather friends
01-22-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It appears as though winter has finally arrived. November and December (most of which is technically autumn) were very mild and all through the Christmas break the high temperatures were consistently above freezing. This resulted in little to no snow...


Speaking of Nature: It happens every year: Robins brave the snow in search of food
01-15-2024 7:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Every winter I get a few emails from readers who want to know if it is normal to see American Robins in winter and every winter I send out responses that indicate that the presence of these birds is quite normal. I then go on to discuss various...


Speaking of Nature: Father and son — The downy woodpecker
07-09-2023 12:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Although summer has only really just begun it feels like “deep summer” has already arrived. We already have the heat and the humidity and the almost daily threats of thunderstorms, but if you go out into nature and use your eyes and ears, then it...


Speaking of Nature: The green-tailed towhee: What are you doing here?
05-14-2023 5:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

To celebrate our anniversary, my beautiful wife Susan and I decided to spend the first weekend of May in Newport, Rhode Island. This is where we were staying when I proposed to her and every now and then we like to head back to the scene of the crime...


Speaking of Nature: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-20-2023 7:23 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...


Speaking of Nature: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-13-2023 9:46 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...


Speaking of Nature: Feeder raiders: How one particularly tenacious red squirrel cracked the code to my birdfeeder
02-05-2023 2:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Friends, Romans, birders, lend me your ears. I am delighted to say that I am back from a horrible experience with kidney stones. It started off, rather innocently, as a slight pain in my back that I couldn’t quite account for, but as time progressed I...


Speaking of Nature: The grand deception of the northern mockingbird
01-22-2023 3:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have no idea how many photos exist in my personal collection, nor, I am afraid, will I ever know. I can say (definitively) that in the past 6 years I have taken exactly 104,308 photos, but that is where “exact” comes to a close. My records prior to...


Speaking of Nature: The cusp of adulthood
09-17-2018 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

September is that time of year when students in the United States go back to school. It is a predictable percussion point in the rhythm of American life, and it sets the tempo of many people’s lives for the following 10 months. As a teacher who...


Speaking of Nature: Ducks splashdown for the season
03-28-2016 9:16 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Speaking of Nature: Ducks splashdown for the season- Every year, with the changing of the clocks in the spring, I find my time spent in the hours surrounding dawn extended. This gives me a rare and wonderful opportunity to pay attention to the movements of crepuscular animals in my immediate...

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