Sandpipers and Plovers

Please consider all the images as copyrighted and ask permission to use them for any reason. Thanks, DEClapp. There are a grand assortment of birds that use the edges of wet areas. They nest and feed in swamps, bogs, and wet meadows. They travel along the ocean edge while undertaking some of the longest migrationContinue reading “Sandpipers and Plovers”

The Hunters -fast and fearless

The phrase: “birds of prey” usually brings up images of hawks and falcons and maybe eagles as well. But in reality if you are an earthworm the American Robin bob-bob-bobbin’ in the yard is a real predator. I guess that “birds of prey” might include thrushes, flycatchers, loons, all diving ducks, sandpipers, and most otherContinue reading “The Hunters -fast and fearless”

Yard Birds -a different perspective

Again, please treat all images as copyrighted and do not copy or use without permission. Please share this blog site. Thanks, DEC. These last few days are the middle, the peak, of the northward migration of neotropical wintering birds as well as those that have wintered in southeastern USA. Mid-May in New England can beContinue reading “Yard Birds -a different perspective”

More From the Car Window

We are fortunate to be out of the city and in an area where open space is available. Of course on a nice day these spaces attract lots of people and thus are no longer attractive — this is all a very sad state of affairs isn’t it? What a surprise to find that ourContinue reading “More From the Car Window”

Staying Home -continued

It seems that I have been moping around – lots of time and almost no blog pages. Please respect the pictures and do not use them without permission. Please let others know that there are a few nature images available at to help pass the time. Thanks. So here we go!! This is aContinue reading “Staying Home -continued”

Fuzzy Trees – what is a lichen?

Throughout the year the oak and pine branches here in the northeast (of the USA) explode with a greenish fuzzy growth in times of rain or extended dampness. This actually happens pretty much all around the world in some form or another. There are epiphytes, mosses, orchids, ferns, and lichens that grow in and onContinue reading “Fuzzy Trees – what is a lichen?”

Staying In – from the car window

Viruses are very strange – they are not usually classified as a life form – like archaea, eukaryotes, and bacteria. They are usually just some bit of stuff waiting around to attack and kill (eat? – not really, just use the life juices from) bacteria. Viruses are invaders; usually of no matter to us atContinue reading “Staying In – from the car window”