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Nature Notes: Bufflehead

Nature Notes: Bufflehead

Ed Robinson
January 1, 2017

“Ed, what are those?  There are little black and white birds going crazy out there.”  My daughter’s fiancée, Pete, binoculars in hand, was looking out the window at a becalmed Reed Cove, when he noticed some petite ducks repeatedly bobbing up and down in the water. “Ah,” said I, “You’ve spotted the Clown Prince of… Read more

Nature Notes: Common Snapping Turtle

Nature Notes: Common Snapping Turtle

Ed Robinson
December 1, 2016

Surely you remember that old Dean Martin song, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” (what, you’re too young to remember Dean Martin? Check him out on YouTube).  This story is about a creature that is pretty hard to love unless you are into seriously ugly reptiles.  Compared to this fellow, an iguana is the belle of the… Read more

Nature Notes: Common Winterberry

Nature Notes: Common Winterberry

Ed Robinson
November 1, 2016

You can see common winterberry along the Giant’s Stairs Trail (Priscilla Seimer photo) Autumn will soon leave our forests bare.  With winter on the way, we need some color to brighten our days.  Fortunately we can enjoy a lovely native plant, the common winterberry.  Even better, the bright red or orange berries will be on… Read more

Nature Notes: Autumn

Nature Notes: Autumn

Ed Robinson
October 1, 2016

Otter Brook in autumn (Reed Coles photo) I just can’t help it, I’m not a hot weather kind of guy.  Oh, I know, this year’s summer weather has been nothing short of amazing, unless you happen to be a farmer.  Weeks on end of sunshine, few of those steamy days that remind you of Florida,… Read more

Nature Notes: Tree Swallow

Nature Notes: Tree Swallow

Ed Robinson
September 20, 2016

John Berry photo I have often wondered what it’s like to be the second most beautiful creature at a party (admittedly, I am well down the list looking up!).  So imagine what a tree swallow feels like with all the fuss about Eastern bluebirds.  Yes, bluebirds are just wonderful to look at, with a sunny… Read more

Nature Notes: Pollinators

Nature Notes: Pollinators

Ed Robinson
June 20, 2016

We all love to see colorful flowers and shrubs in our gardens at this time of year.  Mary and I always look forward to our crab apple tree blossoming bright pink, followed by the lilacs with their heavenly scent and tiny drops of sweet nectar.  The planting of such species, and many other flowering plants… Read more

Nature Notes: Jellies

Nature Notes: Jellies

Ed Robinson
May 20, 2016

Early in the lobster season last year, my wife joined me in checking my pots.  As we pulled up to the first buoy, Mary looked overboard and was surprised by a mass of jellyfish in the water.  There were great numbers of them all around us.  We observed them for a minute, then Mary said… Read more

Nature Notes: Toads

Nature Notes: Toads

Ed Robinson
April 20, 2016

Craig Snapp photo I decided to write this article when super photographer Craig Snapp shared this beautiful photo.  As is my practice, I went to my computer and began searching for information to expand upon my own knowledge of toads.  The first thing that popped up on Google was a great computer software product called… Read more

Nature Notes:  Wild Turkeys, Springtime Lovers

Ed Robinson photo April is a wonderful time of year (other than mud season), and the birds of spring offer us some of nature’s most endearing scenes: Canada geese on a pond looking for a nest site, bluebirds stuffing grass in their new home, ospreys gathering sticks to expand a nest on a dead spruce,… Read more

Nature Notes: The Apple Tree

Nature Notes: The Apple Tree

Ed Robinson
March 20, 2016

I love apple trees.  It’s not like I am posting their photos on social media, but I’m tempted.  Apple trees are beautiful in bloom, and their fruits are scrumptious.  These trees are amazingly resilient, withstanding an array of pests, diseases and natural calamities.  And it would be hard to find a tree of more value… Read more