I take essentially the same walk every day – one mile up the hill & back on my dirt road – often at the same hour. Some may find that boring, I find it fascinating to watch the little changes from day to day.
So it’s really noticeable when on Monday morning I hear [...]
A brief trip south this past weekend to a place with no snow, plenty of sun, and warmer temperatures has put a pause to my enjoyment of winter. It is a bleary day here, ice thick on the river, blowing snow, and cold, cold, bitter cold yet again. One wonders if someone is holding Punxsutawney [...]
Many birds play a little call & response game. A chickadee in the maple will call “chicka-dee-dee-dee” and one in the pine will respond in kind. Barred owls often ask, “who cooks for you?” only to hear the reply, “who cooks for y’all?” (By the way, did you know that you can often tell [...]
Bats can squeeze in the tiniest openings. As a result, it’s not uncommon for me to get a bat in my house on occasion. At least it wasn’t for many years, before white nose syndrome became a problem in our region.
My memory certainly isn’t the best, but in my mind, a bat in [...]
Springtime brings us lots of sounds that we don’t hear the rest of the year. Geese honk overhead, peepers peep and wood frogs chortle in the wetlands. Barred owls mating calls range from their typical “Who cooks for you” to something that sounds (to me) more like laughing hyenas. Towhees admonish us to drink [...]
This morning as I was eating breakfast, my dad looked out the window and saw a skunk walking down our driveway! It was interesting to see it walking slowly down our gravel driveway and down towards the barnyard. Later when I went outside, I looked for tracks in the snow but the snow had [...]
Fritillary on Echinacea
By nature shots we don’t mean anything like jello shots.
Instead, point your camera at all things natural. Shoot video or stills. Edit and organize your work, and submit it into our third annual Pfeiffer Nature Center Film Festival!
We’re looking for amateur photography buffs (regardless of whether you [...]
6/30 Update: Dr. Peter Ducey from SUNY Cortland graciously responded to our request for tadpole ID, indicating that likely candidates are wood frogs and american toads. I’m quite sure they’re not toads due to the shapes of the egg masses, so we’re left with wood frogs, one of my initial guesses. I found a [...]
Tadpoles – captured momentarily for this photo opp
There’s a ditch near my house that is home to MANY tadpoles. I stop and watch them every day on my walk. Earlier in the season I would have told you that they were probably either wood frog or peeper tadpoles since I saw both [...]
I had three pairs of robins make nests in various places on my house this spring. Two of them were tucked into nooks on my front porch. It was a bit of a problem, since the robins were understandably distressed when I sat on my porch. I know it’s silly, but I modified my [...]