Monday, March 18, 2019

The soon to be published Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America by Rick Wright might change our perception of sparrows, at least a little.

If you've ever seen what you thought was a miniature kangaroo hopping across a grassy field, you weren't seeing things — it was a jumping mouse.

Species that can adjust to changes in habitat or food availability can thrive. Among the most adaptable species are gray and fox squirrels.
Great Horned Owl

Leaving their West Virginia home behind, Scott Shalaway and his wife received a farewell from the owls in their woods.
bird feeder with snow

Scott Shalaway answers readers who have been wondering why their bird feeders empty so quickly during the winter.
milky way

Though the plant world is presently dormant, a variety of animals have already begun a new cycle of life.

“Dunder” and “Blixem” are Dutch for thunder and lightning, so their use is appropriate. The question is how these names morphed to “Donner” and “Blitzen.” 

The first day of winter is defined by the year's shortest day and longest night. The good news is that days get just a bit longer each day thereafter.
evening grosbeak

It's been forecasted that evening grosbeaks would head south in impressive numbers this winter. If you're not familiar with them, you're in for a treat.

Deer often sense the presence of hunters long before hunters sense them. But is it intelligence or instinct? Actually, natural selection is responsible.
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