The three Bs: birds, bugs, and blossoms.

What? Which three Bs are you thinking of? First the birds. Now that the thistles are going to seed, the goldfinches are starting to be all over them. The young brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater), whose eggs were laid in the nests of other species, appear to be now getting out on their own and somehow learning toContinue reading “The three Bs: birds, bugs, and blossoms.”

More cats and caterpillars…

Right off the bat, let me present the reader photos of the week sent in by local naturalist John Giesa, which show the absolutely astounding caterpillar of the white-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma). The moth looks pretty cool, too, but we haven’t captured an image of one of those yet. In the meantime, tell meContinue reading “More cats and caterpillars…”

You know it’s gonna be a hot one…

when you hear the cicadas singing before 9am. Yup, it sure is hot out there, and the cicadas have begun to emerge from the ground, climb up into the trees, and announce their availability on the original dating app: known by many as mating call. I don’t have a picture for you yet, but I’llContinue reading “You know it’s gonna be a hot one…”


My morning got off to an amazing start when Anne got me up at 3:50am to see the ISS pass over. The new meteorologist on TMJ4 news mentioned it last evening, and this counts because we went to the south parking lot of Estabrook Park for some pretty good viewing conditions to the west. ThereContinue reading “Wow!”