Field Notes

Look up. Just east of Rt. 92/28 in Arbovale there is a pine patch – just a few acres – that has been the source of much entertainment this summer. Every evening about 30 minutes before dark the blackbirds begin to arrive in search of a safe roosting spot for the night. Small flocks – probably extended family units of 50 or more birds – arrive More...

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By Dave Curry On Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Field Notes

The Naked Ladies and coneflowers are dominating the late summer flower gardens now, while the regal purple of the Ironweed reigns over the brushy bottoms and pastures. And recent cooler morning temperatures in More...

By Pocahontas Times On Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Field Notes

Potpourri Lots to talk about in the natural world this week, so let’s take a quick look-see at the world around us. First, an update on the cavity nesting season, which started out so well with a dozen Bluebird More...

By Dave Curry On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Field Notes

Last week the rains finally arrived. The Observatory recorded more than three inches over the last six days which will go a long way toward jump-starting lawns and gardens. Spring migration is in full swing and More...

By Pocahontas Times On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Field Notes

While the mild and fair conditions of March were much appreciated, it was also terribly misleading. Now hopes of an early spring have largely been dashed by an about-face in April weather as we received snow on More...

By Pocahontas Times On Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Field Notes

The weather was unusually warm and dry last week promising to jump start us into springtime. A little bit of rain fell on Sunday, just enough to inspire the early amphibians to come out and play. The Wood Frogs More...

By Dave Curry On Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Great Backyard Bird Count starts Friday

This juvenile female sapsucker has been an unusual visitor to Dave Curry’s Arbovale feeder this winter.  These birds usually winter much further south. Photo courtesy of Dave Curry It’s that time again. A More...

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