Nature Watch

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin It’s March, and from the heart of winter, comes spring. Today the sun is hot.  Last night’s snow starts to melt,  falling in splats each time a breeze stirs the air.   The snow degrades, slowly shrinking into a denser pack.   A male cardinal sings, the local turkey flock fills the […]

NATURE WATCH 2.20.19

NATURE WATCH 2.20.19

By Nona Estrin A snow-bound February! Yesterday, with an adult grandson visiting, we discovered what Montpelierites have known all along: Hubbard Park is doing a stunning job of maintaining miles of beautiful walking and multi-use recreation trails through varied woodlands and terrain. From gently rolling to the altitude-gain of smoothly laid-out switchbacks starting behind the […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin We move toward spring. Blue jay pre-mating flocks are in full swing in our yard, where 15 or so jays that would never otherwise hang out together, cluster, with specific morning  behavior and impressive vocalizations, to enact an age-old ritual, before choosing mates. And the snow….so much of it that for the […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin In addition to the comforting familiarity of common birds in winter, Montpelier occasionally throws us a treat. In back of City Hall, with late winter sun hitting the crab apple tree, a flock of Pine Grosbeaks transformed the tree and its numerous red fruit into a blaze of color and movement! The […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Kick myself outdoors, slow down, take a breath and watch….wait….even just for a minute, on foot, on skis, on the way to the car. This is the darkest time, and all life feels it. Our sense of what is solid in life is based on it.  Soon the days will begin to […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin The year of the turkeys! Our small flock of wintering tree sparrows has left, as the turkeys quickly dispach seed left in a sheltered spot each morning. This is new for us, as is the vast low pressure which brought snows, fogs, early skiing, and, for me, the earliest date at which, […]

NATURE WATCH: Early Winter

NATURE WATCH: Early Winter

By Nona Estrin A stick season sun-rise yesterday is transformed today into a soft winter scape, snow holding to every surface, branch and twig, the air filled with more. Trees loaded with puffs and mini hanging glaciers. Down, down, down it comes, no shortage of flakes! A plentitude of early winter for all! Share this:

NATURE WATCH: Moving Farther from the Sun

NATURE WATCH: Moving Farther from the Sun

By Nona Estrin An ethereal and unexpected singing of fox sparrows, passing through from the Arctic Circle this morning, in a brief sunny moment of season reversal. These gray days highlight everything gold. Ginkgo leaves begin to turn and poplars, birch, tamarack, and beech hold center stage. Blueberry leaves burnish to peachy reds in the […]

NATURE WATCH: The Smell of Fall

NATURE WATCH: The Smell of Fall

By Nona Estrin Leaves pile up in the woods and on sidewalks and lawns, the non-evergreen ferns bleach to lovely pale golds and yellow.  New York, cinnamon, maidenhair, the rarer goldies and narrow-leaved spleenwort, all transforming, before they are taken by frost. The smell of fall is everywhere! I see that the leaves in our […]

NATURE WATCH: Autumn is Here!

NATURE WATCH: Autumn is Here!

by Nona Estrin Purple wild asters, red and sugar maples in earliest crimson or yellow!  Spruce Mountain Range to our east begins to glow.  A couple of ash trees across the road are burnishing to deep mahogany.  Flocks of robins, white-throated sparrows, and a flicker with its characteristic white rump, scatter into the still-green brush. […]