Nature Watch

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin The revered morel mushroom likes it wet and warm. We’ll soon visit our favorite spots and hope for that ineffable scent in the air, the mushrooms suddenly popping into view amidist a jumble of understory duff!  Meanwhile, our first hummingbird and a rose-breasted grossbeak return, and green poplar leaves break their buds […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Longer days have never felt better, nor migrating birds more exciting! And the appearance of those irrepressible first bulbs, a bee miraculously hovering—landing on!—one yellow crocus! In the cold frame a few greens of various ages, planted last summer, have survived both winter and rodents and are already putting on new leaves. […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Environment— a word that had limited meaning when I was born— is now in everyone’s thoughts. Young adults are demonstrating to halt climate change now,  H.205, a VT bill to protect bees and other polinators by limiting highly toxic pesticides called “neonics,” passed committee with an unanimous 8-0 vote. Now, to the […]

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: