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It's December, and with it comes colder temperatures throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and the most prolific meteor shower of the year: the Geminid.Never heard of it? Well, that's not a huge surprise. If you ask beginning stargazers which … more
Q:I have nuthatches that come to my feeders, and my question is, why does this bird almost always perch upside down when on the suet feeder? This is strange as other birds are upright.— Margie, Bennington, Vt.A:A better question in this area, … more
Q: I thought my bird feeders would be safe from bears by now. Unfortunately, I was wrong and they ripped down my bird feeders on Thanksgiving. Shouldn't they be hibernating by now? -Joyce, Sheffield A: With the second bear hunting season … more
Gardeners should have their own version of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting the things you can't change. At this time of year, especially, we might acknowledge all the upkeep not performed in our gardens and just … more
Astronomers quickly become used to dealing with huge numbers. For example, in any one lecture, I might declare that the sun emits some 400 billion trillion watts of power each second, that our Milky Way Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of … more
Only in The Berkshires, as the saying goes: On Saturday, I watched two golfers, one in shorts, teeing off at the GEAA, and the following day, I couldn't see the golf course because of the whiteout here atop Crane Avenue in Pittsfield. The … more
Wildflowers are among the easiest plants to grow, especially if you copy Mother Nature. For cool climate gardeners, that means spreading seed over the ground after the first killing frost and before the ground hardens. Natural germination inhibitors … more
We've all had those days when nothing seems to move. No matter where we are - the highway, the line at the grocery store or the ATM machine - everything is at a standstill. This happens much too frequently for my taste, so on days like this I … more
Q. Question for you: I saw one male red-winged blackbird in my yard Sunday, Oct. 30. I don't recall seeing them so late in October before. I've looked at several migration maps and information on their migration. What the maps say and most of the … more
Q: I once had a little booklet about feeding birds that said house sparrows eat small seeds, but I cannot remember more. They are the cute little birds I see around our yard and would like to feed them. Can you suggest something? Also, I … more
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