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Q: This past Thursday and Friday, we had visits from a flock of about a dozen evening grosbeaks. In both cases, they were chased away from our feeder by an aggressive red squirrel (is there any other … more
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS Q: The last three days, I have seen a pair of red-winged blackbirds at my feeder and eating off the ground. How strange is this?— Judy A: It isn't odd at all. The … more
MELANISTIC SQUIRREL SURVEYOver the past two months that I have been gathering data, 57 readers responded with a total of 69 to 75 melanistic gray squirrels reported. Lack of location or number and … more
Next spring, I plan to replace a large part of my thread-bare lawn with a meadow. The conditions are favorable: the same poor, sandy clay soil that has crippled my lawn is ideally suited to the … more
Q: We walked along the bike trail in Amherst last weekend and noticed many wooly worms crossing out path — and they all had roughly the same pattern. What kind of winter will we have? I've … more
Q: I just saw (Nov. 1) bluebirds at my bluebird house and I didn't clean it out. Should I go out and clean it out?— Nancy, LenoxA: As I emailed you, the short answer is yes, clean it out. What … more
Q: We have a colorful evening grosbeak here this afternoon (Oct. 28). Don't see that too often. He wouldn't be traveling with the siskins that arrived today would he?— Paul, WindsorA: Even … more
Donna Wiley, the formal garden horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, has an answer for the many gardeners who believe that native plants are suited only to naturalistic plantings, that they are too wild … more
Pretty soon, I'll be hanging up my spade and shovel for the season. Before I do, though, I'll want to make sure their blades are nice and sharp. A sharp spade or shovel cuts through the soil and … more
"I didn't know that," is something I think every day. And it's not only the fragile environment and all its inhabitants of the Northeast, that I, we, must be aware of, but it is also the smallest … more
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