Cleaning up the back yard

The front yard is still under its blanket of fallen maple leaves, and the stalks of last year’s phlox and other plants are still standing. But in the back yard I spent time yesterday with the rake and nippers and most of it is now cleared. Here is the pile of leaves and stalks that…

suddenly summer!

Well, it felt a little like summer yesterday. The weather was so mild, in the 70s, with sunny skies and a breeze. Crocuses showed their cheerful faces:And I was very happy to get out rake and garden bucket and clear out/weed the sandy bed. While I was working a cow had her baby! A little…

Soggy and chilly, that’s it in a nutshell

We’re in mud season for sure. We went for a walk around the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area yesterday. Not a lot going on there wildlife wise. We saw several very big and apparently active beaver lodges, but no actual beavers. We spied a bald eagle and a northern harrier hawk hunting, and…

Spring emergence is underway

Patience is required at this time of year around here. We all exchange news about the birds: I saw a robin, I heard a red-winged blackbird, I heard Canada geese, I saw a great blue heron, etc. Lately skunks, porcupines and racoons are active again. Wild turkeys are in mating season, to judge from the…