Outdoors


This is one of many red efts seen during the day. The red eft is actually a juvenile stage of the Eastern red-spotted newt. After a few years on land, red efts return to the water. They grow a keeled tail and their color changes to dark green to olive.

Reptile and amphibian workshop at Lacawac Sanctuary

LAKE ARIEL, PA — On May 8, there was a reptile and amphibian workshop and survey at Lacawac Sanctuary in Wayne County. Led by Larry Laubach, Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS), it started in the morning and went into the early afternoon. There was a good crowd, from kids to older adults.


Photo by Sandy Long

Four robin nestlings nap in this backyard nest, which has been rebuilt and reused for the past three years. Look closely to see strands of plastic tarp woven among the dried grasses. Visit cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/55/American_Robin/ to follow the progress of a robin family via the live bird cam at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Sapsucker Woods. Observe other nesting bird species at cams.allaboutbirds.org/all-cams.

The nature of nesting

On Mother’s Day, while our backyard American robin was foraging nearby for food, I checked on the progress of the four beautiful turquoise eggs laid in the recently restored nest near our wood shed. To my delight, four nearly featherless hatchlings were huddled together in the sturdy cup of woven grass and twigs.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

The cotton-like egg masses of the wooly adelgid are apparent at the base of the needles of this hemlock sprig. Many times, the egg masses are at the underside of the needles and branches, and lifting a branch up to look at the underside can help in detecting an infestation.

Attacking the hemlock attackers

On a hot summer day, I was enjoying a few quiet moments next to a stream in Sullivan County, NY. I saw some ebony jewelwings flutter near the stream in courtship flight, and in the stream, there was the occasional brook trout.

Dry-fly action heats up

The 2017 trout-fishing has been open for just over a month now. So far, Mother Nature has not been cooperating with us fly fishermen. For much of this time, the Delaware River and its tributaries have been too high for good wading access, and the weather has been caught somewhere between winter and spring.


A male ruby-throated hummingbird perches near the feeder where he has just been seeking nourishment. The clear liquid in the feeder is a simple mixture of four parts water to one part sugar. It is not necessary for feeder fluids to be red, and is better for hummingbird health to exclude the red dyes that are often included in feeder mixes.

Hello Hummingbirds!

It’s that time of year when we’re busy prepping the garden or doing yard work and we hear it—the unmistakable buzz of an iridescent fairy bird flitting past, zooming and zipping, searching for sustenance from the funny-shaped feeders we’ve come to associate with that most beloved little creature—the hummingbird.

The great Hendrickson mystery

Here we are, after a long winter of tying flies, checking equipment, talking about it with friends, and generally chaffing at the bit. It is finally Hendrickson time in the Catskill’s. At least according to the calendar, hatching charts and previous years notes, it is.

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