Friday, December 1st, 2023

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Friday, December 1st, 2023

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Backyard and Beyond

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Backyard and beyond: A feast of fall

Farmers were out harvesting in late October – and so were wild creatures. Scott Thiede sent a photo of a flock of crows feasting on sunflowers seed heads, just ahead of the combine. “Sunflower harvesting

Backyard and beyond: Hasta La Vista, Autumn

This handsome osprey “caught breakfast on his third try,” said photographer Marguerite Eichelberger. Not bad, considering that osprey have been found to be successful in snatching a fish in about 25% of their tries.

Backyard and Beyond: Autumn scenes

A great horned owl landed in a tree near Deb Ranney, allowing her to take this excellent photo of a raptor and its prey, in this case an unlucky muskrat. It “seemed strange to see

Backyard and Beyond: A look at the turning season

Anyone lucky enough to encounter a cecropia moth will doubtless never forget it. These huge moths, the largest in North America, stretch as wide as your stretched-out hand. And they’re spectacularly gorgeous: Just look at

Backyard and Beyond: A black bear tale

Sometimes a photo is just as captivating for what it doesn’t show as for what it does. Case in point: Scott Thiede is a very patient photographer, sitting in a blind out in a field

Backyard and Beyond: A hummingbird heaven

Nature goes into overdrive as summer begins to draw to a close: spiders hunt relentlessly for prey, young animals practice vital life skills, the avian world prepares for migration.
Consider the scene in David Bendorf’s

Backyard and Beyond: The kestrel kids

Marguerite Eichelberger has been keeping an eye on a kestrel family on a friend’s property, enjoying the antics of the young falcons after fledging from their nest cavity. She was on hand to take photos

Backyard and beyond: The sights of summer

Mid-June was nesting season for our smallest heron, and Joanna Taylor snapped a photo near her pond, showing little green herons with their pointy beaks poking over the nest’s edge.
On the same day, Jim

Backyard and Beyond: A Passel of ’Possums

Reading about these unusual creatures, I was struck by how beneficial they are, consuming insects, worms, snakes, frogs, mice, fruit, berries, carrion, and just about anything else they can find.

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