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Byline: By MEGHAN McCARTHY McPHAUL

Pileated woodpeckers are winter’s excavators

2/10/20

Whenever I spy a pileated woodpecker traversing the sky, I pause to watch its weird undulating flight. The jerky rise-and-drop movement of this...

How bald eagles weather winter

12/29/19

A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colo., where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route...

Woolly bears are on the move

11/3/19

Woolly bear caterpillars seem to be everywhere these days — creeping across the lawn, along the road when I’m walking the dog, hidden in the wilted...

Speedy peregrines make slow recovery

5/20/19

There is a broad, craggy precipice in Franconia Notch, not far from my home, called Eagle Cliff. It was named in the 1800s for the golden eagles...

Feeding deer in winter can have negative effects

2/25/19

A few winters back, there was a doe who frequented our compost heap. The garden fence around it proved an inadequate barrier, as she simply hopped...

“Mom, there’s a really big crow in the compost,” my son said one day early this spring, followed closely by, “Wait. What is that bird? It’s huge...

Outside Story: Bears Are Making Their Winter Beds

10/22/17

The fields around our home are something of a bear buffet from mid-summer through fall: wild blueberries in July followed by blackberries, then...

Crickets and Katydids Perform an End-of-Summer Orchestra

10/8/17

This time of year, I keep the windows cracked open on even marginally warm nights, savoring the sweet air that sifts through the screens. On that...

Winter Finds Foxes on the Move

3/12/17

The first time I saw the fox last February, I did a double take. It was late morning when I glanced out the window on my way from one task to the...

Outside Story: A Buck’s Antlers Aren’t Just for Show

2/13/17

A few autumns ago, one of the frequent visitors to our gone-wild apple orchard was a lopsided, one-point buck. We often see does and young...

The Raccoon’s Fuzzy Exterior Belies Ferocity

10/24/16

Almost every time I checked the game camera last summer — whether it was stationed near the compost, pointed into the field, or hidden at the edge...

Killdeer Are Plovers of The Pasture

7/31/16

I always do a second take when I see a killdeer skittering across a northern New Hampshire lawn, more than 100 miles from any ocean. These lanky...

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