Bluebird House Hunting

Flocks of Bluebirds flying

 south on a beautiful late October day checking out the Real Estate.
 Check List:
Newly cleaned Bluebird houses. Check!
Freshly mowed pastures. Check!
Telephone wires to perch from. Check!
Ponds with running water. Check!
Free Rent. Check!

We will definitely be back next Spring!

Sally posted: 11/03/2013

Baby Snake Stuck in Screen Door

June 10,2014   Oh my!  As I walked out to my studio this morning I suddenly looked up to see a beautiful baby corn snake struggling to free itself from the TOP of my screen door.  I did not want to tug on the screen for fear of strangling the little guy!  I gently wiggled the screen until he fell 6' to the terra ferma.   SDW

Welcome Home Eastern Phoebe Nest

May 15, 2013    Upon our arrival home, we discovered an Eastern Phoebe nest directly above our main entrance!  What to do? Painters arriving tomorrow at 8a.m.  The nest is built from woven twigs covered  with bright green moss.  It has four small cream colored eggs and one larger brown spotted eggs.  Obviously a cow bird has planted its progeny in this beautiful nest!   SDW

Eastern Bluebird Doubles

May 16, 2013   Woke up this morning to two pairs of Eastern Blue birds on the wires.  Unusual because we rarely have more than one pair.  LL thinks we have kidnapped them but I think it because our neighborhood is now a cat-free zone!   SDW

Mama Snapping Turtle Saga

June 20, 2013   a very wet and rainy day here in Central Vermont.  As I looked out over our Lupine wild garden, I saw a turtle foraging through the dirt.  A closer look I realized it was a large Northern Snapping Turtle digging a hole in preparation to lay her eggs.  Although camouflaged, her hooked snout, diamond back shaped shell, and long prehistoric spiked tail was a dead give-away!  Beware was her warning so I looked but did not touch

 June 23, 2013  Three days later, I noticed her body-print in the mud out by the pond, about 150 yards away.  Then suddenly, I turned and noticed two perfectly round white orbs on the bottom on the pond, inches away from where I was standing.  I took off my Sloggers and waded into the pond to retrieve the eggs which I was sure would not incubate exposed in that cold water.  I walked them back to the Lupine garden a deposited them in the original hole the Mama Snapper had previously dug.

Now we wait for the hatchlings to to emerge in 16 weeks, which will be the last week in September, or the first week in October.   SDW

Ye Olde Sugar House

Redwing Blackbird

Mar 10 , 2013    The male Redwing Blackbirds added their voices to the chorus of birds here this morning;  the Mourning Doves are spending more time now that the temperature has risen into the forties.  It begins to feel like spring.   LL 

Mourning Dove

Feb. 24, 2013    This morning I heard the call of a Mourning Dove—first time this year.   What a sweet sound!  That in addition to the distant drum of a woodpecker, a few chickadees and jays were the only sounds to be heard when I stepped out early to see the new fallen snow.   LL

Bird Nest?

Feb 7, 2013   I noticed a bird nest about 12 feet up in a young maple sapling.  It is very round and carefully constructed of fine grasses and downy fibers. A straw-like piece forms a circle at the top and the whole nest was securely fastened in several places to branches.  My conclusion is that it may be the nest of a Yellow Warbler.  It is a spot where I have not done much bird watching and plan to visit the site frequently come spring.  LL

Magic Winter: Luce Farm

Magic winter
Magic world
Calling me back to memories
So wide and known.
Separating myself from the dire day
Where hard labor wins my bread,
What I truly seek is
Snowy freedom.

stanzas from Christmas Time, by Paul Mollomo, II

Mole's Map

Jan. 18, 2013     Walked  up to the old oak corner and then around the pasture.  A mole left tracks and tunnels all over the field.  His ramblings in the snow resembled a giant map of the world and I wondered if he found a safe route home.   LL 

Common Redpolls

Jan. 13, 2013    It was easy to identify the lively flock of about fifty birds at the feeder  as Common Redpolls. Their sharply pointed bill and  the  black spot in the middle of the throat were my first clues to who these Arctic visitors might be.    Looking out the window through binoculars, the red crown-cap became obvious.  Unlike the Chickadees who take one seed, then fly off the eat it, the Common Redpolls have a pouch in their throat that allows them to store many seeds.  Redpolls spook easily and  arrive  and depart as a cohesive unit twittering cheerful notes in their flight.  LL  

White-breasted Nuthatch

Jan. 10, 2013     The White-breasted Nuthatch is as happy upside down as he is right side up.   A polite bird, he squeaks a nasal thank you when I fill the feeders with fresh sunflower  seeds.  I am fond of his jaunty profile that is enhanced by  a longish turned-up beak.   LL

Baltimore Oriole Nest

Jan. 6     Today   I  noticed  another Baltimore Oriole's  nest swaying on a  branch over the road in an  American  Elm tree that has so far escaped the ravages of Dutch Elm Disease.  I  have waited and watched  as the tree  grew  in girth and height and hoped that it would someday  be large enough to welcome an oriole family.  The summer of 2012 was the first time that happened  but I  never knew  it until today.   LL