Immense quiet presides over the scene as I step out for a morning meander one day in early December.  The cacophony of fall colors has been muted and transformed into dull shades of brown, gray and evergreen.  I look and I listen and a feeling of contentment fills my inner self. 

Eventually I decide to vary my normal pattern of walking around the field and cut across it diagonally.  The crow calls again; I turn and see it rise from a spot near a large white pine tree about a half mile from where I stand.

The crow changes its tone and as it flies toward me now repeats a different call every few seconds.  I wish that I could understand the language of crows because I feel certain there is one.  I wonder if the crow recognizes me as the person  who brings out compost where three of them feed early every morning.  I have heard that crows can recognize human faces.  Does she know me? 

I continue to walk and notice that the crow, flying above me,  is following my steps to the center of the field.  I stop to watch as she follows my path across the field, makes a hairpin turn above where I stand and then flaps her way back to the pine tree.

Round trip, the crow flew over a mile just to check out what I was doing. I feel certain that the trip was to investigate me!  Honestly?  The experience made me feel very important even if only to a crow.  


Jan. 17, 2014   A coyote passed by Sal's Wild Garden last  night,  circled around to the pond outlet and then apparently spent some time searching in the thick grass that grows on the berm.  It is not unusual to hear their yips and mournful howls in the night. 

Snake Grass

Snake Grass

Jan. 13, 2014   Late morning walk up the road, through the woods and around the hayfield.  Found an interesting segmented plant which I have always called Snake Grass.  Upon returning home I contacted the botanist at the Vermont Fish & Game Dept. for some help with identification of the plant. 

I was surprised to flush a Snipe and posted this on VTBIRD.  I consulted Birdwatching in Vermont by Ted Murin and Bryan Pfeiffer.  They indicate that the Snipe has a rare presence in Vermont during January and February and is “extremely unlikely to be encountered.”  I was reassured when I received an email reply to my post stating that one Snipe was recorded on January 1st in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for the Norwich/Hanover area. 

Jan. 16   I received an email from the state botanist  concerning the "snake grass."   He wrote: " Linda, your photos appear to be Equisetum hymale, common scouring rush.  It is not protected; thanks for checking."