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Archive for February 14, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

WOODPECKER DRUMMING

It’s not just barred owls and black-capped chickadees that are courting these days. Woodpeckers are tuning up as well. Unlike songbirds, woodpeckers do not sing songs to stake out their territory, attract a mate and maintain a pair bond. They drum -- rapidly and repeatedly striking their bill against a surface such as a tree, creating a sound that travels great distances. The louder the sound made by the drumming, the further it travels, so woodpeckers often seek out metal drain pipes, antennas and signs to hammer their bill against. Woodpeckers are well adapted for this behavior. Their skull is specially designed to withstand repeated blows and to protect the bird’s brain from concussion. Unlike other birds, the bones between the beak and the skull are joined by a flexible cartilage, which cushions the shock of each blow.

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Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

RACCOON TRACKS

Raccoons are out and about in the winter during fair weather, if the temperature at night is above freezing.  Look for the hand-like prints of their front feet, paired with their longer hind feet. The front and hind tracks alternate sides in each track pair.  The pattern of these tracks indicates that this raccoon was walking, not bounding.

Raccoons are out and about in the winter during fair weather, if the temperature at night is above freezing. Look for the hand-like prints of their front feet, paired with their longer hind feet. The front and hind tracks alternate sides in each track pair. The pattern of these tracks indicates that this raccoon was walking, not bounding.