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Archive for February 28, 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.

SIGNS OF WINTER AND SPRING

This is what my hill top looks like today – but believe it or not, this morning I passed a dead skunk on the road, proving that they think it’s spring. Striped skunks become active in mid-February in central Vermont; the peak of their breeding season is during the third week of March. Between now and then they cover a lot of ground, and, unfortunately, for the next month or so it isn’t unusual to see them lying by the side of the road. I also heard a house finch singing at the top of his lungs (or syrinx) high up in a sugar maple this morning – a definite sign of spring.

To hear his song and see what a male house finch looks like, go to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_finch/id .