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Q: I recently noticed something I hadn't seen before. On March 11, I saw a flock of cardinals ground feeding beneath our bird feeder in Pittsfield. There were five males and a female. Is it unusual for cardinals to flock like this?— Florian, … more
Editor's note: It wasn't that long ago, when Tina wrote this piece, that it appeared mud season had arrived early. Naturally, as soon as we decided to run this column this week, it snowed two feet. But that snow must eventually melt, and when it … more
With spring thaw comes the earthworm and robin. They seem to go together, and this best known of our native birds, the adaptable and abundant American robin preys on this denizen of the earth and wherever there is soil following gentle shower or cloudburst, in woodland or meadow, lawn or garden there is the ever-present earthworm, small enough to dubbed a wiggler or large enough to be known as the fisherman's friend, the night crawler. more
Houseplants seem to be in vogue again, which is encouraging because they have a way of bringing the plant world into the hearts of those who need it most: urban dwellers, office workers and people generally short on terrain. more
Spring is about to spring here in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere. First we start (at least in most of the U.S.) with a change of time from standard time to daylight saving time today, March 12, followed just eight days later by the official onset … more
Hey, don't be fooled! History shows that while our little 'ol area did just experience some mild temperatures tinged with a hint of spring, winter's chill will rein supreme for a while longer. Translation: more snow is probably going to fall. With … more
Spring skiing in New England is unpredictable, at best. The conditions vary hour by hour. Temperatures can reach 64 degrees on a Wednesday and by Friday evening, it could be 19 degrees at the summit. It's bittersweet, really. On one hand, you know … more
It's amazing how stargazing often takes me back to my childhood, when I first gazed upon the night sky with wonder. more
The period Mark Twain dubbed "the Gilded Age" was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. more
It is always exciting to see something new, and if it moves with the alacrity of a gray squirrel, and looks like a gray squirrel except for its color, then is it a gray squirrel even if it is black? more
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