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From my own observations, I have concluded that our chickadees are pretty smart birds, and as far as memory goes, it is apparently superior. Take, for example, their arrival only minutes after I hung a tubular squirrel-proof feeder that I took in … more
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." — Oprah WinfreyAgain, it's the time many of us make New Year resolutions, and scores of these resolutions are personal, like cut down on coffee consumption, eat less or lose … more
Q: I thought my bird feeders would be safe from bears by now. Unfortunately, I was wrong and they ripped down my bird feeders on Thanksgiving. Shouldn't they be hibernating by now? -Joyce, Sheffield A: With the second bear hunting season … more
Q: I once had a little booklet about feeding birds that said house sparrows eat small seeds, but I cannot remember more. They are the cute little birds I see around our yard and would like to feed them. Can you suggest something? Also, I … more
Gardeners should have their own version of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting the things you can't change. At this time of year, especially, we might acknowledge all the upkeep not performed in our gardens and just … more
Winter, especially early winter, is a good time of year for gardeners to travel. Houseplants now are most tolerant of neglect and, if we plan a little, they can even thrive in our absence.Lack of water is the major threat to neglected plants. But … more
Astronomers quickly become used to dealing with huge numbers. For example, in any one lecture, I might declare that the sun emits some 400 billion trillion watts of power each second, that our Milky Way Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of … more
Early winter is when poinsettias come into the limelight, showing off their colors in homes and shop windows. But a poinsettia is more than just seasonally flamboyant.To check out more of this plant's botanical flair, set your holiday poinsettia on … more
Only in The Berkshires, as the saying goes: On Saturday, I watched two golfers, one in shorts, teeing off at the GEAA, and the following day, I couldn't see the golf course because of the whiteout here atop Crane Avenue in Pittsfield. The … more
Q:I have nuthatches that come to my feeders, and my question is, why does this bird almost always perch upside down when on the suet feeder? This is strange as other birds are upright.— Margie, Bennington, Vt.A:A better question in this area, … more
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