Archive | March 2013

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Set the table for spring

I feed mostly black sunflower seeds in my yard feeders and throw out some chicken scratch for the ground-feeding birds.  But in springtime we have to change the menu a bit to attract spring migrants.  My hummingbird feeder is hung off the patio near some Red Columbine that is just beginning to bloom and adjacent […]

Coming soon to your neighborhood

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day in Oklahoma, but this morning the north wind is howling and I have the fireplace roaring.  The only thing consistent about spring weather on the plains is the wind.  One day it blows 30 mph from the south and the next day it blows 30 mph from the north.  […]

Predator and prey …

Nature seems harsh to some people.  To a naturalist it seems logical.  It’s all a part of an on-going process called the balance of nature and evolution. And yes, Homo sapiens is as much a part of the process as some obscure amoeba. Photo by L. Dillon.  Click to enlarge. Today I witnessed a predation […]