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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

SNOW BUNTING Honey Pot area, off Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I had my “ahh” moment” of the day when I saw the result of this image capture. While the other birds were racing around grabbing leftover kernels of corn from last year’s cornfield , this little snow bunting appeared to be shyly posing for the camera. Taking advantage of his brief pause, I quickly pointed my digital DSLR camera with telephoto lens out of my parked car window and clicked. Anne Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images …

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins, American kestrels, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, brown creepers, eastern …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

■ Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West St. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Day of winter programs and snowshoe hikes takes place March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield. For more information call 229-8600 or …

Calculus of the seasons

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

■ Tennis for Seniors — Offered on Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West Street (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. #14. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ■ ∎ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Day of winter programs and snowshoe hikes takes place March …

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Migrating water birds found this week were wood duck, northern pintail, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck and bufflehead. Early land bird arrivals included turkey vulture, fox sparrow, red-winged blackbird and common grackle. Other unusual land …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

HORNED LARK Honey Pot Fields, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I had recently seen my first horned larks in a field in South Hadley. When I heard that there were some in …

Earth Talk: What makes ‘dirty fuels’ dirty?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called? — Bill Green, Seattle, Wash. The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Saturday, March 1, 2014

HEADING FOR HOME QUABBIN PARK, WARE Photograph and text by Carol Wasserloos of Hatfield We came upon this opossum as he, like the rest of us, was taking advantage of a plowed surface to move about on a …

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 28, 2014

■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Days of winter programs and snowshoe hikes take place Saturdays, March 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield. For more information call 229-8600 or email bcobble@ttor.org. ■∎ Boreal Forest Snowshoe Trek and Track at Tamarack Hollow — …

Seeing a nocturnal hunter by day

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Is the barred owl a common bird here in western Massachusetts? The answer depends on how the word “common” is understood. The barred owl is nocturnal, well-camouflaged and, like most nocturnal birds, seldom seen by people as it …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 21, 2014

∎  Tennis for Seniors — Sessions are Fridays, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West Street (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ∎   Winter Raptors — Event takes place Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, Arcadia …