Flight School

. The 2015 class of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) naval aviators started flight school this week! .  I’ve been watching these youngsters on daily dog-walks in the park since early May. When they first showed up I noticed their resemblance, in size and coloration, to the yellow puffball flowers of the American sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) towering above. There …

Barnstormers (reprint from June 2012)

next-door nature, urban wildlife, suburban wildlife, barn swallows

. WITNESS astounding tricks of precision flying! THRILL to the sight of daring aerial capers! Come one, come ALL! The FLYING CIRCUS is winging its way to a backyard near YOU!!   Critics are raving about this summer’s must-see event. Word to the wise, though—in addition to a lawn chair you’ll definitely want to bring some binoculars. …