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Q: We have noticed that birds don't come to our metal bird feeders. I have spoken with others who say the same thing. Any idea why they don't like metal feeders?— Joyce, Pittsfield, Mass.A: I … more
Q: I'm one of your southern Vermont readers (Wilmington). I enjoy learning about birds and am far from being an expert on their habits. Each winter, I have several feeders in my lilac tree just … more
This, of course, is the time of year for resolutions. These are notoriously easier to make than to keep, and I'm a prime offender in that respect. Still, I find resolution-making to be a useful … more
Each winter, just as I am about to give up on life in the North Country and move to an island in the Caribbean, I am saved by the arrival of the spring flower shows. If you think that life is nothing … more
You stargazers can begin the new year with a celestial treat, but only if you're willing (and able) to rise before the sun. This week, four planets and the moon are performing a wonderful planetary … more
Q: Just saw [at] 10 a.m. at my feeder a new bird — sparrow/junco-sized; light gray body, darker gray wings, a pink, not red cap and a straight pointy beak. I looked online and in my field … more
CASTLETON — Vermont's fifth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is set for Jan. 27, and will be celebrated by a fun-filled ice fishing festival in Castleton. Vermont's Free Ice Fishing Day, which takes … more
READER COMMENTSBox Elder BugsI was plagued with box elder bugs until I figured out they were coming in through cracks in my sunroom's foundation. There would be hundreds in there, too many to vacuum … more
I really enjoy the beginning of a new year. It's always brimming with hope and optimism, as well as endless lists of resolutions we swear we're going to attack but only work toward for a few days at … more
This was a good gardening year for me. Although we had some rainy times, and some hot, dry times, overall the weather was conducive to good plant growth. As usual, I tried a number of new things. … more
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