Vultures Smell Opossum in the Air

While getting hay for the animals recently, I discovered a very big opossum had died in the barn during the night. I carried the carcass outside the paddock in my manure fork, thinking I would dispose of it lat...

Rough-Wings Are Somber Swallows

I saw my first rough-winged swallow when I was a teenager fishing along a creek in western Pennsylvania. I thought it wasn’t much to look at. It had a graceful swallow shape, but otherwise it was plain and dull...

Otters Are Back in our Rivers

On August 25, my wife and I saw a road-killed otter on Route 45 (between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown) near where it crosses the Opequon Creek. We decided this was worth a second look and returned later. Th...

Song of the Wood Thrush

It’s been a cool, dry spring, but now a welcome spell of mild, rainy weather softens the evening. Distant thunder rumbles a counterpoint to the wood thrush singing in the woods behind the barn. Fifty years a...