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What is That?

A series about local wildlife.

What is that … Newcomer?

Let us say right off the top that 'newcomer' is not exactly correct.  This summer we saw and photographed five new birds and a...

What Is That … White Bear?

Our previous article dealt with signs of fall at our cottage on White Lake.  Another less obvious sign of fall is our friends' planning...

What is that … Sign of Fall?

The most melancholy of seasons is here.  Although we love the crisp, clean smell of the air touched with wood smoke, the absence of...

What Is That … Transformation?

Over the last few years we have been pleased to note an increase in the number of adult monarch butterflies visiting, and caterpillars feeding...

What is that … Spot in the Forest

Several spots in the forest tempt us to stop, relax, and enjoy the view, whether it is the view of the flowers and trees,...

What Is That … on the daisy?

This summer the roadside near our cottage has been awash with ox-eye daisies.  This sea of yellow and white is pleasant in its own...

What Is That … Merganser?

As a change of pace, this article focuses on a diving duck rather than following a theme about half a dozen or so beasties. ...

What Is That … Oriental Bird?

We visited Japan and South Korea in April, before the late start to cottage season.  In addition to enjoying the exotic cultures, food, and...

What Is That … Turtle Doing?

It is spring and the snapping turtles are busily laying their eggs along the shoulders of our cottage road.  Unfortunately, our first two sightings...

What Is That … Staring At Us?

In addition to just being fun to do, we find taking pictures of beasties at the cottage helpful in confirming identification of the species...

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