Tag Archives: Carolyn Lorié

A precious stone with wings
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May 11, 2017

A precious stone with wings

By Carolyn Lorié

One day last spring, I pulled into a parking lot in Thetford and saw a flash of brilliant red. Instantly, I knew it was a male scarlet tanager. He was perched in a cluster of bushes and everything around him — the…

The Outside Story
July 21, 2016

Nymphs in the garden

By Carolyn Lorié

By mid-July, the oregano in my herb garden has grown tall and tatty, and I want nothing more than to cut it back into a tidy mound. But I don’t. Doing so would deprive the flurry of common wood nymph butterflies that…

The Outside Story: Angry birds
The Outside Story
May 26, 2016

The Outside Story: Angry birds

By Carolyn Lorié

One morning in mid-March, I opened the door to discover a dark-eyed junco frenetically battling another bird. Or at least it thought it was another bird. His nemesis was, in fact, his own reflection in the stainless-steel chimney of my woodstove. The…

In January, owl courtship begins
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January 21, 2016

In January, owl courtship begins

By Carolyn Lorié

I’m an enthusiastic, if laid-back, bird watcher. One of the things I love most about spring and summer is the effortlessness with which I encounter a wide variety of birds. Sitting in my backyard, I’ll catch sight of an indigo bunting…

The Outside Story: Fisher families fall out in fall
The Outside Story
November 20, 2015

The Outside Story: Fisher families fall out in fall

By Carolyn Lorié

Along with the crisp mornings and crimson colors that signal summer’s slide into fall, there are changes occurring in the forests that go mostly unnoticed. Among them is the dispersal of fisher kits from their mother’s territory into their own. Little is…

A thorny problem: multiflora rose
The Outside Story
September 10, 2015

A thorny problem: multiflora rose

By Carolyn Lorié

Multiflora rose is not without charm; in fact, there was a time when people went out of their way to plant it. The pretty spring flowers have a sweet scent; birds nest in the sturdy branches and eat the berries. You might…

The Outside Story: Living on the fledge
The Outside Story
July 22, 2015

The Outside Story: Living on the fledge

By Carolyn Lorié

On a recent afternoon, I was driving along my road in Thetford when I saw a baby ruffed grouse about the size of a pincushion scurry into the bushes. I had the same impulse I did as a 10-year-old, when I scooped…

The Outside Story: Elms on the rebound?
The Outside Story
July 15, 2015

The Outside Story: Elms on the rebound?

By Carolyn Lorié

On a recent damp May morning I walked around Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., with arborist Brian Beaty. While he is responsible for all of the trees in the center of the campus, our visit focused on a small number of trees…

The Outside Story:  Sneaky ducks and scrambled eggs
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March 19, 2015

The Outside Story:  Sneaky ducks and scrambled eggs

By Carolyn Lorié

If you peek into a wood duck nesting box during the breeding cycle, you might find 10 to 11 eggs, which is the bird’s normal clutch size. But you might also stumble upon a box overflowing with as many as…