Tag Archives: Elise Tillinghast

Woodcock habitat: a combo of open and hidden spaces
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April 5, 2017

Woodcock habitat: a combo of open and hidden spaces

By Elise Tillinghast

Every year around this time, my husband, kids and I haul out the tent blind from our garage and set it up in the field in front of our house. We toss in a few folding chairs, a thermos, maybe a neighbor….

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August 18, 2016

Squirrel is my co-pilot

By Elise Tillinghast The first red squirrel appeared at about 50 m.p.h. It climbed up over my headrest and landed in my lap. I don’t recall the next few seconds very clearly, but according to my 5-year-old daughter Lucy, I yelled something along the lines…

The Outside Story: Weasel “Evel Knievels”
The Outside Story
March 16, 2016

The Outside Story: Weasel “Evel Knievels”

By Elise Tillinghast

My friend Gordon Russell sent me a letter recently describing a wildlife encounter. He had been following deer tracks along a stone wall when a movement caught his attention. “Almost before its image could travel to my brain,” he wrote, “the…

The Outside Story: The apple bears
The Outside Story
November 27, 2015

The Outside Story: The apple bears

By Elise Tillinghast

Last week, a black bear in a blaze orange collar showed up in our yard. Two cubs followed close behind. The sow paused to observe the house, then led her cubs up across our field and down into a small stand of…