All posts by thoughtsfromwalnuthillnewenglandcountryside

Motion Artist, Martial Artist, Musician, country dweller

Dragonfly Migration

It is Dragonfly Migration time, as it is for so many birds and other insects.

There are approximately 326 species of dragonflies in the United States. Of these there are only 16-18 species that migrate seasonally some sporadically. September is peak time for migrating dragonflies.

A new collaborative, The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, has greatly increased what is known about dragonfly migration by attaching miniature radio transmitters to the thoraxes of the Common Green Darners (pictured on the right) and follow them for up to 12 days.

1 hour and 20 Minutes of Sun

Dog Days

The languid days of late August. The colors of the maples just beginning that tinge of yellow gold. They are the first to change.

The sun rises and then traverses horizontally across the horizon, instead of going straight up to mid sky.

Suddenly 90 degrees at 3pm just to remind us that it is still summer, regardless of the “back to school consciousness.

The glory of Fall is about to happen.

Sacred Moments, Sacred Places

Midsummer Sunrise-Walnut HillAugust 6 201840 years watching the sun in midsummer lounging in the East. These white pines create a cathedral for a few minutes each morning. The rains came and came and came. Now the moisture serves as a watercolor of creation of the constancy of life here in the hills of West County.

Gold Finches are beginning to nest, as they are among the latest in New England to do so. The cicadas and katydids are orchestral now in the evening. Humidity has passed and it is a time of fruition and fulfillment.

Brooding Time for The American Robin

My two grand daughters, Olivia, Matilda and Myself were picking raspberry’s in the historic orchard and we came upon this delight in an apple tree. It’s brooding time again. Our lawn at this time are filled with these natives.

An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.

Robins eat a lot of fruit in fall and winter. When they eat honeysuckle berries exclusively, they sometimes become intoxicated

Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution.

I get my information from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.



Summer Solstice Time

June 21, the long awaited, longest day of the year.

The Summer Solstice,  is the longest day of the year, officially starts Thursday morning in the Northern Hemisphere. During the summer solstice, the sun appears to stand still as it reaches its highest point, before moving off toward the horizon.

The summer solstice begins when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The Winter Solstice, which falls on Friday, Dec. 21 this year, is the exact opposite — when the earth’s axis tilted furthest away from the sun, marking the start of winter.

The summer solstice happens every year between June 20 and June 22 when the sun reaches its highest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere, making it the longest day of the year with a stretch of sunlight that lasts for 17 hours.

The term solstice derives from Latin word “sol” meaning “sun” and “sistere” which means “to make stand, ” according

Happy Solstice!

Fifteen Hours and Eighteen Minutes of Sunlight


        Life in Buckland and Shelburne.

We have to revel in the thing we call June. It’s continual newness. The bursting forth of the early flowers, the long lit days and the abundance of natural wealth. I am rereading All Creatures Great and Small. I love James Herriot’s take on Yorkshire with it’s teaming life. We live in cyberspace sometimes far too much. Stop for a while, listen, look, take it in while it is here.

Residents of Walnut Hill in Spring


Movement and more movement. Spring in the Upper Buckland Region is all about getting things done. There are bugs to be eaten, so the Red Wing Black Birds are feasting. There are worms below the lawn so enter the Robin. And a strange version of a Squirrel loves the Sun Flowers that hit the deck, as they say.

In observation, no yellow jackets to be seen. Lots of bumble bees no shortage of black flies, water skippers, efts in the pond, some early fire flies, good sized bull frogs, new puffy female cardinal, the crows yelling protective caws at eagles of all things, fresh bear scat, which is not usual now, coyote scat for sure, a regular king fisher, white tail in the back yard, hilarious field mice bouncing in front of the mower and of course snakes and some big old jack rabbits.