The Mountain Log

A week-by-week look at what is happening in nature.

A special thanks to Virginia Barlow’s Ginny’s Calendar in Northern Woodlands Magazine.

photo by Powered By Birds

Week 21

This is peak time for bird songs. Hermit thrushes, magnolia warblers, and yellow-throats continue to sing well after dusk / Female wood turtles are nesting near water, usually laying their 4 to 18 eggs in the evening / Beavers give birth, usually to three to five young. The size of the litter may be related to the available food supply / Wild turkey eggs are hatching. The chicks will be able to fly and will begin roosting in trees in about two weeks / Moose are born.


by MiguelVieira

Week 20

Snowshoe hare have switched to a summer diet of clovers, grasses, ferns, and the young leaves of alders and birches / Filamentous bacteria called actinomycetes give soil the wonderful earthy smell that wafts up as you prepare the garden for planting / Grouse mothers make a variety of clicking and whining noises if they are disturbed with their chicks, now about four weeks old / Trembling and big-toothed aspen seeds are ripe and being carried by the wind


Wood Turtle by John J. Mosesso

Week 19

Wood turtles emerge from streams. They stay near streams at first but will gradually expand their foraging area over the next couple of weeks / The yellow-bellied sapsucker signals his return with drumming that slows and is erratic at the end / Mourning cloak butterflies are flitting through sunny areas. They’ve overwintered as adults


photo by lsk208

Week 18

Two-year-old beavers have left home and are searching for new house sites / Young fishers are following their mothers through the woods / Blooming: nannyberry, highbush cranberry, clintonia, and starflower / Gray tree frogs begin calling in late afternoon and will continue to deafen anyone nearby until after midnight / Hatching of blackflies, for the 180 millionth time. They’ve been around since the mid-Jurassic / Painted trillium is blooming in conifer woods


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