An unusually warm December has brought the gift of unexpected blooms, like these cherry blossoms on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. Victoria Bustamante

More acorns should produce more squirrels
Squirrels are ingenious when it comes to accessing food in bird feeders, even ones designed to be difficult for them to get to. Durell Godfrey

Mary Ellen Kane won the women’s division of the Montauk SurfMasters Fall Classic. Paulie’s Tackle

Those pesky hawks with the sharp beaks and vice-grip talons
Merlin Terry Sullivan

Only East Hampton Village of those on the South Fork has a stream running through it
In his “Eden of East Hampton,” Dell Cullum turns a naturalist’s eye on the flora and fauna of the Nature Trail, capturing tender moments like the one above between a white-tailed doe and fawn. Dell Cullum Photos
The place many children know only as “the duck pond” hosts an abundance of species small and large in addition to its resident ducks.

A True’s beaked whale was found dead on Scott Cameron Beach in Bridgehampton last Thursday. Robin L. Mueller

For some reason the run of dunes between the Kirk Park parking lot and the ocean has had an almost miraculous stability over the years

Robin L. Mueller
Robin L. Mueller
Robin L. Mueller

While the last act of fall is about to open, northern breeding birds have been setting up winter territories
Northern shovelers, which look like large mallards, use their oversized flattened bills to suck up pond vegetation. Terry Sullivan

Having very small units of government was one way of furthering local control
The trees along Stony Hill Road in Amagansett were ablaze with color last week. Durell Godfrey