Outdoors

When you’re walking you see everything close up
There are three kinds of recreational walking: fast steady walking, group walking with a guide, and walking by yourself or with another while studying the ground, sky, trees, and maybe water. Durell Godfrey

April is here and things are starting to pop
A red-phase screech owl, photographed on March 21, has been a frequent visitor to an Amagansett neighborhood, where it likes to sun in the afternoon. Stephanie Baloghy

There were many bad things to overcome

The birds that have been showing up at your feeder daily will still need another couple of weeks of food to keep them going
In the old days there was more overwintering fruit, such as holly berries, on the South Fork to keep robins and other birds well fed in the cold months. Claudia Ward

Big weather events that occur in March, April, May, and June are the worst for birds
Fortunately for chipmunks, the fall of 2016 was a record one for acorns, allowing them to cache plenty of food for winter. Jean Held

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Life as we know it got going early

In recent years turkey vultures have been seen in Montauk, perhaps for the first time ever. Terry Sullivan

There is still a lot of food out there to be had in the fields and woods — the leftovers of fall
Amid a light rain, a flock of an estimated 1,000 red-winged blackbirds rose from a Wainscott field last week, a sure harbinger that spring is soon to come. Terry Sullivan
A Chinese goose has turned up at the Nature Trail in East Hampton Village. Terry Sullivan

There are lots of ways to produce energy, many of them without byproducts of noxious gases