Outdoors

Should the weather hold for another three or four days and we get a touch of precipitation it might be just enough to start the great migration
The spadefoot toad digs itself out of the earth and begins its nonstop “crowing” in temporary ponds like the ones found in the slacks between dunes in Amagansett. Durell Godfrey

Most bats are nocturnal and have well-developed, built-in sonar systems for locating flying insects in the dark

During colder winters, fishermen in these parts could count on schools of cod pouring south off Georges Bank

PSEG thought it had carte blanche and immediately went to work

Residents of all stripes approach cautiously for fear of crocodiles in the form of home-heating bills
Dave Wagner, above, and George Lombardi, both of Springs, caught this 40-pound cobia fishing on Lombardi’s boat, Tough Tony II, off Stuart, Fla. They caught 12 cobia and released 11. George Lombardi

Karilyn Jones of SoFo led the effort to bring back the bluebirds locally beginning in 1987 using Kim Hicks’s homemade boxes
When other forage becomes scarce in winter, birds can turn to the berries that remain on shrubs despite a coating of snow and ice, such as the winterberry holly. David E. Rattray

I could hear the blue oaths rising from the caster as he or she pulled and pulled

This is the kind of winter I remember growing up as a kid in Mattituck in the 1940s
Fort Pond in Montauk was completely frozen over earlier this week. Victoria Bustamante

I thought about snow, the sight, sound, feel, and even the smell of it

What a wonderful invention, skates, like the wheel in a way
After a day of cod fishing aboard the Viking Starship, anglers left the boat with smiles on their faces and fish in their coolers. Russell Drumm