Outdoors

The ruffled water close to the beach in Montauk held thousands of striped bass earlier in the fall
The ruffled water close to the beach in Montauk held thousands of striped bass earlier in the fall, but while ruffled water and bent rods were a common scene throughout October, they have not been seen since. Atilla Ozturk



Every day the possibility that migrating bass have passed with the season looms, while hope that they haven’t survives. Atilla Ozturk

You know it’s almost Thanksgiving when the herring begin to bite just outside the Montauk Harbor Inlet.
You know it’s almost Thanksgiving when the herring begin to bite just outside the Montauk Harbor Inlet. Michael Potts

A migrating northern shoveler
You’re not from around here, are you? A migrating northern shoveler, so named for its particularly long bill, stopped by the Nature Trail in East Hampton last week. Durell Godfrey

Almost all green plants are phototrophic: They grow toward the light, away from the dark. You often find spiders, especially daddy longlegs, in corners where two walls meet the ceiling—three surfaces—the perfect spot to put down their threads and wait for prey. Durell Godfrey and Catherine Tandy

Paul Lester and crew, with the help of their good luck statue, foreground, had a good day of fishing at Wiborg’s Beach on Monday. Russell Drumm


Eric Linsner used a live eel to catch this 581/2-pound striped bass off Montauk Point on Saturday.
Eric Linsner used a live eel to catch this 581/2-pound striped bass off Montauk Point on Saturday. Chris Miller