Outdoors

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

Just another fisherman hoping rod and reel will do what they were designed to do. Durell Godfrey

Is it a sign of global warming that leaves take longer and longer each year to turn?
The turn of the leaves is late, and so, too, is the hibernation of the spring peepers. Victoria Bustamente

Fall leaf colors are easy to explain scientifically
The reds of the red anthocyanins, oranges of the beta-carotenes, and yellows of the xanthophylls take over as the green of the chlorophyll pigments recedes. That’s the science behind the beauty of fall. Susan Dusenberry
The huckleberries and low blueberries are almost as vividly red as the canopies above them. Victoria Bustamante

It’s a miracle of sorts, a potential 150-foot-tall oak in a roundish hard nut no bigger than a cherry

“the hard,”
First place in the SurfMasters wetsuit division still belonged to Nick Bocchino, left, who caught this 35.2-pounder on Oct. 3. As of Monday, Klever Oleas, right, remained in first place in the Montauk SurfMasters wader division for this 42.56-pound striper he caught on Oct. 4. Paulie’s Tackle Photos

We owe our existence to these little filamentous blue-green cells

The whale was white, a silvery white, with one of its graceful pectoral fins languorously draped across its midsection like the arm of an otherworldly odalisque
A dead humpback whale that washed ashore at Ditch Plain looked almost ethereal in the afternoon light. Russell Drumm
Taking advantage of the easterly blow from the storm that moved up the coast prior to Joaquin was surfcaster Frisly Castaneda, who caught this 44.8-poundstriper on Oct. 4Paulie’s Tackle