Outdoors

The last such mass defoliations of deciduous trees around these parts occurred in 2009, 2001, and 2000
Two female gypsy moths about to lay their eggs on a tree off Route 114 between East Hampton and Sag Harbor last week could indicate a bad year for East Hampton’s trees in 2016. Matthew Penny

Will they go for a second brood?
Angela Ortenzio spotted this osprey in the pond in her backyard off Northwest Creek. It was struggling to free itself from a water-filled plastic bag that had snared its leg. Her husband cut away the bag, and the stunned bird flew off. Angela Ortenzio

George Knoblach, who turns 90 today, was a pioneering spearfisherman and an accomplished photographer.

Where else can you find a cranberry bog in the shadows of a pitch pine forest and a stone’s throw from heathlands and dunes?
Over the last two centuries pitch pines have marched out onto Napeague from the rest of Amagansett. David E. Rattray

This year’s Shark’s Eye tournament will be held from the Montauk Marine Basin on July 18 and 19
This bluefin tuna was angled by Matt Heckman, above, with Oliver Saul at the helm approximately eight miles from Montauk while trolling the C.I.A. grounds last week. Oliver Saul
Paul Stern finessed a shark’s soft landing during last year’s no-kill shark tournament held from the Montauk Marine Basin. The Marine Basin’s 2015 no-kill tournament will take place on July 18 and 19. Russell Drumm

It was a perfect night to go out and scour the woods and fields for whippoorwills

The small screen displayed a very big white shark taking bushel basket-sized bites from a dead and floating humpback whale
In the Montauk SurfMasters Spring Shootout tournament that ends on July 4, Gary Krist remains in first place with a 42.08-pound striper. Paulie’s Tackle

I had finished doing my annual end-of-spring gypsy moth and groundcover monitoring for 2015
Milkweed flowers were in abundance in the Long Pond Greenbelt Monday along with cowwheats, wood sorrels, whorled loosestrife, Canada and bushy frostweeds, wintergreen, and dogbane. Victoria Bustamante

“Don’t worry, we’ve got you.”
Retiring after 21 years of service, Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter, above, of the Montauk Coast Guard Station handed the helm to incoming Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Best last week. Russell Drumm

Regional floras and the native insects they host evolve together
A mature tent caterpillar munched on a shad leaf in Montauk on Sunday. Victoria Bustamante