Outdoors

Larry Penny
January 10, 2019 12:58 PM
One of the big birds counted in the Dec. 29 Orient Christmas Bird Count, which includes North Haven, was the female Barrrow’s goldeneye, seen by Terry Sullivan, who has been covering that territory during annual count for 26 years running.
Larry Penny
January 3, 2019 10:03 AM
Here we are starting a new year and who knows where it will take us? I’ve been an optimist all of my life and I don’t know why. Was it because I was born at home and attended to by Dr. Luce of Riverhead who made more house calls than he had office...
Larry Penny
December 27, 2018 12:34 PM
On Dec. 15 one of the oldest Christmas Bird Counts took place in East Hampton, the Montauk Count.
Jon M. Diat
December 20, 2018 11:30 AM
Last Thursday was a rather blustery, chilly day mixed with intermittent rain. The dampness ran through my many layers of clothes and ultimately my body as I rummaged around in my garage securing my fishing tackle and gear for what would likely be my...
Larry Penny
December 20, 2018 10:53 AM
A feather is a heck of a thing. Yankee Doodle stuck one in his cap and called it “macaroni” almost three centuries ago. Native Americans used feathers at the end of the arrows to make them go straighter when launched from the bow. Feathers are used...
Jon M. Diat
December 13, 2018 12:30 PM
Last Monday morning, while lying flat on my back on a cold, narrow, operating room table in a Manhattan hospital, an inordinate number of thoughts raced through my mind. It’s not an everyday situation to find yourself in, and your brain tends to go...
Larry Penny
December 13, 2018 12:29 PM
Get out of the woods — or get out your shotguns and muzzleloaders, the Long Island hunting season for deer begins on Jan. 6. Hunting deer legally in Suffolk County in January is a special exception to the rule.
Jon M. Diat
December 6, 2018 01:50 PM
Irony can be a bitter pill to swallow at times. A perfect example came about last week as my boat was pulled from the water for the season.
Larry Penny
December 6, 2018 12:30 PM
In biology there is something known as sexual dimorphism; the two sexes are different in one or more ways. It even applies to some insects such as the swallowtail butterflies. Almost all vertebrates exhibit some form of sexual dimorphism.
Larry Penny
November 29, 2018 11:32 AM
Water and air. Two of the basic elements of our planet, and when the water occupies the surface they are intimately related. These two forms of matter exchange gases both during the day and the night.
Jon M. Diat
November 29, 2018 11:31 AM
The jarring blast of chilling arctic winds that we experienced last week also abruptly created a thin glaze of ice on many freshwater ponds, and even a few saltwater coves and creeks. Most important, it served as a stern warning to me that having...
Jon M. Diat
November 21, 2018 09:28 AM
The fishing season for private boaters is quickly coming to a close.
Larry Penny
November 21, 2018 09:24 AM
It is the time of the year when migration at sea is almost over for the bluefish, striped bass, and marine turtles. The marine turtles — green, leatherback, loggerheads, and Kemp’s ridleys — are sluggardly in their movement south and don’t swim...
Jon M. Diat
November 15, 2018 02:51 PM
I’ve never been an early adopter of the latest fishing techniques, baits, and tackle. Instead, I’ve tended to stick to the tried and true ways I learned. Stubbornness is not a good trait.