Outdoors

Larry Penny
September 1, 2011 09:30 AM
     Hurricane Irene has come and gone. Last year Earl swept up the coast near the end of August with a great deal of hullabaloo. It missed us but did carry away some of Montauk’s valuable ocean beach sand. Irene had...
Larry Penny
August 25, 2011 10:36 AM
    If you take a ride out to Montauk via the parkway, you will pass through Hither Woods. As you motor along, keep your eyes on the rusting guardrails. Just behind them you will find a very healthy four-foot-high hedge of big...
Russell Drumm
August 25, 2011 10:34 AM
    By all accounts the blue-claw crab population is bursting at Georgica Pond’s scenic seams. According to one crabber, chicken-neck bait is hardly necessary. A slow walk in the shallows with an occasional stop will bring...
Russell Drumm
August 17, 2011 06:17 PM
    It’s the time of year for bamboo poles, buckets, and spearing bait. Snapper bluefish are swarming around local docks in profusion.     Anglers may dismiss them, but we owe a lot to bluefish. They are the...
Larry Penny
August 17, 2011 06:10 PM
    We are two-thirds of the way through summer and the last third promises to be one of the toughest to get through, unless you stay inside or remain in your car. If you go outdoors, either in the field or in the water, on the South...
Russell Drumm
August 11, 2011 08:50 AM
    Thanks, in part, to King James II of England (1633-1701), New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the State Department of Environmental Conservation to issue refunds to sportfishermen and charter boat captains who...
Larry Penny
August 11, 2011 08:46 AM
    The middle of the summer is the best time to enjoy the plants. I like birds. I like mammals, I am one. I like fish. I like snakes, salamanders, turtles, and frogs. I like all of the animals without backbones, especially the ones...
Russell Drumm
August 3, 2011 10:55 AM
    Lake Montauk is full of beautiful moon jellyfish, transparent disks of about five inches in diameter. Four pinkish rings are visible within the transparent bell of Aurelia aurita. The jellies do not swim, beyond flexing their...
Larry Penny
August 3, 2011 10:53 AM
    The waters are warming up and so are fishing and the fish. Is it the return of the menhaden in large numbers that has something to do with it? Is it global warming? Is it a lot of things?
Russell Drumm
July 27, 2011 11:23 AM
    It could be squid were the reason a large number of dolphin were seen cruising around Fort Pond Bay in Montauk over the weekend. Squid made a good showing in Gardiner’s Bay to the west, too.     Big...
Larry Penny
July 27, 2011 10:40 AM
You may have noticed blackbirds chasing crows out of their territory. Crows are notorious nestling and fledgling stealers, and new parents are always in a state of angst and on the lookout for them as the end of the breeding period approaches.
Larry Penny
July 20, 2011 03:43 PM
    The weather people tell us we are in the dog days of summer. It is not surprising, then, to hear at the day’s hottest point a piercing whine, the likes of which you might have woken up to on an October Sunday morning when...
Russell Drumm
July 20, 2011 03:39 PM
    This is a good time to confront fishermen’s fear of bananas, that is, the reason they are never brought aboard a boat, any boat, but especially a fishing boat if you want to catch fish.     Harvey Bennett...
Larry Penny
July 13, 2011 05:38 PM