Outdoors

Larry Penny
July 6, 2017 12:13 PM
Try to look beyond the madding crowd. There’s a lot going on in the world of nature, all of it free of charge. North America’s tiniest hummingbird, the calliope from the Pacific Northwest, has come to nectar alongside a ruby-throated male at Joanne...
Jon M. Diat
June 29, 2017 10:21 AM
As the season changes from spring to summer, it’s always been a bit hard for me to fathom that our exposure to natural daylight is already on the downhill. A sunrise of 5:15 a.m. on June 21 in Montauk is 5:18 a.m. a week later. It’s only a three-...
Larry Penny
June 29, 2017 09:54 AM
There’s an old saw that says “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” It doesn’t actually have to do with removing the pelts from cats, thank God, but more with alternative ways of getting something done that needs to be done. In humankind as in...
Jon M. Diat
June 22, 2017 12:46 PM
More time on the water does not necessarily equate to more fish caught. And that’s just fine. Whether or not I bring home a fish for dinner is not the point. Just being on the water is what truly matters.
Larry Penny
June 22, 2017 12:23 PM
The blue-green organisms that cause the slicks on the local coastal ponds like Lake Agawam, Mill Pond, and Georgica Pond, to name a few of the worst blighted, are among the oldest organisms known to man.
Jon M. Diat
June 15, 2017 03:04 PM
My memory of watching the movie “Jaws” for the first time shortly after its release in June of 1975 still stands clear in my mind. Its effect on me, and others at the time, was profound. Since that day, I’ve lost count of how many dozens of times I...
Larry Penny
June 15, 2017 01:49 PM
The South Fork of Long Island has hundreds of beaches, woodland trails, sidewalks, and other stretches for walking and communing with nature.
Larry Penny
June 8, 2017 11:05 AM
On the South Fork it would seem that the stars get dimmer and dimmer with each passing year.
Jon M. Diat
June 8, 2017 10:30 AM
Scallops that were too small for harvesting last season are getting ready to spawn in our local waters.
Jon M. Diat
June 1, 2017 10:35 AM
Despite a mixed bag of weather, the Memorial Day weekend saw a much greater influx of angler participation.
Larry Penny
June 1, 2017 10:14 AM
I went out looking for signs of gypsy moth infestations on Sunday, exploring the oak-hickory and oak-pine forests along the major Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Wainscott, and Northwest Woods roads.
Larry Penny
May 25, 2017 05:02 PM
Sunday night was cloudy and cool with a slight breeze. I set out for a second night on the trail of the once common but now rare whippoorwill. Last Thursday the Noyac and Bridgehampton hills were under my microscope. Sunday night it would be...
Jon M. Diat
May 25, 2017 02:10 PM
Despite launching my boat for the season back on March 13, an overly aggressive early date, this spring’s copiously rainy and windy weather left very few opportunities to wet a line and finally put some fresh fish on the table.
David E. Rattray
May 18, 2017 01:29 PM
Recreational anglers will have a daily limit of three fish, with a minimum length of 19 inches, when the fluke season opens in New York waters on May 17. The changes are a dramatic reduction from 2016’s five-fish, 18-inch minimum. The recreational...