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Woodpeckers have been making their presence known in recent weeks, in part thanks to the loud hammering noise they make as they search for bugs and begin to seek mates. This pileated woodpecker, spotted recently in Salisbury, carved out two holes in the trunk of an evergreen tree as it captured edible insects. Photo by James H. Clark

Woodpeckers reappear as spring nears

In his wonderful song  “Night and Day,” Cole Porter describes the longing for an absent lover as “the beat, beat, beat of the tom-tom.” He could have added to his list of rhythmic triggers the hammering of the woodpecker’s bill on the bark of a tree, a sound that is once again resonating through Northwest Corner neighborhoods.


Fishing season opened a month early, on Thursday, March 4. Above, on March 5, a fisherman in the Housatonic. Days later, ice fishermen were still out on area lakes. Photo by Lans Christense

A surprise early opening to fishing season (again)

Gov. Ned Lamont quietly announced the first day of fishing season, late in the day on Thursday, March 4. 

The season normally begins in mid April, when ice fishing is a distant memory and most of the snow has melted. 

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