Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Reader fortunate to have seen a white lady's slipper
With two broad leaves below,
Shapely the flower so lightly poised between,
And warm her rosy glow."
Their lovely blooms are probably as well known as any wildflower that grows in our woodlands and, that occasionally, are found along roadsides.
In his book "Field Guide to Wildflowers," Roger Tory Peterson wrote with respect to the moccasin flower: "Rarely white."
Two yellow lady's slippers, are known as "large" (Pubescens), and "small" Parviflorum). These members of the orchid family grow in bogs, wet woods, and shady swamps.
Our reader certainly was fortunate to have seen a white lady's slipper. Only once have I seen and photographed one. That bloom caught my eye as I was travelling south out of Bartlett along the Bear Notch Road.
A former "wildlife rehabilitator" and long-time Milford reader, Lorraine Carson, recently wrote in part: "Do bluebirds eat suet? Yes, they do!!! I raised bluebirds when I was able to do wildlife rehab but never fed them suet. They got better quality food than that. We have had two bluebird nest boxes in our yard for years and have bluebirds all summer and winter flitting through, but never has any nested in one of the boxes until this year. They raised three babies as far as I could tell. During the time of feeding the nestlings, I began to notice first the male going to the suet feeder and then to the nest box. Then the female began going to the suet feeder. They were both eating the suet themselves and also feeding it to their young. Even during winter, I noticed them at the suet from time to time.
A note from Greenville read: "Four great blue herons were seen adjacent to the Abenaki Ski Area on Route 109-A in Wolfeboro on May 20. In recent years there have been nests in the Marsh area. I enjoy your articles."
Stacey Cole's address is 529 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey.
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