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Monday, December 05, 2016
Pigeon on a chimney (Photo by Don Reimer)
Pigeon on a chimney (Photo by Don Reimer)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:08 AM
While attending a recent wedding at the rustic Beaver Lodge in Hope, I was reminded of our own wedding celebration there some years back. We had envisioned that the ceremony would culminate with an outdoor release ...
  • Birding with Don Reimer: 2017 Finch Forecast—
    Signifi- cant memories tend to linger on the mind — a January flock of tiny finches scavenging the seed from our homemade bird feeder and from the snow-glazed ground in New Harbor some six decades ago. My mother and . . .
  • Candid Camera—
    My earliest childhood memory of a photo camera was the boxy Brownie Hawkeye owned by my mother. In that era, people mailed their exposed rolls of film to be developed or dropped them at the local pharmacy for shipment. . . .
  • Tooty Fruity—
    There’s a scientific term for birds that eat fruit — it is frugivore. During the summer nesting season, insects provide the bulk of a protein-rich diet that ensures healthy growth and development of nestlings. In the fall, a number of . . .
  • Just Add Water—
    We just returned from a late September spree of hiking and birding on Monhegan Island. While there were no major waves of migrants, with some effort, we encountered a nice mix of wandering fall birds such as Red-Headed . . .
  • Between Right and Wrong—
    When spending field time in the company of skilled birders, novice birders are sometimes impressed by an “expert’s” prowess at instantaneous identifications. Bird identification is a honed set of perceptive skills . . .
  • Herons and Egrets—
    Let’s face it, distin- guishing among the herons and egrets can get a bit confusing. Even some avian experts have fussed with the proper classifications of these species. As members of the wader family, all have long legs and necks . . .
  • The Air We Breathe—
    The months of August and September initiate the fall migration period for many types of birds. For some species migration happens in graduated, short-hop steps, while others accomplish their impressive feats in a matter of a few . . .
  • The Information Age—
    As I cruise the wave of modern infor- mation techno- logy, I have little doubt that we inhabit the Information Age. According to Buckminster Fuller, who created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve,” up until 1900 human . . .
  • Some Crows and Ravens I have known—
    After years of watching and photo- graphing them, I decided to create a slide presentation all about corvids. Corvids are members of the crow-like family of birds that we all encounter in our daily lives. With 120 corvid species . . .
  • Competition—
    On the surface, one might imagine that birds lead a rather carefree and casual existence. But actually, for birds, competitive forces play a huge role in their success. The competition persists year-round . . .
  • Voices in the Woods—
    Around 4:30 a.m. each morning, I anticipate that a resident male cardinal or a particular chirping robin will launch their dawn chorus that rises to a crescendo within an hour or so. . . .
  • Good for the Heart—
    In my personal life there are very few times when I am disconnected from birds and local wild creatures in their natural habitats. This is my simple, spontaneous response to any given day. . . .
  • Birds and People—
    Birding is certainly a fascinating pastime for a good number of reasons. Since it connects birds, people and the specific circumstances of the moment, any day in the field can bring unexpected . . .
  • Crossing Time Zones — Part 2
    In my column last week, I described the nature scene around Phoenix, Arizona. Now let’s move up to the Grand Canyon. Significant habitat changes were evident on the three-hour drive north. . . .
  • Crossing Time Zones—
    Years ago I remember a balky old New Harbor lobsterman boasting that he hadn’t driven west of the Wiscasset Bridge in well over a decade: “Nothing over there I’m interested in” . . .
  • Drum, Drill, Tap
    In springtime I live in a noisy place. No, it’s not my human neighbors making the commotion – it’s actually six species of vocal, territorial woodpeckers
  • Face it, being a bird isn’t that easy—
    Decades have since passed, but a vivid winter memory lives in my recollection. As a 12-year-old, I was scouting a wooded path in New Harbor and toting along my Daisy pump BB-gun. . . .
  • Springing Ahead—
    In the pre-dawn chill, a male Song Sparrow sings from my front yard — a thrilled, persistent message announcing his intention to raise a brood this year. A second sparrow counter-sings . . .
  • Maine’s Alcids—
    We Mainers are fortunate to have three species of alcids nesting along our coastline in summer. What are alcids? They’re members of a family of web-footed diving birds with short legs . . .
  • West meets East—
    The “predict- able” catalogue of Maine’s wintering birds varies every year for a host of possible reasons. At the top of the list is the availability of consistent, reliable food sources. The scarcity of irruptive winter finches this winter is a prime example . . .