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Sunday, June 25, 2017
  • Birding with Don Reimer: Seasonal Transitions -
    Although the spring and fall calendars mark the peak of seasonal bird migration across the continent, there is a constant interchange of birds entering or leaving Maine every month of the year.
  • A Father Goose story -
    On January 3, Owls Head resident Sandy Heimann contacted me regarding a large white "swoose" that was hanging out with a flock of 40 Canada Geese at the junction of Cripple Creek and the tidal flats near Crockett's Beach.
  • Brown Thrasher -
    In truth, I am surprised to be writing about a local Brown Thrasher in the month of March. Actually, the bird in question was discovered in a Rockport sumac patch on February 18!
  • Barred Owls -
    This winter's frequent snowstorms create ample opportunities to observe and study animal and bird tracks around our backyards.
  • Long-eared Owl -
    On a November afternoon, Eileen Murray heard a raucous chorus of American Crows outside her Rockland home. When she went to check the scene, a Long-eared Owl sat staring at her from a huge cedar tree a few feet away.
  • Purple Gallinule -
    On the afternoon of January 9, Martinsville resident David Morey phoned about a strange bird in his side yard. "The bird looks like some kind of a heron," he said.
  • Accipiter Hawks -
    If you stock a bird feeding station in your backyard, you have probably encountered one of the three members of the Accipiter family of hawks at one time or another.
  • Christmas Bird Count Produces Notable Results
    With the participation of 23 local birding volunteers and several backyard feeder watchers, the Thomaston-Rockland Christmas Bird Count produced some notable results.
  • Winter Finch Forecast -
    With the approach of each winter season, Maine birders ask a perennial question: "Will we see flocks of winter finches this year?" Since most of these hardy finches nest in boreal Canada, they are relatively unfazed by frigid weather conditions.
  • When the Russians Came -
    Back in 1992, National Audubon Society's Senior Vice President of Education Marshall Case invited me to lead a field trip for two Russian ornithologists and three teenaged Russian birders.
  • Never before documented in New England-
    Late October turned out to be an auspicious time for Oregon research ornithologist Randy Moore to visit with family in Rockland.
  • Fall Migration -
    We are all familiar with the broad seasonal movements of birds during the spring and fall migration periods.
  • Name-That-Bird Quiz
    Occasionally I submit a Name-That-Bird photo challenge for readers to study and identify.
  • Wading Birds -
    The challenges associated with studying smallish gray and brown waders is somewhat alleviated when the more sizeable shorebirds arrive in Maine later in the season.
  • Peregrine Falcon -
    With the exception of the bulky, Arctic-nesting Gyrfalcon, the Peregrine Falcon is the largest of the Eastern falcon clan.
  • Gull A469 -
    Last April several local birders reported seeing a "strange gull" at Weskeag Marsh with fluorescent orange markers on both wings.
  • Shorebird Season -
    Birders are probably aware that we are now in the midst of the early-fall shorebird migration period, when 30 or so species pass southward along the eastern seaboard.
  • Warblers -
    Each spring birders anticipate the arrival of the colorful wood warblers that flood across our diverse Maine habitats. Their sundry vocalizations fill the forests and fields as the dawn chorus begins each morning.
  • Kestrels -
    Formerly known as the Sparrow Hawk, the American Kestrel is the smallest and most common of the falcon clan.
  • River Surveys -
    Along with about 50 other volunteers, I am beginning a second year of bi-monthly river surveys that canvass 10 rivers from Saco to Machias.
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