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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Pemaquid Light (Photo by Don Reimer)
Pemaquid Light (Photo by Don Reimer)
Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:14 AM
One recent Saturday, I went birding with friends at Pemaquid Point. Throughout my boyhood in nearby New Harbor, I tramped much of the point’s picturesque terrain on an intimate inch-by-inch basis. Mere inches . . .
  • Birding with Don Reimer: Just Duckie—
    Let’s start with a dis- claimer: I don’t pretend to know exactly how ducks think or about the motivations behind their various actions. However, I certainly enjoy watching and speculating over (in human terms) their compelling behaviors . . .
  • Staying Warm—
    Throughout a fortnight of extended cold snap, Mainers endured sub-zero temperatures, howling winds and blowing snow. “It’s January in Maine,” we tell ourselves. We stayed indoors when possible and dressed snugly when venturing . . .
  • An Old Red Notebook—
    As I was combing through a box of materials in preparation for the December 16th Thomaston/Rockland Christmas Bird Count, a dog-eared red notebook brimming with historical data from previous counts resurfaced. . . .
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  • Just Ask Alexa—
    I admit to being somewhat of a dinosaur when it comes to dealing with technology. I wear an analog wrist-watch and carry a basic cell phone strictly for purposes of work duties or dire emergencies. I don’t tweet, Instagram or get social . . .
  • Lasting Loon Memories—
    Through- out the summer months, the mournful yodel of Common Loons embodies the primal call of the wild on Maine’s lakes. Loons are now arriving from inland locations and remote interior breeding sites within the northern US . . .
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    Most folks are probably familiar with the acronym NIMBY, standing for “not in my back yard.” For us humans, opposition to potentially controversial projects close to our homes, like proposals for hazardous waste facilities, power plants . . .
  • Egret 84T—
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  • Maine’s Falcons—
    Falcons being true creatures of open skies, we wouldn’t expect to find them lurking around our bird feeders. That’s the general beat of bird-hunting, woodland species, such as the Sharp-Shinned or Cooper’s Hawk. Maine has . . .
  • Another Migration—
    At first glance, bird watching seems like a straight- forward activity: enjoy the birds around your home feeders or perhaps venture afield to specific birding locations. But multiple factors play a role in determining what birds we will actually see . . .
  • Out the Window—
    In writing a bi-monthly bird column, I’m always questing for (hopefully) interesting and informative photos to accompany my columns. Often the subject of a given column is dictated by a pick-of-the-week photo that happens during routine . . .
  • Speed Dating—
    Many bird watchers have a favorite bird, but what criteria do they use to decide? Favorites are often commonly seen birds that have some aspect of unique appeal to the viewer. Choosing a favorite may depend on multiple factors . . .
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    The August 21st total eclipse of the sun drew intense national media attention and personal interest. Requiring about 90 minutes to cross the entire country, the 60-to-70-mile-wide “path of totality” lasted approximately two and a half . . .

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  • Second Broods—
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    While driving a section of Route 17 in May, I encoun- tered an all-too-familiar sight — a sizeable mat of fluffed feathers lying on the median strip. And for better or worse, my curiosity reigns supreme whenever I approach a lifeless . . .
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