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Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • Christmas Bird Count — Results from Thomaston-Rockland count —
    As part of National Audubon Society's 115th Christmas Bird Count, the annual Thomaston-Rockland Bird Count was conducted this past Saturday, on December 20. Currently there are 32 Christmas Bird Counts held across the state....
  • Staying Late —
    Birds and birders possess a strong sense of seasonal timing. By late April, our wall calendars foretell of arriving American Robins and Red-Winged Blackbirds and the spring nesting season. In fall, we watch with wonder as skeins ...
  • The Winter Finch Forecast—
    As December approaches, birders and feeder watchers anticipate the arrival of "winter finches," that diverse group of nomadic feathered wanderers that vacates the northern boreal forest and heads southward in certain winters. Successfully ...
  • Binos and Cameras —
    With years of persistent bird watching, it is often possible to identify bird species in a ready fashion. This isn't a magical feat, but actually a matter of visual practice that is possible for most everyone. Size and shape of a given bird are ...
  • Shades of Yellow —
    One recent morning near Popham Beach I witnessed several hundred chirping Yellow-Rumped Warblers as they flitted throughout stands of bayberry and winterberry bushes or launched headlong, in twisting fly-catching aeronautics....
  • Birds and Buildings —
    For probably thousands of years, certain avian species have adapted to perching and nesting on man-made structures. Buildings are either a boon or a bane to birds, depending on the circumstances. Bright city lights can confuse ...
  • Summer Beach —
    Last week I explored Popham Beach State Park to take in the sights. Anecdotally speaking, there seemed to be fewer bikinis and striped beach balls than in summers past, but that's not why I actually went there. In avian terms ...
  • Long Journey Home —
    Unlike earthbound beings, birds possess considerable powers of flight and navigational ability to travel vast spans of our planet. This is especially true during peak migration periods, when about three-quarters of Maine's breeding birds ...
  • Great Egg-spectations —
    Mid-June is an opportune time to take stock of the current nesting season, as over 200 species nest across Maine landscapes. In recent decades about 25 southern nesting species have pushed northward into New England as indicated ...
  • Mob Scene —
    Two fundamental aspects of birding, species identification and behavior watching, can lead to challenging and enjoyable field experiences. While birding the perimeter of Monhegan Island's wet meadow in late May, I heard animated ...
  • An Eye on the Spring River —
    During February, I often pondered the half-frozen Georges River that passes through Warren village beneath the Main Street Bridge. The channel opening would constrict at night, becoming a narrow slot carved out by the ...
  • Merit Badges —
    In human terms, a badge is described as "a distinctive emblem worn as a mark of office, membership, achievement, licensed employment, etc." For the avian population, badges constitute a variety of distinctive plumage patterns that contrast ...
  • Pretty in White —
    For delicate beauty and elegance, it's hard to match members of the heron/egret family. Snowy Egrets have returned to Weskeag Marsh for the summer season, and a roaming pair of Cattle Egrets recently passed through Rockland....
  • Spring Waterfowl —
    April is a peak period for waterfowl migration across the Northeast, as winging flocks of Canada Geese and ducks push northward. Equipped with narrow, pointed wings, waterfowl definitely do not have soaring as an option; for them ...
  • Late Winter's Larder —
    Of the roughly 220 bird species that nest in Maine, about 75 percent of them retreat southward during the winter months. Cold winter weather is one driving force behind such movements, but lack of access to seasonal food is ...
  • Birds as Logos  —
    From avian depictions on ancient cave walls, we know that birds have influenced man's thinking and given expression to cultural themes down through the ages. In the modern period, birds continue to exert an active cultural role....
  • Hoots-Who? —
    Given the amazing abundance of Snowy Owls visiting our region this year, it is easy to neglect other owls that winter or nest here in Maine. Ten species have been documented in the state, falling into several broad categories....
  • Camera Birds —
    Keeping a camera at the ready when possible, I am always on the prowl for good bird photo opportunities. This week's column features two species that have passed through my camera's viewfinder. Last December I spied a lone ...
  • Snow Job —
    With our winter bonanza of Snowy Owls here in the Northeast region, owl encounters are a pleasant reality for coastal birders these days. To illustrate, since mid-December I have recorded six separate Snowy Owls within a 10-mile radius ...
  • January Hawks —
    The winter season can be a tough time for hawks in Maine as snow and cold weather systems complicate the food situation. Occupying the upper end of nature's food chain, overwintering hawks rely heavily on capturing birds or small ...
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