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    Wayne Gelston of Raymond had this little guy fly into the French doors. "I picked him up and he was out cold. After a couple of minutes he woke up and perched on my little finger. He sat there for a couple of minutes, took flight and flew around my head a couple of times and headed into the woods."

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    Roger Marchand of Gorham made a recent trip to the Coastal Botanical Garden in Boothbay, and there was plenty of blooming to attract plenty of bees.

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    Vicki Chick of Waterboro got quite a show while sitting on her deck. "I saw this bald eagle fly in and land in a tree across the lake from our place on Square Pond. He sat there watching the fish in the lake below for quite some time and when he spotted the right one, he swooped down and caught it."

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    This raccoon was caught red-handed. Paul Wells of West Kennebunk enjoys feeding the birds in his yard in, but sometimes the feeders were empty in the morning. "One afternoon last week we came home and caught this young bandit in the middle of a proverbial 'daring daylight robbery,'" said Wells. The critter went straight up the tree and maintained a lookout for quite some time.

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    Robert E. Duffey of Scarborough reports that the wood warblers are moving through southern Maine. "These colorful little bundles of energy are truly a sight to behold as they move from limb to limb devouring the insects they need to fuel their journey north." Duffy was able to get photos of this yellow-throated warble.

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    Robert E. Duffey of Scarborough reports that the wood warblers are moving through southern Maine. “These colorful little bundles of energy are truly a sight to behold as they move from limb to limb devouring the insects they need to fuel their journey north.” Duffy was able to get a photo of a chestnut-sided warbler, barely 5 inches long.

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    A stop at Panther Run along Route 302 in Raymond was the place for Erik Bartlett of South Casco to find this family of mallards, "first swimming across the water, then at the edge of the peninsula."

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    Bob Pratt saw a duck around his pond in Owls Head, but he also spied this eagle, who might have been searching for dinner.

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    This oriole might have a look of fear – Kelly Mull of Scarborough said it's actually warming up to her – but the orange prize was well worth any risk.

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    It was a rainy and quiet day at Parsons Beach when a great egret and Martha Heustis of Kennebunkport had a meeting. "I don't like that we startled each other, but I'm glad I had my camera," wrote Huestis.

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    This family of geese was able to enjoy the Saturday sunshine at Reid State Park in Georgetown, and so did Jill Ventry.

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    They missed a Mother's Day hatching, but this Canada goose and her gander have been walking the goslings around in South Portland, where Brian Lovering of New Gloucester was there to capture it.

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    They missed a Mother's Day hatching, but this Canada goose and her gander have been walking the goslings around in South Portland, where Brian Lovering of New Gloucester was there to capture it.

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    Ethan Smith of Cumberland spied a fox mom and her kits in a field while riding with his dad to karate practice. The 10-year-old went back the next few nights with his mom and got a few striking photos, including this one with one kit above ground and the other poking its head out of the den. "Ethan is a nature lover and recently became interested in photography. He was thrilled to find the foxes and capture them at play!" reports his dad, Wiley Smith.

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    For Ilene Knight of South Portland, "I always know spring has arrived with the arrival of the grackle!" Well Ilene, happy spring to you!

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    After its meal at the feeding station in George and Barbara Wyman's back yard in Brunswick, it was time for a rest for this white-throated sparrow.

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    Jim Knox was walking in Wilton, when "I walked up onto a fox den; Had to act very fast! (although it does not look like it) ...." If it was picture day for these kits, then they were dressed for the occasion, and the photographer was in top form.

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    Mark Brown of Phippsburg ran across this northern brown snake, but fortunately did not run it over. It "was taking advantage of one of the few recent sunny stretches to warm itself on my driveway at home. Fortunately I discovered him before he accidentally got run over and moved him over to the safety of my garden."

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    Let's give Erik Bartlett some credit for getting yet another stunning shot at his home in South Casco. "I was finally able to get a photo of a male cardinal feeding his mate a sunflower seed," he wrote. "I haven't often seen this, but it's very striking when it happens."

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    So Kelly Mull is watching the cardinals and bluebirds in Scarborough, "and then comes the turkey. He wants in on the birdseed, too!"

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    OK, we've all heard of having your head in th clouds .... but your boat? For Chris Coburn, the reflection off China Lake created an interesting illusion.

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    No, it's not another ugly series for the Red Sox with the team from Baltimore. But it is the Orioles, and they have arrived in Scarborough for Kelly Mull, and many other birders in Maine.

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    For Meg Dinsmore of Damariscotta, spring s officially here. "What a lovely surprise to find this robin's nest in my window box."

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    Yes, timing can be everything. Erik Bartlett showed some patience, watching this nuthatch in is yard in South Casco take a sunflower seed from the feeder and place it in a small crevice on a dead branch of the apple tree. The crevice held the seed securely while the nuthatch pecked at it to release the kernel. "This photo has it securely in its beak just before it looks ready to fly."

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    It's safe to say that Jack MacDonald knows where to find birds in Biddeford. One trip around town on May 4 netted an impressive photo package. First, this downy woodpecker at a feeder at Fortunes Rocks in Biddeford.Then it was on to Great Pond and a majestic black-crowned heron. That's a nice day of picure-taking and memory-making.

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    Jack MacDonald's next find: a northern shoveler on Etherington Pond at Fortunes Rocks. Birding in Biddeford, Maine - May 4, 2017 Jack MacDonald, Biddeford

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    Then it was on to Great Pond in Biddeford Pool, where MacDonald photographed this majestic black-crowned heron.

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    Diann Longstreet got her first look at a frog this spring, and it looked right back. A nice find in a roadside pond in Georgetown, and a definite sign of good things to come.

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    Bill Pries of Bridgton spotted a beautiful red fox hunting in a wood lot. Pries kept a healthy distance of about 200 feet, but still reports that "the fox looked very healthy and alert to my presence."

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    A Canada goose has found its spot close to a pond in South Portland near where Brian K. Lovering of New Gloucester works.

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    This red-bellied woodpecker was hanging out near the Little League field in Cape Porpoise. It moved around, causing a few blurry pictures before Martha Huestis of Kennebunkport got this one.

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    A snowy egret makes its way around Biddeford Pool, and Jack MacDonald of Biddeford was there to capture it, as he does with so many birds in southern Maine.

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    Tony Scarpelli of Portland put a small steel Christmas tree with a string of lights in his front yard. Well, this squirrel took exception, chewing off an orange light and taking it to a nearby tree.

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    This fox was hunting squirrels in the North Berwick yard of Michael Murray, making himself at home for several minutes, but the squirrels had more patience and the fox left hungry.

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    Bev Raymond of Kennebunk was in Arundel just at the right time, getting the chance to see this great blue heron rise from a pond and fly away.

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    As Brian K. Lovering of New Gloucester reports ..... they'rre baaaaack. He considers it a sure sign of spring when the Canada Geese arrive at a pond in South Portland.

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    Glenn Parkinson of Freeport came across a number of hooded mergansers making a stop at Collins Brook to check out the food supply. Fish, crayfish and other options are welcomed.

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    Apparently, American artist and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson described the purple finch as a "sparrow dipped in raspberry juice." Paul Houde of Eliot got a chance to see this purple finch proudly displaying its colors at one of his many feeders and bluebird houses. Then his mother-in-law, a longtime subscriber to the paper, insisted we would love it. She was right!

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    Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred was watching for wildlife when a pair of great blue herons, including the one pictured above, landed at Number One Pond in Sanford.

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    After eating all the holly berries in the bush behind them, robins feast on rose hips from a Christmas wreath at Lloyd Roberts' home in Rockport.

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    It's dinner time for these turkeys, who always seem to know when Robert Martin of Naples is ready to feed them.

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    When Peter Frati of Brunswick stopped by Parkview Brook in Brunswick, he found more ducks that you can shake a stick at.

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    This robin is wondering why it came back to Maine so early. Where are all the worms? Photo by Linda Rogoff, Portland

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    This remarkably timed shot of two bald eagles facing off was taken by John Odum of Raymond, who tripped the shutter while ice fishing locally on Thomas Pond.

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    Jim Konkel was able to capture this stealthy bobcat in Scarborough, prowling over the snow and likely on the hunt for a late-afternoon meal.

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    Climb atop a bird feeder? Not a problem for this athletic squirrel, as it hangs effortlessly off the top of Kelly Mull's feeder to gorge on bird seed in Scarborough.

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    Jack McDonald again needed the telephoto lens and quick reflexes to photograph a red-tailed hawk soaring over Biddeford Pool.

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    These pine grosbeaks were quite happy to find a well-stocked feeder at Hope McDonald's house in Millinocket.

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    It's not all squirrel raids in Kelly Mull's yard, as evidenced by her wonderful shot of bluebirds.

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    A rare red-bellied woodpecker recently stopped by an apple tree in Eric Bartlett's yard in South Casco, hoping to find some suet. And the little fellow was soon rewarded!

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    These bluebirds have been enjoying the offerings at the backyard feeder of Al Sampson in Kennebunk for the past few weeks. A sign of spring?

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    The Greek myth of food always being just out of Tantalus' reach seems appropriate for this cardinal at Jack McDonald's yard in Biddeford. There but for a longer beak!

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