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Monday May 30, 2016
  • Hibernation season is long over, but this black bear still readies for a nap while Wendy Holmes of Center Conway, New Hampshire, keeps a prudent distance with her camera. Bears have been active this spring in the North Conway area, she says.
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    Hibernation season is long over, but this black bear still readies for a nap while Wendy Holmes of Center Conway, New Hampshire, keeps a prudent distance with her camera. Bears have been active this spring in the North Conway area, she says.

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  • Cathy Hart encountered four fox kittens last Sunday during a walk in Deer Isle. She said the cute critters watched her for a long time and then started romping in the grass and crossing back and forth across the dirt road.
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    Cathy Hart encountered four fox kittens last Sunday during a walk in Deer Isle. She said the cute critters watched her for a long time and then started romping in the grass and crossing back and forth across the dirt road.

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  • An eagle is on the lookout from a pine tree at Lake Estes in Alfred. Cathy Wilkie Conley suspects that it's the same eagle that visited last year.
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    An eagle is on the lookout from a pine tree at Lake Estes in Alfred. Cathy Wilkie Conley suspects that it's the same eagle that visited last year.

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  • With the water level lower than usual at Capisic Pond in Portland, an egret finds a log on which to roost and is joined by several turtles. Photo by Bruce Small of Raymond.
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    With the water level lower than usual at Capisic Pond in Portland, an egret finds a log on which to roost and is joined by several turtles. Photo by Bruce Small of Raymond.

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  • And here's another visitor to Capisic Pond – a glossy ibis photographed by Peter Brokofsky of Portland.
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    And here's another visitor to Capisic Pond – a glossy ibis photographed by Peter Brokofsky of Portland.

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  • A patch of violets at Erik Bartlett's home in South Casco are visited by a lone bumblebee looking for some nectar.
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    A patch of violets at Erik Bartlett's home in South Casco are visited by a lone bumblebee looking for some nectar.

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  • After several nights of making its presence known with its hooting, this barred owl made a morning appearance at the home of Bill Preis on Merryfield Cove in Bridgton. The owl perched itself in a tree, but according to Preis, it didn't seem interested in the gray squirrels that are regular visitors to the property.
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    After several nights of making its presence known with its hooting, this barred owl made a morning appearance at the home of Bill Preis on Merryfield Cove in Bridgton. The owl perched itself in a tree, but according to Preis, it didn't seem interested in the gray squirrels that are regular visitors to the property.

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  • Oliver Andrews of Phippsburg was taking his daily morning walk at Popham Beach recently when he encountered a convocation of eagles. Andrews counted four mature adults and eight yearlings in the group.
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    Oliver Andrews of Phippsburg was taking his daily morning walk at Popham Beach recently when he encountered a convocation of eagles. Andrews counted four mature adults and eight yearlings in the group.

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  • Tadpoles were out in force last Sunday at the Bowdoin home of Jim Moulton.
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    Tadpoles were out in force last Sunday at the Bowdoin home of Jim Moulton.

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  • Jill Ventry of Phippsburg notes that there are many eagles and ospreys in the area now that the weather is warmer, and she was lucky enough to see this juvenile bald eagle while kayaking.
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    Jill Ventry of Phippsburg notes that there are many eagles and ospreys in the area now that the weather is warmer, and she was lucky enough to see this juvenile bald eagle while kayaking.

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  • Roger Marchand of Gorham also spotted a bumblebee in his front yard, pollinating an azalea.
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    Roger Marchand of Gorham also spotted a bumblebee in his front yard, pollinating an azalea.

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  • A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine, as the old commercial used to say, and this oriole would agree as it returns to the Saco backyard of William Plante for a daily dose of Vitamin C.
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    A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine, as the old commercial used to say, and this oriole would agree as it returns to the Saco backyard of William Plante for a daily dose of Vitamin C.

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  • Maybe this is a squirrel-proof birdfeeder, but this is a whole different challenge. Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach saw this herring gull looking for a meal in an unusual place.
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    Maybe this is a squirrel-proof birdfeeder, but this is a whole different challenge. Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach saw this herring gull looking for a meal in an unusual place.

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  • Even if the fish are not biting at Shaker Bog in Poland, it's never a wasted trip. Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth made the journey, and shared this image.
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    Even if the fish are not biting at Shaker Bog in Poland, it's never a wasted trip. Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth made the journey, and shared this image.

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  • Six little goslings are protected front to back as they learn to swim in Sanford while Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred watches from shore and later gets a close-up of them nestled on the shore. A sure sign of spring.
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    Six little goslings are protected front to back as they learn to swim in Sanford while Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred watches from shore and later gets a close-up of them nestled on the shore. A sure sign of spring.

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  • A goldfinch braved the elements in a late-spring snowstorm, but look closely and the apple tree where he's perched is starting to show the green of leaves starting to bud. So spring is coming to the South Casco home of Erik Bartlett, and also to the rest of the state.
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    A goldfinch braved the elements in a late-spring snowstorm, but look closely and the apple tree where he's perched is starting to show the green of leaves starting to bud. So spring is coming to the South Casco home of Erik Bartlett, and also to the rest of the state.

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  • Yes it's Mother's Day, and this young kit is certainly appreciative of his mom. The youngster is one of six, according to Hope Creighton in Thomaston. "They are so much fun to watch." But while the kit wants to play, mom keeps a sharp eye on their surroundings.
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    Yes it's Mother's Day, and this young kit is certainly appreciative of his mom. The youngster is one of six, according to Hope Creighton in Thomaston. "They are so much fun to watch." But while the kit wants to play, mom keeps a sharp eye on their surroundings.

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  • How much wood ... OK, enough of that. This woodchuck has been hanging around in Saco, and was noticed by Sharon Sevigny who thinks food would be much more welcome than wood for this regular visitor.
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    How much wood ... OK, enough of that. This woodchuck has been hanging around in Saco, and was noticed by Sharon Sevigny who thinks food would be much more welcome than wood for this regular visitor.

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  • A cedar waxwing stops for a drink at Pine Point where Chris MacKenzie managed to get this photo.
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    A cedar waxwing stops for a drink at Pine Point where Chris MacKenzie managed to get this photo.

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  • A beautiful male kestrel in a field in Sanford looks for a meal, possibly of grasshoppers, mice or voles, and Joy Page had a good view of him.
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    A beautiful male kestrel in a field in Sanford looks for a meal, possibly of grasshoppers, mice or voles, and Joy Page had a good view of him.

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  • Bruce Small of Raymond spied these two mourning doves, who found some shelter of their own in the eaves of a barn in Gray.
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    Bruce Small of Raymond spied these two mourning doves, who found some shelter of their own in the eaves of a barn in Gray.

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  • Joy Page submitted this photo of a double-crested cormorant calling out, perhaps to his or her mate, at Number One Pond in Sanford.
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    Joy Page submitted this photo of a double-crested cormorant calling out, perhaps to his or her mate, at Number One Pond in Sanford.

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  • A fox blends in with the surroundings on a recent sunny morning in Biddeford Pool, but Jack McDonald was still fortunate enough to spot it.
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    A fox blends in with the surroundings on a recent sunny morning in Biddeford Pool, but Jack McDonald was still fortunate enough to spot it.

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  • Hibernation season is over and the bears are hungry, like this one that climbed onto the porch of Ethel Pitts' home in Parsonsfield to get its paws on the birdfeeder. We're guessing that the bear's appetite wasn't satiated.
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    Hibernation season is over and the bears are hungry, like this one that climbed onto the porch of Ethel Pitts' home in Parsonsfield to get its paws on the birdfeeder. We're guessing that the bear's appetite wasn't satiated.

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  • Paul Wells of West Kennebunk spied this porcupine waddling through his yard this past Tuesday morning, apparently not bothered by rain that soon turned to snow.
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    Paul Wells of West Kennebunk spied this porcupine waddling through his yard this past Tuesday morning, apparently not bothered by rain that soon turned to snow.

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  • Though piping plovers are designated as endangered in Maine, Colleen Bovaird of Wells was fortunate enough to spot one at Ogunquit Beach.
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    Though piping plovers are designated as endangered in Maine, Colleen Bovaird of Wells was fortunate enough to spot one at Ogunquit Beach.

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  • Seth M. Davis, a research associate in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England, took these photos of a great horned owl and one of its two owlets nesting in a cemetery on the UNE campus in Biddeford. There were two adults and two owlets, says Davis, but one of the owlets fell out of the tree and was rescued by Avian Haven.
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    Seth M. Davis, a research associate in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England, took these photos of a great horned owl and one of its two owlets nesting in a cemetery on the UNE campus in Biddeford. There were two adults and two owlets, says Davis, but one of the owlets fell out of the tree and was rescued by Avian Haven.

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  • A mama fox and her seven babies have moved in to the back yard at Hope Creighton's house in Thomaston. She reports that mama is healthy and beautiful and the kits are fun to watch.
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    A mama fox and her seven babies have moved in to the back yard at Hope Creighton's house in Thomaston. She reports that mama is healthy and beautiful and the kits are fun to watch.

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  • Diann Longstreet of Georgetown caught this seagull in the act of raiding bait boxes left behind at Five Islands Dock in Georgetown.
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    Diann Longstreet of Georgetown caught this seagull in the act of raiding bait boxes left behind at Five Islands Dock in Georgetown.

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  • Waxwings are always welcome in Kelly Mull's Scarborough yard.
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    Waxwings are always welcome in Kelly Mull's Scarborough yard.

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  • Looking like a forest fire, it's actually a sunrise as seen through the trees at Frye Mountain, taken from Richard Storey's home in Montville. But with windy, dry conditions in Maine, there's indeed a higher risk of brush and forest fires.
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    Looking like a forest fire, it's actually a sunrise as seen through the trees at Frye Mountain, taken from Richard Storey's home in Montville. But with windy, dry conditions in Maine, there's indeed a higher risk of brush and forest fires.

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  • Something appetizing must be below the surface of this pond near the Portland International Jetport, as the mallard goes head over heels – or maybe heels over head – while Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth watched and enjoyed a lunch of his own from shore.
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    Something appetizing must be below the surface of this pond near the Portland International Jetport, as the mallard goes head over heels – or maybe heels over head – while Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth watched and enjoyed a lunch of his own from shore.

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  • Like a curtain to be lifted, a cloudy sky hangs over Spring Point Lighthouse while a child walks on Willard Beach, all of which makes for an impressive photo by Sharon Tetreau of Portland.
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    Like a curtain to be lifted, a cloudy sky hangs over Spring Point Lighthouse while a child walks on Willard Beach, all of which makes for an impressive photo by Sharon Tetreau of Portland.

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  • Surrounded by chokecherries, the robin has reasons aplenty to stay in Tina Richard’s yard in Clinton.
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    Surrounded by chokecherries, the robin has reasons aplenty to stay in Tina Richard’s yard in Clinton.

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  • Best admire this porcupine from a safe distance as it explores Ken and Penny Kacere’s yard near Higgins Beach in Scarborough.
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    Best admire this porcupine from a safe distance as it explores Ken and Penny Kacere’s yard near Higgins Beach in Scarborough.

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  • The male turkeys are strutting their stuff for the ladies at Windsong Woods, where Elizabeth Kellett of Walpole got close.
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    The male turkeys are strutting their stuff for the ladies at Windsong Woods, where Elizabeth Kellett of Walpole got close.

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  • Bullied by the bigger gray squirrels, this little red squirrel tends to be an infrequent visitor in Erik Bartlett’s yard in Casco.
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    Bullied by the bigger gray squirrels, this little red squirrel tends to be an infrequent visitor in Erik Bartlett’s yard in Casco.

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  • Easter Sunday was moving-in day for this pair of nuthatches in the garden of Jennifer Tuttle and David Kuchta on Whitney Avenue in Portland.
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    Easter Sunday was moving-in day for this pair of nuthatches in the garden of Jennifer Tuttle and David Kuchta on Whitney Avenue in Portland.

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  • With spring hunting season just weeks away, this big gobbler might be well-advised to stay in the Cumberland yard of Stacy Morris, albeit to the family dog’s chagrin.
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    With spring hunting season just weeks away, this big gobbler might be well-advised to stay in the Cumberland yard of Stacy Morris, albeit to the family dog’s chagrin.

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  • Sometimes a cedar waxwing will eat overripe fruit, but this early in the season, it’s not a concern in Joy Page’s yard in Sanford.
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    Sometimes a cedar waxwing will eat overripe fruit, but this early in the season, it’s not a concern in Joy Page’s yard in Sanford.

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  • It’s easy to see why the bluebird has long been a symbol of all that’s right in this world, and always a welcomed visitor in Judy Gray’s Old Orchard Beach yard.
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    It’s easy to see why the bluebird has long been a symbol of all that’s right in this world, and always a welcomed visitor in Judy Gray’s Old Orchard Beach yard.

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  • The same ducks keep returning to Barbara Wyman’s yard in Brunswick, where they feast at the bird feeders. And why not? They’re birds, too.
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    The same ducks keep returning to Barbara Wyman’s yard in Brunswick, where they feast at the bird feeders. And why not? They’re birds, too.

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  • The state bird of New Hampshire, the purple finch – which actually looks hot pink – is also a frequent flier and welcomed guest at the feeders in Erik Bartlett’s yard in Casco.
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    The state bird of New Hampshire, the purple finch – which actually looks hot pink – is also a frequent flier and welcomed guest at the feeders in Erik Bartlett’s yard in Casco.

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  • Ever one of the most colorful residents of Maine’s swamps, lakes and ponds, the wood duck casts a nice reflection for Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred, a frequent contributor to this section.
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    Ever one of the most colorful residents of Maine’s swamps, lakes and ponds, the wood duck casts a nice reflection for Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred, a frequent contributor to this section.

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  • Inconspicuous to anything scampering on the Ewing Narrows fields below, the bald eagle’s patience is certain to be rewarded. By Carol Fetters of Harpswell.
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    Inconspicuous to anything scampering on the Ewing Narrows fields below, the bald eagle’s patience is certain to be rewarded. By Carol Fetters of Harpswell.

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  • Looks like next December’s Christmas card, just taken in Pownal by resident Terry Allen. It sure doesn’t look like Easter.
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    Looks like next December’s Christmas card, just taken in Pownal by resident Terry Allen. It sure doesn’t look like Easter.

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  • The state bird of multiple states, although not Maine, this northern mockingbird isn’t fazed by Portland resident Sharon Tetreau as it rests on a branch at Fort Williams Park.
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    The state bird of multiple states, although not Maine, this northern mockingbird isn’t fazed by Portland resident Sharon Tetreau as it rests on a branch at Fort Williams Park.

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  • Look out, free-range chickens and any small critters whose purpose is to become part of the food chain; this cat means business and is not to be domesticated. And it’s found reason to visit Duncan Robertson’s yard in Acton.
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    Look out, free-range chickens and any small critters whose purpose is to become part of the food chain; this cat means business and is not to be domesticated. And it’s found reason to visit Duncan Robertson’s yard in Acton.

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  • Gluttony and greed are two of the seven deadly sins, and the American goldfinch on the perch seems to practicing them, warding off a colleague from a filled-to-the-brim feeder in Stacy Morris’ yard in Cumberland.
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    Gluttony and greed are two of the seven deadly sins, and the American goldfinch on the perch seems to practicing them, warding off a colleague from a filled-to-the-brim feeder in Stacy Morris’ yard in Cumberland.

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  • The snow moon is going, going and will soon be gone for many months, but Marc Mailhot’s photo in Falmouth will serve as a reminder of winter’s beauty.
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    The snow moon is going, going and will soon be gone for many months, but Marc Mailhot’s photo in Falmouth will serve as a reminder of winter’s beauty.

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  • Once its hunting skills are more formidable, maybe the little fox will get the bird, but all it had to show for its last foray into Gale Hart’s Durham yard was a birdseed stuck to its nose, which makes for an amusing photo but left the critter hungry.
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    Once its hunting skills are more formidable, maybe the little fox will get the bird, but all it had to show for its last foray into Gale Hart’s Durham yard was a birdseed stuck to its nose, which makes for an amusing photo but left the critter hungry.

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  • The red, red robin has already come bob, bob, bobbin’ into Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, a sure sign of warming temps and an early spring that will bring all kinds of songbirds back.
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    The red, red robin has already come bob, bob, bobbin’ into Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, a sure sign of warming temps and an early spring that will bring all kinds of songbirds back.

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  • Sorry, hunters, deer and turkeys are out of season and hence they can fearlessly mingle together in Weld, where Jim Knox got the shot of a lifetime. A camera shot, that is.
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    Sorry, hunters, deer and turkeys are out of season and hence they can fearlessly mingle together in Weld, where Jim Knox got the shot of a lifetime. A camera shot, that is.

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  • It’s a return to a bountiful feeder for this frequent flyer who knows he’ll always be welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard. But he shouldn’t be too protective of the vittles; other birds are hungry too.
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    It’s a return to a bountiful feeder for this frequent flyer who knows he’ll always be welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard. But he shouldn’t be too protective of the vittles; other birds are hungry too.

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  • Good fences make good neighbors? This squirrel probably appreciates its privacy in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard. But it still gets curious from time to time.
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    Good fences make good neighbors? This squirrel probably appreciates its privacy in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard. But it still gets curious from time to time.

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  • Like planes awaiting takeoff, geese gather near Limerick Airport where Peter Abate was walking. Just a cautionary note, geese: Don’t fly near any airplane engines. Would be bad for all involved.
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    Like planes awaiting takeoff, geese gather near Limerick Airport where Peter Abate was walking. Just a cautionary note, geese: Don’t fly near any airplane engines. Would be bad for all involved.

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  • Biddeford Pool attracts snowy owls, and this one finds a home near Jack McDonald’s digs at 33 Mile Stretch fine for scouting prey.
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    Biddeford Pool attracts snowy owls, and this one finds a home near Jack McDonald’s digs at 33 Mile Stretch fine for scouting prey.

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  • Smoke on the water, sea smoke, that is, and photographer Benjamin Williamson climbed onto the old battlements at Fort Preble to capture this dramatic image of Portland Head Light on a subzero morning when the lighthouse looked like a rocket launching through the water vapor.
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    Smoke on the water, sea smoke, that is, and photographer Benjamin Williamson climbed onto the old battlements at Fort Preble to capture this dramatic image of Portland Head Light on a subzero morning when the lighthouse looked like a rocket launching through the water vapor.

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  • The Bartlett family in Casco dubs this critter Gandalf the Grey Squirrel, and indeed it bears a resemblance to the benevolent, cane-carrying wizard in “The Lord of the Rings.” Just don’t try to get into the attic, Gandalf!
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    The Bartlett family in Casco dubs this critter Gandalf the Grey Squirrel, and indeed it bears a resemblance to the benevolent, cane-carrying wizard in “The Lord of the Rings.” Just don’t try to get into the attic, Gandalf!

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  • Recent mild temps might make this unadviseable – crossing Lower South Branch Pond at Baxter State Park on cross-country skis. But it was suitably cold when Jym St. Pierre was there to take this photo.
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    Recent mild temps might make this unadviseable – crossing Lower South Branch Pond at Baxter State Park on cross-country skis. But it was suitably cold when Jym St. Pierre was there to take this photo.

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  • Such a pretty female cardinal won’t be lonely at Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard.
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    Such a pretty female cardinal won’t be lonely at Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard.

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  • No two of these things are supposed to be alike, but it’s hard to imagine one more perfect than this one in Monique Marchilli-Barker’s yard in Topsham.
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    No two of these things are supposed to be alike, but it’s hard to imagine one more perfect than this one in Monique Marchilli-Barker’s yard in Topsham.

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  • The suet’s in short supply in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard, testing the skills of a hungry bluebird during last week’s snowstorm.
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    The suet’s in short supply in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard, testing the skills of a hungry bluebird during last week’s snowstorm.

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  • Looking like the ghosts of mariners who never made it back to port, sea smoke rises from outside Portland Harbor on one of last week’s frigid mornings that found Jewel Church of South Portland observing the untamed beauty at Portland Head Light.
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    Looking like the ghosts of mariners who never made it back to port, sea smoke rises from outside Portland Harbor on one of last week’s frigid mornings that found Jewel Church of South Portland observing the untamed beauty at Portland Head Light.

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  • Three’s usually a crowd, especially on Valentine’s Day, which is when Brian Lovering captured this image of an unwelcome intruder breaking up a couple’s feast in his North Yarmouth yard. Social etiquette apparently isn’t for the birds. At least not when food is involved.
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    Three’s usually a crowd, especially on Valentine’s Day, which is when Brian Lovering captured this image of an unwelcome intruder breaking up a couple’s feast in his North Yarmouth yard. Social etiquette apparently isn’t for the birds. At least not when food is involved.

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  • A long, thin sunset leaves shadows and vivid colors over the Scarborough Marsh as a mild winter’s day succumbs to dusk, with resident Ann Blanchard there to capture the impressive imagery.
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    A long, thin sunset leaves shadows and vivid colors over the Scarborough Marsh as a mild winter’s day succumbs to dusk, with resident Ann Blanchard there to capture the impressive imagery.

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  • “Who you lookin’ at?” the male cardinal seems to say while perched on a branch in the Casco yard of Erik Bartlett. Says Bartlett, this redbird is a regular at his feeder, which had to be replenished after heavy snow earlier this month.
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    “Who you lookin’ at?” the male cardinal seems to say while perched on a branch in the Casco yard of Erik Bartlett. Says Bartlett, this redbird is a regular at his feeder, which had to be replenished after heavy snow earlier this month.

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  • A hawk overlooks Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, likely for roadkill, while University of New England Athletic Director Jack McDonald, was watching.
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    A hawk overlooks Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, likely for roadkill, while University of New England Athletic Director Jack McDonald, was watching.

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  • The steel rails turn cold as the sun sets at the crossing on Route 231 in New Gloucester, where Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth was about to cross.
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    The steel rails turn cold as the sun sets at the crossing on Route 231 in New Gloucester, where Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth was about to cross.

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  • Stacy Morris of Cumberland didn’t have to go outside to get these photos of a male cardinal, left, and a female cardinal, as they were perched on branches right outside her kitchen window.
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    Stacy Morris of Cumberland didn’t have to go outside to get these photos of a male cardinal, left, and a female cardinal, as they were perched on branches right outside her kitchen window.

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  • An immature northern mockingbird finds a comfortable place to rest outside Kelly Mull’s home in Cape Elizabeth.
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    An immature northern mockingbird finds a comfortable place to rest outside Kelly Mull’s home in Cape Elizabeth.

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  • Rachel Brask, 12, of Biddeford was on her way to the bus stop for school one morning this past week when she saw this red-tailed hawk. Good thing she had her iPad handy to snap a photo.
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    Rachel Brask, 12, of Biddeford was on her way to the bus stop for school one morning this past week when she saw this red-tailed hawk. Good thing she had her iPad handy to snap a photo.

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  • No, this isn’t a charcoal painting or a black and white photo. Scott G. McMullin of Scarborough captured this image of Plummers Island, with sea smoke rising from the Nonesuch River and Scarborough Marsh.
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    No, this isn’t a charcoal painting or a black and white photo. Scott G. McMullin of Scarborough captured this image of Plummers Island, with sea smoke rising from the Nonesuch River and Scarborough Marsh.

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  • Moments after watching a flock of about 20 mallards waddle across a road, Erik Bartlett of Casco caught a few of them in flight.
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    Moments after watching a flock of about 20 mallards waddle across a road, Erik Bartlett of Casco caught a few of them in flight.

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