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Friday July 1, 2016
  • Don't even think about taking my feast, the mink seems to be telling Marta Opie as she ventures too close for comfort near the critter's den at the Pleasant Lake shore.
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    Don't even think about taking my feast, the mink seems to be telling Marta Opie as she ventures too close for comfort near the critter's den at the Pleasant Lake shore.

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  • A baby loon isn't quite ready to venture on Phillips Lake unattended, so a perch on mom's back works just fine.  A photo by  Sue Bonzey, of Lucerne.
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    A baby loon isn't quite ready to venture on Phillips Lake unattended, so a perch on mom's back works just fine. A photo by Sue Bonzey, of Lucerne.

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  • A young red fox strikes a handsome pose, and Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk takes advantage on Drakes Island.
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    A young red fox strikes a handsome pose, and Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk takes advantage on Drakes Island.

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  • Perhaps this egret also got itself a tasty feast on Evergreen Pond, but if so, it swallowed it before Peter Brokofsky of Portland could get proof.
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    Perhaps this egret also got itself a tasty feast on Evergreen Pond, but if so, it swallowed it before Peter Brokofsky of Portland could get proof.

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  • For the past couple springs, Jim Kanak, of Wells, says mourning doves have nested in a planter on his back deck. This year he's had two nestings, and this photo shows the outcome of the most recent. The squabs have been eating well, and soon mama bird – and Kanak – will endure empty planter syndrome.
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    For the past couple springs, Jim Kanak, of Wells, says mourning doves have nested in a planter on his back deck. This year he's had two nestings, and this photo shows the outcome of the most recent. The squabs have been eating well, and soon mama bird – and Kanak – will endure empty planter syndrome.

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  • Some kind of father-son interaction between these two woodpeckers, as the father, right, treats his son to a bit of suet in the South Casco yard of Erik Bartlett, who says the orange on both birds means they're males.
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    Some kind of father-son interaction between these two woodpeckers, as the father, right, treats his son to a bit of suet in the South Casco yard of Erik Bartlett, who says the orange on both birds means they're males.

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  • Where's breakfast, this wren chick seems to be hollaring to momma, who's foraging for something in Harold McWilliams' Portland yard.
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    Where's breakfast, this wren chick seems to be hollaring to momma, who's foraging for something in Harold McWilliams' Portland yard.

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  • Scary looking but rather cute? So says Wanda Bruns, of Westbrook, as this gray tree frog sits on her finger prior to being released.
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    Scary looking but rather cute? So says Wanda Bruns, of Westbrook, as this gray tree frog sits on her finger prior to being released.

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  • It's off to another fishing spot for this great blue heron that Peter Brokofsky caught in midair near Evergreen Cemetery.
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    It's off to another fishing spot for this great blue heron that Peter Brokofsky caught in midair near Evergreen Cemetery.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The leader of the pack had quite a gaggle of followers floating along Thomas Pond in Casco when Donna Morton watched the procession.
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    The leader of the pack had quite a gaggle of followers floating along Thomas Pond in Casco when Donna Morton watched the procession.

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