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Wednesday March 22, 2017
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    Some furry friends brave the early hours of Winter Storm Stella for a quick meal at Brian Lovering's snowy gardens in New Gloucester.

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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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    Small, furry critters be advised: There's a barred owl waiting patiently in Marissa Barker's Casco yard.

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    This cardinal was enjoying some breakfast-time solitude at Jon Clark's feeder in Cape Elizabeth last Saturday.

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    This cardinal at Jon Clark's feeder in Cape Elizabeth seemed unimpressed upon receiving some uninvited company.

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    A barred owl looks out from its perch on the edge of the forest at the Falmouth property of Chris Kittredge, perhaps staking out its territory.

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    Foreboding clouds over Clarks Pond in South Portland make for a dramatic sunset, as captured by frequent Your Turn contributor Brian Lovering.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester caught this nice sequence of photographs that show a loon playing in the waters of Townsend Gut, off Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester captured this beautiful eagle perched high above Long Creek in South Portland.

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    This bluebird stopped by Bob Keithley's house in Saco, and even held still for a proper portrait.

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    This red squirrel seems to be wondering where the next peak is as it forages for food at Erik Bartlett's house in South Casco. The photo was taken after big chunks of snow and ice had slid off the metal roof, but just before the big thaw.

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    Pat Morin of Brunswick sent in this photo taken by her daughter, Hayley, who got the family started on setting up a new bird feeder. Knowing the feeder would attract squirrels, they used an extra-long shepherd's hook to discourage those acrobatic visitors. This hungry squirrel was undaunted by the prospect of hanging precariously in order to sample some tasty treats.

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    "Epic!" is how photographer Barry Middleton describes this sunrise captured in Wells on Feb. 18. It's hard to disagree with that assessment.

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    A face full of snow doesn't seem to bother this deer, who appears to be getting a pretty good look at photographer Jim Knox. Knox spotted the animal near Wilton.

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    Blue sky, a blue jay, and temperatures in the 40s – plenty for Julia E. Latter to enjoy on a recent day in Boothbay Harbor.

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    It's worth a little snow-stache for some tasty morsels. About 25 ducks enjoyed some scraps left out by Jean Wallace-Fearon's neighbor in Ogunquit.

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    There was no mistaking this handsome fellow, whose brilliant reds made for quite a contrast with the fresh snow, as captured by Kelly Mull of Scarborough.

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    Scarborough's Kelly Mull also framed this cool-colored scene of a blue jay perched on a snow-laden tree branch.

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    A most unusual sight has been greeting Karen Doyle of Windham recently, including last Sunday. This western tanager has been enjoying a diet of grape jelly with suet mixed in for protein.

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    Two foxes recently visited the Wiscasset backyard of Stan Haney, hoping to scrounge up some breakfast along the banks of the Sheepscot River.

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    Like any hardy Mainer, this crafty squirrel was undeterred by the recent snow, tunneling into the bird feeder of Jen and Dan Arsenault of Sanford.

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    This barred owl paid a leisurely visit to Doug Collins in Harpswell last Friday, settling in on a branch in daylight and remaining until after dark.

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    All was still and quiet in this monochrome scene from one of the trails at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm following one of the recent storms. Michael Brunson of Westbrook captured the sight under gray skies.

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    "Can you lend a shovel?" those eyes almost seem to ask. New Gloucester resident Brian Lovering caught sight of these bovine snow dwellers while taking photographs in town.

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    There was no squabbling to be heard among these diverse visitors to Barbara Dunn's bird feeders in Saco.

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    While many of us were thankful for the warmer-than-usual weather this past week, this barred owl, spotted in Georgetown by Jill Ventry, also seemed to appreciate a sunny January day.

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    Ken and Penny Kacere submitted this photo overlooking the Scarborough River from the trails at the Scarborough River Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    A bluejay in South Casco fluffs up its feathers after alighting on the branch in order to force air underneath for some good dead air insulation. Photo by Erik Bartlett

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    A pair of bluebirds enjoy a recently installed heated birdbath on our deck railing in Saco. Although the temperature was 9 degrees, it didn't concern this pair. The birds really appreciate the water, either to drink or to splash the water on their feathers. Photo by Barbara Dunn

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    A male wood duck in a pond in York. He and his mate are the only wood ducks among hundreds of mallards and several geese in the pond. Photo by Bruce Small of Raymond

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    It was a last frolic in the snow for this gray squirrel on a gray day before the rains came in New Gloucester. Photo by Brian Lovering North Yarmouth

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    Wolfe's Neck Farm. Photo by Brad West of Freeport

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    A titmouse celebrates New Year's Day by eating a morsel of bird feed in Sharon Bearor's backyard in Portland.

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    Colleen Bovaird-Liberty was tipped off about these bald eagles by her husband, who spotted them during a drive to Wells Harbor and rushed home to get his wife and her camera.

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    Sheila Mayberry captured the beauty of the winter season while snowshoeing with her family at Sewell Woods.

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    Fortune favored Jack MacDonald of Biddeford two weeks ago, when he caught sight of this barred owl on Sea Road in Kennebunk – and happened to have his camera at hand for this up-close-and-personal shot.

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    Frequent Your Turn contributor Brian Lovering witnessed the first sunrise of winter over the Royal River in Yarmouth – a sight that included a Christmas tree atop a raft floating in the middle of the river.

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    Erik Bartlett of South Casco captured an image of this visitor enjoying the desiccated crab apples in the yard of his sister's home in West Bowdoin.

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    A bluebird in Cumberland ME Dick Maloon

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    Brian Lovering got a visit from this redhead last weekend. The big pileated woodpecker is a bit of a regular, enjoying the suet in Lovering's yard in North Yarmouth.

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    This eagle weathered a snowstorm in Harpswell for more than three hours, keeping its eyes peeled in hopes of spotting a meal along Ewing Narrows, where local Carol Fetters was able to get a photograph of the bird's striking visage.

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    The snow cover adds a certain majesty to Katahdin, captured from Lake Millinocket by Hope MacDonald of Millinocket.

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    A bird in the hand is worth ... well, an interesting photo op, as Jan Bartlett of South Casco feeds some seeds to a chickadee. Photo by Erik Bartlett.

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    A young deer finds a comfortable resting spot in Weld, and doesn't seem too disturbed by Jim Knox's camera.

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    It was a beautiful dawn on Thanksgiving morning atop Gloucester Hill in New Gloucester, as captured by Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth.

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    Colleen Bovaird of Wells found something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving morning – the arrival of three evening grosbeaks at her bird feeder.

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    The supermoon that was visible earlier this week was a sight to behold for photographers, including Brian K. Lovering of New Gloucester, who took this photo of the moon over Peaks Island, with Spring Point in South Portland in the foreground.

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    This turkey must know Thanksgiving is near, but he couldn't hide from Carol Fetters of Harpswell, who spotted the turkey in a tree on Ewing Narrows in Harpswell.

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    According to Joy Page of Sanford, this red squirrel is one of two that has made itself at home outside Page's house, enjoying the sunflower seeds that fall from the bird feeders.

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    If this bald eagle looks like he's enjoying warm weather, that's because Sue Mottice of Gray took this photo in August during an evening boat ride on Crystal Lake.

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    Through wind, rain and frost, this birch tree in the Scarborough backyard of Kelly Mull retained its vibrant color.

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    Kick off your boots and enjoy the view! That's just what Dianne Corbin of Newfield did, capturing this look at Barren Mountain from a remote camp in Elliotsville Plantation following a long day of hiking.

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    A pair of red-tailed hawks hover around the pines at Parsons Beach in Kennebunk, where Kennebunk resident Kristen Holmberg caught sight of them.

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    Parson's Beach in Kennebunk was just the place for this heron to spread its wings to the delight of local Kristen Holmberg, who says the handsome bird is there to stay.

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    With Thanksgiving just weeks away, this turkey would be well advised to fly, not walk away, from anyone who might want it on a platter. Lucky for it, Erik Bartlett was only armed with a camera as it crossed Quaker Ridge Road in Casco.

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    Pine logs in Rhonda Bibeau's yard in Raymond have been the source of a buggy feast for a couple pileated woodpeckers.

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    It's too late for these bluebirds to nest, so maybe they're scouting the red house in the Alfred yard of Cathy Wilkie Conley as a possible roost for next spring.

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    If snow geese really bring in the snow, would this pretty specimen kindly depart Maquoit Bay so the rest of us can continue to enjoy a golden autumn? By Chris Fleuriel of Brunswick.

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