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Wednesday August 24, 2016
  • It's not lonely at the top for this trio of raccoons that John Campbell of Freeport observed.
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    It's not lonely at the top for this trio of raccoons that John Campbell of Freeport observed.

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  • With hunting season still weeks away, this deer can nap in peace while Buzz Stultz of Belmont approaches with a camera, not a gun or bow.
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    With hunting season still weeks away, this deer can nap in peace while Buzz Stultz of Belmont approaches with a camera, not a gun or bow.

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  • In need of nectar for its autumn migration south, a monarch butterfly enjoys a Joe-Pye weed breakfast undisturbed by Bill Andrews of Wells.
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    In need of nectar for its autumn migration south, a monarch butterfly enjoys a Joe-Pye weed breakfast undisturbed by Bill Andrews of Wells.

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  • A green heron finds something to squawk about while perched in branches overlooking Evergreen Pond, where Peter Brokofsky, a frequent contributor to this page, was strolling.
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    A green heron finds something to squawk about while perched in branches overlooking Evergreen Pond, where Peter Brokofsky, a frequent contributor to this page, was strolling.

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  • Small wonder that Vince Sassi's dramatic photo of sunset at Roxbury Pond garnered a first-place ribbon at the Andover Old Home Days photo contest last weekend. Could be that in some afterlife even the late, great Ansel Adams is admiring the work of this Rumford resident.
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    Small wonder that Vince Sassi's dramatic photo of sunset at Roxbury Pond garnered a first-place ribbon at the Andover Old Home Days photo contest last weekend. Could be that in some afterlife even the late, great Ansel Adams is admiring the work of this Rumford resident.

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  • Having survived the perilous early months of fawn-hood, these youngsters look like they're ready to be on their own as they venture into Marcie Flores' yard in Gorham.
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    Having survived the perilous early months of fawn-hood, these youngsters look like they're ready to be on their own as they venture into Marcie Flores' yard in Gorham.

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  • There must be something below that this red-tailed hawk will soon swoop upon as it looks over  the Fore River from atop a pole while Peter  Brokofsky of Portland focuses.
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    There must be something below that this red-tailed hawk will soon swoop upon as it looks over the Fore River from atop a pole while Peter Brokofsky of Portland focuses.

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  • Somewhere over the ... double rainbow ...  bluebirds may well fly, but there probably aren't two pots of gold down in the valley of Elliotsville Plantation, where Dianne Corbin of   Newfield was lucky enough to capture this image.
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    Somewhere over the ... double rainbow ... bluebirds may well fly, but there probably aren't two pots of gold down in the valley of Elliotsville Plantation, where Dianne Corbin of Newfield was lucky enough to capture this image.

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  • These coneflowers and lilacs looked especially vivid just before sunset in this photo submitted by Lisa Bean of Saco.
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    These coneflowers and lilacs looked especially vivid just before sunset in this photo submitted by Lisa Bean of Saco.

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  • No, it's not a bee in a bonnet; it's a bee on a bellflower, photographed by Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth.
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    No, it's not a bee in a bonnet; it's a bee on a bellflower, photographed by Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth.

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  • No, this loon wasn't showing off for the camera, says Gail Libby of Limerick, but rather for a lady friend just out of the camera's view. Libby got this photo while fishing at her camp in Upton, near the Maine-New Hampshire border.
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    No, this loon wasn't showing off for the camera, says Gail Libby of Limerick, but rather for a lady friend just out of the camera's view. Libby got this photo while fishing at her camp in Upton, near the Maine-New Hampshire border.

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  • Peter Brokofsky of Portland spotted this black-crowned night heron
in Portland's Evergreen Cemetery.
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    Peter Brokofsky of Portland spotted this black-crowned night heron in Portland's Evergreen Cemetery.

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  • A monarch butterfly shows its attachment to a coneflower in Paul Wells' garden in West Kennebunk.
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    A monarch butterfly shows its attachment to a coneflower in Paul Wells' garden in West Kennebunk.

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  • Judy and Jerry Malcolm report that they'd never seen an owl in their 34 years living in Rockport, until this fellow perched itself on their ash tree.
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    Judy and Jerry Malcolm report that they'd never seen an owl in their 34 years living in Rockport, until this fellow perched itself on their ash tree.

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  • At least one of these geese had the decency to smile for the camera while swimming on Panther Pond in Raymond, in a photo submitted by John and Mary Palmer and family.
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    At least one of these geese had the decency to smile for the camera while swimming on Panther Pond in Raymond, in a photo submitted by John and Mary Palmer and family.

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  • This cormorant was so comfortable sitting on a culvert on Portland's Back Cove that it was still in the same spot when
LInda Rogoff of Portland passed by for a second time.
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    This cormorant was so comfortable sitting on a culvert on Portland's Back Cove that it was still in the same spot when LInda Rogoff of Portland passed by for a second time.

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  • Martha Huestis of Kennebunkport spotted three turtles near a pond in Kennebunk, including this one that was laying eggs.
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    Martha Huestis of Kennebunkport spotted three turtles near a pond in Kennebunk, including this one that was laying eggs.

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  • Brian Lovering, a frequent Your Turn contributor, submitted this photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird from his gardens in North Yarmouth.
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    Brian Lovering, a frequent Your Turn contributor, submitted this photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird from his gardens in North Yarmouth.

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  • This snowy egret found some nourishment in Portland's Back Cove, and was caught in the act by Peter Brokofsky of Portland.
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    This snowy egret found some nourishment in Portland's Back Cove, and was caught in the act by Peter Brokofsky of Portland.

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  • Nate Cutting recently spotted this moose dipping its toes in Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park.
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    Nate Cutting recently spotted this moose dipping its toes in Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park.

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  • This eagle isn't too happy about having its image captured by Bob Harrison of Cape Elizabeth, taken from his canoe in Alamoosook Lake in Orland. Sure enough, the bird soon showed its displeasure by taking off for another tree much further down the lake.
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    This eagle isn't too happy about having its image captured by Bob Harrison of Cape Elizabeth, taken from his canoe in Alamoosook Lake in Orland. Sure enough, the bird soon showed its displeasure by taking off for another tree much further down the lake.

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  • Lee Ohmart of Brewer discovered signs of life along some abandoned railroad tracks in town: a newly emerged viceroy butterfly clinging to its chrysalis.
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    Lee Ohmart of Brewer discovered signs of life along some abandoned railroad tracks in town: a newly emerged viceroy butterfly clinging to its chrysalis.

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  • A dragonfly enjoys the fare at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, much to the delight of
Linda Rogoff  of Portland.
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    A dragonfly enjoys the fare at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, much to the delight of Linda Rogoff of Portland.

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  • A turtle plods its way through Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, giving Peter Brokofsky of Portland ample time to snap this shot.
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    A turtle plods its way through Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, giving Peter Brokofsky of Portland ample time to snap this shot.

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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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    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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