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  • A least tern stands out in a crowd of sandpipers and plovers on Popham Beach, especially with a sandlance hanging from its beak. Maybe that accounts for the bird’s popularity, but it’s not about to share its feast with anyone. By Linda Rogoff of Portland.
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    A least tern stands out in a crowd of sandpipers and plovers on Popham Beach, especially with a sandlance hanging from its beak. Maybe that accounts for the bird’s popularity, but it’s not about to share its feast with anyone. By Linda Rogoff of Portland.

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  • Could be the honeycomb in some hive will be expanding, thanks to this bee hitting the nectar in a North Yarmouth garden, where Brian Lovering – a frequent contributor – was careful not to disturb its feast.
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    Could be the honeycomb in some hive will be expanding, thanks to this bee hitting the nectar in a North Yarmouth garden, where Brian Lovering – a frequent contributor – was careful not to disturb its feast.

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  • Describing himself as a “live-and-let-live” type, Bridgton’s Bill Preis tolerates a porcupine in his yard, even if it gnaws on a treasured eastern hemlock tree.
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    Describing himself as a “live-and-let-live” type, Bridgton’s Bill Preis tolerates a porcupine in his yard, even if it gnaws on a treasured eastern hemlock tree.

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  • Hopefully this turtle isn’t channeling its inner Yertle, gazing up and mulling what it can reign over. Its throne at Damariscotta should suffice. By Paul Stevens of Jefferson.
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    Hopefully this turtle isn’t channeling its inner Yertle, gazing up and mulling what it can reign over. Its throne at Damariscotta should suffice. By Paul Stevens of Jefferson.

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  • Paul F. Wells and his son noticed this red-tailed hawk perched over the Kennebunk Bridle Path near the estuary of the Mousam River, but it’s a good bet that  small critters did not until it was too late.
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    Paul F. Wells and his son noticed this red-tailed hawk perched over the Kennebunk Bridle Path near the estuary of the Mousam River, but it’s a good bet that small critters did not until it was too late.

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  • A ruby-throated hummingbird buzzes the flowers in Dr. Ken Janes’ backyard in Kennebunkport.
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    A ruby-throated hummingbird buzzes the flowers in Dr. Ken Janes’ backyard in Kennebunkport.

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  • These pileated woodpeckers seem to be engaged in a duel, as captured by Randy Billmeier of Yarmouth. Must have made for quite a symphony.
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    These pileated woodpeckers seem to be engaged in a duel, as captured by Randy Billmeier of Yarmouth. Must have made for quite a symphony.

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  • This squirrel climbed inside of and tipped over a bowl of peanuts before helping himself to a snack, says Brian Lovering of New Gloucester.
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    This squirrel climbed inside of and tipped over a bowl of peanuts before helping himself to a snack, says Brian Lovering of New Gloucester.

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  • Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit was in the right spot to get a shot of a blue heron in flight over the Ogunquit River.
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    Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit was in the right spot to get a shot of a blue heron in flight over the Ogunquit River.

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  • Logan Parker, the community engagement coordinator for the Maine Lakes Resource Center, spotted this bald eagle soaring over Mill Stream in Belgrade Lakes.
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    Logan Parker, the community engagement coordinator for the Maine Lakes Resource Center, spotted this bald eagle soaring over Mill Stream in Belgrade Lakes.

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  • David and Linda Kirstein of Scarborough heard loud rustling over a stream in their yard and fpimd a black-crowned night heron.
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    David and Linda Kirstein of Scarborough heard loud rustling over a stream in their yard and fpimd a black-crowned night heron.

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  • Red sky in morning ... sailors may take warning but Scarborough’s Kelly Mull can take delight at this dramatic photo of the dawning of another day at  Fort Williams, where every sunrise can be something to behold.
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    Red sky in morning ... sailors may take warning but Scarborough’s Kelly Mull can take delight at this dramatic photo of the dawning of another day at Fort Williams, where every sunrise can be something to behold.

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  • Perhaps resting up for a journey south, a butterfly enjoys a flowery bed while South Thomaston’s Don Renn tries not to disturb it while taking this lovely photo.
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    Perhaps resting up for a journey south, a butterfly enjoys a flowery bed while South Thomaston’s Don Renn tries not to disturb it while taking this lovely photo.

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  • Look out fish: An eagle family is thriving near the lake in Limerick where Stephanie Sonia says the mating pair has produced two eaglets, probably raising them on a healthy freshwater fish-intense diet.
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    Look out fish: An eagle family is thriving near the lake in Limerick where Stephanie Sonia says the mating pair has produced two eaglets, probably raising them on a healthy freshwater fish-intense diet.

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  • Stay close to mama, baby loon, and you too may grow up and breed more chicks on Fayette’s Lovejoy Pond where Matt Degnan of Falls Church, Va., was kayaking on a splendid midsummer day. Degnan says he observed other handsome birds, all of which may have him missing Maine when he returns to the Washington, D.C., area.
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    Stay close to mama, baby loon, and you too may grow up and breed more chicks on Fayette’s Lovejoy Pond where Matt Degnan of Falls Church, Va., was kayaking on a splendid midsummer day. Degnan says he observed other handsome birds, all of which may have him missing Maine when he returns to the Washington, D.C., area.

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  • Diversity in all its natural beauty on the Androscoggin River in Jay, where a great egret and a mallard duck fished side-by-side while Jim Knox observed from a distance.
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    Diversity in all its natural beauty on the Androscoggin River in Jay, where a great egret and a mallard duck fished side-by-side while Jim Knox observed from a distance.

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  • These birds are waiting patiently for food in this popular tree By Rachel Brask in Biddeford Maine ;lkn; lkn;kl nk n’lo no’k n’ojn ;ojn o;’kn
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    These birds are waiting patiently for food in this popular tree By Rachel Brask in Biddeford Maine ;lkn; lkn;kl nk n’lo no’k n’ojn ;ojn o;’kn

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  • Patience should reward this barred owl with something small and furry as it perches motionless in Dominique Zulueta’s Alfred’s yard, unseen by tiny critters until it’s too late.
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    Patience should reward this barred owl with something small and furry as it perches motionless in Dominique Zulueta’s Alfred’s yard, unseen by tiny critters until it’s too late.

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  • A snapping turtle takes a stroll on the path through the Scarborough Marsh where Kristen Holmberg also was enjoying a slow walk.
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    A snapping turtle takes a stroll on the path through the Scarborough Marsh where Kristen Holmberg also was enjoying a slow walk.

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  • A fast shutter speed enabled Kelly Mull to capture a couple hummingbirds filling up on the nectar in her Scarborough yards. Territorial birds, hummers don’t like visitors.
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    A fast shutter speed enabled Kelly Mull to capture a couple hummingbirds filling up on the nectar in her Scarborough yards. Territorial birds, hummers don’t like visitors.

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  • What could be a more quintessential scene of rural Maine than this bull moose that Donald McMaster of Falmouth crossed paths with while driving the logging roads of Aurora.
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    What could be a more quintessential scene of rural Maine than this bull moose that Donald McMaster of Falmouth crossed paths with while driving the logging roads of Aurora.

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  • Time was when the bouy in the Cape Elizabeth yard of Alison Smith provided respite for gulls. More recently, it made a fine base for a sparrow’s nest, now  vacant as the five fledglings have flown the coop.
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    Time was when the bouy in the Cape Elizabeth yard of Alison Smith provided respite for gulls. More recently, it made a fine base for a sparrow’s nest, now vacant as the five fledglings have flown the coop.

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  • A Carolina wren, the state bird of South Carolina, was a surprise visitor at Scarborough yard of Allen Davis, and it wasn’t at all camera-shy after helping itself to the feeder’s offering.
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    A Carolina wren, the state bird of South Carolina, was a surprise visitor at Scarborough yard of Allen Davis, and it wasn’t at all camera-shy after helping itself to the feeder’s offering.

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  • Paul Stevens has seen a lot of turtles sunning themselves on the logs of Damariscotta Lake, but says this just might be the biggest.
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    Paul Stevens has seen a lot of turtles sunning themselves on the logs of Damariscotta Lake, but says this just might be the biggest.

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  • As long as Brian Lovering keeps filling the feeders in his New Gloucester garden, he’s going to have fine feathered guests to admire – “an excellent stress reliever,” as he puts it. Could be the male cardinal in the middle will soon give up foraging for food the hard way as soon as there’s a vacancy at the suet station.
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    As long as Brian Lovering keeps filling the feeders in his New Gloucester garden, he’s going to have fine feathered guests to admire – “an excellent stress reliever,” as he puts it. Could be the male cardinal in the middle will soon give up foraging for food the hard way as soon as there’s a vacancy at the suet station.

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  • An unidentified bird welcomes a new day on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, as captured in this photo by Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit.
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    An unidentified bird welcomes a new day on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, as captured in this photo by Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit.

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  • Two butterflies enjoy each other’s company, possibly giving each other tips about other gardens in the neighborhood, while feeding in Roger Marchand’s perennial garden in Gorham.
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    Two butterflies feed in Roger Marchand’s perennial garden in Gorham.

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  • Erik Bartlett of South Casco put a few sunflower seeds on his grill cover, then watched this chipmunk climb on top of the grill for a snack.
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    Erik Bartlett of South Casco put a few sunflower seeds on his grill cover, then watched this chipmunk climb on top of the grill for a snack.

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  • This lobster trap in Cape Neddick at the home of Kenneth Young can’t be set until the robin hatches her eggs and the birds leave the nest.
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    This lobster trap in Cape Neddick at the home of Kenneth Young can’t be set until the robin hatches her eggs and the birds leave the nest.

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  • A luna moth took a liking to young Johanna Barne during a family gathering on July 4 in Newcastle. With her other hand, she took the photo with a Samsung phone.
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    A luna moth took a liking to young Johanna Barne during a family gathering on July 4 in Newcastle. With her other hand, she took the photo with a Samsung phone.

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  • This moth spent two days in the shade on Paul Ainsworth’s deck in Seal Cove during his annual vacation on Mount Desert Island.
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    This moth spent two days in the shade on Paul Ainsworth’s deck in Seal Cove during his annual vacation on Mount Desert Island.

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  • :Colors clash as a grasshopper rests atop a brown-eyed susan in Brian Lovering’s yard in North Yarmouth. Still an impressive fashion statement.
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    Colors clash as a grasshopper rests atop a brown-eyed susan in Brian Lovering’s yard in North Yarmouth. Still an impressive fashion statement.

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  • Found this chipmunk competing with birds for some early berries at Timber Point in Biddeford.
Thanks, Brad Woodward 2 Ryefield Drive #18 Old Orchard Beach
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    Found this chipmunk competing with birds for some early berries at Timber Point in Biddeford. Thanks, Brad Woodward 2 Ryefield Drive #18 Old Orchard Beach

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  • Nature’s food chain is in full swing as an osprey’s hook-like talons carry something freshly caught to its young while Ron Koster of Windham kayaks below on Millinocket Lake on a delightful summer day.
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    Nature’s food chain is in full swing as an osprey’s hook-like talons carry something freshly caught to its young while Ron Koster of Windham kayaks below on Millinocket Lake on a delightful summer day.

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  • Could be that a hare’s in pursuit as this turtle plods along, crossing paths with Kristen Holmberg on Kennebunk’s bridal path.
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    Could be that a hare’s in pursuit as this turtle plods along, crossing paths with Kristen Holmberg on Kennebunk’s bridal path.

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  • The stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach, according to Terry Jacks’ old song. Whatever, a season in the sun is underway in Hancock, where Nancy Palmer of Scarborough was walking along the shore at low tide.
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    The stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach, according to Terry Jacks’ old song. Whatever, a season in the sun is underway in Hancock, where Nancy Palmer of Scarborough was walking along the shore at low tide.

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  • These chipmunks could be cousins, but who knows. They certainly are having fun foraging in the Casco yard of Curtis Delaney.
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    These chipmunks could be cousins, but who knows. They certainly are having fun foraging in the Casco yard of Curtis Delaney.

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  • It’s not really a flying squirrel, just an overly excited grey squirrel going airborne from the flower box at the Rome home of Shirley Blood, who says the critter panicked as a bird dive-bombed, possibly rendering it too scared to raid feeders.
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    It’s not really a flying squirrel, just an overly excited grey squirrel going airborne from the flower box at the Rome home of Shirley Blood, who says the critter panicked as a bird dive-bombed, possibly rendering it too scared to raid feeders.

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  • Brian York of Scarborough sums up this Pine Point scene as “Maine: The Way Life Is.” And for the many out-of-staters visiting, the way they might wish life were wherever they will soon be returning. As the sign says near the Maine-New Hampshire border, worth a visit, worth a lifetime.
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    Brian York of Scarborough sums up this Pine Point scene as “Maine: The Way Life Is.” And for the many out-of-staters visiting, the way they might wish life were wherever they will soon be returning. As the sign says near the Maine-New Hampshire border, worth a visit, worth a lifetime.

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  • Upon further reflection, that’s a nice snowy egret flying low over the Scarborough Marsh where Ann Blanchard has taken many fine photos over the years.
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    Upon further reflection, that’s a nice snowy egret flying low over the Scarborough Marsh where Ann Blanchard has taken many fine photos over the years.

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  • For three years, Jim and Mel McGovern have had a fox family dwelling under the shed of their South Portland yard, and the next generation may be hoping for a chicken coop next door.
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    For three years, Jim and Mel McGovern have had a fox family dwelling under the shed of their South Portland yard, and the next generation may be hoping for a chicken coop next door.

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  • The snapping turtle at Woods Pond in Bridgton doesn’t want George Kostovick of Harrison getting too close. And he won’t if he values his fingertips.
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    The snapping turtle at Woods Pond in Bridgton doesn’t want George Kostovick of Harrison getting too close. And he won’t if he values his fingertips.

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  • Two cardinals and one seed bring the two birds beak to beak on the railing at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s house in Alfred. There have got to be more seeds.
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    Two cardinals and one seed bring the two birds beak to beak on the railing at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s house in Alfred. There have got to be more seeds.

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  • Perhaps Maine’s most progressive governor ever, Percival Baxter wrote, “But Katahdin in all its glory, Forever shall remain The Mountain Of The People of Maine.” And it’s just that indeed in this photo taken by Alan Thibeault of Cape Elizabeth on Rainbow Lake, where the water is so clear that the sky’s reflection can be seen in the loon’s wake.
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    Perhaps Maine’s most progressive governor ever, Percival Baxter wrote, “But Katahdin in all its glory, Forever shall remain The Mountain Of The People of Maine.” And it’s just that indeed in this photo taken by Alan Thibeault of Cape Elizabeth on Rainbow Lake, where the water is so clear that the sky’s reflection can be seen in the loon’s wake.

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  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight? Well the heavens were crimson Thursday evening at Sabbathday Lake, as witnessed by New Gloucester’s Diantha Grant. And Friday was delightful.
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    Red sky at night, sailor’s delight? Well the heavens were crimson Thursday evening at Sabbathday Lake, as witnessed by New Gloucester’s Diantha Grant. And Friday was delightful.

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  • Genetic engineering hasn’t yet created a two-headed duck; this pair at Five Islands Harbor just gave that impression to Georgetown’s Diann Longstreet.
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    Genetic engineering hasn’t yet created a two-headed duck; this pair at Five Islands Harbor just gave that impression to Georgetown’s Diann Longstreet.

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  • A big glass window kept Rocky Raccoon from checking into this room at Monticello where the vacationing Jane Lancaster Higgins and her family from Falmouth enjoyed the greeting but did not invite the critter in.
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    A big glass window kept Rocky Raccoon from checking into this room at Monticello where the vacationing Jane Lancaster Higgins and her family from Falmouth enjoyed the greeting but did not invite the critter in.

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  • Coming in for a verticle landing on the front of Charlie and Carla Burnham’s house in Bath was this winged insect that only departed after dark.
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    Coming in for a verticle landing on the front of Charlie and Carla Burnham’s house in Bath was this winged insect that only departed after dark.

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  • Ruby-throated hummingbird nests are so tiny they’re almost never seen, says Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach, who spied a female hummingbird sitting on a lichen-covered nest in a small pine tree during a York County Audubon walk in Biddeford
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    Ruby-throated hummingbird nests are so tiny they’re almost never seen, says Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach, who spied a female hummingbird sitting on a lichen-covered nest in a small pine tree during a York County Audubon walk in Biddeford

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  • Steve Greenlee, managing editor of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, spotted this orange frog in a garden in Cumberland.
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    Steve Greenlee, managing editor of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, spotted this orange frog in a garden in Cumberland.

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  • Erik Bartlett, a resident of South Casco for 37 years, said he had never seen an indigo bunting at his bird feeder until he took this photo recently. Bartlett had to act quickly, because the bird didn’t stick around for long.
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    Erik Bartlett, a resident of South Casco for 37 years, said he had never seen an indigo bunting at his bird feeder until he took this photo recently. Bartlett had to act quickly, because the bird didn’t stick around for long.

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  • Brian Lovering of New Gloucester, a frequent Your Turn contributor, found these ladybugs around the Iris patches in his gardens.
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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester, a frequent Your Turn contributor, found these ladybugs around the Iris patches in his gardens.

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  • Mia Cobourn celebrated her 16th birthday with a gathering at China Lake and snapped this picture of an unexpected visitor.
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    Mia Cobourn celebrated her 16th birthday with a gathering at China Lake and snapped this picture of an unexpected visitor.

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  • A recent visit to Ferry Beach in Saco resulted in this photo of a starfish from Lynne Keithley of Saco.
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    A recent visit to Ferry Beach in Saco resulted in this photo of a starfish from Lynne Keithley of Saco.

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  • Here’s another shot from Brian Lovering, who found this hummingbird visiting his New Gloucester home on a Saturday evening.
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    Here’s another shot from Brian Lovering, who found this hummingbird visiting his New Gloucester home on a Saturday evening.

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  • Frisky from the start, three kits play – and prep for the day when they’ll fend for themselves in the fields of Naples. But on this early summer day, they seemed not to have a care in the world while their mother watched nearby, and resident Francis Baldwin watched from a distance, with a long lens. “We should not bother, feed or disturb these creatures, but enjoy them from a distance,” reminds Baldwin. Well said.
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    Frisky from the start, three kits play – and prep for the day when they’ll fend for themselves in the fields of Naples. But on this early summer day, they seemed not to have a care in the world while their mother watched nearby, and resident Francis Baldwin watched from a distance, with a long lens. “We should not bother, feed or disturb these creatures, but enjoy them from a distance,” reminds Baldwin. Well said.

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  • Territorial and predatory, a dragonfly rests just briefly on a stick in Heidi Reed’s Waterboro front yard.
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    Territorial and predatory, a dragonfly rests just briefly on a stick in Heidi Reed’s Waterboro front yard.

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  • Sorry about that, birds – this masked bandit is raiding your feeder in Royce Tibbetts’ Belfast yard. But this time of year, birds should fend for themselves.
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    Sorry about that, birds – this masked bandit is raiding your feeder in Royce Tibbetts’ Belfast yard. But this time of year, birds should fend for themselves.

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  • A young hawk has moved into Jaime Steinert Brown’s neighborhood in Windham, and finds a child’s play set just fine for scanning the grounds for something small and furry. Mighty impressive talons, to be sure.
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    A young hawk has moved into Jaime Steinert Brown’s neighborhood in Windham, and finds a child’s play set just fine for scanning the grounds for something small and furry. Mighty impressive talons, to be sure.

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  • Its eyes scanning for something below, a bald eagle perches on a nest off Norway Lake, while hatchlings hope the fishing will be good. By Ellen Veazey of Norway.
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    Its eyes scanning for something below, a bald eagle perches on a nest off Norway Lake, while hatchlings hope the fishing will be good. By Ellen Veazey of Norway.

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  • This albino porcupine is sure to attract attention, but is best observed from a distance as it explores Cheryl Goulet’s yard in Saco.
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    This albino porcupine is sure to attract attention, but is best observed from a distance as it explores Cheryl Goulet’s yard in Saco.

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  • Erik Bartlett was traveling along a road in Minot when he came upon this snapping turtle in the road. A woman had already stopped to make sure it didn’t get hit but didn’t dare pick it up to move it out of harm’s way. The turtle appeared to be headed toward a lake, so Bartlett picked it up and carried it into the woods near the lake.
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    Erik Bartlett was traveling along a road in Minot when he came upon this snapping turtle in the road. A woman had already stopped to make sure it didn’t get hit but didn’t dare pick it up to move it out of harm’s way. The turtle appeared to be headed toward a lake, so Bartlett picked it up and carried it into the woods near the lake.

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  • This gray jay greeted Portland’s Patti Trygg and her companions at the top of Baldpate Mountain in Grafton Notch on Memorial Day.
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    This gray jay greeted Portland’s Patti Trygg and her companions at the top of Baldpate Mountain in Grafton Notch on Memorial Day.

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  • This deer enjoyed a sunny afternoon recently at Roland and Joan Lapierre’s home in Buxton, eating acorns on the back lawn.
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    This deer enjoyed a sunny afternoon recently at Roland and Joan Lapierre’s home in Buxton, eating acorns on the back lawn.

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  • This butterfly found a fine perch just outside Kevin Roberts’ front door in Saco.
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    This butterfly found a fine perch just outside Kevin Roberts’ front door in Saco.

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  • Spencer Morrow, a Boston resident who spends summers in Harmony, submitted this photo of an eastern phoebe that likes to perch on Morrow’s tiki torches.
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    Spencer Morrow, a Boston resident who spends summers in Harmony, submitted this photo of an eastern phoebe that likes to perch on Morrow’s tiki torches.

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  • An American gold finch and a sparrow share a meal at Bob Keithley’s bird feeder in Saco.
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    An American gold finch and a sparrow share a meal at Bob Keithley’s bird feeder in Saco.

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  • Free-range chickens, take notice: These kits are as sly as they are adorable, and they may not be satiated munching on rodents for long. But what joy they now bring to Bev Giddens at her Hollis home.
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    Free-range chickens, take notice: These kits are as sly as they are adorable, and they may not be satiated munching on rodents for long. But what joy they now bring to Bev Giddens at her Hollis home.

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