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Saturday April 25, 2015
  • This nuthatch looks sort of like a growth on the tree trunk in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard. With spring finally here, there should be plenty of insects, seeds and nuts to sustain the little bird, whose breeding song will soon be heard.
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    This nuthatch looks sort of like a growth on the tree trunk in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard. With spring finally here, there should be plenty of insects, seeds and nuts to sustain the little bird, whose breeding song will soon be heard.

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  • The harbor seal at Wells Beach can show a trusting face to Ryan Hennessey, of Hennessey Photography.
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    The harbor seal at Wells Beach can show a trusting face to Ryan Hennessey, of Hennessey Photography.

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  • Nature, in all its beauty and savagery, is on display at Messalonskee Lake where an osprey seizes an unsuspecting northern pike that will provide plenty of sustenance. The photo is by Logan Parker, an avid birder and amateur wildlife photographer who serves as community engagement coordinator at the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes.
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    Nature, in all its beauty and savagery, is on display at Messalonskee Lake where an osprey seizes an unsuspecting northern pike that will provide plenty of sustenance. The photo is by Logan Parker, an avid birder and amateur wildlife photographer who serves as community engagement coordinator at the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes.

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  • No more sobbin’ as the red, red ... cardinal is bob, bob, bobbin’ along in what soon will be Brian Lovering’s garden in New Gloucester.
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    No more sobbin’ as the red, red ... cardinal is bob, bob, bobbin’ along in what soon will be Brian Lovering’s garden in New Gloucester.

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  • A normally elusive American woodcock trotted in front of Martin Fosburg’s car in Freeport on March 27, froze in place, puffed up, and made some undulating body motions characteristic of the species, all of which gave Fosburg time to get up-close images.
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    A normally elusive American woodcock trotted in front of Martin Fosburg’s car in Freeport on March 27, froze in place, puffed up, and made some undulating body motions characteristic of the species, all of which gave Fosburg time to get up-close images.

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  • Turkeys be advised: A spring hunting season begins next month. Better stay in Jim Murphy’s Gorham yard.
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    Turkeys be advised: A spring hunting season begins next month. Better stay in Jim Murphy’s Gorham yard.

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  • Erik Bartlett of South Casco spotted this red squirrel perched on a limb near his shed and got close enough to take this photo before it scampered away.
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    Erik Bartlett of South Casco spotted this red squirrel perched on a limb near his shed and got close enough to take this photo before it scampered away.

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  • An eagle feeding on its prey caught the attention of many shoppers at the Mill Creek Hannaford in South Portland. Resident Marie Jordan, who shot this photo, says the Hannaford parking area is a great place to observe wintering ducks, gulls and occasionally an eagle in Mill Creek.
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    An eagle feeding on its prey caught the attention of many shoppers at the Mill Creek Hannaford in South Portland. Resident Marie Jordan, who shot this photo, says the Hannaford parking area is a great place to observe wintering ducks, gulls and occasionally an eagle in Mill Creek.

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  • A gray squirrel looks unsure what to do after climbing a dead tree near Middle Beach in Kennebunk where it was photographed by Kristen Holmberg.
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    A gray squirrel looks unsure what to do after climbing a dead tree near Middle Beach in Kennebunk where it was photographed by Kristen Holmberg.

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  • Tammy Davis of Appleton had a recent morning brightened by the appearance of a red fox.
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    Tammy Davis of Appleton had a recent morning brightened by the appearance of a red fox.

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  • A dove soaks up the morning sun on the doorstep of Ann Lee Hussey’s home in South Berwick – a ritual that has become habitual for several doves in recent weeks, according to Hussey.
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    A dove soaks up the morning sun on the doorstep of Ann Lee Hussey’s home in South Berwick – a ritual that has become habitual for several doves in recent weeks, according to Hussey.

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  • Linda Trueworthy tried to sneak up on this deer at her Kingfield residence, but when the deer spotted Trueworthy, it high-tailed its white tail into the woods.
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    Linda Trueworthy tried to sneak up on this deer at her Kingfield residence, but when the deer spotted Trueworthy, it high-tailed its white tail into the woods.

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  • Beth and Bill Muldoon of Harpswell recently woke up to the sight of this eagle feasting on a wild turkey on their property. Afterward, the eagle perched in an elm tree, still watching over its kill. The eagle’s mate visited several times in the following days to feed on the turkey.
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    Beth and Bill Muldoon of Harpswell recently woke up to the sight of this eagle feasting on a wild turkey on their property. Afterward, the eagle perched in an elm tree, still watching over its kill. The eagle’s mate visited several times in the following days to feed on the turkey.

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  • Kathi and Steve Earley of Falmouth suspected that squirrels were responsible for emptying their bird feeder, but then they discovered the real culprit.
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    Kathi and Steve Earley of Falmouth suspected that squirrels were responsible for emptying their bird feeder, but then they discovered the real culprit.

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  • Alexander Spiller of Windham came home from school and spotted this owl in the tree, only after he thought he saw the tree move. It took Alex’s mom and sister 10 minutes to spot the owl.
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    Alexander Spiller of Windham came home from school and spotted this owl in the tree, only after he thought he saw the tree move. It took Alex’s mom and sister 10 minutes to spot the owl.

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  • The bird feeders have also been busy lately at the Hussey residence, with squirrels and several species of birds, including this female red-bellied woodpecker.
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    The bird feeders have also been busy lately at the Hussey residence, with squirrels and several species of birds, including this female red-bellied woodpecker.

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  • This hawk takes a breather after a meal of fish in Cumberland, where Robert Verrill was there to photograph it.
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    This hawk takes a breather after a meal of fish in Cumberland, where Robert Verrill was there to photograph it.

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  • In Thomaston, the robins are also active, plucking berries from a bush in the yard of Hope Creighton.
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    In Thomaston, the robins are also active, plucking berries from a bush in the yard of Hope Creighton.

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  • On Ewing Narrows in Harpswell, this hungry robin found its way through the snow to a snack of holly berries in the yard of Carol Fetters.
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    On Ewing Narrows in Harpswell, this hungry robin found its way through the snow to a snack of holly berries in the yard of Carol Fetters.

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  • Maybe it’s not just us humans who are anxious for spring. This cat at Ellen Campbell’s home in Holden certainly has an eye for that owl in the backyard.
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    Maybe it’s not just us humans who are anxious for spring. This cat at Ellen Campbell’s home in Holden certainly has an eye for that owl in the backyard.

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  • No room at the inn? This chickadee tried mightily to get to one of the feeder ports, but the finches were greedy and ate seed after seed in the backyard of Erik Bartlett in Casco.
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    No room at the inn? This chickadee tried mightily to get to one of the feeder ports, but the finches were greedy and ate seed after seed in the backyard of Erik Bartlett in Casco.

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  • No need for this opossum to climb the bird feeders in Steven Edmondson’s yard. Not when the birds scatter plenty of it for low-dwelling critters.
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    No need for this opossum to climb the bird feeders in Steven Edmondson’s yard. Not when the birds scatter plenty of it for low-dwelling critters.

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  • You can be sure that this eagle is going to leave its imprint on the snows of Owls Head before the day is done.
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    You can be sure that this eagle is going to leave its imprint on the snows of Owls Head before the day is done.

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  • The harsh winter hasn’t seemed to faze the big gray squirrel in Matthew Caiazzo’s Sandy Terrace yard, where feeders sustain all kinds of birds and any other fauna that might be enterprising enough to help itself to a feeding.
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    The harsh winter hasn’t seemed to faze the big gray squirrel in Matthew Caiazzo’s Sandy Terrace yard, where feeders sustain all kinds of birds and any other fauna that might be enterprising enough to help itself to a feeding.

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  • No snow angel here ... just the aftermath of nature’s food chain at work at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, where outdoor operations supervisor Nathan Wight came across the telltale imprint of a hawk seizing some small furry critter that never knew its short life was about to be abbreviated. But that critter - likely a mouse or vole – did serve a purpose, providing nourishment for one of our raptors that adds so much mystique to the skies.
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    No snow angel here ... just the aftermath of nature’s food chain at work at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, where outdoor operations supervisor Nathan Wight came across the telltale imprint of a hawk seizing some small furry critter that never knew its short life was about to be abbreviated. But that critter - likely a mouse or vole – did serve a purpose, providing nourishment for one of our raptors that adds so much mystique to the skies.

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  • When you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em some corn, and the little red squirrels will leave the bird feeders alone. So reasons New Harbor’s Becky Johnson, and the birds must be grateful.
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    When you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em some corn, and the little red squirrels will leave the bird feeders alone. So reasons New Harbor’s Becky Johnson, and the birds must be grateful.

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  • A nocturnal hunter, this barred owl was caught napping by Scarborough’s Robert E. Duffey, possibly after a long night of waiting for small critters to scurry within striking distance of its lethal talons.
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    A nocturnal hunter, this barred owl was caught napping by Scarborough’s Robert E. Duffey, possibly after a long night of waiting for small critters to scurry within striking distance of its lethal talons.

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  • The red, red robin may be bob, bob, bobbin’ upside down if there’s a reward to be had near Scarborough Marsh, where Portland’s Linda Rogoff hopes it’s a sign of spring.
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    The red, red robin may be bob, bob, bobbin’ upside down if there’s a reward to be had near Scarborough Marsh, where Portland’s Linda Rogoff hopes it’s a sign of spring.

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  • Kristen Holmberg captured this image of a pair of geese strutting along on Mother's Beach in Kennebunk.
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    Kristen Holmberg captured this image of a pair of geese strutting along on Mother's Beach in Kennebunk.

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  • Clarks Pond in South Portland turns into a reflecting pool during a recent sunset when North Yarmouth’s Brian K. Lovering was there to enjoy the frosty splendor and share this beautiful image.
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    Clarks Pond in South Portland turns into a reflecting pool during a recent sunset when North Yarmouth’s Brian K. Lovering was there to enjoy the frosty splendor and share this beautiful image.

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  • The birds at George Kostovick’s feeder in Harrison may soon be sent off by this squirrel with its eyes on the prize.
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    The birds at George Kostovick’s feeder in Harrison may soon be sent off by this squirrel with its eyes on the prize.

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  • Patience isn’t a word normally applied to blue jays, but this one seems content to wait its turn for a meal at the feeder in Bruce Small’s yard in Raymond.
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    Patience isn’t a word normally applied to blue jays, but this one seems content to wait its turn for a meal at the feeder in Bruce Small’s yard in Raymond.

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  • It’s not suet that has this hawk watching the feeder in Andy Forgit’s Portland yard. Its patience was rewarded with a squirrel meal.
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    It’s not suet that has this hawk watching the feeder in Andy Forgit’s Portland yard. Its patience was rewarded with a squirrel meal.

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  • This hooded merganser has just taken flight at Panther Run in Raymond, where Erik Bartlett of Casco had the bird in perfect focus.
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    This hooded merganser has just taken flight at Panther Run in Raymond, where Erik Bartlett of Casco had the bird in perfect focus.

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  • Nothing like a bald eagle overhead to make a flock of mallards take a powder, all in the range of Francis Baldwin of Naples. But, Baldwin says, it might have been a false alarm as the big raptor didn’t sink its talons into any of the ducks. But it’s no wonder why they would err on the side of caution.
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    Nothing like a bald eagle overhead to make a flock of mallards take a powder, all in the range of Francis Baldwin of Naples. But, Baldwin says, it might have been a false alarm as the big raptor didn’t sink its talons into any of the ducks. But it’s no wonder why they would err on the side of caution.

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  • Bohemian waxwings, better eat those berries before the next heavy snow falls near Marla Longley’s yard in Presque Isle.
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    Bohemian waxwings, better eat those berries before the next heavy snow falls near Marla Longley’s yard in Presque Isle.

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  • The sun’s rising a little earlier each day at Old Orchard Beach, but swimming’s still months away. By Amy Taylor, who teaches at Blue Point School.
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    The sun’s rising a little earlier each day at Old Orchard Beach, but swimming’s still months away. By Amy Taylor, who teaches at Blue Point School.

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  • Oh deer, get out of that deep snow in Mary Ellen Woodhead’s yard in Old Orchard Beach. For deer can be sitting ducks in the snow, especially vulnerable to coyotes that may lurk in the nearby marsh.
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    Oh deer, get out of that deep snow in Mary Ellen Woodhead’s yard in Old Orchard Beach. For deer can be sitting ducks in the snow, especially vulnerable to coyotes that may lurk in the nearby marsh.

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  • A male goldfinch is fluffed up, having deliberately trapped air within his feathers to help insulate himself against the very cold weather in Erik Bartlett’s Casco yard. So fluffed is he that his talons don’t show.
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    A male goldfinch is fluffed up, having deliberately trapped air within his feathers to help insulate himself against the very cold weather in Erik Bartlett’s Casco yard. So fluffed is he that his talons don’t show.

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  • This woodpecker has been busy working on the trees near Don Mitsmenn's home in Scarborough.
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    This woodpecker has been busy working on the trees near Don Mitsmenn's home in Scarborough.

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  • Falling snow doesn’t seem to faze this tufted titmouse in Carol McCurry’s Westbrook yard.
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    Falling snow doesn’t seem to faze this tufted titmouse in Carol McCurry’s Westbrook yard.

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  • The feeder’s always filled with suet at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s yard in Alfred, where this male red-bellied woodpecker – smartly attired with his full red cap – has been a frequent dinner guest all winter. Sure beats pecking trees.
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    The feeder’s always filled with suet at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s yard in Alfred, where this male red-bellied woodpecker – smartly attired with his full red cap – has been a frequent dinner guest all winter. Sure beats pecking trees.

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  • A cedar waxwing weathers the storm in a tree in Farmington to the delight of Kim Taylor from the nearby town of Industry.
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    A cedar waxwing weathers the storm in a tree in Farmington to the delight of Kim Taylor from the nearby town of Industry.

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  • Eric Smith isn’t sure if these bluebirds are late to leave or early arrivals, but they’re welcome at his feeder in South Portland.
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    Eric Smith isn’t sure if these bluebirds are late to leave or early arrivals, but they’re welcome at his feeder in South Portland.

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  • A yellow-dumped warbler stakes out his place at the suet cage in the middle of winter storm in this photo from Ellie Andrews of Wells.
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    A yellow-dumped warbler stakes out his place at the suet cage in the middle of winter storm in this photo from Ellie Andrews of Wells.

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  • Better scamper under the snow, any little critters near Georgetown’s Trafton Pond, where Diann Longstreet framed this eagle.
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    Better scamper under the snow, any little critters near Georgetown’s Trafton Pond, where Diann Longstreet framed this eagle.

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  • Suet’s in the feeder, but this woodpecker might be wondering about the integrity of the overhang in Debbie Harris’ Arundel yard.
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    Suet’s in the feeder, but this woodpecker might be wondering about the integrity of the overhang in Debbie Harris’ Arundel yard.

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  • This male cardinal looked like next December’s Christmas card as its brilliant hue stook out in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard, where it even found a few seeds.
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    This male cardinal looked like next December’s Christmas card as its brilliant hue stook out in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard, where it even found a few seeds.

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  • The suet was cold at Francis Baldwin’s feeder in Naples, but still helped sustain a trio of little birds, while a fourth seat at the table went vacant. Needless to say, the birds are hoping Baldwin fills up that feeder – and soon.
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    The suet was cold at Francis Baldwin’s feeder in Naples, but still helped sustain a trio of little birds, while a fourth seat at the table went vacant. Needless to say, the birds are hoping Baldwin fills up that feeder – and soon.

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  • Our fine-feathered friends had their wings full last week, but somehow they persevered. This blue jay tried turning its head to the wind and snow in Jim Knox’s Wilton yard.
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    Our fine-feathered friends had their wings full last week, but somehow they persevered. This blue jay tried turning its head to the wind and snow in Jim Knox’s Wilton yard.

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  • It’s the dimming of another day in downtown Portland, which soon will be shrouded by the dark clouds that mesmerized Congress Street resident Jeannine Sullivan.
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    It’s the dimming of another day in downtown Portland, which soon will be shrouded by the dark clouds that mesmerized Congress Street resident Jeannine Sullivan.

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  • A pretty sight to all but the insects it will be dining on, this red-bellied woodpecker is always welcome in the Raymond yard of Bruce Small.
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    A pretty sight to all but the insects it will be dining on, this red-bellied woodpecker is always welcome in the Raymond yard of Bruce Small.

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  • It’s a less dramatic but still a lovely sunset at the farm of Scott and Patty Wright, where a very old dutch elm stands the test of time – as all must when time seems to stand still.
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    It’s a less dramatic but still a lovely sunset at the farm of Scott and Patty Wright, where a very old dutch elm stands the test of time – as all must when time seems to stand still.

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  • Unfazed by snow, a sparrow and blue jay look like bookends in these photos by Susan Olsen of Portland. But what they wouldn’t give for a feeder.
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    Unfazed by snow, a sparrow and blue jay look like bookends in these photos by Susan Olsen of Portland. But what they wouldn’t give for a feeder.

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  • Sundown, you’d better take care, all you folks in New Gloucester bracing for another cold night. But at least that sun also rises – and a little earlier each day. By Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth.
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    Sundown, you’d better take care, all you folks in New Gloucester bracing for another cold night. But at least that sun also rises – and a little earlier each day. By Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth.

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  • Dining options aplenty for this Cooper’s hawk that has a bird feeder in front and a spacious Boothbay Harbor meadow with all kinds of little critters in back at Mike Taylor's home.
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    Dining options aplenty for this Cooper’s hawk that has a bird feeder in front and a spacious Boothbay Harbor meadow with all kinds of little critters in back at Mike Taylor's home.

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  • At least there’s no Cooper’s hawk in the branches above this hare that’s not so well hidden that Greenwood’s Michael Lariviere couldn’t see it.
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    At least there’s no Cooper’s hawk in the branches above this hare that’s not so well hidden that Greenwood’s Michael Lariviere couldn’t see it.

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  • Those bare branches in Alice Rose’s yard in Casco only look as if they’ll never bear leaves again as the Maine winter tightens its grip. But even now the days are growing longer, if only by seconds, the world keeps turning toward the morning.
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    Those bare branches in Alice Rose’s yard in Casco only look as if they’ll never bear leaves again as the Maine winter tightens its grip. But even now the days are growing longer, if only by seconds, the world keeps turning toward the morning.

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  • Judging from its girth, this squirrel must have an ample supply of nuts in that tree near Heidi Reed’s home in Waterboro.
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    Judging from its girth, this squirrel must have an ample supply of nuts in that tree near Heidi Reed’s home in Waterboro.

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  • Cardinal virtues can be enjoyed year-round in Tina Richard’s yard in Clinton.
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    Cardinal virtues can be enjoyed year-round in Tina Richard’s yard in Clinton.

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  • Winter wonderland delight: These doe-eyed deer gathered in the Rangeley snow where Jim Knox was hunting with just a camera.
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    Winter wonderland delight: These doe-eyed deer gathered in the Rangeley snow where Jim Knox was hunting with just a camera.

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  • Just another day at the beach for a couple seals on the Kennebunk shore where Kristen Holmberg – a frequent contributor to this section – was enjoying a stroll.
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    Just another day at the beach for a couple seals on the Kennebunk shore where Kristen Holmberg – a frequent contributor to this section – was enjoying a stroll.

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  • Among the wonders of another sunrise over Saco Bay – a mirage that makes the tip of Wood Island Light seem to levitate above the sea. Laurie Blair Ernst of Saco took this gem from the beach at Kinney Shores.
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    Among the wonders of another sunrise over Saco Bay – a mirage that makes the tip of Wood Island Light seem to levitate above the sea. Laurie Blair Ernst of Saco took this gem from the beach at Kinney Shores.

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  • So where’s Santa? Sliding down the chimney a little early at this Gorham home? And shouldn’t those deer be on the rooftop?
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    So where’s Santa? Sliding down the chimney a little early at this Gorham home? And shouldn’t those deer be on the rooftop?

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  • Suet for everyone, provided they wait their turn at the feeding station in Karen Kurkjian’s yard in Cape Elizabeth.
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    Suet for everyone, provided they wait their turn at the feeding station in Karen Kurkjian’s yard in Cape Elizabeth.

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  • The more carpenter ants this pileated woodpecker eats, the better for Bruce Small, who’s happy to have this elusive bird in his Raymond yard.
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    The more carpenter ants this pileated woodpecker eats, the better for Bruce Small, who’s happy to have this elusive bird in his Raymond yard.

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  • This young bull moose strolled by at the edge of Brownfield’s Pequawket Pond last month while resident Ellen Wiggin was raking up the last of the leaves. A barking dog didn’t startle him – understandable given the size differential.
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    This young bull moose strolled by at the edge of Brownfield’s Pequawket Pond last month while resident Ellen Wiggin was raking up the last of the leaves. A barking dog didn’t startle him – understandable given the size differential.

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  • Like a blessing from above, another day dawns on Harpswell Sound, where Alan Mainero was up early to photograph the wintry splendor from his deck overlooking Casco Bay.
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    Like a blessing from above, another day dawns on Harpswell Sound, where Alan Mainero was up early to photograph the wintry splendor from his deck overlooking Casco Bay.

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  • When Eric Bartlett published a bird book back in 1980, the red-bellied woodpecker’s range didn’t even extend into Massachusetts, but this lovely female, skittish as she may be, has since taken to visiting his South Casco yard, where she is most welcome.
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    When Eric Bartlett published a bird book back in 1980, the red-bellied woodpecker’s range didn’t even extend into Massachusetts, but this lovely female, skittish as she may be, has since taken to visiting his South Casco yard, where she is most welcome.

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  • No reason for this little opossum to be playing possum, not with all the bird seed scattered in Sarah Lathrop’s Scarborough yard.
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    No reason for this little opossum to be playing possum, not with all the bird seed scattered in Sarah Lathrop’s Scarborough yard.

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  • Having survived another hunting season, this handsome six-pointer has a right to sit pretty outside Roy Irving’s bedroom window in Raymond.
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    Having survived another hunting season, this handsome six-pointer has a right to sit pretty outside Roy Irving’s bedroom window in Raymond.

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  • This blue jay stayed perched on the feeder in Kristen Holmberg’s Kennebunk yard, seemingly unfazed by the rain.
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    This blue jay stayed perched on the feeder in Kristen Holmberg’s Kennebunk yard, seemingly unfazed by the rain.

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  • Molly Wiggin’s photo of the banks of the Saco River at sunset on Thanksgiving Day should put everyone in a reflective mood as the once vivid colors of late autumn fade into an early winter that provides its own stark beauty.
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    Molly Wiggin’s photo of the banks of the Saco River at sunset on Thanksgiving Day should put everyone in a reflective mood as the once vivid colors of late autumn fade into an early winter that provides its own stark beauty.

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  • No deer, hunting season’s not over – read Bob Humphrey. But you’ve made it this far so chances are you’re safe. By Brewer’s Richard Spinney.
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    No deer, hunting season’s not over – read Bob Humphrey. But you’ve made it this far so chances are you’re safe. By Brewer’s Richard Spinney.

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  • Waterboro’s Heidi Reed may still be looking for that pot of gold, but York County’s lake country sure glitters.
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    Waterboro’s Heidi Reed may still be looking for that pot of gold, but York County’s lake country sure glitters.

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  • My true love brought to me ... turkeys in a cherry tree? At least that’s what happened at Scarborough’s Stratton Woods condos, where Gary Cressey was there to document it.
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    My true love brought to me ... turkeys in a cherry tree? At least that’s what happened at Scarborough’s Stratton Woods condos, where Gary Cressey was there to document it.

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  • It may seem like an eternity before Sebago Lake will again brim with summer activities, but Maria J. Walker can still appreciate its stark, offseason beauty.
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    It may seem like an eternity before Sebago Lake will again brim with summer activities, but Maria J. Walker can still appreciate its stark, offseason beauty.

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  • You lookin’ at me? This squirrel in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard really does seem to show some umbrage in this staredown. Serves him right if he sees his picture.
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    You lookin’ at me? This squirrel in Erik Bartlett’s South Casco yard really does seem to show some umbrage in this staredown. Serves him right if he sees his picture.

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  • Angry skies reach down to seize the sorry blackened bones of trees, as the Red Clay Ramblers sing. Something for Janet Merrill to hum on her way to Parsons Beach.
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    Angry skies reach down to seize the sorry blackened bones of trees, as the Red Clay Ramblers sing. Something for Janet Merrill to hum on her way to Parsons Beach.

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  • Winter pays an early visit to Beech Mountain in Southwest Harbor, where Katie Dyer of Mount Desert Island was observing the season’s change from a water tower looking south.
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    Winter pays an early visit to Beech Mountain in Southwest Harbor, where Katie Dyer of Mount Desert Island was observing the season’s change from a water tower looking south.

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  • Dr. Ken Janes took this photo on November 20, early in the morning, on Strawberry Island, Kennebunk Beach.  He believes it is an adult Snowy Owl, the first seen this season.  Maybe it was escaping the snow in Buffalo?
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    Dr. Ken Janes took this photo on November 20, early in the morning, on Strawberry Island, Kennebunk Beach. He believes it is an adult Snowy Owl, the first seen this season. Maybe it was escaping the snow in Buffalo?

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  • A downy woodpecker patiently waits for the suet cage to be refilled at the Scarborough home of Carol and Ted Haider.
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    A downy woodpecker patiently waits for the suet cage to be refilled at the Scarborough home of Carol and Ted Haider.

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  • The bird feeder at Seth McKenney’s Portland yard brings in tasty prey for this young hawk that sat on the deck rail for a good while before snatching a small bird and carrying it into the trees for a tasty feast for one. The hawk was back the next day, the McKenneys report.
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    The bird feeder at Seth McKenney’s Portland yard brings in tasty prey for this young hawk that sat on the deck rail for a good while before snatching a small bird and carrying it into the trees for a tasty feast for one. The hawk was back the next day, the McKenneys report.

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  • Perhaps thankful that unlike their domesticated brothers and sisters, they don’t have to sweat out the last few days before Thanksgiving, dozens of wild turkeys feast on acorns in Bill Preis’ waterfront lot at Merryfield Cove.
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    Perhaps thankful that unlike their domesticated brothers and sisters, they don’t have to sweat out the last few days before Thanksgiving, dozens of wild turkeys feast on acorns in Bill Preis’ waterfront lot at Merryfield Cove.

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  • As Peter K. Shaw waited in line to see President Obama’s appearance at the Portland Expo on Oct. 30, he and others were treated to a spectacular rainbow.
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    As Peter K. Shaw waited in line to see President Obama’s appearance at the Portland Expo on Oct. 30, he and others were treated to a spectacular rainbow.

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  • A common pheasant in name only, this handsome bird is a sight to behold or, even better, to photograph, which Gorham’s Lori Rumery was fortunate enough to do as it ate seeds by the side of a road.
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    A common pheasant in name only, this handsome bird is a sight to behold or, even better, to photograph, which Gorham’s Lori Rumery was fortunate enough to do as it ate seeds by the side of a road.

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  • Had it not leaped onto a yellow leaf, this toad might never have reveaIed itself to Casco’s Donna Morton as she hiked through Androscoggin Riverland State Park recently.
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    Had it not leaped onto a yellow leaf, this toad might never have reveaIed itself to Casco’s Donna Morton as she hiked through Androscoggin Riverland State Park recently.

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  • Eyes focused on something, these blue herons pore through the marshes of Parsons Beach, where Kennebunk’s Kristen Holmberg’s eyes – and camera – were on them.
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    Eyes focused on something, these blue herons pore through the marshes of Parsons Beach, where Kennebunk’s Kristen Holmberg’s eyes – and camera – were on them.

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  • This white-breasted nuthatch was one of many birds that recently took advantage of the dining options at Richard Sawyer's house.
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    This white-breasted nuthatch was one of many birds that recently took advantage of the dining options at Richard Sawyer's house.

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  • Another day in the paradise of midcoast Maine is dawning, and Kennebunk’s Dolores Choquette was glad she rose early in Rockport to capture this magnificent sunrise over Penobscot Bay.
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    Another day in the paradise of midcoast Maine is dawning, and Kennebunk’s Dolores Choquette was glad she rose early in Rockport to capture this magnificent sunrise over Penobscot Bay.

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  • A little downey probably wishes the red-bellied woodpecker would stick to trees while waiting patiently for a serving of suet at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s feeder in Alfred.
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    A little downey probably wishes the red-bellied woodpecker would stick to trees while waiting patiently for a serving of suet at Cathy Wilkie Conley’s feeder in Alfred.

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  • Muskrat Susie or Sam? Well it’s hard to get close enough to these critters to know for sure, but Auburn’s Laurie McGilvery sure had fun observing it from a distance at Taylor Brook.
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    Muskrat Susie or Sam? Well it’s hard to get close enough to these critters to know for sure, but Auburn’s Laurie McGilvery sure had fun observing it from a distance at Taylor Brook.

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  • There’s still pollen for a busy bee feasting on a sunflower at Claudia Dole Lowe’s house on Sebago Lake.
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    There’s still pollen for a busy bee feasting on a sunflower at Claudia Dole Lowe’s house on Sebago Lake.

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  • Look out deer, hunting season is under way. This 8-point buck was so still in Acadia National Forest last week that Biddeford’s Pat Carr and husband Jack thought it might be a decoy.
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    Look out deer, hunting season is under way. This 8-point buck was so still in Acadia National Forest last week that Biddeford’s Pat Carr and husband Jack thought it might be a decoy.

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  • Three’s company for these plovers at the Scarborough marsh where Casco’s Erik Bartlett was hiking with his camera in hand.
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    Three’s company for these plovers at the Scarborough marsh where Casco’s Erik Bartlett was hiking with his camera in hand.

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  • What’s needling you, this rather defensive porcupine seems to be asking Cape Elizabeth’s Geoff Cummings, who wisely didn’t stay too close for long.
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    What’s needling you, this rather defensive porcupine seems to be asking Cape Elizabeth’s Geoff Cummings, who wisely didn’t stay too close for long.

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  • To many of us, golf courses are indeed hallowed grounds, albeit with profanities, and the rays look heaven-sent on the 18th hole at Gray’s Spring Meadows, where Yarmouth’s Brian Lovering was finishing a round.
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    To many of us, golf courses are indeed hallowed grounds, albeit with profanities, and the rays look heaven-sent on the 18th hole at Gray’s Spring Meadows, where Yarmouth’s Brian Lovering was finishing a round.

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  • America’s national symbol is ever so stately perched above Deborah Laverriere’s camp at Shapleigh’s Square Pond, where the fish have learned to beware the raptor from above.
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    America’s national symbol is ever so stately perched above Deborah Laverriere’s camp at Shapleigh’s Square Pond, where the fish have learned to beware the raptor from above.

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  • Still nectar in those Rockland flowers where a bee blissfully buzzes about while Arundel’s Debbie Harris takes this colorful photo. With temps set to drop, that bee will soon be safely in the hive.
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    Still nectar in those Rockland flowers where a bee blissfully buzzes about while Arundel’s Debbie Harris takes this colorful photo. With temps set to drop, that bee will soon be safely in the hive.

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  • Blue skies, nothing but blue skies ... well maybe only in Irving Berlin’s song. Here at Rockland Harbor, a nice day takes a turn for the worse as a rainstorm moves in, but it’s captured so dramatically by Rob Little, who was visiting from Lexington, Mass.
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    Blue skies, nothing but blue skies ... well maybe only in Irving Berlin’s song. Here at Rockland Harbor, a nice day takes a turn for the worse as a rainstorm moves in, but it’s captured so dramatically by Rob Little, who was visiting from Lexington, Mass.

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  • This bird has flown, the young gull that was Brian Lovering’s lunch date during his visit to York’s Nubble Light last week. Lovering named it Jonathan. No word if the middle name is Livingston.
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    This bird has flown, the young gull that was Brian Lovering’s lunch date during his visit to York’s Nubble Light last week. Lovering named it Jonathan. No word if the middle name is Livingston.

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  • Steady as Wallenda, a great blue heron perches on a branch while scanning Panther Run in Raymond while Casco’s Erik Bartlett moves in for a close-up.
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    Steady as Wallenda, a great blue heron perches on a branch while scanning Panther Run in Raymond while Casco’s Erik Bartlett moves in for a close-up.

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