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Sunday February 1, 2015
  • 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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  • Hummingbirds found Tim Harper's feeder in Cape Elizabeth recently and took advantage of stocking up before their long journey south.
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    Hummingbirds found Tim Harper's feeder in Cape Elizabeth recently and took advantage of stocking up before their long journey south.

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  • Scripture doesn’t say if the Garden of Eden experienced autumn, but it couldn’t have been more pleasant than in Sandy Truslow’s Cumberland yard.
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    Scripture doesn’t say if the Garden of Eden experienced autumn, but it couldn’t have been more pleasant than in Sandy Truslow’s Cumberland yard.

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  • Like any good fisherman, the heron is quiet and still as it wades in the Songo River in Naples, where Raymond’s Bruce Small observed from a boat.
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    Like any good fisherman, the heron is quiet and still as it wades in the Songo River in Naples, where Raymond’s Bruce Small observed from a boat.

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  • Looks like a bottleneck, or maybe a turtleneck, on this crowded log on Alfred’s Lake Estes, where resident Cathy Conley enjoyed much more solitude on a sunny late-summer day.
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    Looks like a bottleneck, or maybe a turtleneck, on this crowded log on Alfred’s Lake Estes, where resident Cathy Conley enjoyed much more solitude on a sunny late-summer day.

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  • Angry birds, this blue jay and woodpecker, as they vie for feeder space in the Mapleton yard of Presque Isle’s Marla Longley’s parents. Well, that woodpecker should be pecking at trees, shouldn’t it?
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    Angry birds, this blue jay and woodpecker, as they vie for feeder space in the Mapleton yard of Presque Isle’s Marla Longley’s parents. Well, that woodpecker should be pecking at trees, shouldn’t it?

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  • The mother loon, foreground, calls to her two babies, who were getting a little too adventurous at Kimball Lake on the Fryeburg line, where Kimberly Linnell-Infinger of Chatham, N.H., was enjoying a late summer day.
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    The mother loon, foreground, calls to her two babies, who were getting a little too adventurous at Kimball Lake on the Fryeburg line, where Kimberly Linnell-Infinger of Chatham, N.H., was enjoying a late summer day.

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  • As long as this stately dragonfly keeps preying on mosquitoes and ants, it’ll be most welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard.
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    As long as this stately dragonfly keeps preying on mosquitoes and ants, it’ll be most welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard.

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  • Ever the scavenger, this turkey vulture must have been surveying the Lyman landscape for carrion when Linda Davis approached it.
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    Ever the scavenger, this turkey vulture must have been surveying the Lyman landscape for carrion when Linda Davis approached it.

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  • Summertime and the living’s easy, even for this heron that finds the fishing productive on Long Pond in the Belgrade Lakes, where Judith Adams was boating.
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    Summertime and the living’s easy, even for this heron that finds the fishing productive on Long Pond in the Belgrade Lakes, where Judith Adams was boating.

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  • The punk plumage style is in for this immature cardinal found in Walter Harris' backyard in Orono.
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    The punk plumage style is in for this immature cardinal found in Walter Harris' backyard in Orono.

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  • It’s lonely at the top for an osprey at Messalonskee Lake where Scarborough’s David and Linda Kirstein were admiring.
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    It’s lonely at the top for an osprey at Messalonskee Lake where Scarborough’s David and Linda Kirstein were admiring.

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  • Standing watch over Casco Bay, a pair of bald eagles protect their two youngsters hidden in the nest, and peruse the area for anything small and edible while Nick Knight watched from below.
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    Standing watch over Casco Bay, a pair of bald eagles protect their two youngsters hidden in the nest, and peruse the area for anything small and edible while Nick Knight watched from below.

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  • The second mouse might get the cheese but the early bird – in this case a blue heron – gets at least something that resembles a worm at Robinhood Cove, where Georgetown’s Diann Longstreet observed from a kayak.
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    The second mouse might get the cheese but the early bird – in this case a blue heron – gets at least something that resembles a worm at Robinhood Cove, where Georgetown’s Diann Longstreet observed from a kayak.

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  • The wax beans in Bob Demkowicz’s Winthrop vegetable garden provide a convenient layover spot for a dragonfly in need of a short rest.
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    The wax beans in Bob Demkowicz’s Winthrop vegetable garden provide a convenient layover spot for a dragonfly in need of a short rest.

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  • Take a trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and you never know what you will find. A few future princes, perhaps? Laurie McGilvery of Auburn captured this group sunning on the lily pads.
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    Take a trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and you never know what you will find. A few future princes, perhaps? Laurie McGilvery of Auburn captured this group sunning on the lily pads.

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  • This lone Lesser yellowlegs that I saw in Wells this week is probably finding plenty to eat, since he's not competing with the 3 or 4  of his kind that he/she is usually with. I saw lots of them at the Scaroboro marsh Sunday.  A Red- tailed Hawk actually swooped down over them, and them, and they must have seen his shadow, and scurried into the tall grasses of the marsh. Score: Hawk 0  Yellowlegs 0. Joy Page, Scaroboro.
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    This lone Lesser yellowlegs that I saw in Wells this week is probably finding plenty to eat, since he's not competing with the 3 or 4 of his kind that he/she is usually with. I saw lots of them at the Scaroboro marsh Sunday. A Red- tailed Hawk actually swooped down over them, and them, and they must have seen his shadow, and scurried into the tall grasses of the marsh. Score: Hawk 0 Yellowlegs 0. Joy Page, Scaroboro.

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  • This guy was ensuring I wasn't going to sneak up behind his master and mistress as they sat eating their lunches on the park bench.  He kept a close eye on me as I adjusted the camera and took his picture. Richard Spinney, Brewer.
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    This guy was ensuring I wasn't going to sneak up behind his master and mistress as they sat eating their lunches on the park bench. He kept a close eye on me as I adjusted the camera and took his picture. Richard Spinney, Brewer.

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  • Bluebird perched in a tree in South Berwick. Photo by Joy Page of South Berwick
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    Bluebird perched in a tree in South Berwick. Photo by Joy Page of South Berwick

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  • A bald eagle perches in a tree near China Lake. Photo by Chris Cobourn
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    A bald eagle perches in a tree near China Lake. Photo by Chris Cobourn

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  • The mares were happily eating while the yearlings nursed or exercised their new legs at the Norton Horse Farm in Falmouth. Photo by Linda Rogoff, Portland.
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    The mares were happily eating while the yearlings nursed or exercised their new legs at the Norton Horse Farm in Falmouth. Photo by Linda Rogoff, Portland.

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  • Spring sunset over Goosefair Brook. Photo by Laurie Blair Ernst of Saco
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    Spring sunset over Goosefair Brook. Photo by Laurie Blair Ernst of Saco

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  • The waves at Biddeford Pool. Photo by Chris MacKenzie of Biddeford.
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    The waves at Biddeford Pool. Photo by Chris MacKenzie of Biddeford.

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  • A deer napping next to our rear deck. Buzz Stultz Belmont.
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    A deer napping next to our rear deck. Buzz Stultz Belmont.

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  • Easter Sunrise service at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth on March 31, 2013. Photo by Marie Jordan, South Portland.
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    Easter Sunrise service at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth on March 31, 2013. Photo by Marie Jordan, South Portland.

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  • Male turkeys trying to attack a mate in Hollis Photo by Pat Garrett, of Hollis.
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    Male turkeys trying to attack a mate in Hollis Photo by Pat Garrett, of Hollis.

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  • ree young fox check out the activity outside their temporary home in the rocks on Parker Ridge Road in Biddeford.  They stayed only a week and Momma Fox took them to another location.  Photo by Richard Beaudoin, Biddeford.
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    ree young fox check out the activity outside their temporary home in the rocks on Parker Ridge Road in Biddeford. They stayed only a week and Momma Fox took them to another location. Photo by Richard Beaudoin, Biddeford.

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  • This hawk is a frequent visitor to a reader's backyard in Windham. Catherine Brown/Windham
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    This hawk is a frequent visitor to a reader's backyard in Windham. Catherine Brown/Windham

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  • One of pair of osprey that are making a home at Lake Estes in Alfred. Cathy Conley/Alfred.
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    One of pair of osprey that are making a home at Lake Estes in Alfred. Cathy Conley/Alfred.

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  • A little flying squirrel showed up on a driveway in Wells, so tame it allowed the neighborhood children to hold it. John and Jo Anne Gouveia/Wells
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    A little flying squirrel showed up on a driveway in Wells, so tame it allowed the neighborhood children to hold it. John and Jo Anne Gouveia/Wells

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  • Hornets will build a nest in nearly anyplace and the proof is this bunch who build a hive on the hatch of a gas tank on a pickup truck. Russ Burleigh/Scarborough.
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    Hornets will build a nest in nearly anyplace and the proof is this bunch who build a hive on the hatch of a gas tank on a pickup truck. Russ Burleigh/Scarborough.

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  • Haley Cox, 17, of Limerick, captured this moment between a robin and nestlings at her grandmother's home in Hollis. Haley Cox/Limerick
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    Haley Cox, 17, of Limerick, captured this moment between a robin and nestlings at her grandmother's home in Hollis. Haley Cox/Limerick

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  • An eagle flys over Little Sebago Lake in Gray. Jan Nowinski/Gray
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    An eagle flys over Little Sebago Lake in Gray. Jan Nowinski/Gray

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  • Two eagles perch on a tree overlooking  Little Sebago Lake in Gray. Jan Nowinski/Gray
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    Two eagles perch on a tree overlooking Little Sebago Lake in Gray. Jan Nowinski/Gray

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  • I followed this fox around an asphalt pile as the sun was setting waiting for him to find his spot! He finally stretched and settled. Dick Poitras, Gorham.
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    I followed this fox around an asphalt pile as the sun was setting waiting for him to find his spot! He finally stretched and settled. Dick Poitras, Gorham.

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  • Bald eagle perched at Riverside Park in Westbrook. Jeffrey Wilson, Westbrook.
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    Bald eagle perched at Riverside Park in Westbrook. Jeffrey Wilson, Westbrook.

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  • An owl perches on a bird feeder in the backyard of Mimi Hinkel of Cumberland.
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    An owl perches on a bird feeder in the backyard of Mimi Hinkel of Cumberland.

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  • Hornets actually built this nest during the past several months underneath of a small birdhouse, which has been on our weeping willow tree for many years. Candy and Ron Cunningham, Bucksport.
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    Hornets actually built this nest during the past several months underneath of a small birdhouse, which has been on our weeping willow tree for many years. Candy and Ron Cunningham, Bucksport.

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  • A bobcat runs thought our backyard in October. Bill Pavlisko, Gray.
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    A bobcat runs thought our backyard in October. Bill Pavlisko, Gray.

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  • A heron stands at Cascade Falls in Saco. Jim Swain, Saco.
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    A heron stands at Cascade Falls in Saco. Jim Swain, Saco.

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  • This photo was taken from the Naples Causeway in Naples around the first of November. Very striking, and glad I had the camera with me when I spotted it. Erik Bartlett, Casco.
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    This photo was taken from the Naples Causeway in Naples around the first of November. Very striking, and glad I had the camera with me when I spotted it. Erik Bartlett, Casco.

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  • Taking my boots off and taking a moment to rest after a day hunting in Elliotsville Plantation. Dianne Corbin, Newfield.
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    Taking my boots off and taking a moment to rest after a day hunting in Elliotsville Plantation. Dianne Corbin, Newfield.

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  • A seagull soars across the surf in a snow storm in Portland. Ann Blanchard, Scarborough.
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    A seagull soars across the surf in a snow storm in Portland. Ann Blanchard, Scarborough.

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  • This young Racoon was looking for food way past the usual feeding time. Craig Robinson, Gorham.
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    This young Racoon was looking for food way past the usual feeding time. Craig Robinson, Gorham.

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  • A Canadian goose on a foggy pond in Lyman. Bev Raymond, Kennebunk.
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    A Canadian goose on a foggy pond in Lyman. Bev Raymond, Kennebunk.

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  • A lobsterman goes out as the sun comes up over Chebeague Island. Taken from the Chebeague Island Ferry dock on Cousins Island. Linda Rogoff, Portland.
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    A lobsterman goes out as the sun comes up over Chebeague Island. Taken from the Chebeague Island Ferry dock on Cousins Island. Linda Rogoff, Portland.

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  • A heron hides in the weeds at Parson's Beach in Kennebunk. Kristen Lee/Kennebunk.
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    A heron hides in the weeds at Parson's Beach in Kennebunk. Kristen Lee/Kennebunk.

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  • I spotted the heron in the woods while kayaking on Moose Pond. Jane Brown, Otisfield.
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    I spotted the heron in the woods while kayaking on Moose Pond. Jane Brown, Otisfield.

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  • Sunset on Highland Lake, Windham. Louanne Doody, Windham.
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    Sunset on Highland Lake, Windham. Louanne Doody, Windham.

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  • Picture of dog, Snowy, ready for Halloween. Bob Keithley, Saco.
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    Picture of dog, Snowy, ready for Halloween. Bob Keithley, Saco.

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  • Hummingbird at Sabbathday Lake. Diantha Grant, New Gloucester.
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    Hummingbird at Sabbathday Lake. Diantha Grant, New Gloucester.

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  • A pair of week-old lambs and their mama at Wild Meadow Farm in Saco. Photo by Julie Bernier, South Portland.
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    A pair of week-old lambs and their mama at Wild Meadow Farm in Saco. Photo by Julie Bernier, South Portland.

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  • An opossum hangs out on a bird feeder on Cousins Island. Photo by Alice Ingraham, Yarmouth.
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    An opossum hangs out on a bird feeder on Cousins Island. Photo by Alice Ingraham, Yarmouth.

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  • An opossum and fox dine together out on Cousins Island in Yarmouth. Photo by Alice Ingraham, Yarmouth.
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    An opossum and fox dine together out on Cousins Island in Yarmouth. Photo by Alice Ingraham, Yarmouth.

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  • I was able to stop the action of this hummingbird moth as it hovered at a flower to feed. Sue Bonzey, Dedham.
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    I was able to stop the action of this hummingbird moth as it hovered at a flower to feed. Sue Bonzey, Dedham.

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  • Birds resting in a tree on Presque Isle. Photo by Marla Longley of Presque Isle.
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    Birds resting in a tree on Presque Isle. Photo by Marla Longley of Presque Isle.

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  • A temporary renter. Jonathan Gwalthney, Ocean Park.
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    A temporary renter. Jonathan Gwalthney, Ocean Park.

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  • Found this great spider web next to a small unnamed pool of water in Sanford. Joy Page, Sanford.
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    Found this great spider web next to a small unnamed pool of water in Sanford. Joy Page, Sanford.

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  • This is the only creature that has ever been able to get into my Squirrel Busters Plus feeder. There have been hundreds of attempts; literally; by squirrels and every other chipmunk. This one figured out how to grab onto the feeding port with front paws, lift weight off the spring-loaded feeding ring, and stick its snout into the now-open port. I hope its kids don't figure this out. Erik Bartlett, Casco.
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    This is the only creature that has ever been able to get into my Squirrel Busters Plus feeder. There have been hundreds of attempts; literally; by squirrels and every other chipmunk. This one figured out how to grab onto the feeding port with front paws, lift weight off the spring-loaded feeding ring, and stick its snout into the now-open port. I hope its kids don't figure this out. Erik Bartlett, Casco.

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  • Red squirrel bracing itself against the cold and snow. Photo by Erik Bartlett, Casco.
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    Red squirrel bracing itself against the cold and snow. Photo by Erik Bartlett, Casco.

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  • This is a October sunrise on little Sebago with a light fog off the lake. Glenn Lynds
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    This is a October sunrise on little Sebago with a light fog off the lake. Glenn Lynds

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  • American White Pelican in flight on a foggy morn at Spruce Head. Photo by Judy Barstow, Sanford.
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    American White Pelican in flight on a foggy morn at Spruce Head. Photo by Judy Barstow, Sanford.

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  • These guys were always together. Buzz Stultz, Belmont
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    These guys were always together. Buzz Stultz, Belmont

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  • A snowbound barn in Brunswick. Photo by Heidi Nelson, of Brunswick.
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    A snowbound barn in Brunswick. Photo by Heidi Nelson, of Brunswick.

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  • Snowy owl rests on a rock at Pine Point. Photo by Chris MacKenzie, Pine Point.
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    Snowy owl rests on a rock at Pine Point. Photo by Chris MacKenzie, Pine Point.

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  • Dock spider at Highland Lake in Falmouth. Marianne Young, Windham.
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    Dock spider at Highland Lake in Falmouth. Marianne Young, Windham.

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