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Thursday December 8, 2016
  • A bird in the hand is worth ... well, an interesting photo op, as Jan Bartlett of South Casco feeds some seeds to a chickadee. Photo by Erik Bartlett.
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    A bird in the hand is worth ... well, an interesting photo op, as Jan Bartlett of South Casco feeds some seeds to a chickadee. Photo by Erik Bartlett.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Kathy Brown, visiting from Fenton, Michigan, caught sight of one of our resident blue herons wading the shore of Mill Cove in Spruce Head.
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    Kathy Brown, visiting from Fenton, Michigan, caught sight of one of our resident blue herons wading the shore of Mill Cove in Spruce Head.

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  • Streaked Mountain, near South Paris, offered fine foliage earlier this month, and Amy Burgess of Bridgton was there to capture it.
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    Streaked Mountain, near South Paris, offered fine foliage earlier this month, and Amy Burgess of Bridgton was there to capture it.

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  • A black bear enjoys licking clean a grill grate behind the Sunrise Shack restaurant in Glen, N.H., just as Scarborough's George Schroth happened to be walking his dog while waiting for a table.
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    A black bear enjoys licking clean a grill grate behind the Sunrise Shack restaurant in Glen, N.H., just as Scarborough's George Schroth happened to be walking his dog while waiting for a table.

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  • A recent foggy morning at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport provided an almost mythical scene, one Francis J. Kleeman of Kennebunk was eager to share.
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    A recent foggy morning at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport provided an almost mythical scene, one Francis J. Kleeman of Kennebunk was eager to share.

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  • Pat Corea of Scarborough discovered this handsome stowaway while bringing the houseplants back inside for the winter.
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    Pat Corea of Scarborough discovered this handsome stowaway while bringing the houseplants back inside for the winter.

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  • Like bookends, two woodpeckers feast on suet while the goldfinches opt for seeds at the feeder in the Scarborough yard of Russ Burleigh and Joan Steinberg.
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    Like bookends, two woodpeckers feast on suet while the goldfinches opt for seeds at the feeder in the Scarborough yard of Russ Burleigh and Joan Steinberg.

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  • It's autumn in all its golden array under a cloudless sky on a lakefront along Route 17 near Byron. Life really can't get much better than this scene captured by Kelsie West-Ezzo of Brunswick.
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    It's autumn in all its golden array under a cloudless sky on a lakefront along Route 17 near Byron. Life really can't get much better than this scene captured by Kelsie West-Ezzo of Brunswick.

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  • There's just room enough on the tip of the log for one turtle – and a small one at that – to catch some rays on a bright October day at one of the smaller ponds in Evergreen Cemetery, where Nancy Posey of Portland was enjoying a stroll.
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    There's just room enough on the tip of the log for one turtle – and a small one at that – to catch some rays on a bright October day at one of the smaller ponds in Evergreen Cemetery, where Nancy Posey of Portland was enjoying a stroll.

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  • Looking like a decoy, a drake wades in a Wayne lake before departing for places unknown – possibly because he couldn't attract a companion, at least not while Fred Degnan of Fayette was watching.
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    Looking like a decoy, a drake wades in a Wayne lake before departing for places unknown – possibly because he couldn't attract a companion, at least not while Fred Degnan of Fayette was watching.

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  • Cathy Wilkie Conley doesn't usually need a reminder to feed the birds in her Alfred yard, but this critter served as something of a wakeup call before she could even consume her first cup of coffee on a recent morning. And the feed isn't even meant for him!
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    Cathy Wilkie Conley doesn't usually need a reminder to feed the birds in her Alfred yard, but this critter served as something of a wakeup call before she could even consume her first cup of coffee on a recent morning. And the feed isn't even meant for him!

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  • The anteater of the woodpecker family – the northern flicker– scouts the Jackman grass for whatever insects may still be crawling around, along with any fruits and berries made available during the harvest season.
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    The anteater of the woodpecker family – the northern flicker– scouts the Jackman grass for whatever insects may still be crawling around, along with any fruits and berries made available during the harvest season.

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  • A common merganser hen swims parallel with Wendy Mae Chambers’ kayak as she hunts small fish in the Moose River.
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    A common merganser hen swims parallel with Wendy Mae Chambers’ kayak as she hunts small fish in the Moose River.

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  • There's still enough pollen in Roger Marchand's Gorham yard to attract honeybees, and they had better be worker bees as dropping temps will soon send them back to the hive where they'll consume their stored honey to produce enough heat to sustain the population until flowers are again blooming.
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    There's still enough pollen in Roger Marchand's Gorham yard to attract honeybees, and they had better be worker bees as dropping temps will soon send them back to the hive where they'll consume their stored honey to produce enough heat to sustain the population until flowers are again blooming.

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  • It may not look too appetizing, but Hericium – also known as comb tooth fungus – is among the edible mushrooms, which means that Bill Preis, of Bridgton, may have a nice feast on his hands if he chooses to remove it from the bark.
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    It may not look too appetizing, but Hericium – also known as comb tooth fungus – is among the edible mushrooms, which means that Bill Preis, of Bridgton, may have a nice feast on his hands if he chooses to remove it from the bark.

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  • Pecking away at fresh suet at Chris Fleuriel's feeder in Brunswick was easier than banging its beak on wood.
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    Pecking away at fresh suet at Chris Fleuriel's feeder in Brunswick was easier than banging its beak on wood.

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  • Reminder to anglers: Don't use lead sinkers on Big Wood Pond in Jackman – or anywhere else. They can be lethal to loons such as this one swimming by Wendy Mae Chambers.
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    Reminder to anglers: Don't use lead sinkers on Big Wood Pond in Jackman – or anywhere else. They can be lethal to loons such as this one swimming by Wendy Mae Chambers.

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  • Its southbound migration imminent, a monarch butterly nourishes itself on flowers planted by volunteer caretakers on Biddeford's 110-acre Timber Point Trail where Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach was enjoying an early autumn walk.
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    Its southbound migration imminent, a monarch butterly nourishes itself on flowers planted by volunteer caretakers on Biddeford's 110-acre Timber Point Trail where Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach was enjoying an early autumn walk.

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  • A bald eagle overlooks Lovejoy Pond where Fayette resident Fred Degnan was there to admire the handsome raptor.
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    A bald eagle overlooks Lovejoy Pond where Fayette resident Fred Degnan was there to admire the handsome raptor.

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  • It's the dawning of another day at York's Long Sands Beach, where the water is still OK for swimming for the hardier types. By Yvonne Migneault of Acton.
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    It's the dawning of another day at York's Long Sands Beach, where the water is still OK for swimming for the hardier types. By Yvonne Migneault of Acton.

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  • Jack McDonald of Biddeford sighted this hawk soaring above Pool Street and Bridge Road on his way to work.
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    Jack McDonald of Biddeford sighted this hawk soaring above Pool Street and Bridge Road on his way to work.

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  • It was a first-time meeting recently between this little bird and 80-year-old Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit, who found the creature perching unafraid on a limb by the Marginal Way.
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    It was a first-time meeting recently between this little bird and 80-year-old Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit, who found the creature perching unafraid on a limb by the Marginal Way.

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  • Frequent contributor Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth enjoyed the sunset from Scarborough on the final day of summer. A fitting way to end the season.
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    Frequent contributor Brian Lovering of North Yarmouth enjoyed the sunset from Scarborough on the final day of summer. A fitting way to end the season.

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  • Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is all aglow on Sept. 16, silhoutted by the rising full moon, as captured by Craig C. Shaknis of Naples.
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    Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is all aglow on Sept. 16, silhoutted by the rising full moon, as captured by Craig C. Shaknis of Naples.

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  • This large moth, likely a cecropia, alighted on Patrick Flynn's window in Skowhegan in June. The insect had about a 4-inch wingspan.
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    This large moth, likely a cecropia, alighted on Patrick Flynn's window in Skowhegan in June. The insect had about a 4-inch wingspan.

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  • Residential Kennebunkport may be a safe place for this big critter to hang his hatrack once moose hunting season begins. Might as well homestead now near Martha Huestis' house. The birds won't mind, as long as he leaves the feeder alone.
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    Residential Kennebunkport may be a safe place for this big critter to hang his hatrack once moose hunting season begins. Might as well homestead now near Martha Huestis' house. The birds won't mind, as long as he leaves the feeder alone.

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  • Feasting on Gorham's plants will turn this eastern black swallowtail caterpillar into a butterfly that will make an even nicer photo subject for Renee Dugas.
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    Feasting on Gorham's plants will turn this eastern black swallowtail caterpillar into a butterfly that will make an even nicer photo subject for Renee Dugas.

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  • There wasn't any smoke on the water but there sure seemed to be fire in the sky when Jeannine Sullivan took this stirring photo of a late summer sunset from Portland's Munjoy Hill.
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    There wasn't any smoke on the water but there sure seemed to be fire in the sky when Jeannine Sullivan took this stirring photo of a late summer sunset from Portland's Munjoy Hill.

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  • Soon this young seal will be on its own, but for now it can wait patiently for mother to return from the chilly waters off Acadia National Park with some free-range fish. By Ignacio Pessoa of Mount Desert Island.
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    Soon this young seal will be on its own, but for now it can wait patiently for mother to return from the chilly waters off Acadia National Park with some free-range fish. By Ignacio Pessoa of Mount Desert Island.

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  • Usually we're told to remove the bird feeders come springtime when the black bears are extra hungry after their long hibernation. But this one must be snacking up before the big nap, to the chagrin of the usual diners on Yvonne Dickson's porch in Buxton.
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    Usually we're told to remove the bird feeders come springtime when the black bears are extra hungry after their long hibernation. But this one must be snacking up before the big nap, to the chagrin of the usual diners on Yvonne Dickson's porch in Buxton.

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  • This little sparrow seems to be dancing for Flick Coleman at Ogunquit Beach – or maybe auditioning to replace the penguin logo on golf shirts.
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    This little sparrow seems to be dancing for Flick Coleman at Ogunquit Beach – or maybe auditioning to replace the penguin logo on golf shirts.

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  • A common tern on a mooring buoy in Falmouth says hello to Greely High teacher and coach Doug Pride.
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    A common tern on a mooring buoy in Falmouth says hello to Greely High teacher and coach Doug Pride.

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  • Pam Nolan of East Boothbay encountered this praying mantis in Trevett on a beautiful August evening.
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    Pam Nolan of East Boothbay encountered this praying mantis in Trevett on a beautiful August evening.

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  • George Kostovick of Harrison spotted this toad hunting in the moss.
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    George Kostovick of Harrison spotted this toad hunting in the moss.

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  • Bill Preis of Bridgton found a cecropia moth larva in his yard at Merryfield Cove in Bridgton. The caterpillar will eventually become a moth with a wingspan of 4 to 6.3 inches.
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    Bill Preis of Bridgton found a cecropia moth larva in his yard at Merryfield Cove in Bridgton. The caterpillar will eventually become a moth with a wingspan of 4 to 6.3 inches.

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  • This blue heron was fishing in the waters of Panther Run, right next to Veterans Memorial Park in Raymond, said Erik Bartlett of South Casco.
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    This blue heron was fishing in the waters of Panther Run, right next to Veterans Memorial Park in Raymond, said Erik Bartlett of South Casco.

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  • Madeleine Love of New Gloucester said this chipmunk got into the bird feeder through a broken plastic panel that bent inward, but not out. Fortunately, she saw the chipmunk's predicament and let it loose.
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    Madeleine Love of New Gloucester said this chipmunk got into the bird feeder through a broken plastic panel that bent inward, but not out. Fortunately, she saw the chipmunk's predicament and let it loose.

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  • A juvenile red-tailed hawk seems to be peeking at Jennifer Steele of the Fort Williams Park Foundation
as she snaps this photo near the park's new children's garden.
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    A juvenile red-tailed hawk seems to be peeking at Jennifer Steele of the Fort Williams Park Foundation as she snaps this photo near the park's new children's garden.

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  • These painted turtles had plenty of company at Pettingill Pond in Windham, according to photographer Dave Ennis, who counted 12 turtles sunning themselves on three logs.
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    These painted turtles had plenty of company at Pettingill Pond in Windham, according to photographer Dave Ennis, who counted 12 turtles sunning themselves on three logs.

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  • We're not sure which dance step the snowy egret in the middle was doing recently at Weskeag Marsh in South Thomaston, but it makes for an interesting photo, submitted by Hope Creighton of Thomaston.
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    We're not sure which dance step the snowy egret in the middle was doing recently at Weskeag Marsh in South Thomaston, but it makes for an interesting photo, submitted by Hope Creighton of Thomaston.

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  • Patrick Morin of Brunswick says this woodchuck has made himself at home under his family's porch, and he sometimes peeks through the front windows. He also eagerly poses for photos when offered a treat.
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    Patrick Morin of Brunswick says this woodchuck has made himself at home under his family's porch, and he sometimes peeks through the front windows. He also eagerly poses for photos when offered a treat.

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  • It's lunch time for this great blue heron at Wandby Beach in Kennebunkport, as Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk snapped this well-timed photo.
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    It's lunch time for this great blue heron at Wandby Beach in Kennebunkport, as Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk snapped this well-timed photo.

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  • Tina Richard of Clinton was walking on her favorite trail recently when she saw this juvenile green heron. Unfortunately, she hasn't seen the heron since.
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    Tina Richard of Clinton was walking on her favorite trail recently when she saw this juvenile green heron. Unfortunately, she hasn't seen the heron since.

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  • A couple pileated woodpeckers stop by each morning to draw me out of bed. They get all twisted over my suet here in one of my New Gloucester gardens. 
  
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    A couple pileated woodpeckers stop by each morning to draw me out of bed. They get all twisted over my suet here in one of my New Gloucester gardens. Brian K Lovering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Don't even think about taking my feast, the mink seems to be telling Marta Opie as she ventures too close for comfort near the critter's den at the Pleasant Lake shore.
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    Don't even think about taking my feast, the mink seems to be telling Marta Opie as she ventures too close for comfort near the critter's den at the Pleasant Lake shore.

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  • A baby loon isn't quite ready to venture on Phillips Lake unattended, so a perch on mom's back works just fine.  A photo by  Sue Bonzey, of Lucerne.
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    A baby loon isn't quite ready to venture on Phillips Lake unattended, so a perch on mom's back works just fine. A photo by Sue Bonzey, of Lucerne.

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  • A young red fox strikes a handsome pose, and Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk takes advantage on Drakes Island.
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    A young red fox strikes a handsome pose, and Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk takes advantage on Drakes Island.

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  • Perhaps this egret also got itself a tasty feast on Evergreen Pond, but if so, it swallowed it before Peter Brokofsky of Portland could get proof.
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    Perhaps this egret also got itself a tasty feast on Evergreen Pond, but if so, it swallowed it before Peter Brokofsky of Portland could get proof.

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  • For the past couple springs, Jim Kanak, of Wells, says mourning doves have nested in a planter on his back deck. This year he's had two nestings, and this photo shows the outcome of the most recent. The squabs have been eating well, and soon mama bird – and Kanak – will endure empty planter syndrome.
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    For the past couple springs, Jim Kanak, of Wells, says mourning doves have nested in a planter on his back deck. This year he's had two nestings, and this photo shows the outcome of the most recent. The squabs have been eating well, and soon mama bird – and Kanak – will endure empty planter syndrome.

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  • Some kind of father-son interaction between these two woodpeckers, as the father, right, treats his son to a bit of suet in the South Casco yard of Erik Bartlett, who says the orange on both birds means they're males.
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    Some kind of father-son interaction between these two woodpeckers, as the father, right, treats his son to a bit of suet in the South Casco yard of Erik Bartlett, who says the orange on both birds means they're males.

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  • Where's breakfast, this wren chick seems to be hollaring to momma, who's foraging for something in Harold McWilliams' Portland yard.
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    Where's breakfast, this wren chick seems to be hollaring to momma, who's foraging for something in Harold McWilliams' Portland yard.

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  • Scary looking but rather cute? So says Wanda Bruns, of Westbrook, as this gray tree frog sits on her finger prior to being released.
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    Scary looking but rather cute? So says Wanda Bruns, of Westbrook, as this gray tree frog sits on her finger prior to being released.

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  • It's off to another fishing spot for this great blue heron that Peter Brokofsky caught in midair near Evergreen Cemetery.
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    It's off to another fishing spot for this great blue heron that Peter Brokofsky caught in midair near Evergreen Cemetery.

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  • The Bartlett family in Casco dubs this critter Gandalf the Grey Squirrel, and indeed it bears a resemblance to the benevolent, cane-carrying wizard in “The Lord of the Rings.” Just don’t try to get into the attic, Gandalf!
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    The Bartlett family in Casco dubs this critter Gandalf the Grey Squirrel, and indeed it bears a resemblance to the benevolent, cane-carrying wizard in “The Lord of the Rings.” Just don’t try to get into the attic, Gandalf!

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  • Smoke on the water, sea smoke, that is, and photographer Benjamin Williamson climbed onto the old battlements at Fort Preble to capture this dramatic image of Portland Head Light on a subzero morning when the lighthouse looked like a rocket launching through the water vapor.
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    Smoke on the water, sea smoke, that is, and photographer Benjamin Williamson climbed onto the old battlements at Fort Preble to capture this dramatic image of Portland Head Light on a subzero morning when the lighthouse looked like a rocket launching through the water vapor.

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  • Biddeford Pool attracts snowy owls, and this one finds a home near Jack McDonald’s digs at 33 Mile Stretch fine for scouting prey.
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    Biddeford Pool attracts snowy owls, and this one finds a home near Jack McDonald’s digs at 33 Mile Stretch fine for scouting prey.

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  • Like planes awaiting takeoff, geese gather near Limerick Airport where Peter Abate was walking. Just a cautionary note, geese: Don’t fly near any airplane engines. Would be bad for all involved.
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    Like planes awaiting takeoff, geese gather near Limerick Airport where Peter Abate was walking. Just a cautionary note, geese: Don’t fly near any airplane engines. Would be bad for all involved.

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  • Good fences make good neighbors? This squirrel probably appreciates its privacy in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard. But it still gets curious from time to time.
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    Good fences make good neighbors? This squirrel probably appreciates its privacy in Bev Raymond’s Kennebunk yard. But it still gets curious from time to time.

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  • It’s a return to a bountiful feeder for this frequent flyer who knows he’ll always be welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard. But he shouldn’t be too protective of the vittles; other birds are hungry too.
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    It’s a return to a bountiful feeder for this frequent flyer who knows he’ll always be welcome in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard. But he shouldn’t be too protective of the vittles; other birds are hungry too.

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  • Sorry, hunters, deer and turkeys are out of season and hence they can fearlessly mingle together in Weld, where Jim Knox got the shot of a lifetime. A camera shot, that is.
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    Sorry, hunters, deer and turkeys are out of season and hence they can fearlessly mingle together in Weld, where Jim Knox got the shot of a lifetime. A camera shot, that is.

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  • The red, red robin has already come bob, bob, bobbin’ into Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, a sure sign of warming temps and an early spring that will bring all kinds of songbirds back.
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    The red, red robin has already come bob, bob, bobbin’ into Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, a sure sign of warming temps and an early spring that will bring all kinds of songbirds back.

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  • Once its hunting skills are more formidable, maybe the little fox will get the bird, but all it had to show for its last foray into Gale Hart’s Durham yard was a birdseed stuck to its nose, which makes for an amusing photo but left the critter hungry.
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    Once its hunting skills are more formidable, maybe the little fox will get the bird, but all it had to show for its last foray into Gale Hart’s Durham yard was a birdseed stuck to its nose, which makes for an amusing photo but left the critter hungry.

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  • The snow moon is going, going and will soon be gone for many months, but Marc Mailhot’s photo in Falmouth will serve as a reminder of winter’s beauty.
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    The snow moon is going, going and will soon be gone for many months, but Marc Mailhot’s photo in Falmouth will serve as a reminder of winter’s beauty.

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  • Gluttony and greed are two of the seven deadly sins, and the American goldfinch on the perch seems to practicing them, warding off a colleague from a filled-to-the-brim feeder in Stacy Morris’ yard in Cumberland.
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    Gluttony and greed are two of the seven deadly sins, and the American goldfinch on the perch seems to practicing them, warding off a colleague from a filled-to-the-brim feeder in Stacy Morris’ yard in Cumberland.

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  • Look out, free-range chickens and any small critters whose purpose is to become part of the food chain; this cat means business and is not to be domesticated. And it’s found reason to visit Duncan Robertson’s yard in Acton.
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    Look out, free-range chickens and any small critters whose purpose is to become part of the food chain; this cat means business and is not to be domesticated. And it’s found reason to visit Duncan Robertson’s yard in Acton.

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  • The state bird of multiple states, although not Maine, this northern mockingbird isn’t fazed by Portland resident Sharon Tetreau as it rests on a branch at Fort Williams Park.
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    The state bird of multiple states, although not Maine, this northern mockingbird isn’t fazed by Portland resident Sharon Tetreau as it rests on a branch at Fort Williams Park.

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  • Looks like next December’s Christmas card, just taken in Pownal by resident Terry Allen. It sure doesn’t look like Easter.
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    Looks like next December’s Christmas card, just taken in Pownal by resident Terry Allen. It sure doesn’t look like Easter.

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  • Inconspicuous to anything scampering on the Ewing Narrows fields below, the bald eagle’s patience is certain to be rewarded. By Carol Fetters of Harpswell.
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    Inconspicuous to anything scampering on the Ewing Narrows fields below, the bald eagle’s patience is certain to be rewarded. By Carol Fetters of Harpswell.

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