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Thursday April 27, 2017
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    A snowy egret makes its way around Biddeford Pool, and Jack MacDonald of Biddeford was there to capture it, as he does with so many birds in southern Maine.

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    Tony Scarpelli of Portland put a small steel Christmas tree with a string of lights in his front yard. Well, this squirrel took exception, chewing off an orange light and taking it to a nearby tree.

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    This fox was hunting squirrels in the North Berwick yard of Michael Murray, making himself at home for several minutes, but the squirrels had more patience and the fox left hungry.

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    Bev Raymond of Kennebunk was in Arundel just at the right time, getting the chance to see this great blue heron rise from a pond and fly away.

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    As Brian K. Lovering of New Gloucester reports ..... they'rre baaaaack. He considers it a sure sign of spring when the Canada Geese arrive at a pond in South Portland.

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    Glenn Parkinson of Freeport came across a number of hooded mergansers making a stop at Collins Brook to check out the food supply. Fish, crayfish and other options are welcomed.

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    Apparently, American artist and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson described the purple finch as a "sparrow dipped in raspberry juice." Paul Houde of Eliot got a chance to see this purple finch proudly displaying its colors at one of his many feeders and bluebird houses. Then his mother-in-law, a longtime subscriber to the paper, insisted we would love it. She was right!

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    Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred was watching for wildlife when a pair of great blue herons, including the one pictured above, landed at Number One Pond in Sanford.

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    After eating all the holly berries in the bush behind them, robins feast on rose hips from a Christmas wreath at Lloyd Roberts' home in Rockport.

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    It's dinner time for these turkeys, who always seem to know when Robert Martin of Naples is ready to feed them.

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    When Peter Frati of Brunswick stopped by Parkview Brook in Brunswick, he found more ducks that you can shake a stick at.

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    This robin is wondering why it came back to Maine so early. Where are all the worms? Photo by Linda Rogoff, Portland

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    This remarkably timed shot of two bald eagles facing off was taken by John Odum of Raymond, who tripped the shutter while ice fishing locally on Thomas Pond.

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    Jim Konkel was able to capture this stealthy bobcat in Scarborough, prowling over the snow and likely on the hunt for a late-afternoon meal.

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    Monica Strobel of Bowdoin got a rare shot of a barred owl on the ground, pictured in the middle of his hunt for a field mouse. According to Monica, the owl managed to capture his prey just a few minutes after the photo was taken.

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    Climb atop a bird feeder? Not a problem for this athletic squirrel, as it hangs effortlessly off the top of Kelly Mull's feeder to gorge on bird seed in Scarborough.

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    Jack McDonald of Biddeford needed a long lens to get a photo of wildfowl just paddling along on Etherington Pond in the Fortunes Rocks area.

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    Jack McDonald again needed the telephoto lens and quick reflexes to photograph a red-tailed hawk soaring over Biddeford Pool.

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    These pine grosbeaks were quite happy to find a well-stocked feeder at Hope McDonald's house in Millinocket.

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    This red squirrel was undaunted by the rain last week, but it did look a bit tousled while scrambling for sunflower seeds in the snow, mud, and water. Erik Bartlett of South Casco took the picture.

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    It's not all squirrel raids in Kelly Mull's yard, as evidenced by her wonderful shot of bluebirds.

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    A rare red-bellied woodpecker recently stopped by an apple tree in Eric Bartlett's yard in South Casco, hoping to find some suet. And the little fellow was soon rewarded!

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    These bluebirds have been enjoying the offerings at the backyard feeder of Al Sampson in Kennebunk for the past few weeks. A sign of spring?

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    Some furry friends brave the early hours of Winter Storm Stella for a quick meal at Brian Lovering's snowy gardens in New Gloucester.

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    The Greek myth of food always being just out of Tantalus' reach seems appropriate for this cardinal at Jack McDonald's yard in Biddeford. There but for a longer beak!

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    Small, furry critters be advised: There's a barred owl waiting patiently in Marissa Barker's Casco yard.

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    This cardinal was enjoying some breakfast-time solitude at Jon Clark's feeder in Cape Elizabeth last Saturday.

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    This cardinal at Jon Clark's feeder in Cape Elizabeth seemed unimpressed upon receiving some uninvited company.

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    A barred owl looks out from its perch on the edge of the forest at the Falmouth property of Chris Kittredge, perhaps staking out its territory.

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    Foreboding clouds over Clarks Pond in South Portland make for a dramatic sunset, as captured by frequent Your Turn contributor Brian Lovering.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester caught this nice sequence of photographs that show a loon playing in the waters of Townsend Gut, off Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester captured this beautiful eagle perched high above Long Creek in South Portland.

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    This bluebird stopped by Bob Keithley's house in Saco, and even held still for a proper portrait.

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    This red squirrel seems to be wondering where the next peak is as it forages for food at Erik Bartlett's house in South Casco. The photo was taken after big chunks of snow and ice had slid off the metal roof, but just before the big thaw.

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    Pat Morin of Brunswick sent in this photo taken by her daughter, Hayley, who got the family started on setting up a new bird feeder. Knowing the feeder would attract squirrels, they used an extra-long shepherd's hook to discourage those acrobatic visitors. This hungry squirrel was undaunted by the prospect of hanging precariously in order to sample some tasty treats.

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    "Epic!" is how photographer Barry Middleton describes this sunrise captured in Wells on Feb. 18. It's hard to disagree with that assessment.

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    A face full of snow doesn't seem to bother this deer, who appears to be getting a pretty good look at photographer Jim Knox. Knox spotted the animal near Wilton.

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    Blue sky, a blue jay, and temperatures in the 40s – plenty for Julia E. Latter to enjoy on a recent day in Boothbay Harbor.

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    It's worth a little snow-stache for some tasty morsels. About 25 ducks enjoyed some scraps left out by Jean Wallace-Fearon's neighbor in Ogunquit.

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    There was no mistaking this handsome fellow, whose brilliant reds made for quite a contrast with the fresh snow, as captured by Kelly Mull of Scarborough.

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    Scarborough's Kelly Mull also framed this cool-colored scene of a blue jay perched on a snow-laden tree branch.

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    A most unusual sight has been greeting Karen Doyle of Windham recently, including last Sunday. This western tanager has been enjoying a diet of grape jelly with suet mixed in for protein.

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    Two foxes recently visited the Wiscasset backyard of Stan Haney, hoping to scrounge up some breakfast along the banks of the Sheepscot River.

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    Like any hardy Mainer, this crafty squirrel was undeterred by the recent snow, tunneling into the bird feeder of Jen and Dan Arsenault of Sanford.

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    This barred owl paid a leisurely visit to Doug Collins in Harpswell last Friday, settling in on a branch in daylight and remaining until after dark.

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    All was still and quiet in this monochrome scene from one of the trails at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm following one of the recent storms. Michael Brunson of Westbrook captured the sight under gray skies.

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    "Can you lend a shovel?" those eyes almost seem to ask. New Gloucester resident Brian Lovering caught sight of these bovine snow dwellers while taking photographs in town.

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    There was no squabbling to be heard among these diverse visitors to Barbara Dunn's bird feeders in Saco.

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    While many of us were thankful for the warmer-than-usual weather this past week, this barred owl, spotted in Georgetown by Jill Ventry, also seemed to appreciate a sunny January day.

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    Ken and Penny Kacere submitted this photo overlooking the Scarborough River from the trails at the Scarborough River Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    A bluejay in South Casco fluffs up its feathers after alighting on the branch in order to force air underneath for some good dead air insulation. Photo by Erik Bartlett

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    A pair of bluebirds enjoy a recently installed heated birdbath on our deck railing in Saco. Although the temperature was 9 degrees, it didn't concern this pair. The birds really appreciate the water, either to drink or to splash the water on their feathers. Photo by Barbara Dunn

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    A male wood duck in a pond in York. He and his mate are the only wood ducks among hundreds of mallards and several geese in the pond. Photo by Bruce Small of Raymond

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    It was a last frolic in the snow for this gray squirrel on a gray day before the rains came in New Gloucester. Photo by Brian Lovering North Yarmouth

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    Wolfe's Neck Farm. Photo by Brad West of Freeport

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    A titmouse celebrates New Year's Day by eating a morsel of bird feed in Sharon Bearor's backyard in Portland.

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    Colleen Bovaird-Liberty was tipped off about these bald eagles by her husband, who spotted them during a drive to Wells Harbor and rushed home to get his wife and her camera.

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    Sheila Mayberry captured the beauty of the winter season while snowshoeing with her family at Sewell Woods.

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    Fortune favored Jack MacDonald of Biddeford two weeks ago, when he caught sight of this barred owl on Sea Road in Kennebunk – and happened to have his camera at hand for this up-close-and-personal shot.

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    Frequent Your Turn contributor Brian Lovering witnessed the first sunrise of winter over the Royal River in Yarmouth – a sight that included a Christmas tree atop a raft floating in the middle of the river.

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    Erik Bartlett of South Casco captured an image of this visitor enjoying the desiccated crab apples in the yard of his sister's home in West Bowdoin.

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