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Tuesday July 7, 2015
  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight? Well the heavens were crimson Thursday evening at Sabbathday Lake, as witnessed by New Gloucester’s Diantha Grant. And Friday was delightful.
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    Red sky at night, sailor’s delight? Well the heavens were crimson Thursday evening at Sabbathday Lake, as witnessed by New Gloucester’s Diantha Grant. And Friday was delightful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The killdeer didn’t really have to divert Raymond’s Bruce Small from its Yarmouth nesting area. Bruce meant no harm, but birds can’t be too careful.
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    The killdeer didn’t really have to divert Raymond’s Bruce Small from its Yarmouth nesting area. Bruce meant no harm, but birds can’t be too careful.

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  • The impressive wingspan of this osprey caught the attention of Gorham’s Roger Marchand as he kayaked on the Presumpscot River on Memorial Day. The fishing there must be good for the raptor.
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    The impressive wingspan of this osprey caught the attention of Gorham’s Roger Marchand as he kayaked on the Presumpscot River on Memorial Day. The fishing there must be good for the raptor.

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  • The dragonfly is a predator, so maybe the lilac bush in Diantha Grant’s New Gloucester yard serves as its own launching pad.
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    The dragonfly is a predator, so maybe the lilac bush in Diantha Grant’s New Gloucester yard serves as its own launching pad.

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  • As long as the feeder is up at Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, the purple finch has no reason to forage for seeds in trees and bushes.
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    As long as the feeder is up at Bob Keithley’s Saco yard, the purple finch has no reason to forage for seeds in trees and bushes.

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  • Another golden day dawns at Scarborough Beach, where Ann Blanchard and the seabirds are there to witness a dramatic sunrise that’s occurring earlier each morning.
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    Another golden day dawns at Scarborough Beach, where Ann Blanchard and the seabirds are there to witness a dramatic sunrise that’s occurring earlier each morning.

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  • A male cardinal calls for a mate in Bob Keithley’s Saco yard. One would think the handsome bird won’t be lonely for very long.
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    A male cardinal calls for a mate in Bob Keithley’s Saco yard. One would think the handsome bird won’t be lonely for very long.

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  • Yes, it’s true: A woodchuck can climb a tree, although it’s not something the denizen of burrows normally does unless it’s fleeing from a predator. Or, perhaps, from a photographer like Nancy Rose, who says the critter hung all day from the branches of her Scarborough yard. Almost looks like a bear cub.
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    Yes, it’s true: A woodchuck can climb a tree, although it’s not something the denizen of burrows normally does unless it’s fleeing from a predator. Or, perhaps, from a photographer like Nancy Rose, who says the critter hung all day from the branches of her Scarborough yard. Almost looks like a bear cub.

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  • Why seek nectar from flowers when Brian Lovering makes it available in a feeder at his New Gloucester garden? The hummingbirds just might be content to while away the summer there, and that’s fine with Lovering.
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    Why seek nectar from flowers when Brian Lovering makes it available in a feeder at his New Gloucester garden? The hummingbirds just might be content to while away the summer there, and that’s fine with Lovering.

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  • For the first time, Erik Bartlett and his family report a male and female pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks at the feeder in the South Casco yard. If all goes well there will be little grosbeaks joining in on the chorus. Should make for a melodious summer, as some bird experts say this species seems to have operatic training.
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    For the first time, Erik Bartlett and his family report a male and female pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks at the feeder in the South Casco yard. If all goes well there will be little grosbeaks joining in on the chorus. Should make for a melodious summer, as some bird experts say this species seems to have operatic training.

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  • Inconspicuous to its prospective prey but not to eagle-eyed 12-year-old Bryn Pecora, a barred owl nests near the Pecora family’s Saco home near the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.
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    Inconspicuous to its prospective prey but not to eagle-eyed 12-year-old Bryn Pecora, a barred owl nests near the Pecora family’s Saco home near the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.

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  • This bald eagle seems every inch the national symbol as it perches in a tree in Clinton while Tina Richard gets a close-up.
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    This bald eagle seems every inch the national symbol as it perches in a tree in Clinton while Tina Richard gets a close-up.

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  • As long as that eagle stays in Clinton, this chipmunk should be safe on Kennebunk’s Bridal Path. By resident Kristen Holmberg, a frequent contributor to Your Turn.
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    As long as that eagle stays in Clinton, this chipmunk should be safe on Kennebunk’s Bridal Path. By resident Kristen Holmberg, a frequent contributor to Your Turn.

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  • Piping plovers may not be thriving, but this mating pair still can enjoy the dunes and seagrass at Crescent Beach, where Scarborough’s Marc Lausier also was visiting.
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    Piping plovers may not be thriving, but this mating pair still can enjoy the dunes and seagrass at Crescent Beach, where Scarborough’s Marc Lausier also was visiting.

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  • Ann Blanchard of Scarborough captured this dramatic shot of the sunrise on May 4 at Scarborough Beach looking out toward Cape Elizabeth.
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    Ann Blanchard of Scarborough captured this dramatic shot of the sunrise on May 4 at Scarborough Beach looking out toward Cape Elizabeth.

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  • A gull at Fort Popham in Phippsburg seems perturbed by the presence of a golden eagle, and Christopher B. Eich caught the encounter.
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    A gull at Fort Popham in Phippsburg seems perturbed by the presence of a golden eagle, and Christopher B. Eich caught the encounter.

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  • Max Henke of Topsham stumbled upon this staring match between a fox and a neighborhood cat named Buddy. Despite the apparent mismatch, the cat stood its ground, reports Henke, and the fox wandered away.
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    Max Henke of Topsham stumbled upon this staring match between a fox and a neighborhood cat named Buddy. Despite the apparent mismatch, the cat stood its ground, reports Henke, and the fox wandered away.

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  • A male pileated woodpecker seems enchanted by the flags displayed in a tree stump by Cathy Wilkie Conley at her home on Estes Lake in Alfred.
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    A male pileated woodpecker seems enchanted by the flags displayed in a tree stump by Cathy Wilkie Conley at her home on Estes Lake in Alfred.

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  • A pair of bluebirds visit the feeder at the home of Jo Anne and John Gouveia in Wells.
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    A pair of bluebirds visit the feeder at the home of Jo Anne and John Gouveia in Wells.

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  • Bob Keithley of Saco says his bird feeder has been quite busy this spring, and among the many visitors was this male hummingbird.
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    Bob Keithley of Saco says his bird feeder has been quite busy this spring, and among the many visitors was this male hummingbird.

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  • In the salt marsh off Furbish Road in Wells on April 19, Bruce Bjork of Wells watched this moose meander just a few hundred yards from the ocean.
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    In the salt marsh off Furbish Road in Wells on April 19, Bruce Bjork of Wells watched this moose meander just a few hundred yards from the ocean.

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  • The neighbors’ feeder was a popular spot, and Bob Keithley of Saco took the time to get capture this female cardinal.
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    The neighbors’ feeder was a popular spot, and Bob Keithley of Saco took the time to get capture this female cardinal.

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  • This squirrel enjoyed the spring weather in Waldoboro, where Heidi Reed got this photo.
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    This squirrel enjoyed the spring weather in Waldoboro, where Heidi Reed got this photo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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