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    Carla Cote of Saco spotted beauty on beauty with her picture of a Monarch resting on an Azalea flower in her home garden.

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    With its parents vigilantly on guard, a new loon on Little Sebago Lake in Gray gets accustomed to the world. Hello loon. Hope you have a wonderful life. And thanks to John Roma of Portland for sharing.

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    Some of us live in houses, others in condos. But this Asian shore crab has its perfect home in a tide pool at McKenny Point in Cape Elizabeth. Jeff Goddard of Sebago gets credit for this up-close look.

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    Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Managing Editor Steve Greenlee captured this picture of a snapping turtle on Royal River in Yarmouth.

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    Jeff Goddard took this photo of a green frog seemingly posing in a small creek that runs through the Intervale Street neighborhood of Long Beach in Sebago.

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    Judith MacInnes placed an orange on her deck railing in Saco for a Baitlmore oriole, but this red-bellied woodpecker wasted no time grabbing the snack.

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    A Gray Fox in Wilton may appear to have a bad attitude, but the photographer, Jim Knox, says it's not rabid and just protecting its young.

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    Tiny toads can turn up in the most surprising places, as Erik Bartlett of South Casco discovered at his home. The toad was in the top of a small duck ornament in a flower pot. The idea was to pour water into that hole for automatic watering, and the toad, not much more than an inch long, perhaps simply needed a drink.

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    Jon Clark of Cape Elizabeth saw this fellow beat the heat in the Spurwink Marsh along Sawyer Road. Clark believes it may be a glossy ibis.

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    Eating means a lot for a rose-breasted grosbeak, but Susan Nielsen of Falmouth discovered that when a camera shows up, eating takes a back seat to posing. The Kousa dogwood tree provides a perfect background for this beautiful bird.

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    No, that's not an eight-legged piping plover – it's a parent plover with three chicks, photographed by Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit.

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    Mary Heroux of Center Lovell reports that she saw a dead Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly attached to a window screen, then took a closer look and noticed that a goldenrod crab spider was attached to the butterfly.

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    Bernie Filieo of Raymond was fishing for salmon on Lower Wilson Pond in Greenville when this eagle started hanging around. The eagle eventually grabbed its own fish.

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    Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach notes that many Mainers may be familiar with the great blue heron, but perhaps not little blue herons, like this one he saw in a tiny swamp in Old Orchard Beach.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester spotted this bee among the clovers and bamboo at his office in South Portland on the first day of summer.

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    Audrey Murphy of Auburn captured this photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird in Auburn on a windy day in May.

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    A woodpecker hammers away at an old stump, and isn't interrupted by Bob Keithly of Saco stopping to take a photo.

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    Photo of a mallard drake taken at the pond in Baxter Woods Park, Portland, Saturday May 20. Quite a few ducks visit the pond, located next to busy Forest Avenue. Michael Charek, Portland

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    Two baby foxes and their mother got into a wrestling match last Monday in Kelly Mull's backyard in Scarborough, paying no heed to their human admirer.

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    This rabbit has not been shy about enjoying the clover and dandelions on a daily basis at Gerri-Lynn Rapp's home in Hollis Center.

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    A rose-breasted grosbeak enjoys the sun in a maple tree while his mate partakes at a nearby feeder at Glenn Parkinson's Freeport home.

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    First came the sound, and then the sight of this skein of geese, flying above Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred following a sunset cruise on nearby Lake Estes.

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    How much is that toad in the window? Captured by Tom Slattery in Hartland, this critter was drawn out by a recent downpour.

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    A year ago, Jim Knox of Wilton came across a fox den with nearly newborn kits. Knox wanted to share the 2018 fox kits as they pose for a family photo.

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    Martha Huestis of Kennebunkport went eye to eye with an owl at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

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    Small homes are all the rage and this Baltimore Oriole built one at Number 1 Pond in Sanford. Joy Page supplied us with this view.

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    After numerous attempts, Erik Bartlett of South Casco got this photo of a hummingbird approaching a feeder. But better eat quickly. A second hummingbird, a ruby-throated one, tried to chase this one away.

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    Matha Huestis of Kennebunkport observed numerous big turtles basking in the sun on a recent warm day on the Kennebunk Plains.

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    A great blue heron has moved into Number One Pond in Sanford, and Cathy Wilkie Conley of Alfred was there to see it. I'm "pretty sure it's one of the pair that comes every year," she said.

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    Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk found this snowy owl called Boon at Nubble Lighthouse. Looks like the owl is having a good laugh.

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    Harold McWilliams found this northern flicker digging for ants in his backyard in Portland .

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    Al Sampson of Kennebunk caught this action with these goldfinches fighting for position at the feeder.

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    A hairy woodpecker visits the feeder outside Steve and Nancy Sawyer's home in Scarborough on the day after our latest snowstorm. Hairy woodpeckers are larger than downy woodpeckers, "and the established size of the suet cage helps" to distinguish the two, the Sawyers write.

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    Barbara Hirsch spotted this snowy owl enjoying a vacation at Pine Point in Scarborough earlier this month.

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    Kathy Farrell said this pileated woodpecker has been touring Bartley Gardens in Portland, so she stopped to snap this picture on her way home from work.

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    Sean Murphy of Westbrook used a GoPro to get this shot of an eagle on Highland Lake in Windham. According to Murphy's mother, Beth Murphy, the eagle was a constant companion over the course of a week while her son was ice fishing, and this photo was taken shortly after Murphy tossed a pickerel to the eagle.

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    In Wilton, Jim Knox spotted a blue jay with a safflower seed in its beak.

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    Steve Green of South Portland reports that he and his wife were bird watching in the parking lot at Bug Light Park when they spotted this loon after it caught a crab.

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    Martha Huestis was careful not to get too close to get this shot of a harbor seal relaxing on Parsons Beach in Kennebunk.

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    Pat Santoro was ready to capture this bluebird at her home in Wells. "I took the picture from my living room since I had taken the screens out of my windows for just that occasion."

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    This hawk doesn't seem pleased to have its meal interrupted by Anne Marie McCoubrey of South Portland, who crept close enough to get this picture in her backyard.

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    Erik Bartlett of South Casco frequently sees gray squirrels at his home, but noted that this red squirrel was a welcome change of pace. A tap on the window got the squirrel's attention long enough for Bartlett to snap this photo.

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    The snowstorm on Wednesday didn't keep the birds away from the feeder outside Brian Lovering's office in South Portland.

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    Kathy Farrell of Portland was driving from Higgins Beach in Scarborough to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth on New Year's morning when she stopped to take this picture of the sea smoke. Kathy Farrell, Portland Maine

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    The snow is getting deep in Carol Fetters' backyard in Georgetown, but that didn't stop this deer from feeding on the dried-up leaves of a bush.

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    This female cardinal in Saco wasn't really posing for Bob Keithley's camera; it only looks that way.

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    Roger A. Smith of Portland found this Cooper's Hawk hanging around his backyard waiting for lunch on New Year's Eve, and the guest was eventually rewarded for his patience.

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    Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk spied this snowy owl resting in the sun at Biddeford Pool, preening on the rooftop while giving off its a reflection in the skylight.

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    Brian K. Lovering of New Gloucester got a photo of this gull taking off at sunset at Ferry Beach in Saco.

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    It was the one that got away. This barred owl was on its perch in Wilton with an eye on a red squirrel and thoughts of dinner, but as Jim Knox reports, the squirrel escaped.

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    The ice is starting to form around the edges of this bog in New Gloucester, where Brian Lovering of New Gloucester got out to enjoy a beautiful fall sunset.

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    What's the buzz? Well, it was happening at Skillins Greenhouse in Cumberland, where the bees were busy on various plants, reports Erik Bartlett of South Casco. He was close enough to see the pollen around its eyes and antennae.

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    Karen Bailey of Freeport reports seeing this five-month old female red fox kit enjoying the summer evening.

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    Kettle Cove was buzzing in Cape Elizabeth for Brian Lovering of New Gloucester, who found this bee busy at work.

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    This regal-looking toad perches itself on the granite steps of Glenn Parkinson's home in Freeport shortly after sunset.

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    They're not snappers, but these painted turtles found a spot on the Presumpscot River where Bruce Small was able to take this photo. "There are a lot of painted turtles, a variety of birds, and many, many water lilies," says Small.

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    I'm going to miss my hummingbird visits. One still here yesterday but I didn't see him today. Front yard squirrels live out of the bird feeder while the ones in the backyard do it the old fashioned way and work. Not sure what bird this is but we've had them flocking up in the backyard. Hummingbird posed one more time yesterday. Herb Fox, Limerick … sent 091017

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    A pair of very curious river otters peek out of the water of Pleasant River in Windham as Bruce Small and his wife pass by in their kayaks.

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    Hummingbirds will soon be going south, but Brian Lovering of New Gloucester captured this one in midflight.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester traveled to the Southport Island, near Boothbay, and snagged a few images of this dragonfly buzzing around the gardens of the old Lincoln School.

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