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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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    Carol Jones of Bremen recently found a visitor in her flower garden, and said her guest stayed rooted in the same spot for quite some time.

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    If you've seen seals recently on one of the beaches in southern Maine, you're not alone. Martha Huestis of Kennebunkport used a telephoto lens to get this shot on Parsons Beach in Kennebunk before the seal went back into the water, perhaps to get away from curious onlookers.

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    Jean Wallace-Fearon of Ogunquit captured icicles at sunrise on a foot bridge in Ogunquit.

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

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    A female cardinal perches on a branch, following an ice storm, at Erik Bartlett's home in South Casco.

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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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    A Carolina wren enjoyed the bird feeder so much at Bob and Marcia Bailey's home in Portland that it stayed for three days in late January, resting and feeding.

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    This cardinal, with its prominent crest, braved the elements as Erik Bartlett watched near his home in South Casco.

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    Edwin Gallant of Brunswick had the right idea – "Just purchased this bird feeder to keep the chipmunks and squirrels from eating the bird food," he reports – but darn those squirrels and chipmunks can be mighty pesky when all you want to do is feed the birds.

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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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    Bud Marvel of Wells says flocks of turkeys – as many as 30 at a time – have been visiting his yard and deck this winter to sample the bird seed his wife throws out onto the snow.

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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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    Joanne Hamilton of Falmouth got a new bluebird feeder for Christmas, and it didn't take these birds long to find it. She notes that when she took this photo, there were four birds inside and six waiting their turn.

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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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    Alice Ingraham of Yarmouth's Cousins Island notes that her bird feeder outside the kitchen window has become more of a squirrel feeder, which she keeps filled with nuts and sunflower seeds. It's a constant source of entertainment. The second picture is one I took of "Possi" possum and "Red Trotter" fox who come almost every evening to "Alice's Restaurant" for seeds and dogwood! Alice Ingraham Cousins Island Yarmouth

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    Erik Bartlett got a nice Christmas gift when this cardinal visited his home in South Casco during the Christmas snowstorm. The bird had been elusive, Bartlett said, but didn't seem to notice him as he snapped this shot as the snow piled up.

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    Jan Roberson of Great Island in Harpswell said this fox has been visiting for several days and that her dog, a 15-pound Havanese goes crazy when she sees this little one while looking out the window.

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    This blue jay dives in for some food from a feeder in Cape Elizabeth in this image captured by Jon Clark.

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    Yes, there is even a bit of yuletide spirit among the wildlife, as this squirrel takes up residence in a holiday wreath at the home of Brian Lovering in New Gloucester.

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    In Casco, with Thompson Lake just starting to freeze around the edges, it looked as if the smoke was rising from the open water. Robin Sayr captured the image "when the temperature fell slightly below zero."

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    Lorrie Picard of Saco writes: "We've had 3 pairs of eastern bluebirds at our feeders over the past couple weeks," and this one braved the elements to to get some nourishment, and maybe pose for a photo.

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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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    Erik Bartlett saw this junco in the process of eating a sunflower seed in his South Casco yard. "Despite what is a relatively heavy snow right now, the birds keep dropping enough from the feeder for others on the ground to have a feast," Bartlett reports.

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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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    A pair of foxes scampered on the Bridgton property of Bill Pries, and he reports, "they are very healthy looking."

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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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    Sheri Farthing of South Casco not only has a wonderful view from her dock on Thomas Pond, she also sees an occasional heron, which 'stayed for several minutes looking for prey.'

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    These two black swallowtail caterpillars made themselves at home on a parsley plant in Roger Marchand's backyard in Gorham.

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    The colors and the sound of music coming from this hermit thrush as it forages for some of the fruits and seeds in a burning bush in Wilton were a treat for Jim Knox.

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    Maybe next time, Pam Carr's husband will join her walking the dog. She got a photo of a wood turtle in Arundel. "My husband was excited … and jealous that he was not there to see it because of the relative rarity of these beautiful turtles," she said.

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    Martha Huestis spied this porcupine at the Kennebunk plains. "They sure look cute from a distance!"

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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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    "How lucky we are to have these beautiful birds summering in Portland," says Linda Rogoff. And "they dont seem to be in a hurry to leave."

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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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    There's quite en ecosystem on display outside the home of Herb Fox in Limerick. From squirrels snagging a meal from the bird feeder in the front yard – "the ones in the back yard do it the old fashioned way and work," said Fox. Then there's the hummingbirds, with their days in Maine numbered. "I'm going to miss my hummingbird visits. One still here yesterday but I didn't see him today."

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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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    There's quite an ecosystem on display outside the home of Herb Fox in Limerick. There are squirrels snagging a meal from the bird feeder in the front yard – "the ones in the backyard do it the old fashioned-way and work," said Fox. Then there are the hummingbirds, with their days in Maine numbered. "I'm going to miss my hummingbird visits. One still here yesterday but I didn't see him today."

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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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    Yes, it's apple season for this squirrel. And Erik Bartlett of South Casco was especially impressed with its strength. "I've seen them take small, green, ones from my tree frequently, but this one was quite heavy, at least for a squirrel," reports Bartlett.

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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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    This curious weasel kept on darting out to peek at Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach during a walk at Timber Point in Biddeford. The cute appearance will change to white in winter – except for the black tip on the tail.

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    Caught red-handed, this raccoon was in search of an easy snack when Heidi Reed of Waterboro nabbed the thief.

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    Doug Pride of Falmouth was kayaking in Dennys Bay near Lubec and spotted this heron shagging a quick snack.

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    As Chuck Dinsmore of Damariscotta reports, it was not a good day for this sphinx moth caterpillar, who suffered a fatal infestation of its own. A wasp laid its eggs in the caterpillar, and as the wasp larvae grew it emerged through the caterpillar's skin to forms the white cocoon-like structuress.

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    Carolyn Sloat of Cumberland has a resident under her back porch. "The little critter zipped under the back porch when it saw me, but came out this far."

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    A squirrel on a post, OK, but this brave one is about 20 feet up on the pier at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Exposed to eagles? Maybe. Taking a spot normally occupied by a sea gull? Sure. The best view in town? Definitely.

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    Brian Lovering of New Gloucester spotted this eagle, taking off from its perch and into the sunset, near Gillespie Farms in New Gloucester.

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    Rise and shine! This barred owl appears to be waking up during a lengthy stay in Carol Fetters' Georgetown backyard.

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    A six-legged piping plover? Not really, says Robert Duffey. It's the chicks who know where to hide – in mom's plumage – while on a southern Maine beach.

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    Jim Knox of Wilton spied a deer and her fawns checking out someone's apple tree in Wilton.

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    Linda Rogoff of Portland watched this heron during an evening walk around the Back Cove. While it was on the prowl for a meal, she "didn't see it catch anything."

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    Why plant a garden in the summer in Maine? Just ask Kelly Mull of Scarborough. "To see beauty beyond flowers. The swallowtail is one of my favorites."

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    Heidi Lynch of Hollis was helping move a trailer when this frog made an appearance. She tried to move it out of harm's way, but "he quickly jumped away when we tried to move him."

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    There was beauty on Togus Pond in Augusta, and Kathleen Campbell was there to witness and capture these loons from her dock.

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    Ospreys are an annual sighting for Chris Fleuriel of Brunswick, but this is the first year he has seen chicks, too.

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    Of course the natives are friendly when you visit Maine, as Matt Degnan of Falls Church, Virginia, found out on his recent vacation trip to Lovejoy Pond in Fayette. "I went for a morning kayak paddle to photograph wood ducks, but was surprised to find a raccoon intently looking for a meal. After a short search he successfully caught – and quickly disappeared with – a large crayfish."

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