May 2010

Did you ever hear of the old saying, “We were so far back in the woods, they had to pipe in sunlight?” That’s about how far we traveled to add another bird to our life list, the Gray Jay. This bird has eluded us for so long and it was almost by chance that we […]

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Are you tired of the Osprey photos yet? I’m not! Yet another photo of Osprey catching alewives at Damariscotta Mills, Maine. In this photo, the Osprey is in the water, talons locked onto an alewife and ready to take flight. Shortly after this photo was taken, the Osprey took flight, paused in mid-air to shake […]

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The annual alewife run at Damariscotta Mills, Maine is picking up in intensity. This morning, I made the 20 minute drive and arrived on location just before sunrise. Double-crested Cormorants by the hundreds were in the air and in the Great Salt Bay. Great Blue Herons were everywhere. Several Bald Eagles soared overhead looking for a fish to […]

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The Gray Catbird is named for its cat-like mew call. Like the Northern Mockingbird, the Gray Catbird is regarded as a mimic. Like many members of the Mimidae, it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as those of the tree frog, and even mechanical sounds. Because of its well-developed songbird syrinx (the […]

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The Baltimore Oriole earned its name by resembling the color scheme on the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore, a Baron from Ireland after which the Maryland city is named. Baltimore Orioles are a sight to behold. Their color and song make them a favorite of any birder. These birds tend to be tree top […]

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Welcome to the first installment of the Birding in Maine Photo of the Day. Occasionally, I will post a bird (or other wildlife) photo that I feel stands out from the other photos that I take.  Accompanying each photo will be a short description. As always, comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.

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