March 2011

Long-tailed Duck – Clangula hyemalis Formerly know as the Old Squaw, the Long-tailed Duck is one of my favorites. Their clown-like face is one of the cutest out there in the duck world.

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Red-breasted Merganser – Mergus serrator One of my favorite spots for viewing the Red-breasted Merganser is at Reid State Park located on Arrowsic Island. This is time of the year that the males are making their moves toward the females, displaying, posturing, and racing across the water like their tails are on fire.

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Fox Sparrow – Passerella iliaca Spring has sprung in Maine! Nearly a perfect day, except for the 40 mph winds, with a high temperature of 67° F. To add icing to the cake, a small flock of Fox Sparrows visited the yard this afternoon. It just so happens that this bird is absent from my […]

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Hooded Merganser (male) – Lophodytes cucullatus It won’t be long until ice-out here on Winnegance Bay. I look forward to this time of the year because once the ice is gone, hundreds of ducks of all kinds will once again visit our cove. Once the ducks arrive, I know it won’t be long until the […]

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Sharon and I were watching a pair of first year Bald Eagles harassing ducks from our picture window Saturday morning. Suddenly, all of the birds in our backyard took off in a frenzy. A Sharp-shinned Hawk came from seemingly nowhere and snatched a Mourning Dove. Feathers floated  everywhere as the hawk flew off with its […]

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It’s March and the wintry days are numbered. Though I woke up this morning to temperatures near zero and nearly two and a half feet of snow on the ground, the strength of the March sun will not be denied. As the days lengthen, the snow slowly melts away and the temperatures begin their steady […]

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