July 2011

While most of the birds that visit our backyards only defend a breeding territory, Hummingbirds are one of the few birds that will defend a food source. Just about anywhere that a Hummingbird finds food, it will fight to defend it even along its migration route to Central America. The long drawn-out territorial fights can […]

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The elegance of a hummingbird is amazing and wonderful to watch. These “flying jewels” are endlessly fascinating because of their iridescent beauty, gracefulness and unique physical qualities. I never tire from watching these gems. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to study our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds up close and personal.

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The Osprey pair at the Southern Maine Community College has three beautiful, healthy looking chicks. Recently, the chicks have come up from the bottom of the nest and are now peering over the edge. Yesterday, the three chicks and one of the adults busied themselves with preening. I was pleased to see first one head, then two, and finally the […]

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I watched several Tree Swallows recently and noticed that when they stuck their head out of the hole in the nest box, it looked as if they were panting. After a little research, I found that an open mouth is one sign that a bird might be overheating and working to lower its body temperature.

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Five years ago today, on July 3rd, 2006, my first blog entry was posted on the Birding in Maine web site. At the time, I had a point and shoot camera and little knowledge of where to bird in Maine. Blogging was new to me and I was not even sure that any one would visit. The […]

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They are clumsy, curious, and fly with the grace of a wet rag. Waiting in a tree near the feeders, the fledged Hairy Woodpecker vocalizes loudly while waiting for one of its parents to bring it food. Occasionally, it will swoop at the suet feeder, only to miss and tumble to the ground. After a […]

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