Wildlife

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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American Mink – Neovison vison The American Mink spends most of its time in the water hunting for food. It is a good swimmer and can dive as deep as 16 feet. When a Mink feels threatened, it will spray the intruder with a foul-smelling liquid, just as a Skunk does. Unlike the skunk, the […]

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Tufted Titmouse – Baeolophus bicolor One of my favorite backyard birds, the Tufted Titmouse never fails to bring a smile to my face when visiting our feeders. Twenty years ago, it was a rare sight to see a Tufted Titmouse in Maine. But over the last 25 years, their northward expansion has brought these beautiful […]

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Winter is surely near when you see a Chipmunk, cheeks full of bird seed, scurrying across the yard and then disappearing into a hole in the ground. We have baffles on our feeding stations, but most birds throw enough seed to the ground to keep the Chipmunks happy.

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Fall migration continues here in Maine. Several mornings last week, we have seen “fallouts” of birds in our backyard. Friday morning brought nearly 100 Yellow-Rumped Warblers to the trees and shrubs of our yard and the adjoining property. Over the weekend, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers filled the trees and the ground.

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This beautiful Laughing Gull was photographed in August standing on a pier rail in New Harbor, Maine. The Laughing Gull’s habitat is coastal, including salt marshes, bays, and estuaries. They breed along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Texas and are rarely found inland. This gull nests in colonies. The nest consists of grasses and sedges placed […]

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This beautiful juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visited our feeder this morning just after a heavy rain. It’s nothing fancy, it is sitting on a platform feeder. But it’s a rare sight to see these birds pass through our backyard, and when they do, it’s a brief visit during spring or fall migration. This is the first juvenile […]

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