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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Great Gray Owl (Photo by Don Reimer)
Great Gray Owl (Photo by Don Reimer)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:01 AM
Except for the busy traffic flow along Route 131, Sears-mont, Maine, is generally a quiet rural town of unhurried secondary roadways. But the town’s sleepy character shifted somewhat on February 22 when Searsmont birder Fyn Kynd . . .
  • Birding with Don Reimer: Scarce as Hen’s Teeth—
    The other day I watched a herring gull swallow an entire 12" fish in one gulp. Being hotly pursued by a second gull, the original gull swallowed the fish to avoid an outcome of imminent robbery. In order to maintain high metabolic . . .
  • Two Thrushes—
    You may have noticed scores of American Robins through- out the midcoast this winter. Sizeable numbers were encountered on most of December’s local Christmas bird counts as well. Although robins are considered traditional . . .
  • Maine’s Spring Eagles—
    Although it’s now mid-February, plenty of winter weather remains until spring. But don’t tell that to the state’s bald eagles. Across the midcoast region, eagles are making preparations for spring nesting. As additional sticks are . . .
  • Those Jays—
    Opinions on Blue Jays seem to have no middle-ground position — either folks appreciate them for their bold beauty and lively behavior or they rate them as loud, voracious bullies at their bird feeders. . . .
  • Luck and Timing—
    Successful birding ventures often involve some degree of luck and timing, as was the case for me during the December 31 Rockland/Thomaston Christmas Bird Count (CBC). My specific coverage area of the 15-mile count circle . . .
  • 2016 Christmas Bird Count—
    December 31 was a relatively cold but clear day for the 117th edition of the annual Thomaston-Rockland Christmas Bird Count. Lakes and pond surface were frozen solidly, but water trickled through sections of some streams. . . .
  • Living in the Cold —
    One recent cold morning, I scanned an ocean cove where several species of ducks and a congregation of Canada Geese floated nonchalantly in the ice-skimmed 46 F degree water. It had snowed overnight and the ducks’ backs and . . .
  • Yellow Bird Up High in de Maple Tree—
    Typically, we Mainers anticipate neotrop- ical arrivals of Baltimore Orioles in the month of May. In some instances a few tardy individuals (often inexperienced hatch-year birds) linger around bird feeders into fall and . . .
  • 2017 Finch Forecast—
    Signifi- cant memories tend to linger on the mind — a January flock of tiny finches scavenging the seed from our homemade bird feeder and from the snow-glazed ground in New Harbor some six decades ago. My mother and . . .
  • Wedding Doves—
    While attending a recent wedding at the rustic Beaver Lodge in Hope, I was reminded of our own wedding celebration there some years back. We had envisioned that the ceremony would culminate with an outdoor release ...
  • Candid Camera—
    My earliest childhood memory of a photo camera was the boxy Brownie Hawkeye owned by my mother. In that era, people mailed their exposed rolls of film to be developed or dropped them at the local pharmacy for shipment. . . .
  • Tooty Fruity—
    There’s a scientific term for birds that eat fruit — it is frugivore. During the summer nesting season, insects provide the bulk of a protein-rich diet that ensures healthy growth and development of nestlings. In the fall, a number of . . .
  • Just Add Water—
    We just returned from a late September spree of hiking and birding on Monhegan Island. While there were no major waves of migrants, with some effort, we encountered a nice mix of wandering fall birds such as Red-Headed . . .
  • Between Right and Wrong—
    When spending field time in the company of skilled birders, novice birders are sometimes impressed by an “expert’s” prowess at instantaneous identifications. Bird identification is a honed set of perceptive skills . . .
  • Herons and Egrets—
    Let’s face it, distin- guishing among the herons and egrets can get a bit confusing. Even some avian experts have fussed with the proper classifications of these species. As members of the wader family, all have long legs and necks . . .
  • The Air We Breathe—
    The months of August and September initiate the fall migration period for many types of birds. For some species migration happens in graduated, short-hop steps, while others accomplish their impressive feats in a matter of a few . . .
  • The Information Age—
    As I cruise the wave of modern infor- mation techno- logy, I have little doubt that we inhabit the Information Age. According to Buckminster Fuller, who created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve,” up until 1900 human . . .
  • Some Crows and Ravens I have known—
    After years of watching and photo- graphing them, I decided to create a slide presentation all about corvids. Corvids are members of the crow-like family of birds that we all encounter in our daily lives. With 120 corvid species . . .
  • Competition—
    On the surface, one might imagine that birds lead a rather carefree and casual existence. But actually, for birds, competitive forces play a huge role in their success. The competition persists year-round . . .
  • Voices in the Woods—
    Around 4:30 a.m. each morning, I anticipate that a resident male cardinal or a particular chirping robin will launch their dawn chorus that rises to a crescendo within an hour or so. . . .
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