The last week in August is an interesting time. Migrants are gorging on insects and seeds before moving south. Resident birds are also taking advantage of plentiful food before fall comes. Here are some photographs of residents plus a couple of beautiful warblers that will be leaving soon – A first year male Cape May Warbler and a female Black and White warbler.
Female Black andWhite Warbler
First year male Cape May Warbler
Possible song sparrow
Black capped Chickadee
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I was surprised by a loud, unfamiliar song, and a large thrush landed in the bush in front of me. At eye level, I was confronted by the vibrant ghost of Irish winter past right in the middle of a bursting Icelandic spring. A redwing sang and preened in front of me. I should not have been so surprised, but this is a bird from the Thrush family, that I have only known from the shadowy winter flocks of birds that lurked in the fields around my childhood home.
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The rock formations along the shore of Maine continue to fascinate me. This spring I looked more closely and found nature details everywhere. Violets and ground ivy tucked in around the rocks, or on the edge of flower beds nurtured by last year’s acorn husks. The ground ivy is not native to America but was used for food and medicine in Europe, and may have come to Maine with early settlers. As a result, it has many common names. Field balm makes sense but, gill-over-the-ground still puzzles me.
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I went to Maine this Spring just before warm weather burst on the scene and buds broke fully open. The land was green with recent moisture and seemed full of anticipation of real Spring. Porter Preserve, Boothbay Region, Land Trust is a lovely small reserve on the Sheepscot River. I took a few photographs with my phone as I walked along the three-quarters of a mile long trail.
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