Two diurnal hunters of the large bird species, seen in one month. First, I spotted the Cadillac Mountain snowy owl, and on Wednesday enjoyed a distant view of a northern hawk owl. I’ve been fortunate.
The accompanying photos of the hawk owl were taken at a great distance and quickly, but they clearly identify the critter … what a serious-looking face. I was only able to observe it for a few moments before it took flight. A grand bird indeed. A pleasure to see.
A hike on the Oak Point Trail at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge revealed an abundance of club moss, one of my favorite types is the one pictured. It mimics a pine tree right down to the cone spores that top it.
Across the County Road, following Birch Stream, I found a flock of pine siskins feeding on cedar cones. There were 50 or more and every once in a while they flushed in a large wave, circled the area, then returned to feeding.
On my way to meet a few Bangor Daily News friends for lunch outing at Geaghan’s I noticed that some mallards had taken up residency in the tanks at the Bangor Water Treatment Facility, a resilient lot, huh?
I never pass up an opportunity to picture red squirrels. Take about resilient survivors, these guys are it.
Thanks for listening, take care and enjoy the great Maine winter.
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