May 21, 2018
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Northern hawk owl highlights hike

By Dave Small, Special to the BDN

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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