Black duck ready for shake-off

Posted June 12, 2012, at 10:40 a.m.
An Eastern black duck at Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor.
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An Eastern black duck at Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor.
An American black duck chick.
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An American black duck chick.
A bank swallow checks out its nest.
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A bank swallow checks out its nest.
The eastern phoebe.
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The eastern phoebe.
A hobomok skipper.
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A hobomok skipper.
A painted turtle near Halfway Brook in Costigan.
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A painted turtle near Halfway Brook in Costigan.
A snowshoe hare licks salt.
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A snowshoe hare licks salt.
A spring azure.
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A spring azure.

Wow, summer weather and all the summer critters seemed to appear all at once. The American black duck was cleaning up while one of its chicks paddled the shoreline of the small pond at Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor.

Once again, the Halfway Brook area in Costigan gave up some nice photographic opportunities. Hundreds of bank swallows have nested in a local gravel pit, while painted turtles and spring azures patrol the road.

Across the way at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge a snowshoe hare cames to the road looking for salt. Eastern phoebes have nested in some of the refuge’s kiosks and fly out to protect their nest. It’s quite startling!

So far so good. I’m looking forward to an active summer. Take care friends and enjoy the wildlife that’s close by.

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