June 24, 2018
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Evening grosbeaks make an appearance

By Dave Small, Special to the BDN

This spring I was surprised to see a rose-breasted grosbeak pair visiting my backyard. Then, a short time after that I captured an image of a male rose-breasted at the Essex Street Marsh. Several birders that I’ve spoken with agreed with me that sightings of these birds have been rare, lately … I know for me it’s been ten years or more since I’ve seen one.

I had an additional surprise when I saw and captured an image of this pair of evening grosbeaks in my yard. It’s been just as long since I’ve seen these guys around. I don’t know the science or ecology behind it, I can only hope that their populations are increasing.

Once again, Essex Street Marsh stepped up with a fun experience. While I was talking with a friend, a red fox, on the hunt, came into view. It was moving rapidly in our direction checking for prey as it came. My friend leashed his dog. The fox never got very close to us because a jogger, coming up behind it, scared it off the trail into the brush. … lots of fun to see.

This pointed blue-eyed grass and a snowshoe hare licking salt from the Stud Mill Road caught my attention at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge recently.

Another snowshoe caught my lens while I was scouting in different area off an old logging road. It was munching some nice lush grass and tolerated me for several minutes.

Once again I’d like to thank you for, as the critters do, tolerating my intrusions. Also, if you know someone that would enjoy receiving NatureShots, please invite them to send me their name and email address.


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