Articles by Judy Kellogg Markowsky

 
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Three wren species in a week a great thing to see

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Aug. 16, 2011, at 1:31 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Each week, receiving Judy Markowsky’s new Fields Pond column for The Weekly and the Midcoast Beacon was a treat. She wrote for everyone with an interest in birds and other creatures, whether they were serious outdoor people or those who did their watching from a window. She led …
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What has 22 pink tentacles around its nostrils?

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 25, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
Only 1 mammal has tentacles around its nose What has 22 pink tentacles around its nostrils? One of the most interesting mammals found in Maine is the star-nosed mole. I found one next to the pond at Avalon Village where I live. There was a hole in the mud and …
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What has 22 pink tentacles around its nostrils?

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 22, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.
One of the most interesting mammals found in Maine is the star-nosed mole. I found one next to the pond at Avalon Village where I live. There was a hole in the mud, and below the hole, mud was coming out. These moles like deep, mucky soil in wet meadows, …
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Colorful sora rails are common, but seldom seen

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 11, 2011, at 10:35 p.m.
Kathy Burns and I went to the Essex Street Marsh in Bangor recently and saw a sora rail. This sora was in the cattails, walking on the mud and feeding in full view. It was handsome with its russet nape and gray neck, short yellow bill, and black face and …
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Colorful sora rails are common, but seldom seen

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 10, 2011, at 10:44 p.m.
Kathy Burns and I went to the Essex Street Marsh in Bangor recently and saw a sora rail. This sora was in the cattails, walking on the mud and feeding in full view. It was handsome with its russet nape and gray neck, short yellow bill, and black face and …
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Nesting creatures are interesting to observe

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 03, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
Birds build nests, but beavers, muskrats and people build a house or a lodge. Fish and turtles build nests, too. Jane Rosinski, Gordon Russell and I went on a walk in Holden. We found a stream with sunfish, white suckers and fallfish. First we saw the sunfish at a nest. Male …
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Nesting creatures are interesting to observe

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on July 03, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
Birds build nests, but beavers, muskrats and people build a house or a lodge. Fish and turtles build nests, too. Jane Rosinski, Gordon Russell and I went on a walk in Holden. We found a stream with sunfish, white suckers and fallfish. First we saw the sunfish at a nest. …
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Finding bird’s nest makes summer come alive

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 27, 2011, at 11:25 p.m.
For most birds, summer is the time for nesting. Birds make nests, mate, sit on their eggs and raise their young. It’s fun to look for active nests. I was birding with Kathy Burns when she found a nest made by a northern parula warbler. Parula nests are built in …
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Finding birds’ nests makes summer come alive

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 26, 2011, at 9:27 p.m.
For most birds, summer is the time for nesting. Birds make nests, mate, sit on their eggs and raise their young. It’s fun to look for active nests. I was birding with Kathy Burns when she found a nest made by a northern parula warbler. Parula nests are built in “old …
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Prairie warblers inhabit the marsh

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 21, 2011, at 4:28 p.m.
Jane Rosinki, Gordon Russell and I went to a marsh in Orrington and found two prairie warblers. I was surprised to see them. In most books, their range places them in the eastern half of the United States and farther south than Maine. In the winter, these birds go to Florida …
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Prairie warblers inhabit the marsh

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 20, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.
Jane Rosinki, Gordon Russell and I went to a marsh in Orrington and found two prairie warblers. I was surprised to see them. In most books their range shows it in the eastern half of the United States and farther south than Maine. In the winter, these birds go to Florida …
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Wanting to see thousands of alewives

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 14, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
As a child, I became interested in fish after reading Dr. Seuss’ “McElligot’s Pool,” and I have always wanted to witness the migration of alewives. I have seen a few alewives leaping up streams over the years, but I wanted to see thousands of alewives. So, I went for the weekend …
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Wanting to see thousands of alewives

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 14, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.
As a child, I became interested in fish after reading Dr. Seuss’ “McElligot’s Pool,” and I have always wanted to witness the migration of alewives. I have seen a few alewives leaping up streams over the years, but I wanted to see thousands of alewives. So, I went for the weekend …
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19-hour bird trip yields grouse, falcons, scoters

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on June 07, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.
Birders like having a big day in May — a day when we find as many bird species as we can. Some birders start at midnight and go birding for 24 hours. Not us; we start at 4 in the morning and end our day at 11 in the evening, …

Talented birders ‘see’ with their ears

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 31, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.
Steve Coleman and Khem Millay are great birders. They are both visually impaired, and they know their bird songs well. Steve was the leader of a recent bird walk at Fields Pond Audubon Center, and Khem helped. I went with them, along with many other bird-watchers. We had a good …

Seeing birds with the ear

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 27, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.
Steve Coleman and Khem Millay are great birders. They both are visually impaired, and they know their bird songs well! Steve was the leader of a recent bird walk at Fields Pond Audubon Center, and Khem helped. I went with them, along with many other birdwatchers. We had a good morning …

Redstart flycatchers migrate from Central, South America

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 25, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.
Hope Brogunier and Joni Dunn led 16 people on a bird walk along the Kenduskeag Stream. It was a sunny day, and many birds came out. Bird songs as well as sightings of warblers, flycatchers and orioles rewarded our efforts at an early start. Our leaders found a beautiful, male …

Walk along the stream yields bird sightings

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 20, 2011, at 7:51 p.m.
Hope Brogunier and Joni Dunn led 16 people on a bird walk along the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor. It was a sunny day, and many birds came out. Bird songs and sightings of warblers, flycatchers and orioles rewarded our efforts at an early start. Our leaders found a beautiful male redstart …

Small, dumpy bird boasts beautiful blue

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 16, 2011, at 9:09 p.m.
I love the month of May for the many birds that return and for the ease of seeing them before the leaves are fully out. May is the best month of the year! Some recent returnees include a Northern parula (a species of warbler), a flock of chimney swifts and …

Returning birds provide color at the feeder

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 13, 2011, at 7:54 p.m.
I love May for the many birds that return and for the ease of seeing them before the leaves are fully out. May is the best month of the year. Some recent returners include a northern parula (a species of warbler), a flock of chimney swifts and a rose-breasted grosbeak.   …
 
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