Articles by Judy Kellogg Markowsky

 

‘First of Year’ birds a special treat

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 13, 2011, at 3:13 p.m.
I have a small net filled with animal hair that I put out for nesting birds. A pine siskin was the first to visit my cache of dog and horse hair. She picked out the hairs she wanted and flew away with dog hair in her beak. It looked as …

Birding and babies in Korea

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 13, 2011, at 2:39 p.m.
The news from South Korea was wonderful — a new baby in the family. I don’t like shopping and I don’t like to wear dresses, but it turns out I loved buying dresses for Sophie, my new granddaughter. I wanted to see her, and my son Ted Markowsky wanted to go …

First of the Year!

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 13, 2011, at 2:18 p.m.
I have a small net filled with animal hair that I put out for nesting birds. A pine siskin was the first to visit my cache of dog and horse hair. She picked out the hairs she wanted and flew away with dog hair in her beak. It looked like …

White-faced ibis took detour to Maine

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on May 03, 2011, at 10:20 p.m.
A white-faced ibis flew from Mexico to Scarborough in late April. Rather than its preferred path to the Northwest — for nesting in Montana, Wyoming, the northern part of Nevada and Utah, and part of California — this bird flew from Mexico to the Northeast, and landed in Maine. Ibises …

Fields Pond: Four types of warblers adorn Maine spring

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on April 25, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.
Warblers are returning! The yellow-rumped warbler came first. I was walking from Avalon to the Hampden Library when I saw this one. It is larger than most, and the most visible warbler because it often perches upright on prominent twigs. (Most warblers perch within and among all the tree leaves.) …

Four types of warblers adorn Maine spring

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on April 22, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.
Warblers are returning! The yellow-rumped warbler came first. I was walking from Avalon to the Hampden Library when I saw this one. It is larger than most and the most visible warbler because it often perches upright on prominent twigs. (Most warblers perch within and among all the tree leaves.) …

Signs of spring heard in bird song

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on March 08, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.
Spring is coming! A few signs of spring begin as early as February. One of my favorites is the chickadee’s spring song. It is a whistling song of “fee-bee,” with the first note higher than the second. Even with snow on the ground, measured in feet, the chickadee song gives …

Bald eagle family delights observers

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Feb. 15, 2011, at 10:54 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Four bald eagles in one place, at Avalon! It was after sunset, and getting dark when I saw two bald eagles choosing a place to perch for the night. Ethel Frey came along. I showed them to her and suddenly two more eagles arrived. The first two …

Adept hunters, sharp-shinned hawks prey on smaller birds

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Feb. 08, 2011, at 9:22 p.m.
I went to Boston with my brother Bob Kellogg — aka Robert Orcutt Kellogg III — and on the way home, saw a sharp-shinned hawk and a red-tailed hawk. I was waiting for Bob to lock his apartment. Just a minute before, a flock of house sparrows had flown into …

Birding trip yields harlequin duck sighting

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:13 p.m.
I went birding with my brother Zip Kellogg and his girlfriend bb Adams in Damariscotta. It was my birthday and I told Zip that I wanted to get a present — seeing a king eider! King eiders are beautiful and rare; I have seen one only six times in Maine. …

Flying squirrel’s flight path to feeder not so smooth

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Dec. 28, 2010, at 9:11 p.m.
Since July, a flying squirrel has been coming to my bird feeder. The feeder is attached to the window with suction cups. The squirrel comes down from the roof and climbs the side of the apartment building, up the edge of the window and hops onto my bird feeder. I …

Going on a hike on Day Mountain

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Dec. 13, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.
I recently went on a hike with the Downeast Outing Club to Day Mountain on Mount Desert Island. It was a great hike! There is a cave on Day Mountain I would never have found without our leader, Linda Bohm. When we got to the cave, I crawled on my …

New, rare Maine bird added to avid birder’s list

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Dec. 07, 2010, at 2:23 p.m.
R-r-r-ing! Is that the telephone? At 6:30 in the morning I was still in bed. I stumbled to the next room where the telephone was. John Wyatt was on the phone. He said that possibly a Ross’s goose, with about 25 Canada geese, was out on the Penobscot River near …

Eagles not always victors when birds fight for life

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Nov. 16, 2010, at 2:36 p.m.
Predation is not an easy thing for humans to watch, but it is a fact of nature that fascinates us. Mike Briggs and son Eric of Taunton Bay Oyster Co. Inc. had an interesting experience as witnesses to predation. They saw an eagle chasing a great blue heron toward them. …

Mainers spy 3 types of falcons: kestrel, merlin, peregrine

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Nov. 08, 2010, at 2:51 p.m.
On a recent hike with the Downeast Outing Club, we saw that the leaves were glowing brilliantly and the views from Eagle Bluff in Dedham were wonderful. Both a kestrel and a merlin flew past as we looked out at the scenery. The kestrel was a female with rufous-brown back …

Falcons in flight show surprising strength

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Nov. 06, 2010, at 6:16 p.m.
On a recent hike with the Downeast Outing Club, the leaves were glowing brilliantly and the views from Eagle Bluff in Dedham were wonderful. A kestrel and a merlin flew past as we looked out at the scenery. The kestrel was a female, with a rufous-brown back and wings. She …

Swamp sparrow’s longer legs an advantage for wading

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Nov. 02, 2010, at 2:55 p.m.
HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center is a great place to see wildlife. Friends and I recently walked some of the trails and saw a variety of interesting wildlife and their signs. Six swamp sparrows flitted among the cattails in the marsh. They were flying around looking for something to …

Ubitiquitous hermit thrushes make nests on the ground

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Oct. 26, 2010, at 3:05 p.m.
Hermit thrushes are everywhere! Last week I saw four in Bangor, three at Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, three in the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor and two in the forest at Avalon Village in Hampden. These birds are olive-brown on the back and have orange-brown tails. When they …

Yellow-rumped warblers common during autumn

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on Oct. 18, 2010, at 6:02 p.m.
This October, every time I go into a forest I seem to find yellow-rumped warblers — whether at my window in Hampden, on the Orono Bog Boardwalk, at Dorothea Dix Park or at Essex Woods in Bangor. This warbler is the most common warbler in Maine. They are the first …
A barred owl in a tree along Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor sometime in 2002.

Observing Maine’s most-observed owl

By Judy Kellogg Markowsky on March 29, 2010, at 12:44 p.m.
Hope Brogunier and I were driving near the Fields Pond Audubon Center and we saw an owl flying toward the road! I slowed down and stopped, so as not to hit the owl. The owl flew to the telephone cable directly across from my car – a great opportunity to …
 
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