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Circles, Loops and Wheels

on June 17, 2016, at 11:30 p.m.
I am doing my best to keep Luna the cat in today. All around the landscape is bursting with life, including the season’s first broods, young birds preparing to take a leap of faith (in the legacy of evolutionary adaptation) and fledge from the nest. On the ground, flapping their …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Circles, Loops and Wheels

on June 17, 2016, at 11:30 p.m.
I am doing my best to keep Luna the cat in today. All around the landscape is bursting with life, including the season’s first broods, young birds preparing to take a leap of faith (in the legacy of evolutionary adaptation) and fledge from the nest. On the ground, flapping their …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Despair is no longer sufficient

on June 15, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
As the news filtered out of Orlando Sunday morning, another mass shooting was playing out in the background. When the 50 dead headline came across my screen mid day, I sat up and took notice and then hung my head, bewildered and anguished. The words “coming apart at the seams” …
GOOD BIRDING
Kirtland’'s warbler

The insanity of hardcore birders revealed

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on May 26, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
Good Birding: Hardcore birders are insane. Naturally, I speak from personal experience.
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My Two Minds on the Maine Woods National Monument

on May 23, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
A week ago I attended the North Woods National Monument proposal forum in Orono, bringing no clear opinion with me and like many people looking for some clarity on the issue. Listening to the testimonials during the evening I surprised myself with realization that I am of two minds on …
GOOD BIRDING
A spruce grouse.

It’s birding festival time in Maine

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on May 19, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
This weekend marks the first of three consecutive birding festivals. I guide for all three, and I generally get the tough assignments.
GOOD BIRDING
Nashville Warbler

Maine’s summer birds are singing like crazy

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on May 12, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
So, if bird songs are driving you crazy, here is your assignment: learn one.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

The Lucky Ones

on May 08, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
Yesterday morning my husband and I were looking at the calendar, admiring a photo of a kayaker going over a large waterfall. My husband commented that a friend of ours, a paddler, told him that it is no longer “enough” to simply go over a huge water fall in a …
MAINE SKIES

Studying Mars has proven a challenging ordeal

By Clair Wood on April 28, 2016, at 9:22 p.m.
Maine Skies: Space exploration has left dozens of functioning and dead spacecraft and associated debris wandering about the solar system, and nowhere is it more evident than at Mars.
GOOD BIRDING
Female Buffleheads

In reality, weather doesn’t always cooperate for birdwatching

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on April 28, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
Bob Duchesne: “Not today” became the day’s catch phrase.
GOOD BIRDING
Song sparrow

Time for the pine warblers to come back

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on April 14, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
Inbound migration has been going on for several weeks. It was a short winter, and many early birds are earlier birds.
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American three-toed woodpecker

It’s a fun time for birding in the woods

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on March 24, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
It’s a time when finches are abundant and noisy. It’s a time when some of our permanent residents are getting romantic and frisky.
GOOD BIRDING
Getting an up close look at bear cubs

Momma bears, and early onset of spring, make for interesting adventures

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on March 17, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
I’ve been trying to hold back spring, fighting a losing battle. I only hoped that winter would linger long enough to get me through last Monday. It was the day I was due to join biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on a visit to a …
THE BEE WHISPERER
Two trial honeybee hives at Bangor International Airport.

Maine farms, businesses helping state’s beekeepers

By Peter Cowin on March 03, 2016, at 1:16 p.m.
My plans this year will be to increase several of my beekeeping activities, and consequently, I will need more hives.
GOOD BIRDING
A purple sandpiper at Schoodic Point

Ode to the purple sandpiper

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Feb. 26, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Good Birding: I love these guys. Purple sandpipers are my favorite shorebirds. Let me count the reasons.
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A pine siskin and a red crossbill share a meal.

Recent cold snap leads to typical winter birding activity

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Feb. 18, 2016, at 11:24 a.m.
I found winter! Admittedly, after last week’s column, a number of readers told me where to look. As you may recall, I lamented the lack of Canadian invaders due to the mild winter so far. Common redpolls weren’t common. Northern shrikes stayed northern. Pine grosbeaks never came south. Bohemian waxwings …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Attention Nature Lovers! The Maine Master Naturalist Program seeks applicants for 2016 courses

on Feb. 13, 2016, at 9:22 p.m.
Attention nature lovers! I have good news for you. The Maine Master Naturalist Program is sponsoring three, count them, three Tier One Associate Naturalist training classes here in Maine this summer. Located in Bar Harbor, Bridgton and Farmington, the class runs from May through September and covers a diverse array of …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

I AM a Ghost driving a Meat Covered Skeleton

on Jan. 30, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Stargazing (like parapenting) has been one of those things I’ve been putting off for later in life, when I can’t do other things. I figure when I can’t get out and run and hike as well as I once did, gazing at the night sky and devoting time to learning …
GOOD BIRDING
A bald eagle perches in the shade of a tall oak tree at the edge of Hermon Pond in Hermon in this July 2015 file photo.

What’s the difference between birding and birdwatching?

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Jan. 28, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Everyone engaged in actively pursuing birds perceives a difference. You know who you are.
GOOD BIRDING
Northern Cardinal

Counting chickadees on Matinicus isn’t so bad

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Jan. 21, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
There is plenty of good winter birding in Maine, but islands have their own intrigue. Migrants can get trapped on islands, especially if a rare bird has wandered off course.