There are only three kinds of birds in the world: black birds, brown birds and eagles. So says my friend Sen. Tom Saviello. Tom opines that biologists make things too complicated, splitting species when they should be lumping them for simplicity. So the state senator from Wilton devised… Read More
    I am not clueless. I realize that most readers love to learn about the everyday birds around them, and when I write about unusual, hard-to-see, not-in-my-backyard birds, I can hear the groans coming from neighborhood homes. Let the groans begin. Today’s column is about ocean birds. Read More
    Known as Big Eagle by locals, Eagle Lake is 9,500 acres in size with a maximum depth of 124 feet. With outstanding conditions for fishing for brook trout, lake trout — also known as togue — and whitefish, the lake has beautiful, remote shorefront campsites scattered along the… Read More
    Now it’s just getting funny out there. Birds are in family groups and youngsters are chasing their parents all over. Others still are with their parents, but awkwardly foraging on their own, such as the baby magnolia warbler I saw this week that was all mouth and no… Read More
    Everything is a tradeoff. That’s why some birds look funny. Each species competes in a specific niche, and each has evolved special characteristics that enable it to survive in that niche. Some of these tradeoffs are extreme. Weird bills, long legs, goofy tails and unusual wings are a… Read More
    These are troubling times. I can use neither my front porch nor my rear deck. Eastern phoebes have taken over the front of the house. Mourning doves have wrested control of the rear. Their nest is directly over my favorite chair. To make matters worse, bat dung is… Read More
    According to the birds, there are two Maines. Interestingly, the dividing line corresponds roughly to the 45th parallel — the latitude that bisects the Northern Hemisphere, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. In Maine, this line runs across the middle of the state, from Rangeley to… Read More
    Success makes a good story, but failure is much more interesting. Failure is a common theme whenever my birdathon team makes its once-a-year quest to find 130 birds in one day. This was the 16th year that the Cardinal Sins assembled at 2 a.m. to search for nocturnal… Read More
    Spring snuck up on me this year, probably because I kept shoveling it out of my driveway for so long. There were 2 feet of snow on the ground as the first vulture passed over. Ice fishermen were in front of my house when the first blackbirds showed… Read More