Outdoors Bloggers

 
MAINE SKIES
Maine evening sky, December 2015.

Precession: Pole star shifts, celestial age

By Clair Wood on Nov. 27, 2015, at 6:25 a.m.
All the planetary action favors early risers this month as Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn are all in the late night and predawn sky.
THE BEE WHISPERER
Mike Palmer speaks during the 2015 Maine State Beekeepers Association annual meeting and conference recently at Hampden Academy.

Hampden Academy buzzing with beekeepers

By Peter Cowin on Nov. 26, 2015, at 10:05 a.m.
“November saw the highlight of the Maine State Beekeepers Association’s year when its annual meeting and conference was once again held at Hampden Academy.”
GOOD BIRDING
Among Bob Duchesne's 2015 observations: "This was the year that I decided the spruce grouse is my favorite bird. Every spruce grouse has a distinct personality."

Everyone’s got leftovers this time of year. Even birders

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Nov. 26, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
“I’m getting rid of my Thanksgiving leftovers. These are all of my leftover observations that didn’t fit into columns this year. Take what you want and pass the gravy.”
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

There’s not an app for that

on Nov. 24, 2015, at 7:51 a.m.
GOOD BIRDING
Two common ravens

Insight into the spookiest of birds

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Oct. 29, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
“In celebration of Halloween, I write about ravens. It’s the spookiest bird I can think of. “
GOOD BIRDING
Snow geese

Flight of the snow geese

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Oct. 22, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
When Canada geese come to Maine, I go to Canada.
GOOD BIRDING
Willow and Alder Flycatchers nest in Bangor, and they cannot be told apart visually. But they sound different.

How many kinds of birds are there?

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Oct. 15, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

My prayer for the ship lost at sea with one of my students

on Oct. 03, 2015, at 9:31 p.m.
“Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in Peril on the Sea.” -The Navy Hymn
GOOD BIRDING
Rufous Hummingbird

Migration should be called ‘organized chaos’

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Sept. 25, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
Migration is a system of organized chaos. Sure, songbirds fly south for the winter. But they might fly north, west or east, or just fly around randomly before heading south …
GOOD BIRDING
A little gull in the water.

Birding on the ocean isn’t for weak stomachs

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Sept. 17, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
GOOD BIRDING
Merlin

And they’re off! Migration season is underway

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Sept. 12, 2015, at 9:20 a.m.
It’s normal for songbirds to begin leaving Maine as early as mid-August. Not this year. They bided their time until the weather changed.
GOOD BIRDING
Black-legged Kittiwake.

Gulls may bore birders, but their sheer numbers are impressive

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 28, 2015, at 7:34 a.m.
Outdoors

Eagle Lake one of the jewels of the Allagash

By matthew laroche on Aug. 14, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
GOOD BIRDING
Common Terns. The bird with the white forehead and open mouth is a juvenile begging from a parent.

There’s humor in young birds growing up

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 14, 2015, at 7:28 a.m.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

17 years ago, my father died. I still feel his spirit in the wild birds that won’t leave my side

on Aug. 10, 2015, at 5:42 p.m.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Scott Jurek and Katahdin: Together at Last

on July 13, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
GOOD BIRDING
Seen is a common murre.

Some birds just look funny

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on July 09, 2015, at 4:37 p.m.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Scott Jurek’s speed attempt on the Appalachian Trail is a real Nail Biter

on July 09, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
GOOD BIRDING
A baby Swainson's Thrush in Baxter State Park.

Birds, birds everywhere

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on June 26, 2015, at 7:23 a.m.
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

The Herring Run, Maritime Canada’s Best Trail Race

on June 19, 2015, at 8:43 p.m.