Nature

  • Peepers a welcome sign of spring

    Peepers a welcome sign of spring

    The sound of the first spring peepers is beautiful music to my ears. The call carries for over half a mile and summons all females within hearing range. The males are hopeful and persistent! When the females hear and respond, they head for the nearest small pond, marsh or wetlands. The little spring peepers are

  • Kestrels maneuvers impress

    Kestrels maneuvers impress

    Kestrels once again are sitting on the wires alongside local roads. A friend sent me a beautiful photo of this bird that he had taken this past week. The kestrel, formerly known as a sparrow hawk, is a real beauty. If they are in the area, you’ll be able to see them now on wires

  • Spring brings subtle symphony

    Spring brings subtle symphony

    The sounds of spring can be pretty subtle, but I really enjoyed hearing a babbling brook on my property this week. I look forward now to the first wood frogs and peepers. We must never be too busy with other things not to hear and enjoy these wonderful sounds. I know red-winged blackbirds are back,

  • Flickers flutter in

    Flickers flutter in

    New arrivals from the south have not liked the weather greeting them here on Mount Desert Island. On one storm day, a Carolina wren on Islesford joined local birds in feasting at a welcoming feeder stocked with food. Even a flicker flew in the end of the week and was happy to find a plentiful

  • Eagles battle

    Eagles battle

    Two friends noticed a fierce battle going on in the skies over a local blueberry field near their home this week. Two adult eagles were fighting fiercely and not holding back in any way. The snow was decorated with their blood. With the help of an ever-present cell phone, they were able to film the

  • Sea creatures accumulate with tide

    Sea creatures accumulate with tide

    Temperatures in the single numbers have kept humans bundled up and many humans indoors these days. Even my small dog limits herself to being outside and heads for her cozy chair more often. Keeping warm is to priority for all life, and if you live in Maine, you have to be resourceful to stay warm

  • ‘Masked bandits’ on the prowl

    ‘Masked bandits’ on the prowl

    March certainly has been living up to her fickle nature this week with temperatures warm one day and freezing the next! Raccoons may be out prowling about in the evening when you’re driving about the island. During the winter, raccoons have intermittent periods of activity. The fat reserves built up in the fall enable them

  • Flying squirrels glide in

    Flying squirrels glide in

    “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!” The old popular song was right on this week and fit right in with the snow dropped everywhere. I saw a photo taken in Northern Maine of a moose standing on top of a car buried in deep snow next to someone’s house. Deer definitely have

  • Winter weather a blessing to some

    Winter weather a blessing to some

    Winter finally found us, and snow has fallen generously over our island in recent days. Wildlife and humans have had to cope in their special ways to keep warm and safe, and to have food to sustain life. One of the positive effects of snow cover is that for the hunted, such as hares and

  • Murder in Hulls Cove witnessed

    Murder in Hulls Cove witnessed

    A murder of crows on the beach in Hulls Cove was reported to me this week. Some of the group names for wildlife are a bit strange, but there we are. The term means a large gathering together of that species. We all know about a pod of whales, a flock of chickens, and others,