Nature

  • 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,

  • Whither winter weather is anyone’s guess

    Whither winter weather is anyone’s guess

    Who knows for sure what weather we can expect this month. We could get swirling snows and frigid temperatures with trees and shrubs glistening like diamonds all over our island. Chickadees seem to enjoy a good snowstorm, and tiny kinglets will feed without concern in pine branches groaning under the weight of snow. Whenever you

  • Great gray owl spied nearby

    Great gray owl spied nearby

    A great gray owl took the prize this week for the most unusual and special bird sighting this week. It was seen off island but could just as well have been seen here. Several years ago, this very large owl visited Maine, and I saw it in Bass Harbor sitting on a fence post not

  • Great horned owls to court soon

    Great horned owls to court soon

    In spite of chilly temperatures and winter weather, this is courtship time for some of our wildlife creatures. Great horned owls often start their courtship even now. Their nests may have eggs in them in February, and the mother owl often gets covered with snow as she incubates her eggs. A clutch of usually three

  • Ruby-crowned kinglet fights own reflection

    Ruby-crowned kinglet fights own reflection

    Birds may very well be “tucking their heads under their wings” to keep warm these winter days and nights, as the old poem says. Two tiny ruby-crowned kinglets seemed oblivious to the cold temp and vigorously searched for tiny insects hidden from sight on bark and twigs. These tiny feathered mites are with us all