Nature

  • 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

  • Winter forces adaptation

    Winter forces adaptation

    A new year has begun, and in January, we no doubt will experience the cold and harsh weather of a Maine winter. Humans cope by creating wood piles, putting on snow tires and layering our clothes. Native mammals have thicker fur and maybe a change of color to match the snow, as do snowshoe hares

  • ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’

    ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’

    So starts a popular song of my youth. For both man and beast, it is a time for trying to keep warm and safe from the cold temperatures and possible snow. For wildlife, it is an ever-present hunt for food to sustain life when food is scarce. As winter moves along, we keep adding more

  • Redpolls often mistaken for goldfinches

    Power outages, however long they may be, slippery walking conditions, snow-covered ground and very cold temperatures all let us know we are in a Maine winter. These conditions rule our lives and the lives of all creatures in the natural world for awhile, but as we all know, life goes on, and we adapt the