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  • Nature: Beautiful bluebirds

    Nature: Beautiful bluebirds

    Bluebirds were seen this week in a blueberry field on the island. It is encouraging to have had more reports of these lovely birds in recent years for they were seriously in decline a few years ago when English sparrows took over their nesting sites and even killed bluebirds sitting on eggs in their nests. A strong campaign

  • Nature: Wandering waxwings

    Nature: Wandering waxwings

    March is here and it is a capricious month, warm one day and freezing cold the next, but the changes in nature as winter gives way to spring are evident to wildlife. The sun climbs higher in the sky now and days grow appreciably longer. Sap runs, pussy willows bloom and the wintertime bills of

  • Nature: Spot a newt

    Nature: Spot a newt

    It’s February; it’s cold and it’s Maine! Humans and wildlife do what they have to do to survive. Winter is still with us and many of us look forward to warm sunny days. The recent full moon was a beautiful sight at Seawall and many local residents were there to enjoy it. A full moon

  • Nature: Island pine cones

    Nature: Island pine cones

    We are now in a new month. Frigid winds and swirling snows may still keep many of us indoors. Birds and mammals still abroad in fields and forests battle the elements to stay alive but thoughts of warmer days to come and seed catalogues are being read and garden plans are being made mentally and

  • Nature: How to study animal tracks

    Nature: How to study animal tracks

    What a lovely scene it was — three deer browsing on the seaweed on the causeway at Seawall Beach. This is a favorite location for Islanders to visit frequently at all times of year. The ocean itself often puts on spectacular displays of waves, crashing on the shore and rafts of birds feeding just offshore