Nature

  • Porcupine needs helping hand

    Porcupine needs helping hand

    Regardless of the weather, life in the natural world moves along towards spring and prepares for warmer days and nights and new families in our woods and fields. Feathered migrants from the south will soon be surprising us in the air and at our feeders. Even now, it is possible to see a double-crested cormorant

  • March still acting like a lion

    March still acting like a lion

    We are still in the heavy grip of winter, but the natural world moves ahead, for spring is on the way and moves right along. Migrants start to return in spite of the weather, and their journey at times may be perilous. Late migrants in the fall and early ones in the spring may or

  • Despite snow, spring pushes on

    Despite snow, spring pushes on

    The latest snowstorm with high winds and wet heavy snow gave our island a bit of excitement recently. In spite of it all, spring pushes on, and our wildlife moves ahead on schedule. We have turned the clocks ahead and will have more daylight hours, and I, for one, am glad about that. Flocks of

  • Heavy seas create ‘wild scene’

    Heavy seas create ‘wild scene’

    The shores around Mount Desert Island are in great disarray after the recent storm. Rocks of all sizes are everywhere on the road and shores at Seawall. The causeway area has been closed awhile for cleanup and major road repair. It was a wild scene at Thunder Hole and other areas such as Schoodic where

  • Eagle finds fat feast

    Eagle finds fat feast

    A lone eagle was sitting on the lower branches of a tree. There is nothing unusual about that on this island where eagles live and breed. All the same, my friend kept watching and then discovered as the bird finally flew off that it had a fat, gray squirrel in its talons. Eagles are scavengers

  • Ravens make ‘comfort sound’

    Ravens make ‘comfort sound’

    Rain, snow, ice, sun, balmy breezes and frigid temperatures — it’s February! The courtship of many mammals and even birds is well underway. Great horned owls often sit on their nest of eggs in a snowstorm. Eagles can be seen doing their courtship flights over our island, and this can be quite amazing to watch.

  • Flicker finds feeder despite cold

    Flicker finds feeder despite cold

    In spite of the cold temperatures and winter weather we have experienced this winter, a male flicker continues to visit a feeder on Islesford. Flickers normally leave this area by the end of October. A few stragglers may be seen into December and again in March. It is hard for them to find food and

  • Crows tattle on great gray owl

    Crows tattle on great gray owl

    Crows are talkative birds, and if you listen to them, you can often tell what is going on in their lives. My son was working near the shore this past week when his attention was drawn to raucous calling from crows down on the beach in Bernard. Right away, he knew they had something special

  • Muscovy ducks wandered far

    Muscovy ducks wandered far

    A flock of unidentified birds took me on a wild goose chase this week, but it turned out well. Some “strange ducks” appeared at a neighbor’s yard and were obviously hungry and quite friendly. At first sighting, they were thought to be some sort of wild goose, so I went to investigate. It turned out