Members of the Maine Bird List are helping me get an ID on this bird. The Hawk snatched a Blue Jay for its brunch today. Whatever it is, it is not the same Sharp shinned that was in the yard on 17 Jan.
Sharp-shinned hawk, I think. At first I thought this was a Gray Jay when it cruised to a landing in the Rhododendrons near the bird-feeder, so I immediately ran for the camera. As soon as I got a closer look I could see it is a much more familiar bird. Had to take the photos through double-glazed window, as usual. It tried several different perches before taking off for the edge of the woods.
Nov.25, afternoon on a damp day. The tidal Middle Machias River just off the boat launch behind Helen’s at mid-tide. Is this a Hooded Merganser with the cute crest? Is that a Long Tailed duck partially hidden by the gull, and not clearly visible in the group photo? It seems an unlikely spot for that. And the other ducks, Black Ducks? or are they Mallards? Advice is welcome!
08 May, 2016 Frenchman’s Hill fire-pond, Bar Harbor, Maine. Female Goose was sitting on her island nest with male standing guard on the mainland on Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon Mother Goose had joined Papa Goose on the shore with their goslings.Four goslings are visible in the photos which were taken in the rain and from inside the car, parked at a distance because I did not want to distress them. I think I saw a fifth gosling.
Stellaria pubera Skyline Drive, Virginia- 24 April, 2016
Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary, SC 26April, 2016
Seen from the boardwalk, near the place where it divides. This is a banded bird. The Audubon staff helped us to find these birds, We saw two.