Above, March 15. Fox Sparrow survived a cold, windy, stormy night.
Late on the afternoon of March 14 (after 5:00pm) the Fox Sparrow made a sparrow-sized bowl for itself in the snow. It kept moving constantly, keeping the small space free of the falling and wind-blown snow. A Junco attempted to take over the shelter but the Sparrow chased it off. Then three Mourning Doves arrived and evicted the Fox Sparrow, although even one dove was too large for the tiny space. The Sparrow flew off behind a nearby snowbank at 5:38pm. He is here again this morning, and the driveway has been plowed and fresh seed scattered. Now there are half a dozen Juncos and 7 Doves and one brave Fox Sparrow with plenty of room and seed for all.
Purple Sandpipers at ANP
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.