Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 Jan 2017 Bar Harbor

January 17, 2017


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.


Mourning Dove Missing part of tail 05 Nov ’16 Bar Harbor

December 5, 2016




Middle Machias River 25 Nov. 2016

November 26, 2016





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!


Rose-breasted Grosbeak 15 May- Roque Bluffs, Maine

May 15, 2016





Purple Finch- Roque Bluffs, Maine

May 15, 2016



Canada Goose goslings hatch

May 9, 2016

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.

Great Chickweed

May 5, 2016

Stellaria pubera  Skyline Drive, Virginia- 24 April, 2016


Prothonotary Warbler

May 5, 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.


Sparrow 17 April Bar Harbor

April 17, 2016


Sparrow skulking under a feeder near the rhododendrons, 17 April, Bar Harbor.  There has been a Song Sparrow in the yard for several weeks, and when I look at the photo, the tail and the stripes on the upper breast between neck and wing make me think this is it, although I haven’t heard it singing recently. On the other hand, the cap looks a little more red and uniform than I expect, and the bill thinner. Can anyone help me with the ID based on the scanty evidence in this photo?  Thank you for any helpful comments.

April Birds 2016

April 17, 2016
Yellow-bellied sapsucker April 4, Bar Harbor

Yellow-bellied sapsucker April 4, Bar Harbor

Herring Gull- Acadia Nat. Park, 08 April

Herring Gull- Acadia Nat. Park, 08 April

Pileated Woodpecker- Bar Harbor 16 April

Pileated Woodpecker- Bar Harbor 16 April

Pine Siskin- Bar Harbor 17 April

Pine Siskin- Bar Harbor 17 April