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Nature Notes: Weasels

Nature Notes: Weasels

Ed Robinson
February 28, 2014

The forecast called for temperatures well below zero, and the wood box in my cabin needed topping off. Grabbing my log carrier, I headed to the woodpile. After placing the first big chunk of maple in the carrier, I looked back to the woodpile and found myself face to face with a small, sleek creature… Read more

Nature Notes: Snowy Owl

Nature Notes: Snowy Owl

Ed Robinson
January 28, 2014

Norm Talbot photo Thick, soft snow swirled to the ground as I walked quietly along the path. Approaching a post I had passed many times, something seemed out of place. It dawned on me that there was a large white bird squatting on the post, seemingly unaware of my presence. As I came within 25… Read more

Nature Notes: Settled Down for a Long Winter’s Nap

Ed Robinson photo When cold winds blow and hard frosts come to Maine, a silent change takes place in the animal kingdom. Many creatures we enjoy watching through the warm months begin to disappear from view. Having built up reserves of body fat in late summer and early autumn, the animals take shelter in places… Read more

Nature Notes: Canada Goose

Nature Notes: Canada Goose

Ed Robinson
November 28, 2013

My family lived in England many years, long enough to become citizens. As my wife and I sat in the plush office of a very proper attorney to swear allegiance to the Queen, the attorney placed his hand on the Bible. He fixed us with a haughty look and said, “It’s not every day that… Read more

Nature Notes: River Otters

Nature Notes: River Otters

Ed Robinson
September 28, 2013

When I first saw the creature at a distance, swimming toward me in the ocean, I thought it might be a muskrat. As it came closer, it looked large enough to be a beaver. But when the animal rolled and dove, I knew it was an otter. It was a delight to watch her for… Read more

Nature Notes: Great Blue Heron

Ed Robinson
August 28, 2013

You have probably seen this tall, graceful bird standing motionless along streams and ponds. As evening approaches, you will often see herons cruising with slow wing beats, their long necks folded in a graceful S curve, spindly legs trailing as they make their way to a quiet feeding ground. Waiting patiently or stalking with purpose… Read more

Nature Notes: Mermaid of Harpswell

Curt Chipman photo Ancient mariners told wonderful tales about seeing mermaids near distant shores, thanks to long voyages, poor nutrition, sparse female companionship and too much rum.It often turned out that those “mermaids” with lovely dark eyes, long lashes and haunting gazes were harbor seals. Having been surprised many times by a seal popping up… Read more

Nature Notes: Oysters on the Rebound

Ed Robinson photo No, this is not a story about oysters recovering from broken hearts. It is, however, a story of a resilient species making a quiet comeback in the cool waters around Harpswell. And if you are like me, the more oysters the better, especially with a nice dry Sancerre or Chablis at hand…. Read more

Nature Notes: Osprey

Nature Notes: Osprey

Ed Robinson
May 28, 2013

Curt Chipman photo If you spend any time outdoors in Harpswell during the spring and summer months, you are sure to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of Nature’s most beautiful birds of prey. Our town has perfect habitat for ospreys, since they invariably nest near fresh or salt water. Look for large piles… Read more

Nature Notes: Fox

Nature Notes: Fox

Ed Robinson
April 28, 2013

Rob Bryan photo Watch these creatures in the wild, or spend time working and playing with them as I did long ago, and you will gain an appreciation for these ultimate survivors. There are 12 species of true foxes around the world, ranging from the common red fox, the more elusive gray fox, to the… Read more