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Nature Notes: Great Blue Heron

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

Nature Notes: Vernal Pools

Spotted salamanders are one of the animals that depend on vernal pools. They lay their eggs there. (Ed Robinson photo) Under the snows of winter, Mother Nature is preparing a seasonal treat for us as we eagerly anticipate mud season. Ok, I was stretching things a bit since mud season is generally viewed as the… Read more

Nature Notes: Animal Tracking

Red squirrel tracks in the snow. If you want to play detective, there is a much you can learn from reading footprints left by some of the wild inhabitants of Harpswell. As a boy, I had the run of thousands of acres of land near my home. The woods and fields were filled with a… Read more

Nature Notes: Wild Turkey

Nature Notes: Wild Turkey

Ed Robinson
January 28, 2013

Lane Soltesz photo Sorry to disappoint bourbon drinkers, but this article is about those long-legged, tall-necked birds you see in Harpswell fields or sometimes at your bird feeder. It is common to see up to 20 birds in a flock, most of them hens and their young. The more sharp eyes peeled for predators, the… Read more

Nature Notes: Common Eider

Nature Notes: Common Eider

Ed Robinson
December 28, 2012

Now that winter is here, welcome back one of Harpswell’s more spectacular birds. The largest duck in Maine is known as the “common eider” (somateria mollisima) to distinguish it from the more unusual king and spectacled eiders, but there is nothing common about these beauties. A full grown adult can reach 28″ long, with a… Read more