The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Category: Maine Bird Report

Bald Eagle

photograph by Brian Willson A comment to Brian from fellow photographer Benjamin Magro: One of the things I love about your photographs is that they are all uniquely different as if taken all over the planet and yet they are all just different layers of one tiny location in the universe, Beech Hill. By this […]

Red Tail, Blue Sky

photographs and text by Brian Willson Cold and achingly clear today. I shoveled the rest of the walkways, etc., and got a lot of work done. Then went with dog to Beech Hill. Someone—perhaps two people—had tramped down my snowshoe tracks from yesterday, making today’s hike a lot easier. Nobody else hiking while we were […]

Northern Flicker

photograph by Brian Willson

American Crow

photographs by Brian Willson For many years I’ve marveled at how crows come in threes—and wondered why. Are they a mating pair and a young adult, their offspring? Are they siblings? Buddies? Cousins? Someone has probably done research on all this, but all I know is the crows often come in threes.

Tuesday Tune: Warblers

video and text by Brian Willson It’s pretty quiet in the woods and fields these days, as our seasonal residents get their youngsters ready for fall migration, so I thought I’d go back a few weeks and mention a curious peculiarity of summertime bird song. Serious birders soon learn to identify a species by its […]

Dragonfly

photograph by Brian Willson Brown-spotted yellow wing (a.k.a., Halloween pennant).

Tuesday Tune: Bobolink

text and video by Brian Willson Sometimes in a field of summer hay you can hear a bouncy, rollicking sound something like a music synthesizer gone haywire or a cat attacking the keyboard of a child’s piano. That would be the bubbly, antic, rapid-fire song of the grassland-loving bobolink. (Note: the male of this species […]

Tuesday Tune: Hermit Thrush

video by Brian Willson Happened to spot a singing hermit thrush this on a recent foggy, misty summer afternoon at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, Maine. This is what magic sounds like.