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

Tag: bird


poem by Dave Morrison I should not come to this day empty-handed, If a poem is a song I will clear my throat, If a poem is a painting I will try to find a subject that interests someone besides me, If a poem is an inheritance then I will sit in the lawyer’s waiting […]

Migrating Shorebirds

haiku and photographs by Kristen Lindquist Popham Beach State Park– the fisherman and I marvel at the sandpipers.

Baby Birds Are Bustin’ Out All Over

text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist As I stand here at my desk, three young crows are whining in the driveway, begging one of their parents for food. They’re full size and look almost exactly like the adult bird, except their gapes–the insides of their bills–are bright red, and the gape flanges along the edges […]


haiku and text by Kristen Lindquist Watching a female cardinal at my feeder, admiring her big, seed-chomping, bright orange bill and how it contrasts so prettily against her black face. So near, I notice details I never picked up on before. For example, her crest is tipped in red, as if rouged with lipstick. It […]

Tuesday Tune

photograph, video, and text by Brian Willson I’ve written about the species before, but the appearance of a golden-crowned kinglet out back of my place at the height of the February 9th blizzard got me thinking again about this tiny year-round bird. Midday Saturday, while doing a little emergency snow-shoveling on my back deck, I […]

Life, Death

photographs by Brian Willson

Tuesday Tune

photograph and text by Brian Willson What does a Northern Shrike, aka Butcher Bird, sound like? “Beek!” and “Shraa!” We’re entering that time of year when birdsong subsides here on the 44th parallel—or, more accurately, has already subsided. You won’t hear much, outside of our resident chickadees, a feeder finch or two, a few woodpeckers, […]


text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist Hurricane Sandy, Extra-tropical Storm Sandy, Big Huge Storm Sandy, or whatever you want to call it,  is headed our way after already wreaking havoc on the mid-Atlantic states on up. When a big storm system moves through during a migration season, some birders get excited, anticipating unusual southern–even tropical–species […]

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