We have been experiencing such beautiful weather here in Maine this winter and have been able to take advantage of really great hiking opportunities. With such little snowfall and mild weather so far, we have been able to hike with just hiking boots and dressing in light layers. Our route included starting from the parking […]
Nature & Wildlife
This category contains posts that are related to the nature and wildlife found where I live. I write about birds, insects, animals and the
beauty in nature that surrounds me.
Hairy woodpeckers (Leuconotopicus villosus) have a much longer bill than the Downy Woodpecker, which has a thorn-like bill. Hairy Woodpeckers are black and white. The black wings are checkered with white and the head has two white stripes and a large white patch runs down the center of the black back. Males have a patch […]
Ice covered maple trees (Acer). An ice covered spirea flower (Rosaceae). A rock wall covered in ice. A frozen beech leaf (Fagaceae). Beech tree leaves (Fagaceae). Ice covered bee balm (Monarda). Maple Trees (Acer) covered in ice. An ice shape on a tree limb. Beech Leaves (Fagaceae) with ice. A fallen black spruce (Picea mariana) […]
Maine Huts & Trails is a non-profit organization responsible for creating a system of nature trails and eco-lodges located in the mountain region of Western Maine. The network connects over 80 miles of trails between Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley and Route 201 in West Forks, Maine. Visitors to the area can expect to enjoy […]
Ice formations in stream bed during the winter. Shoreline ice shapes. A close-Up of an ice formation in a stream. The broken edge of a sheet of ice. Icicles hanging from a branch. A break in the ice. An ice pattern on stream bed rocks. Where the ice and water meet. A dripping ice formation. […]
Snow covered trees during the winter. A snow filled field in Kingfield, Maine during the winter. Mount Abraham located in Franklin County, Western Maine. A view of Mount Abraham And Sugarloaf Mountain located in Western Maine. Snow covered apple trees (Malus) in the backyard. A snow-covered country road. An empty bench on a snowy day. […]
The following photographs are of just a few of the birds that I have visiting my backyard every year during the winter. I also provided some information about each bird. The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a small, nonmigratory, North American songbird. They are the state bird of Maine and Massachusetts in the United States […]
A male white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). A blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in the snow. A female yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) in a birch tree (Betula). A black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) on the trunk of a birch tree. A singing white-throated sparrow. A visiting dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). A white-throated sparrow perching in an apple tree […]
Eastern tent caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum) live communally in silken tents designed to keep them warm in cooler weather. The brood side of the tent faces the sun and the caterpillars will add silk as needed. Slugs (Gastropoda) are very damaging pests in gardens and can be found in moist and humid climates, particularly during a […]
A yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) perching on a birch tree (Betula). A summer chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina). A close-up of a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). An eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) during the summer. A female common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). An eastern phoebe fledgling in the grass (Poaceae).