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 […]
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.
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).
A male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) perching on the branch of a birch tree (Betula). A female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubrisn) feeding from a bee balm flower (Monarda). The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird belonging to the family, (Corvidae). A white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) perching in an apple tree (Malus). A female […]
The following photographs are from an autumn hike on Reed Brook Trail up to Reed Falls in Western Maine. Reed Brook Trail is located on Route 27 between Kingfield and Carrabassett. Reed Brook Trail is about 3.8 miles north of the intersection of Route 16 and 27 in downtown Kingfield. There is a small parking […]
Mount Blue State Park is a public recreation area located in the town of Weld in Franklin County, Maine and is open year-round. The park is just over 8,000 acres and the largest park in the state system. The park includes acreage on the west shore of Webb Lake as well as Mount Blue and […]
A Bumblebee (Bombus), Visiting A Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Growing In The Garden There Are Over 250 Known Species Of Bumblebees (Bombus), 49 Of These Species Can Be Found In The United States Bumblebees (Bombus), Are Important Pollinators In Most Parts Of North America Bumblebees (Bombus), Are Social Insects That Form Colonies Around A Single […]
The garter snake (Thamnophis) can be found throughout most of North America. Garter snakes are also called garden snake, gardner snake and ribbon snake. Garter snakes can be found in a variety of habitats including, forests, woodlands, grasslands and lawns. Garter snakes feed on earthworms, slugs, leeches, frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, fish, rodents and sometimes […]
A painted butterfly (Vanessa Cardui) visiting a mammoth sunflower (Helianthus) in the garden during the early autumn in Maine. The painted butterfly is a common butterfly also known as a cosmopolitan or butterfly of thistle. The painted butterfly is one of the most widespread of butterflies and can be found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North […]