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Autumn is in the air

Little Brown Creeper; This inconspicuous ( See how he blend's in ) bird is most often detected by it's soft, lisping call as it works it's way up a tree trunk, probing the bark for insects. (Jim Knox/Wilton)

Little Brown Creeper: This inconspicuous (see how he blends in?) bird is most often detected by its soft, lisping call as it works its way up a tree trunk, probing the bark for insects. (Jim Knox/Wilton)

Common Sulphur butterfly on aster. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

Common sulphur butterfly on an aster. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

Red seems to be the trendy color of early fall this year. (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

Red seems to be the trendy color of early fall this year. (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

This loon youngster who's four weeks younger than the one JaneK is following in Belgrade, is quickly making it's milestones and beginning to get its feathers.  It was stretching its wings out and up to start getting the strength and know-how to fly when the freeze comes. It has a lot to learn between now and then. For such beautiful birds, loons look a bit odd straight on. Scary or not, it was bringing a small fish to the youngster who turned its head around backwards. Here it is, almost mid-September, and it isn't catching any of its own food. However, with such good diving skills, it won't be long before it will be forced to fend for itself.  © jane naliboff photo/Chesterville

This loon youngster, who's four weeks younger than the one Jane Knox is following in Belgrade, is quickly making its milestones and beginning to get its feathers. It was stretching its wings out and up to start getting the strength and know-how to fly when the freeze comes. It has a lot to learn between now and then. For such beautiful birds, loons look a bit odd straight on. Scary or not, it was bringing a small fish to the youngster who turned its head around backwards. Here it is, almost mid-September, and it isn't catching any of its own food. However, with such good diving skills, it won't be long before it will be forced to fend for itself.  (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

they are from Cutler Coast Trail........Cutler, Maine (Eugene Gilbert/Weld)

A view from Cutler Coast Trail in Cutler, Maine. (Eugene Gilbert/Weld)

Loon families now spread out all over this 8-mile long lake (Great Pond), adults coaxing “young ones” out into the center to join the larger gathering for flying instruction. This “teenager,” still shy about making its debut into adulthood, timidly hovers at the safe lakeside. 2. Another young loon can’t quite decide whether to get at it at all in the lake beyond. It will be some time before it takes on the colorful markings of an adult. (Jane Knox/Belgrade Lakes)

Loon families now spread out all over this 8-mile long lake (Great Pond), adults coaxing “young ones” out into the center to join the larger gathering for flying instruction. For this young loon, it will be some time before it takes on the colorful markings of an adult. (Jane Knox/Belgrade Lakes)

Ruby throat topping off at the phlox a few days ago. (Tony Nazar/Wilton)

Ruby throat topping off at the phlox. (Tony Nazar/Wilton)

Finally the Sun came through. As some sun flowers stood tall for the last Ray's of the day!!....Wilton Area....Jim.

Finally the sun came through, as some sunflowers stand tall to catch the last rays of the day in the Wilton area. (Jim Knox/Wilton)

Lincoln"s Sparrow. They were all at the conservation land at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

Lincoln's Sparrow spotted  at the conservation land at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

After trotting back and forth across a busy road, this youngster looks like it's getting a reassuring hug from an adult. Notice their blue heads, due to stress.  © jane naliboff photo/Chesterville

After trotting back and forth across a busy road, this youngster looks like it's getting a reassuring hug from an adult. Notice their blue heads, due to stress. (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

Foot wagging always looks like loons are being a bit silly, but they're actually stretching their leg and giving their foot a break from the cold water . Looking at the large size of the foot compared to the overall small size of the young loon, explains why they're such good swimmers and divers.  © jane naliboff photo/Chesterville

Foot wagging always looks like loons are being a bit silly, but they're actually stretching their leg and giving their foot a break from the cold water . Looking at the large size of the foot compared to the overall small size of the young loon, explains why they're such good swimmers and divers. (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

spotted sandpiper looking for a snack at the beaver dam behind the Wilton Public Safety Building. (Tony Nazar/Wilton)

A spotted sandpiper looks for a snack at the beaver dam behind the Wilton Public Safety Building. (Tony Nazar/Wilton)

well hidden Katydid in grass. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

A well-hidden katydid in the grass. (Tom Oliver/Wilton)

A sunny sign of approaching fall in downtown Mt. Vernon.  © jane naliboff photo/Chesterville

A sunny sign of approaching fall in downtown Mt. Vernon. (© jane naliboff photo/Chesterville)

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  1. I really appreciate that what is photographed is also identified for the reader. I am constantly expanding my knowledge about the world around me thanks to the wonderful images, and accurate IDs. Thank to all contributors.

  2. Beautiful shots, as always. Thanks.
    Jane, I think the young loon is just doing the back-stroke for a change of pace.
    Ahh, beautiful fall in Maine.

  3. To: "always learning" Very well said!!
    Thank you all of you!! I don't know if it's just me, the changing seasons or what, but I have been so wonderfully and spiritually rewarded by rthese pics today!!! Even more so than usual. Thank you with an overflowing, grateful heart!!!!

  4. I was so very fortunate to be in the boat with Jane Knox when she photographed the beautiful young loon. And I'm blessed to be able to enjoy all of your photos. Thank you!

  5. Thanks, Tobey. The pleasure was mine, especially when you pointed out a big motor vessel was heading toward our little slowly drifting dingy!

  6. Great photos everyone! I especially like the Brown Creeper, Spotted Sandpiper and Lincoln's Sparrow.

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