Franklin Countys First News

Soaring towards summer

A pair of eagles circle over Emden Pond. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Eagle flying over Emden Pond. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Great Blue Heron hunting in Maranacook Bog. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Mr. Mallard sitting pretty in Maranacook Bog. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Swamp sparrow by a Readfield bog. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Great Blue lift off. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

A beaver swims through reflections in a Readfield bog. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Fog rising on Crowell Pond after a recent rain. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

The inner workings, stamens and pistal, of a magnolia blossom. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Rain clings to a newly opened magnolia blossom. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

Up close with furry lilac buds. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

The birth of an oak tree. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)

An Azalea bush. (Photo by Jane Knox)

Leaves on my Honeysuckle bush. (Photo by Jane Knox)

An oak tree's buds. (Photo by Jane Knox)

Three clumps of fiddleheads. One of these three is ready for harvest. Harvest some. Leave most. (Photo by Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)

Skunk cabbage up close. When skunk cabbage has opened, some fiddleheads are ready. (Photo by Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)

Flowers of the red maple. (Photo by Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)

Squirrel squabble. (Photo by Don Blanchard)

Looking for a hand out. (Photo by Don Blanchard)

A beaver lodge. (Photo by Darlene Power)

Bloodroot (Photo by Marianne Perry)

Trailing Arbutus, or Mayflower. (Photo by Marianne Perry)

A turtle soaking in the warmth of the sunshine. (Photo by Darlene Power)

Porcupine on an evening buffet. (Photo by Darlene Power)

Drake Mallard resting near his mate. (Photo by Dennis York)

Hen Mallard resting in the sun. (Photo by Dennis York)

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12 Responses »

  1. Such beauty in nature, flowers, trees, and birds, Thanks to all who contribute..

  2. Love the turtle, Darlene!

  3. Thank you so much everyone. You certainly are showing wonderful pictures of animals, plants, and many of all. You are showing to all of us how much we are getting into Maine Spring. Once again tonight, THANK YOU ALL!

  4. A really great collection ushering in the Spring season.

  5. Darlene

    A beaver lodge,or did they have to add on cause the kids all moved back home ?

  6. Thank you Jane K, Sheri for you, hit me up for a free private tour of their estate, hope all is well my friend.

  7. Lovely, lovely!

  8. Jane!!!! These are amazing..ESPECIALLY the golden eagle pics!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Beautiful nature shots. Love the beaver and the dam! You all have such patience and great eyes!

  10. Don - Great picture of the "hand out!" Awesome pictures to all.

  11. Thanks to all of you for the great pictures! And thank you Bulldog for this super weekly feature!

  12. Sorry to let you know that your two eagles are not golden, but subadult bald eagle. No question. You might want to look at the many excellent photos of all ages of both species in "Raptors of Eastern N. America" by Brian Wheeler. It's common for people to misidentify young bald eagles as golden, but there is really; little overlap in plumage appearance. The problem is to get experience seeing this in the wild; not for bald eagles in Maine, but golden are VERY scarce.