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For bird nerds.

 

If you don’t spend countless hours staring out the window with camera in hand to see if a new bird has shown up at the horrendously expensive buffet of seeds, nuts and suet you arrange on what used to be your laundry pole?

Feel free to skip this post.

 

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But birders will get it.

The other day I spotted a Red Bellied Woodpecker. They used to be relatively rare in Maine and all the field guides say they shouldn’t come any farther north than Massachusetts… yet here they are.

Trying to get an unobstructed shot of one proved a bit more difficult.

 

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Juvenile starlings are notorious photo bombers.

 

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Almost…

 

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Finally.

 

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An even rarer spotting was this Scarlet Tanager.

 

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They’re usually forest dwellers and our place is pretty open.

 

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So I was tickled pink when this little beauty showed up.

 

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Or red, as the case may be.

That’s the wonderful thing about bird watching, you never know what you’ll see.

 

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By now our Baltimore Orioles are usually long gone, but this year I bought a feeder that houses grape jelly so they seem to be sticking around.

 

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These two made me laugh.

They seemed to be squaring off for an orange eating contest.

 

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Granted it doesn’t provide the same excitement of hot dog eating contests…

 

 

But there’s also less chance of projectile vomit…

So that’s a plus.

 

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Bird watching… there’s never a dull moment.

Alright, I lie. There are plenty of excruciatingly dull moments, but when something special does happen?

You smile.

 

Coastal trip, part deux.

 

Belfast, Maine.

 

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Population  – 6,668.

 

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Once Abenaki Indian territory,  it was used by Native Americans to fish and hunt for water fowl in the summer months.

 

 

Afraid so.

Sorry…

 

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Burned by the British in 1779, rebuilt and incorporated as a city in 1850.

 

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A thriving ship building center at the turn of the century, it grew and was prosperous. Until wooden ships became obsolete.

 

 

Thanks for clearing that up.

 

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Shoe manufacturing and poultry production took over until the recession of the 1970’s, when it fell on hard times.

 

 

Local people left in droves to find employment….

 

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As out of staters were beginning to discover the beauty of the Maine coast and started buying up prime property.

 

 

Today Belfast is part working waterfront…

 

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Part tourist destination.

 

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A quaint town, a scenic harbor…

 

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With various parks to enjoy the views.

 

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In lobster trap chairs…

 

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Or lobster topped benches.

 

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We had a tasty seafood lunch …..

 

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Complete with cocktails.

(Was there ever any doubt?)

 

 

And strolled the day away.

 

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Life is good…

 

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When you live in a such a beautiful place.

 

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Some garden fluff.

 

Japanese Iris season.

 

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I like it.

 

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The butterflies like it.

 

 

 

Life is good.

I also like shopping at ginormous greenhouses.

 

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Rows upon rows of blooming beauty.

 

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The colors.

 

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The pointy planters.

 

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The endless succulents.

It doesn’t suck is what I’m saying…. and I always come home with a car load.

 

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And yes, there’s that.

This particular greenhouse even had a Dr. Seuss tree.

 

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And something called a Sensitive Plant that I couldn’t stop touching.

 

 

Have you seen these things?

They’re bizarre.

Touch them, and they cringe like Melania when Donald rolls over in bed.

 

 

But I didn’t buy one because…. let’s face it, it has to be touched. And I’d never get anything done if I sat around touching my plant all day now would I?

 

 

And while I’m sure some of my readers have a similar problem?

Please…

Try to refrain from sharing.

There are some mental images I just don’t need.

 

Baby chucker update.

 

What…

You thought I’d run out of cute baby woodchuck pictures?

 

 

No, they’re still here.

 

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And still adorable.

 

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So there will be baby woodchuck butt shots….

 

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Baby woodchuck eating apple shots…

 

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Baby woodchuck following momma shots…

 

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Baby woodchuck napping on the deck in the sun shots…

 

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And various baby woodchucks just looking too damned cute shots for days, okay weeks, to come.

There’s even woodchuck baby I’m too  fat  fluffy to take a bath without falling over videos.

 

 

 

 

Which, btw…. took me two and half hours to upload to YouTube with our slow as molasses internet connection.

A little appreciation would not be unwelcome.

 

 

That’s better.

 

 

 

I wish WordPress had Smell-O-Vision.

 

I really do.

 

 

 

Because it’s apple blossom time at Casa River.

 

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And next to lilacs, they’re my favorite natural scent.

We had a long wet spring….

 

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And now even the smaller trees are bursting with blooms.

 

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Every little branch is covered in fragrant blossoms…. and when the breeze blows?

Pure heaven.

But since Smell-O-Vision isn’t available, you’ll have to take my word for it.

 

 

It’s that good.

Fun fact : Every tree we’ve planted in the past 15 years?

Dead.

 

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I don’t know why… they just died. Some lasted a few years, others mere months.

But this apple tree?

 

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The one I didn’t plant? That must have sprung up from a floating seed….

Grows 3 feet every summer.

 

 

 

And this year, it’s bee nirvana.

 

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Sorry..

I had to.

 

 

 

More baby chuckers!

 

Remember how I warned you there would be  more pictures of baby woodchucks than you ever thought possible  future photographs of our backyard wildlife?

It starts now.

 

 

Calm down, they’re babies and they’re cute.

How bad can it be?

 

 

In the evening, it usually goes like this…

 

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Mother woodchuck comes out to see if the coast is clear.

 

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And must give some kind of silent signal…

 

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Because before long….

 

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The little ones are scampering around everywhere.

 

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They love our deck and run back and forth so quickly it’s hard to snap a shot.

 

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Two of them chase each other around and love hiding under the grill cover…

 

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While the other two are busy eating deer grain.

 

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With their mother…

 

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Who is in serious need of an 18 hour bra.

 

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Sorry girlfriend, but it needed to be said.

 

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I know you can’t un-see that. 

Apologies.

Maybe this bit of cuteness will make up for it.

 

 

 

He doesn’t quite have the hang of it yet…

But he’s trying.