Weekly Notes ~ Bird Language

TrapperCabinThis past weekend, there was still snow in the western mountains and across the northern half of the state.  There is enough to ski, snow mobile and make a good amount of mud in the melt.  The rivers are breaking up and wildlife is beginning to move about.  The picture of the cabin was taken on Friday, within a mile of Ripogenus Dam I saw a flock of robins, two woodcock, a red-tailed hawk and a fox sparrow.  Deer are eager to find bare ground to nibble a few dry blades of grass and forbs to replenish their bodies with needed minerals and nutrients.

Click on the pictures below to see a woodcock that took a bit to find after it flushed.

Pam Wells of Old Town shared her pictures of a Great Blue Heron and a pair of Hooded Mergansers, returning to icy waters.Great Blue Heron


Hooded Merganser

The big news this coming week is the Full Blood Moon, Mars and much more. Click here for Bernie Riem’s April astronomy report

NorthernLights April 2014 Paul Cyr

Paul Cyr never misses an event when photographing Maine Nature in Aroostook County.  He captured the northern lights early Saturday morning and later the most amazing photo of the moon.  Click here to learn more about the Lunar Eclipse from the folks at the Mount Washington Observatory

April 2014 Paul Cyr Photography

After the long winter, it is wonderful to hear the spring bird song.  Birds sing, call and alarm in a language all their own.  Click here to read Gavin Van Horn’s lyrical review of What the Robin Knows.  What the Robin Knows

If you would like to learn bird language first hand, White Pine Programs is hosting a week-long intensive Bird language.   Birds are talking to us. We can help you understand what they’re saying.  Sound odd? We assure you, it’s completely natural. In fact, we may be the only mammal that’s not listening to the birds. Spend 5 days immersed in understanding the language of birds and unlocking the secrets of the natural world.