News & Notes

RARE BIRD ALERT: COMMON RINGED PLOVER

This winter has been incredible for rare birds in Maine. From a Harris's Sparrow in Turner, to the Sage Thrasher at Gilsland Farm, and sprinkle in Northern Lapwings (5 in Hodgdon, and one each in Thomaston and Kennebunkport, a couple Townsend's Solitaires, and the first New England record of …

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Boosting Fish Lead Free efforts this winter

Winter is the perfect time to clean out your tackle box of any unwanted or illegal lead tackle. You might start by cleaning out the illegal tackle: Maine bans the use and sale of lead sinkers and unpainted lead jig heads weighing 1 ounce or less and measuring 2.5 inches long or less. But since this …

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RARE BIRD ALERT: SAGE THRASHER

We tend to save most 'rare bird alerts' on this blog to national rarities like the Redwing in Portland or the famous Steller's Sea-Eagle, but last week a bird considered rare anywhere along the east coast was found at Gilsland Farm, a Sage Thrasher! This Sage Thrasher was found during our weekly …

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2022: My Words of the Year

There's a two-panel door in my kitchen that leads to the basement.  It's nothing fancy, but it's the first place family members look when they come into the house.  Why?  I painted the top panel with chalkboard paint and regularly embellish it for the latest family news or celebration.  Adorned with …

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