Lunchtime Down at the River

bald eagle on the narraguagus river

Cruising past the river today I paused to watch this Bald Eagle leisurely enjoy his lunch.

bald eagle flying over the narraguagus river

bald eagle in flight Maine

flying bald eagle

seagulls fishing in the narraguagus

Once the eagle took off, the gulls moved in so quickly it was as if they’d been sitting on the sidelines waiting for him to leave.

gulls eating alewives

The gulls made fishing look easy, plucking unsuspecting alewives from the river as they passed in the shallows.

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The Boys Are Back

It’s been ten days now since they’ve returned – the boys of summer, aka the male hummingbirds.

boy hummingbirds return

As I enjoyed coffee on the porch this weekend, this little fellow perched on the hook and chirped incessantly at me the entire time I sat out there with him. I think he may be have been guarding the feeder. He chased off every hummer who flew into range. I ultimately spread the feeders out a bit more.

territorial hummingbird

I did get a lot of gardening done this weekend (cleaned out the last two greenhouse beds and planted tomatoes, beans, chard, and herbs). But, I confess these little guys sucked me in dawdling as sat with my camera at the ready waiting for them to fly into focus.

humming birds return for the season

Within a week of the boy’s return, the girls arrived on scene.

female ruby throated humming birds

two female ruby throated humming birds

female ruby throated humming birds

I love the emotions in this trio of images – unsuspecting, aware, and then miffed.

garden hummingbird feeder

This is my favorite new feeder of the season – a little one that perches in the hanging flower pots. There may be a few more of these in my future.

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