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March 2, 2018 – Early Spring Arrivals

March is a cruel month in Maine. Our friends to the south are seeing daffodils; baseball spring training has begun; and the first Red-throated Hummingbirds have begun to cross the Gulf of Mexico.

But in Maine, we still have snow on the ground, freezing weather and rafts of ducks.

But the first early arrivals begin to appear . . . namely the Red-winged Blackbirds and Turkey Vultures. We’ve seen both birds this week.

A rare (for Maine) Canvasback has been seen nearby and I’ve made a couple afternoon searches but not luck. But got a nice photo of a large raft of Common Mergansers (mostly male) while I was out searching.