The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged birds

  • There's No Such Thing as a Free Sample

    | January 27, 2018 | Filed under: Opinion

    If I just tallied the birds at the feeder outside my kitchen window, I might come to believe that the only bird in Maine is a rather fat and feisty cardinal. But that's not science.

  • Wing'd XXXIX: Plovers and Terns 2017

    | August 16, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Piping plovers start four nests on Laudholm Beach in 2017, but only one is successful.

  • Wing'd XXXVIII: Is That a Tick?

    | June 28, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    A walk in the woods and a chance encounter lead to a path of discovery.

  • Wing'd XXXVII: Greater White-fronted Goose

    | April 5, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Uncommon goose makes a brief visit to the Little River marsh and becomes the latest addition to the Wells Reserve bird list.

  • Winter Wildlife Day #7

    | February 28, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    For seven years strong, the Reserve has partnered with Center for Wildlife and York County Audubon to offer Winter Wildlife Day during Maine's school vacation week. Last week, on a balmy February morning with 50 degree temperatures, nearly 200 people attended this family-friendly free event. Some even stayed into the afternoon to sled down the farmhouse hill on the fast disappearing snowpack, and observe a snow sculpture artist in action.

  • At Your Service

    | July 3, 2016

    Thank you, volunteers

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 7/3/2016, and Making It At Home's 7/6/2016 issue.

    Every morning as I make my coffee, I watch the birds at the bird feeder outside my kitchen window. The other day I noticed, perched on the deck railing near the feeder, a brownish-greyish bird throwing a temper tantrum.

  • Wing'd XXXVI: Bird Banding is Back

    | June 1, 2016

    Bird-banding session by Biodiversity Research Institute, May 31, 2016.

    Yesterday, the picnic table under the copper beech was covered with clipboards, bird books, and banding supplies for the first time since last summer. Around the table, a bird-banding team kept busy with catbirds, veeries, waxwings, and other species brought up from the nets. This long-term monitoring and research project has entered its 29th year (28th on the Laudholm campus) — but it's got a new look for 2016.

  • Wing'd XXXV: Is It On The List?

    | January 30, 2016

    Grandma Judkins kept her binoculars to the left of the kitchen sink on a small shelf that grandpa had mounted below the cupboard. Those timeworn field glasses were an easy reach if some bird caught her eye through the windows above the sink. Should a green heron appear along the creek, or should "George," the red-winged blackbird, claim the feeder in the back yard, she could get to the glasses quickly, unwind their cracked leather strap, and take a look.

  • Wing'd XXXIV: Quite a Wrack Racket

    | September 30, 2015

    Close-up of algae piled in wrack line."That seaweed is disgusting. It's ugly, it smells, and it's covered in flies. Why don't you do something about it?"

    I can only imagine the phone calls fielded by beach managers from York to Biddeford this summer. I'm sure they got an earful. Southern Maine's tourist magnets, our beautiful sandy beaches, got turned into algae dumps in July. Popular sun-bathing spots were piled high with twisted mounds of seaweed. Vacationers were none too pleased.

    Peeved visitors took to social media to vent their frustration. Empathetic local officials tried to explain. The press pounced.

  • Wing'd XXXIII: 2015 Plovers & Terns

    | September 16, 2015 | Filed under: Observations

    Katrina Papanastassiou brought good news for her lunchtime talk about this summer's piping plover and least tern nesting season in Maine.