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Competing Bird Lists: December 2016

A snowy day on Peaks Island greets the Christmas Bird Count ‘counters’. Poor visibility does not discourage the enthusiasm of Dan Nickerson (Raven Watcher) and Kathryn Ostermier. Every bird that dares to peek out from their shelters is identified and counted. Did anyone notice these intrepid searchers peering at your bird feeders? Dan knows where all of Peaks Island bird feeders are located and he takes advantage of the species found there. During their long search – 6 hours and 12 minutes to be exact - with a hot chocolate milk break at Maggie LaCombe’s home, they identify 29 species. Many of these species are found by scanning the ocean and passages surrounding the island: 19 Common Loons

Bird Sightings December 2016

The full moon on December 13 is 2016’s brightest and it is the ‘highest-up’ at midnight. Some Native American cultures call this moon the Full Cold Moon – announcing the approach of winter. Others call it the Long Nights Moon because it occurs near winter solstice. (1) On Peaks Island this full moon provides delicacies for the gulls and ducks. But, how? The full moon creates higher tides than normal, and they rise from their normal 8-9 feet to nearly 12 feet (11.8 to be exact) on December 14th (2, 3). And, remember those pesky little flies and other creatures that inhabit the dryish-seaweed mounds along the high tide mark? Decaying seaweed provides a nice warm environment for the larvae of t

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