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Herring gulls perch on old pilings in the channel between Kent and Hay Island. The distant poles used to compose a herring weir, but it was abandoned long ago and they now provide a trail through the fog for adventurous but lost students.

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A black-capped chickadee chips on its perch, which also plays host to Usnea sp. lichen, colloquially known as Old Man’s Beard. This lichen hangs from most branches throughout the forest on Kent Island and, like the name suggests, gives the trees an ancient and sage look.

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Another male yellow warbler portrait. Some of the adults who have lost nests or are no longer feeding fledglings have moved off of the island and will begin foraging in preparation for their winter migration in a the coming month.

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As a little side project, and completely for my own enjoyment, I’ve been following the progress of a great blue heron nest that I found. Today was the first time I saw the young after watching the ring of excrement under the nest grow expansively for the last month and a half.

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More photos going back to the Black-throated Green Warbler male feeding its fledgling. Most warbler fledglings on the island have moved from the undergrowth to the canopy by now, which makes photographing them devilishly difficult.

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