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  1. I saw a picture of a (photoshopped) sign at the border that read "Maine: Go Home." Nice play on the current turnpike sign, but given that our hospitals have limited resources and can't handle an influx of sick people... Would they ever consider turning cars back?
  2. Love Postmodern Jukebox, they do some very creative covers.
  3. They passed a "hands-free" law in Maine in September and from what I've observed it seems to have made a difference already. But I can also understand the other side to that coin: careless morons will be careless morons, no matter how many regs are in place. To some people, reading and responding to text messages is more a priority than common sense and the safety of those around them. I'm young enough to have taken driving lessons back when this was just starting to be a problem. Honestly people of all ages should listen to what they told us there: whatever it is you're receiving on your phone, chances are it can wait until later.
  4. I'd love to hear more about it too. Wonder what it was carrying at the time, and if they were able to recover anything. And is that a name written on it?
  5. Thanks for pointing that out, detective That was my bad mentioning talons. That's just what it looks like to me (I wasn't there, only saw a couple of photos). Which is why I'm leaning towards hawk or owl. Regardless, I appreciate all the responses. Don't post too often so it's nice to get some input and a good laugh out of it.
  6. Haha thanks for the responses everyone, and the humor as well. Tim, there was no noise at all and the only clues are the feathers left behind, and the turkey itself. The body was hardly touched, except for some talon marks below where the neck had been. Might have been carried in the air for a short distance, unless the street is where it was finally taken down. I know birds of prey will go after anything from chickens to house pets, so I shouldn't be surprised. Also the largest ones such as golden eagles will sometimes attack things as big as a deer. Wouldn't want to pick a fight with one of them!
  7. Hi SOL community, I'm asking for a bit of help on solving a mystery in my neck of the woods. I live in southern Maine, in an area with plenty of wildlife. Currently I'm away at school, but my family woke up today to find a gruesome scene. Part of the backyard was littered with turkey feathers, which indicates something was preying on the bird. Around the other side of the house, in the street, they found the rest of the bird. It was intact except for the head, which was nowhere to be found. Average-sized female is what they told me. The house is on a dead-end road, and behind it is a wooded ravine that leads out to a marshy area. We've seen barred owls around, but the reading I've done has pointed to great horned owls, fishers, minks, and even domestic cats for this sort of behavior. (Though I find it weird that any of these would attack something as large as a turkey, possibly in a flock with others.) I should also add that the same thing happened to a skunk in the neighborhood, but that was years ago. Any culprits come to mind? Seen anything similar? Chances are an owl got to it and couldn't fly off with the entire bird, but I just think the whole thing is a little odd. If nothing else it makes an interesting story. Thanks for your input!
  8. Very cool how close it got to you! (And your video as well, Roccus.) My dad saw one in the Kennebunk area a couple of weeks ago, he first thought it was an injured seal by the way it was moving, but some kayakers told him it was actually an ocean sunfish. That got me interested, so I got in touch with the folks at New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance. Their job is to collect data on mola sightings and strandings. You know what they have to do when one is stuck in the shallows? They strap it to a small boat and tow it! Can't be the safest thing to do. How much does a typical fish weigh?
  9. Haha that's a clever response you have. I'll have to remember it for the future and think up something similar to use. (And just think how many knitting projects you could complete with all that old line...)
  10. I've gotten into the habit of picking up a few pieces of trash each time I visit the beach. Can be anything from old lures, which are a neat find, to something nasty like syringes and shards of metal (please use caution when handling). The last thing I want is some kid stepping on something dangerous that was left behind or washed up. But hey, can those of us with good intentions offset the slobs out there? Who knows.
  11. As someone belonging to a younger generation (and still a bit of a rookie myself) I would think the ethics of how they should behave are almost common sense to most people. Respect your neighbor and all that. If they totally don't know what they're doing, we can give them a pass. But if they're intruding on your personal space without paying proper attention... Maybe try talking to them? Not sure where I'd go from there!
  12. Makes sense to me. That's how real predator-prey dynamics work: the values are always affecting one another, and it isn't just a standalone number at any given time. That explanation on the news was rather condensed, it didn't give the full story. Thanks for your in-depth analysis, and also for your son's fantastic close-up photos!
  13. They are always such fascinating birds. Very cool to see one so close. Last week I was on the turnpike, a barred owl took off from the side of the road and flew right over the vehicle. You could hear the thunk of its wing brushing the windshield, it nearly stopped my heart! Thank goodness it flew off safely into the trees. According to news reports the barred owls are more common this year due to an increase in food supplies such as squirrels.
  14. Hermit Island was my first real camping trip. I haven't been in years, but I remember it had hiking trails and wasn't overcrowded or built up. Plus it's right around the corner from Popham Beach and other nice spots if you just want to hit the beach for a day. So there's really something for everyone. I'm sure you will have a great time! (But as you've heard already, watch out for the biting insects.)