Much-needed rain is sweeping down much too hard as we try to see Naskeag Harbor yesterday morning. We might as well be in a car wash.

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However, on the way home, we put down the car window to see some of our feathered neighbors that are having a stormy breakfast al fresco.

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Wild Turkeys were extirpated in Maine in the 1880s, but were reintroduced as full-time residents in 1978. Since then, they’ve thrived here under conditions that sometimes are extreme. (When we hear that someone is a “Tough Old Bird,” we try to imagine that person with wattles and a snood.)

Nonetheless, our masochistic garden welcomes the storm as it beats down the flowers and grasses and obscures the view of Great Cove.:

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(Brooklin, Maine)