Birding in Airports

On a business trip yesterday, I was walking into the JFK terminal and a House Sparrow practically hit me in the head.  Over my 2 hour layover I saw dozens of them patiently sitting in the rafters waiting for french fries to fall from traveler’s laps. Amazing how the House Sparrow (an invasive species) from…

No Cuckoo but Black-throated Blue

At dawn this morning I left our condo in Cape Elizabeth determined to get the Yellow-billed Cuckoo that has been hanging out near the lighthouses.  I wasn’t optimistic as a terrible storm had come through the night  before (knocking out the Cable and the first 4 innings of the World Series . . . Go…

Lunch time looking for a Dickcissel

I scooted over the Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta to try and spot the Dickcissel that was seen there yesterday.  It was a brisk but sunny fall day and there were birds everywhere. No Dickcissels but Song, Savannah and Lincoln Sparrows; Sandpipers (Solitary and Greater Yellowlegs); a Great Blue Heron and a Green Winged Teal.  

Shorebirds in Waldoboro

Earlier this week I noticed an eBird Post from the Waldoboro Town Landing . . . quite a few birds including a Blue-headed Vireo. This morning I drove up on a brisk morning . . . expecting the Vireo to be gone . . . but hoping for the best. As expected the song birds…

Greater White-fronted Goose

Today I had a business meeting in Nashua, NH.  As I was leaving the meeting I noticed an unusual bird swimming with the Canada Geese in a nearby pond.  After a number of photographs, field guides and ever helpful Merlin App . . . I realized I was looking at a Greater White-fronted Goose . .…

Sabattus Pond

Sabattus Pond is a beautiful man made lake in central Maine.  It is also the home of the Chinese Mystery Snail . . . an invasive species that probably escaped from a fish tank and now covers the bottom of the Pond. On the plus side, every fall ducks descend on Sabattus Pond to chow…

No Snow Goose

We drove over to Brunswick hoping to see the Snow Goose that has been reported recently. While scanning a flock of Canada Geese looking for a “white” one . . . Ingrid noticed three relatively tiny Pectoral Sandpipers in the midst of the Geese. Birding is like a box of chocolate!!! Also saw a bunch…

Butter Butts

Got up early to bird at Crescent Beach but changed my mind when I saw how hard it was raining.  I was at my desk by 5:30 am writing software wishing I could be out birding.   Finally about 2:00, the rain slowed down and I jumped in the car and headed to Crescent Beach. I…

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