Monthly Archives: March 2019

Four FOY Birds

On January 1 . . . every bird one sees is a FOY (first of year bird) but as a winter progresses . . . it becomes increasingly difficult to see anything new.    But in late March, things begin to change as birds begin to migrate north. This morning I as sitting at Kettle […]

Double-crested Cormorant

Today’s before work Birding Adventure was to Scarborough Marsh trying to get a First of the Year Blue-winged Teal.   Hit four different locations  . . . each filled with Canada Geese and Song Sparrows. At the Pelecro Building  . . . an industrial plant that is birder friendly I thought I got the BWT […]

American Woodcock

The American Woodcock is an odd bird: It’s a shorebird that lives in the woods It’s camouflage makes it virtually invisible but some how a half million are taken annually by hunters .   And it just plain looks odd We didn’t get one last year so this year I went out in the late […]

American Wigeon

The American Wigeon is seen on occasion throughout the State of Maine . . . but not reliably.  I’ve been out a half dozen times this year trying to get one . . . but have struck-out. Today I tried the Buffalo Ranch . . . a huge cow pasture where they used to run […]

Great Egret

Around dusk in Scarborough, Maine a couple fellow birders pointed out a Great Egret a quarter mile away . . . on the other side of the marsh . . .  a very, very early sighting.   I snapped a few distant photos and looked for other birds. Suddenly the Egret took to the air […]

Sharp-shinned Hawk

In the last week I’ve chased a Great Gray Owl at Hermit Island, Maine (3 hours searching for it . . . no luck) and a Tundra Swan (flew minutes before I arrived) . . . so I was a bit frustrated and hoping my luck would turn.   Yesterday morning I was up early […]

Bohemian Waxwings

With at foot of snow on the ground and the temperature dropping below freezing at night . . . we have a weird confluence of birds. Birds that normally winter in Canada (Bohemian Waxwings and Common Redpolls) are being seen sporadically through out the state of Maine.  One top of that, the early migrators (Turkey […]


This morning Ingrid and I headed to nearby Reid State Park to see if we could add to our year list.   We weren’t terribly optimistic as we’d already seen most of the winter sea birds that one can see from shore in Maine.  But it was a beautifully sunny and above freezing for the […]

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