Monthly Archives: June 2019

Nelson’s Sparrow

Ingrid had to head down to the Condo this evening due to work commitments tomorrow . . . I had big birding plans for the evening – I was going to drive up the coast and hit a few birding hotspots. Unfortunately, it started raining minutes after I left the house and except for a […]

Morning at Green Point

Ingrid and I are recovering from a disastrous birding weekend.  In early January we signed up for a boat trip to Machias Seal Island.  Located between in the Atlantic between the USA and Canada (the Island is disputed) . . . it houses 8000+ nesting Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres and Terns . . . […]

Chasing One Bird at a Time

By mid-June, with migration over, birds nesting and molting, and working full-time jobs, the days of getting several first of the year birds (FOY) on the same day are over.  Until fall migration, I’ll be chasing one bird at at time. Saturday and Monday I made two trips to Captain Fitzgerald in Brunswick to find […]

Trumpeter Swan

After work yesterday evening I dove down to Epping, NH as a Trumpeter Swan was being seen in the area. Rarely found east of Ohio . . . most Trumpeters are in Alaska by now and rarely ever seen in New England. Took me two hours but finally found him. While a little smaller that […]

Upland Sandpiper

Inexplicably, my boss scheduled a meeting for 7:30 am which kind of through a wrench into my plans to bird at Kennebunk Plains before work . . .  a natural grassland about 40 minutes away. Did that detour me???  Heck no!!!!  I just set the alarm at 4:00 and was on the road 15 minutes […]

Virginia Rail

A couple days ago I thought I saw a couple Virginia Rails fly up out of some reeds at Great Salt Bay . . . a near by birding spot.  It was a brief glance, would have been a lifer and I decided not count them and try to confirm the sighting later. This morning […]

Sora

The late Spring and lots of traveling left the old homestead in desperate need of some tender loving care so Friday, Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to yard work; putting in window screens and just a little relaxing.   Finally after dinner on Sunday evening I snuck over to great Salt Bay in Damariscotta to […]

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Early June each year, Ingrid and I drive to the famous Clam Bake restaurant in Scarborough, Maine early in the morning.   The Clam Bake is an enormous, yet classic New England Fried Clam/Lobster Roll Restaurant catering to the thousands of tourists that descend on the coast of Maine in the summer.   The parking […]

Chukar

This morning I had a small thill of seeing my first Chukar. A Chukar is a game bird found in the Middle East and Asia that was brought to the Rocky Mountain Area and has has become established there with a resident breeding population. The Chukars that are occasionally seen in Maine are probably escapees […]

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