Yearly Archives: 2019

Feb 92019

Searching for a Barrow’s Goldeneye

Sometime in the next few weeks, Ingrid and I will see our first Red-winged Blackbird or Turkey Vulture of the year . . . our first sign of spring in Maine.   But while winter continues to linger, we’ll start to look for the few winter birds we haven’t seen this year. Yesterday, I headed […]

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Feb 62019

February Thaw

February in Maine sucks.  Its cold, snowy, icy, and spring migration seems a long way away. Today was a brilliant  preview of Spring  . . . a cloudless sunny sky with temperatures reaching 57 degrees. Managed to skip out for an hour to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth for a bit of birding.  […]

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Feb 42019

Eurasian Wigeon

The morning after another New England Patriots Super Bowl victory (it’s great to be a Pats fan) I was up early to try and get the Eurasian Wigeon being seen in Kennebunk, Maine. The Eurasian Wigeon is an Old World species that occasionally will appear along east and west coasts.  This one has been seen […]

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Feb 22019

Maine’s Great Black Hawk – Rest in Peace

One of the most remarkable 2018 events in North American Birding was the arrival of a Great Black Hawk in Maine.  A native of South and Central America, the first confirmed sighting ever in the United States was in early summer on San Padres Island, Texas . . . just north of the Mexican border.  […]

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Jan 302019

Mergansers on a 5 Degree Morning

With the rest of the country encased in the annual winter vortex, it is 5 degrees in Maine, plenty warm enough to try for the Canvasback (a rare visitor to the state).  I’ve been out 3 times in 4 day looking for my white whale, and like Ahab I’m not going to give up. On […]

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Jan 272019

Searching for the Canvasback

Eighteen days after having my knee replaced . . . I felt strong enough to go out birding.   A Canvasback, a relatively rare visitor to Maine, has been seen regularly at nearby Damariscotta Mills. We saw all the usual winter birds . . . all three Mergansers, Eagles, Black Duck and Mallards . . . […]

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Jan 242019

Recovering from Knee Replacement

For the second time in less than a year, I am laid up and unable to go birding because of a knee replacement.  For a person that is out in the field just about every day . . . being forced to sit on a couch all day is depressing. To keep myself sane, I […]

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Jan 92019

Last Birding for a Month

  Monday, I skipped out of work several times to get a little birding done . . . now January isn’t exactly prime time for such behavior . . . most species and birders have hunkered down for the winter.  Unfortunately I was having my right knee replaced on Tuesday and our year to date […]

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Jan 42019

White Dove

Having returned to the real world after a birding week in Texas . . . we’ve gotten off to a relatively slow start.  During a stop at the Newcastle Maine Mail-It-For You I noticed a white pigeon among a group of feral pigeons.  He had a band on his leg. I asked around and the […]

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