Yearly Archives: 2019

Nov 62019

American Tree Sparrows Arrive

In Maine, you know that winter can’t be far away when the American Tree Sparrows begin to appear. Their reddish cap and two white wing bars set them apart from our other cold weather sparrows.They breed in the Arctic. Other sighting over the last week:

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Oct 232019

Ruddy Ducks in Maine

Ruddy Ducks occasionally are seen in Maine during migration . . . but not very often . . . except . .  Each year on a large Pond in the center of the State, hundreds of Ruddy Ducks descend upon Sabattus Lake to feast on Chinese Mystery Snails . . . an invasive species that […]

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Oct 202019

Birding after the Storm

Four days ago, Maine was hit by a destructive wind storm that knocked out power for days.   The winds remained high until yesterday when it was finally safe to explore the woods for birds (fallout conditions???). Nothing extraordinary was seen . . . but Ingrid found a rare (for Maine) Red-bellied Woodpecker in a […]

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Oct 620192 comments

Birding in Puerto Rico

  I was in Puerto Rico part of this week on business . . . and as I grow older business travel is becoming just plain miserable. Once I learned of the trip, poor Ingrid (my wonderful and under appreciated wife) . . . in order to get me to shut up and quit whining […]

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Sep 302019

Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island is a relatively small island ten miles off the coast of Maine. While only a little over a mile and a half long and under three quarters of a mile wide . . . it has endless well maintained trails through a variety of habitat . . . and is one of the […]

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Sep 152019

The Pelagic Trip from Hell

This year’s Pelagic trip was completely different. . . the seas were rough and there were as many sea sickness bags as interesting birds. A hurricane came though less than a week ago and we suspect many of the off shore birds we were looking for had moved out and had yet to return.

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Sep 32019

Merlin vs. Semipalmated Sandpiper

This afternoon I was birding at Timber Trail in Biddeford.   Didn’t see much until I was heading back to the car. I was looking at some Peeps with my binoculars when they all flew at once as a falcon buzzed them.  I tracked the attacker back to a power pole . . . and […]

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