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 […]
When Hurricane Dorian came through it blew a large number of Black Skimmers as far north as Nova Scotia . . . now two weeks later they are appearing on the Maine coast in large numbers as they work their way back south.
This morning a Marsh Wren flew up out of the reeds and landed 25 feet from me . . . posing and singing . . . a rare treat for this very shy bird.
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.
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 […]
As shorebird migration continues all around us . . . I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a Western Sandpiper in the thousands of peeps. The Western Sandpiper, true to its name, rarely migrates through New England. Last year I got one late in October and a number of them have been sighted this […]
Several months ago, Jeff (our financial advisor) offered to take us out into Casco Bay for a little pelagic birding. After several “no goes” due to scheduling conflicts we finally found a Friday that works for both of us. When it comes to the birds of Maine, offshore is my real weakness. The […]
This is one of the two Marbled Godwits that have been hanging around the lagoon at Popham Beach State Park for the last couple days. The lagoons are roped off this summer for dune restoration so I was only able to observe one of the birds at a distance with a scope . . . […]
This morning Ingrid and I went to a Maine Audubon Lecture and Birdwalk on Shorebirds. Led by staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox, we learned a lot. At the beginning of Birdwalk, four American Oystercatchers flew in and fed for about 15 minutes. Only our second sighting of this species in Maine (I have searched for it […]
Off and on this summer there have been reports of people hearing Bobwhites in the Newagen neighborhood of Southport. In years past, I have heard a single Bobwhite calling over at Green Point in Dresden . . . clearly a hunter release bird that disappeared after a few days (as do Pheasants and Chukars). Anyway, […]