Tundra Swan

There are three species of swans commonly found in North America . . . the Tundra, the Trumpeter and the Mute.   We see  Mute Swans quite regularly in New England (the famous Boston Commons has “Swan Boats”) . . . but Tundra and Trumpeter Swans rarely visit. Three weeks ago, a Tundra Swan was…

Day of the Wood Duck

Wood Ducks in Maine are a rare skittish species.  If we see one, we have to be very careful and move very slowly . . . cause the slightest movement will cause them to take flight. In the last 24 hours I’ve seen three groups of Wood Ducks and none of them took the slightest…

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Welcome to the Big Year Birding Warbler Quiz. For the next several several minutes we’ll test your know knowledge of these beautiful little visitors. The questions will get harder as we go along. At the end there are no awards, prize money or new cars . . . just the satisfaction that you’ve added to,…

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…

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