Yearly Archives: 2020

Jul 132020

My Quest for a Chuck-will’s-widow

    A few days ago a Chuck-Will’s-Widow was heard on a nature preserve road in Orland, Maine . . . a rural town south of Bar Harbor.   The Chuck-Will’s Widow is a Nightjar, similar to the the Eastern Whip-Poor-Will, a nocturnal bird that is rarely seen and generally only heard at night. In […]

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Jul 92020

Piping Plover Nest Vandalism

Yesterday morning at an empty Popham Beach (5:15 am) I counted 24 Piping Plovers of various ages scurrying around on the sand.  Just a few decades ago, such counts would have been unimaginable.  This was a real thrill to see this once endangered bird thriving so well. Sadly I returned home and Ingrid told me […]

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Jun 262020

Sedge Wren

I like to photograph every species of bird we see and right now my count is at 457.   Four years ago Ingrid and I were birding in Texas and we briefly saw a Sedge Wren moving through the tall grass.  Unfortunately the bird quickly hid and we never saw it again . . . […]

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Jun 242020

Canada Jay

Every birder has a White Whale . . . a bird we waste countless hours trying to “get” and always end up disappointed. Ours is the Canada Jay (also called Gray Jay, Whiskey Jack, Camp Robber, Lumberjack, Meat Bird, Venison Hawk, Moose Bird, Gorby Bird and Gooney Bird). To add insult to injury, Alpine Skiers […]

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Jun 212020

Atlantic Puffins

COVID-19 and bad weather have worked together to limit the off shore birding in Maine this year.  Finally yesterday a Puffin and Whale cruise out of Boothbay Harbor was scheduled and actually held . . . and Ingrid and I were on it, with masks and hand sanitizer at the ready. The cruise was out […]

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Jun 142020

Yellow-breasted Chat

Today’s adventure in the Maine woods was a quest to find a Yellow-breasted Chat seen yesterday morning in Thomaston, Maine. The location, near the Thomaston Airport was familiar to us as Ingrid had sighted our first Northern Shrike there, some three years ago. Up at 4:30, I arrived an hour later just as Eddie Edwards, […]

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Jun 112020

Tricolored Heron

Off and on this spring, a Tricolored Heron has been seen in the saltwater marshes south of Portland, Maine. Rarely seen north of the Carolinas, the TCN is a real catch. Unfortunately, this particular bird is not very cooperative. One day he’ll be in the Spurwink Marsh in Cape Elizabeth; the next day at Scarborough […]

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Jun 42020

Piping Plover

What a week of birding I’ve had!!!  I took a few days off to enjoy the end of spring migration before all the birds are on their nests. On Thursday I saw a Saltmarsh Sparrow and its closely related cousin, the Nelson’s Sparrow in Scarborough, Maine.   On Friday, I hiked to the top of […]

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May 272020

Clay-colored Sparrow

If one goes to any Bird Field Guide . . . it’s clear that Clay-colored Sparrows don’t belong in Maine.  As a matter of fact, they are rarely seen south or east of Niagara Falls.  But each some a handful of them end up in a grass land preserve in Brunswick. They have a distinctive […]

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May 192020

Black-billed Cuckoo

Most days when I head out birding, I’m on a mission to find one specific bird.  It may be a rarity that another birder had seen recently or a seasonal visitor that I’d found at particular location in previous years. Today I was looking for a Black-billed Cuckoo at Green Point Preserve in Dresden, Maine. […]

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