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.

Birding in Casco Bay

  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…

Marbled Godwits

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 . . .…

American Oystercatcher

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…

Northern Bobwhite

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,…

Pectoral Sandpiper

Only a very ill person would set his alarm for 4:30 a.m. so he could drive an hour north (before work) to get a Pectoral Sandpiper. Imagine this image: The alarm goes off. Ingrid: Where are you going birding? Ethan: Weaskeag Mash Ingrid: That’s an hour away . . . you’re crazy. Anyway, the Marsh…

Popham Beach

Each summer our house on the coast of Maine seemingly becomes a Bed and Breakfast as friends and relatives descend upon our waterfront home to “visit us”. It’s weird how nobody visits us in February. Playing tour director and couple that with a prolonged case of bronchitis . . . meant I haven’t really been…

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