Piping Plover Chicks

It’s July 15, the middle of the summer but incredibly . . . the first birds of the fall migration have begun to move south. As always the tip of the spear is led by the shorebirds. So early this morning I headed to Popham Beach to see if the Whimbrels seen there yesterday were…

Visit to Eastern Egg Rock

Last night Ingrid and I participated in Maine Audubon’s annual sunset cruise around Eastern Egg Rock. Eastern Egg is the world’s first first seabird restoration island and certainly one of the most successful. The Atlantic Puffin once nested on the island in great numbers but hunting in the 19th century ended all Puffin nesting on…

Pine Siskin in July

In the winter of 2015 we had an influx of Pine Siskins on our feeders in Wiscasset, Maine.  In the previous 16 years in the house I don’t recall ever seeing a Pine Siskin (granted I didn’t know much about birds prior to 2013).   Anyway, during the winer of 2015, the Siskins were the…

Great Blue Heron Rookery

In 2000 when I moved our house on Back River in Wiscasset, there was a Great Blue Heron Rookery a mile down the river on Berry Island. Even though I wasn’t a crazy birder at that time, a regular part of our evening boat trips was cruising around the island to watch the GBHs come…

Nelson’s Sparrow

Ingrid had to head down to the Condo this evening due to work commitments tomorrow . . . I had big birding plans for the evening – I was going to drive up the coast and hit a few birding hotspots. Unfortunately, it started raining minutes after I left the house and except for a…

Morning at Green Point

Ingrid and I are recovering from a disastrous birding weekend.  In early January we signed up for a boat trip to Machias Seal Island.  Located between in the Atlantic between the USA and Canada (the Island is disputed) . . . it houses 8000+ nesting Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres and Terns . . .…

Chasing One Bird at a Time

By mid-June, with migration over, birds nesting and molting, and working full-time jobs, the days of getting several first of the year birds (FOY) on the same day are over.  Until fall migration, I’ll be chasing one bird at at time. Saturday and Monday I made two trips to Captain Fitzgerald in Brunswick to find…

Trumpeter Swan

After work yesterday evening I dove down to Epping, NH as a Trumpeter Swan was being seen in the area. Rarely found east of Ohio . . . most Trumpeters are in Alaska by now and rarely ever seen in New England. Took me two hours but finally found him. While a little smaller that…

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