Lunch time looking for a Dickcissel

I scooted over the Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta to try and spot the Dickcissel that was seen there yesterday.  It was a brisk but sunny fall day and there were birds everywhere. No Dickcissels but Song, Savannah and Lincoln Sparrows; Sandpipers (Solitary and Greater Yellowlegs); a Great Blue Heron and a Green Winged Teal.  

Shorebirds in Waldoboro

Earlier this week I noticed an eBird Post from the Waldoboro Town Landing . . . quite a few birds including a Blue-headed Vireo. This morning I drove up on a brisk morning . . . expecting the Vireo to be gone . . . but hoping for the best. As expected the song birds…

Greater White-fronted Goose

Today I had a business meeting in Nashua, NH.  As I was leaving the meeting I noticed an unusual bird swimming with the Canada Geese in a nearby pond.  After a number of photographs, field guides and ever helpful Merlin App . . . I realized I was looking at a Greater White-fronted Goose . .…

Sabattus Pond

Sabattus Pond is a beautiful man made lake in central Maine.  It is also the home of the Chinese Mystery Snail . . . an invasive species that probably escaped from a fish tank and now covers the bottom of the Pond. On the plus side, every fall ducks descend on Sabattus Pond to chow…

No Snow Goose

We drove over to Brunswick hoping to see the Snow Goose that has been reported recently. While scanning a flock of Canada Geese looking for a “white” one . . . Ingrid noticed three relatively tiny Pectoral Sandpipers in the midst of the Geese. Birding is like a box of chocolate!!! Also saw a bunch…

Butter Butts

Got up early to bird at Crescent Beach but changed my mind when I saw how hard it was raining.  I was at my desk by 5:30 am writing software wishing I could be out birding.   Finally about 2:00, the rain slowed down and I jumped in the car and headed to Crescent Beach. I…

Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a bright yellow, large, heavy-bodied warbler with a big head and bill. It has shorter legs and a shorter tail than other warblers . . . and is rarely seen in Maine. A few days ago one was seen in Kennebunkport. Up early I found the spot at sunrise and was…

Lincoln Sparrow

An early morning trip to Butler Head presented yet another migrating sparrow . . . this time my favorite . . . the Lincoln Sparrow, Kinglets, Swamp Sparrows, Eagles and Yellow-rumps made for a nice morning.

Eagle from the Car

Ingrid and I were joined by Ingrid’s daughter and her boyfriend for an outdoor beer festival a small local brewery.  On the way home we spotted a Bald Eagle from the car.   As common as they have become . . . they still take my breather away.

Kinglets Everywhere

Today Ingrid and I began to see the first Ruby-crowned Kinglets migrating through and the Golden-crowned Kinglets are starting to congregate with the Chickadees . . . a sure sign of winter approaching,

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