King Eider

Common Eiders are an omnipresent winter resident of the Maine Coast.  These large lethargic diving ducks are regularly seen as individuals or in enormous rafts of hundreds of birds.  Males are white and black with yellow/green bills.  Females are grayish brown and both sexes can have interesting color combinations during molting.   Despite the “commonality”…

Northern Shrike

Today it got above freezing!!!  A whopping 34 degrees; no wind and sunny . . . and there was no way I was gonna sit at my desk programming all day. So around lunch time I headed to Popham Beach to get a little sun and maybe get a bird or two. I saw most…

Horned Grebe

The days are getting longer . . . I can now get out for an hour and a half of birding before work.  Now I would appreciate someone turning the outdoors thermostat up above 7 degrees. Got a Horned Grebe this morning at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.

Barrow’s Goldeneye

This afternoon I drove over to my bank in Bath, Maine and did some quick business . . . “quick” was the operative word and that gave me time to drive down to the City’s sewage treatment plant for a little birding. At first I saw the usual array of Ring-billed Gulls and Mergansers .…

Bald Eagle

On a drive up the coast this afternoon Ingrid and I stopped  to scan a tidal river full of gulls, ducks, Buffleheads and Goldeneyes . . . looking for something unusual.  Suddenly all gulls took to the air, clearly scared by something. Simultaneously, Ingrid and I looked up and as expected a Bald Eagle began…

Red-throated Loon

I was out birding at dawn hoping to get some of the birds being seen around the vicinity.  Here were the results: Barred Owl: didn’t find him Northern Shrike: nope Red-throated Grebe: never go close to the site . . . too much ice on the road So with tears in my eyes I returned…

Snow Goose

This morning on a highway drive from south along the  Maine . . . I noticed a white blog in a group of Canada Geese.  I took the next exit, drove north, turned and headed south again . . . pulling off in the break down lane to check out the white blob . .…

Cliff House

Sometimes Ingrid and I come up with ways to watch birds without tromping through the cold and wet . . . like breakfast at the Cliff House. Cliff House is an elegant four seasons resort in Cape Neddick, Maine.  All restaurants and guest rooms appear to hang over the Atlantic Ocean as the resort is…

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