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May is the Best Month for Birding in Maine

Warbling Vireo

Winter is over, flowers are blooming and birds are everywhere!!! Ingrid and I love Maine despite the long winters . . . but birding in the winter can get tiresome. There are points where one more raft of ducks makes one want to scream.

The first migrating birds . . . the Red-winged Blackbirds appear in late February . . . followed in the ensuing months by vultures, ospreys and herons. Then May hits and birds are everywhere.

This past week has been a work week for me and Ingrid but we manage to get out for short excursions early in the morning, evenings and even at lunch.

Warblers are everywhere . . . nothing unusual but all the usual suspects have arrived.

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up on our bedroom platform feeder . . . a first time visitor to the house.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are now regulars at the feeders and the azaleas.

Baltimore Orioles, Least Flycatchers, Double-crested Cormorants and Warbling Vireos have all returned.

A female Blue Grosbeak has become a fixture at a house feeder in the next town over . . . a rare bird for Maine.

And with all the birding we’re doing . . . our year round birds are a lot easier to see.

Love May . . . just love it.