Harlequin Ducks are Back

Winter in Maine can suck . . . it’s long, dark, cold and the variety of birds drops dramatically.  But the few birds that share  winter with Ingrid and me can be quite spectacular. Case in point, saw the first rafts of Harlequin Ducks today . . . mostly the stunning males . . .…

Savannah Sparrow

Ingrid had the day off for Veteran’s Day, so we got to go lunch time birding together on a week day . . . a real treat. Unfortunately last night was the first hard freeze of the season and the ponds had ice on them . . . and late shorebirds and warblers that have…

Yellow Warbler in November???

Yesterday I posted that most of the birds migrating through Maine were gone . . . then this morning while birding at Pond Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine . . . a Yellow Warbler flew right in front of me and I followed her for 10 minutes. One of the first warblers to leave during…

Surf Scoter

Most of the birds that migrate from or through Maine in the fall seem to be gone . . . an occasional heron, a few yellow-rumps or a vulture seem to be all that is left.  But as the summer birds disappear, the winter birds begin to arrive. Today I saw the first Ring-necked Duck,…

Birding after Voting

As usual I’m behind on a programming project and it’s raining . . . so I couldn’t justify an early morning birding outing.  But today is Election Day and I couldn’t help but scoot over to nearby Fort Edgecomb for 15 minutes of birding. As soon as I got out of the car . .…

Cattle Egret

Ten days ago, when riding the train from the Tampa Airport to the rental car terminal, I spotted two Cattle Egrets in a field.  The glimpse was too short to get my camera out of my carry-on . . . and thus disappointing . . . I try to get photos of most of my…

Buffleheads are Back

My favorite bird is the Bufflehead.  They are adorable companions through the long Maine Winters . . . Arriving around the first of November and leaving in May. I saw our first female Buffy a couple days ago and the first male today. Lots of rain for the last month . . . today was…

American Bittern

A disappointing lunch time visit to Crescent Beach (virtually no birds) left me looking for another location to look for birds. I decided upon Spurwink Marsh . . . near the boat landing.  I quickly saw our first Bufflehead of the year (a female), some late to migrate Yellow-legs and then stunningly, an American Bittern…

Cape May Warbler

A quick run to the drug store at lunch time (followed by a birding side trip) produced a Cape May Warbler . . . the third late warbler this week.  Head south boys . . . the snow will be here quick. Lots of other birds seen in a ten minute stop.  

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