Upland Sandpiper

Inexplicably, my boss scheduled a meeting for 7:30 am which kind of through a wrench into my plans to bird at Kennebunk Plains before work . . .  a natural grassland about 40 minutes away. Did that detour me???  Heck no!!!!  I just set the alarm at 4:00 and was on the road 15 minutes…

Virginia Rail

A couple days ago I thought I saw a couple Virginia Rails fly up out of some reeds at Great Salt Bay . . . a near by birding spot.  It was a brief glance, would have been a lifer and I decided not count them and try to confirm the sighting later. This morning…

Sora

The late Spring and lots of traveling left the old homestead in desperate need of some tender loving care so Friday, Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to yard work; putting in window screens and just a little relaxing.   Finally after dinner on Sunday evening I snuck over to great Salt Bay in Damariscotta to…

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Early June each year, Ingrid and I drive to the famous Clam Bake restaurant in Scarborough, Maine early in the morning.   The Clam Bake is an enormous, yet classic New England Fried Clam/Lobster Roll Restaurant catering to the thousands of tourists that descend on the coast of Maine in the summer.   The parking…

Chukar

This morning I had a small thill of seeing my first Chukar. A Chukar is a game bird found in the Middle East and Asia that was brought to the Rocky Mountain Area and has has become established there with a resident breeding population. The Chukars that are occasionally seen in Maine are probably escapees…

Winter Wren

Saddleback Mountain Birding

Last Christmas, Ingrid gave me Condo Reservations for Memorial Day Weekend at the Saddleback Mountain Ski Area. Saddleback is an enormous and beautiful resort, with spectacular views and apr├Ęs-ski support. Unfortunately, it has had a checkered financial past, closing for years at a time . . . the most current shutdown beginning in 2015. Its…

Chestnut-sided Warbler

The Magic Warbler Tree

I just had one of those magical experiences that only a birder can appreciate. This evening I went for a 5 mile jog around a Westport Island loop that I really enjoy (non-birding). About a mile from the car I notice a splash of orange at the top of tree which immediately made me think…

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