Monthly Archives: October 2018

Oct 312018

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 […]

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Oct 302018

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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Oct 282018

World Series, Nor’easter and Sparrows

Last night was the third game of the Red Sox/Dodgers World Series.  I started watching the game on a Jet Blue flight just after leaving Tampa; watched it thru an hour and a half layover at JFK; and then watched the final 9 innings in Cape Elizabeth… incredible game that ended at 3:30 am. I […]

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Oct 262018

Birding in Airports

On a business trip yesterday, I was walking into the JFK terminal and a House Sparrow practically hit me in the head.  Over my 2 hour layover I saw dozens of them patiently sitting in the rafters waiting for french fries to fall from traveler’s laps. Amazing how the House Sparrow (an invasive species) from […]

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Oct 242018

No Cuckoo but Black-throated Blue

At dawn this morning I left our condo in Cape Elizabeth determined to get the Yellow-billed Cuckoo that has been hanging out near the lighthouses.  I wasn’t optimistic as a terrible storm had come through the night  before (knocking out the Cable and the first 4 innings of the World Series . . . Go […]

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Oct 232018

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.  

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Oct 212018

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 […]

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Oct 172018

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 . . […]

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Oct 142018

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 […]

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