Yearly Archives: 2019

Mar 92019

Razorbill

This morning Ingrid and I headed to nearby Reid State Park to see if we could add to our year list.   We weren’t terribly optimistic as we’d already seen most of the winter sea birds that one can see from shore in Maine.  But it was a beautifully sunny and above freezing for the […]

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Mar 62019

Red-necked Grebe

Set out this morning trying to find an early arriving Red-winged Blackbird.  It was 9 degrees, windy with a foot of snow on the ground . . . not exactly a desirable destination for a migrating bird. I stepped out of the car, photographed a group of first of the year Cedar Waxwings, and immediately […]

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Mar 32019

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” […]

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Mar 12019

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 […]

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Feb 272019

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.

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Feb 262019

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 . […]

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Feb 232019

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 […]

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Feb 222019

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 […]

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Feb 202019

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 . . […]

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Feb 1720191 comment

Snowy Owl Eruption

This morning Ingrid and I piled in the car and headed for Newton, Massachusetts for a birthday party for her Dad.    We were both looking forward to seeing Art . . . and to make the trip even more exciting . . . we had time to stop at Plum Island!!!! Plum Island is […]

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Feb 102019

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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Feb 92019

Searching for a Barrow’s Goldeneye

Sometime in the next few weeks, Ingrid and I will see our first Red-winged Blackbird or Turkey Vulture of the year . . . our first sign of spring in Maine.   But while winter continues to linger, we’ll start to look for the few winter birds we haven’t seen this year. Yesterday, I headed […]

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Feb 62019

February Thaw

February in Maine sucks.  Its cold, snowy, icy, and spring migration seems a long way away. Today was a brilliant  preview of Spring  . . . a cloudless sunny sky with temperatures reaching 57 degrees. Managed to skip out for an hour to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth for a bit of birding.  […]

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Feb 42019

Eurasian Wigeon

The morning after another New England Patriots Super Bowl victory (it’s great to be a Pats fan) I was up early to try and get the Eurasian Wigeon being seen in Kennebunk, Maine. The Eurasian Wigeon is an Old World species that occasionally will appear along east and west coasts.  This one has been seen […]

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Feb 22019

Maine’s Great Black Hawk – Rest in Peace

One of the most remarkable 2018 events in North American Birding was the arrival of a Great Black Hawk in Maine.  A native of South and Central America, the first confirmed sighting ever in the United States was in early summer on San Padres Island, Texas . . . just north of the Mexican border.  […]

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Jan 302019

Mergansers on a 5 Degree Morning

With the rest of the country encased in the annual winter vortex, it is 5 degrees in Maine, plenty warm enough to try for the Canvasback (a rare visitor to the state).  I’ve been out 3 times in 4 day looking for my white whale, and like Ahab I’m not going to give up. On […]

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Jan 272019

Searching for the Canvasback

Eighteen days after having my knee replaced . . . I felt strong enough to go out birding.   A Canvasback, a relatively rare visitor to Maine, has been seen regularly at nearby Damariscotta Mills. We saw all the usual winter birds . . . all three Mergansers, Eagles, Black Duck and Mallards . . . […]

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Jan 242019

Recovering from Knee Replacement

For the second time in less than a year, I am laid up and unable to go birding because of a knee replacement.  For a person that is out in the field just about every day . . . being forced to sit on a couch all day is depressing. To keep myself sane, I […]

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Jan 92019

Last Birding for a Month

  Monday, I skipped out of work several times to get a little birding done . . . now January isn’t exactly prime time for such behavior . . . most species and birders have hunkered down for the winter.  Unfortunately I was having my right knee replaced on Tuesday and our year to date […]

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Jan 42019

White Dove

Having returned to the real world after a birding week in Texas . . . we’ve gotten off to a relatively slow start.  During a stop at the Newcastle Maine Mail-It-For You I noticed a white pigeon among a group of feral pigeons.  He had a band on his leg. I asked around and the […]

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