This morning, right after dawn and in heavy fog, I was walking through a blueberry barren when right in front of me a large owl exploded into the air. I was startled and didn’t get my camera up before the bird disappeared into the fog.
Disappointed I continued to hike up the hill when suddenly the owl, clearly a Short-eared Owl was coming right back at me. This time I got several (bad) photos.
At the top of the hill, there were Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and the rare Lapland Longspurs.
I got back to my desk around 11:00 and started getting some work done when I got alert that a rare (for Maine) Bullock’s Oriole was being seen at a residential feeder in Freeport.
Upon arriving I waited and waited and the bird (which had been there all day) never arrived. After almost an hour I realized I was wearing blaze orange (its deer hunting season in Maine) and it might be spooking the Oriole. Within a minute the Bullock’s (rare this side of the Mississippi) arrive on the feeder.