Yearly Archives: 2021

Jan 262021

Wood Duck

I got a couple Wood Ducks today at a cemetery in South Portland . . . Maine Big Year Bird #119.  And it’s the most embarrassing bird of the year. I came upon a large flock of Mallards feeding and socializing in a tiny corner of a pond that hadn’t frozen over.  Experience has told […]

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Jan 242021

Gadwall

Yesterday morning I got up at 1:00 am and headed to Fort Foster a beautiful park on the southern most tip of the State of Maine for a little nocturnal birding. Eastern Screech-Owl are pretty common through much of the eastern United States, but only its in the very southern part of Maine. I arrived […]

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Jan 212021

Dunlins

  Ingrid, a teacher, had her usual full day and I had a virtual meeting this afternoon . . . not to mention a certain inauguration taking place . . . and after all of that, we needed to get out and do some birding. After getting Ingrid the Snow Goose in the Wells Marsh, […]

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Jan 192021

Snow Goose

  Today I got a Snow Goose in the marsh behind Wells Beach . . . bird #112 of my Maine Big Year. While a handful of Snow Geese show up in Maine each year, it is a far cry from the hundreds of thousands that can be found at times along the Platte River […]

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Jan 182021

Snow Buntings

Ingrid joined me on a whirlwind day of Maine Big Year Birding which took us to six stops and helped me add three more birds to my year. Our first top was in Waldoboro where Kathie Brown, one of the state’s more active birders, has had a Fox Sparrow visiting for several weeks.  I contacted […]

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Jan 132021

Dovekie

When I decided to do a Maine Big Year, I knew I’d have to make at least one winter off shore trip to pick up some of the pelagic species.  I talked to a couple lobstermen about riding out with them . . . but they really didn’t seem too excited about a “birder” getting […]

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Jan 122021

Crossbills

The finch eruption of 2020-2021 continues with reports of Red-breasted Nuthatches showing up in Florida and Evening Grosbeaks in New Mexico.  This been good and bad for my Maine Big Year.  Purple Finches and Pine Siskins have blown south of the State (bad), while Crossbills and Redpolls are in southern Maine and easier to find. […]

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Jan 92021

Rough-legged Hawk

Stopping your car in front of the State Prison, scanning the area with binoculars and then taking photographs with a telephoto lens . . . is a whole new kind of stupid . . . but that’s what I did today to get this Rough-legged Hawk. It’s been a very rewarding few days of birding […]

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Jan 72021

Orange-crowned Warbler

Before beginning my Maine Big Year, I read everything I could on the subject and talked to people that had done one and they all say “Chase the Rarities”. So when I heard an Orange-crowned Warbler was being seen at a residential feeder north of Portland . . . I asked the owner if I […]

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Jan 52021

Harlequin Ducks and Other Maine Big Year Birds

Well I’m four days into my Maine Big Year and my total is 67 birds.  I’ve birded from sunup to sunset, with a break for the New England Patriots game on Sunday. The biggest frustration has been the Rock Wren, a bird of the desert southwest that is inexplicably surviving a Maine winter. Ingrid and […]

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