Monthly Archives: May 2022

“Troppy” is Late this Year

On July 11, 2005, or perhaps July 5 (the records conflict), a tourist boat, skippered by Captain Andy Patterson, left Cutler, Maine to see Puffins.  While there are many Atlantic Puffin cruises along the Maine Coast, Patterson’s is unique as it offers clientel the opportunity to land on a Puffin breeding Island and walk among […]

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Bates College Alumni Magazine

The Bates College Alumni Magazine was kind enough to do a write-up on my Maine Big Year.  All that tuition my parent’s paid finally paid off. https://issuu.com/batescollege/docs/bates_magazine_spring_2022/44  

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Black-crowned Night Heron

Filmed May 22, 2022 at Hinckley Park in South Portland, Maine. The Black-crowned Night Heron is one of our favorite birds. Not particularly shy, they freeze in one place for hours at a time and become practically invisible.

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Spring Migration Explodes

Maine winters are long and miserable, so Ingrid and I can’t wait for spring migration . . . where thousands of beautiful tiny warblers begin to move through the State. But Spring 2022 has been slow. Weather fronts and cold weather have delayed the warblers.  The early arriving species have come and gone, but not […]

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Mid-Coast Maine Big Day

Our Mid-Coast Maine Big Day is over and I’m exhausted.  My “much much” younger wife doesn’t seem to be at all weary from 18 straight hours of birding. We ended up identifying 102 species which exceeded our goal of 100 bird . . . but fell short of the 108 we got on a California […]

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Global Big Day

May 14, 2022 is Global Big Day . . . a day where teams of Birders throughout the world compete to see as many species of birds as possible in a 24 hour period. Last year, 51,816 Birders in 192 counties, identified an astonishing 7,234 species. This year, Ingrid and I will be doing our […]

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Bank Swallows

To celebrate Mother’s Day (this is gonna make me look really really bad), this morning I took Ingrid to a sand quarry located near the Auburn Mall (behind Hobby Lobby to be exact).  There, last summer I counted 134 Bank Swallow nests and watched dozens and dozens Swallows moving in and out to feed young. […]

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Maine

In June 2013, when I could barely discern the difference between a Bald Eagle and a Black-capped Chickadee, Ingrid dragged me . . . ah . . . err . . . invited me to the Acadia Birding Festival in Bar Harbor.   The prospect of three days of tromping through mosquito infested forest, had […]

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