Monthly Archives: June 2023

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Maine

Last night Ingrid were watching “Hijack”, an Apple+ series that we highly recommend.  In the middle of a particularly dramatic scene . . . my lovely bride jumps up screaming: “whoa, whoa, whoa”. Apparently, a photo of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher had been posted on a Maine Facebook page. The Scissor-tailed is a common bird in […]

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Loggerhead Shrike in Maine

This morning Ingrid and I were enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning, drinking coffee, reading the paper and complaining about politicians that clearly are not as smart as we are. Then our phones pinged . . . the legendary Brookline (Massachusetts) Bird Club was in Maine . . . and had spotted a Loggerhead Shrike in […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker Chick

I’ve read that Maine is the heaviest forested State in the union . . . not sure how they measure something like that?  Does someone go around and count each individual tree? Regardless, Maine has trees everywhere . . . why we are called the Pine Tree State.  Along our southern and mid-coastal regions . […]

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The Great Crested Caracara Chase of 2023

If you live in central Florida or southern Texas, you may have seen a Crested Caracara picking at road kill along rural stretches of highway.  This odd looking long legged scavenger is easily recognized with its large reddish-orange bill and black cap.   Competing with vultures for carrion . . . the Crested Caracara can […]

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Prothonotary Warbler and Richard Nixon

Today Ingrid and I saw a Prothonotary Warbler at Hinckley Park in South Portland . . . the third time in the last four years this chunky yellow bird has shown up near the ponds at this perennial birding hotspot.  The name Prothonotary refers to the yellow robes worn by papal clerks (or prothonotaries). Prothonotary Warblers […]

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First Pelagic Trip of the Year

Ingrid and I love bird watching at sea . . . and I’m not sure why.   Its hours of staring out over the ocean with nothing but water and sky to see.  You’re always cold or hot, or sun burned or wind burned.  There is a curious smell . . . a mixture of […]

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