Birding Maine – A Winter Wren Atop Height of Land

One of my absolute favorite places in Maine is “Height of Land” in Roxbury. Every summer I drive by this spectacular view on my way to the Rangeley Lakes Region, and though I’ve taken in the layered-mountain landscape hundreds of times it never fails to take my breath away. Read the rest on the Bangor…

Birding Maine – Where to Find Great Winter Birding?

We are in the middle of a Maine winter now (despite the general lack of snow this year), which means winter birding is in full swing! Doug Hitchcox, the Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, shared some interesting tips and tricks for those of us venturing out in cold weather to find a few feathered friends….

Birding Maine – A Family Gathering at Maine Audubon

The Maine Audubon houses its offices on a beautiful piece of property in southern Maine: Gilsland Farm. Thin trails snake through golden fields and eventually to the edge of the Presumpscot River, where it widens before emptying into Casco Bay and then the Atlantic Ocean. A visitor center hosts event space, offices, a gift shop, plus…

Birding Maine – Back Cove in Winter

Hands down, one of my favorite places to bird in all of Maine is Portland’s Back Cove. Making a complete loop is always satisfying in some way, and just over three miles of walking creates in me a sense of accomplishment, but not exhaustion. Though it’s beautiful all year round, winter on the cove is…

Birding Maine – Winter at Popham Beach

Most people think of beaches as summer destination spots. Sun, surf, and sand meet colorful towels and beach blankets as kids belly flop into the waves. However, during the winter months beaches become my favorite go-to destinations for a different reason: the birds. Read the rest on Bangor Daily News!

Birding Maine – Birding Knight’s Pond Preserve

Knight’s Pond has been a staple of my childhood since my family moved back to Southern Maine when I was 12. Shallow, with an outcropping of marsh vegetation in the center, Knight’s Pond freezes into the perfect skating pond every winter. Why have I never liked rink skating? Because swooshing perfect loops around Knight’s Pond was always…

Birding Maine – Christmas Bird Counts

In the 1800’s, Americans would celebrate the Christmas holiday by heading to the fields and woods with their guns, killing as many  birds as they possibly could in order to “win” the competition with their friends and neighbors. Read the rest at the Bangor Daily News!

Birding Maine – The Bird That Started It All

Looking back, there is one specific Maine bird that started my whole fascination with birding in general. Walking along a dirt road near Kennebago Lake, I was playing with a higher-end point and shoot camera given to me for a college graduation present. Its zoom capabilities allowed me – really for the very first time…

Birding Maine – Three Winter Birding Hotspots

With the coldest time of the year fast approaching, many wildlife enthusiasts may head indoors, intent on hibernating until the spring thaw. In the case of birders however, this would be a big mistake: winter is one of the best times to look for our feathered friends! If you live or are visiting southern Maine,…

Birding Maine – My Favorite Bird? The Common Loon

As I travel around the United States, I often meet fellow birders and avian researchers. We can gab about species all day long, from secretive marsh birds to colorful warblers to regional endemics. And yet, the conversation always rolls around to the same question: “What is your favorite bird?” My answer always comes easily, and…

Birding Maine – Shorebirds Mark the Autumn in Maine

Maine is gorgeous in autumn. The crisp fall air, the apple-picking, the fiery colors of changing leaves: all make it my favorite time of year. However, we birders have another autumn event to look forward to: migration. On an early morning in September, I met Linda of the Wells Reserve for an estuary paddle. The…