Birding Maine – Meadow and Marsh at the Wells Reserve

Hundreds of species of birds have been identified at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. During my visit in early September, I wondered which ones I could tick off. I had been to the Wells Reserve once before in late May, en route to my sister’s graduation in upstate New York. Though I didn’t have…

Birding Maine – Tiny Songbirds at Great Salt Bay

Our next road-trip stop was at a local nature area, the Great Salt Bay Farm &Heritage Center, with trails that wound though a field and led straight to the bay. Mom had to take a business call in the car, so Dad and I re-bundled up and took to the deserted trailways. Read more at…

Birding Maine – Are you a Birder? A Glossy Ibis in Weskeag Marsh

If you’re not from Maine, you assume that April means spring. Flowers, green leaf buds, birds singing, the works, right? HAH. Some years, yes, a thaw will begin early and April will be lovely, but most of the time the ground is still frozen and the temperature hovers somewhere in the forties. That was the…

Birding Maine – Unexpected Wildlife at Wolfe’s Neck

Of all the local parks around my hometown, Wolfe’s Neck will always remain one of my favorites. Not only does it offer a gorgeous view of the coastline, but birds abound both in the forest and along the water. My husband, mother, and I descended down the path from the parking area, making a bee-line…

Birding Maine – Addicted to Snowy Owls

Continued from “I Won’t Find Success until I Find a Snowy Owl.” It wasn’t the only Snowy Owl I saw that winter. I was addicted, I had to see more. Since my dad and I had struck out at Scarborough Marsh, we went to another owl stronghold, Biddeford Pool. It was an odd place for…

Birding Maine – Success Means a Snowy Owl

  As I mentioned in my previous blog, I really wanted to see a Snowy Owl. My parents technically worked and couldn’t go galloping off into the snow every time I wanted to search for Snowies, and it wasn’t as much fun to search on my own. That’s where Grandma Kathy came in. Yes, I…

Birding Maine – Looking for Snowy Owls in Scarborough Marsh

In 2013, the northern United States was in the midst of an irruption. No, that isn’t a typo; an “irruption” is a sudden increase in a species’ population, usually due to surges or crashes in food supplies. The winter of 2013-2014 was just one of those crazy years for Snowy Owls. Areas that had one…

Birding Maine – The Winter Birds of Back Cove

Many people would think birding in Maine in the winter months is horribly dull. “It’s freezing cold,” they say. “Everything is under feet of snow,” they point out. “How on earth can birds live there? Have fun staring at chickadees.” They would be wrong! Birding in Maine is perhaps the best in the winter. Seabirds…

Birding Maine – Cuckoos In Maine?

When you hear the word “cuckoo,” you think of one of two things: 1) A crazy person or 2) The bird behind the famous “cuckoo” clocks. But did you know that during the summer months, Maine is home to not one but two species of cuckoos? *I apologize for the low image quality – these…

Birding Maine – In Search of Bird #100

It was 2013, and my first summer birding days in Maine were drawing to a close. I had seen pelagic birds, I had seen forest birds, and I was close to hitting a major birding landmark: 100 species on my Life List. So close in fact, that as my husband-to-be and I drove towards my…

Birding Maine – Whale Watching for Birds, Part III

See Parts I and II here and here. I don’t remember if I slipped, slid, jumped, or flew to the other side of the boat, but in an instant I was along the rail with my parents and Brian, watching in disbelief as a Finback Whale, 70 feet long, surfaced a second time barely 75…