10000 Birds – Maine’s Great Black Hawk, Rescued!

A few days before Christmas, I vibrated in the passenger seat of my mother’s car as she turned towards Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The Great Black Hawk – a species with a native range in Mexico to South America – had been spotted in this park for weeks, but not every day. Though I had arrived…

10000 Birds – Icy Birding Along Portland’s Back Cove

It was the day before Christmas in Southern Maine, and an ice storm had  recently churned through, leaving the world bright and extra reflective. Home for the holidays, I convinced my mother to follow me to one of my favorite loops: the 3.5 miles around Portland’s Back Cove. We had no idea what we were…