June 30, 2015, Mere Point Cottage: Living in Maine you never know what will show up in your yard. While the squirrels and chipmunks are pretty much expected during the summer, the rest of the wildlife can be unpredictable. I had both red and gray foxes come through the yard while I lived at Mere Point, and porcupines were sighted more than once, I never had a deer in the yard and until this summer, I never saw a raccoon. This summer one found my bird feeders before I moved away, but it never climbed the feeders. It just came and nibbled on spilled seed! It was fun to see the ‘coon, but I am sure glad it did not become a nuisance! No ‘coons here at the new house so far, and I only just saw my first chipmunk this week! With dogs and cats running free down here, I think the wildlife is very wary and very scarce.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
We moved into the new house on August 14th in the evening. Three days later I took a trip to Connecticut and was gone for nine days. So, I have done most of my birding in this yard since my return on August 28th. It has taken us awhile to get me connected to the internet and it has become apparent that it is time for a new computer. I have been procrastinating about this forever, but the time has come to deal with it. Still, with the help of my husband, my daughter-in-law and the cable company, we were able to jury rig a work around until I can purchase one. This is a test post.
This is where I have seen several of the migrating warblers, the vireos and the
Blue-gray gnatcatcher! I have many more woodpeckers here, but so far have not seen a single house finch or purple finch. There are several neighborhood cats that hang around the yard, so I do not get many ground feeding birds and the ones I do have are very wary. There are a few song sparrows, but so far, no chipping sparrows or any other kinds of sparrows have been spotted. I am wondering if I will get White-throated sparrows or juncos as the season changes.
This is my new feeder set-up. I am finding that I do not need as many bird feeders here, and the birds do not like the same kid of seed that the birds at Mere Point did. Plus, with all this damp and moisture, the seed molds very rapidly. Mold is deadly to birds and I have already had to clean the feeders several times. The hummingbird feeder gets moldy rapidly as well and I had to clean it with bleach after my return from Connecticut. I wash it thoroughly every time I refill it now, being sure to clean the feeding ports as they can get a black mold in there. soon the hummingbirds will be gone for the winter, but I am still seeing a few lingering females around.
Soon I will spend more time here than outside on the deck, but for now I am taking advantage of the good weather. Here is a list of all the birds I have seen in this yard so far, with the newest being a Northern Harrier I saw just this morning!
Harpswell Yard Life List (edited 9-9-15)
|29.||Belted King Fisher (heard)|
|30.||Eastern Wood Pewee|
|34.||Black-throated Green Warbler|
|35.||Great Blue Heron||9-1-15|
*First of The Year Birds for me as well!
Note: I have been taking photos of birds in the yard and will post them as soon as I can get them off-loaded and processed! There has been a lot going on and more to look forward to as well!
P.S. this post was edited on 9-9-15 to include an earlier checklist I found from July when we first looked at this house. That brings the yard list up to a total of 46 species of birds!
Friday, August 21, 2015
May 30, 2015 was a foggy day at Quoddy Head State Park. My friend, Donna and I and her son Juan walked to see the light house first, then followed a misty trail to the beach before heading off into the fog shrouded forest to look for birds. We found little stone sculptures someone had made all along the trail. Trees dripped with water, moss and lichen. On the trail to the bog we came to a spot that was dripping with warblers! Donna and I stood still for several moments as the little bird zipped by us and landed on the path, unafraid! It was amazing! While we hoped we might see a Boreal chickadee or a Spruce Grouse we were out of luck. Still, this place was so magical in the fog that we were utterly delighted and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Ever since moving back to Maine I have been trying to submit at least one checklist to eBird in every county in Maine. Last year I was able to add Oxford, Knox, and Lincoln Counties to my list of Maine Counties. Earlier in May I added Piscataquis County when I followed In the Footsteps of My Grandfather. Of the 16 counties in Maine, I only had Washington County left to count birds in, and May 30, 2015 was the day for me to conquer that county! As my friend Donna and I drove towards Quoddy Head State Park we passed through East Machias. The road ran close to the river there and as we drove I saw dozens of cormorants in the river. I quickly pulled onto a side street, parked, and jumped out to get my very first Washington County, Maine bird list!
Here I am parked on the side of the road. Donna is in the car but she has her hand in front of her face because she does not want me to get a picture of her! I was just photographing the place I parked! Besides, I was more interested in the birds!
The ones with pale heads and necks are juveniles.
With the birds I saw at Quoddy Head State Park and a few others we saw along the way, I ended up with 29 species for the year so far in Washington County. Come back soon to read my post and see photos of Quoddy Head State Park!
My eBird Checklists for this location:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
On May 29th I met my friend, Donna Simonetti at Acadia National Park in Maine to go birding. We drove all around Mount Desert island and stopped at Ketchum’s Seafood Ketch for lunch. It was nice enough for us to dine outside, so we did, and while we ate I kept my eye on the harbor, hoping against hope that I would spot a certain little black diving bird. I knew it would be a Life Bird for Donna, and for me, it would be my first time seeing one this year. I had seen some last year with my friend, Chris Rohrer when he came to Maine for his birding adventure. We had seen some on our trip to Eastern Egg Rock, only then I was busy puking my guts out and could not take any pictures! I was so seasick!
This was our view from our table.
It seemed to have the classic silhouette, but I needed it to come closer.
Bingo! Black Guillemot!
All eating stopped then and we were in full blown photographer mode!
We finished our meals and paid the check, then wandered out onto the docks for some better photo ops! The guillemot were happy to oblige! There were actually three of them, and we snapped and snapped away!
And to top things off, we spotted a doe on our way back to the cabin!