Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Visit to Maine: Birds

1. The road to mackworth island-kab The Road to Mackworth Island 6-13-13

When I returned from Norridgewock on June 12 I walked into a warm and friendly home where Mom’s cousin Wilma had a fire on the hearth! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a warm fire on a cold day and it was so nice to sit by the fire and chat with my Mom and her cousin.

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2. Mom-kab Mom sitting by the fire 6-12-13

 

3. Wilma-kab Wilma sitting by the fire 6-12-13

But I could not leave Maine without at least attempting to count a few birds. Fortunately the next morning we had a break in the rain. I got up early and drove to Mackworth Island, an eBird Hotspot off the coast of Falmouth, ME. It is a small island with a nature trail that encircles it. You can hike the one mile loop trail around the perimeter but I have never yet had tome to do it and today was no exception.

4. out to the sea-kab The tide was out as I drove across the causeway to the island. I parked my car on the island and checked the mudflats for peeps, but I did not see any.

 

6. cormorant-kabHowever, overhead a Double-crested Cormorant flew. I have seen osprey here before, but I did not see any on this day.

7. gulls-kab Just a couple of Herring Gulls on a sandbar.

 

8. path-kabThe path through the wood coaxed me onward and I did follow it for a short distance. I so wanted to keep on going, but I knew I needed to get back and bring Mom home to Colchester.

9. eiders-kab Out in the harbor I spotted a few Common Eiders and more gulls.

 

10. flower-kab Back at the house I found a garden in bloom!

I cannot thank Wilma enough for her gracious hospitality and putting up with me and my crazy birding! I know my Mom had a great time visiting her cousin, who is more like a sister to her. I did get to see a Red-breasted Nuthatch in Wilma's yard, the only one I saw during my whole month back east. It was a fun, though wet and chilly visit and my only complaint was that it was too short! I needed time to see more birds!

These are the birds I did see in Maine in order of first sightings:

  1. Ring-billed Gull-Wilma’s 6-11-13
  2. Chimney Swift
  3. American Crow
  4. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  5. American Robin
  6. Chipping Sparrow
  7. American Goldfinch
  8. Black-capped Chickadee-Wilma's 6-12-13
  9. Black-throated Green Warbler
  10. Mourning Dove-Fairfield Center 6-12-12
  11. Ovenbird-Grammy and Grampy’s yard 6-12-13
  12. Great Crested Flycatcher-Wilma’s Yard 6-13-13
  13. Tufted Titmouse
  14. American Black Duck-Mackworth Island 6-13-13DSC_0297
  15. Common Eider
  16. Double-crested Cormorant
  17. Herring Gull
  18. Red-eyed Vireo
  19. Gray Catbird
  20. Cedar Waxwing
  21. Pine Warbler
  22. Song Sparrow
  23. Northern Cardinal
  24. Turkey Vulture-Rt. 95 in York, ME
  25. Red-tailed Hawk

11. sea and shore-kab The mainland as seen from Mackworth Island 6-13-13

2 comments:

  1. Hi Katie... I loved the time my daughter, my grandson and I took our time investigating as we walked the island !! I great place to visit, but there are times you can't find a place to park!!
    The first time we tried to do it we couldn't get in!!
    Nice that you all had a chance to visit!!
    Grace

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    1. Grace, thank! I got there early but it did seem to fill up fast, in spite of the wet weather!

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.