On Saturday I knew a storm was coming, so Gus and I got up early to go to the store for groceries and supplies. But since the snow was coming and I had been stuck inside all week except for doctor’s appointments, I decided I needed to squeeze in a little bit of birding on the way to the store.
I asked him to pull over on Rossmore Road so I could get out and walk.
it felt good to walk and breathe fresh air and smell the pines and spruces.
As a few flakes started to fall I knew we should get to the store.
Yet the skies were so blue and my driveway looked like this.
And then we did the most logical thing…
He took me birding again before the storm!
I saw on the MAINE Birds Facebook page that someone had seen a Northern Pintail Duck in West Bath. I had not seen a Northern Pintail Duck in the State of Maine yet, so off we went! We found the pond with loads of ducks.
(unfortunately you cannot see him in this cell photo but I have a picture to post later)
The Northern Pintail Duck makes Species 199 for my Maine Life List! I wonder what species number 200 will be? Arizona is my only state with over 300 bird species. At the moment, Maine is the closest to reaching the 200 species mark for me!
As we drove along the road we stopped to watch the waves roll in on Popham Beach! At Fort Popham I counted Common Eiders, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers, Rock Pigeons, and a Common Loon, but nothing new for this year. Being the greedy birder that I am, I wanted to find one more bird! So, I put out a call for Hooded Mergansers sightings on Maine Birds. I chased down a lead that led me to a new eBird Hotspot that I had not heard of.
What a pretty spot!
But the tidal pool where the mergansers were seen two days ago was totally frozen over. As the water shifted beneath the ice, I listened to it crack and shift.
The only birds I saw and heard, were chickadees and crows.
Time to head home and prepare for the worst!
The Sunday night news was filled with predictions of the worst blizzard of the decade!
it’s hard to believe it is coming!
But, I do take this seriously, so…
I need to get all my cooking done before we lose power!
At least we can eat hard boiled eggs, or make deviled eggs with them!
However, I still see some empty space I need to fill!
I am getting all my laundry done and tonight we will fill containers with water so we can flush the toilet. When you lose power in the country you cannot flush your toilets because the well pump runs off electricity. It is a different story when you live in town and have a town water supply.
We’ve had plenty of snow, wind and rain storms in the year since we moved here and still it stands, but will it be able to stand 2 to 3 feet of snow and wind gusts upwards of 50 to 70 MPH?
I’ll let you know when it’s all over!
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