Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brunswick Town Commons

1. Common yellowthroat-kab Common Yellowthroat 7-9-15

Brunswick Town Commons is a town Nature Preserve located on Route 123 or Harpswell Neck Road in Brunswick, Maine. It is a mixed forest with lots of Eastern White Pine as well as mixed hardwoods and a Pine Barrens. Trails run off in several directions and some lead to nearby neighborhoods. There is a loop trail I like to hike, but often I will just grab my lunch and go sit at one of the picnic tables near the parking lot and watch birds for about 20 minutes. This past summer I was only able to get there about two or three times. I brought my friend, Donna Simonetti here when she visited me in June, and I went back to bird watch again in July.

2. Lady's Slipper-kab In June we found a large patch of Lady’s Slipper’s in bloom!

3. BHVI-kab Farther down the trail we heard Blue-headed Vireos calling. We strained our necks to look up into the crowns of some very tall pines and finally spotted the birds briefly before they flew off again! When I go birding at Brunswick town commons, I never know what I will find, though usually I can count on seeing Chickadees, titmice, red and white breasted Nuthatches, and often Hermit Thrushes or Crows. If I time it right, I usually have the place to myself, but late in the day the runners start coming through. It is their favorite place too!



4. CHSP-kab In July I found this Chipping Sparrow in a pine.

5. HAWO-kab But this was the first time I had seen a hairy Woodpecker here!

6. COYE-kab Common Yellowthroat with a Daddy longlegs 7-9-2015

I also found a whole family of Hermit Thrushes, but I could never get one to turn around for me, so all I got were tail shots!

7. young Hermit thrush-kab Young Hermit Thrush with down 7-9-15






  1. You do live in a lovely area, Kathie. Thanks for sharing it and the birds.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Happy Wanderer! I am enjoying this area while I am here!

  2. Lovely to see the birds in your area Kathie

  3. Wonderful bird sightings Kathie. Loved the lady slipper also. It has been years since I saw one of those. Thanks for visiting. You can be sure that I will let you know whenever we head up to Maine. Would love to meet up one of these days.

    1. Denise, I love lady's slippers too! You never know when you will come upon them in these New England woods! I would love to meet you as well!

  4. Nice photos Kathie! Is that a yellow lady slipper? I don't know if I've ever seen one that color.

    1. Larry, no. It was white. That is just the low lighting and the reflection of the green foliage. Plus, probably my camera settings. I wanted to bring out the detail of the veining. It was a delight to find these pink and white lady's slippers together!


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.