25 May 2009

Adventures in Maine

Tidal pools in Maine

My first day in Maine led me to the tidal pools near Saco. My friend Emily Rupp works for the Ferry Beach Ecology School and I was lucky enough to ride along for the trip. After climbing over the rocks and looking for marine creatures I decided to leave the school children and head up to the trails nearby. From here I would be granted my first Yellow Warblers of the trip but certainly not my last! It was really thrilling to see these migrants not only in breeding plumage but singing. This is something that I haven't really had the privelege of witnessing since I am usually residing in the southern states.

After lunch I was directed to the wooded areas of
Ferry Beach State Park. It was really amazing walking through the beech and birch trees listening to American Goldfinches sing. I loved the park and I even found a Ruby-throated Hummingbird off the trail. The view below gave me my first Veery, which flushed from the side of the stream.

I ended the day with 27 species. Not bad considering I only birded for a few hours. Highlights included (as far as I'm concerned) Song Sparrow, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler, and my lifer Common Eider.

Since I'm a good Southern girl that rarely goes north I am even excited by seeing chipmunks and Black-capped Chickadees.


Denise said...

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Eva said...

Thanks for stopping by you two. Soon I'll be back in full swing with the blogging.