Our friends Carolyn and Wally (volunteers from Santa Ana NWR) are volunteering at a National Wildlife Refuge here in Maine and drove up today to see if we could find the Red-necked Grebe again. We didn’t find it but we did see some good birds. We had a nice lunch (at the Governor’s) then went out to the Christina Reservoir and Lake Josephine.
A new Maine bird for us was a female Blackpoll Warbler.
We also saw a moose (Moose count is now at 5).
Mark spotted this, hard to see, American Bittern:
[Extensive freshwater marshes are the favored haunts of this large, stout, solitary heron. It is seldom seen as it slips through the reeds. When alarmed, freezes with bill pointed up.]
Some of the other birds we saw:
The bugs were out in clouds!
It's hard to tell but all the little black dots are bugs (thankfully, non-biting bugs).
You might also be able to tell that, part of the morning, the sun was shining! That makes about three days that we have seen sunshine.