We are in the middle of a Maine winter now (despite the general lack of snow this year), which means winter birding is in full swing! Doug Hitchcox, the Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, shared some interesting tips and tricks for those of us venturing out in cold weather to find a few feathered friends. […]
In the 1800’s, Americans would celebrate the Christmas holiday by heading to the fields and woods with their guns, killing as many birds as they possibly could in order to “win” the competition with their friends and neighbors. You can imagine the toll the hunting took on local avian populations; as a result, in 1900 […]
Looking back, there is one specific Maine bird that started my whole fascination with birding in general. Walking along a dirt road near Kennebago Lake, I was playing with a higher-end point and shoot camera given to me for a college graduation present. Its zoom capabilities allowed me – really for the very first time […]
With the coldest time of the year fast approaching, many wildlife enthusiasts may head indoors, intent on hibernating until the spring thaw. In the case of birders however, this would be a big mistake: winter is one of the best times to look for our feathered friends! If you live or are visiting southern Maine, […]
As I travel around the United States, I often meet fellow birders and avian researchers. We can gab about species all day long, from secretive marsh birds to colorful warblers to regional endemics. And yet, the conversation always rolls around to the same question: “What is your favorite bird?” My answer always comes easily, and […]
I look forward to summer as much as anybody, but there is one sad element to the changing of the seasons: the absence of shorebirds. Shorebirds are undoubtedly my favorite group of avian species. They make their home on beaches and mudflats, where it is generally easy to see and photograph them. In addition, they […]
Though I have birded across Maine and across the United States, there’s something special about birding in my very own neighborhood. I grew up in the town of Cumberland, and am lucky that my parents still live there. Behind our house is a large tract of unbroken forest, dominated by the deep green of hemlock […]
Over 400 species of birds have been spotted in Maine. Some are found all year round, others breed during the warmer months, and still others stopover on their way north or south during the spring and fall migration.
People often ask me how I discovered my love of birding. It’s simply really, I always tell them, the classic combination of a “one-two” punch.