Hands down, one of my favorite places to bird in all of Maine is Portland’s Back Cove. Making a complete loop is always satisfying in some way, and just over three miles of walking creates in me a sense of accomplishment, but not exhaustion. Though it’s beautiful all year round, winter on the cove is […]
Most people think of beaches as summer destination spots. Sun, surf, and sand meet colorful towels and beach blankets as kids belly flop into the waves. However, during the winter months beaches become my favorite go-to destinations for a different reason: the birds. Popham Beach State Park remains open all year round (though certain days […]
Knight’s Pond has been a staple of my childhood since my family moved back to Southern Maine when I was 12. Shallow, with an outcropping of marsh vegetation in the center, Knight’s Pond freezes into the perfect skating pond every winter. Why have I never liked rink skating? Because swooshing perfect loops around Knight’s Pond was always […]
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 […]
Of all the local parks around my hometown, Wolfe’s Neck will always remain one of my favorites. Not only does it offer a gorgeous view of the coastline, but birds abound both in the forest and along the water. My husband, mother, and I descended down the path from the parking area, making a bee-line […]
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 […]
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.