I haven't had a ton of time to go birding here in Maine, as we've been unpacking and I've been getting up to speed on my new job (same as my old job, just with different everything but the title and the duties -- but it's all different here, and I'm still waiting to get sales turf, etc.). Still, I've put up the bird feeders and we've had some good action!
So far, we have the following:
Black-and-white Warbler (cool!)
Black-capped Chickadee (the state bird)
and, just the other night, BARRED OWL! Calling in the woods across the street! AB heard someone asking her "who cooks for you?" as she was arranging things in the dining room; she called me and we went outside and heard him! I did my fabulous imitation, and he responded several times! Lifer!
Not a bad haul. I've got some nice feeding stations set up, but mostly we get finches. Nothing exotic (yet), but I'm hopeful we'll get some good winter finches. I just set up some suet and a feeder under our pine outside the living room windows (where we got the Black-and-white Warbler yesterday), so I'm hoping to get some real action there.
I'm hoping to spend some time this weekend on the coast and in some of the local hotspots; we're like ten minutes from the coast, although I hesitate to call it the ocean, as we're really just near one of the fingers of water that cut into the coastline of Maine:
You can see we live very near Maquoit Bay, and I'm hoping to get in some good birding there this weekend. There's also Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary about five minutes away from us.
I need to study so hard: pelagic birds can be seen from places like Popham Beach, and I wouldn't know a shearwater from a gull at this point. I've been able to avoid looking at any kind of pelagic birds for a long time in my birding life; now I've got to catch up.
Hope to have some good reports for you after the weekend.