Are you ready for summer yet? There is no question that I am. Winter in Maine this year basically ended at the end of January. February had no measurable precipitation what-so-ever until the huge gale at the end of the month which gave us nearly 7″ of rain in two days. This storm brought winds nearing 100 mph, caused power outages for days on end and caused severe beach erosion. So far this winter we have received a paltry 52.50″ of snow, well below normal. Ice out on our cove occurred more than a full month ahead of normal. So to repeat what I said before, bring on summer!
Early migratory bird arrivals to date include Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and Turkey Vultures. Ducks are also on the move including Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail and a reported Canvasback at the Yarmouth Town Landing.
Spring break is here and I have next week off from classes. Baring inclement weather and contingent upon getting my assignments done, I will be out and about with scope, binos and camera looking for birds. (It’s supposed to be spring break, what the heck is the deal with all of this homework?) Sharon is off work the second half of next week and we will more than likely head for the Scarborough Marsh, Biddeford Pool and Granite Point. If the weather holds, we may go to Plum Island in Massachusetts, a great place for early migrants.
I signed up for only two courses this summer ( Anatomy and Physiology II and Clinical Office Procedures), much less than the 5 – 6 courses a semester I have been juggling since returning to school. I want to be out in the field looking for birds and photographing them in all their glory. Keeping such a light course load will assure that I can enjoy my summer.
While we await the long, warm days of summer, I have put together several photographs I have taken over the last year or so and produced this pictorial called The Birds of Summer. Hopefully, this pictorial will stir your desire to start thinking about and planning how you are going to approach birding this summer.
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The Birds of Summer