⇒Fog, rain, drizzle and mist. That has been the norm for the last several days. Forecasters are predicting a very wet weather pattern for the next week. Heavy rain is predicted for Friday night and a slow moving storm may bring flooding rains on Monday and Tuesday. The only possible sunshine I see is on Sunday for part of the day.
Springtime along coastal Maine is a cool and wet season most of the time. Ocean water temperatures are in the upper 30’s and the wind flow off the ocean brings temps in the upper 30’s to low 40’s with fog and low clouds. Inland locations can see temps in the 50’s to low 60’s and bright sunshine.
⇒Several new visitors today. FOY Great Blue Heron flew through the yard and out across the marsh. Another first of the year was a male Northern Harrier who swung through low over the lower yard and landed in a tree. On Tuesday, we had a Snow Goose come out of the cove and into the lower yard with several Canada Geese. Chipping Sparrows began showing up and earlier in the week we had six Fox Sparrows scratching under the feeders for several days.
In the southern parts of Maine, Great and Snowy Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Eastern Bluebird and Eastern Phoebe are beginning to show up. Ross’s Geese were seen near Biddeford Pool and Scarborough Marsh. A Golden Eagle and a Black Turkey Vulture were also seen.
⇒The Freeport Wild Bird Supplyis now open. The previous store, The Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth, was destroyed along with two dozen other businesses in a January 2nd arson fire.
⇒Officials at Acadia National Park have closed hiking trails on and around the Precipice Cliff to protect peregrine falcons that have been showing pre-nesting behaviour.
⇒Maine state biologists are preparing to conduct a census of nesting great blue herons and other wading birds amid signs that their colonies may be declining. Yours truly will be a participating volunteer in monitoring nesting sites in my area of the state.
⇒On numerous occasions this month, low-flying wild turkeys have struck motorists in Maine — one smashing a truck windshield, sending glass flying; the other knocking a man off his motorcycle, causing severe injuries.
⇒From our friends to the north: On Sunday, March 29, 2009, Quebec’s Premier Jean Charest announced the creation of 14 new national parks and additions to another, totaling 4.5 million acres of new protected areas in the province.
This brings Quebec’s total protected areas to just over 8% of the provinces land mass. Just 5 years ago, the total protected areas in Quebec were less than 1% of the province.
⇒I will leave you today with my yard list so far this year. Some of the species listed were not in the yard, but in the cove within 50 yards of the shore at the bottom of my yard. I count them if they fall in this range as a yard bird. All bird listed were seen from our yard or from the windows in our house.
American Black Duck
American Tree Sparrow
Great Blue Heron