The time has come to move on. My wife and I will be taking up residence in Bath, Maine next month. The situation here in Biddeford is deplorable at best. Since moving here two years ago, we have had no fewer than 4 thefts of our property. Drunks and young thugs decide that 2:00 a.m. is the best time to pound their fists on metal street signs, making enough noise to wake up the dead! The straw that broke the camels back was when we had a brand new stainless steel grill stolen from our porch in broad daylight while we were at work. We had the grill only 20 days before someone thought they needed it more than we did. Of course, no one saw anything…. whatever, good bye and good riddance Biddeford.
We had the good fortune of finding a home along the Kennebec River, with a marsh and the river in our lower back yard. Basically a dream home for us. The map shows the general location of where we will live.
We will miss our regular birding loop, but I am absolutely sure we will discover a new one. Our back yard should be a haven for waterfowl, raptors and other birds. We noticed today that there is a crab apple tree in the back corner of the lot that looks as if it has yet to be discovered by Grosbeaks.
The back yard is terraced to the marsh/river edge and has the opportunity to be a great spot for a blind. During foul or bitter cold weather, a tripod with our scope attached, will be in the living room at the picture window looking out over the river towards Doubling Point Lighthouse. Several feeding stations and a water feature will be placed throughout the back and side yards. A new yard list will have to begin, with what I am sure will feature birds that have never graced any of our other yard lists.
I have even played around with the idea of a live bird cam pointed at one of the feeding stations.
This blog, of course, will continue. Until we get moved and settled in, the posts may be few and far between for about a month. Rest assured, we will continue as long as these fingers can type and click a shutter.
As a side note, BiddefordWeather.com will cease to exist sometime during the middle of February. My new weather site will be BathMaineWeather.com and should be up and operating before the end of February.
For those of you out there that have birded the Bath area and would like to share some favorite birding spots, please let me know via email or by commenting in this or future articles.