Monday, February 19, 2018

Northwestern Maine

Today I drove up rte 26 and began birding in earnest once I cleared Grafton Notch.  A logging road about a mile past the northern boundary of the park looked promising.

Logging road

After a few minutes I met a couple Black-capped Chickadees.  I started pishing to get the party  started and pretty soon I was surrounded by a dozen dive bombing, super curious chickadees, including 3 or 4 of the ones I had come all this way to see.

Boreal Chickadee

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin
A little further down the road I found the 2nd bird I was hoping to see.

Gray Jay

Where Gray Jays fly

I saw a crossbill pair on this logging road, but they were quite shy and seemed to be in a hurry.  I got back in my car and continued north on rte 26.  Unfortunately the road veers west for a stretch into New Hampshire before it cuts back into Maine, and I didn't want to see a great bird in New Hampshire and not be able to list it for Maine, so with squinted eyes, I stepped on the gas and sped my way back into the Pine Tree State.  Crossbills were all over the sides of the road gathering grit, but I refused to stop until I'd crossed the border.

gathering grit

WWCrossbill pair in natural habitat

male White-winged Crossbill

I believe this is a larch tree.  They liked it anyhow.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 I continued along rte 26 to rte 16, hoping to get Red Crossbills.  I found a couple lady birds in a larger mixed flock, but dipped on a male specimen.   Hopefully I can fix that next time I get up that way.

poor pic of female Red Crossbill for the record


  1. Quite a haul for a Maine february!

  2. Omg I about orgasmed looking at those pics! I need tom get up there.