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.
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.
|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.
|WWCrossbill pair in natural habitat|
|male White-winged Crossbill|
|I believe this is a larch tree. They liked it anyhow.|
|poor pic of female Red Crossbill for the record|