A kindly couple of birders gave me a sort of green mist net that covered my entire head. I could see through a verdant mist, and when I held binoculars to my eyes, I could see well enough, again, through a pea green haze.
|A clearing in a Moosehorn Refuge forest|
We walked along a dirt road, surrounded by bird afternoon bird song. Parula, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided and Bay-breasted Warblers noisily told us of their presence. A Northern Waterthrush - a fairly shy one - flew back and forth across the road, daring me to get a photo of it, which I managed - but only barely.
|Super shy Northern Waterthrush, that hid itself well|
|Equally blocked view of a male American Redstart|
|at last, a bold male Bay-breasted Warbler in all his 'chocolate & cream' glory|
Bright and early today, I got up driving north on a pleasant drive to East Port, Maine, where I was scheduled for another bird watching cruise aboard the Lobster boat, the "Lady H". On the way - it was about a two hour drive - I stopped often to enjoy the beautiful Maine scenery and of course the birds. I stopped at a beautiful meadow to admire several Bobolinks, with their pretty tawny hats. I can always recognize Bobolink song, because their song sounds like R2D2.
|A male Bobolink singing his R2D2-like song|
|I got a kick watching this male Bobolink singing |
as he did his fancy, 'show off his stuff' flight
I should mention I am staying at Machias Motor Inn this week and I really like it.
My room faces the river, which is only a stone's throw from my patio door. There are lots of cormorants and ravens flying around by the river.
|The view from my room in Machias|
Oh! One last thing... after the hoards of Black Flies finished with me today, I look like I have a case of the measles. Their tiny bites actually hurt and I smashed the stupid things as they bit me, but at least the bites aren't itchy or sore. Stupid, stupid flies!