This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – a summary of all the birds (and a handful of other animals) that I saw while in Maine in August 2016. This was mostly around Augusta, the coast south of there, and whale-watching and puffin-watching out of Boothbay Harbour (both highly recommended!). Sorry, the pics, as I’ve attached them, don’t seem to expand. I may be able to fix that later.
On the first day we stopped by Two Lights State Park, which wasn’t extremely productive bird-wise in the 10 minutes or so I actually looked for birds! Lunch was delicious though.
Immature/juvenile Herring Gull (I believe, gulls are hard, especially when young)
Common Eider (there were whole families with ducklings, although they were fairly far below us on the bottom of the cliff, so no great photos)
On the pond/lake where we were staying, there were plentiful Mallard or Mallard x American Black Duck type ducks, amongst more interesting species. You can tell apart from Common Eider (above) most easily by noting how the Common Eider doesn’t really have a forehead, it slopes in a straight line from head to bill, and also doesn’t have the black eye-stripe of the Mallard or Black duck. The Common Eider is also usually a sea duck, whereas the others are not.
We went for a walk around the Viles Arboretum, this is the only poor picture I took of a White-Breasted Nuthatch although there were plenty of other species I was able to see despite trying not to lag behind my friends too much,
Cedar Waxwing in flight (easy to tell despite the bad photo by the dark eye stripe and the yellow tip on the tail)
Female Scarlet Tanager (not as stunning as the actually-scarlet males)
Well-camouflaged Black-and-white Warbler
Back at the lake we were staying at – another Mallard (or Mallard x American Black Duck). The way I can tell this is definitely not a pure American Black Duck is because of the bright white stripes above and below the purple patch.
Even better, an Osprey with fish!
Eastern Kingbird looking over the water
One of the Common Loons that I saw, props to my host who nearly caught the boat on a sandbar in a valiant attempt to try and get me closer to various loons around the lake!
I believe this is an Eastern Wood-Pewee (flycatcher) by the lack of an eyering, although it was fairly distant.
I am not sure about this one, seen while lighthouse-watching on the coast, I lean towards saying it’s a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.
Most likely an American Crow based on ebird reports (difficult to distinguish various crows, and crows from ravens without knowing their calls)
Juvenile Common Loon
The following were taken on a visit to Pemaquid Beach:
American Goldfinch (terrible photo but included for completeness as it’s the only one I saw). There was also a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird but the photos are even worse than this one.
A young American Robin
One extremely fun day was spent whale-watching in the morning and puffin-watching in the afternoon out of Boothbay Harbour. The following were all taken from the boats.
Another young Common Loon
Black Guillemot in flight
Believe it or not, there are about 5 Ruddy Turnstones hiding in this picture, check the lower corners for the little camouflaged birds.
Not sure of this one due to distance! Some sort of sandpiper or plover I think! On Eastern Egg Rock (the puffin breeding island).
Bald Eagle tearing some flesh off something (they are brown until around their 4th year)
A happy seal sunbathing
A Fin Whale, of which we happily saw plenty! They are the second largest whales after Blue Whales. We also saw one Minke Whale.
Another seal checking us out.
Great Black-backed Gull
Bald Eagle (two were seen on the way back, on a small island in Boothbay Harbour)
It was a great trip, and I highly recommend everything we did!