|A very wet Barred Owl at Acadia National Park|
Along the way, we'd stop to see a lighthouse or check out a Pileated Woodpecker.
It was something out of a story book. An owl in a dark forest with rain falling down around us. You can't make that stuff up. Acadia was a beautiful visit on my last day in Maine. I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from my visit with Kathie and Gus this past May and June. Here are some cell phone shots that have not made it onto the blog yet.
Like our Lek trek in New Mexico, Machias Seal Island was a huge birding highlight for me this year. We watched the birds up close from our hide.
I couldn't believe how quickly the hour had passed. We watched Razorbills interact with each other and it was fascinating. They are very social birds.
|Razorbills begin to "couple" up and some even copulate! This is a cell phone pic!|
I'll miss my Coda bear. And Bonnie! They were so cute. Every morning I'd wake up to both of them competing for love.
Gus and I would have a Coda war. I held a secret bag of doggy treats in my room for her to come visit. For a time, Gus would wonder why she was always waiting for me to get up. I told him that Coda loved me more:) LOL! Coda is unlike any dog I have known. She reminds me of my own dog Stacy many years ago. One day I took her in the car and absolutely loved it. I'm a cat person but I don't mind dogs. I'm just saying that this Coda character is a pretty special friend. She remembered me from the first time I met her as a puppy. And it's always hard to say good-bye to that furry bundle of love.
Another fun and absolutely lovely birding outing happened at an alewife nursery. Alewife in Wisconsin are considered invasive. They are really saltwater fish that got into our Great Lakes. They breed well but cannot handle the extreme weather changes of the Great Lakes and will often die off in masses creating a stench along the lakeshore. American White Pelicans came back and now clean up our shorelines naturally instead of the town having a bulldozer come to the beaches and plow piles of alewife off the shore. Anyhow, in Maine, they apparently breed these fish for people to use as bait. It was a gorgeous spot full of incredible warblers. It was here that I discovered my lifer Canada Warbler.
There comes a point when birding needs to take a break. I used to go go go. Over the years, I have mellowed. There are days we power bird and then there are days I refuse to pick up my camera or binos. I'll do light birding, but it's not the focus. One day I asked Kathie if we could just go shopping at LL Bean in Freeport. I am a HUGE fan of this store and discovered, thanks to Magill, that there was an outlet near the main buildings. I spent way too much money, but I love all my new clothes and shoes. That was SUCH a fun day! I hate malls. I hate shopping. But it was fun shopping with Kathie. And Freeport is awesome. I should also mention that Kathie is the only person I will speak to for a lengthy amount of time on the phone. I hate talking on the phone. I also hated the idea of getting married because I hate weddings. But somehow Kathie makes all of those things I dread, better. That's just one of the things I love about her. She also got me into tea again.
|Breakfast in Bar Harbor|
So along the way, we discovered the Kraut Haus near Waldoboro and Oh Mah Gawd.....Kathie ate her first real delicious sauerkraut at this fine German establishment. We have them in many places around Wisconsin, but in Maine, it is a rarity. One day, we had the most amazing lunch at this place.
|I love this feeder at Kathie's place. A Tufted Titmouse and American Goldfinch share in a brief lunch|
|A Blue Jay sits out by the feeders waiting to get a sip of water|