Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23: Rare bird

My husband and I spent almost the whole day standing in a backyard in Sheepscott with dozens of other birders hoping to catch a glimpse of a Fieldfare. This bird was first observed a few days ago, and has never been recorded before in Maine. So it would have been an exciting sighting. But it was not to be.
 
However, we enjoyed our day of waiting, seeking, and hoping. We caught up with birder friends who had shown up from all around the state while soaking up the first sunlight we'd seen in days. And while we may not have seen the Fieldfare, we did see pairs of Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks, and were serenaded by Ruby-crowned Kinglets and bluebirds. Love was literally in the air. And we saw a fox, which was shooed away by a loud pair of Canada Geese.
 
We didn't see the rare bird
but perhaps that's not
what we were there for.
 
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 22: Earth Day

Scoping the saltmarsh--
four herons also huddled
against rain and cold.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21: In the dark

Driving home late--
animal eyes or beer cans
shining in the headlights?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20: Birdsong

Noticing this morning
as if for the first time
songs of robins.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19: Tulips

Shutting the door
against the cold.
Tulip petals scatter.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18: Pairs

Soft bodies of doves
paired up on the wire--
a line of wild music.

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17: Birthday

On his birthday
no fish caught
but he doesn't care