Acadia National Park Field Trip
On Saturday, January 28th, Sandi and Bob Duchesne led a winter field trip through Acadia National Park in truly splendid weather. The group arrived at the Bar Harbor pier at 10am and were treated to very close looks at Common Eiders, Long-tailed Ducks, Black Guillemots, and Common Loons. Next, a flock of several hundred Common Eiders greeted the group at the Bar Harbor sand bar on Bridge Street. on January 28th. Highlights included four Bald Eagle sightings, close observations of Purple Sandpipers, and many of the usual sea ducks: Common Loon, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Bufflehead, Black Guillemot, and Black Scoter. At Thunderhole, a couple dozen Purple Sandpipers kept scurrying in and out of view. Otter Cove produced the ever-reliable Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned Grebes. Although Sommes Sound was unusually quiet, Seawall in Manset was quite productive. There were many Black Scoters and a single, young Great Cormorant.
Roque Bluffs Archipelago – November 12, 2005
Sandi and Bob Duchesne joined noted naturalist Norm Famous to lead an offshore trip around the Roque Bluffs archipelago on November 12th, including a stop on a private island. Many seabirds winter in these waters and the group was treated to close looks at flocks of Long-tailed Ducks, Common Eiders, and Surf Scoters, plus smaller flocks of White-winged Scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Black Ducks, and Common Loons. Highlights included several Bald Eagles, a Red-throated Loon, Horned and Red-Necked Grebes, 14 Northern Gannets, and a VERY cooperative Boreal Chickadee basking in sunlight.