|Nubble Light at Cape Neddick, ME|
Next we stopped in Pittsfield ME to visit one of our old employee's from the feed store who moved to Maine to start an alpaca farm. She now has about fifty alpacas and about a hundred ribbons that her animals have won at shows around the country. Of course we had to go visit the alpacas.
Next we were off for more sightseeing with a quick stop at Stephen King's home in Bangor, Maine.
We finally arrived at our main destination which was Acadia National Park. We arrived just as planned, on my 62nd birthday and purchased our Senior Pass for $10 which entitles us to free entry into all national parks for the rest of our lives. So we celebrated with popovers at Jordan Pond and with a lobster dinner that evening.
Another very common bird was the Black Guillemots. Some were still in their black summer plumage while others have already changed into the speckled winter plumage.
|Winter Plumaged Black Guillemot|
Quoddy Head Lighthouse is the most eastern point in the United States and is another favorite lighthouse of ours. Not only is it an appealing lighthouse at a great location, just east of here you can see Grand Manan Island which belongs to New Brunswick, Canada, but it also offers great birding. Black Guillemots, Northern Gannets, Red-necked Phalaropes all flying around the water but also in the boreal forests you get Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers nesting.
|Quoddy Head Lighthouse - Eastern most point in USA|
|Great view with Grand Manan Island in the background|
But best of all you are able to find Spruce Grouse just by walking the trails and they aren't afraid of people at all. We saw four of them sitting up in the spruce trees just above eye level and about eight feet away.
From here we headed over the bridge to New Brunswick, Canada. We stopped to visit the Franklin Roosevelt home on Campobello Island. He would spend two and a half months here each year during the summer months. We actually had reservations for tea and cookies with Eleanor Roosevelt who gave us an hour long story about her experiences as first lady.
|Campobello Island Home|
Afterwards we continued north to the end of the island to visit another lighthouse. At this point I was scanning the ocean for birds, seeing lots of Common Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls when a dark bird flew past with long pointed wings. Getting the scope on the bird it turned at to be a Sooty Shearwater. Scanning some more produced about 200 more, plus another 200 Manx Shearwaters and a Great Shearwater. Looking at the birds sitting on the rocks near the lighthouse I noticed a large number of Herring Gulls and other gulls, but they didn't look right for Bonaparte's. A closer look revealed their true identity. Sitting on the rocks were about 150 Black-legged Kittiwakes, Awesome!
|East Quoddy Head Light|
|Kittiwakes among Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls|
Well, since I'm getting tired of typing I will end with a photo of a bird we found the next morning in Moosehorn NWR near Calais, Maine. Thanks for putting up with such a long blog.