Boothbay, Maine. 7/18 to 7/21/22
Monday, July 18, 2022
Arriving in Boothbay around noontime on Monday after a six-hour drive from Queens, NY, Andy, Carmen and I were too early to check into our B&B but were able to leave the car in its lot.
Taking a much-needed walk into town to take a look around, I also wanted to locate Cap’n Fish’s boat tours for our Puffin trip tomorrow. The excursion was my son, Andy’s 85th Birthday gift to me and I was thrilled. Carmen (daughter-in-law) was less than excited due to potential sea sickness.
We located Cap’n Fish’s boat trips at Pier 7. We would be out on the water for three hours from 9 until noon.
Meanwhile, we returned to our Harbor Towne B&B to sit out on the pier at an inlet from Boothbay Harbor. The photos below caught the only sighting I had there of a GREAT BLUE HERON and a SNOWY EGRET.
Venturing out again later in the day, we decided to get an early dinner at Harborside 1901 Bar & Grill located at the Footbridge of 1901. Thus began our seafood fest for the week.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Although breakfast was served at 8:30 a.m. (late for me), coffee and tea were always available. With coffee in hand, I returned to our second-floor deck shared with one other room. With wicker chairs and tables in front of each room, the layout was conducive to meeting our neighbors. On other days, I would sit in the front yard (garden) lush with grass, hedges and trees. There were at least four SONG SPARROW residents along with at least one AMERICAN GOLDFINCH making themselves at home in the lush grounds of the B&B. Hydrangea blossoms were huge.
|Front view of our Harbor Towne B&B|
Arriving at Pier 7 in a timely manner, we were able to get seats just a few rows behind the cabin on the starboard side. Lawn chairs were bolted to the floor. Carmen, with her Dramamine protocol in place, was quiet but determined to do this.
With great weather and calm seas, I was excited about this opportunity to see Atlantic Puffins. For the past forty years, Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program in the Atlantic Flyway has restored breeding Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds to islands off the coast of Maine. Books are available that describe the innovative use of decoys, mirrors, and recordings to attract birds to suitable nesting sites. And, now, I would get to observe the results of this hard, sustainable work To see an ATLANTIC PUFFIN for the first time made it a LIFE BIRD sighting for me.
Two LAUGHING GULL of the many flying about:
BLACK GUILLEMOT, below, was a second LIFE BIRD for me.