“On The Road”

For several months now my wife and I have been planning our trip to Boston to visit our oldest son. All the details had to be covered, from airfare, to the Airbnb we we’re going to stay in, to side trips.

So one of our side trips was a 2 hour drive to Portland Maine to do your typical sightseeing. However one thing came under my radar about 2 weeks prior to our departure. It seems a Little Egret was sighted at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center just 5 minutes from downtown Portland. This is an exciting bird, and one I was hoping to seeing. So I started to watch the internet to make sure the bird was still being seen. And it was.

And even the day we were driving to Portland I called the gift shop to ask if the bird we there, and he told me as far as he knew it was even though no one confirmed it.

Gilsland Farm isn’t a huge place so checking out the area along the river wasn’t too much of an effort, however as much as I looked in all the spots where the bird was sighted on previous days, there was no bird now. This was disappointing.

Since we wanted to visit other places we had to leave without picking up this life bird. So we drove back into the city and parked the car, and started out. We were walking along Commercial Street looking at all the shops and restaurants, I couldn’t help but notice birds swimming between some of the wharfs. I hurried down and much to my surprise there were some Common Eiders. A new life bird! I didn’t bring my camera this trip so there are no pictures, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

So I may have dipped on the Little Egret, but not the Common Eider, so it wasn’t a total bust.


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