When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scarborough Marsh - Audubon side - Scarborough, Maine


The Scarborough Marsh. Typically when I head to the marsh, I tromp down the Eastern Trail mostly because it's easily accessible and dry. Today I thought - why not? I went across the street to test out the Marsh trail instead.

This trail starts by either parking at the Audubon Center and crossing the street or parking between the Center and the Eastern Trail (by the culvert) and heading in that way. I chose the latter of the two on this day.  

The trail winds through the woods until you hit the marsh, then it gets a little spongy but I didn't get my sneakers wet so all was good. Overlooking the far back corner of the marsh I spotted some green winged teal and black ducks, a pair of greater yellowlegs and a bittern. In the front of the marsh I found glossy ibis, great and snowy egrets, tree swallows, mallards, lesser yellowlegs, sparrows galore, eagles and a passing harrier. 

I walked as far as I could possibly go then reluctantly turned back. What a sweet place to just hang out for awhile. A trail map can be found here thanks to the Audubon Center's site.

Glossy Ibis

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

A disgruntled looking Herring Gull

Green Winged Teals

Cormorant

See him hiding? That's a Greater Yellowlegs


Ring Billed Gull

Mallards

Tree Swallows contemplate housing options


Incoming Snowy Egret

Outbound Great Egret




Lesser Yellowlegs


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random pictures from Harpswell, Maine




Looking out onto Merriconeag Sound from Graveyard Point Road, with Pinkham Island on the left

Dinghy's at Cundy's Harbor

Fishing Vessels in Cundy's Harbor wait for their captains

That Tuna Tower!



Overlooking Potts Harbor from Potts Point Road, Harpswell

The Potts Harbor public landing


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stover's Point - Harpswell, Maine

I'm a sucker for a nice quiet spot on the coast of my precious state, the hard part is finding one that you don't have to share with a gazillion other people at the same time. Easter Sunday, we found a new one that I know I'll return to time and time again.

I stumbled across this little gem, called Stover's Point, online looking for the perfect place to take a stroll after ingesting more calories than I know my body needs. My son and I were planning on arriving with the Cheesecake Sampler so I already knew I was screwed. I digress. 

Stover's Point Preserve is part of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust here in Maine. After navigating south on Route 123 from Brunswick, turn left onto Stover's Cove Road. When we went, there was still a good sized snow banking at the entrance that we had to park beside and had to scramble over it (and I was happy to have four wheel drive, it was muddy!). When it's a little drier, you can drive right onto the beach to park. 

The beach is a combination of sand, pebbles and smooth rocks and includes some fantastic skipping stones. The views expand along Harpswell Sound across to Orr's and Bailey's Islands and the cribstone bridge connecting the two. We were there at high tide, but I can imagine how much fun it would be to beach comb at low tide given the amount of sea glass we found along the beach side and the tidal pools would be great investigative fun as well. 

A great find - I highly recommend! 


The official sign provides the rules of the road


A few Herring Gulls hang out in the tidal pools that are formed in the semi circle of beach


Overlooking Harpswell Sound

The cribstone bridge connecting Orr's Island to Bailey's Island




A really sweet, peaceful place!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Birding at Grammie's house

Easter Sunday saw us in Lisbon munching on ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli, deviled eggs, chocolate and cheesecake. In the middle of all that, I totally took advantage of taking inventory of all the birds at Grammie's house, many that I don't have regularly at my house yet. :) 

WINNING!


 
One of the many Bluebirds that hung out all winter


 
An American Kestral hanging out in a neighboring field

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Female Downy Woodpecker

Them Goldfinches doe!

Grackles atop the Hackmatack tree

BlueJay

An immature Red Winged Blackbird

The male Downy Woodpecker

The male House Finch tells the rowdy Blue Jays to simmah down

Mr. B at the birdbath

And then there's this turkey, cleaning out the brook so the water will run. *sigh*

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