Anyway - rant over. Yesterday - since it was so pretty out - I decided to get out and do some birding and sightseeing (along with the other 5 million Portland area residents - it was nice to see folks out enjoying the day but get out of my way!). I packed up my stuff and headed out. I went to all my normal local haunts just trying to soak in the sights and beef up my ebird checklists for this year. The sky was a brilliant blue for most of the morning, turning slightly overcast as the day moved on and this chilly offshore breeze appeared, making the 45 degrees seem much cooler.
Trail reports are as expected - paved areas are nearly perfect but still contain slippery, icy areas - earthen or grassy walkways are muddied and also contain icy areas. I scoped out the Westbrook River walk, Mackworth Island, Eastern Prom, Thomas Knight park, Bug Light park, Spring Point Light, the Portland Headlight, the Eastern Trail, the Atlantic Way Trail and East Sanctuary trail. I did not hike them but I did look at them to see if I had appropriate footwear and alas - I did not. Perhaps intentional? Could be - but you don't always have to be OUT in nature to ENJOY nature, right? Of course not. :) I'll save that for some warmer weather.
The Portland Headlight, as seen from Andrews Ave driving to Mackworth Island
B&M Baked Beans plant, as seen from the Eastern Promenade
I caught this Mockingbird happily eating last fall's crabapples
An oil tanker empties it's belly while parked on the Fore River
Another Mockingbird, one of three I found at Bug Light park
Pompoms or Christmas Ornaments? You be the judge! Plane Trees at Bug Light Park
Bug Light - keeping boaters safe as they enter Portland Harbor
A lobsterman cruises across Casco Bay with Cousin's Island stack in the left background
The infamous Spring Point Lighthouse
Black Ducks searching for snacks in the calm waters of Spring Point harbor
A Song Sparrow takes a moment to size me up at Dyer Point
A male Long Tailed duck searching for snacks at Pine Point
Surf Scoters off Vines Landing, Biddeford Pool