This is Di, posting a blog about our first couple days at Hog Island Audubon Bird Camp, in Maine. That's right - our "vacation" is a Joy of Birding camp - and I do mean camp. Let me take moment to describe what it's like to stay here.
Hog Island hosts is an Auduon-operated place that runs various kinds of adult and kid camps throughout the summer, all with nature conservation in mind. The island is about 300-acres, about 1/4 mile from shore. We arrived on Sunday and were greeted by the Snowgoose III, the camp's boat that is used to transport "campers" from the mainland to the island, and also for boat excursions.
|Our transport to the island|
|That's Hog Island - not very far offshore|
|The main entrance - very patriotic|
|The Port Hole building|
|The "bigger" dorm room|
They split us up into two groups for our outings - the terns and guillemots, and the parulas and loons. We're with the terns.Yesterday, in the sunniest and nicest weather, the parulas and loons went out on a boat trip to Egg Island to see puffins. Our group went to the mainland, all piled into five vans, and drove to a few different spots looking for birds. We went on a nice hike at our second stop and we got to see great looks at bobolinks (here's the bird part of the blog). Here's a photo of our group at Great Salt Bay Farm, where we saw bobolinks, RWBB's and heard a Sora whinny-ing.
|The Terns and Guillemots on the mainland|
|Female and Male Bobolinks - very cool looking|
It poured rain here all day today and the wind was blowing a gale (are we in the Villas?)! More about our rainy day tomorrow. But for now, here's a photo of Ignacious, the resident porcupine. We've seen him three times so far - once up in the apple tree and twice more in the flower beds, chomping on the plants. We are keeping our distance, for fear of having to remove quills from various body parts.
|Ignacious (and Di's fat ass)|
|Time for a post-garden visit to the rest room for Ignacious!|