A nice day with lots of sunshine saw us out for the day in Acadia National Park.................................
OCTOBER 3RD 2015
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – EAGLE LAKE – BAY HARBOR
The weather changed for the better today, we awoke to a clear blue sky, it was cold though, 40F whatever that is?
We drove off about 9am for the 40 mile journey to Mount Desert Island where Acadia National Park is found, after a few wrong turnings (Americans sign posts are pants – they only give route numbers and compass directions, 73 East means nothing to me) but we eventually got to where we wanted to.
A VIEW OF BUBBLE POND WHERE THE LOON WAS SEEN
The walk was 6 ½ miles around a lake set in beautiful woodlands with surrounding mountains, it was gorgeous. We spent 3 hours walking, stopping often to look at birds, scenery and to enjoy views. Our bird list was small, we like to call it compact! Red-breasted Nuthatch was one of our first finds which were few and far between. Next we watched a Common Loon (Great Northern Diver) still summer plumage, this bird called a few times, no wonder the Americans think it’s a ‘loon’ with that weird noise.
Later we found a few more species, a small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets were nice to see, as were 3 Swainson’s Thrushes but a very showy Hermit Thrush stole the show, it allowed very close approach.
Other species seen during the day included; Blue Jay, Eastern Towee, Turkey Vulture, various common gull species, also Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorant and lots of Mourning Doves.
THE RED SQUIRREL IS VERY COMMON HERE
We ate a lovely clam chowder in Bay Harbor followed by a huge ice-cream, I guess we needed another 6 mile walk after that. Well we managed to get back to the house, shattered but happy with our day out.