On June 18th the Aroostook Birding Festival will be held here in Aroostook State Park. The Aroostook Birding Club members handling the events for the festival had a meeting here at the park a couple of nights ago and invited us to join them. Mark had been e-mailing with Bill Sheenan, the President, since before we left Texas about possible birding spots and we finally met Bill at this meeting. Mark mentioned that if he ever wanted someone to go birding with, to give us a call.
So, we were up early this morning (4:45 a.m.!) and heading into Caribou to meet Bill. We followed him out to the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge which is a former Air Force Base.
It was, of course, cloudy, cold and raining.
Our big find of the day was a Boreal Chickadee - a lifer for us. We also saw a Surf Scoter and quite a few Warblers.
We have already seen 68 species since we arrived here at the park. Not bad for 3 days.
The weather was just too wet and dreary for picture taking.
These pictures are from yesterday around the park.