Boston to Scarborough and ET Sightings!

May 22, 2015 08:09 – 08:09

I’m at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Scarborough, Maine. The internet speeds here are about 6 times faster than at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, where I was last night.

On the way here, I jumped north to Wiscasset for a lobster roll at Red’s Eats. Yum, as usual.

I also heard from the minister at Grand River Unitarian in Kitchener, and I’ll be singing a couple of my songs on Sunday.

After checking in at the hotel—which is quite nice, by the way. I might stay here again sometime—I headed over to the ET. The Eastern Trail. It’s a wonderful trail that goes through a number of towns. Yesterday, my mission was to try out the new B&W UV Haze filter to see if it does a better job than the cheap Insignia filter I bought from Beast Buy. It does. And not by an Insigniaficant amount, either.

Here’s one of the shots from the ET. This was taken at 400mm zoom from at least 100 metres away. It is, I believe, a glossy ibis.

While I was walking along the trail through the wetlands, none of the birds seemed willing to venture very close to me, except for the occasional ubiquitous redwing blackbird, and this song sparrow, who serenaded me a bit. Sorry I don’t have a picture of the serenade.

I’m pretty sure this is a great egret, although I don’t recall noticing any with a black-on-top and yellow-on-bottom bill before:

The area where I walked, near Scarborough, might be a tidal marsh. I’ll have to research it a bit to find out. With the brilliant blue sky, however, even without the distant birds, the landscape was quite lovely.

These, I believe, were cormorants of some kind—perhaps double-crested.

After finishing at the ET, I headed to Hannafords to buy a salad to go with pizza for dinner. I think I found my new favorite dressing. It is wonderful!

For dinner, I got my usual pizza from Pizza By Alex, in Biddeford. It’s about 20 minutes south of here, but well worth the 40-minute round trip. Alex’s pizza remain the best pizza I’ve ever had. Well, except for my own.

Today, I head south and west. I’m reserved tonight at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Farmington, NY, just north of the Finger Lakes. I’m hoping to get there early enough to stop at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 30 miles ease of Farmington.

Saturday, I head up into Ontario, where I’ll be singing at Grand River Unitarian Church on Sunday. I’m looking forward to meeting the minister—a collaborator from the UU Hysterical Society.

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