About

The New Maine Birding Field Notes Blog by Derek Lovitch.

With the apparent demise of my Field Notes blog on Mainetoday.com, I thought it was time to begin anew. We will continue to use Facebook (www.facebook.com/freeportwildbird) for “micro-blogging,” including daily bird sightings and short trip reports, conservation news, store news, and more. Here, however, will be the new home for the lengthier essays, and especially photo-filled trip reports. I will also archive my rare bird sightings in posts here.

I am a career biologist with a lifelong passion for birds, having worked on avian research and education projects in nine states from New Jersey to Hawaii and from Florida to Michigan. I also spent three summers as a tour guide on Alaska’s Pribilof Islands; he served as tour director in 2003, and organized and conducted the first comprehensive Fall Avian Survey in the island’s history. My wife Jeannette and I have settled down in Pownal, Maine, where we own and operate Freeport Wild Bird Supply, a retail store that caters to birders of all levels. Our store serves as a vehicle for me to continue to share his enthusiasm for birding, birds, and bird conservation.

I also serve on Pownal’s Conservation Commission, and with Jeannette founded the Bradbury Mountain Raptor Research Project, and am active with many birding and conservation issues in Maine. I also works as a consultant, performing various bird surveys in the state. Yet somehow I still find the time to bird just about every day: whether as a Senior Leader for WINGS, guiding for private clients, organizing pelagic trips, or simply working on one of my local patch lists, hardly a day goes by when I’m not in the field.

My first book, titled How To Be a Better Birder, was published in March 2012 by Princeton University Press. I was also the “Tools of the Trade” Department Editor for Birding Magazine for 6 years, and my writing has also appeared in Birder’s World, Bird Observer, Bird Watcher’s Digest, NJ Audubon, and Winging It. I also authored A Birder’s Guide to Whitefish Point (Michigan) and wrote the text and designed the Birds of the Maine Backyard folding guide. Along with birding, I also enjoy hiking, exploring new natural areas, developing my native plant garden, eating, and rooting for Rutgers football. Any – and more – of those topics may appear in my ramblings on this blog at some point.

Learn more about Freeport Wild Bird Supply by visiting:
http://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Georgiana Rock

    We live on Potts Point in Harpswell. There are a group of about 20+ birds down here we haven’t seen before. They have been hanging around below the bird feeders. They’re quite active, quick, beautiful birds. Lots of white on their chest with a pale tan stripe from one wing across the chest to the other wing. They are a bit bigger than the common sparrow. We’re the first house on the left and the birds are also at the first house on the right.

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  2. Anne Williams

    Hi Derek,
    Thinking about resident birds and how they are faring in polar vortex weather.
    Do you have any data or references about survival of cardinals, chickadees and other residents in these extreme conditions?
    Hope you and Jeanette are safe and warm.
    Best wishes,
    Anne

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    1. Derek Post author

      Hello Anne,
      Nice to hear from you. I do not know of any specific data or actual research in regards to effects of extreme winter conditions. Anecdotal data is a’plenty, from instances of waterfowl freezing (and dying) into ice on the Great Lakes to mass exodus of facultative migrants before and after such extreme weather. But I am unaware of any legitimate quantification of this.
      Thanks for thinking about it, though!
      -Derek

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