Our off days on Monday & Tuesday were not very nice weather-wise. Linda took the opportunity to do laundry and make a run to Walmart in Ellsworth.
We also got word that Seth found a couple of locals who will be helping with the count on our days off. Looking forward to meeting them.
Back out on The Point early Wednesday morning, we were once again fogged out for a couple of hours. After spending an hour with the bird banders, we headed back out at 8:30 and found a "mistbow" over the rocks.
It was small but full as it went over Linda and framed Cadillac Mountain in the distance.
We had a pretty good day of bird counting except a gull decided to ... "unload" on Linda. Fortunately, it wasn't as nasty as it could have been.
Having been fogged out for the first two hours, we stayed an extra hour and Seth came out and joined us. A little later, Carol & John, who had attended our first Boondocking Rally back in 2013 in Quartzsite, AZ stopped by to visit.
In the afternoon, we had a lot of visitors including Mike & Karen who attended this year's Boondocking Rally and the Spring Rally. Seth came back out and joined us for awhile.
It's hard to get photos of the birds we are counting, but here are a couple shots of a Common Loon.
After that session, we joined Mike & Karen at the Pickled Wrinkle for dinner. It was "Ribeye Steak Wednesday" and Mike & Karen split what looked like a wonderful ribeye. We went with the Scallop and Haddock Sliders we ordered last time we were there.
Thursday was another beautiful day, and the bird counts picked up significantly. John & Carol came back out in the morning. They have been volunteers at several national parks and other park units, and they might be interested in future opportunities here.
We counted over 900 birds on Thursday.
After the afternoon session, I took a photo of yet another cruise ship leaving Bar Harbor.
That was the Seabourn Quest. There seem to be cruise ships coming in every day and sometimes two or three. Glad we're on the quiet side of the park. :)
Friday was rainy, and we sat out in the rain in full rain gear for both sessions. However, the background was fabulous for counting birds and we could see details we can't usually see on bright, sunny days. It was really nice to be able to see the colors and distinguishing marks more clearly. We counted over 600 birds.
Saturday was another gorgeous day but at 45 degrees, it was the coldest air temperature we've experienced so far. I don't know if the temperature was a factor, but the migration was fast and furious today as we counted over 1,500 birds, by far our biggest day yet.
We started the morning with a Bald Eagle.
In addition to the big numbers of migrating birds, we had falcons, other raptors, porpoises, and more.
And we had more visitors. Mike & Karen came back and we met April, the sister of Dawn, one of our loyal followers. Apparently Dawn was in town recently, but they just missed us one Saturday afternoon. So here's a shout out to Dawn - hope to meet you down the road. :)
It was a big day with beautiful lighting at the end of our afternoon session.
A little rain passed behind us and we were blessed with a rainbow.
A few minutes later, the other end appeared over the water.
On Sunday, we had another cold start to a clear day. And it was once again very busy. We counted over 700 birds in the morning session.
As I finish this entry on Sunday afternoon, we have one more session before our two days off. After our Sunday count, we're going to join Mike & Karen at their motorhome in the Schoodic Woods Campground for some Louisiana gumbo. A nice evening with friends will be a great way to finish a great week.
Until next time. :)