Camden Hills State Park
However, I managed to hear for the first time and learn the songs of the Black-throated Green Warbler and the Blue-headed Vireo, both common breeding birds in those parts. There were also quite a few very noisy Hermit Thrushes. Dark-eyed Juncos sang from the tops of pine trees, advertising their territory, and two Brown Creepers foraged close together.
Another highlight of the hike was a Smooth Green Snake on the summit of Mount Battie. Finding snakes always helps me remember to have an eye on the ground by my feet as well as in the trees and on the sky.
Once, I was following a single loon as it dove, and I happened to look in the right place at the right time to see it swim directly under my kayak, just a few feet under the surface. The light reflected through the rippling water over the beautiful checkered feathers of its back.
Twice I observed a loon running for a long distance over the water, pedaling off the surface of the water with its wings. This might have just been a type of locomotion, but it seemed like a territorial sort of display. The loon running might have been trying to escape a pair of loons that felt crowded. There were at least seven loons on the pond when I was there, and I doubt that many actually breed on the pond. It was early in the year, so they didn't seem to have rock-solid territories yet.
The woods around the edge of the lake seemed constantly alive with bird song. Warblers, Vireos, Wrens, Thrushes, and Sparrows all sang their hearts out. Spotted Sandpipers bobbed along the rocks by the edge. Wood Ducks, Mallards, and Black Ducks flew past every now and then along with the occasional Double-crested Cormorant. Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures, and Broad-winged Hawks soared the skies.