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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Evans Escapades in Boothbay Harbor Maine

Dave and I left our place at 6:30 AM (ugh!). . .

notice I said, left. . .which means we were up way before that. . .crazy I tell ya. . .

because we had a Puffin Cruise scheduled

in Boothbay Harbor. . .two hours away. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour Prosepect Maine Suspension Bridge

our RV park is a bit inland, so it was pretty clear when we left.

About thirty minutes into the trip, as we crossed over onto

one of the islands. . .this was the view. . .uh oh. . .

not looking so promising for a day on the water. . .

Day Trip Puffin Tour

and not long after that, the prospects for a good day dimmed even further. . .

not to mention that our lovely GPS decided there was a “shortcut” we could take,

over hill and dell. . .and around by grandmother’s house we go. . .aii yaiii yaiii. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour

but alas. . .we finally made it. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour

Boothbay Harbor View. . .seriously. . .even the sea mist can’t diminish the beauty of this. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour

and it seems to be clearing a little bit. . .there’s our tour boat in the background. . .

this was an Audubon sponsored tour. . .so we had an Audubon representative on board,

who explained how the puffin program in Maine got started. . .

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reason #1. . .as a way to make money. . .

folks would go out to the islands and take

the bird eggs to sell in town. . .this is a laughing gull egg. . .

but they also collected whatever eggs were available.

Laughing gulls only produce three eggs,

arctic terns produce two eggs,

and puffins produce one egg per nesting season. . .

so you can see how quickly this would decimate nesting populations. . .

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in addition. . .having an entire bird displayed

on your hat was all the rage internationally at the time. . .yuck!

therefore, the Audubon Society became involved

in providing a human presence on the islands during nesting season. . .

 

Currently, they provide a human presence during nesting season

for scientific and tracking reasons. . .

and also to deter natural predators from decimating the puffin population. . .

 

Our guide was telling us that as soon as the interns pack up and leave an

island, it becomes overran with eagles.  The interns stay in place

until the puffin nesting season is over, the chicks have left the burrows,

have taken to the sea, and are basically able to fend for themselves. . .

this is approximately a three month period from beginning to end. . .

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and finally. . .the payoff. . .this is considered a raft of puffins. . .

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a puffin shimmy. . . (I made that up!)

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aren’t they purty little things?

 

My camera isn’t fast enough to get them in flight (40 to 50 miles per hour)

and Dave is having problems with his camera,

since he dropped it the other day when he fell at the Schoodic Peninsula

Puffin - David

so this was the best we could do. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour

it was cold out on the water. . .so my mailman trick for staying warm worked beautifully. . .

a rain suit on over everything outs block the wind perfectly. . .

not a fashion statement. . .but hey. . .everyone else headed downstairs. . .

Lighthouse

Ram Island Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Burnt Island Lighthouse

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by the time we made it back into harbor the mist was really beginning to clear. . .

Day Trip - Puffin Tour

our choice for lunch. . .the Lobster Dock,

Day Trip - Puffin Tour - view from our lunch spot

where the view from the patio was great. . .

and the fried whole belly clams and chowda were really great. . .

the best meal yet. . .beats lobster hands down!

Sheep something Harbor? ? ?

on to the next adventure after lunch, we saw this church steeple. . .

don’t you know during leaf peeping season next month

this will be one of the most photographed spots in Sheepscot Harbor?

Wish I were still going to be here then. . .

Augusta Maine, Capitol Building, State House

and our last agenda item of the day. . .

to photograph the beautiful Maine State House in Augusta. . .

 

a quick trip by Sam’s Club. . .gotta stay stocked up on coffee. . .

and finally. . .twelve hours later. . .home!

YES. . .

 

‘til next time. . .

Janice and Dave

 

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