A great day for eagle watching!

Here are some pics I took today from the trees on the point

They were here a long time, just the two of them, surveying their kingdom.

It appears the eagles aren’t sitting on eggs yet, because they both left the nest a little while later when an ice fisherman drilled a hole about 150 to 200 feet from the island.

I believe they’re only sprucing up their nest at this point. Once or twice, one of the pair tried to come back with a stick, as you’ll see here, but she never landed. I think she was leery of that fisherman, even though he was sitting quietly.

It was so much fun to see them so active. Once the eggs are laid, I’ll be lucky to snap a picture of the top of her head. She sits so low in that nest, you wouldn’t know she was there.

Maine State Museum

At least twice a day I receive a phone call asking, “If I camp at Poland Spring Campground for a week, what’s there to do in the area?”

My answer?

Plenty!!!

Included in our check-in packet is a list of places to go and things to do, complete with directions. Most of them have been “tested out” on my own kids during our Monday outings. There’s hiking, ocean watches, shopping, beaches and museums. Over the next couple of months, I’ll occasionally talk about a few of them, giving you pictures whenever I can. In the meantime, feel free to visit our website under area/links for those that are closest to home.

Today, Ben insisted Dave and I take him to the Maine State Museum in Augusta. He’d just been with his classroom two weeks ago, yet he haaaaaad to go back and see his favorite displays again. I’ve sent plenty of campers during our eighteen years of running the campground, but had never been myself.

I really have no idea what took me so long!

It took a little less than an hour to get there, and was an easy drive up Route 202 (although you can also get there by the Turnpike). We spent approximately two and a half hours exploring three floors of exhibits like these:

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Maine patents and inventions. Did you know earmuff were invented by Maine resident, Chester Greenwood?

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a lawn sprinkler from the late 1800’s if I’m remembering correctly

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A typical early 1900’s kitchen display in the Made in Maine exhibit

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an approximately 100 year old loom

Of course, my photos don’t do it justice. You really have to visit yourself!

I think my favorite was the Back to Nature Exhibit, with the wildlife display. I was amazed at the size of the fisher! And the beaver! We saw an eagle up close, moose, skunk, various birds, deer, owls and much more.

Afterward, we walked over to the Maine State House to get a peek of the inside. There are also several monuments nearby, such as the Firefighters Memorial, Police Officers Memorial, Samantha Smith Statue and the Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

Whoa!

So, I’m talking on the campground phone, taking a reservation for July, when all of a sudden I hear my son yell,

“What? Whoa! MOOOOOOOOM!”

I hurry my call (sorry!) and rush to the living room. Ben points to the maple tree on our front lawn and I see this

How cool is that?

Valentine Ice Storm

We were without power for over 12 hours!

This is certainly NOT camping weather . . .
I haven’t trudged down to the lake yet, but I did walk around the upper level of the campground, in amongst the campsites, to capture these pics

Maine Camping Show

A great big shout out to everyone who stopped by to say hello at our booth in the Maine Camping Show this past weekend. It was truly wonderful to see you all! We talked of . . .

campfires

s’mores

loons

eagles

kayaking

canoeing

fishing

swimming

activites

No matter what we talked about though, we always came back to this one all important thought:

When is this snow going to end?

Looks like the Groundhog was right . . .

. . . these are images from this morning.

Sigh.

But I did see this yesterday afternoon . . .

It looked like she was poking at the nest. Probably getting it ready.

I snapped this shot, cursing myself for not bringing the bigger lens. So I ran (as fast as one can run on snowshoes) back home, grabbed the proper lens and ran (not quite so fast this time) back to the point. I set up my tripod and staked out the nest for an hour.

Let’s just say all I managed to get from all that running is some serious exercise.

look, Look, LOOK!

These aren’t the greatest photos, but they are proof I’m not fibbing about seeing those eagles!

I saw this guy from the Route 26 side of a jut of land.

When I crossed over to the backside and looked back I saw this:

I wanted to get closer . . . I didn’t have the extra long lens with me. But those darn eagles were hanging out above the open water, probably hoping to catch some lunch.

I also lots of evidence like this that show the beavers are adding to their hut again . . .

O’ What a Beautiful Mornin’

Ben and I just had to get outside this morning . . .

The sun was shining . . .

The ice was sparkling on the trees . . .

and dripping onto our heads!

Here are some images I captured today:

Again, I focused my telephoto lens on the eagle nest, but no sign of movement. My snow shoeing buddy tells me the pair were seen on Middle Range last weekend! That’s good news!

Alas, I’m not as fast with the camera as I’d like to be. Ben, Cookie and I were walking on the ice along the tree line coming from the direction of Middle Range toward our picnic area, when all of a sudden the eagle flew out from the trees on our point.

I’m ashamed to admit my first reaction was to duck! They have such an amazing wingspan!

I focused my camera skyward, but the eagle was already flying around the point and out of sight.

Ben tells me I need to practice whipping my camera toward my subject like a cowboy practices pulling his gun from his holster.

Not a bad analogy.

Last Wednesday, while driving over the causeway between the lakes, the eagle was standing on the ice in clear view of the road, eating his breakfast. Do you think I had my camera with me? NOoooooooo!