Articles by Chris Corio
By Chris Corio on Sept. 17, 2010, at 7:12 p.m.
Earlier this week, I had a textbook perfect sighting of the most recognized symbol of the coming of autumn. Although technically it is still “summer,” fall seems to have arrived early with …
By Chris Corio on Sept. 03, 2010, at 7 p.m.
As I was driving over the bridge into Falmouth, a small flock of birds suddenly flashed into view. During the two-second look I had of them I was able to determine they were shorebirds. Then, in a …
By Chris Corio on Aug. 28, 2010, at 12:55 a.m.
I’ll never forget my introduction to ruby-throated hummingbirds when I first moved to Maine. I was living in Blue Hill and had been invited over to my landlord and landlady’s house. A …
By Chris Corio on Aug. 13, 2010, at 5:57 p.m.
As I rounded the corner and started up the slight hill, the silhouette of a bird on top of a telephone pole immediately caught my attention. It was crow-sized, but it certainly wasn’t a crow. …
By Chris Corio on July 10, 2010, at 12:56 a.m.
It was a perfect day at the beach. The temperature was hot enough to make swimming enjoyable. The water was a vibrant blue-green and from the hazy blue sky dotted with clouds, terns wheeled …
By Chris Corio on July 02, 2010, at 8:19 p.m.
It’s that time of the year — the breeding season is in full swing and young birds are appearing everywhere.
By Chris Corio on June 18, 2010, at 9:13 p.m.
I went out to do a bit of birding one afternoon earlier in the week. As always, the cloud cover, temperature, and wind conditions contributed to the overall “mood” of the day. I never fail to take this in and it makes each day unique—even when birding the same spot over and over again. This particular afternoon was overcast and somber; heavy clouds promised rain any time, and a fitful onshore breeze made the seaside trees and shrubs whisper and rustle. The mood this created
By Chris Corio on May 21, 2010, at 9:32 p.m.
The light breeze rustled the newly emerging leaves on the trees as we walked the path heading toward the third pond off Taylor Road in Orono.
By Chris Corio on April 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
The middle of April can be a trying time for many people as the dreaded “tax day” approaches.
By Chris Corio on March 12, 2010, at 7:51 p.m.
Although this year seems to be proving the exception to the rule, the arrival of spring in Maine is often not marked by warm weather but by the arrival of migrant birds.
By Chris Corio on Dec. 18, 2009, at 6:53 p.m.
I’ve often written about my trips back home to New Jersey and what delightful bird sightings I have while there. This last trip proved no different. As always, I had returned to my favorite …
By Chris Corio on Nov. 27, 2009, at 8:26 p.m.
The large, dark bird flew just above the tree line near the road, circling around and back to one particular area. I noticed its wings were held upward in a shallow angle — what’s referred to as a “dihedral” — and it seemed to teeter in the air.
By Chris Corio on Nov. 20, 2009, at 6:33 p.m.
A recent visit to Spurwink Farm in Cape Elizabeth produced a few delightful surprises. I had gone there to try out a horse, and ended up doing a bit of birding as well.