Puffin pie!

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Atlantic Puffin, July 1, 2016 –  Photo courtesy of Chris West

Now, don’t worry..

It’s not a pie made of puffins.. It’s a homemade blueberry pie to celebrate our puffin sightings in Maine on Friday. (Some of you may know, for many birders it’s a tradition to celebrate seeing a new ‘life bird’ or ‘lifer’ they’ve never seen before with a slice of pie or other scrumptious dessert.)

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Homemade Puffin (blueberry) Pie! – Courtesy of Erin & Chris

My dear and incredibly wonderful friends Erin & Chris made the pie from scratch last night- (crust and all!) They did it after a FULL day of bushwhacking, driving and birding. I am indebted to both of them for their generous hospitality during my time in Maine. Erin’s a biologist with Acadia National Park and gave us a full behind-the-scenes look at the research going on there. Super cool for me! (And special thanks to Chris for sharing some of his pics for the blog!)

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Erin’s a Biologist with Acadia National Park 

During my visit, we ticked 12 new species for Mom’s Big Year and had a BLAST doing it! This was a long weekend filled with scrumptious lobster rolls, beautiful black spruce bogs, wild strawberry picking (and eating!), lobster catching, jigsaw puzzles, blueberry pie making, new birds, tide pool ecology, and boat trips. And all the while we sang at the top of our lungs en route to our next destination.

 

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Bass Harbor Light, Mt. Dessert Island – Photo courtesy of Chris West
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Black-throated Green Warbler – Photo Courtesy of Chris West 

How did we fit it all in, you ask?

I have NO idea…. but these two 20-somethings always make me feel like I’m 20-something again and we somehow squeeze every single precious moment out of the days we’re together.

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Nancy, Erin and Chris in search of puffins!

We had a close call on Friday as our Bar Harbor puffin/whale watch boat trip was cancelled due to conditions at sea.  We had to think and act FAST and by some miracle boogied 2.5 hours south just in time to catch another similar boat trip out of Portland.  Unfortunately, we missed several of my target seabirds for Mom’s Big Year.. but that’s nothing that a little blueberry pie can’t fix. 😛

My last night in Acadia, we celebrated with the delicious pasties, blueberry soda, and blueberry pie. Erin is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The pasties are a meat or veggie-filled pastry specialty from the U.P. she brought frozen on dry-ice from home.  Boy, did I feel special!

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Pasties for dinner – a specialty from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

I’m on the train to Boston now and I’m SO sad leave my dear friends and that big bed of spaghnum moss in the boreal forest behind me. But I’m excited to get home to Paul and the kiddos and exchange stories of our weekend adventures.

Mom’s Big Year has some more trips in the works and stuff happening close to home.. Please tune in again soon for details as they evolve!

Erin sent the last slice of blueberry pie home with me. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! So, if you don’t mind, I’m going to dive into it right now. Yummo!

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Nancy lovin’ Maine!

2 thoughts on “Puffin pie!

  1. There is a saying,”Don’t trust a skinny cook.” After reading this post about the “pie tradition”, it might also be said, “Don’t trust a skinny birder” ! Ha, ha!! Starting late at birding, I’m going to be packing a whole lot of pie in a few short years. I have a lot of slices of pie ahead of me. Nancy, I absolutely love your adventures—the sights, sounds, tastes, and conversations, and wish I could tag along. Thanks for helping us all do that through your blog!!

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