Puffins, warblers, and eagles, oh my!


wingswaveswoods2009Deer Isle is going to the birds. The third annual Wings, Waves & Woods festival of birding and art, sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, is coming up May 15-17.

Avian-centered events include Introduction to Birding, Warbler Walk, Nesting Eagles and their Neighbors, Puffin Boat Trip to Seal Island, Birding by Ear, and Found-Object Sculpture. Most events are free; boat trips range from $13 to $60 per person (reservations required for some).

On Saturday night, the Local Foods Chowder Supper highlights Dick Bridges’ fish chowder, along with homemade biscuits, Nervous Nellie’s jams and chutneys, fresh green salad, and the Ice Cream Lady’s homemade treat. A delicious feed, limited to 80 people, and costing $12 for the whole shebang.

Plan now to snag boat and supper seats. Need lodging, here’s a list. My faves include Boyce’s Motel for cheap sleeps, Inn on the Harbor for best location, Pilgrim’s Inn for country inn style, The Inn at Ferry Landing for a quiet B&B. Be sure to check any specials.