On encountering fellow birders in the field, a queried expression is commonly heard: “Seen anything good?” That, of course, depends on our expectations for the day, and our personal definitions of what constitutes a “good” bird. Blue jays are common enough here in Maine, but would be a hotline bird in California. An oriole sighted during Maine’s midwinter months might be termed a good bird, because of the odd-seasonal timing. Any species previously unseen or totally unknown to us could automatically rate a good bird status.
Seen Anything Good?
Seen Anything Good? is about everyday people and the birds that inhabit and share the natural environment with them. From novice bird watcher to the most seasoned field guide, the basic study of birds delivers rich sources of personal and scientific knowledge, inspiration, and entertaining fascination. The real majesty of birds is their power to lead us on journeys of discovery across the globe or even much closer to home. Seen Anything Good? is a personal invitation to start your own journey of natural discovery today.
Whether you’re a hardcore birder, a backyard birdwatcher, or just like a darn good story that happens to have birds in it, you’ll find this collection by midcoast Maine’s own “bird magnet” an engaging and informative read.
—Kristen Lindquist, author of the Knox County chapter of Birdwatching in Maine and former member of the Maine Bird Records Committee
With each turn of the page, Don beckons us to join in a lyrical field excursion–filled with keen observations, nuggets of science, ponderings on friendship, and the peculiarities of birders, birding, and bird behavior. This is a proclamation of a way of seeing the world where “birds are truly good for the heart.”
—Seth Benz, author of the Waldo County chapter of Birdwatching in Maine and director of bird ecology at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
This very birdy book is just the ticket for anyone–resident or visitor–wanting to learn more about the wonderful birds and birding locations of midcoast Maine. Don Reimer, a lifelong resident and bird observer of the area, writes with a down-home voice that is both entertaining and enlightening. As a collection of short essays, it’s easy to open the book and dip in anywhere.
—Jonathan Alderfer, co-author of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America and Maine resident
Don Reimer is a lifelong birder and photographer residing in Warren, Maine. A board member of the Midcoast Audubon Society, he has led field excursions for local environmental organizations and the American Birding Association National Convention. He is a board member of the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Rockland, Maine.
Don has participated in multiple citizen science projects, including Project Feeder Watch, the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Maine (1978–83), the Maine Owl Survey, and the International Shorebird Survey. He has served as compiler for the Thomaston–Rockland and Pemaquid–Damariscotta Christmas Bird Counts. Currently he serves as a regional coordinator for the 2018–22 Maine Bird Atlas project. His bi-monthly column Birding with Don Reimer has appeared in the Rockland Free Press since 2007.