Southport Island, Maine
I spent a few days with family on Southport Island, Maine. It’s a good place to see harbor seals – just rent a kayak and paddle out, and they can approach to within 20 m. At night you can see them gliding through bioluminescent water under your boat. Good places to try are 43.8498N 69.6632W and 43.7856N 69.6569W.
The forest had Eastern chipmunks, American red squirrels, flying squirrels (didn’t see them well, but in spruce forests so could be Northern), Eastern deer mice, and woodland jumping mice. Found meadow jumping mice at 43.84524N 69.66396W (in tall herbs near the garbage bins). A big brown bat came to drink from the pool at 43.84626N 69.66338W.
In the town I saw a huge Amrican mink cross the road at 43.83978N 69.65561W. It was so big that it made me wonder if it had some sea mink genes from past hybridization. The island’s coast is classical sea mink habitat.