A beautiful day birding

by John Briggs on August 5, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

A spectacular day in southern [tag]Maine[/tag], as the humidity and heat are gone and sea breezes and much cooler temperatures greeted our morning birding trip to Goose Rocks Beach.

I never tire of the [tag]shorebirds[/tag] we have been enjoying and hope that visitors to our site don’t get bored with them either.

I will keep this short and sweet tonight, with more behavior photos of shorebirds. You will also find two photos of a juvenile Bald Eagle that Sharon and I saw at Granite Point, not more than 20 feet above our heads. It then soared over Curtis Cove and went in the direction of Timber Island. These Eagle [tag]photos[/tag] are not the best ones I ever took due to nearly shooting into the sun, but proof positive as to what we saw.

Juvenile Bald Eagle - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Juvenile Bald Eagle - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Common Tern - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Common Tern - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Group shot: Peeps feeding - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Peeps fighting and displaying - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Peeps fighting and displaying - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Peeps fighting and displaying - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Semipalmated Plover - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Semipalmated Plover in flight - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Semipalmated Plover Pair - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Eastern Willet Pair - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.

The next set of [tag]pictures[/tag] are of an Eastern Willet eating a crab. It was fun to watch as the Willet first removed the crabs legs one by one and then proceeded to eat the thing whole. Notice how the Willet dislocates its jaw to accommodate the crab.

Eastern Willet eating a crab - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Eastern Willet eating a crab - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Eastern Willet eating a crab - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Eastern Willet eating a crab - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.

The following pictures are of a very cooperative Northern Mockingbird at Granite Point this morning. The bug in the [tag]birds[/tag] mouth looks to be a moth. We also watched a young Mockingbird trying to take its first flight.

Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Northern Mockingbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

The final set of pictures are of a shorebird that I can not identify. Larger than a peep and somewhat smaller than a Willet, notice its short bill. May be a juvenile, I just don’t know. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Unknown Shorebird - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Unknown Shorebird - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Unknown Shorebird - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Unknown Shorebird - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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