A Sunday to remember

by John Briggs on June 10, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

I am going to do things a little different this week. Because of the spectacular [tag]birding[/tag] adventure we had today, I am going to post several articles daily so I don’t overwhelm this site with a bunch of [tag]bird[/tag] [tag]pictures[/tag] in one article.

This first installment will focus on the very cooperative Semipalmated Sandpipers we encountered on Curtis Cove near [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag].

Saturday was a dreary and a very cool day that was good for nothing but sleeping, and maybe shopping if that is your forte. We did bird our regular loop early in the morning, but nothing much was going on. (Those who knows us can attest to the fact that we have not missed a Saturday or Sunday morning of birding in over a year.)

Watching the news Saturday evening, we anxiously waited for the weatherman to give us a sliver of hope that the sun may shine on Sunday. He said it would, but as always, we doubted him.

Sunday morning rolls around and I roll out of bed at 5:15 a.m. Slipping on my glasses, I looked out the stairway window. BLUE SKIES!! Honey, let’s go, the sun is up and shinning!

Grabbing a quick coffee at a local haunt, we then headed to Granite Point. Upon arriving at our favorite birding site, we were greeted with multitudes of Tree and Barn Swallows. Looking across the marsh, Canada Geese, Great and Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Willets busied themselves with their prey. Song Sparrows sang from perches. Red-Winged Blackbirds blessed our ears with their melodious tunes. Goldfinches flitted about the trees and shrubs. A Red Fox scurried across the marsh with an unidentified animal in its mouth, soon disappearing into the woods to consume its bounty.

Arriving at Curtis Cove, we spied a large group of Semipalmated Sandpipers on the beach. Carefully and slowly I approached the group to within 50 yards, and waited for what I knew would be little time before they would come my way. And come my way they did!

The following series of pictures are the Semipalmated Sandpiper. A beautiful and delicate creature that flies with grace and cadence, and also can be comical while feeding along the surf line. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view. Comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated!

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Semipalmated Sandpiper Flight - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper Flight - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Semipalmated Sandpiper Pair - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Tomorrows installment: Terns and Bonaparte Gulls.

Happy birding!

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