After a period of above normal temperatures, [tag]Mainer[/tag]s awoke to a fresh covering of snow, gusty winds and bitter temps Friday morning. [tag]Birds[/tag] were flocking to area feeders in droves to replenish their energy for the short-lived cold snap. Forecasts call for above normal temperatures once again for the week ahead. (From reading posts in several professional [tag]weather[/tag] forums, [tag]winter[/tag] will come back and persist beginning the end of this month.)
My wife and I [tag]birded[/tag] both Granite Point and the Gut at Pines Landing in [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag] these past two weekends. Etherington Pond held quite a few Bufflehead’s and some Ring-Necked [tag]Ducks[/tag] last weekend, but this weekend all ponds in the area were frozen over, including the pannes at Granite Point. Makes it a little difficult for waterfowl to feed in a frozen pond. Curtis Cove held a few White-Winged Scoters, a Surf Scoter and quite a few Red-Breasted Mergansers and Common Eiders.
This Saturday morning and today, we birded the Gut at Pines Landing and saw the following:
- 100+ Common Eider
- 12 Common Loons
- 9 Horned Grebes
- 2 Red-Necked Grebes
- 4 Old Squaw (Long-Tailed Ducks)
- 3 White-Winged Scoters
- 4 Surf Scoters
- 7 Golden Eyes
- 30+ Canada Geese (South-eastern side of Stage Island)
- 20+ Bufflehead’s
- 10+ red-Breasted Mergansers
- 1 Double-Crested Cormorant (Eastern end of Great Pond)
Hunters kept the [tag]waterfowl[/tag] flying, sometimes coming full speed up the Gut into Biddeford Pool. Not a bad two weekends birding, although the windchill yesterday required us to flee to our car for a period of needed warmth.
Below are a few pictures taken from Biddeford Pool and from our backyard. Click a thumbnail for a larger photo.