Birding the coast

by John Briggs on February 4, 2007

in Weekend Birding

From Cape Porpoise to the Scarborough Marsh, [tag]birding[/tag] was sensational this first weekend of February. A fresh snowfall of 5″ with cold and windy conditions did not keep us from our rounds.

The harbor at [tag]Cape Porpoise[/tag] held many Common Loons and Golden Eyes. In the [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag] area, Old Squaw (Long-tailed Ducks), Canada Geese, Brants and Common Eiders dominated our count.

Further up the coast at [tag]Camp Ellis[/tag], Red-Breasted Mergansers. Common Eiders, Canada Geese and Old Squaw were the dominate species. Pine Point was a flurry of activity, with Old Squaw, Common Eiders, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Black Ducks, Mallards and Lesser Scaup.

Our final stop at the [tag]Scarborough Marsh[/tag] was not a disappointment. Several Hooded Merganser pair were in the river at the parking area for the [tag]Eastern Trail[/tag]. Across Route 9, quite a few Mallards and Black Ducks were spotted. Although we did not spot the Rough Legged Hawks and Bald Eagles that were reported on the Mainebirds Maillist, the Hoodies were good enough for us!

The following are pictures captured during our birding weekend. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view.

 

Overhead view of a Common Loon in the harbor at Cape Porpoise, Maine. Common Loon, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Common Loon, Cape Porpoise, Maine.
Common Loon pair, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Common Loon pair, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Black Backed Gull, Cape Porpoise, Maine.
Winter Landscape, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Male Mallard, Camp Ellis, Maine. Male and female Mallards, Camp Ellis, Maine.
Male and Female Hooded Merganser, Scarborough Marsh, Maine. Male and Female Hooded Merganser, Scarborough Marsh, Maine. Male Hooded Merganser, Scarborough Marsh, Maine.

Happy birding!

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