Birding Vinalhaven

by John Briggs on July 4, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

After a well deserved vacation at [tag]Vinalhaven[/tag], [tag]Maine[/tag], we are back with our regular weekly updates and pictures. For those of you who missed us the last two weeks, thanks for the emails asking if all was okay. I guess I should get into the habit of letting our readers know when we will be away and no posts will be forthcoming.

Vinalhaven is an island 15 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine. A very friendly and beautiful place, it is also a haven for [tag]birds[/tag]. Eagles, Ospreys and other common birds were tallied during our stay on the island. When we boarded the ferry to return to the mainland on our final day, five Bald Eagles were seen, along with several Harbor Seals.

The weather was incredible, mostly sunny skies and temps a tad below normal for this time of year. We stayed at the only motel on the island, which is the Tide Water Motel in downtown Vinalhaven. The food we enjoyed at area restaurants was delicious!

We took plenty of [tag]photographs[/tag] of birds and the beautiful scenery which can be seen below. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view.

Vinalhaven, Maine. Vinalhaven, Maine. Vinalhaven, Maine.
Vinalhaven, Maine. Owls Head Light - Rockland, Maine. Rockland Breakwater Light - Rockland, Maine.
Common Yellowthroat - Vinalhaven, Maine. Yellow Warbler with beak full of bugs - Vinalhaven, Maine. Harbor Seal - Vinalhaven, Maine.
American Woodcock - Vinalhaven, Maine. American Woodcock - Vinalhaven, Maine. Osprey in flight carrying stick - Vinalhaven, Maine.
Osprey in flight carrying stick - Vinalhaven, Maine. Osprey in flight carrying stick - Vinalhaven, Maine. Osprey on nest - Vinalhaven, Maine.
Osprey in flight carrying fish - Vinalhaven, Maine. Osprey in flight carrying fish - Vinalhaven, Maine. Osprey in flight carrying fish - Vinalhaven, Maine.

Today, we went to Evergreen and Capisic Parks in Portland. There were many young birds begging for their parents to feed them. We had great views of a young Baltimore Oriole being fed by a parent, and likewise saw a Yellow Warbler feed its young.

At Evergreen, a pair of Black-Crowned Night Herons were in the lower pond on a deadfall that lays in the water. Several flights were observed between the pair, mostly to perches in trees along the pond.

A walk to the Junk Pond produced several Flycatchers, Bluejays, Chickadees, Catbirds, Robins, Mockingbirds, Goldfinches and Thrushes. We could not view much of the pond because of overgrowth.

Enjoy the following [tag]pictures[/tag] and as always, comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.

Baltimore Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Juvenile Baltimore Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Juvenile Baltimore Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.
Juvenile Baltimore Oriole being fed by adult Oriole - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Juvenile Yellow Warbler - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Juvenile Yellow Warbler - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.
Black-Crowned Night Heron - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Black-Crowned Night Heron in flight - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Black-Crowned Night Heron in flight - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine.
Black-Crowned Night Heron in flight - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Black-Crowned Night Heron in flight - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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