Cold morning at Pine Point

by John Briggs on November 11, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

I wrote yesterday that I thought Saturday morning was cold. This morning was colder yet! Temperatures were in the low 20’s with a light wind. Frost was light, but there was a light covering of ice on area ponds. This time, I was dressed for the weather.

Fall migrants are finishing their southward migration and new wintering [tag]birds[/tag] are arriving every day. For the first time since moving to Maine, I had Pine Siskins visiting my [tag]bird[/tag] feeders both yesterday and today. Last weekend, I had my first of the season Purple Finches visiting. If only I could get a Pine Grosbeak or an Evening Grosbeak to visit, I would be one happy camper!

Our [tag]bird watching[/tag] travels today took us back to Pine Point. The wayward Hudsonian Godwit was absent and hopefully left for warmer climes. (If any other birders that were present at Pine Point this morning saw the H. Godwit, please let me know.) Quite a few Dunlin and several Black Bellied Plovers were feeding on the mud flats. One each of a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Greater Yellowlegs were seen near the dilapidated pier.

We later drove towards Camp Ellis. A pair of Horned Grebes and a single Red-Necked Grebe were seen off the pier at Camp Ellis, along with Surf Scoters and a White Winged Scoter. All of which are first of the season for us.

I have compiled the following species list through eBird:

Location:     Pine Point, Scarborough    Observers: John & Sharon Briggs
Observation date:     11/11/07
Notes:     Temperature: Low 20’s with light winds. Light frost although thin ice on area ponds.
Number of species:     34

American Black Duck     12
Mallard     2
Ring-necked Duck     6
Common Eider     2
Harlequin Duck     1
Surf Scoter     2
White-winged Scoter     1
Long-tailed Duck     3
Bufflehead     5
Red-breasted Merganser     3
Common Loon     2
Horned Grebe     2
Red-necked Grebe     1
Double-crested Cormorant     2
Great Cormorant     1
Great Blue Heron     1
Black-bellied Plover     4
Greater Yellowlegs     1
Lesser Yellowlegs     2
Dunlin     75
Mourning Dove     3
Downy Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     15
Black-capped Chickadee     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
European Starling     7
Yellow-rumped Warbler     2
Dark-eyed Junco     6
Snow Bunting     4
House Finch     6
Pine Siskin     2
American Goldfinch     4
House Sparrow     12

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

These [tag]bird pictures[/tag] were taken at Pine Point on November 10th and 11th, 2007. The Yellow Billed Cuckoo pictures were taken at Eastern Point in Biddeford Pool on November 4th, 2007.

Black Bellied Plover - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Dunlin - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Dunlin - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Dunlin Flight - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Dunlin Flight - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Common Loon Flight - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
American Crow Flight - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Black Capped Chickadee - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Downy Woodpecker - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Female House Finch - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Male House Finch - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Lesser Yellowlegs - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Ring Necked Ducks - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Yellow Billed Cuckoo - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Yellow Billed Cuckoo - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Yellow Rumped Warbler - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Yellow Rumped Warbler - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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