First day of Autumn birds

by John Briggs on September 23, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

What a beautiful morning along coastal [tag]Maine[/tag]! The first day of Autumn brought clear skies, light northwest winds and temperatures in the low 50’s. [tag]Birds[/tag] were everywhere, butterflies flitted and squirrels and chipmunks busied themselves with storing food for the long upcoming winter.

Saturday was dreary. Fog and clouds dominated the day, which led to some nap time at the homestead. Catching up on the old z’s is what it’s all about on a day like this. We tried watching a movie via OnDemand, but half way through it, we lost audio and no one was around at the cable company to rectify the problem. Today, the problem still exists, but worse yet, there is no audio on any of the HD channels. I WILL get some satisfaction from them Monday!

Back to the [tag]bird watching[/tag], Granite Point and Eastern Point in Biddeford Pool was our area of interest today. Bob Malbon, Sharon and I birded these areas from 6:30 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. The following is our tally from Granite Point.

Location:     Granite Point
Observation date:     9/23/07
Notes:     Clear skies, winds light NW, temp lower 50’s
Number of species:     25

Canada Goose     3
American Black Duck     4
Common Eider     6
Common Loon     1     In flight above Little River
Great Blue Heron     5
Great Egret     2
Snowy Egret     16
Northern Harrier     1
Semipalmated Plover     5
Willet     8
Lesser Yellowlegs     2
Whimbrel     2
Mourning Dove     4
Belted Kingfisher     3
Downy Woodpecker     1     Female on a telephone pole
American Crow     12
Tree Swallow     5
Black-capped Chickadee     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
Gray Catbird     2
Northern Mockingbird     1
European Starling     30
Field Sparrow     1
American Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     4

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

Bumble Bee - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Double-Crested Cormorant Flock - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. American Crow - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Female Common Eider - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Male Common Eider - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Male Common Eider - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Great Blue Heron in Flight - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Blue Heron in Flight - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Lobster Buoy - Little River - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Monarch Butterfly - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Old Jeep - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Wild Aster - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Wild Aster - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Wood Island Lighthouse - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Location:     Eastern Point
Observation date:     9/23/07
Notes:     Light NW breezes, clear skies, temp upper 50’s
Number of species:     28

American Black Duck     12
Common Eider     30
Common Loon     1     In Flight
Double-crested Cormorant     100
Great Blue Heron     1
Great Egret     1
Snowy Egret     12
Osprey     1     Landed on sailboat mast
Solitary Sandpiper     1
Willet     2
Lesser Yellowlegs     3
Whimbrel     1
Mourning Dove     2
Belted Kingfisher     1
Northern Flicker     1
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     30
Common Raven     1
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
Gray Catbird     6
Northern Mockingbird     1
Brown Thrasher     1
European Starling     16
Yellow Warbler     1
American Tree Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

The following [tag]pictures[/tag] are what I believe to be a Solitary Sandpiper. These [tag]images[/tag] where taken on Eastern Point along the waters edge this morning. Please offer your input as to whether or not I have this [tag]bird[/tag] named correctly by commenting on this article.

Solitary Sandpiper - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Solitary Sandpiper - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Solitary Sandpiper - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Solitary Sandpiper - Eastern Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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