Good day for birding

Squirrel on bird feeder

 Today started out miserable for yours truly. To make a long story short, I waited outside of a business in Portland for an hour and a half waiting for them to open, of which they never did. Opening time is to be 9:00 a.m. When I returned home, phone calls to them went unanswered.

So I spent the better part of the rest of the morning chasing squirrels off of my [tag]bird[/tag] feeders. I decided to do something more constructive.

With camera and tripod in hand, I headed out for some [tag]birding[/tag]. Arriving at Granite Point, it seemed that the only thing going on out there were [tag]butterflies[/tag].

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Monarch Butterflies were flitting around everywhere! But to get one of them to sit still long enough for a photograph was futile. I nearly went over a bank trying to get a good angle on one. After all of that nonsense, he flew away, but not before coming right at me as if to say, “try to get me now big fella.””

Working my way out to the “point”, activity was excellent! Great Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, Cormorants, Kingfishers…. oh my!

The following is a list of [tag]birds[/tag] seen at Granite Point:

11 GBH
14 Snowy Egret
2 Great Egret
3 Belted Kingfisher
9 Blue-Winged Teal
5 Green-Winged Teal
20+ Double-Crested Cormorant
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Ring-Billed Gull
4 Mockingbirds
20-30 Dark-Eyed Juncos (First I’ve seen these this fall)

Did I get any pictures? Not this time. Either the subjects were too far away or flying into the sun. But it doesn’t matter, it was fun none-the-less.

What I plan to do is to purchase a portable blind to take along on our birding trips. Set this up and just wait for the birds to come to you. And come to you they will.

Earlier this summer, we saw a blind set up at the Scarborough Marsh and there were literally hundreds of birds around it. Everything from Glossy Ibis to Greater Yellow Legs, big birds and little birds. I can guarantee the person in that blind took some great photographs! All it takes is the proper placing of the blind and patience.

I eventually left Granite Point and headed toward Fortunes Rock Beach. A Great Blue Heron with what seemed to be a broken wing was seen near the intersection of Route 9 and Fortunes Rock Road, in the marsh. I made some calls and found someone who was willing to take it to a [tag]Wildlife[/tag] Rehab Center. I asked them to call me back on how it went, and when they do, I will report here.

Across from Fortunes Rock Beach, at Etherington Pond, I got buzzed by a Ruby-Throated [tag]Hummingbird[/tag]! He then landed on a rose-hip…. I tried to get a picture, but he did not linger long.

Speaking of lingering long, this fella should have left the area by now. It is not unheard of for hummingbirds to linger in an area well into fall. I even heard a story of a hummingbird at Old Orchard Beach in December while there was snow on the ground.

Another highlight of my birding adventure was the sighting of 2 male and 2 female Wood Ducks in Etherington Pond. These beautiful ducks were just out of range for good [tag]photography[/tag]. My [tag]spotting scope[/tag] was plenty powerful enough to brings these ducks up close and personal. Must get that adapter to attach my camera to my scope!

All in all it was a beautiful day with plenty of beautiful birds to watch.

Happy Birding!