Great Blue Heron Trio

by John Briggs on October 11, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog, Maine Birds, Wildlife

Fall migration continues here in Maine. Several mornings last week, we have seen “fallouts” of birds in our backyard. Friday morning brought nearly 100 Yellow-Rumped Warblers to the trees and shrubs of our yard and the adjoining property. Over the weekend, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers filled the trees and the ground.

We continue to see astounding numbers of American Goldfinch visiting our feeders. Most are juveniles and eat thistle daily by the pound. With three thistle feeders always filled with birds, they go through a 10 pound bag in less than a week. Purple Finches and Pine Siskins are beginning to show up, so we are kept on our toes keeping the feeders filled.

Shorebird numbers are beginning to wane, but species moving through Winnegance Bay do not fail to satisfy. Last Thursday, a lone Hudsonian Godwit was feeding in our cove on a mud flat during a falling tide. At the same time, 4 Greater Yellowlegs and 9 Lesser Yellowlegs were feeding on the mud flats.

Wednesday morning brought several flights of Great Blue Heron across Winnegance Bay. The largest group contained 7 birds, with others containing from 3 to 6. I managed to capture a flight of three who were flying close together and landed near the sawmill on the other side of the bay.

All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron in flight over Winnegance Bay, Maine

Happy birding!



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