Hazy bird watching

by John Briggs on August 25, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

The three H’s are back with a vengeance! (Hazy, hot and humid) With a week of well below normal temps that only reached the upper sixties and frost at a few inland locations, the heat is back. As I write this article the temperature is nearing 90 F.

This mornings bird watching trip was to Goose Rocks Beach and Granite Point here along coastal [tag]Maine[/tag]. My wife and I arrived at GRB at sunrise, with the mud flats exposed on a rising tide. The flats were busy with [tag]shorebird[/tag] feeding activity, and we had very close looks at Snowy and Great Egrets near the public way to the beach.

The following tally of our morning [tag]bird watching[/tag] activity was generated by eBird.

Location:     Goose Rocks Beach
Observation date:     8/25/07
Notes:     Haze/fog very warm for early morning. Obs made during rising tide.
Number of species:     23

Canada Goose     18
American Black Duck     4
Mallard     3
Common Eider     17     (Males molting)
Great Blue Heron     2
Great Egret     11     (6 feeding on mud flats – 5 in flight)
Snowy Egret     16
Glossy Ibis     4
Black-bellied Plover     1     (feeding on mud flats)
Semipalmated Plover     100
Lesser Yellowlegs     6
Willet     12
Whimbrel     7
Semipalmated Sandpiper     32
White-rumped Sandpiper     9
Short-billed Dowitcher     8
Mourning Dove     3
American Crow     12
Tree Swallow     30
Barn Swallow     8
Gray Catbird     2
Northern Mockingbird     1
Cedar Waxwing     6

Not a bad morning. The haze did cut down on available light for [tag]bird[/tag] [tag]photography[/tag], but I made do. The following are [tag]pictures[/tag] we took this morning. As always, comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated!

Size Comparison: Short-Billed Dowitcher and Semipalmated Plover - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Short-Billed Dowitcher - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Feeding Time - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Feeding Time - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Great Egret Flight - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Egret and Snowy Egret - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Lesser Yellowlegs - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Lesser Yellowlegs - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Short-Billed Dowitcher - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Short-Billed Dowitcher - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Snowy Egret - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

And finally, profile [tag]images[/tag] of several species we observed this morning as well. Enjoy!

Profile: Great Egret - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Profile: Lesser Yellowlegs - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine.
Profile: Short-Billed Dowitcher - GRB - Kennebunkport, Maine. Profile: Snowy Egret - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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