Pine Point Grebes and Old Squaws

by John Briggs on March 4, 2007

in Weekend Birding

[tag]Bird watching[/tag] was better today than yesterday, mostly due to the fog bank that lowered visibility to mere feet Saturday morning.

My wife and I departed just before sunrise Saturday morning and headed to Granite Point under crystal clear skies and calm winds. We no longer arrived to our destination when clouds and fog came rolling in. We did manage to see a pair of American Wigeons in the Little River, the male in full breeding color.

Once the fog enveloped the area , the surroundings seem strange to me, yet I did not wonder where I was. Most of my vision is obscured by mist, a thick fog that seems to cling to everything around me. What I do see is like dusk, and it all seems to be colored in shades of gray. As I look harder, shadowy figures loom from the fog, depictions of Eiders and Loons, their forms seem sinister in the fog.

To make a long story short, not much [tag]birding[/tag] was done and we retired to our home for some rest and relaxation.

Today started much the same, except that no fog or clouds rolled in. And what clouds that did appear, were well after our bird watching trip.

At Pine Point, near Scarborough, the harbor held no fewer than 19 Horned Grebes, all feeding on sea worms near the docks, as seen in a few of the photos below. Old Squaw (Long-Tailed Ducks), were numerous as well as Mallards, Mergansers and Common Eider.

Canada Geese were everywhere today, with flocks seen at Pine Point, Camp Ellis, Biddeford Pool and Granite Point. Mallards and Common Goldeneye were numerous in the Saco River, and at least 14 Common Loon were seen in the Gut at Vines Landing.

Below are some of the pictures taken of [tag]birds[/tag] today. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view.

Female Mallard in flight over the Saco River - Biddeford, Maine. Horned Grebe - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Horned Grebe - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Horned Grebe Pair - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Horned Grebe eating Sea Worm - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Horned Grebe eating Sea Worm - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine.
Horned Grebe eating Sea Worm - Pine Point - Scarborough, Maine. Old Squaw (Long-Tailed Duck) - Camp Ellis, Maine. Old Squaw Pair (Long-Tailed Duck) - Camp Ellis, Maine.

 

Happy birding!

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