Popham Beach Birding

by John Briggs on June 22, 2008

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Weekend Birding

The days are beginning to get shorter now that the first day of summer has passed. With the sun still rising a few minutes before 5 a.m. and the roads tourist-free, Sharon and I headed to Popham Beach for some bird watching.

A fog bank played tag with the coast line, but the sun eventually won out and clear skies prevailed. The tide was coming in, thus fishermen, Harbor Seals and Double-Crested Cormorants took advantage of the concentration of fish in the current. Seagulls screamed at each other for who knows why, and a pair of Fish Crows explored a moored boat.

We watched Harbor Seals surface, looking like a lost puppy dog, then rolling over to disappear into the cold waters of the sea. (This mornings water temperature was 52° F.) A lone adult Bald Eagle flew in from one of the islands with a Herring Gull in hot pursuit. Later, from the opposite direction, an Osprey flew by close enough to get good views.

Not a particularly birdy morning, but good enough for a day that was supposed to be rainy.

  • Double-Crested Cormorants
  • Bald Eagle (adult)
  • Osprey
  • Least Terns
  • Common Eiders
  • Black Ducks
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Snowy Egrets
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-Winged Blackbirds (+fledglings)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Gray Catbird
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Bluejay

Some scenes from this morning, including Osprey, Harbor Seal and some wildflowers.

Atkins Bay Buoy - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Atkins Bay: Taking out the canoe - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Wildflower and the morning dew - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine.
Female Common Eider Landing - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Female Common Eider Landing - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Atkins Bay: Fly Fisherman - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine.
Great Blue Heron - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Harbor Seal - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Herring Gull - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine.
Male and Female Common Eider - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Osprey - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine. Coastal Church - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine.
Wildflower - Popham Beach - Phippsburg, Maine.

 

Happy birding!

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