Saturday morning at Granite Point

by John Briggs on May 12, 2007

in Blog

 Today is International Migratory Bird Day and this year’s theme is Birds in a Changing Climate. Events are being held at wildlife refuges, zoos, community parks, and at U.S. National Parks. Visit the IMBD website for more information.

Just after sunrise this morning, I arrived at Granite Point to [tag]bird[/tag] for a few hours. A stiff northeast wind made for a chilly outing. My first bird of the day was a Northern Flicker who posed perfectly on a wood rail fence. Shortly after, a pair of Greater Yellow Legs flew into the pannes that were directly in front of me and began feeding.

After taking a few photos, I headed out to the end of Granite Point Road and met with fellow [tag]birder[/tag] Bob Malbon. While discussing [tag]birding[/tag] adventures of the past week, Tree Swallows flew about, Chickadees and Song Sparrows flitted in the shrubs and in the distance, Egrets moved back and forth across the marsh.

We decided to move on to First Avenue in [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag] to look for Warblers, but upon arriving there, it was a no show for these [tag]birds[/tag]. We managed to snap a few photos of a pair of Gray Catbirds that were busy preening in the low bushes along the road. Deer apparently were moving earlier, as tracks were evident along the roadside.

Enjoy the photos below. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view.

Female Northern Flicker - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Female Northern Flicker - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Lesser Yellowlegs - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Lesser Yellowlegs - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Lesser Yellowlegs - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Gray Catbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Gray Catbird - Granite Point - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Happy birding!

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