Skywatch Friday – Popham Beach

by John Briggs on February 27, 2009

in Blog, Skywatch Friday

At first look, you may think these photos have nothing to do with birds. Where are the birds? Well folks, this is the view from one of my favorite late summer and early fall birding spots. Popham Beach State Park lies on the southern tip of the peninsula south of Bath, Maine.

The beach is very quiet after the tourist season ends. Sharon and I walk this beach looking for shorebirds, Bald Eagles and Osprey and we usually are not disappointed. Last September, we watched 6 Osprey feeding in the outgoing tide of the Morse River. Hovering above the water, the Osprey look for fish, and upon finding one, will dive and pick up the prey with their tallons.

The area is rich in history: Ft. Popham; Ft. St. George; Ft. Baldwin; Popham Colony which is the site of the first English colony (1607) in New England; The first ship  built by the English in the New World (The pinnace, named Virginia of Sagadahoc) was completed during the year of the Popham Colony and was sailed back across the Atlantic Ocean to England.

This is my first entry for Skywatch Friday. Enjoy!

View looking south from Popham Beach State Park - September 2008 | Click for larger view

View looking south from Popham Beach State Park - September 2008 | Click for larger view

 

View southeast from Popham Beach State Park - Seguin Island Lighthouse | Click for larger view

September 2008 - View southeast from Popham Beach State Park - Seguin Island Lighthouse | Click for larger view

 

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