Skywatch Friday – Sunrise over sand dune

by John Briggs on March 12, 2009

in Blog, Skywatch Friday

One of my favorite birding spots in all of Maine is Goose Rocks Beach near Kennebunkport. Shorebirds, including the endangered Piping Plover and Least Tern, nest in the marshes behind the beach. Most of the time I can fill 3 or 4 eight gigabyte CF cards not only of birds, but of the beautiful surroundings.

The Baston River meanders through the marsh and exits into Goosefair Bay. During low tide, Sharon and I sit on beach chairs at the edge of the river. Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers and a plethora of other shorebirds feed on the mud flats. At times, shorebirds will come very close to where we sit. And if we are really still, Plovers and Sandpipers walk under the very beach chairs we are sitting in!

I am counting the days until warmer weather comes and we can return to our “Shorebird Heaven”.

Sunrise over Goose Rocks Beach | Click for larger view

Sunrise over Goose Rocks Beach | Click for larger view

 

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