Winters last stand

by John Briggs on April 9, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

Although the calendar says April, it feels and looks more like December here along coastal [tag]Maine[/tag]. A major snowstorm Thursday dumped 14″ of very heavy, wet snow on the area, causing downed trees and powerlines region-wide. Temperatures remain well below normal, with a threat of more snow later this week.

Out on Granite Point, my wife and I watched Robins, Grackles, Starlings and Killdeer root through the debris at the high tide line looking for morsels of food. The snowcover has made it hard for migrating [tag]birds[/tag] to find food, and I have received reports of Bluebird deaths north of here because of the unusual weather.

Things were fairly quiet locally this weekend. I did get some pictures of a cooperative Red-Breasted Merganser at Pine Point, and watched six Great Blue Herons feed in a small marsh near Ocean Park.

My wife and I are heading to [tag]Pennsylvania[/tag] Friday and will return Monday evening. No posts will be added this weekend, but be sure to check back the following weekend for a report on [tag]birding[/tag] in the keystone state.

Enjoy the pictures I have taken this weekend. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view. Comments and criticisms are welcomed!

Male Common Eider - Pine Point, Scarborough, Maine. Male Common Eider - Pine Point, Scarborough, Maine. Female Common Eider - Pine Point, Scarborough, Maine.
Great Blue Heron - Ocean Park, Maine. Great Egret - Ocean Park, Maine. Great Egret Flight - Ocean Park, Maine.
Red-Breasted Merganser - Pine Point, Maine. Red-Breasted Merganser - Pine Point, Biddeford Pool, Scarborough, Maine. Red-Breasted Merganser - Pine Point, Maine.

Happy birding!

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