Its September and Fall Migration is in Full Swing.
This week I saw a Red Necked Grebe, Common Loon and a White-Winged Scoter at the beach in Biddeford. I also had a Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-Breasted Chat and a Red-Eyed Vireo. The amount of Peeps and the diversity of species were very low. Almost all of them were Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Sanderlings.
On Friday, while on my way to a meeting in Brunswick, I saw a Chuckar on the side of the road. A Chuckar is a type of partridge, its a gamebird, but it is not resident to the US. Its most likely an escaped domestic bird.
Saturday, in Hills Beach, the Terns were relaxing in the dunes and on the jetty. They were very tolerant and I was able to get some very close looks. I also observed a Spotted Sandpiper flying through on its way south for the winter.
On Labor day I returned at sunrise, but there wasn’t much activity. I explored the Eastpoint where there were a large numbers of Gray Catbirds and Mockingbirds. Most of them looked pretty ratty, probably completing a molt. Over a hundred tree swallows flew over the peninsula. A Northern Harrier flew along the coast before heading to Wood Island.
On the beach from 7th Street to the Marie Joseph Spiritual center Eiders foraged in he seaweed carried back and forth neat the beach in the tide. A White-Winged Scoter swam just off shore and a little further out I could see a Red-Necked Grebe. A few Semipalmated Sandpipers ran on the beach with the large number of Semipalmated Plovers and even large number of Sanderlings.
Everyone seemed to get along! In one image the two are foraging parallel to each other. The small pond between the bathhouse and the spiritual center was quiet, but at the Great Pond there were 15 Snowy Egrets in one tree and a Black-Crowned Night Heron as well.
The pond in the Seventh Street Land Trust was a nice way to cap the day. An Empidonax Flycatcher, probably a Least Flycatcher, feasted on insects i the treeline while a Northern Waterthrush foraged near the pond surface.
When I got back to my car I could hear the laughing of a Red-Breasted Nuthatch and found it straight above me.