Back at the beginning of June I took my son to visit Reid State Park here in Maine. As he lives in Arizona, it was fun for me to show him the ocean. He has always loved it. Of course, I could not resist watching the birds! I was surprised to find a lingering Long-tailed Duck tucked between the swells!
At that time the Piping Plovers were just starting to nest and we found an Audubon Naturalist busy guarding the birds. In the efforts to protect the birds from predators they had laid an extra layer of fencing along the lower edge of the protected area but after some observation the naturalist saw that it was preventing the parents from getting into and out of the enclosure easily, so she decided to remove it.
Here she is removing the extra fencing which was overlapping the upright fencing and spilling onto the sand. The parent birds became quite distressed, but she worked as quickly as she could and soon moved away.
I have not been back to Reid State Park since June 3rd, so I do not know if this nest was successful. At that time I was still getting use to seeing these Eastern shorebirds, so when I saw the bird below I got all excited because I did not recognize it at first. But when the bird moved and eventually flew away revealing its gorgeous underwings, I knew that I was seeing…
I also saw this gorgeous male Common Eider in the cove and I was thinking I couldn’t wait to show it to Chris Rohrer when he arrived. Little did I know that the males would soon be molting and very hard to find! Once Chris got here all we saw were female Common Eiders with ducklings!
There will be more posts coming soon with further stories of Our Big New England Birding Adventure! Meanwhile, my post is going up on Birding is Fun on August 7th. In other news, I was recently contacted by Metis Birding. They invited me to share my photos and my blog on their Facebook Page starting on Sunday. I encourage you to check it out! And, once again, there is poetry happening at Kathie’s Poet Tree!
- Birding is Fun
- To All the Birds I Loved Before-my August Birding is Fun Post
- Our Big New England Birding Adventure
- Metis Birding
- Metis Birding Facebook Page
- Kathie’s Poet Tree