Monday, February 9, 2015

Birding Bath, ME

1-10-15 along the river in Bath Bath Riverfront Park 1-10-15

On January 10, I had Gus take me for a drive to Bath, Me to count some birds. I just needed to get out of the house and see something different. We drove to the Bath Riverfront Park to see what we could see.

2. Bath River Front 1-10-15 Bridge over the Kennebec River 1-10-15

I always like the view of the bridge over the Kennebec from here. This bridge connects bath, Maine with Woolwich. It’s fun to drive across this bridge and see the view from up there as well.

3. Bridge peirs in the Kennebec-kab Bridge Piers

I found a few mergansers swimming in the river by the bridge piers.

4. seal in Bath, ME-kab Gray or Harbor Seal in River

But I was even more surprised when this seal popped its head out of the water almost in front of me!

5. Bath Riverfront park 1-10-15 Standing on the little bridge

My shadow was already long even though it was only a little after 1 PM!

6. ice sculpture-kabDSC_0429 Someone made an ice sculpture on the bridge railing.

Next Gus drove me north to the North Boat Launch. It is officially called The North End Launch Facility on the sign and on eBird. It is an eBird Hotspot.

7. North end launch facility 1-10-15 Bath Looking out over a bend in the river at the North End Launch Facility in Bath.

The gulls like to gather in this spot for some reason.

I took a few photos of the gulls on an ice floe and discovered a very pale gull in the middle of the rest. I am thinking it may be an Icelandic gull or a Glaucous gull. I am thinking Icelandic. Can you see it in the very bad photo below? It is pale and has no black wing tips. It is in the center of the photo. A Glaucous Gull would be a Life Bird for me. The Icelandic would be a First of the Year and a First in Maine bird.

8. gulls-kab Is this pale gull a Glaucous or an Icelandic Gull?


9. mystery gull-kab The gulls like to gather on the ice floes at the North End Launch Facility.


10. north cove-kab Another view of the river’s edge from the North Boat Launch in Bath.

Next Gus drove me down to the South End Launch Facility. It is one of the first places I went birding on my own when I moved here last year. I nominated it to become an eBird Hotspot because it is close to the water and an easy public access spot. After checking the records, I can see I need to come here more. No one is counting birds here but me! All you ebirders, please come bird here!

11. south end cove-kab A backwater cove at the South End Launch Facility in Bath, Maine.


12. bluebird-kab I found Eastern Bluebirds at both the North and South Boat Launches 1-10-15


12. ring billed gull-kab Ring-billed Gull at the South End Launch Facility on Washington Street.


13. common goldeneye-kabFemale Common Goldeneye at the South Boat Launch 1-10-15

On January 13th I had my daughter drive me back up to Bath, ME for some more birding. We visited all the same places, but the weather was much colder and the wind coming in over the water was frigid! We didn’t stay long at the Bath Riverfront Park because we had to get out and walk and the wind went right through us, so we drove up to the North Launch Facility where I could bird from inside the car. Still, when the gulls on the ice floes suddenly took wing, I stepped out of the car to photograph what was going on.

15. gulls in flight-kab Hundreds of gulls take to the sky.


16. what made them fly-kab I am wondering Why?


17. eagles-kab Until the eagles fly by!


18. immature bald eagles-kab This pair of immature Bald Eagles just seemed to be having fun chasing gulls around!


19. icy cove-kab Back at the south boat launch the little cove where I saw ducks last week was freezing up and full of ice chunks! Still, in amongst the ice I still saw some ducks!


20. ring-billed gull-kabBut, when this Ring-billed Gull flew by over the Kennebec River, it took one look at that cold water and flew away! Me? I jumped back into my heated car with the heated seats and we drove away! Too cold for birds and birding!



  1. It was lovely to come with you and Gus to see what birds were around. Although it was very cold you had blue skies. Lovely selection of sights and birds.

  2. You are so hard core and dedicated going birding in the frigid cold, even with a warm car and seats.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.