Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Birthday Birding at Biddeford Pool

1. Maine's rocky coast-kab Snow Covered Rocks at Biddeford Pool 2-22-15

Ever since moving to Maine I have heard of Biddeford Pool on eBird and the Maine Birds Facebook page. It is a legendary birding hotspot and is well known as THE PLACE to go and see snowy owls in winter. I had been here for a year now and have never birded Biddeford Pool. So, when my birthday rolled around that was my birthday wish…to bird Biddeford Pool!

2. first view-kab This was my first look at the ocean from along Ocean Avenue in Biddeford Pool. Biddeford Pool appears to be a neighborhood of fancy homes along Maine’s rocky coast near Saco. The roads are narrow with no parking signs everywhere. The haze you see at the bottom of this photo if from me trying to shoot a photo over the very high snow banks that lined the road. Gus found a small parking spot and I got out of the car and walked down the road that was covered with rapidly melting snow. This was the first warm day in a very long time and the temperature went to the mid 30’s to 40 degrees! I had to dodge or wade through quite a few puddles.

3. eiders-kab Common Eiders are indeed Common along the coast of Maine!


4. rocks and snow-kab I love the snow covered rocks!


5. waxwings in fruit tree-kab I first heard and then saw this small flock of waxwings.

6. cedar waxwing-kab Cedar Waxwing in a fruit tree.

6. great cormorants-kab On a bit of a rocky island or sandbar I spotted these great Cormorants.

Is that perhaps a seal on the right between 2 cormorants?

7. more rocks-kab More beautiful rocks!

8. rocks n waves-kab Rocks and Waves at Biddeford Pool 2-22-15

9. CANG-kab Canada Geese between the rocks at Biddeford Pool.

10. horned grebe in pool-kab Finally we drove over to the actual pool of Biddeford Pool where I spotted this Horned Grebe.

11. ducks in pool-kab American Black Ducks napping on the ice at Biddeford Pool.

There is an inlet where water flows in and out of the pool and there is a public parking area here called Vine’s Landing where one can launch a small boat or kayak. Here the water is flowing swiftly and I spotted another horned grebe diving and fishing. I am not sure what it is that it came up with, but I captured this series of photos of the bird with food in its beak.

12. horned grebe in inlet-kab 

13. horned grebe-kab 

14. horned grebe-kab 

15. horned grebe-kab 

I never did find a snowy owl here, but now that I know my way, perhaps I will go back again. Biddeford pool is a little over an hour south of where I live and I hear there is an Audubon site there where one can hike out to a point along the ocean. A very rare Surf Bird has been spotted there lately, the first ever seen in Maine, but I have not had time to go see it for myself. Though, hopefully all this snow is melted by now!

16. GBBG-kab Great Black-backed Gull with a White-winged Scoter in the background.

Gus took me out to breakfast in Westbrook on my birthday, then we went shopping at the Wildbirds Unlimited store in South Portland where I bought a new bird feeding platform to go with my feeder pole system. We finished the day at Biddeford Pool where I counted all these birds. The Great Cormorants and the Horned Grebes were my First of the Year for those species!

Below are just a couple of the numerous eBird Hotspots for Biddeford Pool:


17. my new feeder platform-kab

My birthday feeder platform with Common Redpolls 2-23-15


  1. Happy Belated Birthday Kathie. This trip was a perfect gift and thank you for sharing this great series of photos.

  2. What a fabulous birthday gift idea and it paid offwith these great photographs

  3. Well worth a regular visit I should think Kathie.

  4. I would say you had a very nice Birthday, doing something you truly love!!

  5. The best birthday present you could have received, and now another place to return to.


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.