Sunday, April 19, 2015

Winter Birds on Orr’s and Bailey Islands

1. Land's End-kab February 17, 2015: Ever since my daughter moved back to Maine last November I had been wanting to take her for a drive to Land’s End in Harpswell. With the crazy, snowy winter we had the weather was usually bad when she came over to visit me and we could not go anywhere. Finally we had a nice enough day to take a drive and so we did. Of course, I always have my binoculars and camera with me on occasions like this, and I counted birds along the way. My daughter drove my car, so I could pay attention to the birds, and she stopped for me whenever we saw something good. The drive down Route 24 to Land’s End is a pleasant and scenic drive and well worth the trip. Here is some of what we saw along the way.

DSC_0118 Common Loons in the cove 2-17-15

DSC_0120 Female Surf Scoter


DSC_0124 Herring Gulls Landing on Seaweed Covered Rocks

DSC_0129Male Common Goldeneye in flight

DSC_0131 Looking across the cove to Harpswell Neck

DSC_0132 Mallards in the bay

DSC_0134 Pigeons flying over the cove


DSC_0135 First Winter Male Common Eider, note the white breast and dark back.

The classic eider bill shape is clearly visible with the “widow’s peak” of feathers coming down from the forehead in the middle of the bill.

DSC_0139 Wild Turkeys on a side road.

DSC_0144 House on the island at Land’s End


DSC_0145 A soft light shines over Casco Bay as seen from Land’s End.

Land’s End is in the town of Harpswell which has three different peninsulas or necks that stick out into Casco Bay. Harpswell Neck is down Route 123, while Orr’s and Bailey Islands and Cundy’s Harbor are all reached via Route 24 out of Brunswick. There is only one road  that connects the two main peninsulas of Harpswell. It is called Mountain Road and crosses a bridge over the Ewing Narrows. Other than that you have to drive into Brunswick to get from one side of Harpswell to the other. Bailey Island and Land’s End are both eBird Hotspots.


  1. I love how you find birds wherever you go. Nice to have your daughter nearby.


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.