Part 1- Portland Fair Grounds, April 11- There was a light rain in the morning and the skating pond was nearly dried up. It was hard to tell how many Common Snipe were present; most were in the grass along the edges of the empty pond. The Snipe were active however- flying from one side to the other and coming and going to the pond.
Kildeer and Snipe
More Snipe arrive.
More Kildeer fly into the nearly dry pond.
Great Blue Herons were busy buzzing the pond.
One of the three Eagles I saw that morning flying along the river in the distance.
This Muskrat was busy stocking its pantry....I hope the pond makes it this summer!
This single Greater Yellowlegs flies into the (pond).
My lucky shot! Just as I was ready to leave, this Snipe dropped into the pond and landed right in front of me!
Hammonasset- This small flock of Glossy Ibis landed in the middle restoration marsh.
White-faced Ibis in the same marsh last year on April 22.
Part of the large flock of Glossy Ibis which had at least one White-faced Ibis on a farm in Portsmouth, RI- last year on April 17.
As I drove into my driveway (April 12), this Turkey Vulture greeted me!
There was a large gathering of Brant on the river bars, and a single hen Common Merganser was mixed in with a flock of Red-breasted Mergansers near the low stones.
One of the Plovers landed on the mudflats of the empty inlet ponds and was escorted out of the area by another bird that I never saw (great camouflage). It eventually flew east disappearing towards the
Heading back, I was very careful and made it a point to keep my distance from the tide line and not to walk up on top of the bar above the high water mark fearing that some of them would possibly be trying to nest. Approaching the high ground (last high ground at the end of the main bar) I spotted a single Plover hiding among the tide line grass bundles. Acting like a Plover, it diverted my attention from the area and his mate by leading me away. This pair may have been trying to nest.
I left the area quickly, and moved to a spot by the second inlet pond to watch a feeding Greater Yellowlegs. The banks of this pond have a very steep incline near the bar, so I was close to the tide line as I walked by. I stopped to take admire a beautiful pair of Oystercatchers that had settled on the middle of the bar.
This continued for all the time I was there........
Wishing the birds well, good luck, and thanking them for allowing me to share their lives with them (for just a short while), I walked back towards the cut-over by the fenced nesting bird area, I located a third pair of Piping Plovers and the second pair of Oystercatchers on the high ground near the beginning of the bar. Unfortunately, I knew that if these birds were trying to nest, they wouldn’t make it, higher tides are just a moon and a storm away!
Female Red-winged Blackbird