One evening my wife and I were up the road. She was picking blueberries. We were just talking. Two eagles landed in a tree across a marshland. Far away for a good photo but here are the two eagles and they were across this marsh.
I've always loved Osprey. All they eat is fish and similar critters that they catch in the water. They hover over a spot and then dive and plunge into the water for their food. Their worst enemies are eagles who will wait for the osprey to catch a fish and then steal the fish. Eagles really aren't very nice.
Anyway, in this thread and the old long one that's somewhere in the archives I've talked a lot about Mud Creek. Mud Creed is an inlet from Frenchman's Bay in Lamoine Maine. There have been Osprey nests on the power poles for years. Two years ago the nest was gone. but last year a new pole was put in and a pedestal placed above the wires. And a webcam too! The webcam works sometimes. A lot of the time when the webcam is working the birds are off somewhere but I did get a screen shot of two in the nest that are posted below with the photos.
Great Blue Heron and Egrets. They do pretty much the same thing. They stand in the water and then in a flash, grab a fish or grog or something that gets too close.
The first three are a Birch Harbor, Maine. The route out of the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park.
The last two photos is of a great blue that flew in when I was down at the shore in front of the field up to the house.
Three related species that hang out by the waves and eat little things that wash up or worms and bugs.
Spotted Sandpiper and Semipalmated plovers and sandpipers.
The first was at the shore by the house.
The other two were a couple of about 100 along the shore at Wonderland. Different species the semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers but they pal around together in the hundreds. Wonderland cove is a sandy and small pebble cove. You don't see them until you get to close and 20 or 30 will take off together down the shore and pal up with other groups. I don't know of any other two separate species that pal around together like these two. When 50 or 100 fly off they even fly together.
Birds that dive under Water to chase down their food.
Double crested cormorants
They swim around and dive down frequently until they are fed. They they stand around with their wings outstretched to let the water drain out before they fly.
When they fly it's so common for them to fly in groups of three. They do fly solo or two or more but 3 in fomrations seems most common.
Common Mergansers also drive to chase down their food. They are ridiculously fast swimming on top of the water like a speed boat, or below like a really fast fish.
These common mergansers were at Jordan Pond where there is a sandy section about 12-15 inches deep, strewn with rocks.
They were very amusing. They were paddling around with their heads under water to see little fish. When they would see one they shot so fast it was really entertaining because they only had about a foot of water and boulders to avoid. They are so fast and agile.
Other visitors we saying "Look at the Loons! Look at the Loons" and I'd say, No. Those aren't loon. Loon are way larger and are mostly black and while they also dive to chase down their food they don't usual do it in shallow water. These are common mergansers. "Common what?" Common Mergansers. "Not loons?" No. Not loons. "Common what?" Common Mergansers. I had 3 or 4 conversations like that as different people came and went.
I've mostly lost interest in photographing herring gulls. I have thousands. Unless they are doing something interesting.
These two shots are interesting. I don't know how a herring gull could have caught a fish. Herring Gulls are totally ill-equipped to catch a fish. My guess is that it was accidentally dropped from 100 feet up by an Osprey and was stunned or killed or it was dying or dead. Anyway, this gull has a fish.... for the moment. They are also ill-equipped to hold onto a fish.
And here's a herring gull doing some good. The invasive green crab is taking over the entire US east coast. Terrible. Voracious eaters. They are decimating the native mussel and soft shell clam population. It's good to see at least one native species learning that green crabs are food.
And a few extra wildlife that will finish these series of posts of wildlife from our 30 days in Maine this summer.
White-tail deer. This is up the road from the house just in view. One of the local neighbors has a big sign on a 6foot by 4 foot plywood board resting against a tree by the road. "DEER Crossing" Yep. For sure. This mama deer and the kid were crossing the road.
And this cat, Walle..... Oops. Never mind. Not wildlife. Move along....
Crows! Crows! If there are bird of pray around, there will be crows to taunt and pester and make pests of themselves. We have birds of pray so we also have crows!
Large hard shell clams. Huge. I sometimes find one or two at very low tide. It's large enough for a meal. But I always toss them out into deeper water. These huge hard shell clams may be the only shellfish left who have a chance of protecting itself from the hoards of green crabs.
A brown fuzzy feather-headed dingbat with a nurf dart. Semi-wild. Oops. Never mind...
Finally a medium sized snapping turtle on Eagle Lake. It's too bad they don't live in cold salt water. Maybe they would kill off the green crabs. But unfortunately they like fresh water ponds.
I think that's it for the interesting wildlife from my month in Maine. I haven't bothered to post the song sparrows, barn swallows, phoebe's, chickadees, goldfinch, tree swallows, robins and all those songbirds. I didn't see anything new so I didn't spend a lot of time trying to get good shots. Mediocre shots of birds I have by the hundreds aren't worth the effort.
I'm pretty sure that this skunk was looking for a way into the cat fence to find a next for the winter. Perhaps people recall my skunk issues under the deck in prior years and the day that Walle the cat came in at 4pm and jumped on my bed dripping skunk spray.
Fortunately blocking ground level gaps in the fence for the kitten also blocks skunks getting in.
This skunk crossed my front year in the full sunshine at 3:30pm today, checked out around the cat fence and moved on.
Note> Skunks stink even when they haven't sprayed because this one stunk.