Maine 2014 – The Osprey’s Nest

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Great Blue Heron, flying and making noise. Cundy’s Harbor, Harpswell ME, 8/3/14.

For our second week in Maine, Tricia and I rented a place in Harpswell. It was called “The Osprey’s Nest”, and it is the top floor of a cottage right on Cundy’s Harbor. There is a large deck that overlooks the water and kayaks can be launched right from the property. Also, and most importantly, it was a super birding location. It is hard to imagine the “yard list” you would come up with if you lived there – we had over 40 species in the week that we were there. I spent most of my birding time right on the deck, taking photos of birds,  relaxing,and sipping a coffee (or maybe a beer or two). We also got out in a double kayak a few times and that provided some better photos ops, especially of the seals that we had been seeing from a distance. Here’s my list for the week and photos – some taken from the deck and others from the kayak. What a super place to stay!

A view of "The Osprey's Nest" from our kayak, out in Cundy's Harbor, 8/5/14.
A view of “The Osprey’s Nest” from our kayak, out in Cundy’s Harbor, 8/5/14.
Snowy Egret while kayaking Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell ME, 8/7/14.
Snowy Egret while kayaking Cundy’s Harbor in Harpswell ME, 8/7/14.

Double Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Canada Goose
Mallard
Common Eider
Black Scoter
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-Backed Gull
Common Tern
Black Guillemot
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mourning Dove
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-Capped Chickadee
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Black-Throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Lesser Yellowlegs while kayaking Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell, Maine. 8/
Lesser Yellowlegs while kayaking Cundy’s Harbor in Harpswell, Maine. 8/7/14.
I am going to do a post about the seals in Cundy's Harbor, but I couldn't leave them out of this post entirely.
I am going to do a post about the seals in Cundy’s Harbor, but I couldn’t leave them out of this post entirely.
Common Eiders live up to their name on the coast of Maine - we saw many of these birds in the two weeks we were there. I never got tired of them. This was taken from the deck of "The Osprey's Nest", 8/5/14.
Common Eiders truly live up to their name on the coast of Maine – we saw many of these birds in the two weeks we were there. I never got tired of them. This was taken from the deck of “The Osprey’s Nest”, 8/5/14.
I think this is a young Common Tern, shot while kayaking Cundy's Harbor, 8/7/14.
I think this is a young Common Tern, shot while kayaking Cundy’s Harbor, 8/7/14.
Double Crested Cormorants are also very numerous, but I did not have many photo ops. This one was while kayaking Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell Maine, 8/7/14.
Double Crested Cormorants are also very numerous, but I did not have many photo ops. This one was taken while kayaking Cundy’s Harbor in Harpswell Maine, 8/7/14.
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This flock of Semipalmated Plovers visited us every day we were there. This was taken from the deck of “The Osprey’s Nest”, 8/8/14.

2 thoughts on “Maine 2014 – The Osprey’s Nest”

  1. Matt,
    these are super!!! My favorite is the sea’s little face sticking up out of the water, but I really like the cormorant too.

    Looking forward to more posts.

    Wilma

    1. Thanks Wilma – wait til you see the seal post I’m doing – they are so sweet and sad looking. Very curious animals! Matt

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