Field Trip Report: Sabattus Pond

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

On Saturday October 28, a group of 11 Merrymeeting Audubon birders drove in fog to Sabattus Pond. Dense fog persisted for the first hour making it virtually impossible to identify ducks on the pond.

Field trip group in fog at Sabattus Pond, ME. (photo D. Salko)

Duck flying in fog at Sabattus Pond, ME.

But, birds in the trees and bushes along the shore kept us busy until the fog slowly began to lift. After the fog lifted, nearly a thousand Ruddy Ducks and more than 100 Greater Scaup could be seen from Access Road, along with smaller numbers of 8 other species of ducks and two American Coots for a total of . After moving to Martin Point Park on the west side of the pond, the sky cleared completely with a bright blue sky and another list of 19 species including the uncommon Pied-billed Grebe were seen.

SE Sabattus Pond checklist – http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S40309135
Martin’s Point Park checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S40309137

A raft of mostly Scaup at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Two male Hooded Mergansers at Sabattus Pond, ME. (photo D. Salko)

 

Scaup eating snail at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Eastern Bluebird at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Pileated Woodpecker at Sabattus Pond, ME. (photo D. Salko)

Spider web enhanced with dew at Sabattus Pond, ME. (photo D. Salko)

Snails (duck food) at Sabattus Pond, ME. (photo D. Salko)

Colorful beech leaves at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Colorful Fall sumac at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Muskrat at Sabattus Pond, ME.

Clear and bright at last, Sabattus Pond, ME.