By Stan DeOrsey
The Merrymeeting Audubon walk on Sunday June 9, 2019 to Morse Mountain was, let’s call it interesting. Far and away the most noticeable were the mosquitoes! They were all out for revenge for some reason. But there were birds. We found a Junco gathering nest building material just off the parking lot. And the Blackburnian Warblers were singing constantly, and some were seen, but high in the trees. When we reached the beach (no mosquitoes there) we found six Black-bellied Plovers, one in nice spring plumage. We also found Piping Plovers but did not approach at all near them.
On the walk back we stopped at the mountain top … a nice breeze kept the mosquitoes away. The view was wonderful including a snow capped Mt. Washington. Good company and a few special birds almost made up for the mosquitoes!
Birds seen and heard included:
Canada Goose – with young
Black-billed Cuckoo – very quickly
Seals – maybe 50 on the island rocks
Great Crested Flycatcher
Black-throated Green Warbler
(Unfortunately, no photos are available.)
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