Inexplicably, my boss scheduled a meeting for 7:30 am which kind of through a wrench into my plans to bird at Kennebunk Plains before work . . . a natural grassland about 40 minutes away.
Did that detour me??? Heck no!!!! I just set the alarm at 4:00 and was on the road 15 minutes later.
My target bird was the Upland Sandpiper . . . a summer resident of the grasslands of the Great Plains but only found in Maine where natural grassland allow for their nesting and grazing . . . it’s a Sandpiper that has not interest in the shore.
About fifteen minutes after arriving I strolled past a pair that was covorting near a side path and didn’t seem too concerned by me. I managed to observe and photograph them for five minutes before they flew off.
Other first of the year birds . . . a Brown Thrasher and a Grasshopper Sparrow. I had hoped to get a Clay-colored Sparrow . . . while I may have heard a few . . . couldn’t make a positive identification.