Schoodic Point is the mainland section of Acadia National Park. It is not as well known as the main portions of the park on Mt. Desert Island, but the Schoodic section is free to get into and less crowded. The wooded section offers great hiking, and the point itself is a good place to seawatch.
This Snowshoe Hare was eating a mushroom. Love those big feet!
Black Guillemots are common in the waters off the point.
A Common Eider drake showing the strange bill structure.
Common Eider hens
Two Great Black-backed Gulls hanging out with Herring Gulls. Laughing Gulls are present in small numbers, too, but they tend to keep farther away from the mainland.
These irises were blooming in many areas along the rocky shore. Anyone know the species?
Schoodic Point is part of Acadia National Park in Maine. It is located on the mainland, away from the big crowds that visit the more popular Mount Desert Island. There are nice patches of boreal forest and shrubby habitat, but on a clear day the highlight of the area is the rocky shore. There is ample area to sit on a big rock and watch the seabirds fly by. On the morning I took these photos, I also enjoyed seeing Harbor Porpoises and Harbor Seals.
Common Eiders, in their rather scruffy summer molt.
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, two species that I can find at home, but nice to see them on the “other” coast, too.
Great Black-backed Gull. These monsters are the largest gull species in North America, dwarfing the Western Gulls of the Pacific.