Date: 3/31/17 5:21 pm From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Ducks beginning to fill out Augusta-Belgrade open water
I stopped by the old Route 27 boat launch on Messalonskee Lake on my way home from work this afternoon. 13 Common Goldeneye were courting in the open water to the NE among a handful of Canada Geese. Two geese on the ice sounded the alarm when a male Northern Harrier passed over and flew deeper into the marsh. The only icterid present was a single Common Grackle (though I saw/heard many others at the MLRC this morning).
While eating at Chipotle in Augusta (you're now privy to my Friday night eating habits), a large 100+ flight of icterids passed over headed NW.
At dusk, I scanned the open water of South Togus Pond from S Belfast Rd. Present were 19 Hooded Merganser, 16 Mallard, 11 Common Goldeneye, and a single Ring-necked Duck drake.