Date: 4/5/17 8:57 am From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Eastern Prom Report - The Joys of Urban Birding
What a raw, wet and lovely day to look at some birds!
26 species on the Eastern Prom this morning. Top highlight was the pair of *Fox Sparrows* on the Mid-slope Trail behind the Water Treatment Plant, had some great looks at them foraging and chasing each other along the muddy path. Down by the East End Beach there was a group of *Common Goldeneyes* that were diving close to shore, plus a some *Long-tailed Ducks*, *Buffleheads *and a handsome looking *Mallard* pair.
Had a great example of the choppy wingbeats of a *Cooper's Hawk* as it passed overhead.
*Song Sparrows* were everywhere, but I wasn't able to pull any other *Melospiza* out of the small flocks foraging throughout the park. *American Robins* were also plentiful, picking their way through the sumac like a convention of pensive clergymen.
I wasn't able to spot any *House Finches *today, which was odd, and the number of *Common Eiders* was rather low.
And then there's the "urban" part! Stepped in dog poop twice, had a few good photo-ops disrupted by noisy joggers and their dogs, and spent a good twenty minutes helping a man who had passed out face-down on the trail after a generous breakfast of Milwaukee's Best Premium.