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.

I love my patch.

Happy birding,
Ian C.

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