Date: 4/12/17 5:45 am From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Subject: [Maine-birds] What a difference a week makes.
Came home(Cumberland) after a week and a half on the road (where I was able to pick up a few lifers like the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker), reading all the reports and was happy to find a thick carpet of Dark-Eyed Juncos covering the ground along with a Chipping Sparrow and a Song Sparrow. A Pine Warbler and a Ruby Crowned Kinglet were out in the low branches and leaf litter just off the edge of the lawn. A pair of Eastern Phoebes was on point on the structure out back where they commonly nest. American Robins here as well which usually nest under the back porch. Can't wait to see what else the day brings.
I did also find my feeder station ravaged. One of the feeders was pulled down and 2 of my suet feeders which were chained in place are down with one of them missing. My bird bath was tipped over as well. Need to identify the possible suspect. I know a bear has been hinted at for this area but not ever seen one. But with the squirrel baffle and the fact that the feeders in question were 8 feet off the ground lead me towards a large critter.