Date: 4/12/18 9:44 am From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Subject: [Maine-birds] PAWA & OSPR - Eastern Promenade
Finally had time to get out this morning to investigate my favorite "backyard" patch. Song Sparrows and Northern Mockingbirds were omnipresent. There were plenty of American Robins fretting back and forth through the staghorn sumac, or bobbing along the open grass, their calls mingling with the namesake cries of several Eastern Phoebes who seem to be establishing their territory and speedily setting upon the local insect population.
A lone male Red-winged Blackbird was perched at the top of a tall maple singing his distinctive spring-heralding "conk-la-reee" song despite a lack of any decent breeding habitat nearby. Another welcome sign of warmer days to come was a Palm Warbler stealthily probing through undergrowth along the mid-slope trail.
Interestingly there were a few Dark-eyed Juncos still lingering about. I believe it's the first time I've logged them alongside a warbler species on the Eastern Prom.
Osprey in both nests along the old Grand Trunk RR trestle. Common Loons in their summer plumage scattered about. Buffleheads remain in diminished numbers. No Double-crested Cormorants yet.
A beautiful and refreshing morning, and the buds are getting more and more noticeable each day. I hope some part of it reaches you all, especially in the snowier parts of the state!