Date: 5/3/18 7:39 am From: Gary Jarvis <garykjarvis...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, ME
Christine and I were just down at Evergreen too and had the same impression as Nathan; we came in through the woods from the west (we parked on Woodvale) and almost immediately were greeted by literally hundreds of White-Throated Sparrows. Many were on the ground kicking up the leaves -- and making a racket, as if several people were raking the leaves at the same time -- and dozens more kept streaming in. We encountered this twice more, including in the woods to the east of the big pond. As a conservative estimate I'd have to say that we saw at least 500-600, though the actual number was likely somewhat higher since there were likely many more that we didn't see.
The other big deal at Evergreen was a male Hooded Warbler, which was singing about ten yards into the woods to the northwest of the big pond (approximate location here <https://goo.gl/maps/UrZkcdCd1nF2>). I couldn't get a photo as it was too deep in the thickety bits, but I think Christine recorded it singing. There were several other folks around who saw it, too.
BTW, Capisic was really hopping, too. Over the span of maybe 15-20 minutes standing at the edge of that swampy depression that's on the east side of the trail, about a quarter of the way up from the parking area, we saw multiple Yellow-Rumped Warblers, along with several Northern Parulas, a Black-Throated Blue, a Chestnut-Sided, a Magnolia (Turk spotted that one), a Yellow, a couple of Palms, a Black-and-White, a Yellowthroat, and a Redstart. Craig K. and I also heard a Northern Waterthrush singing, but it was pretty far back (and I didn't see it).
To agree with Nathan one more time, eBird's new Bird Migration Forecast maps and Live Migration maps are indeed awesome. They both showed a lot of movement last night, and it was certainly borne out by what we saw on the ground. What a great morning -- if only we didn't have to work!
On Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8:32:41 AM UTC-4, Nathan Hall wrote: > > I birded Evergreen Cemetery from the 'junk' pond to the big pond and back. > > To say the least it was overwhelming. There were hundreds of YELLOW-RUMPED > WARBLERS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. In fact, when I first got there there > was so much noise on the forest floor that I was sure a WHITE-TAILED DEER > herd was going to pop out at any moment. No deer just hundreds and hundreds > of sparrows. As I walked, the forest floor kept leaping, it was kind of > creepy, as if the floor had come alive. I'm sure that I missed a lot > because I was trying to count those two species. > > There were a number of other warbler species and other fun birds, but the > real highlight for me was a COMMON WHIP-POOR-WILL. I flushed the bird as I > was walking between the ponds and got to spend a bit of time observing the > bird before it flew off into the forest. I got a number of pictures and > will upload them to my eBird checklists later. > > Here are my checklists: > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45205288 > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45205660 > <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45205660> > > I also want to give a shout out to Cornell's new BirdCast. It said there > would be a huge push overnight last night and it completely delivered. If > you aren't checking it you should be. > > http://birdcast.info/ > > Be well > Nathan Hall >