Date: 10/23/18 10:20 am
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Monday 22 Oct- Jonesboro-Roque Bluffs- huge sparrow migration
Yes everywhere in Freeport
Dan Nickerson

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM Carol Muth <suzmuth...> wrote:

> At 9:15 in the morning we drove from Johnson Cove Rd via Roque Bluffs Rd
> to Great Cove Rd ending at Rte 1 - and between 4:00 and 5:00pm returning
> the same route and adding Roque Bluffs State Park to boat launch at Long
> Pond --all along the way, morning and later- many many many small flocks of
> sparrows, 80%- 90% DEJU, WTSP, the remainder Tree Sparrows, and
> White-crowned with (at the park) Savannah Sparrows.
> We have never seen this many sparrows at one time in one area ever.
> There were probably thousands, but since it was difficult to count, the
> birds being in the shrubs when not on the gravel at the roadside, I will
> say, at the very least, hundreds of birds. The Juncos were especially
> overwhelming in their numbers all along the way. Sometimes every few
> hundred yards a flock of them.
> It was an astonishing experience for us.We didn't have opportunity to
> stop in the morning (having a scheduled appt.) but on the way back we
> stopped several times (the road is narrow with many glacial moraine "dips"
> so it is difficult to park without causing a dangerous situation for the
> infrequent traffic which doesn't usually include parked birders. Roque
> Bluffs State Park had shadows, but in the sunny spots the birds were there
> along Schoppee Rd.
> On busy Rte 1 the traffic must have scattered the flocks because there
> weren't many to be seen.
> I thought I would see many reports of this today. Did no one else have
> these sparrows in abundance?
>
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