Date: 12/30/18 1:18 pm
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 1 update in 1 topic
A friend in Nobleboro had a Northern Shrike at her feeder. I don't have
her permission to post the location but could ask if it is needed for a
Christmas Count or Bird Atlas. She sent a photo which is a good record
shot which I can forward if anyone is interested.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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> Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...>: Dec 30 07:48AM -0800
> The Stanton Bird Club conducted its 39th Christmas Bird Count of the
> Lewiston and Auburn area on Saturday, December 29th. In total, seventeen
> people participated and recorded 42 species; the average since 2000 is 48.
> There was 1" of snow on the ground and most open water was frozen. The
> grand total of 4,331 individual birds was well below the average of 5,600.
> We had a partly sunny and windy day, with temperatures starting at 32
> degrees, rising to 46 by the end of the day. Count week added 3 additional
> species.
> Overall, waterfowl numbers were low in comparison to prior years. There
> was open water on the Androscoggin River, little open water at Lake Auburn
> and no open water at Sabattus or Taylor Pond. Raptor counts were up this
> year, driven by a new count high of 35 Bald Eagles (21 on Sabattus pond
> ice), and a new count high of 3 for Sharp Shinned hawk.
> There were no new bird species added to the count this year.
> Less-often-seen birds included a Merlin, a flock of Snow Buntings and Pine
> Grosbeaks. Count for Tufted Titmouse and White Throated Sparrow reached
> new highs, while Mallard, Song Sparrow & Northern Cardinal counts were
> above average. On the low side, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee,
> Blue Jay and Mourning Dove were below average this year.
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