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3/24/19 10:00 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] FOY phoebe in Sidney
3/24/19 8:08 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/24/19 6:51 am Stephen Burt <stepheneburt...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
3/24/19 6:36 am Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...> [Maine-birds] Green-winged teal
3/24/19 6:30 am A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...> [Maine-birds] pond ice conditions at Sanford Laagoons
3/24/19 6:15 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
3/24/19 6:08 am Susan D <spdbh...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
3/23/19 4:26 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 3:59 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Fwd: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 3:41 pm <nilsec...> [Maine-birds] Common Golden Eye, Scarborough Marsh Near Audubon Ctr
3/23/19 3:29 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (23 Mar 2019) 4 Raptors
3/23/19 3:04 pm 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 1:58 pm Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 12:57 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 11:18 am Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...> [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
3/23/19 9:16 am Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...> [Maine-birds] Bremen saga
3/23/19 7:06 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese back at Jordan's farm Cape Elizabeth
3/23/19 5:42 am Dave Cowan <dcowan01...> Re: [Maine-birds] WCSP FOY Cumberland
3/23/19 5:29 am Dave Cowan <dcowan01...> Re: [Maine-birds] WCSP FOY Cumberland
3/23/19 5:25 am Dave Cowan <dcowan01...> [Maine-birds] Pine siskins Cumberland
3/22/19 4:02 pm Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Woodcock 6:55pm Bar Harbor
3/22/19 3:53 pm Magill Weber <magillweber...> Re: [Maine-birds] Saco: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
3/22/19 3:43 pm Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...> [Maine-birds] Greater white-fronted goose Portland
3/22/19 2:48 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 3/16-22
3/22/19 2:43 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Mar 2019) Raptors
3/22/19 1:56 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Saco: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
3/22/19 1:43 pm Seth Benz <sbenz...> [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Atlas Workshop
3/22/19 11:13 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Great egret...Scarborough marsh next to road
3/22/19 10:07 am Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Woodcocks on Monhegan
3/22/19 7:53 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] FOY killdeer
3/22/19 7:36 am 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Grackles and RWBB in Pittsfield
3/22/19 7:34 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] pied billed grebes
3/22/19 6:15 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] pied billed grebes
3/22/19 5:46 am Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
3/21/19 8:38 pm Albert Roehn <yankeeal7...> [Maine-birds] FOY 2 turkey vulture in newfield on Sunday
3/21/19 8:38 pm Stephen Burt <stepheneburt...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
3/21/19 4:25 pm Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...> [Maine-birds] sky dance
3/21/19 3:47 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Mar 2019) 41 Raptors
3/21/19 12:06 pm Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz...> [Maine-birds] Arrivals Study 2018
3/21/19 11:24 am Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...> [Maine-birds] Canada Geese and Red-winged Blackbirds in Unity
3/21/19 11:08 am Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] Piping Plover
3/21/19 10:59 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] redwings
3/21/19 10:25 am A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...> [Maine-birds] Bauneg Beg Mt. Hawks watching this spring
3/21/19 10:03 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow in Holden
3/21/19 4:13 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/20/19 3:36 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Mar 2019) 30 Raptors
3/20/19 3:32 pm Ernie <photoblazer.hall404...> [Maine-birds] Snow buntings
3/20/19 1:03 pm Gudrun Keszoecze <web...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird sighting in Orono
3/20/19 10:27 am Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
3/20/19 9:32 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
3/20/19 9:29 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
3/20/19 9:25 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Change that to snow geese at Jordans farm
3/20/19 8:49 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Ross's goose? Jordan farm
3/19/19 2:55 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2019) 25 Raptors
3/19/19 12:48 pm A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...> Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra Swan
3/19/19 12:04 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Tundra Swan
3/19/19 9:21 am 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Hooded Mergansers
3/19/19 9:12 am Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
3/19/19 3:56 am Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> [Maine-birds] One robin does not make a spring- but a whole flock does!!
3/18/19 8:33 pm <robben99...> [Maine-birds] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore
3/18/19 3:30 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] turkey vulture
3/18/19 3:11 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2019) 14 Raptors
3/18/19 2:22 pm JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...> [Maine-birds] Red polls in China
3/18/19 2:19 pm JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...> [Maine-birds] Turkey vultures in Augusta
3/18/19 1:44 pm Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra
3/18/19 1:30 pm Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Tundra
3/18/19 12:59 pm awthayer <awthayer...> [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Scarborough Marsh.
3/18/19 12:21 pm Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...> [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures, Holden
3/18/19 11:47 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra swan at Scarborough Marsh
3/18/19 11:12 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] additional West K'bunk
3/18/19 10:39 am 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snow goose
3/18/19 10:38 am <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Cumberland Redpolls/Sharp-Shinned Hawk
3/18/19 10:20 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] Re: "Slate-colored Junco"
3/18/19 10:19 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] FOY RWBB Brewer/Holden
3/18/19 10:10 am brad woodward <brad5000...> [Maine-birds] Tundra swan at Scarborough Marsh
3/18/19 8:43 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> Re: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Sullivan
3/18/19 7:41 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] Spring in West Kennebunk
3/18/19 7:15 am Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> [Maine-birds] Red-shouldered Hawk Freeport
3/18/19 7:03 am Brenda Franey <brendafraney6...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sp & Jay ?
3/18/19 5:34 am 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Sullivan
3/18/19 4:32 am Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...> [Maine-birds] Ducks
3/18/19 4:03 am Pat Ledlie <ledlie...> [Maine-birds] "Slate-colored Junco"
3/17/19 3:29 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2019) 42 Raptors
3/17/19 2:24 pm Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan 3/17
3/17/19 2:05 pm Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...> [Maine-birds] FOY Red-winged Blackbird in Hanock
3/17/19 9:47 am Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] 2 Great egrets
3/17/19 7:44 am Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] Snow goose
3/17/19 6:57 am Nathan Hall <hallnatec...> [Maine-birds] Snow Goose Back Bay Portland
3/16/19 3:32 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Mar 2019) 83 Raptors
3/16/19 2:41 pm Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Redwing Blackbirds
3/16/19 2:10 pm Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] FOY D-e Juncos in song - MDI
3/16/19 1:30 pm Ann Nesslage <anesslage...> [Maine-birds] Webber Pond, Bremen grackles, etc.
3/16/19 12:30 pm Bob Knight <bob...> [Maine-birds] Brooksville, FOY Red-winged Blackbirds RWBL
3/16/19 10:47 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] Shrike
3/16/19 10:05 am Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...> Re: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/16/19 7:26 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/16/19 6:49 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] BirdTrax
3/16/19 5:47 am 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbirds, Pittsfield
3/16/19 5:42 am AMF <znse37...> Re: [Maine-birds] Male red-winged balckbird in Benton this morning
3/16/19 5:15 am Rich MacDonald <rich...> [Maine-birds] Acadian Woodcock
3/16/19 3:14 am <crowskd36...> [Maine-birds] FOY Woodcock Portland
3/15/19 6:14 pm Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...> [Maine-birds] King Eider, 12 Barrow's Goldeneye - Blue Hill Falls
3/15/19 4:09 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 3/9-15
3/15/19 3:52 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2019) 34 Raptors
3/15/19 1:43 pm Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures Cape Neddick
3/15/19 8:42 am fltonyferrara <fltonyferrara...> [Maine-birds] Male red-winged balckbird in Damariscotta this morning
3/15/19 4:35 am Magill Weber <magillweber...> [Maine-birds] Kennebunk Redpolls
3/14/19 2:22 pm Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> [Maine-birds] King Eider
3/14/19 2:01 pm Pat Ledlie <ledlie...> [Maine-birds] Bohemian Waxwings
3/14/19 1:57 pm Pat Ledlie <ledlie...> [Maine-birds] Bohemian Was Wings
3/14/19 10:32 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch starts tomorrow, 3/15!
3/14/19 7:19 am <cathie.murray...> [Maine-birds] Turkey Vulture north of Augusta and downed barred owl
3/14/19 7:08 am Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [Maine-birds] Denny Abbott
3/14/19 6:36 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/14/19 3:22 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> Re: [Maine-birds] Owls
3/13/19 5:10 pm Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Re: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Cumberland
3/13/19 4:16 pm 'carl small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Owls
3/13/19 1:37 pm Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Cumberland
3/12/19 2:23 pm kathys <ksammis...> [Maine-birds] FOY red-winged blackbirds
3/10/19 12:02 pm 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Evening grosbeaks
3/9/19 5:55 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/8/19 1:40 pm Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan Birds this week
3/8/19 6:13 am Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...> [Maine-birds] Snow Goose currently off Shoreline Drive in Falmouth
3/7/19 8:16 am M. Calien Lewis <silberose...> [Maine-birds] Crows in LA
3/6/19 5:49 pm 'abdarrah' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Crows again in Bangor
3/6/19 12:33 pm <leonard.53...> [Maine-birds] RFI: Atlantic Puffin Viewing Late May
3/6/19 5:01 am Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [Maine-birds] ACT FAST Crow Patrol Outings to see the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence MA
3/5/19 1:21 pm gerrishlaw via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Re: Great Gray Owls - February 2019
3/5/19 12:21 pm 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owls - February 2019
3/4/19 6:07 pm Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
3/4/19 3:36 pm Kingbird23 <mirvatheocelot...> [Maine-birds] Grouse in Maine
3/4/19 11:47 am Robert O'Connell <flashart123...> RE: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
3/4/19 10:24 am David Gulick <dvdgu741...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
3/4/19 10:04 am Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...> [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
3/3/19 1:20 pm Allan Fuller <znse37...> [Maine-birds] Peregrine - Belfast
3/3/19 11:40 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Rough-legged Hawk
3/2/19 9:28 am Bob Crowley <crbob...> [Maine-birds] Redpoll, Goshawk, Chatham, NH
3/1/19 3:40 pm Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...> [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye, Sears Island Causeway
3/1/19 10:59 am <wtownsend...> [Maine-birds] Christmas count trivia
3/1/19 5:46 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Hermit Thrush / Bluebirds in West Kennebunk
3/1/19 5:43 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Snowy owl East Point/Wood Island, Biddeford Pool / Hermit Thrush West Kennebunk
2/28/19 12:36 pm Becky Marvil <bmarvil...> [Maine-birds] Acadia Birding Festival (May 30-June 2) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
2/27/19 12:29 pm Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Pine Grosbeaks
2/27/19 10:51 am Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [Maine-birds] ACCESS IS RESTRICTED at wastewater treatment plants in NH
2/26/19 6:48 pm Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [Maine-birds] Belted Kingfisher in Harpswell
2/26/19 3:22 pm Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...> [Maine-birds] A surprise in Bremen
2/25/19 2:59 pm Steve Barnes <stbarnes...> [Maine-birds] Turkey Vulture
2/25/19 2:11 pm Michael Boardman <mike...> [Maine-birds] Turkey vultures
2/25/19 1:59 pm Chris <chrisjames...> [Maine-birds] Brant at Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
2/24/19 12:53 pm Katharina Hartman <khartmanster...> [Maine-birds] Saco feeder
2/24/19 10:45 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] redpolls
2/24/19 9:13 am Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [Maine-birds] Pelagic Trip to Jeffrey's Ledge - 2/23/19
2/24/19 6:23 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 2 updates in 1 topic
2/23/19 7:21 pm Glenn Hodgkins <hodgkinsglenn...> [Maine-birds] Vinalhaven today
2/23/19 3:50 pm Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...> [Maine-birds] Rockland-Vinalhaven Ferry trip
 
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Date: 3/24/19 10:00 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY phoebe in Sidney
While out snowshoeing (!) had my FOY phoebe fly-catching along a warm,
south-facing edge.

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Date: 3/24/19 8:08 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
Yes exactly, Jeff. We have a similar looking goose who's been here for years at the Damariscotta Fish Ladder, he or she is almost always with the other domestics, all are residents. Occasionally a Canada Goose joins the domestic flock, sometimes 2 but eventually leave. There are a lot of these rare goose imposters around. Also another in Sherpscot as well.

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Date: 3/24/19 6:51 am
From: Stephen Burt <stepheneburt...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
I’ve had one since the 21st. Edgecomb.

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Date: 3/24/19 6:36 am
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Green-winged teal
A stunning male Green-winged Teal at Oyster Creek in Damariscotta yesterday, bathed in setting sunlight!

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, ME 04551





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Date: 3/24/19 6:30 am
From: A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] pond ice conditions at Sanford Laagoons
Hi all,

This morning Pond #4 has about 30% open water the other ponds are still
frozen over except for some of the edges are opening up a little..
The following are the only ducks on pond #4
American Black Duck 11
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 1

Today's complete list here :

Canada Goose 3
Mallard 1 fly over
American Black Duck 11
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 1
Herring Gull (American) 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 14
Song Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 42
Common Grackle 2

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

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Date: 3/24/19 6:15 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
I am pretty sure I had one here the other day but it was a flyby so not confirmed.
Sarah

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty

I think I had a Fox Sparrow at my feeder in Liberty yesterday but this is not a bird I usually see so my confidence is not solid. It had a very heavily streaked breast with little white; I did not see any yellow on the beak so perhaps it was a Song Sparrow? Have others been seeing Fox Sparrows around yet?

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Date: 3/24/19 6:08 am
From: Susan D <spdbh...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow? Liberty
I think I had a Fox Sparrow at my feeder in Liberty yesterday but this is not a bird I usually see so my confidence is not solid. It had a very heavily streaked breast with little white; I did not see any yellow on the beak so perhaps it was a Song Sparrow? Have others been seeing Fox Sparrows around yet?

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Date: 3/23/19 4:26 pm
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
Thank you for clarification. Now to slink away and amend that eBird
report...

On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 6:59 PM 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <
<maine-birds...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Unless there was originally a different bird, this is the same
> domestic-type white-fronted goose that has been here for many years, and
> regularly gets reported as a Greater White-fronted Goose. Marion Sprague
> just sent me photos of this expected, resident individual.
>
> Of course, the two-bird theory might apply as there was a legitimate wild
> Greater White-fronted Goose here several years ago.
>
> -Derek
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From:* Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
> *Date:* March 23, 2019 at 4:58:33 PM EDT
>
> If we are talking about the goose with the three white domestic geese at
> the corner of Congress and Waldo St in Portland, I’m afraid that is some
> form of domestic goose hybrid rather than a true, wild Greater
> White-fronted Goose.
>
> Jeff Wells
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Mar 23, 2019, at 3:56 PM, Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> wrote:
>
> Continuing at same location as of 3:45pm. Great light for photos when it
> picks its head up.
>
> On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 2:18 PM Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...> wrote:
>
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Date: 3/23/19 3:59 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
Hi all,

Unless there was originally a different bird, this is the same domestic-type white-fronted goose that has been here for many years, and regularly gets reported as a Greater White-fronted Goose. Marion Sprague just sent me photos of this expected, resident individual.

Of course, the two-bird theory might apply as there was a legitimate wild Greater White-fronted Goose here several years ago.

-Derek

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> From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
> Date: March 23, 2019 at 4:58:33 PM EDT
>
> If we are talking about the goose with the three white domestic geese at the corner of Congress and Waldo St in Portland, I’m afraid that is some form of domestic goose hybrid rather than a true, wild Greater White-fronted Goose.
>
> Jeff Wells
>
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> On Mar 23, 2019, at 3:56 PM, Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> wrote:
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>> Continuing at same location as of 3:45pm. Great light for photos when it picks its head up.
>>
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Date: 3/23/19 3:41 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Common Golden Eye, Scarborough Marsh Near Audubon Ctr
With various Mergansers and Canada Geese

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Date: 3/23/19 3:29 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (23 Mar 2019) 4 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 23, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 3 128 128
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 35 35
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 0 11 11
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 35
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 52 52
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 4 4
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 4 273 273
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> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore
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> Visitors:
> 22 people visited the watch.
>
> Weather:
> Today was about as windy as expected. Luckily, due to the direction from the NW, the tall Pines took the brunt of the force. Skies cleared out significantly by late morning, with a few lenticular clouds hanging around. By late afternoon cloud cover began to increase slightly. Temps were cool,in the high 30s. Visibilty was excellent during the first hour, until the sun came out, causing some heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The first slow day of counting, this season. Local birds retreated to the woods early on, only occasionally making an appearance. Vultures and Eagles struggled in the high winds. It wasn't a total loss, as we were able to put a few birds up on the board.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Pretty quiet at the summit, or bird sound was being drowned out by the roaring wind. 17 species were identified from the summit. Northbound birds included: 50 Canada Gees 5 Common Grackles 2 American Robins 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 European Starling
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> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks to be a better day for birds and birders alike. Winds should be lighter, at about 9-10mph from the west. Sun may give way to more clouds by mid to late afternoon, with temps climbing to a comfortable 48-50 degrees Fahrenheit. We shouldn't have much trouble getting back to double digits tomorrow.
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> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
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Date: 3/23/19 3:04 pm
From: 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
Looks like a wild goose chase.
H.Donovan

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> On Mar 23, 2019, at 4:58 PM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> wrote:
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> If we are talking about the goose with the three white domestic geese at the corner of Congress and Waldo St in Portland, I’m afraid that is some form of domestic goose hybrid rather than a true, wild Greater White-fronted Goose.
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> Jeff Wells
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> On Mar 23, 2019, at 3:56 PM, Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> wrote:
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>> Continuing at same location as of 3:45pm. Great light for photos when it picks its head up.
>>
>>> On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 2:18 PM Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...> wrote:
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Date: 3/23/19 1:58 pm
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
If we are talking about the goose with the three white domestic geese at the corner of Congress and Waldo St in Portland, I’m afraid that is some form of domestic goose hybrid rather than a true, wild Greater White-fronted Goose.

Jeff Wells

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On Mar 23, 2019, at 3:56 PM, Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...><mailto:<i.a.carlsen...>> wrote:

Continuing at same location as of 3:45pm. Great light for photos when it picks its head up.

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At 2:15 still hanging with the domestics. Now in Stroudwater on the grass at the corner of Waldo and Congress. Across from church



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Date: 3/23/19 12:57 pm
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
Continuing at same location as of 3:45pm. Great light for photos when it
picks its head up.

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Date: 3/23/19 11:18 am
From: Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Portland white-fronted goose
At 2:15 still hanging with the domestics. Now in Stroudwater on the grass at the corner of Waldo and Congress. Across from church



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Date: 3/23/19 9:16 am
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bremen saga
I have a whole new respect for American Kestrels. A Mourning Dove hit my window and was dead on the ground this morning. A female kestrel came along plucked it then a group of turkeys wandered in. She kept them at bay, dragged the body about 10 feet, let go and flew to the fence. After seeing me the turkeys ran off then came back. She fended them off, grabbed, well dragged, her prey under a bush screeching, and then fell to it. Feisty little thing. She is now eating a well-deserved lunch.

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Date: 3/23/19 7:06 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese back at Jordan's farm Cape Elizabeth
10 AM in fields toward Marsh

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Date: 3/23/19 5:42 am
From: Dave Cowan <dcowan01...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] WCSP FOY Cumberland
Came and went very fast, so unconfirmed at best.

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Date: 3/23/19 5:29 am
From: Dave Cowan <dcowan01...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] WCSP FOY Cumberland
And at least one adult White-crowned sparrow!

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Date: 3/23/19 5:25 am
From: Dave Cowan <dcowan01...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine siskins Cumberland
A pair visiting our feeders this morning.

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Date: 3/22/19 4:02 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Woodcock 6:55pm Bar Harbor

Wally and I just saw a Woodcock at the outlet of the Frenchman’s Hill Firepond!
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Date: 3/22/19 3:53 pm
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Saco: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Still there as of nearly sundown. Thanks Josh!
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Date: 3/22/19 3:43 pm
From: Peter Morelli <pmorelli2...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Greater white-fronted goose Portland

At 6:40 pm. On stream bank behind yoga studio at Stroudwater on Congress


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Date: 3/22/19 2:48 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 3/16-22
Hi all,
My other observations of note over the past seven days also included the following:
- 2+ Common Redpolls, Hunter Road Rec Fields, Freeport, 3/20.
- 1 Northern Shrike, Bradbury Mtn Hawkwatch, 3/21 (my 136th all time species from the Hawkwatch!)

My personal "first of years" this week included:
1 Brown-headed Cowbird, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 3/16 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
1 Northern Pintail, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 3/16 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
2 American Wigeon,Wharton Point, Brunswick, 3/16 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).

Other migrants:
The first push of Song Sparrows was noticeable in the area, along with a steady but increasing trickle of Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles. The first big blackbird flocks were arriving by Thursday.

-Derek


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Date: 3/22/19 2:43 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Mar 2019) Raptors


Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal, Maine, USA


| Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 22, 2019 |
| Species | Day's Count | Month Total | Season Total |
| Black Vulture | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Turkey Vulture | 0 | 125 | 125 |
| Osprey | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Bald Eagle | 0 | 34 | 34 |
| Northern Harrier | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | 0 | 2 | 2 |
| Cooper's Hawk | 0 | 11 | 11 |
| Northern Goshawk | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Red-shouldered Hawk | 0 | 35 | 35 |
| Broad-winged Hawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Red-tailed Hawk | 0 | 52 | 52 |
| Rough-legged Hawk | 0 | 2 | 2 |
| Golden Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| American Kestrel | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Merlin | 0 | 4 | 4 |
| Peregrine Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Accipiter | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Buteo | 0 | 2 | 2 |
| Unknown Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Raptor | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Total: | 0 | 269 | 269 |



(No count conducted today)


Weather:
The Bradbury Mountain hawkwatch was canceled today, due to inclementweather. Morning snow, with a change to rain, was the impetus for theshutdown.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow should be brighter and drier than today. Cloud cover ought todiminish as the day progresses. Air temperatures could climb to the low40s. I'm a little leery of the wind conditions for tomorrow. Strong windshave closed the count in the past, and appear to be a threat for Saturday.Current predictions are for northwest winds in the high teens to 20mph,gusting to the 30s. Certainly, things could change. If not, maintain a firmgrip on your scope and let's hope for the best.

Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]




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Date: 3/22/19 1:56 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Saco: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Hi all,

There is currently an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with a flock of
Canada Geese in the field across from 237 Boom Road in Saco.

—Josh & Jenny
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Date: 3/22/19 1:43 pm
From: Seth Benz <sbenz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Atlas Workshop
Glen Mittelhauser and Doug Hitchcox will be leading an atlasing workshop at Schoodic Institute on Saturday, April 13.
It will take place from 9:30 to 2. Its free and open to all. Backyard birders welcome.
Atlas success depends upon volunteers. Lots of volunteers.
Call Michelle at 207-288-1356 to register (we need to get a count of participants).
Bring your own lunch or purchase at Schoodic.
Do it for the birds!



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Date: 3/22/19 11:13 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great egret...Scarborough marsh next to road
Seen incidentally while checking out tides

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Date: 3/22/19 10:07 am
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Woodcocks on Monhegan
Heard my first Woodcocks flying in last night about 11pm.

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Date: 3/22/19 7:53 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY killdeer
Crazy killdeer taking a bath in a slush puddle next to the Valero Station
in Oakland.

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Date: 3/22/19 7:36 am
From: 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grackles and RWBB in Pittsfield
Large mixed flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles here this morning - 40+ RWBB and at least 10 grackles.
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Date: 3/22/19 7:34 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] pied billed grebes
Yes, indeed! I had two grebes there yesterday morning. They were laying pretty low and hiding in the branches along the shore with only their heads above the water. As I drove away they came out into the open.

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Date: 3/22/19 6:15 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] pied billed grebes
Waterfowl are starting to gather in the open water in Belgrade
Stream/Messalonskee Lake next to the Route 27 bridge. Rushing to work, I
saw tiny diving ducks--believe they were pied billed grebes along with
assorted others. Worth a look-see.

Julia

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Date: 3/22/19 5:46 am
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
Newport, Sebasticook Lake, March 21, 5:45 pm
There were a dozen or more Common Goldeneye in the open water beside the
American Legion. Most of them were males.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 3/21/19 8:38 pm
From: Albert Roehn <yankeeal7...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY 2 turkey vulture in newfield on Sunday
Barred Owl on feeder pole Friday, red-wings heard. Turkey Vultures(2) on Sunday

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Date: 3/21/19 8:38 pm
From: Stephen Burt <stepheneburt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
FOY Fox Sparrow in Edgecomb.

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Date: 3/21/19 4:25 pm
From: Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] sky dance
At last! I have just witnessed my first-of-the-season woodcock skydance, in my yard. It's my favorite thing!


Today the number of song sparrows was on the rise, and they were singing nonstop. Also the tom turkeys are putting on quite a colorful show, but the hens don't seem to care.


Nancy Dickinson
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Date: 3/21/19 3:47 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Mar 2019) 41 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 21, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 14 125 125
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 4 34 34
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 4 11 11
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 6 35 35
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 12 52 52
> Rough-legged Hawk 1 2 2
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 4 4
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 41 269 269
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> I expected to see a few more people than the 12 who stopped by.
>
> Weather:
> Skies were mostly cloudy, with brief periods of sun. By early afternoon the the skies became fully overcast with the approaching front. Air temps were mild, in the low 40s. A strong and gusty wind buffeted the summit for much of the day.The strongest winds occurred a little after midday. Visibility was good throughout the day.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Today was pretty epic. It seemed more like a good day in April than the end of the first count-week in March. Birds were on the move early, out ahead of the approaching low pressure system. Compared to yesterday, birds seemed to be moving with more purpose. A highlight for the day and season, was a flyover by a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk, which came in just over the treetops at the summit. The bird rolled in the wind,onto its left side, displaying its beautiful two-toned underside. It was a quick look, but up close and personal. I had turned around at the right time, otherwise it would have been missed. A couple hikers/birders got to enjoy it as well.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Passerines were moving early as well today. Geese, Blackbirds and Robins made up the bulk of the movement. At about 10:55 EST Derek identified the first Northern Shrike to be seen from this count site. Not long after, 25 Bohemian Waxwings landed in the trees at the summit. Shortly after noon 3 Sandhill Cranes were spotted circling high to the east southeast. I couldn't enjoy them for long, as the wind decided to distribute my paperwork across the mountain just after spotting the them. I never picked them up again. There were 28 species of birds and one deer identified for the day list. Some of the birds moving north included: 259 Blackbird Spp. 203 Canada Geese 200 Common Grackles 120 American Robins 79 Red-winged Blackbirds 25 Bohemian Waxwings 12 European Starlings 4 Hooded Mergansers 4 American Black Ducks 3 Killdeer 1 Common Merganser 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Finch
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrows count may be postponed or canceled due to the predicted rain. Rain may be steady in the morning hours, possibly becoming intermittent by the afternoon. Winds may be stiff, at 10-15mph from the east northeast, shifting to more east southeast by the afternoon. Temps should be a rather comfortable 40F or so.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 3/21/19 12:06 pm
From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Arrivals Study 2018
Dear All

I loved participating in Herb Wilson’s arrival study, so I continued my own last year here in Buxton.

For anyone interested, my 2018 tracking sheet can be found here <https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3rvujact2409bk/Arrival%20Data%20Sheet%20'18.pdf?dl=0>.

Of note last year:

- American Woodcock (heard once only, in past years was nightly for much of early Spring)
- Hermit Thrush (only seen once and not heard, again was a nightly sound in years past)
- Palm Warbler (usually seen early in the migration when heading north but not seen or heard in 2018)

Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher and House Wren, who were all present when we moved to Buxton in 2001, have not been seen or heard for many years now.

Happy 2019 Arrivals!

—mco

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Date: 3/21/19 11:24 am
From: Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Canada Geese and Red-winged Blackbirds in Unity
Male Red-winged Blackbirds have showed up two days ago, on 3/19, and are
already establishing territories at Unity Pond. Today, 13 Canada Geese
showed up, but seemed distressed to find no open water. Hopefully the
marsh starts melting soon.

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Date: 3/21/19 11:08 am
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Piping Plover
Reporting for Pat Sanborn. She observed a Piping Plover on the beach in
Biddeford Pool this morning. Feeding on the beach in front of the Marie
Joseph Spiritual Center.
Marie Jordan

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Date: 3/21/19 10:59 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] redwings
Flock of 30ish Red Winged Blackbirds at work today in Belfast.

Sarah


Dr. Sarah Caputo
Belfast Veterinary Hospital
Belfast, ME

Mountain Valley Farm
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Date: 3/21/19 10:25 am
From: A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bauneg Beg Mt. Hawks watching this spring
Today,
https://ebird.org/me/view/checklist/email?subID=S54045305
Hawk watching 11.07 to 12.09 SW wind 0 to 10, cloudy, changed to
mostly to blue skies.
7 species (+3 other taxa)

Mourning Dove 1
gull sp. 1
Turkey Vulture 5 2 local, 3 migrating
Cooper's Hawk 1 migrating
Bald Eagle 1 migrating
Red-tailed Hawk 7 3 Local, 4 migrating
Buteo sp. 3 migrating
American Crow 1
American Robin 2 Flying south
blackbird sp. 1 local

Yesterday

Hawk watching 10.24 AM to 1.29 PM. WSW wind, 0 to 5 MPH, partly cloudy.
12 species (+4 other taxa)

Killdeer 2 Migrating
Turkey Vulture 3 1. Resident.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 migrating
Cooper's Hawk 1 migrating
Accipiter sp. 1 Flew over my head so close I could hear the wooosh of
the bird. Dropped down into trees.
Red-tailed Hawk 2 possibly migrating ?
eagle sp. 1 Golden on back, white at base of the primaries, tail dark
brown, no white. Flying south!!
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
woodpecker sp. 1
American Crow 7 1. Resident,. 6. Migrating
Common Raven 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 24 Migrating
blackbird sp. 16 Too far away to tell if red winged or Rusty.

March 18th

Mar 18, 2019 9:32 AM - 10:49 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Hawk watching is retarded in cold windy weather!!! WNW wind
10 to 30 MPH, 27 degrees. Mt Washington was clearly seen.
6 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2 flying south
Red-tailed Hawk 1 local
hawk sp. 1 Dark blue back
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1

March 14th
Mar 14, 2019 1:38 PM - 3:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.63 mile(s)
Comments: Hawk watching 1:57 pm to 3:50 pm, cloudy, SE wind 0 to 5,
6 species

Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1 Juvinale
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 32
Common Raven 3
Tufted Titmouse 2

March 13th
Mar 13, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.65 mile(s)
Comments: Hawk watching 12.24 to 2.24. south west wind 0 to 5 MPH.
Clear skies turned to overcast. 39 degrees.
5 species (+3 other taxa)

Accipiter sp. 1
Buteo sp. 2 Local
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2 Local birds
crow/raven sp. 2 XX
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1 On the hike up.
American Robin 1

March 11

Mar 11, 2019 10:42 AM - 12:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.63 mile(s)
Comments: Hawk watching. 40 degrees, west wind 10 to 20 MPH. Mostly
cloudy.
7 species (+2 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Buteo sp. 2
eagle sp. 1 No white, dark brown above, too far away.
American Crow 607
Common Raven 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Cedar Waxwing 6

It is .63 mile hike up the mountain to get to the top. There are no views
looking south, only NW, N, and NE.
Hot spot information: https://ebird.org/me/hotspot/L810866

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

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Date: 3/21/19 10:03 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow in Holden
...singing his little head off

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Date: 3/21/19 4:13 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
There was a large influx of sparrows overnight.
Appears to be mostly SONG SPARROWS.

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Date: 3/20/19 3:36 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Mar 2019) 30 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 20, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 9 111 111
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 5 30 30
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 1 7 7
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 6 29 29
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 7 40 40
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 1 4 4
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 30 228 228
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Hump day brought 14 visitors to the watch.
>
> Weather:
> Plentiful sunshine and brilliant blue skies gave the look of being warmer than it felt atop the summit. Air temps climbed into the high 30s, however, by midday an icy and stiff south southeast wind had increased, making for a cooler day than expected. An occasional cloud formed near the summit before quickly dissolving into nothing leaving nothing but the occasional plane contrail to give our eyes some contrast and a focal point. Visibility was good with the exception of a slight haze.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Numbers remain high for this first week. Today proved to be rather frustrating. Eagles in particular were scattered all over the sky for much of the day, playing and harassing one another. Determining migrants from non migrants was a challenge. Eagles and other species counted today would disappear to the north and would seemingly reappear, now moving in a southerly direction. Birds were tallied mostly based on protocol standards. I remain skeptical of many birds tallied today. It was a bizarre, hard to describe day atop The Brad. Enjoyable nonetheless.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Not only were raptors traveling in all directions, but some other birds seemed to be having troubles as well. Geese and Robins couldn't seem to find their correct heading today. One Common Merganser decided to cut through the Gordion Knot that was today and made a fast and decisive exit to the north.
>
> Predictions:
> High pressure will be moving out and we should see some increasing cloud cover tomorrow. Temps should climb to the low 40s, although a predicted south wind at about 8-10 mph will cool things down on the summit. Some rain appears to be on its way but may not get here before the day is done. I' hoping the next weather system encourages some birds to move out ahead of the rain.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 3/20/19 3:32 pm
From: Ernie <photoblazer.hall404...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow buntings
Hi,
A flock of 20 snow buntings showed up at my feeders in Jay, Maine.
Ernie Hall
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Date: 3/20/19 1:03 pm
From: Gudrun Keszoecze <web...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird sighting in Orono
Good afternoon,

Saw a single male bird (a scout?) at the bird feeder on March 17 & 18, 2019
in Orono.

- Gudrun

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Date: 3/20/19 10:27 am
From: Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
Yes, snow goose because of the grin patch.

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Date: 3/20/19 9:32 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
I believe that these are snow geese. I got a better look and saw the black
grin patch. I thought it was odd to see more than one.

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Date: 3/20/19 9:29 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese not Ross's
I believe I got a better look and can see the black grin patch .see photo
attached. Thought it odd to see more than one. They flew off as a pair of
bald eagles approached.

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Date: 3/20/19 9:25 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Change that to snow geese at Jordans farm


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Date: 3/20/19 8:49 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ross's goose? Jordan farm
ID help..
Smallish goose, black primaries,
Six sited at 1130

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Date: 3/19/19 2:55 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2019) 25 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
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| Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2019 |
| Species | Day's Count | Month Total | Season Total |
| Black Vulture | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Turkey Vulture | 11 | 102 | 102 |
| Osprey | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Bald Eagle | 4 | 25 | 25 |
| Northern Harrier | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | 0 | 2 | 2 |
| Cooper's Hawk | 1 | 6 | 6 |
| Northern Goshawk | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Red-shouldered Hawk | 5 | 23 | 23 |
| Broad-winged Hawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Red-tailed Hawk | 4 | 33 | 33 |
| Rough-legged Hawk | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Golden Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| American Kestrel | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Merlin | 0 | 3 | 3 |
| Peregrine Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Accipiter | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Buteo | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Unknown Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Raptor | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Total: | 25 | 198 | 198 |




| Observation start time: | 08:00:00 |
| Observation end time: | 16:00:00 |
| Total observation time: | 8 hours |
| Official Counter | Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch |
| Observers: | Chuck Barnes, Dave Fensore, Tom Downing |




Visitors:
9 people visited the Hawkwatch today.

Weather:
Though temps barely made it above freezing today, it was quite pleasantwith light winds out of the north and sunny skies.

Raptor Observations:
We had a great show today with Bald Eagles. 3-4 pairs (presumably local)were active along with the occasional immature eagle, playing with ravensin the sky. The "Little Brad" Red-shouldered Hawk made a couple of flyoversas well.

Non-raptor Observations:
17 species were seen or heard from the summit today. Birds deemed migratingincluded:26 Canada Geese9 American Crows4 American Robins1 Common Grackle

Predictions:
Tomorrow looks to be a bit warmer than today with light winds and sun.With several days now of decent raptor movement on favorable winds, itseems that the pipeline is drying up a bit. So, it should be a nice day tobe on the summit and some birds will be moving, but we await a change inthe weather pattern to give us the next real push of migrants.

Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
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Date: 3/19/19 12:48 pm
From: A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra Swan
About every marsh from Ogunquit to Biddeford pool was covered, and some
twice today. In Michigan where their are thousands of them in the fall
and spring they also like to hang out in corn fields.

Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

On Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 3:03 PM Sean Hatch <seanarih...> wrote:

> Any updates today?
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Date: 3/19/19 12:04 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tundra Swan
Any updates today?

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Date: 3/19/19 9:21 am
From: 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hooded Mergansers
Looking east on the left side of the Audubon store at the Scarborough Marsh are a bunch of Hooded Mergansers.
H.Donovan


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Date: 3/19/19 9:12 am
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
March 19 - This morning, there was a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings near
the high school in Dexter.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 3/19/19 3:56 am
From: Linda Elliott <lindae1136...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] One robin does not make a spring- but a whole flock does!!
My husband and I saw a flock of about 20-30 Robins at the Scarborough Wildlife River Sanctuary on Sunday. They were flipping the leaves over in the woods looking for food. We also saw a loon at the co-op who was getting his summer plumage.

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Date: 3/18/19 8:33 pm
From: <robben99...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore
Dear Birders,
We are doing a study of GULLS surface-feeding in large rafts (often in the
thousands; one thousand, to ten thousand and more), picking food items out
of waters along the US East Coast this Spring, focusing on February, March,
April and May.

If you see large numbers of Gulls gathering, swimming around and
surface-feeding in large rafts, along the shore or up to several miles
offshore, during February-through-May, please email me at
<robben99...> .

All gull species (and Brant) are of interest, including Ring-billed Gulls,
Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, and rare gulls such as Little Gulls,
etc.

At minimum we would like to know which species, how many, when, exactly
where, and any other behavioral notes you may have on the events.

Our accumulated results will be published online in June, including at
this listserv.

Thank you,
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Date: 3/18/19 3:30 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] turkey vulture
Forgot this one but FOY TV on sun 17th in Unity.

Sarah


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Date: 3/18/19 3:11 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2019) 14 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 8 91 91
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 21 21
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 18 18
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 29 29
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 1 3 3
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 14 173 173
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 8 People came by the watch today.
>
> Weather:
> Temperatures remained right at the freezing mark today but very light winds and clear skies made for a comfortable day. There was a slight haze in the air and the abundant sun distorted distant objects due to heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Day four and we're still hitting double digits. The day felt slower than the past few, as the bird per hour rate was much lower. Local birds were relatively active but overall there was a subdued vibe to the area. About half of the birds tallied today chose a flight line that took them inland, passing to the west side of the mountain. A Merlin was seen heading south in the morning before turning around and shooting back to the north.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Another quiet day at the summit for Passerines and other northbound birds. A few people were delighted to see an Eastern Bluebird who stopped to perch in a small Birch tree.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks to be rather calm for Jeannette and Derek, with a slight breeze from the northwest, which isn't a terrible direction for this site. The sun should be shining with minimal cloud cover. Temperatures should climb above freezing, into the mid to high 30s.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 3/18/19 2:22 pm
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red polls in China
Approximately 50 redpolls at my feeders in China today. Had one lonely one here last week and then the flock today. First ones all winter. Did not see any that looked like hoary redpolls.

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Date: 3/18/19 2:19 pm
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey vultures in Augusta
4 turkey vultures seen flying over the intersection of Route 3 and Church Hill Road. First ones I've seen this year.

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Date: 3/18/19 1:44 pm
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra
In which direction?

Thanks,
Rob O'Connell

> On Mar 18, 2019, at 4:29 PM, Tod Abrahams <todabr1...> wrote:
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> Seen at 415 for ten minutes and then flew off over the trees.
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Date: 3/18/19 1:30 pm
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tundra
Seen at 415 for ten minutes and then flew off over the trees.

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Date: 3/18/19 12:59 pm
From: awthayer <awthayer...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Scarborough Marsh.
If you are out looking for the tundra swan, you might also check out Great Egret near intersection of Route 1 and Southgate Rd. (Turnoff for Gervais Farm). Seen at 345p

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Date: 3/18/19 12:21 pm
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures, Holden
Soaring over Rt 1A in Holden at noon today.

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Date: 3/18/19 11:47 am
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Tundra swan at Scarborough Marsh
Hi all,
The TUNDRA SWAN just stepped out of a creek and is now easily visible from the end of the trail at Dunstan Landing, looking towards the car southern corner of the marsh where the Eastern Road Trail and fenceline is visible.

-Derek and Jeannette

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> A tundra swan is present at 1pm Monday at Scarborough Marsh, visible distantly from Dunstan Landing. Look far out to right side of path (at 2pm if path is noon). Bird getting less visible as tide goes out. Large white swan with solid black bill. No orange visible. Distant poor photos. Seen with Tom Foley.
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Date: 3/18/19 11:12 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] additional West K'bunk
Forgot to mention heard my first woodcock Sat. at dusk; saw the next day in nearby woods. Also had FOY fox sparrow at my feeders last evening about 5:30. Sharon in West K.

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Date: 3/18/19 10:39 am
From: 'HENRY DONOVAN' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow goose
Still sunning with a bunch of Canada’s of Baxter Blvd About half way around going east
H. Donovan

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Date: 3/18/19 10:38 am
From: <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cumberland Redpolls/Sharp-Shinned Hawk
So the CORE are still hanging around but have been a lot more sporadic at the feeders since the recent warm spell. With a lot more exposed areas in the woods I am assuming they are supplementing their diets at my feeders now. Today another motivator for them to move on arrived with the FOY Sharp-Shinned Hawk sitting outside. It was polite enough to sit long enough for me to get the camera thankfully.



After all, when you get invited to a smorgasbord, it is only fair that you let the host get a picture!

😊



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Date: 3/18/19 10:20 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: "Slate-colored Junco"
We have had them all winter at Holden feeder

On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:03:23 AM UTC-4, Pat Ledlie wrote:
>
> FOY "Slate-colored Junco" 3/16 at Buckfield feeder.
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Date: 3/18/19 10:19 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY RWBB Brewer/Holden
Felt Brook Marsh where I 395 merges on to 1A on Saturday March 16

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Date: 3/18/19 10:10 am
From: brad woodward <brad5000...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tundra swan at Scarborough Marsh
A tundra swan is present at 1pm Monday at Scarborough Marsh, visible
distantly from Dunstan Landing. Look far out to right side of path (at 2pm
if path is noon). Bird getting less visible as tide goes out. Large white
swan with solid black bill. No orange visible. Distant poor photos. Seen
with Tom Foley.

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Date: 3/18/19 8:43 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Sullivan
My Redpoll flock has persisted for about a month now, numbes fluctuate but usually 20-30 birds.
Sarah
Montville


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Sent: Monday, March 18, 2019 12:34 PM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Sullivan

A lone scout yesterday, now about a dozen at my feeders. First I’ve seen all winter.

Mary Lou in Sullivan

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Date: 3/18/19 7:41 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Spring in West Kennebunk
Some encouraging signs of winter's end: Ice out in my part of the Mousam - in came wood ducks, Ring necks, hooded and common
mergansers. The local Canadian Geese returned on Thursday morning-a most welcome sight and sound!

There has been a Barred Owl hanging out right behind my house for the last 3 days. It has a nice view of my feeders-particularly the 8 gray and 2 red squirrels; they do disappear when they become aware of the visitor. Last evening I did not know the owl was about
and observed the local bluebird group darting to and fro in the trees nearby. Caught sight of the owl and watched as the bluebirds chattered and flew about it. First time I have ever seen that... still amazes me to have the bluebirds as nearly residents all winter. As a child(a while ago!) I figured I would be lucky to ever see one!

Sharon in West K.

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Date: 3/18/19 7:15 am
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-shouldered Hawk Freeport
Hello All
A Red-shouldered Hawk was calling loudly and photographed this morning on
likely breeding territory.
Dan Nickerson Freeport
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Date: 3/18/19 7:03 am
From: Brenda Franey <brendafraney6...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sp & Jay ?
Had my FOY Fox Sparrow show up in my yard in S. Portland! I also have a
group of Blue Jays who come regularly to my feeder and 3 of these Jays have
deformed
beaks. One just has a stub and the other two have beaks that are turning
grey and appear to be eroding. Would really appreciate some feedback on
what is happening.

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Date: 3/18/19 5:34 am
From: 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Sullivan
A lone scout yesterday, now about a dozen at my feeders. First I’ve seen all winter.

Mary Lou in Sullivan

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Date: 3/18/19 4:32 am
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ducks
Was surprised to see 3 male Ring-necked Ducks at Oyster Creek in Damariscotta swimming in the newly opened up water. Quite handsome in the afternoon sunlight!

Juanita

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Date: 3/18/19 4:03 am
From: Pat Ledlie <ledlie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] "Slate-colored Junco"
FOY "Slate-colored Junco" 3/16 at Buckfield feeder.

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Date: 3/17/19 3:29 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2019) 42 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 33 83 83
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 5 18 18
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 2 5 5
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 18 18
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 27 27
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 42 159 159
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Derek Lovitch, Mathew Gilbert
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 22 people stopped by to inquire about the project today. With the thawing and freezing, the Summit trail is now worse than before. An alternate route is advised if you don't have the appropriate footwear.
>
> Weather:
> It was a brisk and breezy start today, with periods of sun and shade from the occasional passing clouds. Winds started off on the gusty side in the early part of the day but calmed down by the afternoon, becoming mostly calm. Temps remained just above the freezing mark for the warmer second half of the day. Visibility was clear with a slight haze and some heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Not quite as strong a day as yesterday, but for day three anything above double digits seems like a bonus. The majority of movement happened early, in the first two hours, becoming more of a trickle as the hours ticked by. Local Eagles were active today, making deciphering between migrants and residents a challenge. Local Red-tail pairs were also out and about, actively foraging in there respective territories.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Very little to speak of in terms of non raptor migrants. A couple of Red-winged Blackbirds were seen heading south along with a group of Robins. The surrounding woods remained quiet with the exception of a few Chickadees.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks similar to today but with slightly warmer temps and a lighter wind, which should still be out of the WNW. Looks like a promising start to the week.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 3/17/19 2:24 pm
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan 3/17
Red Winged Blackbirds arrived at my feeders yesterday 3/16
Today they had migrated to the meadow
female Bufflehead in the harbor
Merlin over the yard
male Eastern Bluebird in the meadow

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Date: 3/17/19 2:05 pm
From: Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Red-winged Blackbird in Hanock
Hi All,

Heard red-winged blackbirds in Hancock today. Spring just might be coming.

Best,

Dean

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Date: 3/17/19 9:47 am
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 2 Great egrets
Behind Pelreco in Scarborough at 12:45.
Lots of Mallards, one Green Wing Teal and a pair of Gadwalls.
Marie

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Date: 3/17/19 7:44 am
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow goose
Back Cove....seen to fly over the road to the small Creek opposite the
cove.Seen shortly after Nate Hall spotted it.

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Date: 3/17/19 6:57 am
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose Back Bay Portland
With Canada Geese

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Date: 3/16/19 3:32 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Mar 2019) 83 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 32 50 50
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 12 13 13
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 2 3 3
> Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 10 18 18
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 23 26 26
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 1 1
> Total: 83 117 117
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Derek Lovitch, Mathew Gilbert, Rick Hartzell, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 16 people came by during the first Saturday of the season, including some seasoned birders.
>
> Weather:
> Fairly steady westerly winds with powerful gusts swept the summit for the majority of the day. Skies were mostly cloudy but scattered, allowing for the sun's warmth to be felt on your face. Temps climbed up to a pleasant 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Visibility was very good, with some heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> For day two of the season this was a big day. Our first hour produced the most birds, for a total of twenty three. Birds came through in slightly lowers numbers per hour after that but remained pretty steady. Birds were spread out and mostly out in front of the mountain today, probably having been pushed by the winds. Not many birds were seen flying in the direction they were pointing, often tracking sideways. We saw our first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season in the afternoon. A few other birders braved the wind and were treated to a nice look at a mature Goshawk moving to the northwest. Later in the day another Gos' was spotted dropping into the trees within the park, very close to where I had seen a Goshawk drop below the trees, just before the start of the season. We may have a local Goshawk.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> There wasn't a lot of Passerine migration today. A couple dozen Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds moved early on before quieting down. There were 22 birds seen or heard from the summit, including 4 Hooded Mergansers and maybe our hawkwatch companion, Hawkwatch Junco.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should bring some clearer skies with lighter winds, from the west northwest. Temps will be a little chilly in the morning but should reach highs in the mid 30s. With such a good day today during high wind conditions, tomorrow could be pretty good as well.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
>

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Date: 3/16/19 2:41 pm
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Redwing Blackbirds
Had mixed flock of Redwing Blackbirds and Grackles in our backyard - Saturday. 3/16/19

Mike Little
Bucksport

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Date: 3/16/19 2:10 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY D-e Juncos in song - MDI
On my morning walk today, 3 Dark-eyed Juncos in song from atop spruce
trees. FOY singers.

Craig K
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Date: 3/16/19 1:30 pm
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Webber Pond, Bremen grackles, etc.
FOY grackles swept in yesterday (Friday)
though I know the red-winged blackbirds were elsewhere in Bremen yesterday,
I didn't see any till a single bird arrived at my feeder this morning--

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Date: 3/16/19 12:30 pm
From: Bob Knight <bob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brooksville, FOY Red-winged Blackbirds RWBL
Had 3 Red-Winged Blackbirds (RWBL) in our Popple trees this morning. I
grew up on a marsh in S. Jersey and they always brought spring--so for me
this felt like the first day of spring hearing that wonderful song!

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Date: 3/16/19 10:47 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Shrike
A day of contrasts--a shrike stopped by a little while after rw blackbirds
made their first appearance. Winter ending, spring coming. Guessing the
shrike didn't like the wind howling over the ridge. He had to hang on tight
to his perches and didn't stay long.

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Date: 3/16/19 10:05 am
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
Hooray! Thanks for the nudge, Ralph. Enjoy your time on the island.

Maggie Strickland
Harmony, Maine

On Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 10:26 AM RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> wrote:

>
>
> Got your seeds ordered and garden equipment serviced?
> Mama Nature is throwing some awfully strong hints.
>
> Thursday I spotted one extra JUNCO (making a total of two).
>
> Friday brought a half dozen STARLINGS.
>
> Dawn today (Saturday) revealed upwards of 3 dozen ROBINS foraging on the
> lawn.
> By mid-morning, water pooled on the lawn had attracted a bright MALLARD
> drake and several (7+) FOX SPARROWS were gleaning around the boardwalks.
>
> A few minutes ago I flushed a WOODCOCK that was foraging in the flower
> plot next to our basement wall.
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Date: 3/16/19 7:26 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT


Got your seeds ordered and garden equipment serviced?
Mama Nature is throwing some awfully strong hints.

Thursday I spotted one extra JUNCO (making a total of two).

Friday brought a half dozen STARLINGS.

Dawn today (Saturday) revealed upwards of 3 dozen ROBINS foraging on the
lawn.
By mid-morning, water pooled on the lawn had attracted a bright MALLARD
drake and several (7+) FOX SPARROWS were gleaning around the boardwalks.

A few minutes ago I flushed a WOODCOCK that was foraging in the flower plot
next to our basement wall.

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Date: 3/16/19 6:49 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BirdTrax
Does anyone know if the BirdTrax will be coming back? This was an awesome way to find a variety of species all over the state and an invaluable resource to me. Or if anyone knows of any alternative for Maine. And a great way to track rare birds.

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Date: 3/16/19 5:47 am
From: 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbirds, Pittsfield
Small flock of RWBB here in Pittsfield this morning - such a lovely sound!
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Date: 3/16/19 5:42 am
From: AMF <znse37...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Male red-winged balckbird in Benton this morning
Male red-winged blackbird at feeder for less than 1 minute.

On 3/15/2019 10:41 AM, fltonyferrara wrote:
> We just saw a male red-winged blackbird at the feeder here in
> Damariscotta, the first one we have seen this year.
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Date: 3/16/19 5:15 am
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Acadian Woodcock
Out birding yesterday in Acadia National Park, an American Woodcock on the shores of the brackish pond at Sand Beach was a pleasant find.





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Date: 3/16/19 3:14 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Woodcock Portland
I’m a phenology nutt- been tracking all of our migrants for 17 years. They’re back- 15 days later than last year. So happy! 😍

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Date: 3/15/19 6:14 pm
From: Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] King Eider, 12 Barrow's Goldeneye - Blue Hill Falls
Hi all-

Stopped in at Blue Hill Falls in Hancock County and quickly found the drake
King Eider in the large Common Eider raft on the ocean side of the stone
bridge (here's the location
<https://www.google.com/maps/place/4422'26.3%22N+68°33'33.7%22W/@44.3739758,-68.5615517,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x4cae8c3d77869311:0x18752fc1bca1266f!2sBlue+Hill,+ME!3b1!8m2!3d44.4139662!4d-68.5866904!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d44.3739717!4d-68.5593633>).
Also on the ocean side were a handful of Common Loons, Horned Grebes, and
Common Goldeneye. The eiders were not particularly close to shore but the
King was easily discernible with a scope.

On the other side of the bridge, looking in towards Salt Pond, was a flock
of at least a dozen Barrow's Goldeneye, easily the largest group I've ever
seen. There were several drakes and yellow-billed hens, and also some
dark-billed female-types that were either first year drake BAGO or female
COGO -- they were distant and I'm not experienced with splitting them.

Crummy photos on the eBird checklist here
<https://ebird.org/me/view/checklist/S53873944>.

Good birding!
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Date: 3/15/19 4:09 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 3/9-15
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
- 1 continuing immature male NORTHERN SHOVELER and 1 female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, Lower Harraseeket River, South Freeport, 3/9 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk Group).
- 1 Turkey Vulture (FOY), Blanchard Road, Cumberland, 3/11 (with Jeannette).
- 1 1st winter Glaucous Gull (FOY locally), Mill Creek Cove, South Portland, 3/12 (with Jeannette).
- 8 Pine Grosbeaks, around the store's yard, 3/13. 12 present on 3/14.
- 1 male Red-winged Blackbird (FOY), feeders here at the store, 3/13.
- 1 1st-winter Iceland Gull, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 3/14 (with Zane Baker).
- 1 pair BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and 8 Greater Scaup, Simpson’s Point, Brunswick, 3/14 (with Zane Baker).
- 1 Killdeer (FOY), Brunswick Landing, 3/14 (with Zane Baker).
- 5 Common Grackles (FOY), Old Port, Portland, 3/15.
- 1 1st winter Glaucous Gull and 8+ Iceland Gulls (all age classes), Portland Harbor, 3/15.

-Derek

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Date: 3/15/19 3:52 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2019) 34 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2019
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 18 18 18
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 1 1
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
> Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 8 8 8
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 3
> Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 2 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 34 34 34
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 4.83 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Jeannette Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> There were 8 visitors to the watch today. For anyone planning to come up to the summit, please take note that the summit trail is almost entirely ice. Choose your footwear wisely, or consider a different trail such as the northern loop, which tends to have a little less runoff. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and hopefully some new ones. Happy hawkwatching!
>
> Weather:
> The 2019 Hawkwatching season has officially begun, and thanks to the site sponsor, Freeport Wild Bird Supply, they have kindly offered me the position of hawkwatcher for my third straight year. I'm just as excited as ever for what the season has in store, and with day one in the books, it feels like I never left. Unfortunately the count ended as soon as it began, due to heavy rain. I reopened around 12:30 EST, but after the rain, the fog increased and visibility decreased. Visibility remained low for a couple more hours until the sun finally started to break through. Wind remained light but steady from the south. Temperatures climbed to an unseasonably warm 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Despite the wacky start to the first day of the season, today was pretty awesome. The first raptor to be counted for 2019 was a speedy Merlin flying low. Red-shoulders shared the same flight line, often pausing to circle in the afternoon light. By far and away the highlight of the day came during the final hour, when I picked up a distant bird tracking from the south to northeast. It appeared to be a Buteo from the general shape. The birds dihedral didn't seem quite right for a Red-tail, and it seemed fairly dark given the abundant sunshine. I mentally checked all the boxes for Red-tail and Red-shoulder and started becoming more confidant this was indeed a Rough-legged Hawk. I hinted to Jeannette what I was thinking before she took a look. It was indeed a dark morph Rough-legged. As the bird got closer you could see the contrasting light and dark under-wings, similar to a Turkey Vulture. I can't think of a much better way to kick off the season.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Crows were out in force today. A couple hundred Crows camped out in the trees adjacent to the mountain for a few hours, at one point drowning out all other noise, including local traffic. A couple hundred more Crows continued to pass by throughout the final hours. A group of 15 Snow Buntings was a pleasant surprise today. Despite not having a full day, we had an okay species list for the day which included: American Crow Canada Goose Pileated Woodpecker Red-breasted Nuthatch Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse Common Raven American Crow Eastern Bluebird Common Grackle Red-winged Blackbird Herring Gull European Starling Finch spp. Snow Bunting
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow's temps should stay above normal, around the mid 40s. Clouds may increase throughout the day and winds should be out of the west. Historically, we've had decent days with westerly winds at this site. The question will be the force of the wind. Speeds, in MPH are currently estimated to be in the mid teens, with some possible gusts.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 3/15/19 1:43 pm
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures Cape Neddick
They’ve been pretty active with fly-overs this week. My ducks spot them way before their shadows alert me. Chickadees, Cardinals, Titmice all busy gathering nesting materials. 🥳

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Date: 3/15/19 8:42 am
From: fltonyferrara <fltonyferrara...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Male red-winged balckbird in Damariscotta this morning
We just saw a male red-winged blackbird at the feeder here in Damariscotta,
the first one we have seen this year.

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Date: 3/15/19 4:35 am
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kennebunk Redpolls
For those interested in an easily viewable and noisy flock of Common Redpolls, I had some at the neighboring feeder and adjacent trees next to the Boulangerie bakery parking lot in downtown Kennebunk this morning 3/15.
Magill Weber

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Date: 3/14/19 2:22 pm
From: Tod Abrahams <todabr1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] King Eider
Seen fairly far off at Two Lights....digiscoped though not too well.

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Date: 3/14/19 2:01 pm
From: Pat Ledlie <ledlie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bohemian Waxwings
A flock of about 50 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on a Crabapple in our yard
in Buckfield. (Tried successfully to delete previous post with misspelling)

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Date: 3/14/19 1:57 pm
From: Pat Ledlie <ledlie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bohemian Was Wings
A flock of about 50 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on a Crabapple in our yard
in Buckfield.

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Date: 3/14/19 10:32 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch starts tomorrow, 3/15!
Hi all,

Hawkwatching season is here! Freeport Wild Bird Supply (FWBS) is once again sponsoring the Spring Hawkwatch at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, which begins on March 15th. 2019 marks the 13th consecutive season for this project through which valuable data is collected while providing an enjoyable and educational experience for visitors. This year, we welcome back Zane Baker from North Yarmouth as our official Hawkcounter for his third consecutive season. He’ll be stationed at the summit from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily from March 15th to May 15th.

Rising 485 feet above the southern coastal plain, Bradbury Mountain provides unimpeded views to the south and east all the way to the islands of Casco Bay. Whether using updrafts off the mountain, gliding overhead, or soaring over the plains, observers watch raptors utilizing a variety of migratory methods as they work their way north. The goal of the project is to document this migration by identifying and counting all raptors that pass by the mountain. On average, we see over 1,500 Broad-winged Hawks, 400 Osprey, and 75 Bald Eagles, among others in a season. Bradbury Mountain is also a fantastic place to view Red-shouldered Hawks, a species that is difficult to see when nesting in summer. Over a period of years, these data can be analyzed to determine trends in species numbers as well as changes in distributions, which when studied in conjunction with other monitoring sites across the continent, give us a broadscale idea of what is happening with raptor populations.

But, it is not just about the numbers. Hawkwatching is a very social activity that is accessible to birders of all abilities. Last spring, we interacted with more than 1000 visitors! Seeing your first kettle (group of birds rising up on an updraft or thermal) of 50+ Broad-winged Hawks, or learning how to tell the difference between a Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture several miles away is an eye-opening experience for many folks. Organized hawkwatch sites, like Bradbury Mountain, are great places to meet new people and learn about raptors and the conservation issues they face at the same time.

So, grab your binoculars and join us atop Bradbury Mountain this spring. Zane will gladly answer questions about the raptors you will see and help visitors learn what to look for to identify the 18 species that may pass by. The hawkwatch is free with standard state park entry fees.

Complete directions, suggestions, and seasonal averages can be found in my Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Feathers Over Freeport: A Birdwatching Weekend on April 27th – 28th. The Hawkwatch will be one of many featured activities during this family-oriented event at Bradbury Mountain and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Parks.

We'll post daily totals here on the Maine-birds listserve, along with weekly summaries on the News Page of our website and our store's Facebook Page. You can view daily totals most easily via Hawkcount.org: https://www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=616

We'll see you atop The Brad soon!

-Derek and Jeannette
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Date: 3/14/19 7:19 am
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vulture north of Augusta and downed barred owl
Saw my first local TV yesterday about 2 pm, just north of Augusta.
We were both heading north via I-95.
On my way home, about 5 pm, I saw what appeared to be a barred owl lying in
the breakdown lane, north of mile 117.
Traffic was too fast and busy to stop.
The owl was well out of the way of traffic, so if it was just stunned it
had a chance.


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Date: 3/14/19 7:08 am
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Denny Abbott
It's a very sad day for the New England birding community as I have to
report that Denny Abbott passed away yesterday afternoon due to
complications related to Parkinson's disease.  He was 83.

I first met Denny on August 27, 1983 on the mudflats of Hampton harbor
in NH where he showed me my life Black Skimmer.  At that point, he "took
me under his wing" and taught me a tremendous amount about birds,
identification, and status and distribution.  And he showed me how FUN
Birding could be.  We traveled to North Carolina, New York, and all
around New Hampshire in search of rarities.

Long  before eBird, NHBirds, the internet and cell phones, there was
Denny Abbott.  When you wanted to know about birds in New Hampshire,
Denny was ALWAYS the point person to call.  And he would bend over
backwards helping anyone who called.  He will be sadly missed.

I will add further information as it comes available.

Below is a link to a few of my photos of Denny as well as an excerpt of
the presentation speech written by David Donsker and given to Denny when
he was awarded the Goodhue-Elkins award for his contributions to New
Hampshire birding in 2004.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/albums/72157679344831538

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


> Denny has devoted most of his adult life to recording the occurrence
> of birds in New Hampshire and to furthering our knowledge and
> understanding of their identification and distribution.
>
> A New Hampshire native, Denny spent his working career in government
> service as a marine engineering technician chiefly at Portsmouth and
> other naval shipyards.He devoted long hours and energy to his work,
> which earned him awards for his dedication and service, but this
> didn’tprevent him from vigorously pursuing his interest in birds and
> birding which blossomed in his early thirties.Over the years, no one
> has seen more birds in our state, and Denny can proudly, but with
> typical modesty, claim an impressive total of 366 different species.
> But his birding activity hasn’t been limited to merely to “listing” birds.
>
> Denny understood the importance of contributing his many field
> observations from early on and became a regular contributor to /New
> Hampshire/ /Audubon Quarterly/ (later /New Hampshire Bird Records/)
> and to/American Birds /(now /North American Birds/)/./He became a
> seasonal bird records editor for the /Quarterly /in 1973 and its
> chairman in 1976. Currently he serves as a member of the New Hampshire
> Rare Birds Committee having replaced Kimball Elkins when he retired
> from that position years back.His photographs of birds have been
> incorporated into /New Hampshire Bird Records/ both as documentation
> of rarities and, more recently, as subjects for the journal’s bird
> identification quiz.
>
> Denny has been a devoted leader and participant in that quintessential
> activity of citizen science, the Christmas Bird Count, covering most
> corners of our state for well over thirty years. He has been a
> back-bone of the Coastal count, enthusiastically participating since
> the early 1970’s and serving as the compiler of that count area for
> several years in the latter half of that decade.He has participated
> with equal vigor in both of our most northern CBC counts,
> Errol/Umbagog and Pittsburg, since the 1970’s and was the compiler of
> those counts for a remarkable 21 years, beginning in 1980. Over the
> decades he has also actively participated in the Lee/Durham, Isles of
> Shoals, Laconia/New Hampton, North Conway and Nashua/Hollis counts.
>
> Denny served as a volunteer for the New Hampshire Breeding Birds Atlas
> project in the 1980’s confirming the records of other field observers.
>
> In addition to published material, Denny has eagerly contributed his
> knowledge of our birds and birdlife to others both in the field and in
> the lecture hall.On a more formal basis, he has led field trips for
> ASNH and other birding organizations and has lectured on owls,
> shorebirds and the birds of Guam.Less formally, he generously shares
> his expertise and in-depth knowledge of the state’s birds with those
> who call him or join him in the field and it is generally well known
> that he will more than happily spend his time with in-stateand
> out-state birders alike who want him to help them find an unusual bird
> or who wish to know more about New Hampshire and New England birds and
> birding.
>
> Although organizational membership it is not a requirement for the
> Goodhue-Elkins award, Denny has been an active participant in birding
> organizations. He has been a member of ASNH since 1967 and was one of
> the charter members of the Seacoast Chapter. He served as a trustee of
> ASNH for several years and was a member of the trustees’ Membership
> Committee for three years, serving as its chairman in 1975.He was
> elected to membership in the Nuttall Ornithological Club in 1976 and
> was one of its councilors from 1982-1985. Denny was also one of the
> earliest members of the American Birding Association, at a time when a
> national meeting of that organization could fit around a large dinner
> table, and served a stretch on the ABA’s board of directors.
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Date: 3/14/19 6:36 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

Tuesday, the 12th and Wednesday, the 13th, both proved relatively mild.
Temperatures were mostly above freezing and winds stayed low under a mostly
sunny sky. All in all pleasant weather shrank our few snow drifts and bared
most of the island.
I took advantage of the weather, combined with afternoon high tides, to
circumnavigate the island a couple of times and assess our winter residents.

PURPLE SANDPIPERS currently stand a bit over 150, which is towards the high
end of the expected number and well above the number usually seen in the
past couple winters.

HARLIQUIN DUCKS seem to be consistant with other recent winters at
approximately 4 dozen.

I confirmed 6 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS (always in pairs) and suspect one or
two more pairs.

Some LONG TAILED DUCKS are passing by the island, with a scattered few
stopping to feed in the area.

COMMON EIDERS are at seasonal low and mainly represented by random
singletons and very small, loosely associating groups.

COMMON LOONS drop by daily and a couple or more are frequently seen in the
cove. I can't say whether these are recurring visitors or simply passerbys
prospecting for a snack.

Gulls are at expected levels, ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred,
mainly lounging on Gull Rock unless driven to MSI by high seas.
The gull mix is also pretty much as expected at about 60:40 ::
HERRING:GREAT BLACK BACKED. There's also a small but steady representation
of ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS with rare RING BILLED GULLS.

BLACK LEGGED KITTIWAKES roam the area and occasionally concentrate near the
island to feed.
BONAPARTE'S GULLS only rarely show out here. They seem to favor the
near-shore regions.

Our continuing pair of RAVENS top the list of songbirds.

The retreating snow cover has encouraged the cadre of sparrows to disperse
over more of the island. Nonetheless, I was able to get a decent count and
this is easily the most populist winter that I've seen in 23 years.
SONG SPARROWS exceed 2 dozen, easily double any previous year.
WHITE THROATED SPARROWS number at least 4. While that's a tiny number,
remember that I've never seen any Wht. Throated even attempt to over-winter
before, let along actually survive.
I have found only the one JUNCO, but again, it's significant because it's
the only one which I've ever seen try to over-winter.

EAGLES are notable for their relative absence. Only a couple sighting in a
week, compared with pretty much daily sightings that are usual in winter.

ALCIDS have been evident but there's no significant indication that they
are staging to begin their breeding congregation.
On Tuesday there was a large RAZORBILL movement westward, typical of
presumed feeding shifts. I estimated 15,000 for the day. A few (200)
stopped near the island and in the tide streaks east of the island,
apparently finding a bit of food. Only one COMMON MURRE and one PUFFIN were
confidently identified.
I expected to see a good deal of breeding plumage but virtually every
Razorbill remains in winter dress.

GREY SEALS continue in small numbers: perhaps a dozen of so and no pups yet
sighted.



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Date: 3/14/19 3:22 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Owls
I know it's just a typo, but "mud-coast Maine" is a keeper!

Thanks for the chuckle,

Craig K

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Date: 3/13/19 5:10 pm
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Cumberland
For the past month, a small group of redpolls has been frequenting the Laudholm campus of the Wells Reserve. None that I saw today, but 15 yesterday morning and noon and 5 in late afternoon. They’re often along the edges of walkways or around the buildings. They’re also often absent. Over many years walking this campus, this is the first winter I’ve encountered redpolls. (Still none in my Berwick yard, even though we stocked up on niger in anticipation.)

In other Wells Reserve bird news, FOY redwings, grackle, and turkey vulture today. Woodcock must be imminent.

Scott

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> Just wanted to give everyone in the Cumberland area a heads up. A large mob of common redpolls(100+) descended on my feeders and left just a short while ago heading west. They have spent some time picking at the tree tops before hitting the feeders for about 15-20 minutes. A few times they would swarm around the sky en masse. Very fun to see. Check your feeders and yards! I hope a few others get the pleasure of their company!
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Date: 3/13/19 4:16 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Owls
Have a friend who wants to see her first Owl any one have any sightings in the mud-coast Maine area-
Many thanks
Skip Small
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Date: 3/13/19 1:37 pm
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Redpolls in Cumberland
Just wanted to give everyone in the Cumberland area a heads up. A large mob of common redpolls(100+) descended on my feeders and left just a short while ago heading west. They have spent some time picking at the tree tops before hitting the feeders for about 15-20 minutes. A few times they would swarm around the sky en masse. Very fun to see. Check your feeders and yards! I hope a few others get the pleasure of their company!

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Date: 3/12/19 2:23 pm
From: kathys <ksammis...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY red-winged blackbirds
Five FOY red-winged blackbirds (male) in my back yard in Buxton today.

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Date: 3/10/19 12:02 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Evening grosbeaks
Drive-by sighting of at least 20, probably more, Evening Grosbeaks at a feeder in Franklin.

Mary Lou in Sullivan

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Date: 3/9/19 5:55 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT


I arrived back on MSI mid-afternoon yesterday, having been absent since
early last fall.
Less snow than on the mainland but still more than we usually have on the
ground. The continuous recent winds built a few drifts but lawns are pretty
much bare. The taller vegetation has captured a bit more snow cover with
depth proportional to vegetation height.
Temperatures are reasonable. -4 C yesterday and -1C at the moment. The 20
knot wind makes a Wind Chill of about -7C.

I haven't had a chance to really look around much but not big differences
are obvious other that the number of passerines.

As I've reported other years, the only over-wintering specie as been the
Song Sparrow and their number has been consistently less than a dozen; 1/4
to 1/2 dozen is typical and few or none of those survive until spring.
This morning I counted 4 SONG SPARROWS, 2 WHITE THROATED SPARROWS & 1
JUNCO. This number and variety so late in the season makes me think that
this could be the highest survival number for passerines since I arrived
here in '96, as well as more species.

Gulls look typical for the season and weather and although I've seen
HARLIQUINS I don't have an idea of population yet. Likewise with PURPLE
SANDPIPERS.

One EAGLE did a fly-by this morning, apparently headed further off-shore
for a bit of hunting.

The ubiquitous pair of winter-resident RAVENS are also present.

3 or 4 adult GREY SEALS are hauled out on Gull Rock. Hard to tell if they
have stayed around here all winter or if they are first arrivals in the
spring migration.
I assume that the pupping has more or less finished in New England and the
pups are now on their own so adults could be returnees.

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Date: 3/8/19 1:40 pm
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan Birds this week
male Long Tailed Duck in the harbor today
first spring Merlin this week
Dark Eyed Juncos new at my feeders

Black Capped Chickadees singing their fee-bee song regularly now


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Date: 3/8/19 6:13 am
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose currently off Shoreline Drive in Falmouth
Snow Goose reported by Doug Hitchcox yesterday present now on Shoreline Dr
& Phillips Rd, Falmouth

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Date: 3/7/19 8:16 am
From: M. Calien Lewis <silberose...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Crows in LA
Any one know where roost is seen in L/A?

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Date: 3/6/19 5:49 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Crows again in Bangor
4:45 this afternoon, hundreds of crows looking to roost......not the first time in the last year... truly a sight to see

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Date: 3/6/19 12:33 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] RFI: Atlantic Puffin Viewing Late May
Hello.

My family is going to be in the New England area near the end of May and are hoping to make the trip up to Maine to try for Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot and Roseate Tern. Based on my research, it appears that both Cap'n Fish's and Hardy Boat are excellent options to go to Eastern Egg Rock. However, I am going to be traveling with my two young daughters so I was wondering if anyone who had experience with these trips could tell me:

1. Does the larger vessel that is used by Cap'n Fish's offer a more stable ride (I am concerned for my daughters)?

2. Does the 5:30 PM departure time of Hardy Boat offer better chances of viewing these species in late May?

If anyone has time to backchannel me, I would be extremely grateful for your time.

Thanks in advance.
Kevin Leonard
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Date: 3/6/19 5:01 am
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] ACT FAST Crow Patrol Outings to see the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence MA
Act soon if you still have not see the drama and majesty of the 25,ooo+
crows coming in to stage and roost in Lawrence MA.



Bob and I will lead tours TONIGHT MARCH 6, Thursday March 7, Friday March 8
and Saturday March 9.



The crows will soon be returning to their nesting areas and they will not be
back until next fall; so act FAST.



Email me and I will give you directions.



If you come during the week, you can go see the crow art exhibit as well and
have lunch in Lawrence.



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Dana



North Andover, MA



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Date: 3/5/19 1:21 pm
From: gerrishlaw via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Great Gray Owls - February 2019
Hi Doug, A birding friend reported that he came eye-to-eye with a Boreal
Owl perched on a lower branch of a pine tree, close to the the trunk, at
night in Kennebunkport last weekend. I thought the sighting was unlikely,
yet based on your post am now wondering if maybe he did see a Boreal Owl!

Cheers,
Haden Gerrish

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 3:21:22 PM UTC-5, Doug Hitchcox wrote:
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> Hi all:
>
> I don’t have specifics to share but thought everyone would be interested
> that there was apparently a small flight of Great Gray Owls into Maine
> during February. There have been three reports, that I know of:
>
> 17 Feb 2019 - Winterport (Waldo)
> 23 Feb 2019 - Readfield (Kennebec)
> 27 Feb 2019 - Phippsburg (Kennebec)
>
> Each of these reports were only from single days and photos were not
> detailed enough to show if this may have been the same individual wandering
> or multiple birds. I also heard rumor of a Boreal Owl from central Maine
> in mid February, perhaps also part of this larger owl movement we are
> seeing with all the Barred Owls around this winter…
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
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Date: 3/5/19 12:21 pm
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owls - February 2019
Hi all:

I don’t have specifics to share but thought everyone would be interested that there was apparently a small flight of Great Gray Owls into Maine during February. There have been three reports, that I know of:

17 Feb 2019 - Winterport (Waldo)
23 Feb 2019 - Readfield (Kennebec)
27 Feb 2019 - Phippsburg (Kennebec)

Each of these reports were only from single days and photos were not detailed enough to show if this may have been the same individual wandering or multiple birds. I also heard rumor of a Boreal Owl from central Maine in mid February, perhaps also part of this larger owl movement we are seeing with all the Barred Owls around this winter…

Good birding,


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Date: 3/4/19 6:07 pm
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
I love that I have inspired others to participate in this fun contest!!
OOPs pay attention to driving .....

On Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:47:24 PM UTC-5, Rob O'Connell wrote:
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> While driving down to Massachusetts for my son’s hockey tournament, we
> made it a collaborative effort.
>
> We counted 28 in total (I had a migraine on the way back which lowered the
> return count).
>
> We also had 2 TUVU in Maine and a Merlin in Massachusetts as well.
>
>
>
> On the way down just over the line into Mass we had a pair of Red Tails on
> neighboring trees looking in opposite directions.
>
> I will chalk that up to a spring dating fail. 😊
>
>
>
> Cheers!
>
>
>
> *From:* <maine......> <javascript:> <maine......>
> <javascript:>> *On Behalf Of *David Gulick
> *Sent:* Monday, March 4, 2019 1:25 PM
> *To:* Jon Edstrom <jeds......> <javascript:>>
> *Cc:* Maine birds <maine......> <javascript:>>
> *Subject:* Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
>
>
>
> Spring dating
>
> Sent from my iphone with auto incorrect activated :-)
>
>
> On Mar 4, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Jon Edstrom <jeds......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
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> I always count hawks while driving. Well yesterday while driving back from
> Augusta, I spotted 2 red tail hawks sitting side by side on a branch on
> route 295. Is this unusual? I certainly have not seen it.
>
>
>
> Jon Edstrom
>
> Biddeford, Maine
>
> On Monday, February 18, 2019 at 6:56:41 PM UTC-5, Aletha Boyle wrote:
>
> On the way back from Needham MA, to Cape Neddick ME on Sunday, my kids and
> their wives and I had a contest.
>
> Count the Red Tailed Hawks along 95. Totals: 3 flying, and 29 on Trees!
>
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Date: 3/4/19 3:36 pm
From: Kingbird23 <mirvatheocelot...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grouse in Maine
Hello, everyone!

I am going to be visiting Maine in early June and am wondering where some good places to find grouse (both Ruffed and Spruce) are.

Also, if anyone has any other good birding tips, I'd be happy to hear them as it will be my first visit to the state.

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Date: 3/4/19 11:47 am
From: Robert O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
While driving down to Massachusetts for my son’s hockey tournament, we made it a collaborative effort.

We counted 28 in total (I had a migraine on the way back which lowered the return count).

We also had 2 TUVU in Maine and a Merlin in Massachusetts as well.



On the way down just over the line into Mass we had a pair of Red Tails on neighboring trees looking in opposite directions.

I will chalk that up to a spring dating fail. 😊



Cheers!



From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> On Behalf Of David Gulick
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 1:25 PM
To: Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...>
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest



Spring dating

Sent from my iphone with auto incorrect activated :-)


On Mar 4, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...> <mailto:<jedstrom...> > wrote:

I always count hawks while driving. Well yesterday while driving back from Augusta, I spotted 2 red tail hawks sitting side by side on a branch on route 295. Is this unusual? I certainly have not seen it.



Jon Edstrom

Biddeford, Maine

On Monday, February 18, 2019 at 6:56:41 PM UTC-5, Aletha Boyle wrote:

On the way back from Needham MA, to Cape Neddick ME on Sunday, my kids and their wives and I had a contest.

Count the Red Tailed Hawks along 95. Totals: 3 flying, and 29 on Trees!


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Date: 3/4/19 10:24 am
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
Spring dating

Sent from my iphone with auto incorrect activated :-)

> On Mar 4, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...> wrote:
>
> I always count hawks while driving. Well yesterday while driving back from Augusta, I spotted 2 red tail hawks sitting side by side on a branch on route 295. Is this unusual? I certainly have not seen it.
>
> Jon Edstrom
> Biddeford, Maine
>
>> On Monday, February 18, 2019 at 6:56:41 PM UTC-5, Aletha Boyle wrote:
>> On the way back from Needham MA, to Cape Neddick ME on Sunday, my kids and their wives and I had a contest.
>> Count the Red Tailed Hawks along 95. Totals: 3 flying, and 29 on Trees!
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Date: 3/4/19 10:04 am
From: Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Red Tailed Hawk Contest
I always count hawks while driving. Well yesterday while driving back from
Augusta, I spotted 2 red tail hawks sitting side by side on a branch on
route 295. Is this unusual? I certainly have not seen it.

Jon Edstrom
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> Count the Red Tailed Hawks along 95. Totals: 3 flying, and 29 on Trees!
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Date: 3/3/19 1:20 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Peregrine - Belfast
Peregrine on curley decoration above bell tower First Church

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Date: 3/3/19 11:40 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rough-legged Hawk
On Brown Road in Richmond. Probably the same hawk who's been in this area for the last couple months. About 300 yards down Brown Road from Beedle Road. Beautiful light phase raptor.

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Date: 3/2/19 9:28 am
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Redpoll, Goshawk, Chatham, NH
The 3 Redpolls were here again this morning and the Ladies from the Seacoast, Nancy Houlihan, Joanne Stevens and Pat Moynahan, had a Goshawk which I missed.

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Date: 3/1/19 3:40 pm
From: Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye, Sears Island Causeway
During the last day of MDIFW's Barrow's Goldeneye surveys, today we saw a male and female Barrow's Goldeneye at the Sears Island Causeway near Stockton Springs. They were a ways off but confirmed with spotting scopes.

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Date: 3/1/19 10:59 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Christmas count trivia
Christmas count figures. For entertainment purposes only these are not statistically accurate. Only identified species were used for these figures. Hybrids, count week birds, and unidentified types were not used.
There were 32 counts all the same ones as last year. The Jordan Basin offshore count was not included in some of the following figures due to its unique offshore area but is part of the total of 32 counts for Maine.
Total identified species this year 137 (including Jordan Basin). Last year 142
Total number of identified birds this year 173950 which was up from 167661 last year.
Average birds per land-based counts (31) was 5611. Last year 2017 it was 5409
Most species this year was Portland with 101. Last year it was also Portland with 94
Count with the least species was Misery Gore which had 14 this year and 14 last year.
Birds that appeared on all 31 counts: Bald Eagle, Blue Jay, Crow, Raven, Black-c Chickadee, Red-br Nuthatch, and White-br Nuthatch. Seven species in 2018 compared to six in 2017. Bald Eagle, Raven, and White-br Nuthatch were added, Dark-e Junco and Goldfinch dropped off.
Most abundant: Crow 25230, Starling 18624, Herring Gull 16800, Mallard 11514, and Black-c Chickadee 10897 and Rock Dove 9758.
Species represented by only one individual: Brant, Wood Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Great Black Hawk, Killdeer, Woodcock, Saw-whet Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, and Summer Tanager. If we include the Jordan Basin pelagic count it will add Fulmar and Puffin.
Counts that tallied over 10 thousand individuals: Augusta, Portland, and Waterville. Freeport-Brunswick was close with 9999 birds. **remember, these are identified birds only so these figures will not match the figures in the Audubon listings.
Counts that had unique birds, those seen only on that count some of which may total more than one bird:
Eastport Bunker Hill, Mount Desert, Deer Isle, and Freeport had one specie, Biddeford had three, and Portland had six.
Ten counts were held on Dec. 15, six on Dec. 29, two on Dec. 14,16,17,27, Jan. 1 and one count on Dec. 19, 22, 23, 26, 28, Jan. 4. This includes the Jordan Basin count.

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Date: 3/1/19 5:46 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hermit Thrush / Bluebirds in West Kennebunk
We've had intermittent visits from Bluebirds in our yard since late
January. Up to six at one time. More surprising, to me at least, has been
the Hermit Thrush who has come around a few times, yesterday (2/28) being
the most recent.

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Date: 3/1/19 5:43 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy owl East Point/Wood Island, Biddeford Pool / Hermit Thrush West Kennebunk
Haven't seen too many reports of Snowys this winter but I was delighted to
see one yesterday at the East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. As I
approached the point it took off from the rocks on the south side. There
was a lot of ice under the new coating of snow out there so I was looking
down, rather than up, as I walked, otherwise I would have gotten a nice,
fairly close look. He/she rounded the point and headed for Wood Island,
flying very low over the water.

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Acadia Birding Festival (May 30-June 2) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
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Date: 2/27/19 12:29 pm
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine Grosbeaks
A small flock of Pine Grosbeaks (6-8) in a tree in front of the Camden National Bank in Bucksport

Mike Little
Bucksport

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Date: 2/27/19 10:51 am
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] ACCESS IS RESTRICTED at wastewater treatment plants in NH
It has come to my attention, once again, that birders have been driving
inside and onto the dikes at a wastewater treatment plant in NH.

3 different individuals/groups have been told not to drive on the dikes
at the Exeter WTP recently.  In the past, birders have also been warned
not to drive inside the Rochester WTP.

We are very fortunate to have the ability to bird in these areas. We are
close to being forever banned from birding at these location!!!

YOU MUST FOLLOW THE RULES TO BIRD AT THESE LOCATIONS!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW
THEM, THEN DON'T VISIT!!!!  Please spread this message.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 2/26/19 6:48 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Belted Kingfisher in Harpswell
Yesterday I had a Belted Kingfisher on a telephone wire looking down at the
water in the salt marsh next to our house.

Henry Mauer
Harpswell, ME
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Date: 2/26/19 3:22 pm
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] A surprise in Bremen
Heading out of my driveway in the car, seeing what looked like a bird in the midst of the grand expanse of my neighbor’s snow-covered meadow, I stopped, got out my binoculars for a better view and saw a Flicker earnestly pecking away at the snow making a hole, I presume to get something below. But the wind was roaring and it was bitter. I hope it found something.

Juanita

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Date: 2/25/19 2:59 pm
From: Steve Barnes <stbarnes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vulture
Saw a single Turkey Vulture over the Dragon Cement quarries on Old County
Road in Rockland about 3:20 pm this afternoon.
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Date: 2/25/19 2:11 pm
From: Michael Boardman <mike...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey vultures
I had 4 turkey vultures riding the wind together off 95 near the Westbrook exit,
Signs of spring?

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Date: 2/25/19 1:59 pm
From: Chris <chrisjames...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brant at Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
25 Brant sheltering from the wind close in to the beach at Kettle Cove
at 3pm
Chris James

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Date: 2/24/19 12:53 pm
From: Katharina Hartman <khartmanster...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Saco feeder
Hello,

we've had evening grosbeaks, on and off visits from bluebirds, and twice a
barred owl (even watched her hunt and eat a mouse)
A neighbor (close to us) saw a male rose breasted grosbeak at their feeder.

Katharina

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Date: 2/24/19 10:45 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] redpolls
Large flock of common redpolls persisting, no hoarys, only the brave ones venture to the deck feeder though, the rest prefer the safety of the trees and broadcasted seed in the backyard.

Montville

Dr. Sarah Caputo
Belfast Veterinary Hospital
Belfast, ME
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Mountain Valley Farm
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Date: 2/24/19 9:13 am
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pelagic Trip to Jeffrey's Ledge - 2/23/19
Jane and I were invited guests on the UNH research vessel "Gulf
Challenger".  We traveled with graduate students who took water samples
at about 5 spots along a prescribed route leading offshore. A Woods Hole
researcher was also aboard and we retrieved their "Slocum Glider", a
whale detecting device which had gone bad east of Jeffrey's Ledge in MA
waters.

https://www.whoi.edu/main/slocum-glider

We traveled through ME, NH, MA, and again in NH waters on return. Sunny
to partly cloudy over the course of the day. Light NW winds sifting to
SW and S during afternoon. Seas mostly 1-2 feet.

The following is a count of birds ONLY IN OFFSHORE WATERS. Past
"influence" of Isles of Shoals. Birds scattered offshore with a big
group of birds (mostly gulls and fulmar) at Wilkinson's stop. Murres
were scattered with some well inside of Jeffrey's on Maine side and an
active area just east of Jeffrey's Ledge. Not many birds on Jeffrey's
Ledge and very few (almost none) birds as we crossed over Old Scantum
area on the way in.

Marine mammals noted include several far offshore (perhaps 4) Harbor
Seals, 1 Gray Seal, a few (perhaps 4) Harbor Porpoise, about 10 dolphin;
presumed Atlantic White-sided.

Separate eBird checklists submitted for each state.  Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/

Species List
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Common Eider    6 adults MIGRATING NORTH over Jeffrey's Ledge.
DOVEKIE  3  Only 3.  Not sure why so few.  Captain reported large
numbers a few weeks ago in same general area.  211 reported offshore on
12/9/18.
COMMON MURRE    62.  High count.  The default alcid offshore.  Most
photographed.  Mostly groups of 1 to 3 birds.  One large group of 8. 
Scattered locations.  Most east of Jeffrey's Ledge.  Most in winter
plumage.  A few in breeding or transitional plumage.
Razorbill    3.  This species continues to be scarce offshore. Decidedly
more common in in-shore waters.
large alcid sp.    10.  Likely Common Murres.
ATLANTIC PUFFIN    4.  Tough views from boat as we whizzed by, but
decent documentation photos.
Black-legged Kittiwake    12.  Not many offshore.
Herring Gull    210.  Huge group of gulls gathered on water at our stop
out on Wilkinson's Basin.  Remarkably few elsewhere.
Iceland Gull    4.  Two adults, 2 first-winter.
Great Black-backed Gull    302.  Huge group of gulls gathered on water
at our stop out on Wilkinson's Basin.  Remarkably few elsewhere.
NORTHERN FULMAR    64.  Most birds east of Jeffrey's Ledge. Especially
among huge group of gulls on stop at Wilkinson's Basin. Mostly light
morphs.
Northern Gannet    8.  Adults.  All east of Jeffrey's Ledge with gulls.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 2/24/19 6:23 am
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 2 updates in 1 topic
Whenever we travel any distance, my wife and I make "road lists" of everything we see. The driver is usually the one who sees less, but not always!

Mike Little
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Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...>: Feb 21 04:18PM -0500

If you’re ever in Pennsylvania, your numbers will easily hit the 100s! It’s
ridiculous how many red tails they have there.

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Date: 2/23/19 7:21 pm
From: Glenn Hodgkins <hodgkinsglenn...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Vinalhaven today
Beautiful day out on Vinalhaven today with some interesting birds,
including Glaucous Gull, Northern Shrike, and Red Crossbill on Vinalhaven.
The gull was near the ferry landing, the others were at Lane Island
Preserve. Common Murre and Razorbills on the ferry ride over.

Glenn Hodgkins

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Date: 2/23/19 3:50 pm
From: Cole Tiemann <cole.tiemann...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rockland-Vinalhaven Ferry trip
Unity College's birding club took a trip to Vinalhaven today on the ferry, focused on finding alcids and sea ducks. Large numbers of Common eiders and Long-tailed ducks. Highlights of the day include many Black Guillemots, a few Razorbills, 1 Murre, 1 Red-throated Loon, 3 Great Cormorants around Vinalhaven, and also a Glaucous Gull at Vinalhaven near the ferry point.

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