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1/21/20 6:12 am Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...> [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows
1/20/20 3:55 pm Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> Re: [Maine-birds] "Birds of Maine" (Vickery) Update
1/20/20 12:23 pm Seth Benz <sbenz...> [Maine-birds] "Birds of Maine" (Vickery) Update
1/20/20 6:53 am Albert Roehn <yankeeal7...> [Maine-birds] purple finch
1/20/20 5:27 am <danafox...> [Maine-birds] Visiting the Lawrence MA winter crow Roost with Dana and Bob
1/19/20 10:20 am J. Michael <gepetto...> [Maine-birds] Re: Bald Eagle Story
1/19/20 4:32 am Dave Tucker <dhtucker...> [Maine-birds] landfill guidelines
1/18/20 3:41 pm Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...> [Maine-birds] Northern flicker in Readfield
1/18/20 2:02 pm <chrwsu...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
1/18/20 12:53 pm tom A <tom.aversa...> [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
1/18/20 12:03 pm Linda Scotland <lds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
1/18/20 11:21 am Donald Tucker <don35berwick...> [Maine-birds] Re: Feeder hoard
1/18/20 11:17 am Donald Tucker <don35berwick...> [Maine-birds] Feeder hoard
1/18/20 9:52 am Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
1/18/20 4:31 am Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...> [Maine-birds] York - American Wigeon / Black-bellied Plover
1/16/20 7:13 pm Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...> [Maine-birds] Owl
1/16/20 2:17 am Garth McElroy <mcelroy499...> [Maine-birds] Bald Eagle Story
1/14/20 4:46 pm Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye, Peregrine Falcon Lewiston
1/12/20 6:44 pm Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Mystery bird was probably Red-necked Grebe
1/12/20 4:49 pm Weston Barker <westonbarker26...> [Maine-birds] Re: Mystery cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
1/12/20 3:07 pm Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
1/12/20 2:53 pm Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Mystery cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
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1/11/20 9:01 am Linda Woodard <lwoodard...> [Maine-birds] Bullocks oriole
1/11/20 7:24 am Margaret Page <mpage815...> [Maine-birds] Pipits at Kettle Cove
1/11/20 6:22 am Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Bullocks oriole
1/10/20 12:10 pm Brooks <ebbornhofft...> [Maine-birds] Peregrine flyover downtown Portland
1/10/20 9:04 am Rich MacDonald <rich...> [Maine-birds] Snow Goose and Pine Warblers
1/7/20 5:39 am The Hasbroucks <thasbroucks...> Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion (Gorham, too)
1/6/20 3:06 pm Ann Nesslage <anesslage...> [Maine-birds] Webber Pond, Bremen
1/6/20 6:46 am William Otto <william.otto...> Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
1/6/20 6:14 am Susan Davies <spdbbh...> [Maine-birds] American Tree Sparrows- Liberty
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1/4/20 2:03 pm Loring Danforth <ldanfort...> Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 4 updates in 4 topics
1/4/20 10:03 am Thomas Foley <thomaspfoley5...> [Maine-birds] BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Camden, 3 Jan
1/4/20 6:13 am Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Misery Township CBC, 12/30/19
1/3/20 6:32 pm 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan Island CBC, 2 Jan
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1/2/20 7:12 am Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy...> [Maine-birds] Cherryfield Red-bellied Woodpecker
1/1/20 1:11 pm Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] West Kennebunk sparrows/Fox Sparrow
1/1/20 10:31 am Raymond Brown <brownray7...> [Maine-birds] Shrikes in Baileyville
1/1/20 10:16 am Margaret Page <mpage815...> [Maine-birds] Northern Shrike at Timber Point
1/1/20 8:32 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] Shrike in Holden
1/1/20 7:44 am Nathan Hall <hallnatec...> [Maine-birds] River Point, Falmouth
1/1/20 4:38 am Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...> [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows
12/31/19 2:16 pm Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Tribute to a remarkable presence in 2019: GBLH
12/30/19 11:52 am Kathy Donahue <kadona11...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford/Kennebunkport 2019 CBC highlights
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12/29/19 11:57 am Ann Hancock <annhancock9...> [Maine-birds] Dovekie still present
12/29/19 10:48 am Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] 2019 CBC for Misery - Date Change to Monday 12/30
12/29/19 9:40 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Dovekie
12/29/19 8:58 am Weston Barker <westonbarker26...> [Maine-birds] Re: Dovekie
12/29/19 8:54 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Dovekie
12/28/19 1:30 pm Lea Ramirez <learamirez74...> [Maine-birds] Waterville CBC 12/15/19
12/27/19 6:19 am Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
12/27/19 4:14 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] American wigeons and purple sandpipers
12/26/19 5:06 pm Jessica Costa <jesslynncosta...> [Maine-birds] white-winged crossbills, Rumford White Cap
12/26/19 2:41 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
12/26/19 11:23 am Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Re: [Maine-birds] YBCH
12/26/19 9:23 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] YBCH
12/26/19 8:38 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] YBCH
12/26/19 8:30 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] YBCH
12/25/19 4:18 am Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> Re: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
12/24/19 3:23 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
12/23/19 10:55 am Dave Cowan <dcowan01...> Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
12/23/19 10:43 am Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
12/23/19 10:17 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
12/23/19 9:45 am Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Black Swan
12/22/19 4:22 pm Glenn Hodgkins <hodgkinsglenn...> [Maine-birds] Augusta CBC 12/15/19
12/22/19 8:24 am Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...> [Maine-birds] Lewiston/Auburn CBC 12/21/19
12/22/19 7:34 am Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...> [Maine-birds] Red Crossbills - Harpswell
12/22/19 6:06 am Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye
 
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Date: 1/21/20 7:50 am
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] "Birds of Maine" (Vickery) Update
That is excellent news. I met Lars Jonnson at the Wendell Gilley Museum
when he came over to work on the book. So looking forward to seeing this
new volume of information about Maine Birds.
Tammy

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 3:23 PM Seth Benz <sbenz...>
wrote:

> On behalf of my co-editor Barbara Vickery, and the rest of the "Birds of
> Maine" team, we appreciate the interest in Peter’s book. I’m very pleased
> to say that, as noted here in an earlier post, it is on schedule to be
> published in early autumn this year by Princeton University Publishing and
> the Nuttall Ornithological Club.
>
> I do want to clear up one misunderstanding. Although Peter worked on this
> book literally up to his final days in Feb. 2017, a daunting amount
> remained. Co-authors Charles Duncan, Bill Sheehan and Jeff Wells had quite
> a few species accounts to complete (including new species that kept showing
> up in the state, like Great Black Hawk), as well as the task of updating
> many that Peter had drafted years earlier, getting all of these peer
> reviewed and then drafting the five extensive introductory chapters Peter
> had envisioned. Bill Hancock produced almost 130 maps — range maps,
> migration maps, location maps for each area of the state as well as special
> topics like seabird nesting islands. Lars Jonsson produced 15 stunning,
> specially commissioned paintings, and Barry Van Dusen supplied more than
> 100 ink drawings.
>
> The design work is nearly complete, and the book will be as visually and
> esthetically pleasing as it will be ornithologically rich. Peter would,
> we're sure, be very proud. Certainly, we’re humbled to be carrying his work
> to completion. Once we have publication details, we will be alerting the
> birding community in Maine and throughout New England.
>
> Scott Weidensaul
>
>
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> Seth Benz
>
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>
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> <(207)%20288-1350”+value=> c: 207.412.8677 <(207)%20412-8677+value=>
> e: <sbenz...>
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Date: 1/21/20 6:12 am
From: Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows
From Robert Dixon
1/21/20 - Eliot yard - Chipping Sparrows (26!) continue under the feeders
this morning.

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Date: 1/20/20 3:55 pm
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] "Birds of Maine" (Vickery) Update
Thanks to everyone who replied, many privately. The book now looks like
so much more than I realized. I am sure most of us are more than eager
to see the final product. Great job for those working on it. I agree,
Peter would be overflowing with pride.

On 1/20/2020 3:23 PM, Seth Benz wrote:
> On behalf of my co-editor Barbara Vickery, and the rest of the "Birds
> of Maine" team, we appreciate the interest in Peter’s book. I’m very
> pleased to say that, as noted here in an earlier post, it is on
> schedule to be published in early autumn this year by Princeton
> University Publishing and the Nuttall Ornithological Club.
>
> I do want to clear up one misunderstanding. Although Peter worked on
> this book literally up to his final days in Feb. 2017, a daunting
> amount remained. Co-authors Charles Duncan, Bill Sheehan and Jeff
> Wells had quite a few species accounts to complete (including new
> species that kept showing up in the state, like Great Black Hawk), as
> well as the task of updating many that Peter had drafted years
> earlier, getting all of these peer reviewed and then drafting the five
> extensive introductory chapters Peter had envisioned. Bill Hancock
> produced almost 130 maps — range maps, migration maps, location maps
> for each area of the state as well as special topics like seabird
> nesting islands. Lars Jonsson produced 15 stunning, specially
> commissioned paintings, and Barry Van Dusen supplied more than 100 ink
> drawings.
>
> The design work is nearly complete, and the book will be as visually
> and esthetically pleasing as it will be ornithologically rich. Peter
> would, we're sure, be very proud. Certainly, we’re humbled to be
> carrying his work to completion. Once we have publication details, we
> will be alerting the birding community in Maine and throughout New
> England.
>
> Scott Weidensaul
>
>
> --
>
>
> Seth Benz
>
> Bird Ecology Program Director
>
> Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park t: 207.288.1350
> <tel:%28207%29%20288-1350%E2%80%9D+value=> c: 207.412.8677
> <tel:%28207%29%20412-8677+value=>
> e: <sbenz...> <mailto:<sbenz...>
> w: www.schoodicinstitute.org <http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/>
> m: P.O. Box 277, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693
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Date: 1/20/20 12:23 pm
From: Seth Benz <sbenz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] "Birds of Maine" (Vickery) Update
On behalf of my co-editor Barbara Vickery, and the rest of the "Birds of
Maine" team, we appreciate the interest in Peter’s book. I’m very pleased
to say that, as noted here in an earlier post, it is on schedule to be
published in early autumn this year by Princeton University Publishing and
the Nuttall Ornithological Club.

I do want to clear up one misunderstanding. Although Peter worked on this
book literally up to his final days in Feb. 2017, a daunting amount
remained. Co-authors Charles Duncan, Bill Sheehan and Jeff Wells had quite
a few species accounts to complete (including new species that kept showing
up in the state, like Great Black Hawk), as well as the task of updating
many that Peter had drafted years earlier, getting all of these peer
reviewed and then drafting the five extensive introductory chapters Peter
had envisioned. Bill Hancock produced almost 130 maps — range maps,
migration maps, location maps for each area of the state as well as special
topics like seabird nesting islands. Lars Jonsson produced 15 stunning,
specially commissioned paintings, and Barry Van Dusen supplied more than
100 ink drawings.

The design work is nearly complete, and the book will be as visually and
esthetically pleasing as it will be ornithologically rich. Peter would,
we're sure, be very proud. Certainly, we’re humbled to be carrying his work
to completion. Once we have publication details, we will be alerting the
birding community in Maine and throughout New England.

Scott Weidensaul


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Date: 1/20/20 6:53 am
From: Albert Roehn <yankeeal7...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] purple finch
at feeder here in West Newfield. 1st of year.

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Date: 1/20/20 5:27 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Visiting the Lawrence MA winter crow Roost with Dana and Bob
Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox will lead visits to see the staging and
roosting of the Lawrence MA Crow Roost(17,000 crows) in the next few weeks.



You can join already scheduled trips on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the
26th OR schedule a visit week days in the next few weeks.



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<mailto:<danafox...> to learn the time and meeting place.



This is a natural phenomena you do not want to miss.



Dana Duxbury-Fox

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Date: 1/19/20 10:20 am
From: J. Michael <gepetto...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Bald Eagle Story
Amazing footage........where were these shot?

thanks, Mike

On Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:17:03 AM UTC-5, Garth McElroy wrote:
>
> This winter has me filming bald eagles and ravens for clients. I've had 4
> reliable birds that are feeding on carrion (mainly deer) regularly. One of
> these birds is banded and I was able to get the band numbers by blowing up
> the footage. Turns out that the bird was banded back in 2006 about twenty
> miles from my location. A few days later I received this picture
> http://www.featheredfotos.com/DL/eagle.jpg of the bird from the bander
> (BRI in Portland) on the day the bird was banded. Very neat to know this
> bird has been out there and survived so long.
>
> Here's a clip of the banded eagle: https://youtu.be/RTGvn01103s
>
> And a clip of two other birds feeding with ravens:
> https://youtu.be/Gspx3xm_ZCw
>
> Garth McElroy / McElroy Productions
> Natural History and Wildlife Films
> Anson, Maine USA
> 207-860-0886
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Date: 1/19/20 4:32 am
From: Dave Tucker <dhtucker...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] landfill guidelines
I have misfiled the guidelines for visiting the eagle rich landfill near
Augusta. Could someone please forward that to me off list? Thanks in
advance.



Dave Tucker, Kittery Pt <dhtucker...>

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Date: 1/18/20 3:41 pm
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern flicker in Readfield
Posted with photos to Facebook group MAINE Birds

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Date: 1/18/20 2:02 pm
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book




That is good news!

Wally S.


On Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:53:38 -0800 (PST), tom A &lt;<tom.aversa...>&gt; wrote:
&nbsp;

Hey Stan,

&nbsp;

This was the latest news from the Nuttall Ornithological Club:

&nbsp;

Work on The Birds of Maine by Vickery, et al., has proceeded according to schedule and the manuscript has been copy-edited. This publication should be out sometime in the coming year and will be co-published with Princeton University Press.&nbsp;

&nbsp;

Good birding,&nbsp;

tom

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:52:50 PM UTC-5, Stan DeOrsey wrote:
What ever happened to Peter's work on a Maine Birds book? Peter died
nearly three years ago. I thought his book was basically complete and
just needed some formatting of the front and back matter and then to be
published, or maybe not. Is it still viable or is it now a dead issue?
It gets outdated more quickly than we would like, still I am sure there
would be much of value in it. Thanks much.

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Date: 1/18/20 12:53 pm
From: tom A <tom.aversa...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
Hey Stan,

This was the latest news from the Nuttall Ornithological Club:

Work on *The Birds of Maine* by Vickery, et al., has proceeded according to
schedule and the manuscript has been copy-edited. This publication should
be out sometime in the coming year and will be co-published with Princeton
University Press.

Good birding,
tom

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:52:50 PM UTC-5, Stan DeOrsey wrote:
>
> What ever happened to Peter's work on a Maine Birds book? Peter died
> nearly three years ago. I thought his book was basically complete and
> just needed some formatting of the front and back matter and then to be
> published, or maybe not. Is it still viable or is it now a dead issue?
> It gets outdated more quickly than we would like, still I am sure there
> would be much of value in it. Thanks much.
>
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Date: 1/18/20 12:03 pm
From: Linda Scotland <lds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
I really miss Peter. He was a wealth of information and a friend. I hope is book is going forward
Linda Scotland

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> On Jan 18, 2020, at 12:50 PM, Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> wrote:
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> What ever happened to Peter's work on a Maine Birds book? Peter died nearly three years ago. I thought his book was basically complete and just needed some formatting of the front and back matter and then to be published, or maybe not. Is it still viable or is it now a dead issue? It gets outdated more quickly than we would like, still I am sure there would be much of value in it. Thanks much.
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Date: 1/18/20 11:21 am
From: Donald Tucker <don35berwick...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Feeder hoard


On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:17:11 PM UTC-5, Donald Tucker wrote:
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> I don't know if it is the coming storm or what, but my feeder in North
> Berwick has been dismally empty all winter, but today there was a large
> flock of goldfinches, plus the usual titmice and chickadees, downy and
> hairy woodpeckers. But also for the first time this winter several
> bluebirds. A red-bellied woodpecker showed up, last time 2 years ago, and a
> Carolina wren, first time in 3 years.
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Date: 1/18/20 11:17 am
From: Donald Tucker <don35berwick...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Feeder hoard
I don't know if it is the coming storm or what, but my feeder has been
dismally empty all winter, but today there was a large flock of
goldfinches, plus the usual titmice and chickadees, downy and hairy
woodpeckers. But also for the first time this winter several bluebirds. A
red-bellied woodpecker showed up, last time 2 years ago, and a Carolina
wren, first time in 3 years.

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Date: 1/18/20 9:52 am
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery's Maine Birds book
What ever happened to Peter's work on a Maine Birds book? Peter died
nearly three years ago. I thought his book was basically complete and
just needed some formatting of the front and back matter and then to be
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Date: 1/18/20 4:31 am
From: Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] York - American Wigeon / Black-bellied Plover
From Robert Dixon
1/18/20 - York - The previously reported American Wigeon was observed
yesterday evening during high tide (4:15 pm) feeding with American Black
Ducks on the south side of Steedman Woods after crossing over Wiggly Bridge.
The Black-bellied Plover was observed earlier (11:15 am) in the day at low
tide feeding on the mudflats of Barrels Millpond just before Wiggly Bridge.
Record photos of both birds.

Bob Dixon
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Date: 1/16/20 7:13 pm
From: Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Owl
I didn’t see the owl, but I listend to him or her for well over half an hour calling as I went to sleep last night here in CAPE Elizabeth

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Date: 1/16/20 2:17 am
From: Garth McElroy <mcelroy499...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bald Eagle Story
This winter has me filming bald eagles and ravens for clients. I've had 4
reliable birds that are feeding on carrion (mainly deer) regularly. One of
these birds is banded and I was able to get the band numbers by blowing up
the footage. Turns out that the bird was banded back in 2006 about twenty
miles from my location. A few days later I received this picture
http://www.featheredfotos.com/DL/eagle.jpg of the bird from the bander (BRI
in Portland) on the day the bird was banded. Very neat to know this bird
has been out there and survived so long.

Here's a clip of the banded eagle: https://youtu.be/RTGvn01103s

And a clip of two other birds feeding with
ravens: https://youtu.be/Gspx3xm_ZCw

Garth McElroy / McElroy Productions
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Date: 1/14/20 4:46 pm
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye, Peregrine Falcon Lewiston
Hello All,

A drake Barrow's Goldeneye was in the company of some Common Goldeneye just
upriver of the Lown's Bridge crossing from Auburjn to Lewiston. It was
near the Lewiston shore at around 9 AM. A Peregrine Falcon also streaked
by and for a short time perched on the steeple of the Franco-American
Center. It was seen there again mid-afternoon.

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Date: 1/12/20 6:44 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Mystery bird was probably Red-necked Grebe
Thank you everyone who sent me the ID that is most likely- Red-necked Grebe
(not Great Cormorant). I knew all along it wasn't big enough for that
Cormorant, and after looking forever at the bad photos I remembered that it
was sitting like a duck on the beach when I first saw it, not upright as I
expect to see a Cormorant. And one photo shows it with most of its body
above the waterline, not sloping down into the water. But I didn't know the
answer, So, thank you all!

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Date: 1/12/20 4:49 pm
From: Weston Barker <westonbarker26...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Mystery cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
The bird in your photos appears to a Red-necked Grebe in winter plumage.
From what i can tell from your pictures, the bird has a pointed yellow bill
with a dark tip, a dark neck, back, and top of its head, and a lighter
patch on its cheek. All of these markings are typical of a Red-necked
Grebe, and they also do have a large white patch in each of their wings.

-Weston Barker

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2:53:51 PM UTC-8, Carol in Town Hill wrote:
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> At mid-tide, 4:10 pm today (12 Jan) I looked down onto the rocks at the
> river side of the bridge going over the Englishmans River and startled a
> bird on the rocks below. It began flailing it's long pointed wings and
> struggling to get up and reach the water. Wally came over to the rail and
> watched with me as the bird struggled to the edge and did a quick up-down
> dive into the waves and disappeared under the bridge. I had time to notice
> two white patch areas on what I thought were the bird's outstretched wings,
> I said, "Oh it's a poor injured Guillemot!" It did have a beak like a
> Guillemot. It was not quite as small, though, maybe the size of a Raven. I
> started trying to take a photo but my camera was frozen by the cold wet air
> and it showed black for two shots, so (tech-smart I am not) I turned it off
> and then on again and set it to Auto. By then the bird had made it beyond
> the bridge and out to Englishmans Bay and I got a few photos. Here at home
> I accidentally deleted the only photo I took of its outspread wings (where
> I thought I had seen two wide stripe-like patches) and then realized I
> actually had a very overexposed image, not a complete blank. Maybe someone
> can enhance the shadow that remains on the second photo.
> The bird seems much (much!) too small for a Great Cormorant, but what
> else could it be?
> I will now post the photos on e-bird, even the one taken when the
> shutter was frozen, so people can help me with this bird. Thank you!
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Date: 1/12/20 3:07 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
E-bird would not accept the shadowy over-exposed image, so if after viewing
the ones I was able to post you would like to give a try at the one that is
almost a blank, I'll e-mail it at your request.

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Date: 1/12/20 2:53 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Mystery cormorant-like bird Englishmans River 12 Jan
At mid-tide, 4:10 pm today (12 Jan) I looked down onto the rocks at the
river side of the bridge going over the Englishmans River and startled a
bird on the rocks below. It began flailing it's long pointed wings and
struggling to get up and reach the water. Wally came over to the rail and
watched with me as the bird struggled to the edge and did a quick up-down
dive into the waves and disappeared under the bridge. I had time to notice
two white patch areas on what I thought were the bird's outstretched wings,
I said, "Oh it's a poor injured Guillemot!" It did have a beak like a
Guillemot. It was not quite as small, though, maybe the size of a Raven. I
started trying to take a photo but my camera was frozen by the cold wet air
and it showed black for two shots, so (tech-smart I am not) I turned it off
and then on again and set it to Auto. By then the bird had made it beyond
the bridge and out to Englishmans Bay and I got a few photos. Here at home
I accidentally deleted the only photo I took of its outspread wings (where
I thought I had seen two wide stripe-like patches) and then realized I
actually had a very overexposed image, not a complete blank. Maybe someone
can enhance the shadow that remains on the second photo.
The bird seems much (much!) too small for a Great Cormorant, but what
else could it be?
I will now post the photos on e-bird, even the one taken when the
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Date: 1/11/20 3:06 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Long eared owl pic
This is concerning the ebird report of the Long Eared Owl at Crescent Beach State Park on Thursday by Anonymous Ebirder. I am a bit confused by the picture information. Did you photograph the bird or no and am curious to know if the bird was hunting in the field beyond the alders and shrubs beyond the wide path that runs behind the beach and dunes. Thanks for any info. Leon Mooney

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Date: 1/11/20 9:01 am
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bullocks oriole
Bird continues in the forsythia by the suet feeders on 14 Central St at
noon.

Linda and Turk

On Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 9:22 AM Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> wrote:

> The bullocks was at the 14 center street feeders this morning.
>
> Thanks,
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Date: 1/11/20 7:24 am
From: Margaret Page <mpage815...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pipits at Kettle Cove
There are two American Pipits at Kettle Cove right now. Disturbed by a dog, they flew off in the direction of Two Lights, but they were foraging on the rocks when I arrived.

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Date: 1/11/20 6:22 am
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bullocks oriole
The bullocks was at the 14 center street feeders this morning.

Thanks,
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Date: 1/10/20 12:10 pm
From: Brooks <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peregrine flyover downtown Portland
On my walk to the office this morning I spotted a Peregrine Falcon flying over city hall. Not a bad way to start the day!

Brooks

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Date: 1/10/20 9:04 am
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose and Pine Warblers
Yesterday, and again this morning, I saw a Snow Goose in Bar Harbor and several Pine Warblers in Acadia National Park.



The Snow Goose has been continuing in Bar Harbor since at least 02 January, hanging out on the YMCA ball fields, eating grass.



Yesterday, four Pine Warblers—two males and two females—were foraging alongside a bunch of Dark-eyed Juncos and Golden-crowned Kinglets along Acadia National Park’s Ocean Drive. This morning, I relocated three of them.





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Date: 1/7/20 5:39 am
From: The Hasbroucks <thasbroucks...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion (Gorham, too)
We, too, have had white throated sparrows (anywhere from one to five) visiting regularly and seeming to hang out with the juncos. In our 19 years here, we don’t have record of or remember them coming in the wintertime.

A few Eastern bluebirds are also enjoying the suet and adding color (along with the cardinals and occasional raucous blue jay) to the variety of winter regulars.

the Hasbroucks

> On Jan 6, 2020, at 9:46 AM, William Otto <william.otto...> wrote:
>
> The White-throated Sparrows have also invaded downeast Maine. On the Machias CBC Saturday, I had a 31 in my section. We had a flock of 16, 10 and 5. They were not in mixed flocks, and at the edges of wooded areas quite a ways from housing areas.
>
> The other species that seems to have just recently increased in number was golden-crowned kinglets. I noted multiple groups of 12-20 golden-crowned kinglets. For the last several years I had just seen them in groups of under 5 individuals in this area. This year it seemed like they were everywhere and in a few larger groups.
>
> William
>
> On Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 8:26 PM 'BARBARA P HERRGESELL' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>> wrote:
> My friend in Springvale has them.
> Barbara
> Sanford
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 3, 2020, at 6:18 PM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> <mailto:<jeffwells...>> wrote:
>
>> Just back from Matinicus Island where we counted a minimum of 12 White-throats, 15 Song Sparrows, and 43 juncos.
>>
>> Jeff Wells
>>
>>> On Jan 3, 2020, at 4:47 PM, Terry Sprague <tigngump...> <mailto:<tigngump...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> 
>>> I have white-throats regularly during the winter on North Haven. Numbering 1-5 most days. Today there 5. Two beautiful easy ID adults and the rest were either immature or tan morph adults. Terry on North Haven island in Penobscot Bay.
>>>
>>> From: Sharon F. <>
>>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 3:42 PM
>>> To: Maine birds <>
>>> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>>>
>>> I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation); first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.
>>>
>>> From: <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>> on behalf of Sean S <therefromhere168...> <mailto:<therefromhere168...>>
>>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 2:21 PM
>>> To: <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>>
>>> Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>>>
>>> As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:
>>>
>>> List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025>
>>>
>>> Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.
>>>
>>> Good birding,
>>>
>>> Sean Smith
>>> Hiram
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 1/6/20 3:06 pm
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Webber Pond, Bremen
hi all-- a couple of weeks in review--
on the 25th, I splurged and put out a large mealworm cake on the platform
feeder (still had a regular one hanging in a suet feeder). Before I got
into the house there were five bluebirds there. The adult male clung
mainly to the smaller feeder, but the other four (including three
adolescents I think) were on the larger cake squabbling and eating. Since
then, the group has been in and out regularly--this afternoon all settling
on another large cake.
the cardinal pair has been fairly regular as well as the usual chickadees,
juncos, tufted titmice, and wb nuthatches.
On the 30th around 2AM, a great horned owl started calling from the oak
trees between the house and the pond. It sounded very close indeed--called
for about 50 minutes.
After freezing and opening twice the pond is finally really closed though
the mallards still fly in from the ocean.
On Jan. 3rd while I was sitting at my desk facing a nearby oak which has a
squirrel's nest where two branches meet, I was treated to a wonderful
close view of a red bellied woodpecker and two flickers ( a pair). They
would each work their ways up the tree then plunge their heads in under the
leaves and twigs of the nest--remaining that way briefly before moving
off. They never came in conflict but seemed to take enough time each
stop. The sight of them plunging their heads in and pausing and then
lingering on the tree was a delight.

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Date: 1/6/20 6:46 am
From: William Otto <william.otto...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
The White-throated Sparrows have also invaded downeast Maine. On the
Machias CBC Saturday, I had a 31 in my section. We had a flock of 16, 10
and 5. They were not in mixed flocks, and at the edges of wooded areas
quite a ways from housing areas.

The other species that seems to have just recently increased in number was
golden-crowned kinglets. I noted multiple groups of 12-20 golden-crowned
kinglets. For the last several years I had just seen them in groups of
under 5 individuals in this area. This year it seemed like they were
everywhere and in a few larger groups.

William

On Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 8:26 PM 'BARBARA P HERRGESELL' via Maine birds <
<maine-birds...> wrote:

> My friend in Springvale has them.
> Barbara
> Sanford
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 3, 2020, at 6:18 PM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> wrote:
>
> Just back from Matinicus Island where we counted a minimum of 12
> White-throats, 15 Song Sparrows, and 43 juncos.
>
> Jeff Wells
>
> On Jan 3, 2020, at 4:47 PM, Terry Sprague <tigngump...> wrote:
>
> 
> I have white-throats regularly during the winter on North Haven. Numbering
> 1-5 most days. Today there 5. Two beautiful easy ID adults and the rest
> were either immature or tan morph adults. Terry on North Haven island in
> Penobscot Bay.
>
> *From:* Sharon F.
> *Sent:* Friday, January 3, 2020 3:42 PM
> *To:* Maine birds
> *Subject:* Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>
> I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as
> well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation);
> first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> on
> behalf of Sean S <therefromhere168...>
> *Sent:* Friday, January 3, 2020 2:21 PM
> *To:* <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...>
> *Subject:* [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>
> As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the
> White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New
> Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked
> immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other
> sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one
> photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:
>
> List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025
>
> Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them
> in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer
> temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the
> feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sean Smith
> Hiram
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/6/20 6:14 am
From: Susan Davies <spdbbh...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] American Tree Sparrows- Liberty
A flock of 5 or 6 American Tree Sparrows, along with a similar size flock
of Goldfinches, a Hairy Woodpecker, and a White breasted nuthatch on the
feeder this morning. And the ubiquitous Mourning Doves, Starlings,
Chickadees and BlueJays.

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Date: 1/5/20 6:08 pm
From: Brooks <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Palm Warbler (Western)
Bird flew down to driveway as my wife and I were leaving the house in the car around 3:45pm. I happened to have my binocs right on the center console. Both my wife and I got great looks over the course of a minute or so. Constant tail wag noted right away. Clearly visible yellow undertail coverts. No other yellow coloring visible. Bird made its way around the house on the ground. I am hoping that the bird found out suet before nightfall.

E. Brooks Bornhofft
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Date: 1/5/20 5:26 pm
From: 'BARBARA P HERRGESELL' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
My friend in Springvale has them.
Barbara
Sanford

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 3, 2020, at 6:18 PM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> wrote:
>
> Just back from Matinicus Island where we counted a minimum of 12 White-throats, 15 Song Sparrows, and 43 juncos.
>
> Jeff Wells
>
>> On Jan 3, 2020, at 4:47 PM, Terry Sprague <tigngump...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> I have white-throats regularly during the winter on North Haven. Numbering 1-5 most days. Today there 5. Two beautiful easy ID adults and the rest were either immature or tan morph adults. Terry on North Haven island in Penobscot Bay.
>>
>> From: Sharon F.
>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 3:42 PM
>> To: Maine birds
>> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>>
>> I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation); first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.
>>
>> From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> on behalf of Sean S <therefromhere168...>
>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 2:21 PM
>> To: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...>
>> Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
>>
>> As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:
>>
>> List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025
>>
>> Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Sean Smith
>> Hiram
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 1/5/20 2:13 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Shrike in Holden
Have had five or six everyday for several weeks noe in Hermon......a new event here too.

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Date: 1/5/20 12:00 pm
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Dunlin Winslow Park Freeport
Beth Edmonds and I saw four from the end of the park road over the harbor.
They landed on one of the several ledges revealed at the 3/4 low tide.
Around 2:30 pm.
They could be anywhere but at either side of high tide they are most often
on the larger “islands” that are the last to be submerged.
Can also be seen flying over the mudflats at lower tides sometimes looking
from the boat launch towards Yarmouth.
They more or less overwinter here yearly.
Barrows Goldeneyes a possibility though we saw few ducks.

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Date: 1/4/20 2:03 pm
From: Loring Danforth <ldanfort...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 4 updates in 4 topics
Mark Rolerson and I spent a rainy Saturday morning at Two Lights State
Park. It was a good day for alcids. In addition to a fair number of black
guillemots, we saw several razorbills and one common murre. The dark stripe
from the eye across the white cheek was clearly visible. Danny Danforth

On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 3:32 PM <maine-birds...> wrote:

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> <https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email#!forum/maine-birds/topics> Google
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> <https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email/#!overview>
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> - Greater Portland CBC Summary <#m_-3853593923294484263_group_thread_0>
> - 1 Update
> - So, York County CBC: Moody Sector, 12/16 (OCWA, DOVE, COMU, 3 PIWA,
> etc). <#m_-3853593923294484263_group_thread_1> - 1 Update
> - Chipping Sparrows <#m_-3853593923294484263_group_thread_2> - 1 Update
> - Dickcissel <#m_-3853593923294484263_group_thread_3> - 1 Update
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> Greater Portland CBC Summary
> <http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds/t/320cd214e6de8f84?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email>
> "Bill Hancock" <wph...>: Dec 18 02:01PM -0500
>
> The Greater Portland Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 15
> under sunny but extremely windy conditions. The 49 participants in 13 teams
> found 99 species. By far the most unusual tally was 195 Tree Swallows --a
> species only recorded on one previous count in the last 40 years, and that
> was for a single bird. The birds were found by multiple teams all along the
> coast and in the marshes, and counters generally felt their totals were
> conservative, as these aerialists don't stay too still this time of year.
> Not sure exactly what they are feeding on. Very rough seas kept most
> waterfowl counts down, but among the 23 species seen were a Snow Goose,
> Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, and Northern Pintail. Loons, however, were well
> represented with 21 Red-throateds and a record 346 Commons. Other high
> counts included 49 Sanderlings, 24 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 14 Carolina
> Wrens, and 18 American Pipits. Notable also were 3 Northern Saw-whet Owls,
> 3
> Northern Shrikes, a Field Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Yellow-breasted Chat, 3
> Pine Warblers, and a Dickcissel.
>
> Bill Hancock
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> Gray
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> So, York County CBC: Moody Sector, 12/16 (OCWA, DOVE, COMU, 3 PIWA, etc).
> <http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds/t/c07507f13e9885a0?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email>
> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird...>: Dec 18 05:02PM
>
> Hi all,
> Dan Nickerson joined Jeannette and I in our annual combing of the Moody
> sector of the Southern York County CBC yesterday.
> Covering over 15 party miles by foot during over 7 hours of our 8.5 hr
> day, we check lots of thickets and seasonal hotspots. Overall numbers were
> low as lack of snow cover and open inland waters continued to reduce normal
> seasonal concentrations of both landbirds and waterbirds at the coast.
>
>
> Our 57 total species was only slight below average, augmented by an
> impressive roster (even for this always-productive territory) of “good
> birds.” In fact, the level of quality to quantity was pretty darn good.
>
>
> Highlights included:
>
>
> - 1 DOVEKIE - Moody Point
> - 1 COMMON MURRE - beached on Ogunquit Beach. Released, apparently
> successfully. (Story on store’s Facebook page)
> - 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Ogunquit Beach dunes
> - 2 Chipping Sparrows - Bayberry St.
> - 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - Ogunquit Beach dunes.
> - 3 PINE WARBLERS (1 female at Beach Plum Farm, pair including different
> female by plumage at nearby Beach Plum Lane).
>
> -Derek
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> <http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds/t/b2c9ce2394427e8f?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email>
> Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...>: Dec 18 08:39AM -0500
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> From Robert Dixon
> 12/18/19 - Eliot yard - Chipping Sparrows (11) under the feeders. Nice
> count for the date. Unfortunately not in a CBC circle. Photos.
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> Stephen Antell <santellvt...>: Dec 17 04:56PM -0800
>
> After waiting for close to an hour the dickcissel seen over the weekend at
> 34 Mutton Lane in Viezie popped up today on top of a bush behind the row of
> feeders there. Would have had a get photo opportunity if I had thought to
> recharge my camera battery before heading out this morning
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Date: 1/4/20 10:03 am
From: Thomas Foley <thomaspfoley5...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Camden, 3 Jan
I am currently watching the Bullock’s oriole, along with many other feeder birds, from the parking lot of the Christian Science church at the bend on Central St., which is about a quarter mile from the stakeout location. Not a bad way to kick off 2020!

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Date: 1/4/20 6:13 am
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Misery Township CBC, 12/30/19


With this past week’s storms possibly hitting the area around the Forks, I
decided to run the 36th Misery Township CBC on Monday 12/30/2019.



Myself and two intrepid volunteers, Kate Weatherby and Ruth Keister, set
out to tackle the circle, shortly after 8 AM. We would have been there
sooner but were sidetracked on the way up watching a Coyote (possibly 2), a
Bald Eagle, a Common Raven, and several American Crows, jostle for scraps
of a deer carcass.

When we arrived in The Forks Plantation, we were met with overcast skies
and temps in the mid 20’s and winds were 5-15 mph although that was mostly
felt when near the power lines or the shores of the lakes and rivers.

The moving water was more open than it has been in recent years with even
some of the slower eddies not quite frozen. Many of the smaller streams
that passed near or under the roads had patches of open water. With the
exception of Route 201, the roads were covered in packed snow for the most
part and icy in places including the Capital Road Section.



For Misery the count is usually very low when compared with other counts
around the state. In the 36 years it has been run, the average species
count is 22 with the average total birds being 581

As has been experienced on the other counts I have done this year, feeder
activity has been less than normal and birds seem to just be deeper in the
woods.



This year, we were at the average of 22 species with slightly lower than
average 442 individuals.

Here were the species noted during the count along with the historical
high/average and number of counts present.
Species 2019 High Count Average Count Number of Counts Present
Ruffed Grouse
[Bonasa umbellus] 4 18 5 32
Bald Eagle
[Haliaeetus leucocephalus] 5 5 2 25
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
[Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)] 3 18 7 9
Mourning Dove
[Zenaida macroura] 5 8 3 16
Downy Woodpecker
[Picoides pubescens] 14 20 8 35
Hairy Woodpecker
[Picoides villosus] 9 20 7 35
Pileated Woodpecker
[Dryocopus pileatus] 2 10 4 27
Gray Jay
[Perisoreus canadensis] 11 16 5 33
Blue Jay
[Cyanocitta cristata] 44 72 26 36
American Crow
[Corvus brachyrhynchos] 19 57 9 33
Common Raven
[Corvus corax] 14 85 23 36
Black-capped Chickadee
[Poecile atricapillus] 153 340 156 36
Boreal Chickadee
[Poecile hudsonicus] 3 32 8 29
Red-breasted Nuthatch
[Sitta canadensis] 32 121 27 36
White-breasted Nuthatch
[Sitta carolinensis] 8 8 4 25
Golden-crowned Kinglet
[Regulus satrapa] 24 131 21 30
Northern Cardinal
[Cardinalis cardinalis] 1 4 2 13
Purple Finch
[Haemorhous purpureus] 21 264 45 14
Red Crossbill
[Loxia curvirostra] 13 66 15 13
White-winged Crossbill
[Loxia leucoptera] 27 670 106 19
Pine Siskin
[Spinus pinus] 8 404 106 19
American Goldfinch
[Spinus tristis] 22 279 83 24



Kinglets were numerous as they have been on other counts. The Crossbills
were out and very noisy. Notable misses were sparrows although only
American Tree Sparrows tend to be up this way normally. Brown Creepers have
been seen half the years and we thought we heard one at one point but it
was only a single call and not conclusive among the chatter. We had another
interesting observation while pishing along the Indian Pond Road, where we
were we were unable to get a group of chickadees to cross the powerline
cut. We were not sure if perhaps there was a predator nearby that was out
of our sightline, or if they were just weighing in on the CMP corridor
debate. If so, they clearly were not fans. 😊



Cheers and Happy New Year to everyone!



Rob O’Connell

490 Greely Road Extension

Cumberland, ME 04021

H-207-221-3462

M-207-450-4092

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Date: 1/3/20 6:32 pm
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan Island CBC, 2 Jan
I took a last minute opportunity to head out to Monhegan Island yesterday, with a goal of counting birds for the CBC and winter bird atlas. It was quite mild with no snow on the island, though most freshwater was still frozen. Overall it was a low quantity, high quality day, with some lingering migrants while otherwise common birds were completely absent. No finches, no Blue Jays, no nuthatches, etc. Highlights included: Yellow-breasted Chat, House Wren (apparently the first documented winter record for Maine, and the previous latest recorded in eBird is 18 Nov), Gray Catbird, 4 Swamp Sparrows, Northern Flicker, plus a couple first-cycle Iceland Gulls, a drake Harlequin Duck, and four Dovekies foraging in the surf off Lobster Cove.

A full list is below and an eBird list with notes/photos can be seen here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62980661

Mallard - 29
American Black Duck - 3
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) - 1
Common Eider - 35
Harlequin Duck - 1
White-winged Scoter - 2
Black Scoter - 5
Long-tailed Duck - 10
Red-necked Grebe - 4
Mourning Dove - 8
Dovekie - 4
Razorbill - 2
Black Guillemot - 3
Black-legged Kittiwake - 8
Ring-billed Gull - 2
Herring Gull - 132
Iceland Gull - 2
Great Black-backed Gull - 50
Red-throated Loon - 3
Common Loon - 16
Northern Gannet - 3
Great Cormorant - 12
Northern Flicker - 1
American Crow - 14
Common Raven - 2
Black-capped Chickadee - 16
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
House Wren - 1
Winter Wren - 2
European Starling - 26
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 22
White-throated Sparrow - 3
Song Sparrow - 6
Swamp Sparrow - 4
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Common Grackle - 1
Northern Cardinal - 1

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Maine Bird Atlas - Outreach Coordinator
Maine Audubon - Staff Naturalist
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Date: 1/3/20 5:12 pm
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Camden, 3 Jan
This might induce déjà vu, but a BULLOCK’S ORIOLE has been visiting a yard on Central Street in Camden since 31 Dec 2019. Yes, this is the exact same street the Bullock’s Oriole in 2016-17 was on, and even visiting one of the same yards as that occurrence. This new bird, also an immature male, was found by Kristin Kalajian at her feeders at 14 Central Street (the steel-sided house at the intersection of Central and Cross) where it has been seen daily since, most regularly from 9:00-11:00AM. She is fine with visitors stopping by to look, feeders are behind the house and can be seen by going around the west side of the house and standing near the trailered boat. The best place to park is right on Central Street, please do not park in Kristin’s driveway. The bird was also seen briefly visiting feeders nearby on Washington Street, but with no homeowner contact there, I’d recommend focusing near Central x Cross.

Good birding,


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Date: 1/3/20 3:19 pm
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
Just back from Matinicus Island where we counted a minimum of 12 White-throats, 15 Song Sparrows, and 43 juncos.

Jeff Wells

On Jan 3, 2020, at 4:47 PM, Terry Sprague <tigngump...> wrote:


I have white-throats regularly during the winter on North Haven. Numbering 1-5 most days. Today there 5. Two beautiful easy ID adults and the rest were either immature or tan morph adults. Terry on North Haven island in Penobscot Bay.

From: Sharon F.
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 3:42 PM
To: Maine birds
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion

I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation); first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.

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Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 2:21 PM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion

As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:

List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025

Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.

Good birding,

Sean Smith
Hiram




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Date: 1/3/20 1:47 pm
From: Terry Sprague <tigngump...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
I have white-throats regularly during the winter on North Haven. Numbering 1-5 most days. Today there 5. Two beautiful easy ID adults and the rest were either immature or tan morph adults. Terry on North Haven island in Penobscot Bay.

From: Sharon F.
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 3:42 PM
To: Maine birds
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion

I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation); first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.



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From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> on behalf of Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 2:21 PM
To: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion

As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:

List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025

Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.

Good birding,

Sean Smith
Hiram





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Date: 1/3/20 1:01 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 12/29-1/3
Hi all,My observations of note over the past six days included the following:- 1 continuing drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, Winslow Park, Freeport (first spotted with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group on 12/21).- The annual mid-winter "Meganser Hat Trick" is back at the Lower Falls Landing/Yarmouth Town Landing in Yarmouth.- 1 continuing KILLDEER, Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 12/29.- 1 GLAUCOUS X HERRING GULL HYBRID and 4 Swamp Sparrows, Private Property in Cape Elizabeth, 12/29.- 2 drake and 1 hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, Trundy Point, Cape Elizabeth, 12/29.- 6 Brant, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 12/29.- 3 amazingly continuing TREE SWALLOWS, 3 Horned Larks, etc, Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, 12/29.- 1 continuing American Kestrel and 1 Swamp Sparrow, Weskeag Marsh, Thomaston, 1/1 (with Paul Doiron, Kristen Lindquist, and Jeannette).- 2 Chipping Sparrows, North Street, Portland, 1/2.- 1 ad and 3 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 1/2.
-Derek
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Date: 1/3/20 12:42 pm
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
I have 5 white throated sparrows overwintering here in West Kennebunk as well as what I believe to be a swamp sparrow(no pics yet for confirmation); first time for both species in 22 years! Sharon in West K.

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion

As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:

List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025

Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in, and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area, as recommended for ground feeding birds.

Good birding,

Sean Smith
Hiram





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Date: 1/3/20 11:21 am
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Continuing White-throated Sparrow invasion
As the post-storm Juncos have gradually lessened beneath the feeders, the
White-throated Sparrows have steadily increased: 1 on the 31st, 2 on New
Year's Day, 3 yesterday and this morning 5. All have been streaked
immatures and tan-morph adults, all looking healthy, so far with no other
sparrow species mixed in. Hard to fit 5 of these active birds in one
photo, but I was able to get 3 in for some ID-quality pics yesterday:

List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62939025

Scattering crushed peanuts around on the snow really helps to draw them in,
and of course they will eat sunflower seeds. Today's warmer temperatures
will be good for scraping up the soggy shells & cleaning the feeder area,
as recommended for ground feeding birds.

Good birding,

Sean Smith
Hiram

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Date: 1/3/20 7:32 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Resolved: Send more email

Most appreciated Scott. Many of us enjoy eBird but are more comfortable with quickly checking in the old fashioned email! 🙂 Sharon in West K
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Resolved: Send more email

In the past few years, I’ve assumed “everyone” keeps an eye on eBird for interesting sightings so I stopped posting much to maine-birds. I realize that was a terrible assumption, so I’m going to try to share the good stuff here more often so more folks might follow up.

Palm Warbler: Yesterday (Thu 1/2) I was eating a sandwich and watching gulls on Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk, when a small bird flitted to the pavement outside my car window — palm warbler? — and hopped under the car. I didn’t see it pop back out, but after a minute I went looking. Fortunately it didn’t go far and was almost oblivious to my presence. Yes, palm warbler. In January.

Northern Shrike: This morning, from the parking lot of the Wells Reserve, I heard strange sounds, like a scratchy starling, and eventually found the source: northern shrike in a distant treetop. For at least 15 minutes it chose perches nearby, engaging 2 blue jays in swooping chases for a while, but disappeared while I was distracted by bluebirds. After several reports over the past few days I had been hoping to see one again. With luck, this bird will stick around.

Happy new year,
Scott Richardson

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Date: 1/3/20 6:43 am
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Resolved: Send more email
In the past few years, I’ve assumed “everyone” keeps an eye on eBird for interesting sightings so I stopped posting much to maine-birds. I realize that was a terrible assumption, so I’m going to try to share the good stuff here more often so more folks might follow up.

Palm Warbler: Yesterday (Thu 1/2) I was eating a sandwich and watching gulls on Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk, when a small bird flitted to the pavement outside my car window — palm warbler? — and hopped under the car. I didn’t see it pop back out, but after a minute I went looking. Fortunately it didn’t go far and was almost oblivious to my presence. Yes, palm warbler. In January.

Northern Shrike: This morning, from the parking lot of the Wells Reserve, I heard strange sounds, like a scratchy starling, and eventually found the source: northern shrike in a distant treetop. For at least 15 minutes it chose perches nearby, engaging 2 blue jays in swooping chases for a while, but disappeared while I was distracted by bluebirds. After several reports over the past few days I had been hoping to see one again. With luck, this bird will stick around.

Happy new year,
Scott Richardson

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Date: 1/2/20 7:12 pm
From: Raymond Brown <brownray7...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Harlequins
I saw no dovekies at Two Lights State Park when I arrived today as dusk was settling in, but there were 6 beautiful harlequin ducks, a raft of common eiders, some black ducks, and a few black scoters.
—Ray Brown—

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Date: 1/2/20 2:11 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 2020 Maine Birds predictions blog.
Hi all, 
I've posted my annual Maine Birds Predictions blog: a recap of the species added to Maine's list, as well as my own, in 2019. Then, as usual, I attempt to prognosticate the next 25 species to be seen in Maine, and my own next 25 state birds. (It has to be more accurate than the forecast for this week's winter storm!) Enjoy!

https://mebirdingfieldnotes.blog/2019/12/31/2020-maine-birds-predictions-blog/
-Derek


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Date: 1/2/20 7:12 am
From: Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cherryfield Red-bellied Woodpecker
During this winter's visit the feeders have been a bit slow, but as of this
morning we have a Red-bellied Woodpecker in the front yard maple tree. It
has not discovered the suet yet, but we are hoping. We see these daily back
in Florida, but this one is a very big surprise. BTW we have also had
Tufted Titmouses off and on.

Joel Wilcox
Cherryfield

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Date: 1/1/20 1:11 pm
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] West Kennebunk sparrows/Fox Sparrow
Just looked out at my feeders and noted white throated, song, tree and( first ever in the winter here) robust looking Fox Sparrow! Happy New Year!

Sharon in West K.

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Date: 1/1/20 10:31 am
From: Raymond Brown <brownray7...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Shrikes in Baileyville
The St. Stephen, New Brunswick CBC on Dec 29 was mostly unremarkable this year with low numbers overall, but the appearance of 3 northern shrikes in Baileyville in the US half of the count circle was a nice surprise.

—RayBrown—

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Date: 1/1/20 10:16 am
From: Margaret Page <mpage815...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern Shrike at Timber Point
Pam Jordan and I just found a Northern Shrike at the parking area at at Timber Point Trail in Biddeford/Kbunk. It is hunting from the utility wires in the area before the parking lot and also closer to inlet.

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Date: 1/1/20 8:32 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Shrike in Holden
We have had white throated sparrows at our feeder this winter (climate
change?). Today a shrike nabbed one of them. First shrike we have seen in
quite a few years.

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Date: 1/1/20 7:44 am
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] River Point, Falmouth
I had a New Year’s Day Northern Shrike attempting time catch American
Goldfinches with little success.

Nathan Hall
Portland, ME

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Date: 1/1/20 4:38 am
From: Robert Dixon <robertdixon1962...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows
From Robert Dixon
Eliot yard - 1/1/20 - Chipping Sparrows continue with twenty one under the
feeders this morning.

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Date: 12/31/19 2:16 pm
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tribute to a remarkable presence in 2019: GBLH
The Great Black Hawk lingered into the beginning of the year. Wanted to
reflect back on that auspicious start to the year.

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Date: 12/30/19 11:52 am
From: Kathy Donahue <kadona11...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford/Kennebunkport 2019 CBC highlights


The 60th Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC took place on Saturday, December 28th
with 45 birders. It was a beautiful day, mostly sunny, the temperature
went from the mid-30s in the morning to mid-40s in the afternoon. The wind
was 0-10 mph varying from N to W. We had 84 species which is about the
10-yr average and 10,639 individual birds, second lowest in 10 years (last
year was the lowest). That total doesn’t include feeder data, so it will
rise slightly.


We had a new species added this year to the count, an Eastern Phoebe. It’s
interesting that the bird was found by mostly the same team, but not the
same person, that found an Eastern Phoebe in the York County CBC earlier
this month. For the second year in a row we had low count’s for American
Tree Sparrow. We had high counts for Canada Goose, Northern Pintail,
Harlequin Duck, Ring-billed Gull and Gray Catbird. Other less frequently
seen birds were Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Red-shouldered
Hawk, Dovekie, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and Peregrine Falcon.

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Date: 12/30/19 8:14 am
From: Doug Suitor <dougsuitor...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Freeport/Brunswick and Bath/Phippsburg CBC Summary Reports
Here are the CBC reports for Freeport/Brunswick and Bath/Phippsburg.

Thanks again to all the participants for braving the less that stellar
conditions we encountered on both counts.

Freeport/Brunswick MEFBCBC
Number of Species: 66
Number of Individuals: 11,172

Bath/Phippsburg MEBPCBC
Number of Species: 70 + 1 Count Week
Number of Individuals: 5,407

Some highlights, highlighted.
Species Name MEFBCBC 12/27/2019 MEFBCBC 12/14/19
Canada Goose 633 602
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 941 + 1 recently deceased 234
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
American Black Duck 1,470 672
Common Eider 716 244
Surf Scoter 152 72
White-winged Scoter 208 47
Black Scoter 20 44
Long-tailed Duck 370 91
Bufflehead 346 335
Common Goldeneye 369 92
Barrow's Goldeneye 7
Hooded Merganser 40 31
Common Merganser 26 6
Red-breasted Merganser 178 176
duck sp. 50 21
Wild Turkey 110 23
Red-necked Grebe 15 177
Rock Pigeon 180 33
Mourning Dove 75 35
Sanderling 18
Dunlin 4
Purple Sandpiper 6 27
American Woodcock 1
Dovekie 1 + 1 recently deceased
Razorbill 1
large alcid sp. 1
Black Guillemot 5 15
Ring-billed Gull 500 357
Herring Gull 1,693 531
Great Black-backed Gull 36 75
Red-throated Loon 11 7
Common Loon 72 73
Great Blue Heron 1 7
Great Cormorant 13
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 1
Bald Eagle 16 35
Red-tailed Hawk 2 4
Belted Kingfisher 8 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12 6
Downy Woodpecker 51 14
Hairy Woodpecker 31 9
Pileated Woodpecker 3 2
Northern Flicker 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Blue Jay 164 66
American Crow 341 192
Common Raven 3 9
Black-capped Chickadee 566 327
Tufted Titmouse 158 54
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13 59
Red-breasted Nuthatch 20 31
White-breasted Nuthatch 53 25
Brown Creeper 9 8
Carolina Wren 1 1
European Starling 505 40
Northern Mockingbird 5
Gray Catbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 25
American Robin 73 37
Cedar Waxwing 1
House Sparrow 147 16
House Finch 58 31
House/Purple Finch 4
Purple Finch CW
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 339 121
Chipping Sparrow 1
American Tree Sparrow 14 13
Dark-eyed Junco 137 106
White-throated Sparrow 62 20
Song Sparrow 16 28
Swamp Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 41
Northern Cardinal 98 27
Species Totals 66 71

Doug Suitor
Woolwich, ME

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Date: 12/29/19 11:57 am
From: Ann Hancock <annhancock9...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Dovekie still present
Dovekie still present at 2:52 close to the rocks at Two Lights. Straight out from PL as directed previously.
Ann and Jim Hancock

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Date: 12/29/19 10:48 am
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 2019 CBC for Misery - Date Change to Monday 12/30
Greetings all,

The originally scheduled date for the Misery CBC (The Forks Plantation) was
going to be Wednesday 1/1/20 with a rain date of 1/4/20 however the weather
reports up there are looking less inviting for the week so we have pushed
the date up to tomorrow, Monday, 12/30/19 instead.
If there is anyone who might be interested in participating, please let me
know today so I can coordinate meeting times. I will be driving up from the
Portland area so if anyone wants to carpool, please feel free to let me
know that as well.
Current forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny with a high of 23 with E-NE
winds of 5-10 mph.

If you are not familiar, Misery is far from what it's name implies. It is a
largely undeveloped landscape that although it has been logged heavily,
still manages to keep some of that boreal diversity that is unavailable on
most other counts. It contains three main sections, the west section covers
US 201 from The Forks up to Parlin Pond with any and all side roads in
between. The Capital Road logging/camp road complex which is the center
section. Weather permitting this can be done by 4WD vehicle, skis,
snowmobile, snowshoe, or foot. The eastern section extends in from The
Forks to East Moxie Township via the Lake Moxie Road and then continues up
to Indian Pond with any side roads in between. There are some hiking
opportunities throughout the east and center sections although time
constraints make it a bit challenging.

The birds are scarce so do not plan on seeing counts like you would in
other parts, but what it lacks in quantity, it *CAN* make up for in
quality. In past years this count has produced birds not found as often
found in other parts of the state such as Northern Goshawk, Great Gray Owl,
Evening/Pine Grosbeaks, American Three-Toed and Black-Backed Woodpeckers,
Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bohemial Waxwing, Snow
Bunting, Red and White-Winged Crossbills, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, and
Evening and Pine Grosbeak. I however promise nothing, other than good fun
while we look for all of these and the rest of the local resident
population.

All travel is of course, weather permitting, with your safety coming first.
4WD vehicles are strongly recommended.

Cheers and good luck with all the other counts this week!

Rob O’Connell

490 Greely Road Extension

Cumberland, ME 04021

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Date: 12/29/19 9:40 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Dovekie
A second Dovekie has joined the earlier bird at Two Lights. Still close in and now straight from parking area.

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Date: 12/29/19 8:58 am
From: Weston Barker <westonbarker26...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Dovekie
Also one seen from Ocean Ave in biddeford yesterday by our CBC team
checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62719862

On Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 8:54:14 AM UTC-8, Charles Duncan wrote:
>
> Dovekie being seen currently very very close to shore at Two Lights State
> Park. From the parking lot, wall down to water’s edge and then to the
> right, just below a bench.

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Date: 12/29/19 8:54 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Dovekie
Dovekie being seen currently very very close to shore at Two Lights State Park. From the parking lot, wall down to water’s edge and then to the right, just below a bench.

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Date: 12/28/19 1:30 pm
From: Lea Ramirez <learamirez74...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Waterville CBC 12/15/19


All the numbers for the Waterville CBC have been compiled, and most
notably, it turned out to be a slow birding day. Weather seemed to be the
culprit. Temps hovered around 40 degrees, precipitation was 0, no snow
cover and little frozen water, but the wind blew all day at around 15 mph
with gusts reported up to 36 mph. Nevertheless...


*23* field observers and *8* groups of feeder watchers identified *6,123*
individuals including *51* species of birds. *Savannah Sparrow* and *Red-breasted
Nuthatch* were later added as count-week species.


*New Highs:* There were no new highs.

*New Lows: *There were no new lows.


Winter finches and irruptives were nearly absent this year. *Red-breasted
Nuthatches* were absent for the day but had been reported at a feeder
during the count week. Only 1 *Wild Turkey* was found, which is a low for
recent years.


*Notables: *A* Clay-colored Sparrow* was observed for the first time ever
on count day. 2 *Northern Pintails,* a *Common Grackle, *a* Brown-headed
Cowbird, *and 7 *Iceland Gulls* were seen as well. A first-winter *White-Crowned
Sparrow* was spotted feeding under a bird feeder. A *Savannah Sparrow* was
seen during count week.


*Trending:* *Red-bellied Woodpeckers* were seen for the 10th consecutive
year and *Eastern Bluebirds* have become more reliable winter residents
this past decade. A *Northern Mockingbird* is still showing up. *Peregrine
Falcons* continue at the old Scott paper mill, and *American Crows* continue
to roost in the thousands.

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Date: 12/27/19 6:19 am
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
I think your post is very cool....


On Monday, December 23, 2019 at 1:43:08 PM UTC-5, Richard Garrigus wrote:
>
> Wow.
> I am well aware of the overwhelming likelihood of this as an escapee, and
> assumed others on this list would also be aware of that likelihood.
> However, the chance of finding one on the ocean in late December in Maine
> is nevertheless pretty damn slim and therefore warrants putting out the
> word. Contrary to your stated purpose, your response is PRECISELY to
> diminish this sighting and frankly uncalled for. And you're too late I
> already "lit up" eBird.
>
> I really am weary of people jumping down my throat on this forum. Back
> off!!!
>
> On Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 1:16 PM Kristen Lindquist <kelin......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> For people who might not realize, Black Swans found in North America are
>> always escapees (the bird is native to Australia). This is not to diminish
>> how cool it would be to see one "in the wild," but if this IS a Black Swan,
>> don't start lighting up eBird with your sightings...
>>
>> For more info on exotic waterfowl vs. wild birds, this is a useful
>> article by (bird guide author) Kenn Kaufman from Audubon a few years ago
>> that actually mentions Black Swans specifically:
>> https://www.audubon.org/news/is-exotic-waterfowl-you-just-found-wild-or-escapee#
>>
>> Kristen
>>
>

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Date: 12/27/19 4:14 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] American wigeons and purple sandpipers
Sun and surf in Rockland made for some fun birding/photography.

https://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/he0c76e0b#he0c76e0b

Cheers,
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Date: 12/26/19 5:06 pm
From: Jessica Costa <jesslynncosta...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] white-winged crossbills, Rumford White Cap
About 15 white-winged crossbills near the summit of Rumford White Cap this
afternoon.

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Date: 12/26/19 2:41 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

MSI CBC: 2491 individuals; 26 species plus 4 additional species during
count week.

Full CBC report may be downloaded using either URL. http://mbf.cc/B1SKdU
*http://mbf.cc/hLBcVj* <http://mbf.cc/hLBcVj>

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Date: 12/26/19 11:23 am
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] YBCH
The chat is still present as of 2:20 PM. Along with a multitude of catbirds, a few mockingbirds, and several house finches.

Thanks,
Rob O'Connell

> On Dec 26, 2019, at 12:23 PM, Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> wrote:
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> Apologies for the mess that voice dictation (and cold fingers) made of the first version of this post!
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Date: 12/26/19 9:23 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] YBCH
Apologies for the mess that voice dictation (and cold fingers) made of the first version of this post!

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Date: 12/26/19 8:38 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] YBCH

Yellow-breasted Chat seen yesterday by Bill Bunn is being seen this morning (11:30) at the same spot behind the closed-off parking lot between the playground and the Railway at Portland East End.. Seems to prefer the area near a picnic table and just beyond though it has been moving at least a few hundred feet or more.

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Date: 12/26/19 8:30 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] YBCH
Yellow breasted chat scene yesterday by Bill bone is being seen this morning at the same spot at the parking lot between the playground and the Railway at Portland East End.. Seems to prefer the area near a picnic table and just beyond

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Date: 12/25/19 4:18 am
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
Merry Christmas to you, Ralph! Have a great day and enjoy your CBC.
Linda Powell
Skowhegan, Me

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Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

The Machias Seal Island Christmas Bird Count goes ahead tomorrow, Christmas Day (as always).

Anyone going to participate?

Okay, that's a bit "tongue-in-cheek" but my wish that you all have a wonderful Christmas is absolutely sincere.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!

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Date: 12/24/19 3:23 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
The Machias Seal Island Christmas Bird Count goes ahead tomorrow, Christmas
Day (as always).

Anyone going to participate?

Okay, that's a bit "tongue-in-cheek" but my wish that you all have a
wonderful Christmas is absolutely sincere.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!

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Date: 12/23/19 10:55 am
From: Dave Cowan <dcowan01...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
Is there no escapeeBird?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 23, 2019, at 1:16 PM, Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> wrote:
>
> 
> For people who might not realize, Black Swans found in North America are always escapees (the bird is native to Australia). This is not to diminish how cool it would be to see one "in the wild," but if this IS a Black Swan, don't start lighting up eBird with your sightings...
>
> For more info on exotic waterfowl vs. wild birds, this is a useful article by (bird guide author) Kenn Kaufman from Audubon a few years ago that actually mentions Black Swans specifically: https://www.audubon.org/news/is-exotic-waterfowl-you-just-found-wild-or-escapee#
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Date: 12/23/19 10:43 am
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
Wow.
I am well aware of the overwhelming likelihood of this as an escapee, and
assumed others on this list would also be aware of that likelihood.
However, the chance of finding one on the ocean in late December in Maine
is nevertheless pretty damn slim and therefore warrants putting out the
word. Contrary to your stated purpose, your response is PRECISELY to
diminish this sighting and frankly uncalled for. And you're too late I
already "lit up" eBird.

I really am weary of people jumping down my throat on this forum. Back
off!!!

On Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 1:16 PM Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
wrote:

> For people who might not realize, Black Swans found in North America are
> always escapees (the bird is native to Australia). This is not to diminish
> how cool it would be to see one "in the wild," but if this IS a Black Swan,
> don't start lighting up eBird with your sightings...
>
> For more info on exotic waterfowl vs. wild birds, this is a useful article
> by (bird guide author) Kenn Kaufman from Audubon a few years ago that
> actually mentions Black Swans specifically:
> https://www.audubon.org/news/is-exotic-waterfowl-you-just-found-wild-or-escapee#
>
> Kristen
>

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Date: 12/23/19 10:17 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
For people who might not realize, Black Swans found in North America are
always escapees (the bird is native to Australia). This is not to diminish
how cool it would be to see one "in the wild," but if this IS a Black Swan,
don't start lighting up eBird with your sightings...

For more info on exotic waterfowl vs. wild birds, this is a useful article
by (bird guide author) Kenn Kaufman from Audubon a few years ago that
actually mentions Black Swans specifically:
https://www.audubon.org/news/is-exotic-waterfowl-you-just-found-wild-or-escapee#

Kristen

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Date: 12/23/19 9:45 am
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black Swan
Hi everyone,

The Black Swan (I concur with the ID for the time being) reported by Jonah
Levy continues. Last seen from Portland Head Light but very far out. Scope
would be essential I'm guessing, and even then it is hard to pick up on
given the distance. When I left it, it seemed to be in a holding pattern
roughly in line with (and between) the two red channel markers to the
southeast, from the position of the lighthouse itself. Let yourself be
gullible and thoroughly investigate every buoy!

The refrain in my head the last few days has been "all I want for Christmas
is a Dovekie". But, ok, I'll settle for a Black Swan!

Richard Garrigus

Thanks Jonah for the prompt report! I left home without any device, so made
a beeline back to get the word out.

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Date: 12/22/19 4:22 pm
From: Glenn Hodgkins <hodgkinsglenn...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Augusta CBC 12/15/19
The Augusta CBC happened on the windy day of Dec. 15th, having been
postponed from the previous rainy day. Thirty-one of us counted 16,396
birds. The species total (52) and numbers for many species were about
average. We had record numbers for some species, particularly waterfowl,
given the open water on local lakes and ponds. Some notable birds and
numbers:


- Turkey Vulture was a new count species, not seen in our 50 years of
counting
- The Merlin was our first for count day, we had one count week in 1987
- Record totals for Northern Flicker (3), Common Goldeneye (125), Common
Merganser (256), and Hooded Merganser (78)
- 2nd highest for American Crow (11,282), Belted Kingfisher (3), and
Common Loon (8)
- 3rd highest for American Robin (100), Bald Eagle (72), Cedar Waxwing
(305), and Red-tailed Hawk (10)
- Peregrine Falcon (count week), first since 2008
- High numbers for Brown Creeper
- Low numbers for American Tree Sparrow, Blue Jay, Hairy Woodpecker
(lowest since 1995), Mourning Dove, and Wild Turkey (by far the lowest
since they started appearing in numbers in the 2000 CBC).
- A single Bohemian Waxwing
- No Redpolls, Siskins, Grosbeaks, or Crossbills

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Date: 12/22/19 8:24 am
From: Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Lewiston/Auburn CBC 12/21/19


The Stanton Bird Club conducted its 40th Christmas Bird Count of the
Lewiston and Auburn area on Saturday, December 21st. In total, twenty-three people
participated and recorded 45 species; the average since 2000 is 48. There
was 1" of snow on the ground and most open water was frozen. The grand
total of 4,924 individual birds was well below the average of 5,600. We had
a partly sunny day, no winds and temperatures starting at 4 degrees, rising
to 30 by the end of the day.



Overall, waterfowl numbers were low in comparison to prior years. There
was open water on the Androscoggin River, however no open water at Lake
Auburn, Sabattus or Taylor Pond. There were no new bird species added to
the count this year.

Less-often-seen birds included Redpolls and Pine Siskins seen at Perkins
Ridge, a Hermit Thrush, Bluebirds, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Barrows
Goldeneye and 2 Peregrine Falcons. Count for Red Tail Hawk, Pileated
Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal and Mockingbird reached new
highs, while Dark Eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, American Crow and Rock
Dove counts were above average. On the low side, Black-capped Chickadee,
Mallards and Ring Billed Gulls were below average this year.

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Date: 12/22/19 7:34 am
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red Crossbills - Harpswell
We had about 12 Red Crossbills yesterday (12/21/19) in some Spruce trees on
Basin Point Rd., near Wooley Tree farm.

There is a Belted Kingfisher hanging around Basin Cove (yesterday and
today).

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli
Biology
Saint Anselm College

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Date: 12/22/19 6:06 am
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye
Saturday on the Lewiston - Auburn CBC a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes were
found at the South Bridge (Cedar St. in Lewiston). Best viewing is from
the Rollodrome parking lot (12 Riverside Dr., Auburn). If gate is
closed, park on the street. Dunkin Donuts is across the street too. You
can also walk the bridge sidewalk. They were with 9 Common Goldeneyes
and three Hooded Mergansers.

Birds on the CBC were low. Lots of food, even full feeders, but few
birds. Reports included 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins, 1 Hermit Thrush. Two
Peregrines were also seen on the Franco-American Center (old St. Mary's
church) on Cedar St.

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