Maine-birds
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6/26/17 4:02 pm Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> [Maine-birds] Re: Inland nesting Common Terns?
6/26/17 2:38 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Injured domestic goose
6/25/17 2:53 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican-No
6/25/17 1:25 pm Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican-No
6/25/17 12:58 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] WINGS Maine-New Hampshire tour notes, 6/17-24
6/25/17 8:08 am Ann Nesslage <anesslage...> [Maine-birds] pelican
6/24/17 12:43 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican
6/24/17 10:41 am mresch8702 via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Any Pelican Sightings on Saturday?
6/24/17 9:23 am Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] Washington County birds, June 21 - 23
6/23/17 7:30 pm Hodgkins <hodgki...> [Maine-birds] Pelican YES Friday evening
6/23/17 11:51 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Inland nesting Common Terns?
6/23/17 10:46 am Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Red-billed Tropicbird
6/23/17 5:19 am Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Stratton Island
6/23/17 3:33 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth: White-faced Ibis (6/22)...
6/22/17 3:10 pm Julie A. Krasne, DVM <jkraz1984...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican YES
6/22/17 12:53 pm Louis Bevier <lrbevier...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican -- eBird and age
6/22/17 12:09 pm Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
6/22/17 9:20 am 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican
6/22/17 7:17 am Andrea Bean <abean60...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
6/22/17 4:07 am Brendan McKay <thank.darwin...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
6/21/17 5:35 pm Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
6/21/17 4:47 pm <chrwsu...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
6/21/17 4:33 pm Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...> [Maine-birds] waxwing behavior
6/21/17 1:49 pm Nathan Hall <hallnatec...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
6/21/17 1:26 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
6/21/17 1:06 pm Laura Blutstein <laurajb...> [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
6/21/17 1:00 pm tfennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
6/21/17 12:28 pm Louis Bevier <lrbevier...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican on Bluff Island
6/21/17 11:57 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Saxl Park Bangor
6/21/17 9:17 am Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...> [Maine-birds] Pelican
6/21/17 8:53 am 'Wnder' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Pelican
6/21/17 7:58 am Laura Blutstein <laurajb...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican NO
6/21/17 5:24 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
6/21/17 5:11 am Tim Fennell <tfennell...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
6/21/17 3:49 am tfennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
6/20/17 5:41 pm Tim Fennell <tfennell...> Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Prouts Neck - Yes
6/20/17 5:41 pm Susan Guare <susanguare...> Re: [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN- YES!
6/20/17 5:12 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN- YES!
6/20/17 3:59 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Prouts Neck - Yes
6/20/17 3:00 pm 'Lucy LaCasse' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Pelican
6/20/17 2:08 pm Laura Blutstein <laurajb...> [Maine-birds] Banded Willet
6/20/17 9:41 am Tim Fennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh Mute Swans 6/20/17
6/19/17 7:51 pm Mark Picard - Anita Mueller <mark...> [Maine-birds] Re: Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird
6/19/17 7:46 pm Mark Picard - Anita Mueller <mark...> [Maine-birds] Re: Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird
6/19/17 6:43 pm Sean S <therefromhere168...> [Maine-birds] Leucistic Am. Wigeon (?), Eastern Rd., Scarborough
6/19/17 5:46 pm Bob Crowley <crbob...> [Maine-birds] Banded Willet
6/19/17 5:27 pm Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird
6/18/17 12:39 pm Leda Beth Gray <ledabeth...> [Maine-birds] KWW
6/18/17 7:09 am Bob Duchesne <duchesne...> [Maine-birds] 24 toes of woodpeckers
6/18/17 5:35 am Alex Pakulski <dapakulski...> [Maine-birds] Bicknell's thrush of Bigelow Mountain.
6/18/17 5:15 am Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] Late report: Bicknell's Thrush on Sugarloaf Mountain, June 15th
6/18/17 4:30 am Susan Guare <susanguare...> Re: [Maine-birds] Maine Audubon and Katahdin Woods and Waters
6/17/17 11:56 pm Stella Walsh <stellawalsh...> [Maine-birds] Maine Audubon and Katahdin Woods and Waters
6/17/17 4:23 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> [Maine-birds] Peregrine Falcon Stooping in Portland
6/17/17 2:40 pm Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Yellow-throated Vireo at traditional spot
6/17/17 9:50 am Allison Wells <awells...> [Maine-birds] Three plugs for KWW on Mainebirds listserv
6/17/17 8:54 am Allison Wells <awells...> [Maine-birds] Three plugs for KWW on Mainebirds listserv
6/17/17 8:34 am Gwi <ledabeth...> [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
6/16/17 5:36 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 6/10-6/16
6/16/17 3:26 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
6/16/17 10:03 am Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...> [Maine-birds] King Rails - YES!
6/16/17 9:57 am Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Tom Martin Memorial
6/16/17 7:21 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Re: [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
6/16/17 6:54 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
6/16/17 3:41 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Reid State Park
6/15/17 10:11 am Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...> [Maine-birds] Sanford Lagoon birds, web site, Nesting BASW
6/15/17 5:32 am Laura Blutstein <laurajb...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/15/17 2:59 am mresch8702 via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Ferry from Yarmouth, NS to Portland, 6/10
6/14/17 4:05 pm Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> [Maine-birds] Evening Grosbeak
6/14/17 3:13 pm Bob Crowley <crbob...> [Maine-birds] Snowy Plover
6/14/17 11:35 am Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/14/17 9:36 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] 7 Mute Swans, Freeport, 6/14
6/14/17 6:20 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Golden Eagle in SW Harbor?
6/14/17 6:11 am Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge - White-eyed Vireo, Least Terns, and Roseate Terns
6/14/17 4:54 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Frigatebird
6/13/17 8:23 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Correction-SNOWY PLOVER and MARBLED GODWIT at Reid State Park Georgetown
6/13/17 8:17 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fw: SNOWY PLOVER and MARBLED GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
6/13/17 7:59 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fw: SNOWY PLOVER and HUDSONIAN GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
6/13/17 7:30 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER and HUDSONIAN GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
6/13/17 5:50 pm Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Buzzards over Bucksport
6/13/17 3:46 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
6/13/17 2:37 pm Margaret Viens <margaretviens...> Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
6/13/17 2:04 pm Laura Minich Zitske <lzitske...> [Maine-birds] Re: SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
6/13/17 1:41 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
6/13/17 10:59 am LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...> [Maine-birds] Re: New visitor to Maine - Would like recommendations.
6/13/17 10:08 am Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
6/13/17 7:59 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snowy Owl (belated), yesterday am (6/12), Freeport!
6/13/17 7:29 am Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - No
6/13/17 7:21 am Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - No
6/12/17 5:41 pm Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...> [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
6/12/17 5:40 pm Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...> [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
6/12/17 5:14 pm Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...> [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
6/12/17 4:34 pm Tim Fennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Apologies to Winslow Homer
6/12/17 3:19 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird - Pine Point Beach 5:55!
6/12/17 2:56 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird - Pine Point Beach 5:55!
6/12/17 1:56 pm Tim Fennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
6/12/17 1:08 pm Brad Zitske <brad.zitske...> Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - now Prout's Neck
6/12/17 12:20 pm tfennell <tfennell...> Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - now Prout's Neck
6/12/17 11:20 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Re: Frigatebird - Stratton Island
6/12/17 11:17 am Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - Stratton Island
6/12/17 6:17 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Audubon graphic novel
6/11/17 3:36 pm Lena Moser <lenamoser3...> [Maine-birds] Introducing: The Maine Young Birders Club
6/11/17 12:58 pm Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...> [Maine-birds] BURROWING OWL - York, NO OWLS TODAY And cell Question
6/11/17 6:32 am Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...> [Maine-birds] King Rail
6/11/17 6:19 am Scott Cronenweth <scottcronenweth...> [Maine-birds] MOWA continues! -- Flint Woods, Farmington
6/11/17 5:40 am Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] (belated) BURROWING OWL - York, 6/7
6/10/17 7:32 pm LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...> [Maine-birds] New visitor to Maine - Would like recommendations.
6/10/17 4:46 am Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
6/10/17 4:44 am Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
6/10/17 2:52 am Susan Guare <susanguare...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
6/10/17 2:00 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
6/9/17 8:12 pm Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
6/9/17 6:58 pm Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] King Eider in Harpswell
6/9/17 4:42 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 6/3-6/9
6/9/17 12:49 pm Magill Weber <magillweber...> [Maine-birds] Dark tern off Parsons Beach
6/9/17 9:22 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
6/9/17 5:13 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Chickadee and mallard behavior
6/9/17 5:05 am Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
6/9/17 2:49 am <segela...> [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
6/8/17 7:37 pm J Pat Valentik <jettpakk...> Re: [Maine-birds] binoculars query
6/8/17 7:29 pm Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> [Maine-birds] binoculars query
6/8/17 3:58 pm Sally P <pachulski...> [Maine-birds] binoculars query
6/8/17 12:15 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] binoculars query
6/8/17 11:52 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Sanford Lagoons (Jun 8)...
6/7/17 3:21 pm 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Quill Hill
6/7/17 9:45 am Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...> [Maine-birds] Re: Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
6/6/17 12:10 pm Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
6/6/17 11:04 am Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
6/6/17 6:02 am S. Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
6/5/17 7:31 pm Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
6/5/17 3:46 pm Boots. <bootsg...> Re: [Maine-birds] Wild Turkey behavior
6/5/17 2:37 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Wild Turkey behavior
6/5/17 1:47 pm Lisa Dellwo <lisadellwo...> [Maine-birds] Re: Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
6/5/17 2:47 am <segela...> [Maine-birds] Re: Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
6/4/17 11:18 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: ABC's Bird of the Week: Northern Bobwhite
6/4/17 8:35 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
6/4/17 12:39 am Rich MacDonald <rich...> Re: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/3/17 8:32 pm 'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/3/17 6:49 pm Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Tom Martin memorial: June 17
6/3/17 6:40 pm Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/3/17 6:17 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] essex woods
6/3/17 5:52 pm Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Scarlet Tanager and Great Crested Flycatchers in Cumberland
6/3/17 5:03 pm Sally P <pachulski...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/3/17 4:49 pm Mary Jane Seipler <okaybirder...> [Maine-birds] Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
6/3/17 3:09 pm BruceP <bpickholtz...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/3/17 12:43 pm Michelle Gregoire <m4gregoire...> [Maine-birds] Little Blue Heron
6/3/17 12:09 pm Rafael Adams <soposup...> [Maine-birds] All white Iceland Gull @ Kettle Cove
6/3/17 11:56 am Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...> [Maine-birds] Song ID help and BWWA PHOTOS
6/2/17 7:35 pm Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> Re: [Maine-birds] Brownfield
6/2/17 6:29 pm 'Pete Darling' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/2/17 5:47 pm Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
6/2/17 4:54 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Rangeley Area, 6/1-2
6/2/17 1:53 pm 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Brownfield
6/2/17 7:32 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] photos of hybrid Golden-winged-Blue-winged Warbler
6/1/17 6:30 pm Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cerulean Warbler
6/1/17 3:04 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] Two bittern run
6/1/17 1:33 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
6/1/17 9:36 am S. Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: Thrush ID help please
6/1/17 9:25 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] steeples and falcons
6/1/17 7:48 am Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Thrush ID help please
5/31/17 7:02 pm Shelly A Kirn <SAKirn...> [Maine-birds] RFI purple sandpiper and American woodcock
5/31/17 9:48 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan Island Highlights, 5/26-30
5/31/17 3:18 am Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [Maine-birds] Bar Harbor boat trip highlights Tuesday
5/31/17 3:18 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Blue-gray gnatcatcher
5/30/17 6:04 pm 'Wnder' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Great Horned Owls
5/30/17 2:04 pm Sharon Brady <sbrady...> [Maine-birds] Bobolink
5/29/17 5:42 pm Karen Burke <karendowneast...> [Maine-birds] Re: MACHIAS DEAL ISLAND REPORT
5/29/17 6:08 am Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [Maine-birds] Clay-colored Sparrow at Kennebunk Plains; plus Pine Point highlights
5/29/17 5:54 am David Gulick <dvdgu741...> [Maine-birds] Peregrines
5/29/17 3:39 am <segela...> [Maine-birds] Re: Query: Upland Sandpiper-Plains/ stones/ phoebe
5/28/17 11:53 am 'Andrea' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Red Crossbills and Prairie Warbler -Fryeburg Fairgrounds
5/28/17 9:40 am Dave Thompson <mainedave12...> [Maine-birds] Black Vultures
5/28/17 8:29 am Kimberly Ridley <ridleyk09...> [Maine-birds] Bay breasted warbler in Brooklin
5/28/17 7:07 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS DEAL ISLAND REPORT
5/27/17 2:20 pm Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Warblers Mt A
5/27/17 11:52 am 'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Query: Upland Sandpiper-Plains/ stones/ phoebe
 
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Date: 6/26/17 4:02 pm
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Inland nesting Common Terns?
About 15 years ago we had them in Mud Cove (Lily Bay ) at Moosehead Lake.
Now we have ring-billed gulls. They may have driven them off. Hope this
helps. Aletha

On Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:50:56 PM UTC-4, Charles Duncan wrote:
>
> I'm looking for information on Common Terns breeding inland in Maine.
> Palmer (1949) mentions small colonies in Somerset, Franklin, Piscataquis,
> Washington and Aroostook counties. MDIFW's 2006 "Island Nesting Tern"
> species assessment,
> https://www1.maine.gov/ifw/pdfs/species_planning/birds/islandnestingterns/ternassessment06.pdf,
> lists about two dozen colonies with irregular counts, mostly from the 80s
> and 90s. These are in Penosbcot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington and
> Aroostook counties.
>
> If anyone has info on the current status of any of these (numbers of
> breeding pairs, colonies established or abandoned), I'd appreciate a PM.
>
> Many thanks, and good birding,
>
> --*Charles*
>
> Charles D. Duncan
> 76 Emery Street
> Portland, Maine 04102, USA
> <charles.......> <javascript:>
>

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Date: 6/26/17 2:38 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Injured domestic goose
Passing this on from a friend. I'm not in the area otherwise I would do something. One of the domestic geese living in and around Damariscotta mills/alewives was apparently hit recently. It's is injured somewhere in the area if ANYONE can do ANYTHING. I am very fond of these geese...

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Date: 6/25/17 2:53 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican-No
its down in NH. its the same bird.

On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 4:25 PM Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
wrote:

> Spent two hours searching Pine Point and then went over to Prouts Neck
> looking for the Brown Pelican but did not find him.
>
> Linda Powell
> Skowhegan
>
> On Jun 24, 2017 3:43 PM, 'john tobin' via Maine birds <
> <maine-birds...> wrote:
>
> No .... after a quick look. I will say he is actually easy to miss ,
> unless in the air. When I saw him on Thursday, hunkered down on the buoy at
> a distance , he didn't look much like a Pelican. There's a lot of water to
> cover, a couple of Islands​, breakwater, etc. Parking near the Yacht Club
> is impossible ,so you have to be ready​ to hoof it. F.y.i. ,there have been
> 2 Brown Pelicans​ down around Salsbury Beach / Plum Island this week , and
> a Brown Booby in N.H. Quite an interesting​ late Spring-like Summer.
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Date: 6/25/17 1:25 pm
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican-No
Spent two hours searching Pine Point and then went over to Prouts Neck looking for the Brown Pelican but did not find him.

Linda Powell
Skowhegan

On Jun 24, 2017 3:43 PM, 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> wrote:
No .... after a quick look. I will say he is actually easy to miss , unless in the air. When I saw him on Thursday, hunkered down on the buoy at a distance , he didn't look much like a Pelican. There's a lot of water to cover, a couple of Islands​, breakwater, etc. Parking near the Yacht Club is impossible ,so you have to be ready​ to hoof it. F.y.i. ,there have been 2 Brown Pelicans​ down around Salsbury Beach / Plum Island this week , and a Brown Booby in N.H. Quite an interesting​ late Spring-like Summer.

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Date: 6/25/17 12:58 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] WINGS Maine-New Hampshire tour notes, 6/17-24
Hi all,I just completed my biennial 10-day tour (with eight full days of birding) for WINGS. We covered just over 1300 miles in Maine and about 24 hours in New Hampshire. Lots of weather impacted birdfinding and limited our success at a couple of hotspots, but we managed just about all of the major target birds from Saltmarsh Sparrow and Roseate Tern to Bicknell's Thrush and Spruce Grouse to Atlantic Puffin and Razorbill. 19 species of warblers was a little below average, and we missed a few things here and there to sweep various families, nonetheless, we managed 157 species in this comprehensive tour!
The following is a list of some of the unexpected species we encountered throughout the trip:- 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 1 Greater Yellowlegs, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 6/17.- 1 Black Scoter, Old Orchard Beach, 6/17.- 19+ Red Crossbills, Trudeau Road, New Hampshire, 6/19.- 12++ Red Crossbills, Boy Scout Road area, Rangeley, 6/20 (with Kirk Betts).- 1 immature GREAT CORMORANT, Quoddy Head State Park, 6/21.- 2 drake BUFFLEHEADS, behind Becky's Seafood, Lubec, 6/21.- 1 Northern Fulmar, Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co, 6/23.
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Date: 6/25/17 8:08 am
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] pelican
hi all, heard from a NH friend that the pelican was seen at Rye Beach on
Saturday--don't know where it is now--

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Date: 6/24/17 12:43 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican
No .... after a quick look. I will say he is actually easy to miss , unless in the air. When I saw him on Thursday, hunkered down on the buoy at a distance , he didn't look much like a Pelican. There's a lot of water to cover, a couple of Islands​, breakwater, etc. Parking near the Yacht Club is impossible ,so you have to be ready​ to hoof it. F.y.i. ,there have been 2 Brown Pelicans​ down around Salsbury Beach / Plum Island this week , and a Brown Booby in N.H. Quite an interesting​ late Spring-like Summer.

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Date: 6/24/17 10:41 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Any Pelican Sightings on Saturday?

I wondered if anyone had seen or looked for the Prout's Neck Brown Pelican today. An immature Pelican was spotted on the NH coast today, and since I hadn't seen any posts from Maine today, I wouldn't be surprised that the NH bird was the bird that has been in Maine recently. Though since I was planning to look for the bird at Prout's Neck tomorrow, it would be great to get updates if the Maine bird returns (or never left).


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Date: 6/24/17 9:23 am
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Washington County birds, June 21 - 23
Hi all,

During and after a work trip up to the blueberry barrens around Deblois
this week, I had time to do some birding and exploring in Washington County
and found some great birds.

On Wednesday morning, I made it out for a half an hour of birding early in
the morning along the barrens near Highway 193 in Deblois, where I was
rewarded with great looks (and listens) to at least 3 Upland Sandpipers and
heard a distant Vesper Sparrow singing behind the airstrip. After work in
the afternoon, I headed down to Jonesport where I had two Willets fly over
the highway

After camping Wednesday night in Jonesport, I had a beautiful adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull fly by in the harbor as the sun came up. I spent most of
the day hiking out to Red Head and exploring inland habitat at Great Wass
Island Preserve. Along the Little Cape Point Trail, I flushed a beautiful
male Spruce Grouse that sat at eye level in a tree 15 feet away and offered
superb views! Two small flocks of Red Crossbills also flew over along this
stretch. Out at the point, seabirds were mostly absent, but good looks at
(likely) nesting Bald Eagle and Merlin were a nice bonus. My eBird
checklist is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37742415.

On Wednesday evening, I drove up to camp at Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land
along Highway 191 north of East Machias, where the mosquitos may have been
the worst I've ever seen! Luckily, I had my headnet, and a surprise visit
by an adult and immature Gray Jay at my campsite made up for the bugs. I
heard a single Common Nighthawk in the distance at dusk, and during the
night a Common Loon was calling mournfully from the lake. eBird checklist
at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37770993.

The highlight of the trip, though, was my visit to Cutler Coast Public
Reserved Land on Friday. In addition to being one of the most spectacular
places I've ever seen, this hike more than made up for the lack of seabirds
at Great Wass. Before leaving the parking lot, I found very vocal nests of
both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers within 50 yards of each other, with
nestlings loudly clamoring for food. From the high cliffs at Black Point, I
first had a Black-legged Kittiwake (life bird!) flyby very close to shore.
When I started scanning the sea with my spotting scope, I found at least
seven Razorbills swimming and diving off Long Point to the southwest, along
with a pair of Common Murres straight out. Just before the fog rolled in
and visibility fell to zero, I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a
pair of Atlantic Puffins floating and preening well offshore for a second
lifer of the day!
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37771053.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I really enjoyed having the chance
to explore a new (and beautiful!) part of the state.

Good birding,
Don Jones
Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY

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Date: 6/23/17 7:30 pm
From: Hodgkins <hodgki...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pelican YES Friday evening




The Brown Pelican flew in from the direction of Stratton Island at 6:15pm today, then was diving with terns in between Pine Point and Prouts Neck, then preened for awhile on the green buoy off of the Prouts Neck Yacht Club, then more fishing. It was out fishing until at least 7:15pm. Also nice to see the Piping Plovers and Least Terns. Some pictures and more details on eBird:&nbsp;http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37764504

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Date: 6/23/17 11:51 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Inland nesting Common Terns?
I'm looking for information on Common Terns breeding inland in Maine.
Palmer (1949) mentions small colonies in Somerset, Franklin, Piscataquis,
Washington and Aroostook counties. MDIFW's 2006 "Island Nesting Tern"
species assessment,
https://www1.maine.gov/ifw/pdfs/species_planning/birds/islandnestingterns/ternassessment06.pdf,
lists about two dozen colonies with irregular counts, mostly from the 80s
and 90s. These are in Penosbcot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington and
Aroostook counties.

If anyone has info on the current status of any of these (numbers of
breeding pairs, colonies established or abandoned), I'd appreciate a PM.

Many thanks, and good birding,

--*Charles*

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Date: 6/23/17 10:46 am
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-billed Tropicbird
After leaving from Old Quarry on Wednesday, it was a nice sunny day;
perfect for the tropicbird. Saw our usual loons, eiders, eagles, guillemots
and ospreys on the way out. The only pelagic bird was a single immature
Northern Gannet. At the island was about 50 Atlantic Puffins milling about
in the water, about 15 razorbills scattered about, a Peregrine Falcon
perched on top of the island, plenty of arctic terns, common terns, Great
Cormorants, and double crested cormorants. We only had to wait about 5
minutes before the Red-billed Tropicbird showed up and allowed us to see
him from 30 feet, flew around the boat and called fir a couple of minutes
before landing on the water again.

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Date: 6/23/17 5:19 am
From: Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Stratton Island
Just found the li'l guy hanging out with some cormorants on the rocks by Little Stratton Island. It's below the high tide line so I suspect it'll be relocating in the next hour or two.

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Date: 6/23/17 3:33 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth: White-faced Ibis (6/22)...
Hi all,

Sorry for the delayed report. Yesterday afternoon, a WHITE-FACED IBIS
was in the marsh pannes nearest to the Riverside Cemetery (scope
helpful) on the corner of Rt. 77 and Spurwink Ave. in Cape Elizabeth.
In the 15 minutes we were there, we did not notice another ibis.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37744552

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Date: 6/22/17 3:10 pm
From: Julie A. Krasne, DVM <jkraz1984...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican YES
Present at 6:10 PM on green "can" channel marker just off yacht club at
Prout's Neck

Julie Krasne

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Date: 6/22/17 12:53 pm
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican -- eBird and age
Thank you,

To everyone entering their sightings of Maine’s first definitively documented Brown Pelican into eBird. And thanks for the terrific and detailed write-ups (Doug Hitchcox, for example—https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37719895) and photographs (http://tinyurl.com/yau7rggl). This is also a bird that should be reported to the Maine Bird Records Committee. One’s eBird report is good for that, but if anyone had more photos or information to send us, here is the link for doing that: https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/rare-bird-report-form

This part is for eBird users:
Although eBird offers many subspecies categories, unless one can identify a bird to subspecies (or subspecies group), as one might to species, it is best to leave the category entered as the most general, species-level taxon. There some “safe” bets for subspecies use, but even most of those are based on probability and are better avoided unless actual identification criteria are noted. For the Brown Pelican currently in Maine, one should use "Brown Pelican" without any subspecies group descriptors. This is to avoid presuming identification only on the grounds of geographic probability, which is circular reasoning. Their are options, but let’s allow evidence to guide us. Immature birds don’t offer much to go on for subspecies in Brown Pelican.

This is about the age:
This bird is well beyond its juvenile stage (juvenile plumage). People often use the word juvenile as a synonym of immature, and that’s okay but ambiguous when describing a bird’s age or plumage. Using immature is preferred unless specifically meaning juvenile plumage. Happily, most observers are using the terms correctly.

I said yesterday that it was a "first-year," but the bird is definitely older than that. It is showing wing molt, with new inner primaries and some replaced secondaries, as well as some white feathers in the head and the side of the neck bordering the gular pouch. At a distance, the bird looks more or less plain brown above, but it does show a more variegated pattern in closer views, with some pointy and silvery-bordered wing and back coverts typical of immature birds at an older age. Lastly, I noticed yesterday that the bird is showing a pale, whitish stripe on the ventral side of the bill pouch. That too is something seen on older birds in their second 12 months of life, i.e. 13-24 months old and probably closer to the 20 month range. The whitish belly and the whitish stripe on the underwing combined with the pale brown upper parts are shared by all immature Brown Pelicans, which gradually become all dark on the belly and underwing like adults at about three years of age and beyond.

These pelicans don’t leave the nest until their first flights, which typically happens about 3 months after hatching. Big bodies to grow into, gangliness, etc. = long-time growing up. Their fishing ability and proficiency at diving is likewise slow to mature and takes years. And why do pelicans incubate eggs with their feet? Come on! When DDT was implicated in egg-shell thinning, those clumsy, big, totipalmate feet and that incubation method meant a lot of broken eggs. When I started birding in the late 1960s, this species was at a low point, though still fairly common in southern California then. Brown Pelicans have increased tremendously since with banning of those pesticides and better management of fisheries (anchovies in the California case). At least in the North Pacific, Brown Pelican populations historically advanced and retreated with warmer (advance) and cooler (retreat) ocean temperature regimes that sometimes lasted several decades. Vagrant birds mean more than a tick on one’s list when put in context. It could mean the regionally proximate birds are moving north, or it could indicate desperate dispersal by a more distant population. That is where determining subspecies, if we can, is valuable.

Thanks again to Lucy LaCasse for alerting us all. What a delight to see this bird!

Louis Bevier
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Date: 6/22/17 12:09 pm
From: Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
Still here, but now off the south corner of Prouts Neck. Currently resting on green channel marker between Pine Point jetty beach and Bluff Island.

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Date: 6/22/17 9:20 am
From: 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican
Currently being seen between Pine Point breakwater and Pr. Neck . Bird has been on the outer most green buoy, also on the water off Ferry Beach and plunge diving in vicinity of feeding terns. One of the local people told me she saw the frigatebird from the cliff walk yesterday.(?)    John Tobin,   Scarborough

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Date: 6/22/17 7:17 am
From: Andrea Bean <abean60...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
I am viewing the pelican now from the far end of Ferry beach. It is on a green buoy. I have witnessed three boats approaching it. At that point, it flies off circles around then lands back on the same green buoy. This is at 10:17 AM

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Date: 6/22/17 4:07 am
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - YES
I made an early morning trip to Ferry Beach and found the continuing Brown
Pelican at 5:52am. The bird spent most of its time around the sand bar off
of Pine Point and would have been viewed better from the Pine Point side.
It spent a decent amount of time loafing on the water in-between brief
flights around the sand bar and surrounding area. It was still present when
I left at 6:25am and was in very close to shore along Pine Point beach.

Good luck!

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Date: 6/21/17 5:35 pm
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
Two solutions to the parking issue, because it is impossible on the Neck
itself. I've put a bike in the back of the car and parked at Ferry Beach
and biked out to the point. The gatehouse at the parking area isn't open
(typically) until 8:30am so parking is free before then.(I'm not sure what
happens if a vehicle is already in a spot and you return after the
gatehouse has opened.)
The gatehouse closes at five. I should point out for those not familiar
with the spot, there is no gate per se so the lot is still accessible if
the gatehouse is closed.

The other alternative is to walk from Ferry Beach along Western Beach and
up to Black Point Rd.


On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 7:47 PM, <chrwsu...> wrote:

> Is there any place to park out there? Without getting towed away, that is?
>
> Wally S.
>
> *On Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:49:17 +0000, Nathan Hall wrote:*
>
> Bird was on the green bouy just past the yacht club (where it has been
> seen often) at about 4:45 before being scared by a passing boat.
>
> On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM Laura Blutstein <laurajb...>
> wrote:
>
>> Perched on piling now since 16:00. At Yacht club.
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Date: 6/21/17 4:47 pm
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican




Is there any place to park out there?&nbsp; Without getting towed away, that is?

Wally S.


On Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:49:17 +0000, Nathan Hall wrote:
&nbsp;

Bird was on the green bouy just past the yacht club (where it has been seen often) at about 4:45 before being scared by a passing boat.
&nbsp;


On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM Laura Blutstein &lt;<laurajb...>&gt; wrote:

Perched on piling now since 16:00. At Yacht club.

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Date: 6/21/17 4:33 pm
From: Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] waxwing behavior
I saw something today that surprised me: Six Cedar Waxwings were on my lawn all afternoon, rooting around excitedly, eating something, and then flying up to the edge and whistling, then back to the lawn. I thought, do they eat ants? Or what?


They were eating wild strawberries! I got some blurry photos of them with a beak-full. Pretty funny.


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Date: 6/21/17 1:49 pm
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
Bird was on the green bouy just past the yacht club (where it has been seen
often) at about 4:45 before being scared by a passing boat.

On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM Laura Blutstein <laurajb...>
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> Perched on piling now since 16:00. At Yacht club.
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Date: 6/21/17 1:26 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
June 20 and 21 - St Albans Game Preserve

Eastern Kingbird
Turkey Vulture
Northern Flicker
Great Blue Heron
Common Loon
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Merganser female with 3 babies
Cedar Waxwing
Wood Duck
Gray Catbird
Bald Eagle
Eastern Wood Pewee
Osprey
Yellow Warbler
SCARLET TANAGER heard yesterday, heard and saw today

Many other birds seen and heard in this area.

June 21 - Corinna: Eastern Phoebe, Blue Heron, Osprey, American Redstart,
Brown Thrasher, Veery

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Date: 6/21/17 1:06 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
Perched on piling now since 16:00. At Yacht club.

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Date: 6/21/17 1:00 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout"s Neck Brown Pelican
At 3:55 pm, the pelican is flying and diving off the yacht club again.
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Date: 6/21/17 12:28 pm
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican on Bluff Island
Still present on Bluff Island as of 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Thanks to Lucy LaCasse and her boat, Davis Finch, Don and Nancy Mairs, and I saw the first-year Brown Pelican perched on rocks at Bluff Island's southeastern side (facing Stratton) in an area likely only visible by boat. Thanks to Zeke Smith for the heads up!

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Date: 6/21/17 11:57 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Saxl Park Bangor
The bobolinks were busy in Saxl Park this morning. Observed six different,
plus my first female. She played hide and seek with me and she finally
won...not giving me a clear shot. I'm just happy to have seen her. Also
observed several high-speed chases. Bobolinks ridding their territory of
sparrows.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8e01c92e#h8e01c92e

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Date: 6/21/17 9:17 am
From: Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pelican
Spotted it at 1145 from Stratton while it was snoozing on Bluff Island.

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Date: 6/21/17 8:53 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Pelican
Our son saw the pelican this morning (~9:30) on one of the channel markers of the Scarborough River. It then flew up river towards the Pine Point anchorage.


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Date: 6/21/17 7:58 am
From: Laura Blutstein <laurajb...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican NO
NOT seen at Prouts Neck brief search x 10 mins

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Date: 6/21/17 5:24 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
As of 8:10am, the BROWN PELICAN had moved to a green can (channel marker)
not far from the yacht club. Thanks Tim!

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Date: 6/21/17 5:11 am
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
To give people a better idea of vantage points where the immature Brown Pelican may be seen from, there are some photos at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37717688

The view was excellent from Black Point Road but there is no public parking here so please use caution in this congested and private area. Alternate locations could be parking at Ferry Beach and walking around the point to Western Beach and scoping from there. You can also probably scope it from Pine Point Beach.

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Scarborough,ME/Round Rock,TX

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On Wed, 6/21/17, tfennell <tfennell...> wrote:

Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
To: "Maine Birds" <maine-birds...>
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:49 AM

The
immature Brown Pelican is currently perched on a piling at
the Prout's Neck Yacht Club. Will post photos
later.
Tim FennellScarborough, ME/Round
Rock,TX


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Date: 6/21/17 3:49 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Brown Pelican 6/21/17
The immature Brown Pelican is currently perched on a piling at the Prout's Neck Yacht Club. Will post photos later.
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Date: 6/20/17 5:41 pm
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Prouts Neck - Yes
Posted earlier but forgot to hit "reply all." I was able to observe the immature Brown Pelican from 7:20- 7:35 pm at the same spot Ian Carlsen reported it earlier. Poor but identifiable photos are at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37709505

Thanks to Lucy Lacasse and Ian Carlsen for posting about another great Prout's Neck bird!

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Prouts Neck - Yes
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Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:59 PM

Currently preening on green
harbor bouy visible from Yacht Club & Pine Point Beach.
Sun is better from PP.
What a summer!



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Date: 6/20/17 5:41 pm
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN- YES!
I think the Brown Pelican invited the Magnificent Frigatebird. They've got
the word "snowbird" backward.

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> Just had the brown pelican off Prout's Neck between 8:00 PM and 8:04 PM. A
> boat drove too close to it and flushed it and the bird flew in the
> direction of Stratton island. I was in my car and the bird quickly
> disappeared behind trees so I don't know where it went. It was on a green
> channel marker when I saw it.
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Date: 6/20/17 5:12 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN- YES!
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Just had the brown pelican off Prout's Neck between 8:00 PM and 8:04 PM. A boat drove too close to it and flushed it and the bird flew in the direction of Stratton island. I was in my car and the bird quickly disappeared behind trees so I don't know where it went. It was on a green channel marker when I saw it.


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Date: 6/20/17 3:59 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Prouts Neck - Yes
Currently preening on green harbor bouy visible from Yacht Club & Pine
Point Beach. Sun is better from PP.

What a summer!

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Date: 6/20/17 3:00 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Pelican

My cousin just sent me this picture-- off the Prouts Neck Yacht Club!. 5pm
Lucy Lacasse

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Date: 6/20/17 2:08 pm
From: Laura Blutstein <laurajb...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Banded Willet
Please report at Bandedbirds.org
You will also be able to learn where it was banded and where else it has been resighted if you are interested.

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Date: 6/20/17 9:41 am
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh Mute Swans 6/20/17
At least four Mute Swans were still present in the pannes off the Eastern Road this morning. A distant photo and list is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37700608

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Date: 6/19/17 7:51 pm
From: Mark Picard - Anita Mueller <mark...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird
Thanks so much for posting this Jeff! I have been working on an
interpretive tour of KWW Loop Road and have tried to include some of the
species of interest at each stop. If you don't mind I will add some of your
info? Also, will each of these locations appear/serve as individual
hotspots? Finally, I have just gotten caught up with all my ebird reports
for KWW.

On Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:27:51 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> For those potentially interested in birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters
> National Monument, here are links to my individual eBird checklists as
> promised. On any of them you can click at the top on “Map” and a window
> will open with Google maps and you can see it in road view or satellite
> view to find the very specific locations. There are photos and sound
> recordings on some of the checklists as you will see in the annotated list
> below.
>
>
>
> Jeff Wells
>
>
>
>
>
> Lynx Pond (BB Woodpecker photos and various sound recordings included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37649168
>
> Loop Rid – Mile 2 marker (YB Sapsucker photos included):-
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648882
>
> First Katahdin Overlook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648473
>
> Road to Deasey Pond: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648258
>
> Ridge Trail: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648196
>
> Road near Sandbank Campsite bridge (GC Kinglet & Mag Warbler recording
> included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647624
>
> Sandbank Campsite (Nashville Wbler recording included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647445
>
> Road near Mink Frog Pond (Gray Jay photos & various sound recordings
> included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646764
>
> Piney Hill (Recording of Winter Wren and other birds included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646439
>
> Near Hunt Rd entrance: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646234
>
> West Branch Mud Brook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646120
>
> Rd near East Branch Mud Brook (Magnolia Warbler recording included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645966
>
> Wetland near East Branch Mud Brook:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645837
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> Mud Brook Tote Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645727
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Date: 6/19/17 7:46 pm
From: Mark Picard - Anita Mueller <mark...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird


On Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:27:51 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> For those potentially interested in birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters
> National Monument, here are links to my individual eBird checklists as
> promised. On any of them you can click at the top on “Map” and a window
> will open with Google maps and you can see it in road view or satellite
> view to find the very specific locations. There are photos and sound
> recordings on some of the checklists as you will see in the annotated list
> below.
>
>
>
> Jeff Wells
>
>
>
>
>
> Lynx Pond (BB Woodpecker photos and various sound recordings included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37649168
>
> Loop Rid – Mile 2 marker (YB Sapsucker photos included):-
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648882
>
> First Katahdin Overlook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648473
>
> Road to Deasey Pond: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648258
>
> Ridge Trail: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648196
>
> Road near Sandbank Campsite bridge (GC Kinglet & Mag Warbler recording
> included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647624
>
> Sandbank Campsite (Nashville Wbler recording included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647445
>
> Road near Mink Frog Pond (Gray Jay photos & various sound recordings
> included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646764
>
> Piney Hill (Recording of Winter Wren and other birds included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646439
>
> Near Hunt Rd entrance: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646234
>
> West Branch Mud Brook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646120
>
> Rd near East Branch Mud Brook (Magnolia Warbler recording included):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645966
>
> Wetland near East Branch Mud Brook:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645837
>
> Mud Brook Tote Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645727
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Date: 6/19/17 6:43 pm
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Leucistic Am. Wigeon (?), Eastern Rd., Scarborough
While looking at 6 Mute Swans on Eastern Rd. Trail this afternoon Jeff Webb
and I observed what appeared to be a leucistic American Wigeon, not far
from the Swans.with some Mallards & Black Ducks. It was smaller than all
the Mallards it was dabbling with, more delicate profile, with tinges of
rust on a mostly white body and a contrasting, slightly darker, orange-pink
head and neck. Too far away to get images of, but we got good looks
through binoculars. It was definitely not a domestic duck (at first
glance, before it slipped into the water I thought it might be a Cattle
Egret due to the coloration.

This image (from a birding blog) resembles the duck we saw very closely:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BtycgsJqTDA/UR1ybwWDgEI/AAAAAAAAISM/sdZpcjQcD2M/s1600/Lucistic+Wigeon+O+res+Tophill+Low+100213+Leo.jpg

All in the same spot, off to the right in the last expanse of marsh before
the woods that lead to the Public Works dept. buildings, there were also
about 10 feeding Least Terns, a Virginia Rail that stepped out of hiding
briefly, several Nelson's Sparrows darting around the grass, a Little Blue
Heron and several Willets (all basically within the same field of view at
the same time). A little further down the road there was also a family
group of about 35 Tree Swallows.

Sean Smith

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Date: 6/19/17 5:46 pm
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Banded Willet
I took a picture of a banded Willet today at the King Rail Hot Spot. It
is banded on his right leg with a yellow band over a silver band with a
visible #38. On his left leg a yellow over a white band which has a same
size cylinder attach to it. Along side the white band. I do have
pictures. Does any one know of who would be interested in this? Thank You.

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Date: 6/19/17 5:27 pm
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Specific locations and birds in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument via eBird
For those potentially interested in birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, here are links to my individual eBird checklists as promised. On any of them you can click at the top on "Map" and a window will open with Google maps and you can see it in road view or satellite view to find the very specific locations. There are photos and sound recordings on some of the checklists as you will see in the annotated list below.

Jeff Wells


Lynx Pond (BB Woodpecker photos and various sound recordings included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37649168
Loop Rid - Mile 2 marker (YB Sapsucker photos included):- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648882
First Katahdin Overlook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648473
Road to Deasey Pond: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648258
Ridge Trail: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37648196
Road near Sandbank Campsite bridge (GC Kinglet & Mag Warbler recording included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647624
Sandbank Campsite (Nashville Wbler recording included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37647445
Road near Mink Frog Pond (Gray Jay photos & various sound recordings included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646764
Piney Hill (Recording of Winter Wren and other birds included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646439
Near Hunt Rd entrance: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646234
West Branch Mud Brook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37646120
Rd near East Branch Mud Brook (Magnolia Warbler recording included): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645966
Wetland near East Branch Mud Brook: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645837
Mud Brook Tote Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37645727

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Date: 6/18/17 12:39 pm
From: Leda Beth Gray <ledabeth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] KWW
I know that some bird lists stay away from advocacy but I thought it was worth a try— and I was grateful to Doug for letting it thru. And to Jeff and Alison Wells for all of their hard work. I think having the KWW will be very important to the birding community in the long run. I have been touring national parks and monuments in MN, SD &ND for the last week and a half and am very impressed at their success in maintaining native/natural communities along with human recreation. And the amazing array of birds they harbor.

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Date: 6/18/17 7:09 am
From: Bob Duchesne <duchesne...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 24 toes of woodpeckers
A scouting trip to Baxter and environs produced three American Three-toed
Woodpeckers and one drum-happy Black-backed Woodpecker. That's 24 toes in
all.



The ATTWs gave me some of the worst looks ever, barely worth the slushy,
brushy search for them. But the BBWO just hung around from tree-to-tree and
drummed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL40JFl8hJo.



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Date: 6/18/17 5:35 am
From: Alex Pakulski <dapakulski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bicknell's thrush of Bigelow Mountain.
As I was hiking down from Horn's Pond on Bigelow Mountain yesterday
afternoon, I was pleased to finally see and hear two Bicknell's Thrushes.
They were both singing in the afternoon and I was able to confirm the song
on the Cornell Bird site. Got to observe them for 10 minutes. While I
have both seen and heard them on the AT over the years this is the first
time I could say it was a confirmed sighting for me, as well as lifer to
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Date: 6/18/17 5:15 am
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Late report: Bicknell's Thrush on Sugarloaf Mountain, June 15th
Hi all,

Apologies for the delayed post; I just got around to completing my eBird
checklists from the last week of field work but I thought that this report
would still be of interest. On Thursday morning, I hiked Sugarloaf Mountain
before work with the goal of finding my long-overdue life Bicknell's
Thrush. Starting well before sunrise, I hiked up underneath the West
Mountain lift and then along Tote Road to the summit. The view was
spectacular in the early morning light, and the birding did not disappoint.
Starting at ~3000 ft, singing Swainson's Thrushes and Blackpoll Warblers
were positively thick. I heard and saw several Magnolia Warblers and many
Yellow-rumped Warblers, along with a couple of Nashvilles. At least two
Lincoln's Sparrows were singing from wet stream crossings along the trail
system, and White-throated Sparrows were everywhere once I got near the
summit. Still in need of my target bird, I took the old AT off the back of
the mountain, where I heard the beautiful song of a Fox Sparrow loud and
clear. Puzzled by the apparent lack of any Bicknell's Thrushes, I was
walking back down the Upper Timberline Trail when I heard the distinctive
"beer" call! Although it was very skulky, with patience and persistence I
got fantastic eye-level looks at one individual calling from within the
spruce krumholtz along the trail. On the remainder of the hike down, I also
heard a single Yellow-bellied Flycatcher singing and I got good looks at a
silent Boreal Chickadee near Bullwinkle's. All in all, it was a wonderful
morning of birding and hiking, and I'm very happy to have checked such an
elusive species off my list in such style. My eBird checklist from the
morning, complete with an audio recording of the calling BITH, is
at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37600795.

Good birding!

Don Jones
Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY

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Date: 6/18/17 4:30 am
From: Susan Guare <susanguare...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Maine Audubon and Katahdin Woods and Waters
I think it's perfect. It answers the question without getting political.
Thanks.

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On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 2:56 AM, Stella Walsh <stellawalsh...>
wrote:

> A recent unintended post questioned why Maine-Bird did not advocate for
> Katahdin Woods and Waters. Indeed Maine-Bird is managed by Maine Audubon
> but is designed for reporting bird sightings, not advocacy.
>
> Maine Audubon's support for the new National Monument is handled through
> its Action Alerts. To view or sign up see:
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> http://maineaudubon.org/?s=Monument
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> Apologies for being off topic, but felt clarification was needed.
>
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Date: 6/17/17 11:56 pm
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Audubon and Katahdin Woods and Waters
A recent unintended post questioned why Maine-Bird did not advocate for Katahdin Woods and Waters. Indeed Maine-Bird is managed by Maine Audubon but is designed for reporting bird sightings, not advocacy.

Maine Audubon's support for the new National Monument is handled through its Action Alerts. To view or sign up see:

http://maineaudubon.org/?s=Monument

Apologies for being off topic, but felt clarification was needed.

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Date: 6/17/17 4:23 pm
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peregrine Falcon Stooping in Portland
Peregrine stooping for gulls over by Franklin Tower in Portland at 7:15pm.
Pretty amazing sight. Seems to be just playing with them but has made some
quick dives. Great views from Ft. Sumner Park with binoculars.

Best,
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Date: 6/17/17 2:40 pm
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow-throated Vireo at traditional spot
I had a little time this morning to stop by a spot that was well known to host Yellow-throated Vireos more than 30 years ago. I remember my first trip there, a Penobscot Audubon trip arranged by Gail Freese and led by Steve Weston who had scouted out all the best spots for Yellow-throated Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and other birds that were particularly special for us Bangor area birders. It was probably around 1980-81. This was also one of the stops on an annual Maine Audubon trip that I used to lead in the late 80's that I called "Special Places, Special Birds" and also included the Black Tern spot at Messalonskee Lake among other great places.

I'm talking of course about the Waugan along Annabessacook Lake in Monmouth.

Compared to 20-30 years ago, the traffic on the road and the boat and fishing traffic here has gone up exponentially so it is a bit hard to bird here in the min-morning at least when I was there today.

I was about to leave with a sad feeling that the vireos were no longer there when suddenly a gorgeous Yellow-throated Vireo dropped down from the canopy and landed on a wide open limb about 20 feet away. It slowly fed down low and gave me stunning views for a few minutes, never making a sound. I went back to the car to get my camera and it was gone. I waited around for another 20 minutes and only had brief views of it high up in the canopy and I only heard it give about single 3-4 "three-eight" phrases and one short scold call during that time.

But wonderful to know that the descendants of those birds that we used to see decades ago are still making a go at the site!

Jeff Wells

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Date: 6/17/17 9:50 am
From: Allison Wells <awells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Three plugs for KWW on Mainebirds listserv
I was just informed, much to my embarrassment, that a message I meant to send to an acquaintance made its way to this list instead. My apologies for cluttering your email, and for anything that may have offended anyone. The contents were responses to specific queries and intended to provide context to the individual for whom the email was intended.

Again, my apologies.

Good birding,

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Date: 6/17/17 8:54 am
From: Allison Wells <awells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Three plugs for KWW on Mainebirds listserv

Jeff shared about his recent KWW birding trip to the Mainebirds listserv, with nice (unprompted) followup from Kristen Lindquist, an NRCM member and avid birder.

Going for a third endorsement, Jeff asked fellow birder and NRCM activist Leda Beth Gray to post the link to the comments page and she obliged (a little dicey, as the listowner tries to keep anything that could be controversial off the list, because of all of the wind stuff tying back to the days of the evil Jay Dwight - RIP).

Interestingly, the listserv owner is now Doug Hitchcox, who is Maine Audubon's naturalist, who hasn't done anything to promote the lands to the list - he ends to be conflict averse (perhaps because he is an accountant by training...)

Allison

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Thanks to Jeff for that awesome description of birding at Katahdin woods and waters. I'm planning to head up there soon. If anyone wants to write a letter of support for the park they can go to https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/kwwcomments/index.html

Leda Beth Gray
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From: <maine-birds...> [<maine-birds...>] on behalf of Kristen Lindquist [<kelindquist...>]
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2017 10:20 AM
To: Jeff Wells; Maine birds
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday

Thank you so much for sharing this detailed, thorough account of your birding adventures in KWWNM, Jeff! I really appreciate learning what species may be found there and am now even more excited to visit the area myself.

I also really appreciate your recommendation to publicize positive experiences (like yours!) on these new public lands. If you love Maine birds, the value of places like the new monument, where there is no threat of future development or potential resource destruction, cannot be overstated, and (hopefully) transcends politics. Many many of our favorite birds, as you've listed here, depend on Maine's North Woods, and your account is a wonderful reminder of its critical importance to the continued existence of the birds we love.

Kristen

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM Jeff Wells <jeffwells...><mailto:<jeffwells...>> wrote:
On Wednesday, June 14, I had the pleasure of birding from about dawn until early afternoon in parts of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and while there also ran into birders Anita Mueller from Millinocket and Lance Benner from California (but who grew up in Waterville). I had 58 or so species and collectively I think the list is probably close to 70 species. Much of the area is loaded with Magnolia Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Canada Warblers, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and, in the hardwood dominated areas, lots of Black-throated Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees. There are, of course, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Pine Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, and lots of White-throated Sparrows.

I had a Gray Jay along the road that leads south right before the Sandbank Campsite and some White-winged Crossbills overhead there. There is a beautiful pond in there and near that I had a cooperative Palm Warbler and several Yellow-bellied Flycatchers.

In the area near Sandbank Campsite and along the road that juts off to the right before the bridge near the entrance sign to the Loop Road, I had a Bay-breasted Warbler and Anita said that she had at least three further up that side road. I also saw a displaying pair of Goshawks and Lance later saw one carrying food there. Further down that side road all three of us independently had an Olive-sided Flycatcher belting out it’s “Quick-Three-Beers” song. Anita mentioned that there was a Black-backed Woodpecker in that area (we had one there in past years) as well as Spruce Grouse although I don’t think any of us found one on Wednesday. I had a couple of White-winged Crossbills flying overhead there as well.

I had a Black-backed Woodpecker at Lynx Pond near the beginning of the Loop Road where I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird (but watch out as there are also Common Grackles there), Wilson’s Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the side across the road from the pond. I was interested to see a pair of Chimney Swifts again this year there in this area where there are no chimneys only natural hollow tree cavities for them to nest in. There were also lots of flowers, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, tiger beetles, butterflies (incredible numbers of swallowtails) for those inclined towards those other parts of the biota!

I find it so wonderful to bird on the National Monument lands because you know you are on public lands so you are free to wander around without worry of getting in the way of any industrial activities or private lands. It is also really fun to go up there now and explore to find out where some of the best places are for certain birds-- birders have only scratched the surface so far as it is a big place!

I believe that Lance and Anita bumped into Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke when they were birding at Sandbank Campsite and were interviewed by media about their great birding experiences. I arrived a little after noon at the famed Katahdin lookout (which provides truly spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding landscape all the way down to Millinocket Lake) where I intended to eat my lunch. When I got there I discovered Secretary Zinke having a press conference surrounded by a gaggle of media with Mount Katahdin in the background. I listened in to the press conference while I looked for birds and enjoyed watching a singing male Chestnut-sided Warbler in the scope as Zinke was speaking. Allison and I noticed on the interview with him on this morning’s Maine Public Radio that there was a Northern Parula singing in the background as he spoke and I wonder if that was recorded at the Katahdin lookout while I was there?

In this time of much negative stuff going on, I would urge individual birders as well as every Audubon chapter and birding club in the state to consider a birding trip to the National Monument as a way to use our love of birds and birding to show positive support for the National Monument as an important bird conservation effort and to put some money into the local economy by staying overnight at local businesses, eating in local restaurants, and buying gas and supplies at local stores. Let your binoculars be seen and/or tell the businesses that you are there to go birding in the National Monument. This would be a way to engage in the activity that we love while having it provide positive benefits to the economy and people of the region, not to mention the birds.

If you do go up you might consider sharing photos and video through various social media channels (if you are so inclined) and tagging those who should be aware of all these positive experiences and benefits and to be encouraging of more birders and naturalists visiting the National Monument.

I would add that it is only about a 30 minute drive in to the National Monument from either the Millinocket or Sherman exit off of I-95 so it is very accessible and the Park Service has done a good job with signage and ensuring the dirt roads are well maintained.

And, yes, I will get my sightings into eBird soon so the locations can be seen there!

Jeff

Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
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Date: 6/17/17 8:34 am
From: Gwi <ledabeth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
Thanks to Jeff for that awesome description of birding at Katahdin woods and waters. I'm planning to head up there soon. If anyone wants to write a letter of support for the park they can go to https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/kwwcomments/index.html

Leda Beth Gray
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> King Rails - YES! - 1 Update
> Tom Martin Memorial - 1 Update
> Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday - 2 Updates
> Reid State Park - 1 Update
> King Rails - YES!
> Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...>: Jun 16 10:03AM -0700
>
> Yesterday evening about 6:30 pm, I stopped to try and see the male and
> female King Rails on Elldridge Rd in Wells Maine. Within minutes both the
> male and female stepped out of the marshes into a small ditch right in
> front of me. The female spotted me and went back into the reeds but the
> male just walked away from me staying in the ditch. I watched him off and
> on for about 10 minutes before he finally disappeared back into marsh.
> Having both male and female there at the same time, it was easy to see the
> differences between the two with the male being much larger and having a
> more vivid overall appearance.
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> Tom Martin Memorial
> Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>: Jun 16 09:57AM -0700
>
> Most birders who have visited Monhegan island met the inimitable Tom Martin on the Island at some point. Tom died in December at age 95. All are invited to the memorial, tomorrow from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Monhegan Island Church. (In other words you can come out on the 10:30 boat from Port Clyde and return on the 4:30 boat.) Hope to see many of you there.
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> Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
> Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>: Jun 16 01:53PM
>
> On Wednesday, June 14, I had the pleasure of birding from about dawn until early afternoon in parts of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and while there also ran into birders Anita Mueller from Millinocket and Lance Benner from California (but who grew up in Waterville). I had 58 or so species and collectively I think the list is probably close to 70 species. Much of the area is loaded with Magnolia Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Canada Warblers, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and, in the hardwood dominated areas, lots of Black-throated Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees. There are, of course, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Pine Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, and lots of White-throated Sparrows.
>
> I had a Gray Jay along the road that leads south right before the Sandbank Campsite and some White-winged Crossbills overhead there. There is a beautiful pond in there and near that I had a cooperative Palm Warbler and several Yellow-bellied Flycatchers.
>
> In the area near Sandbank Campsite and along the road that juts off to the right before the bridge near the entrance sign to the Loop Road, I had a Bay-breasted Warbler and Anita said that she had at least three further up that side road. I also saw a displaying pair of Goshawks and Lance later saw one carrying food there. Further down that side road all three of us independently had an Olive-sided Flycatcher belting out it's "Quick-Three-Beers" song. Anita mentioned that there was a Black-backed Woodpecker in that area (we had one there in past years) as well as Spruce Grouse although I don't think any of us found one on Wednesday. I had a couple of White-winged Crossbills flying overhead there as well.
>
> I had a Black-backed Woodpecker at Lynx Pond near the beginning of the Loop Road where I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird (but watch out as there are also Common Grackles there), Wilson's Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the side across the road from the pond. I was interested to see a pair of Chimney Swifts again this year there in this area where there are no chimneys only natural hollow tree cavities for them to nest in. There were also lots of flowers, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, tiger beetles, butterflies (incredible numbers of swallowtails) for those inclined towards those other parts of the biota!
>
> I find it so wonderful to bird on the National Monument lands because you know you are on public lands so you are free to wander around without worry of getting in the way of any industrial activities or private lands. It is also really fun to go up there now and explore to find out where some of the best places are for certain birds-- birders have only scratched the surface so far as it is a big place!
>
> I believe that Lance and Anita bumped into Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke when they were birding at Sandbank Campsite and were interviewed by media about their great birding experiences. I arrived a little after noon at the famed Katahdin lookout (which provides truly spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding landscape all the way down to Millinocket Lake) where I intended to eat my lunch. When I got there I discovered Secretary Zinke having a press conference surrounded by a gaggle of media with Mount Katahdin in the background. I listened in to the press conference while I looked for birds and enjoyed watching a singing male Chestnut-sided Warbler in the scope as Zinke was speaking. Allison and I noticed on the interview with him on this morning's Maine Public Radio that there was a Northern Parula singing in the background as he spoke and I wonder if that was recorded at the Katahdin lookout while I was there?
>
> In this time of much negative stuff going on, I would urge individual birders as well as every Audubon chapter and birding club in the state to consider a birding trip to the National Monument as a way to use our love of birds and birding to show positive support for the National Monument as an important bird conservation effort and to put some money into the local economy by staying overnight at local businesses, eating in local restaurants, and buying gas and supplies at local stores. Let your binoculars be seen and/or tell the businesses that you are there to go birding in the National Monument. This would be a way to engage in the activity that we love while having it provide positive benefits to the economy and people of the region, not to mention the birds.
>
> If you do go up you might consider sharing photos and video through various social media channels (if you are so inclined) and tagging those who should be aware of all these positive experiences and benefits and to be encouraging of more birders and naturalists visiting the National Monument.
>
> I would add that it is only about a 30 minute drive in to the National Monument from either the Millinocket or Sherman exit off of I-95 so it is very accessible and the Park Service has done a good job with signage and ensuring the dirt roads are well maintained.
>
> And, yes, I will get my sightings into eBird soon so the locations can be seen there!
>
> Jeff
>
> Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
> Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative
> Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>: Jun 16 02:20PM
>
> Thank you so much for sharing this detailed, thorough account of your
> birding adventures in KWWNM, Jeff! I really appreciate learning what
> species may be found there and am now even more excited to visit the area
> myself.
>
> I also really appreciate your recommendation to publicize positive
> experiences (like yours!) on these new public lands. If you love Maine
> birds, the value of places like the new monument, where there is no threat
> of future development or potential resource destruction, cannot be
> overstated, and (hopefully) transcends politics. Many many of our favorite
> birds, as you've listed here, depend on Maine's North Woods, and your
> account is a wonderful reminder of its critical importance to the continued
> existence of the birds we love.
>
> Kristen
>
> On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
> wrote:
>
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> Reid State Park
> David Small <docfinsdave...>: Jun 16 06:41AM -0400
>
> Yesterday looking for the snowy plover, but no. Lots of other rewards
> though!
>
> http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8d8802b3#h8d8802b3
>
> Cheers,
> Dave
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Date: 6/16/17 5:36 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 6/10-6/16
Hi all,

With most of my birding this week in either the White Mountains of New Hampshire or previously-posted evening twitches, I have just a few other observations of note to offer:
- 5 Upland Sandpipers, 12 Grasshopper Sparrows, 23 Vesper Sparrows, 37 Prairie Warblers, 22 Field Sparrows, 16 Eastern Towhees, 6 Eastern Meadowlarks, etc, etc, Kennebunk Plains, 6/12 (with Jeannette).
- 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, Sanford Lagoons, 6/12 (with Jeannette).
- 14 species of warblers, Freeport, 6/13 (with client from New Mexico).

Phone-scoped videos of the Magnificent Frigatebird from Pine Point on 6/12 and the Snowy Plover from Reid State Park on 6/13 can be seen here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Freeportwildbird/videos/?ref=page_internal


-Derek

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Date: 6/16/17 3:26 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I learned today that the Gannets nesting on MSI lost their egg.
The broken remains were found yesterday among the rocks below the nest.
The cause is unknown but it's a high traffic alcid area so perhaps it was
accidental breakage instead of the predation seen other years.

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Date: 6/16/17 10:03 am
From: Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] King Rails - YES!
Yesterday evening about 6:30 pm, I stopped to try and see the male and
female King Rails on Elldridge Rd in Wells Maine. Within minutes both the
male and female stepped out of the marshes into a small ditch right in
front of me. The female spotted me and went back into the reeds but the
male just walked away from me staying in the ditch. I watched him off and
on for about 10 minutes before he finally disappeared back into marsh.
Having both male and female there at the same time, it was easy to see the
differences between the two with the male being much larger and having a
more vivid overall appearance.

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Date: 6/16/17 9:57 am
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tom Martin Memorial
Most birders who have visited Monhegan island met the inimitable Tom Martin on the Island at some point. Tom died in December at age 95. All are invited to the memorial, tomorrow from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Monhegan Island Church. (In other words you can come out on the 10:30 boat from Port Clyde and return on the 4:30 boat.) Hope to see many of you there.

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Date: 6/16/17 7:21 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
Thank you so much for sharing this detailed, thorough account of your
birding adventures in KWWNM, Jeff! I really appreciate learning what
species may be found there and am now even more excited to visit the area
myself.

I also really appreciate your recommendation to publicize positive
experiences (like yours!) on these new public lands. If you love Maine
birds, the value of places like the new monument, where there is no threat
of future development or potential resource destruction, cannot be
overstated, and (hopefully) transcends politics. Many many of our favorite
birds, as you've listed here, depend on Maine's North Woods, and your
account is a wonderful reminder of its critical importance to the continued
existence of the birds we love.

Kristen

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
wrote:

> On Wednesday, June 14, I had the pleasure of birding from about dawn until
> early afternoon in parts of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
> and while there also ran into birders Anita Mueller from Millinocket and
> Lance Benner from California (but who grew up in Waterville). I had 58 or
> so species and collectively I think the list is probably close to 70
> species. Much of the area is loaded with Magnolia Warblers, Nashville
> Warblers, Canada Warblers, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
> Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-bellied
> Flycatchers and, in the hardwood dominated areas, lots of Black-throated
> Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees. There are, of
> course, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided
> Warblers, Pine Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Green
> Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, and lots of White-throated
> Sparrows.
>
>
>
> I had a Gray Jay along the road that leads south right before the Sandbank
> Campsite and some White-winged Crossbills overhead there. There is a
> beautiful pond in there and near that I had a cooperative Palm Warbler and
> several Yellow-bellied Flycatchers.
>
>
>
> In the area near Sandbank Campsite and along the road that juts off to the
> right before the bridge near the entrance sign to the Loop Road, I had a
> Bay-breasted Warbler and Anita said that she had at least three further up
> that side road. I also saw a displaying pair of Goshawks and Lance later
> saw one carrying food there. Further down that side road all three of us
> independently had an Olive-sided Flycatcher belting out it’s
> “Quick-Three-Beers” song. Anita mentioned that there was a Black-backed
> Woodpecker in that area (we had one there in past years) as well as Spruce
> Grouse although I don’t think any of us found one on Wednesday. I had a
> couple of White-winged Crossbills flying overhead there as well.
>
>
>
> I had a Black-backed Woodpecker at Lynx Pond near the beginning of the
> Loop Road where I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird (but
> watch out as there are also Common Grackles there), Wilson’s Warbler, and
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the side across the road from the pond. I was
> interested to see a pair of Chimney Swifts again this year there in this
> area where there are no chimneys only natural hollow tree cavities for them
> to nest in. There were also lots of flowers, frogs, dragonflies,
> damselflies, tiger beetles, butterflies (incredible numbers of
> swallowtails) for those inclined towards those other parts of the biota!
>
>
>
> I find it so wonderful to bird on the National Monument lands because you
> know you are on public lands so you are free to wander around without worry
> of getting in the way of any industrial activities or private lands. It is
> also really fun to go up there now and explore to find out where some of
> the best places are for certain birds-- birders have only scratched the
> surface so far as it is a big place!
>
>
>
> I believe that Lance and Anita bumped into Secretary of the Interior Ryan
> Zinke when they were birding at Sandbank Campsite and were interviewed by
> media about their great birding experiences. I arrived a little after noon
> at the famed Katahdin lookout (which provides truly spectacular views of
> the mountain and surrounding landscape all the way down to Millinocket
> Lake) where I intended to eat my lunch. When I got there I discovered
> Secretary Zinke having a press conference surrounded by a gaggle of media
> with Mount Katahdin in the background. I listened in to the press
> conference while I looked for birds and enjoyed watching a singing male
> Chestnut-sided Warbler in the scope as Zinke was speaking. Allison and I
> noticed on the interview with him on this morning’s Maine Public Radio that
> there was a Northern Parula singing in the background as he spoke and I
> wonder if that was recorded at the Katahdin lookout while I was there?
>
>
>
> In this time of much negative stuff going on, I would urge individual
> birders as well as every Audubon chapter and birding club in the state to
> consider a birding trip to the National Monument as a way to use our love
> of birds and birding to show positive support for the National Monument as
> an important bird conservation effort and to put some money into the local
> economy by staying overnight at local businesses, eating in local
> restaurants, and buying gas and supplies at local stores. Let your
> binoculars be seen and/or tell the businesses that you are there to go
> birding in the National Monument. This would be a way to engage in the
> activity that we love while having it provide positive benefits to the
> economy and people of the region, not to mention the birds.
>
>
>
> If you do go up you might consider sharing photos and video through
> various social media channels (if you are so inclined) and tagging those
> who should be aware of all these positive experiences and benefits and to
> be encouraging of more birders and naturalists visiting the National
> Monument.
>
>
>
> I would add that it is only about a 30 minute drive in to the National
> Monument from either the Millinocket or Sherman exit off of I-95 so it is
> very accessible and the Park Service has done a good job with signage and
> ensuring the dirt roads are well maintained.
>
>
>
> And, yes, I will get my sightings into eBird soon so the locations can be
> seen there!
>
>
>
> Jeff
>
>
>
> Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
>
> Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative
>
>
>
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Date: 6/16/17 6:54 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great birding in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Wednesday
On Wednesday, June 14, I had the pleasure of birding from about dawn until early afternoon in parts of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and while there also ran into birders Anita Mueller from Millinocket and Lance Benner from California (but who grew up in Waterville). I had 58 or so species and collectively I think the list is probably close to 70 species. Much of the area is loaded with Magnolia Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Canada Warblers, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and, in the hardwood dominated areas, lots of Black-throated Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees. There are, of course, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Pine Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, and lots of White-throated Sparrows.

I had a Gray Jay along the road that leads south right before the Sandbank Campsite and some White-winged Crossbills overhead there. There is a beautiful pond in there and near that I had a cooperative Palm Warbler and several Yellow-bellied Flycatchers.

In the area near Sandbank Campsite and along the road that juts off to the right before the bridge near the entrance sign to the Loop Road, I had a Bay-breasted Warbler and Anita said that she had at least three further up that side road. I also saw a displaying pair of Goshawks and Lance later saw one carrying food there. Further down that side road all three of us independently had an Olive-sided Flycatcher belting out it's "Quick-Three-Beers" song. Anita mentioned that there was a Black-backed Woodpecker in that area (we had one there in past years) as well as Spruce Grouse although I don't think any of us found one on Wednesday. I had a couple of White-winged Crossbills flying overhead there as well.

I had a Black-backed Woodpecker at Lynx Pond near the beginning of the Loop Road where I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird (but watch out as there are also Common Grackles there), Wilson's Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the side across the road from the pond. I was interested to see a pair of Chimney Swifts again this year there in this area where there are no chimneys only natural hollow tree cavities for them to nest in. There were also lots of flowers, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, tiger beetles, butterflies (incredible numbers of swallowtails) for those inclined towards those other parts of the biota!

I find it so wonderful to bird on the National Monument lands because you know you are on public lands so you are free to wander around without worry of getting in the way of any industrial activities or private lands. It is also really fun to go up there now and explore to find out where some of the best places are for certain birds-- birders have only scratched the surface so far as it is a big place!

I believe that Lance and Anita bumped into Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke when they were birding at Sandbank Campsite and were interviewed by media about their great birding experiences. I arrived a little after noon at the famed Katahdin lookout (which provides truly spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding landscape all the way down to Millinocket Lake) where I intended to eat my lunch. When I got there I discovered Secretary Zinke having a press conference surrounded by a gaggle of media with Mount Katahdin in the background. I listened in to the press conference while I looked for birds and enjoyed watching a singing male Chestnut-sided Warbler in the scope as Zinke was speaking. Allison and I noticed on the interview with him on this morning's Maine Public Radio that there was a Northern Parula singing in the background as he spoke and I wonder if that was recorded at the Katahdin lookout while I was there?

In this time of much negative stuff going on, I would urge individual birders as well as every Audubon chapter and birding club in the state to consider a birding trip to the National Monument as a way to use our love of birds and birding to show positive support for the National Monument as an important bird conservation effort and to put some money into the local economy by staying overnight at local businesses, eating in local restaurants, and buying gas and supplies at local stores. Let your binoculars be seen and/or tell the businesses that you are there to go birding in the National Monument. This would be a way to engage in the activity that we love while having it provide positive benefits to the economy and people of the region, not to mention the birds.

If you do go up you might consider sharing photos and video through various social media channels (if you are so inclined) and tagging those who should be aware of all these positive experiences and benefits and to be encouraging of more birders and naturalists visiting the National Monument.

I would add that it is only about a 30 minute drive in to the National Monument from either the Millinocket or Sherman exit off of I-95 so it is very accessible and the Park Service has done a good job with signage and ensuring the dirt roads are well maintained.

And, yes, I will get my sightings into eBird soon so the locations can be seen there!

Jeff

Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative

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Date: 6/16/17 3:41 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Reid State Park
Yesterday looking for the snowy plover, but no. Lots of other rewards
though!

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8d8802b3#h8d8802b3

Cheers,
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Date: 6/15/17 10:11 am
From: Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sanford Lagoon birds, web site, Nesting BASW
Hello,

A few weeks I created a Flickr group for the Lagoons. Please feel to free to add your lovely photos to the group. The management at the lagoons is glad I have done this. https://www.flickr.com/groups/3392441@N25/pool/

Also I discovered today there is a nesting colony of BANK SWALLOWS with about 35 holes, it is behind the small pond that is east of the processing plant, north of the parking lot. Is a high sand pile. I pointed it out to the manager at the plant and hopefully they will not take sand from underneath the nesting area until Aug.

Also There has been a pair of RUDDY DUCKS, hopefully they are nesting, if so, I believe this the 3rd state record and 2nd one for this place
Photos of RUDU and BANK SWALLOW nesting holes is here on this checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37603734

Also a mocking bird ranting recording.


Happy birding

Andy Aldrich
North Berwick



Directions: take Gavel Rd. east off of Rte. 4 at blinking light, 3.7 miles
south of jct. of Rtes. 4 and 111, (in Alfred) or 0.7 miles north of jct. of
Rtes. 4 and 109., (in S. Sanford)

Hours as posted: 6-4:30 MON-FRI, WEEKENDS: 7-8:30 SAT+SUN Holidays are
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Date: 6/15/17 5:32 am
From: Laura Blutstein <laurajb...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
Maine Audubon pelagic bird trip is Sept 17, 2017

On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:31:55 PM UTC-4, mzimrsm1 wrote:
>
> The Maine Audubon pelagic bird trip in fall provides a chance to see many
> of these species. I'm not sure of the date this year.
>
> On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:47:44 PM UTC-4, Donald Jones wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out
>> of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally
>> from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very
>> excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some
>> oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias
>> Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and
>> Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all
>> those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can
>> provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a
>> chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their
>> reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would
>> greatly appreciate it.
>>
>> Atlantic Puffin
>> Arctic Tern
>> Leach's Storm Petrel
>> Wilson's Storm Petrel
>> Great Shearwater
>> Manx Shearwater
>> Sooty Shearwater
>> Black-legged Kittiwake
>> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
>> Northern Fulmar
>> Red Phalarope
>>
>> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in
>> the coming months!
>>
>> Don Jones
>> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
>>
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Date: 6/15/17 2:59 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Ferry from Yarmouth, NS to Portland, 6/10

On 6/10 I took the high-speed ferry from Yarmouth, NS to Portland, ME, and of course birded the entire time on the 5 1/2 hour ride. I was concerned that traveling at 35 knots would limit birding potential, but conditions were great and I saw lots of birds. I stood at the stern on the passenger deck, giving a 180 degree view of the waters surrounding the back of the boat. Realistically there were no birds directly behind the ship since the waters behind the engines were extremely rough (but most impressive). So I alternated looking toward the port and starboard sides at the back of the ship. The only problem was that by the time we reached Maine waters the winds had dropped to nearly full calm, meaning conditions were bad for shearwaters and others to be flying. Though the flat seas allowed me to pick up a couple species sitting on the water that I likely would have missed under choppier conditions.

In NS waters -
Seas initially 5-8 ft diminishing to <3 ft. Winds NW 5-10 initially then near calm. Ship had only a slight roll

Great Shearwater - 30
Sooty Shearwater - 27
Cory's Shearwater - 2
Shearwater sp. - 27 (birds sitting on the water a bit too far away to ID)
Fulmar - 1
Gannet - 12
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 7
South Polar Skua - 1
Common Loon - 1

In US/Maine Waters -
Seas from <3 ft to nearly calm. Winds nearly calm

Puffin - 1 (sitting on the water)
Red Phalarope - 5 (sitting on the water)
Gannet - 14
Sterna, sp. - 14 (a bit too far away to ID Arctic vs. Common)

I would highly recommend this ride if your travels take you to Nova Scotia in the near future.

By the way - I was coming back from a 10-day birding trip in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. I will eventually post summaries to my blog, but I'm way behind on my paperwork. It was a great trip featuring -

21 Warbler species - a great study in learning those songs!
9 species of gulls (all in 1 day)
23 waterfowl species
8 species of flycatchers
Boreal species like Red and White-winged Crossbills, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay
Rarities discovered like - Little Gull, Wilson's Phalarope, Kittiwake, 3 Glaucous Gulls, Common Gallinule in both NB and NS, etc.
Working hard to locate "rarities" from the south like Phoebe, Great Crested Flyc, Upland Sand, Turkey Vulture, etc.
And then there was the challenge to find locally rare House Sparrows, House Finches, Swifts, Nighthawks


Mike Resch
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Date: 6/14/17 4:05 pm
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Evening Grosbeak
During dinner this evening we appropriately had an Evening Grosbeak on
our sunflower feeder in Topsham. Just one male who ate and left. First
since the depth of winter.

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Date: 6/14/17 3:13 pm
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy Plover
Has anyone tried for the Snowy Plover today?

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


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Date: 6/14/17 11:35 am
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds

If you want to see Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Red-billed Tropicbird and
Great Cormorant in breeding plumage and arctic terns you can go with
oldquarryoceanadventures.com on their Tuesday puffin trips out of
Stonington. Best time for these is before mid-August when numbers are
dwindling. Often times during the summer we see wilson's storm-petrel,
great shearwater, and sooty shearwater but it depends on winds and
currents. Red Phalaropes are seen along wrack lines in late Summer (mid
July on) but will be white not red that time of year. Bar Harbor Whale
watch is excellent for pelagics in August for most of your targets (plus
cory's shearwater, manx shearwater, skuas and all three jaegers) but
fulmars are rare. The alcids and terns can seem further away because of the
boats large size and ability to get close to the island and birds.

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Date: 6/14/17 9:36 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 7 Mute Swans, Freeport, 6/14
Hi all,Jackie Twomey called to report 7 MUTE SWANS currently in Maquoit Bay in Freeport, off of Flying Point Road. They were apparently drifting north on the incoming tide, so they could be soon in view from the end of the Maquoit Bay Conservation Land trail in Brunswick or Wharton Point.-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 04032 207-865-6000 www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com    ****************************************

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Date: 6/14/17 6:20 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Golden Eagle in SW Harbor?
Hi all -- I just submitted a report of a Golden Eagle this morning, seen
overhead from my home in Southwest Harbor, MDI. I failed to capture a photo
of the bird (camera is poor and didn't cooperate). Here is my write up.

Would welcome your feedback.

Craig K

Heard Crows giving alarm call and looked out from porch with binoculars.
Watched for ~2 minutes as it soared and gained elevation. Huge buteo-shaped
bird. Most immediate and striking feature was brilliant white patches in
wings, seen both from below and above, in mid-wing panel near wrist. White
patches were contained, not blotchy. Noted longer tail than BAEA, with
white bases of all rectrices in tail. Not brilliant white like wing
patches, but still evident. Was not able to discern relative size of bill
(too far away, and not great angles). Slightest of dihedral profile in
soaring silhouette. White wing patches perfectly match the Sibley's Guide
to Birds, 2000 edition, p. 126. White in tail was less brilliant than in
that illustration of a juvie.

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Date: 6/14/17 6:11 am
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge - White-eyed Vireo, Least Terns, and Roseate Terns
Hi all,

Just a quick update from Seal Island NWR. As a reminder the island is
closed to public access.

The WSW winds the past couple days brought some good birds to the island
including some Roseate Terns and some Least Terns. Always a treat to see on
this offshore island where both are uncommon. In addition, yesterday I
stumbled across a skulky White-eyed Vireo hanging out in some dense
raspberry. This is quite a rarity for the island and possibly an island
first? I will have to do some more digging but, I am quite confident there
has not been a record between 2001 and 2017.

In the nesting seabird world we have had our first Razorbill and Common
Eider chicks and are expecting our first Arctic Tern chicks today in
addition to Puffin chicks early next week.

Lastly, our resident Tropicbird has been putting on quite the show recently!

All the best,

Keenan

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Date: 6/14/17 4:54 am
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird
A Frigate bird was seen off Salisbury Beach, Mass
Could be the recent bird seen in Maine-
Skip Small
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Date: 6/13/17 8:23 pm
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Correction-SNOWY PLOVER and MARBLED GODWIT at Reid State Park Georgetown
Alright, I had to send a new email to correct the subject line. Too tired to deal with technology now. Good night and good luck!
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Date: 6/13/17 8:17 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: SNOWY PLOVER and MARBLED GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
Just wanted to correct the subject line too now. Last email on this. Hopefully both birds will stick around!
Noah

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Correction, MARBLED GODWIT! 
Sorry!

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:30 PM, Noah Gibb <voodoochitlins...> wrote:


Leon Mooney, Bill Hancock, and I had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT (rare in spring) fly in to the shore while looking for Maine's 1st SNOWY PLOVER this evening. We almost left without catching up with the plover, but ended up finding it at about 7:45 close to the entrance to Half Mile Beach near the parking area. A pretty awesome night!
Bird had,Noah Gibb-Freeport, ME





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Date: 6/13/17 7:59 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: SNOWY PLOVER and HUDSONIAN GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
Correction, MARBLED GODWIT! 
Sorry!

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Leon Mooney, Bill Hancock, and I had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT (rare in spring) fly in to the shore while looking for Maine's 1st SNOWY PLOVER this evening. We almost left without catching up with the plover, but ended up finding it at about 7:45 close to the entrance to Half Mile Beach near the parking area. A pretty awesome night!
Bird had,Noah Gibb-Freeport, ME



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Date: 6/13/17 7:30 pm
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER and HUDSONIAN GODWIT Reid State Park Georgetown, ME
Leon Mooney, Bill Hancock, and I had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT (rare in spring) fly in to the shore while looking for Maine's 1st SNOWY PLOVER this evening. We almost left without catching up with the plover, but ended up finding it at about 7:45 close to the entrance to Half Mile Beach near the parking area. A pretty awesome night!
Bird had,Noah Gibb-Freeport, ME

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Date: 6/13/17 5:50 pm
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Buzzards over Bucksport
We often see large groups of Turkey Vultures over Bucksport and Verona Island, but tonigh takes the prize - at least 75 TVs circling high and low over Verona Islandasseen from downtown Bucksport. Are there similar sized flocks in othter parts of Maine? Oh, and there was a Bald Eagle also


Mike and Dawn Little


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Date: 6/13/17 3:46 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
Present and accounted for as of 6:45. Park closes at 8:20, by the way.

-Derek

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> On Jun 13, 2017, at 4:41 PM, Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> wrote:
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> The SNOWY PLOVER continues with a Piping Plover on half mile beach off Todd's Point.
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> Good birding,
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Date: 6/13/17 2:37 pm
From: Margaret Viens <margaretviens...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
Thx for asking. I'm at my 90 yr old mother's in Lincolnville- wish I could go.

Hope you get it.

Margaret

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> On Jun 13, 2017, at 4:41 PM, Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> wrote:
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> The SNOWY PLOVER continues with a Piping Plover on half mile beach off Todd's Point.
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> Good birding,
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Date: 6/13/17 2:04 pm
From: Laura Minich Zitske <lzitske...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
Hello Maine Birders,

I am as excited as the rest of you (likely more!) about this Snowy Plover,
but I want to encourage you all to use your best birding courtesy and then
some when looking at the visiting Snowy and Piping Plover. It is very hot,
and the two of them seemed paired together. Please make sure and leave even
more room than you think is necessary and give them lots of space.

I know I'm largely preaching to the choir here, but I see lots of
plover-lovers getting too close and I know that this bird is very exciting
for many of us.

Thanks,
Laura

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On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:08:36 PM UTC-4, Doug Hitchcox wrote:
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> I just got a text (with photo) that Zac Fait on Maine Audubon’s Plover
> Crew found a SNOWY PLOVER on the beach at Reid State Park (in Georgetown)
> today, 6/13. Information for accessing Reid can be found here:
> http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=13
>
> And on the MAINE Birds Facebook Group a Townsend’s Solitaire was
> photographed by Wendy Sawyer today; an exceptional June record:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAINEBirds/permalink/1359322857483146/
>
> What a week to be out of the state!
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> reporting from Ithaca

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Date: 6/13/17 1:41 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
The SNOWY PLOVER continues with a Piping Plover on half mile beach off
Todd's Point.

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Date: 6/13/17 10:59 am
From: LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: New visitor to Maine - Would like recommendations.
Thank you for all the suggestions! I will be checking them out! Am very
excited to see Maine.

Linda Radtke

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> Hello. A friend and I will be visiting Maine for the first time at the end
> of July. I am in the midst of planning the trip. We will spend several
> days in Acadia, but will have several other days to explore the coastal
> areas. Does anyone have recommendations? I was thinking of the Portland
> or Booth Bay areas? Of course, will want to see Puffins, as these would be
> life birds. But would be interested in anything of note. We are fairly avid
> birders.
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> Thanks you very much.
> Linda Radtke
> Illinois
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Date: 6/13/17 10:08 am
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] SNOWY PLOVER - Georgetown, 6/13
I just got a text (with photo) that Zac Fait on Maine Audubon’s Plover Crew found a SNOWY PLOVER on the beach at Reid State Park (in Georgetown) today, 6/13. Information for accessing Reid can be found here: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=13

And on the MAINE Birds Facebook Group a Townsend’s Solitaire was photographed by Wendy Sawyer today; an exceptional June record: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAINEBirds/permalink/1359322857483146/

What a week to be out of the state!


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Date: 6/13/17 7:59 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy Owl (belated), yesterday am (6/12), Freeport!
Hi all,
I received photos of a SNOWY OWL photographed in a driveway yesterday in Freeport, near Hedgehog Mountain Park. It has not been seen again. I am guiding this am, but we are poking around the Hedgehog Mountain area (Hunter Road Fields, capped landfill, etc) hoping to get lucky.
-Derek

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Date: 6/13/17 7:29 am
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - No

> On Jun 13, 2017, at 10:21 AM, Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> wrote:
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> For info, 3 of us scanned from Pine Point Beach from 7:30-9 am. Decent views of Prout's Neck and Stratton Is. as it was low tide. No luck relocating Frigatebird.
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Date: 6/13/17 7:21 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - No
For info, 3 of us scanned from Pine Point Beach from 7:30-9 am. Decent views of Prout's Neck and Stratton Is. as it was low tide. No luck relocating Frigatebird.

Kevin C.
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Date: 6/12/17 5:41 pm
From: Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
Apologies to Tim Fennell, I got all worked up about donuts and forgot who I was responding to.

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Date: 6/12/17 5:40 pm
From: Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
Apologies to Tim Fennell, I got all worked up about donuts and forgot who I was responding to.

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Date: 6/12/17 5:14 pm
From: Zeke Smith <halleyholmes321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
An update:
As of 6:45 it was over Stratton again looking for a place to land, presumably for the night. The terns weren't having it and I lost track of it as it flew over our field camp, pursued by a dozen or so terns. One way or another or doesn't seem to be in a rush to head anywhere else.

As for the best place to spot it, like Derek said, Pine Point has ample parking but probably doesn't offer particularly great viewing opportunities. As for Prout's Neck, the best place to park is probably at Scarborough Beach State Park and then to hoof it from there. Between the park and the yacht club near the end of Black Point Road (probably a 10-15 minute walk from the park) I imagine you'd get halfway decent coverage.

Ian, excellent choice on the maple bacon donut. If anyone headed to the area tomorrow appreciates a good mixture of carbs, sugar, and fat, I can't recommend the Holy Donut highly enough. My favorite is the sweet potato ginger glazed.

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Date: 6/12/17 4:34 pm
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Apologies to Winslow Homer
I just looked at my original post about the Prout's Neck Frigatebird where I referenced "Homer Winslow Way." I'm going to blame the juxtaposition on the Holy Donut Maple and Bacon I had this morning that must have had me thinking of the Simpsons!

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Date: 6/12/17 3:19 pm
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird - Pine Point Beach 5:55!
Looking at it from Prout's Neck! Gonna buzz out so as not to make a fuss
with the neighbors. 6:12. Continues to circle.


On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:56 PM 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <
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> Hi all,
> Jeannette and I are currently observing the frigatebird from the beach at
> Pine Point, just off the ample parking lot. Not cripplingly close, but
> we'll take it!
> -Derek
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Jun 12, 2017, at 4:56 PM, Tim Fennell <tfennell...> wrote:
> >
> > After my last post, I returned to the dead-end of Black Point Road and
> was able to get some better photos of the Frigatebird as it soared almost
> directly overhead. Again, there is no parking here and this could be a very
> ugly scene if birders clog this turn-around area. The two locals who
> stopped as I photographed the bird and another birder (Leon) watched it
> were very interested in the bird but I suspect their interest would wane if
> they can't get to their houses. I'm new to the area so if another birder is
> familiar with a parking area that could allow views of this area, please
> post. A link to my eBird post with a couple of photos is at:
> >
> > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37554433
> >
> > Again, thanks to Zeke Smith and Keenan Yakola for posting about this
> great bird!
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> > Cheers,
> > Tim Fennell
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Date: 6/12/17 2:56 pm
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird - Pine Point Beach 5:55!
Hi all,
Jeannette and I are currently observing the frigatebird from the beach at Pine Point, just off the ample parking lot. Not cripplingly close, but we'll take it!
-Derek

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 12, 2017, at 4:56 PM, Tim Fennell <tfennell...> wrote:
>
> After my last post, I returned to the dead-end of Black Point Road and was able to get some better photos of the Frigatebird as it soared almost directly overhead. Again, there is no parking here and this could be a very ugly scene if birders clog this turn-around area. The two locals who stopped as I photographed the bird and another birder (Leon) watched it were very interested in the bird but I suspect their interest would wane if they can't get to their houses. I'm new to the area so if another birder is familiar with a parking area that could allow views of this area, please post. A link to my eBird post with a couple of photos is at:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37554433
>
> Again, thanks to Zeke Smith and Keenan Yakola for posting about this great bird!
>
> Cheers,
> Tim Fennell
> Scarborough, ME
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Date: 6/12/17 1:56 pm
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Neck Magnificant Frigatebird
After my last post, I returned to the dead-end of Black Point Road and was able to get some better photos of the Frigatebird as it soared almost directly overhead. Again, there is no parking here and this could be a very ugly scene if birders clog this turn-around area. The two locals who stopped as I photographed the bird and another birder (Leon) watched it were very interested in the bird but I suspect their interest would wane if they can't get to their houses. I'm new to the area so if another birder is familiar with a parking area that could allow views of this area, please post. A link to my eBird post with a couple of photos is at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37554433

Again, thanks to Zeke Smith and Keenan Yakola for posting about this great bird!

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
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Date: 6/12/17 1:08 pm
From: Brad Zitske <brad.zitske...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - now Prout's Neck
Stopped by to check on plovers and terns at Western beach and saw the post about the frigatebird. It flew into view within minutes just now, lazily circling halfway out to eastern side of Stratton.

Good luck but one shouldn't park too long at gated community.

Magnificent indeed.

Brad Zitske
MDIFW

> On Jun 12, 2017, at 3:19 PM, tfennell <tfennell...> wrote:
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> I just took some distant but identifiable photos of the frigatebird soaring off the end of Prout's Neck (from the gate to Homer Winslow Way). No parking that I know of but others may have suggestions. Will post ebird link when I get home. Thanks to Zeke and Keenan for getting the word out!
>
> Tim Fennell
> Scarborough
>
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
> Date: 6/12/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Maine birds <maine-birds...>
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - Stratton Island
>
> Zeke Smith the seabird supervisor on Stratton Island just sent me a photo of a Frigatebird perching on a bare tree on Stratton Island. It was only on the island briefly and tried to land on a dead tree in the heron rookery but, was consistently harassed by terns so it got out of there relatively quick. It sounded like it came from the direction of Prout's Neck so that could be a good place to scope for it! It looked identical to the bird that was recently photographed on Stellwagen Bank.
>
> Good luck if you try for it!
>
> All the best,
>
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Date: 6/12/17 12:20 pm
From: tfennell <tfennell...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - now Prout's Neck
I just took some distant but identifiable photos of the frigatebird soaring off the end of Prout's Neck (from the gate to Homer Winslow Way). No parking that I know of but others may have suggestions. Will post ebird link when I get home. Thanks to Zeke and Keenan for getting the word out!
Tim FennellScarborough


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-------- Original message --------From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> Date: 6/12/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - Stratton Island
Zeke Smith the seabird supervisor on Stratton Island just sent me a photo of a Frigatebird perching on a bare tree on Stratton Island. It was only on the island briefly and tried to land on a dead tree in the heron rookery but, was consistently harassed by terns so it got out of there relatively quick. It sounded like it came from the direction of Prout's Neck so that could be a good place to scope for it! It looked identical to the bird that was recently photographed on Stellwagen Bank. 
Good luck if you try for it! 
All the best,
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Date: 6/12/17 11:20 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Frigatebird - Stratton Island
Zeke's eBird report (with photos) is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37550918

Incredible!

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Date: 6/12/17 11:17 am
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Frigatebird - Stratton Island
Zeke Smith the seabird supervisor on Stratton Island just sent me a photo
of a Frigatebird perching on a bare tree on Stratton Island. It was only on
the island briefly and tried to land on a dead tree in the heron rookery
but, was consistently harassed by terns so it got out of there relatively
quick. It sounded like it came from the direction of Prout's Neck so that
could be a good place to scope for it! It looked identical to the bird that
was recently photographed on Stellwagen Bank.

Good luck if you try for it!

All the best,

Keenan Yakola
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Date: 6/12/17 6:17 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Audubon graphic novel
Hi all -- wanted to share this recent discovery
<http://www.audubon.org/news/a-new-graphic-novel-chronicles-adventures-john-james-audubon>,
which I have not yet read. Looks promising.

Craig K

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Date: 6/11/17 3:36 pm
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Introducing: The Maine Young Birders Club
Greetings fellow birders,

Nathan Hall and I recently founded the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC), and
we thought it was about time we told everyone about it! We are
particularly grateful for the support and help of York County Audubon, Seth
Benz of Schoodic Institute, Eddie Woodin of Woodin & Co., Doug Hitchcox of
Maine Audubon, and Kim Kaufman & Laura Guerard of the Ohio Young Birders
Club. Thanks to them, we were able to get our organization off the ground
in January 2017.

The number one goal of MYBC is to provide a safe and friendly environment
for young birders in Maine to experience the wonder of birds and nature
with other teens through birding-related events and activities. Nathan and
I organize monthly field trips for youth, and we are currently working on
expanding our programs to include presentations, guest guided-walks, and a
young birders' camp. Our website is www.maineyoungbirders.org, where you
can find plenty of information about the Club, as well as ways to support
our mission. You can also read an article about us on page 3 of York County
Audubon's spring newsletter here
<http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Harlequin-Spring-2017.pdf>.
Finally, please "like" our page
<https://www.facebook.com/maineyoungbirders/>on Facebook if you're
interested in our activities.

We wanted to ask you for help in spreading the word about our organization.
If you know of 11-18 year olds who live in southern Maine and are
enthusiastic about the natural world, please contact us at
<info...> We'd love to get them involved! Also, we need
some help with fundraising, so if you have time and fundraising experience
and would like to make a difference for young birders in Maine, please get
in touch. We will greatly appreciate your help.

Many thanks,
Lena Moser & Nathan Hall
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Date: 6/11/17 12:58 pm
From: Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BURROWING OWL - York, NO OWLS TODAY And cell Question
Hi,

I searched the area and did not see any owls from about 1:30 to about 2 PM


Also I sent an email from my android cell and I got the message that I am
not allowed to send emails to this group!!. How do I fix it so I can send
emails?


Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
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Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:40 AM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] (belated) BURROWING OWL - York, 6/7

Hi everyone:

Despite this report being a few days old, I wanted to get the word out and
hopefully a few eyes looking for a BURROWING OWL that was photographed last
Wednesday, 7 June, near the Katahdin Inn in York. This is located at the
south end of Short Sand Beach which has a park with surprisingly appropriate
habitat - this unfortunately also sees heavy foot (and paw) traffic in
summer.

This bird has not been seen since the initial sighting on Wednesday but most
vagrant records in the Northeast are of birds that linger for at least a
couple weeks so hopefully this bird can be relocated.

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

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Date: 6/11/17 6:32 am
From: Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] King Rail
Yesterday evening at about 6:15 pm, spotted one of the continuing King
Rails in the marsh off Eldridge Rd in Wells, Maine. Had frequent looks at
it and believe it was the female. Several other birders were present and we
agreed it was the female. At one point, it crossed from the north side of
the road to the south side. It began calling and was answered by another
rail, presumably the male. They started about 50 feet apart and the calls
gradually became closer and closer until the calls stopped when they were
about 10 feet apart. A few minutes later, the female reappeared and was
seen in the marsh reeds for quite awhile. I watched her until about 7:15
pm when the bugs finally drove me away.

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Date: 6/11/17 6:19 am
From: Scott Cronenweth <scottcronenweth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MOWA continues! -- Flint Woods, Farmington
Greetings, birding friends! After not connecting with it since last Saturday and pretty much giving up on it, I heard "the” Flint Woods MOWA today in a different location along the Lookout Trail, roughly midway between its junctions with the Low Traverse trail to the west and Crosscut trail to the east. This is basically the northernmost edge of the area. The spot where I heard the bird is fairly level, with scrubby trees visible just beyond the taller trees along the trail. The song is "identical" to what I've recorded previously. I posted the best recording I have to eBird just now.

Tashi and I are moving over to Industry and won’t be able to visit Flint Woods on an almost-daily basis as we have this past year. It’s been wicked fun to have this MOWA on our patch and meet up with a surprising number of visiting birders as a result of its presence. I hope it’s found a mate and will breed successfully in Flint Woods, and that others will relocate it and report to the listserv.

Flint Woods is a lovely, quiet and diverse area that’s fun, safe and easy to bird. Highly recommended for anyone birding Franklin County at any time of year.

Peace & good birding,
Scott Cronenweth
Industry, ME
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> Subject: eBird Report - Flint Woods, Farmington, Jun 11, 2017
> Date: June 11, 2017 at 9:01:01 AM EDT
> To: <scottcronenweth...>
>
> Flint Woods, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, US
> Jun 11, 2017 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Relocated the Mourning Warbler that has been in the area since mid-May :-D
> 26 species
>
> Mourning Dove 2
> Chimney Swift 4
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 3
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 1
> Ovenbird 4
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Mourning Warbler 1 After not connecting with it for 8 days I heard "the" MOWA today along the Lookout Trail, midway between its junctions with Low Traverse and Crosscut trails. The terrain levels out in this area and scrubby trees are visible just beyond the older trees along the trail. The song is "identical" to what I've recorded previously.
> American Redstart 2
> Northern Parula 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 3
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37523207
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Date: 6/11/17 5:40 am
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] (belated) BURROWING OWL - York, 6/7
Hi everyone:

Despite this report being a few days old, I wanted to get the word out and hopefully a few eyes looking for a BURROWING OWL that was photographed last Wednesday, 7 June, near the Katahdin Inn in York. This is located at the south end of Short Sand Beach which has a park with surprisingly appropriate habitat - this unfortunately also sees heavy foot (and paw) traffic in summer.

This bird has not been seen since the initial sighting on Wednesday but most vagrant records in the Northeast are of birds that linger for at least a couple weeks so hopefully this bird can be relocated.

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

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Date: 6/10/17 7:32 pm
From: LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] New visitor to Maine - Would like recommendations.
Hello. A friend and I will be visiting Maine for the first time at the end
of July. I am in the midst of planning the trip. We will spend several
days in Acadia, but will have several other days to explore the coastal
areas. Does anyone have recommendations? I was thinking of the Portland
or Booth Bay areas? Of course, will want to see Puffins, as these would be
life birds. But would be interested in anything of note. We are fairly avid
birders.

Thanks you very much.
Linda Radtke
Illinois

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Date: 6/10/17 4:46 am
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
By "comments" I mean answers.

Maggie

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
> wrote:

> I enthusiastically agree with your comment, Susan. And I might add that
> those comments are written with never a trace of condescension.
>
> Maggie Strickland
> Harmony, ME
>
> On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 5:52 AM, Susan Guare <susanguare...> wrote:
>
>> Random comment here. I really appreciate the time people take to write
>> lengthy informative answers so that we all can learn.
>>
>> On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM, RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> "........plenty of native critters and woodland birds .......". There
>>> you have it, Denise.
>>> Virtually any animal that can break into, swallow or carry off an egg
>>> will do it any every opportunity.
>>> For some critters it's a random chance for a nutritional boost. For
>>> others, it's an anticipated annual food source.
>>> Mamma pushing the eggs out is unlikely. That would draw predators to the
>>> nest and birds take great pains to avoid attention around their nest.
>>> Perhaps you have noted that there are never egg shells around an active
>>> nest or perhaps you have seen birds flying with egg fragments for distant
>>> disposal.
>>> Many animals that we think of as vegetarian will readily eat flesh and
>>> eggs when available.
>>> Snakes, Squirrels, Bluejays and Starlings are just a sample of
>>> the smaller villains. It's a long list.
>>>
>>> Fortunately, lots of birds routinely nest more than once each season.
>>> They can re-locate, re-nest and still have a successful season.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:12:48 UTC-3, Denise Johnson wrote:
>>>
>>>> Can someone please say how a Cardinal's nest in a 4-foot wild blueberry
>>>> bush could be missing eggs? My daughter glimpsed 3 speckled eggs in the
>>>> nest one day, then only two the next, and today there's only one left. No
>>>> branches on the bush were damaged or broken.
>>>> We've got plenty of native critters and woodland birds at the eastern
>>>> edge of the Mt A conservation region. Could they have been stolen, or could
>>>> the mama bird have deemed them infertile and pushed the eggs out? Thank
>>>> you.
>>>> Denise in Cape Neddick.
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
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Date: 6/10/17 4:44 am
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
I enthusiastically agree with your comment, Susan. And I might add that
those comments are written with never a trace of condescension.

Maggie Strickland
Harmony, ME

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 5:52 AM, Susan Guare <susanguare...> wrote:

> Random comment here. I really appreciate the time people take to write
> lengthy informative answers so that we all can learn.
>
> On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM, RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
> wrote:
>
>>
>> "........plenty of native critters and woodland birds .......". There
>> you have it, Denise.
>> Virtually any animal that can break into, swallow or carry off an egg
>> will do it any every opportunity.
>> For some critters it's a random chance for a nutritional boost. For
>> others, it's an anticipated annual food source.
>> Mamma pushing the eggs out is unlikely. That would draw predators to the
>> nest and birds take great pains to avoid attention around their nest.
>> Perhaps you have noted that there are never egg shells around an active
>> nest or perhaps you have seen birds flying with egg fragments for distant
>> disposal.
>> Many animals that we think of as vegetarian will readily eat flesh and
>> eggs when available.
>> Snakes, Squirrels, Bluejays and Starlings are just a sample of
>> the smaller villains. It's a long list.
>>
>> Fortunately, lots of birds routinely nest more than once each season.
>> They can re-locate, re-nest and still have a successful season.
>>
>>
>> On Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:12:48 UTC-3, Denise Johnson wrote:
>>
>>> Can someone please say how a Cardinal's nest in a 4-foot wild blueberry
>>> bush could be missing eggs? My daughter glimpsed 3 speckled eggs in the
>>> nest one day, then only two the next, and today there's only one left. No
>>> branches on the bush were damaged or broken.
>>> We've got plenty of native critters and woodland birds at the eastern
>>> edge of the Mt A conservation region. Could they have been stolen, or could
>>> the mama bird have deemed them infertile and pushed the eggs out? Thank
>>> you.
>>> Denise in Cape Neddick.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
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Date: 6/10/17 2:52 am
From: Susan Guare <susanguare...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
Random comment here. I really appreciate the time people take to write
lengthy informative answers so that we all can learn.

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM, RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> wrote:

>
> "........plenty of native critters and woodland birds .......". There you
> have it, Denise.
> Virtually any animal that can break into, swallow or carry off an egg will
> do it any every opportunity.
> For some critters it's a random chance for a nutritional boost. For
> others, it's an anticipated annual food source.
> Mamma pushing the eggs out is unlikely. That would draw predators to the
> nest and birds take great pains to avoid attention around their nest.
> Perhaps you have noted that there are never egg shells around an active
> nest or perhaps you have seen birds flying with egg fragments for distant
> disposal.
> Many animals that we think of as vegetarian will readily eat flesh and
> eggs when available.
> Snakes, Squirrels, Bluejays and Starlings are just a sample of
> the smaller villains. It's a long list.
>
> Fortunately, lots of birds routinely nest more than once each season. They
> can re-locate, re-nest and still have a successful season.
>
>
> On Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:12:48 UTC-3, Denise Johnson wrote:
>
>> Can someone please say how a Cardinal's nest in a 4-foot wild blueberry
>> bush could be missing eggs? My daughter glimpsed 3 speckled eggs in the
>> nest one day, then only two the next, and today there's only one left. No
>> branches on the bush were damaged or broken.
>> We've got plenty of native critters and woodland birds at the eastern
>> edge of the Mt A conservation region. Could they have been stolen, or could
>> the mama bird have deemed them infertile and pushed the eggs out? Thank
>> you.
>> Denise in Cape Neddick.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>
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Date: 6/10/17 2:00 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing

"........plenty of native critters and woodland birds .......". There you
have it, Denise.
Virtually any animal that can break into, swallow or carry off an egg will
do it any every opportunity.
For some critters it's a random chance for a nutritional boost. For others,
it's an anticipated annual food source.
Mamma pushing the eggs out is unlikely. That would draw predators to the
nest and birds take great pains to avoid attention around their nest.
Perhaps you have noted that there are never egg shells around an active
nest or perhaps you have seen birds flying with egg fragments for distant
disposal.
Many animals that we think of as vegetarian will readily eat flesh and eggs
when available.
Snakes, Squirrels, Bluejays and Starlings are just a sample of
the smaller villains. It's a long list.

Fortunately, lots of birds routinely nest more than once each season. They
can re-locate, re-nest and still have a successful season.


On Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:12:48 UTC-3, Denise Johnson wrote:

> Can someone please say how a Cardinal's nest in a 4-foot wild blueberry
> bush could be missing eggs? My daughter glimpsed 3 speckled eggs in the
> nest one day, then only two the next, and today there's only one left. No
> branches on the bush were damaged or broken.
> We've got plenty of native critters and woodland birds at the eastern edge
> of the Mt A conservation region. Could they have been stolen, or could the
> mama bird have deemed them infertile and pushed the eggs out? Thank you.
> Denise in Cape Neddick.
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 6/9/17 8:12 pm
From: Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cardinal's Eggs Disappearing
Can someone please say how a Cardinal's nest in a 4-foot wild blueberry bush could be missing eggs? My daughter glimpsed 3 speckled eggs in the nest one day, then only two the next, and today there's only one left. No branches on the bush were damaged or broken.
We've got plenty of native critters and woodland birds at the eastern edge of the Mt A conservation region. Could they have been stolen, or could the mama bird have deemed them infertile and pushed the eggs out? Thank you.
Denise in Cape Neddick.

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Date: 6/9/17 6:58 pm
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] King Eider in Harpswell
Hi all,

While enjoying the sunset at Pott's Point in South Harpswell this evening,
I spotted a drake King Eider several hundred yards southwest off the end of
the point between Haskell Island and Upper Flag Island. Although the bird
was quite distant, his black body, white neck and chest, and unique head
markings were very distinctive. I'm new to the area and not very familiar
with local bird distributions, but my understanding is that this is an
unusual find for early summer.

My eBird checklist, along with some (extremely) poor digiscoped photos, is
at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37497871. For anyone not familiar
with this rather obscure spot, Pott's Point is owned by the Harpswell
Heritage Land Trust and maintained as a small costal preserve. Park at the
end of Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123) and walk ~1/3 mile to the end of
Pott's Point Road where there is a sign and trail leading down to the
rocks.

Good birding,
Don Jones
Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY

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Date: 6/9/17 4:42 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 6/3-6/9
Hi all,

My observations of note over the past seven days were as follows:

- 250+ Cedar Waxwings, 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, etc, Bradbury-Pinelands Corridor Trail, Pownal, 6/3 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 3 Upland Sandpipers, 6 Grasshopper Sparrows, etc, etc, Kennebunk Plains, 6/4 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 3 Saltmarsh Sparrows (FOY), 4 White-rumped Sandpipers, etc, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 6/5 (with Jeannette).
- 3 White-rumped Sandpipers, etc, Old Orchard Beach, 6/5 (with Jeannette).
- 3 RED KNOTS, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers, 50+ Semipalmated Sandpipers, 28 Black-bellied Plovers, 13 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Dunlin, etc, Pine Point, Scarborough, 6/6 (with Jeannette).
- 1 drake Gadwall, Pelreco Marsh, 6/6 (with Jeannette) and 6/9 (with Coastal Quick Hit Van Tour group).
- 10 Long-tailed Ducks, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 6/8.
- 4 Long-tailed Ducks, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 6/8.
- 1 apparent LEUCISTIC LITTLE BLUE HERON (photos and details to follow as soon as I get a chance; full breeding plumes suggested an adult or near-adult, nothing suggestive of hybridization. Need to study photos), 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, and 1 Fish Crow, Eastern Road Trail, 6/9 (with Coastal Quick Hit Van tour group).
- 4 BRANT, Pine Point, 6/9 (with Coastal Quick Hit Van Tour group).
- 1 continuing KING RAIL, Webhannet Marsh from Eldridge Road, Wells, 6/9 (with Coastal Quick Hit Van Tour group).
- 1 Surf Scoter, Moody Point, 6/9 (with Coastal Quick Hit Van Tour group).
- And those were all in addition to the target species for the tour: Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows, Least and Roseate Tern, Piping Plover and "Eastern" Willet, and Manx Shearwater (MA).

And finally, I have finally posted my blog for my May 26-30th visit to Monhegan, with photos (mostly from Erin Walter and Jeannette), and daily birdlists:
https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/monhegan-spring-migration-weekend-526-302017/

-Derek

P.S. Yes, we sell binoculars of all price ranges. ;)

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Date: 6/9/17 12:49 pm
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Dark tern off Parsons Beach
About 8:30am 6/9 I had an "interesting" tern in a large group of Common and Least Terns foraging at the mouth of the Little River. Medium-sized tern, appeared dark below. Way too far out for any definitive ID, but given the time of year, if anyone finds themselves in search of where to bird this weekend, Laudholm might be a good choice. I had it from the end of Parsons, and the bird was near the eBird hotspot 'wells surf beach'. All roads in this area are private, so I'm not sure about access.

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Date: 6/9/17 9:22 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
Thanks for all of the excellent ideas and advice!

On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 3:15 PM, Julia Hanauer-Milne <
<windyridgemaine...> wrote:

> I have some grant money and want to buy binoculars for a birding club at
> school. After googling around, I discovered Vanguard Spirit XF 8 x 42
> binoculars. They're pretty highly rated for beginners, which would meet my
> kids' needs. Does anyone have these? Like them? Dislike them?
>
> I am also considering a couple of pairs of Nikon Monarch 8 x 42s like my
> own -- partly because they're good and partly because of Nikon's lifetime
> warranty.
>
> I'd appreciate any feedback about binoculars for an elementary birding
> club.
>
> Thanks.
> Julia
>
>
>

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Date: 6/9/17 5:13 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chickadee and mallard behavior
Several times I have watched a Black-capped Chickadee feeding at the grape jelly feeder dish and staying longer than it does at other feeders. And yesterday I watched a female mallard on Colby's pond with about 8 tiny ducklings on her back. When she got near the edge they all came off and went into hiding. I have never before seen that behavior with mallards.

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Date: 6/9/17 5:05 am
From: Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
I would second that thought. I think the extra full field clarity of more expensive binocs will mean little to those who have little experience. I fell the most important feature to look for is fit. I happen to have a narrow PD (distance between pupils) of 59mm. Many binoculars just barely fold close enough for me. Kids heads are smaller.

Here is some info from http://blog.myeyewear2go.com/
Average pupillary distance for an adult is between 54-68mm, with acceptable measurement deviations generally falling in between 48mm and 73mm.
The range for children is approximately 41-55mm.
The large majority (95 percentile) of adult males in the USA have a pupillary distance of 70mm while a small minority (5 percentile) measure 55mm.
The range for adult females in the USA is between 65mm and 53mm.

> On Jun 9, 2017, at 5:49 AM, <segela...> wrote:
>
> Bushnell 7x35 at Amazon. $33.99 with free shipping. I've used them for years.
>
> On Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 3:15:27 PM UTC-4, Julia Hanauer wrote:
> I have some grant money and want to buy binoculars for a birding club at school. After googling around, I discovered Vanguard Spirit XF 8 x 42 binoculars. They're pretty highly rated for beginners, which would meet my kids' needs. Does anyone have these? Like them? Dislike them?
>
> I am also considering a couple of pairs of Nikon Monarch 8 x 42s like my own -- partly because they're good and partly because of Nikon's lifetime warranty.
>
> I'd appreciate any feedback about binoculars for an elementary birding club.
>
> Thanks.
> Julia
>
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Date: 6/9/17 2:49 am
From: <segela...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: binoculars query
Bushnell 7x35 at Amazon. $33.99 with free shipping. I've used them for
years.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 3:15:27 PM UTC-4, Julia Hanauer wrote:
>
> I have some grant money and want to buy binoculars for a birding club at
> school. After googling around, I discovered Vanguard Spirit XF 8 x 42
> binoculars. They're pretty highly rated for beginners, which would meet my
> kids' needs. Does anyone have these? Like them? Dislike them?
>
> I am also considering a couple of pairs of Nikon Monarch 8 x 42s like my
> own -- partly because they're good and partly because of Nikon's lifetime
> warranty.
>
> I'd appreciate any feedback about binoculars for an elementary birding
> club.
>
> Thanks.
> Julia
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>
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Date: 6/8/17 7:37 pm
From: J Pat Valentik <jettpakk...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] binoculars query
Eagle Optics Ranger 8x42 is probably the most bang for buck at about $200.
I'd guess you could get a deal as a school club. Give it a try. I've
found them very good to work with, meaning the company. J Pat Valentik

On 9:29PM, Thu, Jun 8, 2017 Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> wrote:

> Are you close enough to visit Cabelas and try different ones out? The
> staff are extremely helpful and I am enormously pleased with my binoculars.
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Date: 6/8/17 7:29 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] binoculars query
Are you close enough to visit Cabelas and try different ones out? The staff are extremely helpful and I am enormously pleased with my binoculars.

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Date: 6/8/17 3:58 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] binoculars query
Julia,

Check with Eagle Optics. Great binoculars and they used to offer amazing discounts to schools.

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Date: 6/8/17 12:15 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] binoculars query
I have some grant money and want to buy binoculars for a birding club at
school. After googling around, I discovered Vanguard Spirit XF 8 x 42
binoculars. They're pretty highly rated for beginners, which would meet my
kids' needs. Does anyone have these? Like them? Dislike them?

I am also considering a couple of pairs of Nikon Monarch 8 x 42s like my
own -- partly because they're good and partly because of Nikon's lifetime
warranty.

I'd appreciate any feedback about binoculars for an elementary birding
club.

Thanks.
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Date: 6/8/17 11:52 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sanford Lagoons (Jun 8)...
Hi all,

I spent a few hours this morning birding the Sanford Lagoons.
Highlights included 2 continuing RUDDY DUCKS, 4 species of ducklings
(WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, and MALLARD), 1
VIRGINIA RAIL, and 1 SORA. I tallied 59 species.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37467721

Best,
Josh

Inspiring Nature Connection in New England
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Date: 6/7/17 3:21 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Quill Hill
I am heading up to The Rangley area tomorrow and just found out one hour ago that road up to Quill Hill will not be open until the end of June. I know this is last second but does anybody know of other reliable spots for Mourning Warbler in this area. Thanks for any info. Leon

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Date: 6/7/17 9:45 am
From: Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
Hello Jay,

Here is a link to a recording i did of a MOWA,
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37351646 click on map will take
you to the hotspot. I was 1.2 miles east of the parking on the road at the
hotspot. The power lines was to my right and on the left was a small pond
in the trees.

hope this helps

Andrew Aldrich

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:45:06 PM UTC-4, Jay Pitocchelli wrote:
>
> I am writing once again to ask the birding community for recordings of
> Mourning Warbler songs during spring migration. It is an opportunity to
> participate in a Citizens Science Project with two specific goals. 1)
> Evaluate the use of birdsong as a new tool for studying bird migration. 2)
> Determine whether different song populations of Mourning Warblers (Western,
> Eastern, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their
> respective areas of the species’ breeding range. This posting is for
> year three of this project. I am making substantial progress and want to
> thank everyone who has contributed so far.
>
>
>
> All you need to contribute is a smartphone with a voice recording app and
> some luck. The web page link below describes the project and how to make
> recordings on your Smartphone in more detail (note - I have also been able
> to make recordings from videos that birders have sent me).
>
>
>
> MOWA song mapper
>
>
> http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html
>
>
>
> Here is a link to the recent national Audubon Society story on this
> research.
>
>
>
> Audubon Society reporting
>
>
> http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/this-guy-mapping-how-warblers-migrate-just
>
>
>
> If you manage to get some recordings, please send them to the Mourning
> Warbler Sound Lab (jpitocchATanselm.edu). I would really appreciate
> your help and contributions to this Citizens Science Project.
>
>
>
> Dr. Jay Pitocchelli
>
> Biology Department
>
> Saint Anselm College
>
> Manchester, NH 03102
>
>
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Date: 6/6/17 12:10 pm
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
Look at images 7,8 especially

http://birddog55.zenfolio.com/p440008835

It was my image that was used.
Again, i am happy to give permission for ID and educational use. But permission must be acquired.

Mark Szantyr
Storrs, CT




> On Jun 6, 2017, at 2:04 PM, Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...> wrote:
>
> I am the administrator for the Facebook bird group MAINE Birds. It states in our rules that permission must be asked for sharing any photos. The group is closed (people can still join), which in part means that nothing can be shared from the page. I would caution that it is easy to think that one of our own images has been swiped when it was simply one that looks amazingly similar. This would be easy with a cowbird. I have thought this myself when I came across an image that I was sure I had taken, but not so. Please bring any concerns of this nature to me and it will be addressed. RRR
>
> Robin R Robinson
> <rrrobinson2010...>
> 207 522 7630
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>
>
> From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> on behalf of S. Davis <kd7gxf...>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:02 AM
> To: Maine birds
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
>
> Wouldn't this be more appropriate on the Maine Birds Facebook page and not the listserve? They are two separate entities.
>
>> On Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:31:09 PM UTC-4, Birddog55 wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Subject: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
>>>
>>> My wife, the only one of us on Facebook, was showing me a discussion about identification of an immature icterid. Someone suggested an immature Brown-headed Cowbird and then someone else posted a nice photo of a juv cowbird. The only problem is that it was MY photo.
>>>
>>> I have no problem with people using my images and with my permission, usually happily share them. It is however, important to ask permission before using them. Many of us work long and hard to get these images and despite the rumors, i don't bite. For identification or education purposes, i am always happy to share. Just ask permission first.
>>>
>>> Mark Szantyr
>>> Storrs, CT
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 6/6/17 11:04 am
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
I am the administrator for the Facebook bird group MAINE Birds. It states in our rules that permission must be asked for sharing any photos. The group is closed (people can still join), which in part means that nothing can be shared from the page. I would caution that it is easy to think that one of our own images has been swiped when it was simply one that looks amazingly similar. This would be easy with a cowbird. I have thought this myself when I came across an image that I was sure I had taken, but not so. Please bring any concerns of this nature to me and it will be addressed. RRR


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Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:02 AM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page

Wouldn't this be more appropriate on the Maine Birds Facebook page and not the listserve? They are two separate entities.

On Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:31:09 PM UTC-4, Birddog55 wrote:


Subject: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page

My wife, the only one of us on Facebook, was showing me a discussion about identification of an immature icterid. Someone suggested an immature Brown-headed Cowbird and then someone else posted a nice photo of a juv cowbird. The only problem is that it was MY photo.

I have no problem with people using my images and with my permission, usually happily share them. It is however, important to ask permission before using them. Many of us work long and hard to get these images and despite the rumors, i don't bite. For identification or education purposes, i am always happy to share. Just ask permission first.

Mark Szantyr
Storrs, CT






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Date: 6/6/17 6:02 am
From: S. Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
Wouldn't this be more appropriate on the Maine Birds Facebook page and not
the listserve? They are two separate entities.

On Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:31:09 PM UTC-4, Birddog55 wrote:
>
>
>
> *Subject:* *Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page*
>
> My wife, the only one of us on Facebook, was showing me a discussion about
> identification of an immature icterid. Someone suggested an immature
> Brown-headed Cowbird and then someone else posted a nice photo of a juv
> cowbird. The only problem is that it was MY photo.
>
> I have no problem with people using my images and with my permission,
> usually happily share them. It is however, important to ask permission
> before using them. Many of us work long and hard to get these images and
> despite the rumors, i don't bite. For identification or education purposes,
> i am always happy to share. Just ask permission first.
>
> Mark Szantyr
> Storrs, CT
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/5/17 7:31 pm
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page


> Subject: Using Bird Photos on the Maine Birds Facebook Page
>
> My wife, the only one of us on Facebook, was showing me a discussion about identification of an immature icterid. Someone suggested an immature Brown-headed Cowbird and then someone else posted a nice photo of a juv cowbird. The only problem is that it was MY photo.
>
> I have no problem with people using my images and with my permission, usually happily share them. It is however, important to ask permission before using them. Many of us work long and hard to get these images and despite the rumors, i don't bite. For identification or education purposes, i am always happy to share. Just ask permission first.
>
> Mark Szantyr
> Storrs, CT
>
>
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>
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Date: 6/5/17 3:46 pm
From: Boots. <bootsg...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Wild Turkey behavior
Did you confirm that the female was dead?
Everything else about it sounds like mating/courtship ritual and cloacal
kiss. It describes exactly what I see every year in my field. Except for
the dead part. Yikes.

Boots.
Franklin, ME
On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 5:37 PM Sean Hatch <seanarih...> wrote:

> So I had an odd experience regarding turkey's yesterday. I came outside my
> front door to see a Tom up my driveway. Beneath him, a dead female. He
> continuously stood atop her grinding his claws into her and then would get
> off and display and trot around her. He did this for 2+ hrs. He killed the
> female I'm assuming.I have feeders and occasionally get turkey's. There
> were 4-7 in my yard before this happened. All alive. Next time I went
> outside I saw what I saw. I thought it odd. Would love to hear if anyone
> else has witnessed anything like this. Or can explain this behaviour to me.
> I've never seen anything like it. Offline is fine.
>
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Date: 6/5/17 2:37 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wild Turkey behavior
So I had an odd experience regarding turkey's yesterday. I came outside my front door to see a Tom up my driveway. Beneath him, a dead female. He continuously stood atop her grinding his claws into her and then would get off and display and trot around her. He did this for 2+ hrs. He killed the female I'm assuming.I have feeders and occasionally get turkey's. There were 4-7 in my yard before this happened. All alive. Next time I went outside I saw what I saw. I thought it odd. Would love to hear if anyone else has witnessed anything like this. Or can explain this behaviour to me. I've never seen anything like it. Offline is fine.




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Date: 6/5/17 1:47 pm
From: Lisa Dellwo <lisadellwo...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
Boot Head is your best bet. In my experience there, I don't find the spruce
grouse--it finds me. I go 3-4 times a year and see a spruce grouse maybe
once. I have been there three times this spring and no luck yet.

Look for one as soon as you enter the trail and up until where the trail
splits beyond the bog spur. I have never seen one beyond the split.

Good luck!



On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:49:05 PM UTC-4, Mary Jane Seipler wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I will be traveling to Maine in early to mid-June. I would like to see a
> Spruce Grouse. It seems Boot Head Preserve is a good place to look them.
> Can someone advise where to search for the bird at Boot Head (or at
> another location which may be more productive)? I've never been to that
> part of Maine so would greatly appreciate help.
>
> Thank you very much in advance.
>
> Mary Jane Seipler, Harrison City, Pennsylvania
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Date: 6/5/17 2:47 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
Boot Head is the place to go. I've seen grouse right on the boardwalk that
leads from the parking lot to the bog overlook. It's a short walk. The
grouse was quite tame. Shoot an email to Bob Duchesne. He knows the area
well.
Good luck
Austin


On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:49:05 PM UTC-4, Mary Jane Seipler wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I will be traveling to Maine in early to mid-June. I would like to see a
> Spruce Grouse. It seems Boot Head Preserve is a good place to look them.
> Can someone advise where to search for the bird at Boot Head (or at
> another location which may be more productive)? I've never been to that
> part of Maine so would greatly appreciate help.
>
> Thank you very much in advance.
>
> Mary Jane Seipler, Harrison City, Pennsylvania
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Date: 6/4/17 11:18 am
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: ABC's Bird of the Week: Northern Bobwhite
Might not be a acceptable post but thought it would be of interest to all-
Skip Small
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> Subject: ABC's Bird of the Week: Northern Bobwhite
> Reply-To: American Bird Conservancy <info...>
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>
>
> Quality Quail:
> Northern Bobwhite
>
> Also known as Virginia quail or bobwhite quail, the Northern Bobwhite is native to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The clear, whistled “bobwhite” call was once a common sound throughout the birds’ range. It’s much more rare today; populations plunged between 1966 and 2014, resulting in an overall decline of 85 percent, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
>
> Habitat loss and the increased use of pesticides are thought to be the culprits behind this steep decline—a worrisome trend also noted in other birds sharing similar habitats, including Loggerhead Shrike.
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Date: 6/4/17 8:35 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT


I left MSI early Friday afternoon, delayed for two days by adverse weather
for flying.
That weather system was preceded by the exodus of most warblers, sparrows &
thrushes which had been hanging about.

Through much of this past week there were several, to many, sighting of
REDSTART; OVENBIRD; NORTHERN PARULA; COMMON YELLOWTHROAT; NASHVILLE,
BLACKBURIAN, BLACKPOLL, BLACK & WHITE, CHESTNUT SIDED, MAGNOLIA, BAY
BREASTED, YELLOW, CANADA, WILSON'S, YELLOW RUMPED & BLACK THROATED BLUE
WARBLERS.
By Friday, the Maggies were still common but reduced, with scattered
representatives of most other common species.
Mid-week there was a purported male MOURNING WARBLER seen fleetingly by one
visiting birder.
However, there were previous and later sightings of Nashville Warbler(s) at
that same spot so it's going down as a maybe for me.

VEERY, HERMIT THRUSH & SWAINSON'S THRUSH dropped to very scarce after a
plentiful start to the week.
A single ROBIN dropped by for a few days to partake of our masses of
earthworms.

CATBIRDS are exceptionally numerous this year. We host quite a few every
year, but usually more spread throughout the migration. This year you can't
step out of the house without encountering several.
A few are somewhat shy but many are really human-tolerant and have no
problem with people within 5-10 feet.
They seem to be mostly bothered when our presence affects their insect
feeding or you try to walk over them.
Since foods like citrus, grapes and grape jelly don't mind our presence,
the Catbirds ignore us, too. Well, perhaps not "ignore" but they certainly
"watchfully tolerate" us in very close proximity.
I saw lots of squabbles over food but little of what I'd characterize as
territorial defence. I don't believe there are, or will be, any attempted
nestings, in spite of the high current population.

The occasional early week flycatchers, mainly LEAST & YELLOW BELLIED, have
largely moved on, leaving the hunt to an apparent lone BARN SWALLOW.
Other swallows passed through, seldom stopping for more than a brief
period. ROUGH WINGED, TREE & BANK SWALLOWS were noted, as well as a few
Barn Swallows.
However, this particular bird seems to be a loner that has, at least
temporarily, been able to glean enough aerial food to survive.

Sparrows tapered off until there were mainly just SAVANNAH SPARROWS on easy
view. Many of those are vigorously defending territory and presumably 1st
nests.
One wouldn't call them overly abundant, but NELSON'S SPARROWS have been
seen more in the last couple weeks than any other year that I can remember.
There was a FIELD SPARROW that challenged identification as it closely
resembled what one would expect in the fall, not the spring.

The GANNETS have held at around 6 although I did see a handful of apparent
visitors do fly-bys, including a couple of separate, probable 1st year
sub-adults.
One location in particular (also used last year) has been quite active. The
nest is a good size and still building (a season long process).
Copulation was frequent there through late week.
Two or three Gannets are attending the 2nd, newest site but very little
nest building or courtship behaviour has been noted.

DOUBLE CREASTED CORMORANTS appear daily in very irregular numbers. Those
stopping near the island tend to be singletons or perhaps a handful, while
modest flocks pass by.

EAGLES continue irregularly but frequent, mainly as quick over-flights of
the island with hunting/perching on adjacent Gull Rock.
PEREGRINES are pretty much a daily feature, limited mainly by periods of
fog and poor visibility. They appear to be commuting rather than
over-nighting.
MERLINS & HARRIERS are getting to be quite infrequent now.

EIDERS are well into their nesting although there are new nests still
appearing.
There are also a lot of males still around the island.

A single CANADA GOOSE was seen and heard over several days around western
sections of the outer shore. Hopefully it will vacate soon.
They tend to draw the ire of the Terns and cause unneeded stress.

SPOTTED SANDPIPERS are showing territorial/nesting behaviour. I didn't
really get a good estimate of apparent numbers this year but my impression
is that they are normal.
That would translate into a dozen or so nests.
Late migrant shorebirds the past week included several unidentified
sandpipers (suspected Semipalmated), one or more GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a
brightly dressed BLACK BELLIED PLOVER that foraged on the front lawn during
the mid-week rain.

The ALCIDS continue with their nesting. The numbers attending on the island
oscillate in step with daily, multi-day and seasonal cycles, as well as
variable factors such as weather and predator threats.
I've seen two BLACK GUILLIMOTS ashore a couple times but they appear to be
simply loafing, rather than engaged in any nesting activity.

The Terns are getting aggressive as they get deeper into their incubation
and very near hatching. Misses are closer and more frequent now and I was
hit for the 1st couple times on Thursday.
Although not terribly unusual, an ARCTIC TERN clutch of 3 eggs was found.
The fact that most nests that I've seen contain the usual 2 eggs, rather
than a single, bespeak a potentially good season.
COMMON TERNS appear to me to be up from previous recent years ...... not a
massive increase but an good increase nonetheless.
At least one BLACK TERN continues to spend time in the colony, making
unsuccessful overtures to any Arctic Tern in it's vicinity. I wonder if the
Black Tern can distinguish gender in the other species?

LAUGHING GULLS continue to make random over-flights in their typical annual
pattern. Any nesting attempts should happen fairly soon.
They are a relatively late nester, compared with our other gulls and terns.

The 2 RAVENS make frequent but irregular visits, dining on eggs and
scavenging, as well as taking any vulnerable Puffin or other prey that
offers an opportunity.

GRAY SEALS have long ago pupped and those youngsters are as big as most
adult HARBOUR SEALS now.
The Harbours, however, are just beginning to give birth. I found one
unaccompanied pup Thursday. It looked to be no more than 2-4 days old and
it was very emaciated.
It's too young to even attempt feeding itself so I suspect that it may
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Date: 6/4/17 12:39 am
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
In addition to Maine Audubon¹s annual pelagic trip, an outing with Bar
Harbor Whale Watch out of Bar Harbor gets 25-30 miles offshore. In addition
to the alcids, both storm-petrels are increasingly common as the season
progresses. Also, during the course of the season, you can observe both
skuas, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaeger, Ted & Red-necked Phalaropes, gannets,
kittiwakes, fulmar, and four species of shearwater.


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From: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
Reply-To: Pete Darling <petedarlingii...>
Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 9:29 PM
To: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Cc: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds

Hardy Boat out of New Harbor goes to Eastern Egg Rock for Puffin, Tern,
Razorbill. $36. Ferry to Monhegan for the rest would be my best advice.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 2, 2017, at 8:47 PM, Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out of
> Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally from
> Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very excited to
> explore another part of New England and hopefully add some oceanic species to
> my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias Seal Island to see
> Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and Wilson's Storm-Petrel on
> their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all those trips would already
> be full for the entire summer. If anyone can provide me with suggestions on
> when/where/how I might otherwise stand a chance of seeing some of the
> following species (ranked according to their reported frequency in eBird)
> between now and the end of October, I would greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in the
> coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
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Date: 6/3/17 8:32 pm
From: 'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
The Maine Audubon pelagic bird trip in fall provides a chance to see many
of these species. I'm not sure of the date this year.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:47:44 PM UTC-4, Donald Jones wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out
> of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally
> from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very
> excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some
> oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias
> Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all
> those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can
> provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a
> chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their
> reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would
> greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in
> the coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
>

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Date: 6/3/17 6:49 pm
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tom Martin memorial: June 17
Many members of this group knew Tom Martin, a birdwatching fixture for
several decades at Monhegan. Tom died peacefully last December at age 96.
There will be a memorial service, open to all, on Monhegan on June 17. It
will be timed so folks can come out on the 10:30 a.m. mailboat from Port
Clyde and return the same day on the 4:30 pm boat.

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Date: 6/3/17 6:40 pm
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
Black-lgged Kittiwake can usually be found in August on rocks just offshore
at Quoddy Head State Park in e. Maine. Plus it's a gorgeous place worth
seeing. (Spruce Grouse can be found there but no one would call hem
pelagic birds.).

Do you know about the Red-billed Tropicbird that has been at Seal I NWR for
the past 13+ seasons? There's a charter boat called "Skua" that is on top
of that and other seabird sightings out of Vinalhaven (disclaimer: I have
not personally been on this boat and don't know the
captain). http://www.maineseabirdtours.com

Good birding!

--*Charles Duncan*

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On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:47:44 PM UTC-4, Donald Jones wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out
> of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally
> from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very
> excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some
> oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias
> Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all
> those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can
> provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a
> chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their
> reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would
> greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in
> the coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
>

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Date: 6/3/17 6:17 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] essex woods
Essex Woods today,

Saw both the Blue-gray gnatcatcher & Orchard Oriole F reported earlier this week. Gnatcatcher was in the boxelders on the hill calling high up, chased a larger bird off across the meadow, the oriole at the end of the footpath on the housing development side. Neither unfortunately cooperative for pics.


Also:


Am. Redstart

Goldfinch

Song Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

Red Eyed Vireo

Yellowthoat

Yellow warbler

Phoebe

RW Blackbird

Mallard

Common Grackle

Am Robin

Swamp Sparrow


Also swung by Field of Dreams in Unity on the way out this morning, several pairs of Purple Martins occupying the martin house in the parking lot.


Sarah


Sarah



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Date: 6/3/17 5:52 pm
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Scarlet Tanager and Great Crested Flycatchers in Cumberland
Working on the pool lines in the yard and had a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers sampling some of the tidbits in the trees, calling all the while. I went back to work and about 20 minutes later had a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager calling. I mimicked as best I could to see if I could get him to the edge of the trees and not only did he come to the edge, he started singing for about 10 minutes or so. Long enough for me to get my phone and quickly record some. Nice soundtrack to listen to while working.

Cheers,

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Date: 6/3/17 5:03 pm
From: Sally P <pachulski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
Hi Don,

This is a great trip later this week if it's not full. Audubon trip
<https://maineaudubon.org/events/seabirds-of-matinicus-rock-2017/>



On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:47:44 PM UTC-5, Donald Jones wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out
> of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally
> from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very
> excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some
> oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias
> Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all
> those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can
> provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a
> chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their
> reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would
> greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in
> the coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
>

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Date: 6/3/17 4:49 pm
From: Mary Jane Seipler <okaybirder...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Request for help finding Spruce Grouse at Boot Head Preserve in June
Hello,

I will be traveling to Maine in early to mid-June. I would like to see a Spruce Grouse. It seems Boot Head Preserve is a good place to look them. Can someone advise where to search for the bird at Boot Head (or at another location which may be more productive)? I've never been to that part of Maine so would greatly appreciate help.

Thank you very much in advance.

Mary Jane Seipler, Harrison City, Pennsylvania

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Date: 6/3/17 3:09 pm
From: BruceP <bpickholtz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI: Pelagic Birds
Don,
The whale watch boats out of Boothbay Harbor are also a pretty good bet for
shearwaters, petrels and potentially phalaropes, not to mention whales.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:47:44 PM UTC-4, Donald Jones wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out
> of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally
> from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very
> excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some
> oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias
> Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all
> those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can
> provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a
> chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their
> reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would
> greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in
> the coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
>

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Date: 6/3/17 12:43 pm
From: Michelle Gregoire <m4gregoire...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Blue Heron
Scarborough Marsh, 2-3 p.m. today.

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Date: 6/3/17 12:09 pm
From: Rafael Adams <soposup...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] All white Iceland Gull @ Kettle Cove
A lone, very white gull foraging lazily at Kettle Cove now. Looks like it will be there a while. Kind of skinny bird.

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Date: 6/3/17 11:56 am
From: Andrew Aldrich <aaldrich1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Song ID help and BWWA PHOTOS
Hi all,

I was walking some power lines and along side was a mature forest of oak and maple trees with some pine. This bird sang from the hardwood trees, but it was impossible to see him. I am hoping for a Worm-eating Warbler, is it a chipping sparrow, or a Pine Warbler?
Checklist is here and the recording is under Warbler Sp. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37351646

Under another power linesI found a Blue-winged Warbler, some photos are here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37352099

Thanks
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick, ME.

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Date: 6/2/17 7:35 pm
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Brownfield
Pat S and I were there on Thursday of this week.
The road in was open and good to travel with my van.
We had to wade - ankle deep - in a few spots on the road out to the
"Vireo" corner. Boots are a good idea.
The road to the left at that far corner was okay all the way to the lake
area.
The first road to the left that goes down to the river - we did not try as
the water was much deeper at its beginning.
The Vireo did not show itself when we went in, but sang and filtered around
in the trees for several minutes near its usual spot when we were on our
way out.
The mosquitos were VERY NUMEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the first time I have
succumbed to wearing a head net in my many trips to the bog!! ;-(
Marie Jordan



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> Does anyone have an up to date report on the road into Brownfield Bog.
> Thanks for any info. Leon.
>
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Date: 6/2/17 6:29 pm
From: 'Pete Darling' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
Hardy Boat out of New Harbor goes to Eastern Egg Rock for Puffin, Tern, Razorbill. $36. Ferry to Monhegan for the rest would be my best advice.

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> On Jun 2, 2017, at 8:47 PM, Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
>
> My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out of Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally from Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very excited to explore another part of New England and hopefully add some oceanic species to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias Seal Island to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and Wilson's Storm-Petrel on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all those trips would already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can provide me with suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a chance of seeing some of the following species (ranked according to their reported frequency in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would greatly appreciate it.
>
> Atlantic Puffin
> Arctic Tern
> Leach's Storm Petrel
> Wilson's Storm Petrel
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Sooty Shearwater
> Black-legged Kittiwake
> Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
> Northern Fulmar
> Red Phalarope
>
> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in the coming months!
>
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
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Date: 6/2/17 5:47 pm
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RFI: Pelagic Birds
Hi all,

My name is Don Jones, and I'll be spending the summer and fall based out of
Brunswick working for the Nature Conservancy across Maine. Originally from
Wyoming, I've spent the last four years in Vermont, and I'm very excited to
explore another part of New England and hopefully add some oceanic species
to my life list. I had hoped to make the trip to Machias Seal Island to see
Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and perhaps Leach's and Wilson's Storm-Petrel
on their breeding grounds, but I had no idea that all those trips would
already be full for the entire summer. If anyone can provide me with
suggestions on when/where/how I might otherwise stand a chance of seeing
some of the following species (ranked according to their reported frequency
in eBird) between now and the end of October, I would greatly appreciate
it.

Atlantic Puffin
Arctic Tern
Leach's Storm Petrel
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Black-legged Kittiwake
Parasitic and/or Pomarine Jaeger
Northern Fulmar
Red Phalarope

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to exploring and birding Maine in the
coming months!

Don Jones
Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY

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Date: 6/2/17 4:54 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rangeley Area, 6/1-2
Hi all,

Highlights over the past three days for me were all from a two day private tour to Rangeley these past two days with clients from Connecticut.
- a total of 4 Moose in 2 days.
- at least 5 Gray Jays, 3 Boreal Chickadees, 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers, 8+ Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, etc, Boy Scout Road and area, 6/2.
- 20+ Purple Martins, Depot Road, Belgrade, 6/2.
- 1 SANDHILL CRANE, 30+ Black Tern, courting pair of Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Wilson's Snipe, etc, Messalonskee Lake, Belgrade, 6/2.

And finally, I'll be signing books and offering a free program called "Birding out the Brewery Window" at Dirigo Brewing Company in Biddeford from 12-2 tomorrow. We'll be keeping an eye out for Alewives and possibly Atlantic Salmon, looking for birds eating them, and checking out some of the local breeding species. The event is free. For more information, see:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/BirdingBooksbyLovitch/events/

-Derek

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Date: 6/2/17 1:53 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Brownfield
Does anyone have an up to date report on the road into Brownfield Bog. Thanks for any info. Leon.

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Date: 6/2/17 7:32 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] photos of hybrid Golden-winged-Blue-winged Warbler
For anyone interested, I posted some of the photos (most from video capture) of the Brewster's type warbler that was on Monhegan in my eBird checklist. The photos are from May 21, 2017.

The link to the checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37043257

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Date: 6/1/17 6:30 pm
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Cerulean Warbler
Thank goodness this thread was fresh in mind tonight as I narrowed down a
mystery song from the yard. While the recording quality is terrible,
there's one decently captured song in this checklist that seems more like
cerulean than anything else. But I'll have to see it to believe it, so I'll
give a listen in the morning.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37317925

Scott Richardson
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On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:27 PM, Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
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> ​​I also know at least one birder who spent hours tracking down what he
> was convinced was a singing Cerulean, and it turned out to be a
> Black-and-white Warbler ​​with an unusual twist to his song.
>
> Kristen
>
>
> On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:49 PM, S. Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:
>
>> I'd be cautious in calling a Cerulean Warbler by sound alone. A week or
>> two, I swore I heard one and even did some playback and a Black-throated
>> Blue actually responded. I and another birder watched the BT Blue for a
>> good 10 minutes amazed that it was dead on for a Cerulean. If it has been
>> reported in your area previously (especially with all the reports coming
>> in) then you're probably safe.
>>
>> Seth
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:01:02 PM UTC-4, LNO/MWA wrote:
>>>
>>> Heard yesterday on Acadia Carriage Road between Brown Mountain Gate
>>> House and beginning of Hadlock Brook Trail:
>>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cerulean_Warbler/sounds
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Date: 6/1/17 3:04 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Two bittern run
I took one of my semi-annual runs today and enjoyed looks at two of our
local Am. bitterns. One settled into my neighbor's field on the Goodhue
Road. The other was in a ditch a bit further down Goodhue in Sidney.

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Date: 6/1/17 1:33 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
June 1, morning, wetlands in Dover-Foxcroft:

3 Green Heron
Cedar Waxwings everywhere
Willow Flycatcher
Wood Duck pair perching in dead tree
Pied-billed Grebe pair

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 6/1/17 9:36 am
From: S. Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Thrush ID help please
I think it's good for Swainson's. There's enough of a "spectacles", though
it's hard to see the buffy lores because of the lighting.

On Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:48:44 AM UTC-4, Bill Blauvelt wrote:
>
> We had this Thrush in our yard today. We are guessing it is a Swainson's.
> It was a very drab gray overall. Can anyone help us with this one. It is a
> new yard bird for us. Other than the Robin, the only Thrush we ever had is
> a Hermit. I put several photos on my Flickr page.
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> https://flic.kr/p/U6aZvm
>
> Bill Blauvelt
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Date: 6/1/17 9:25 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] steeples and falcons

Hi,


This morning I watched as the weather-worn steeple at Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden was lowered to the ground for replacement by a newly constructed steeple. It was interesting to observe one of the Camden peregrines circling the clock steeple area several times. The clock tower is a favorite breakfasting spot for the falcons, but the church renovations are reportedly projected to be complete in August.


Don

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Date: 6/1/17 7:48 am
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Thrush ID help please
We had this Thrush in our yard today. We are guessing it is a Swainson's.
It was a very drab gray overall. Can anyone help us with this one. It is a
new yard bird for us. Other than the Robin, the only Thrush we ever had is
a Hermit. I put several photos on my Flickr page.

https://flic.kr/p/U6aZvm

Bill Blauvelt
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Date: 5/31/17 7:02 pm
From: Shelly A Kirn <SAKirn...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RFI purple sandpiper and American woodcock
Hello Birders!

We are California biologists and birders visiting Maine/NH for about a week. I've subscribed to both listservs and use eBird, but was hoping to "pick you brains" on any lingering purple sandpipers (without going to an island) and American Woodcock. We saw the 2 recent reports of AMWO near Spurwink Creek crossing and one from Ice Pond Road. Is this the unmarked, dirt road across from the cemetery? Is this road okay to drive/walk?

Our experience tells us that locals are the best source of information and that they don't always post that info. We are very grateful for any help or insight that you could provide.

Thank much and Bird ON!

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Date: 5/31/17 9:48 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan Island Highlights, 5/26-30
Hi all,
I enjoyed five wonderful days (even when it was cold and raw, it's Monhegan, so it was still wonderful) on the island from Saturday through Tuesday. I had a tour group Friday-Sunday, a private tour followed by some birding with friends on Monday, and then Jeannette and I enjoyed a relaxing Tuesday. These are the birds of note for each of my five days out there, with a total of  96 species , but only 17 species of warblers.
5/26:2 Atlantic Puffins (Monhegan Boat from Port Clyde, FOY)3 continuing CATTLE EGRETS1 Philadelphia Vireo (FOY)1 Sora that didn't stop calling all weekend.
5/27:3 continuing CATTLE EGRETS1 female SUMMER TANAGER (FOY)1 immature male Orchard Oriole1 White-eyed Vireo1 Mourning Warbler
5/28:2 continuing CATTLE EGRETS in the am; departed by mid-day ferry arrivals.1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (lots of photos and well-documented voice recordings)2 White-eyed Vireos2 Tennessee Warblers (FOY)16 species of warblers
5/29:1 continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER2 continuing SUMMER TANAGERS (1 female, one immature male).1 Mourning Warbler2 Olive-sided Flycatchers
5/30:1 continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER2 continuing SUMMER TANAGERS1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (FOY)1 continuing Mourning Warbler1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (my first woodpecker of any kind this whole weekend!)5 species of swallows including 1 Cliff and 3 Bank Swallows; 1 continuing Northern Rough-winged and a smattering of  Tree and Barns)1 Roseate Tern (Monhegan Boat back to Port Clyde)
I'll have a blog with a complete list and plenty of photos posted in the coming days, hopefully.
-Derek
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Date: 5/31/17 3:18 am
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bar Harbor boat trip highlights Tuesday
Hello Maine Birders:

We went out with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company's "Puffins and Whales Trip"
yesterday at noon and enjoyed a fantastic day on the water, both for seas
and birds.

The first highlight came before we even left the dock. A lingering subadult
Iceland Gull was standing on a dock in the harbor. Out at Petit Manan we
had great looks at Razorbills, Atlantic Puffins, Arctic Terns, and a single
Common Murre.

We left Petit Manan behind and motored out to "The Ballpark" in search of
whales. En route we picked up a Northern Gannet, several Northern Fulmars,
a few Red-throated Loons, and multiple small flocks of Red-necked
Phalaropes.

The cetacean highlight was a cow Humpback Whale and her accompanying calf,
which splashed around on the surface and even breached to the thrill of all
on board.

Good birding,
Eric
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Date: 5/31/17 3:18 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Greetings,

Two "firsts" sightings and photos for me at Essex Woods in Bangor.
Orchard oriole and a blue-gray gnatcatcher.


http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8c02f5ec#h8c02f5ec



Cheers,
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Date: 5/30/17 6:04 pm
From: 'Wnder' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Horned Owls
Two were just hooting from either end of our barn roof!


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Date: 5/30/17 2:04 pm
From: Sharon Brady <sbrady...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bobolink
Male, route 9 Newburgh, Maine. First of the season.

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Date: 5/29/17 5:42 pm
From: Karen Burke <karendowneast...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: MACHIAS DEAL ISLAND REPORT
I enjoy your reports Ralph. Thank you for your efforts.
Karen Burke
Lubec Maine

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 10:07:46 AM UTC-4, RALPH ELDRIDGE wrote:
>
> The TERNS have settled down somewhat. The 1st egg was spotted about 3 days
> ago and several more had been found by Saturday evening.
> Birds are staying overnight on the island and there are quite a few flying
> at night.
> The numbers aren't what I'd hoped but it looks like it could be a good
> year; food and weather permitting.
>
> An adult BLACK TERN is making its presence known this morning. As they are
> prone to do, it's trying to elicit some interest from among the ARCTIC
> TERNS, with no success.
> The Arctics see the Blacks as a nuisance, at best, and at worst, a threat
> when they try to usurp an Arctic's nest.
> Hopefully this one will learn the rules of behaviour and settle down,
> maybe build its own nest and make a quiet life in Tern Suburbia.
> For a few years just prior to the Tern Colony crash of '06 we had two
> female Black Terns nesting, albeit with unfertilized eggs, but we had hopes
> of males being attracted in '07. In late '06 there was 1, and possibly 2,
> apparent males which showed up and seemed romantically inclined. However,
> the Blacks left when the other species plunged and only started to show
> renewed interest last year.
>
> I heard some LAUGHING GULLS early this morning and I spotted 6 flying over
> just a moment ago.
>
> Our core group of 3 GANNETS have attracted a couple more and two rather
> lackadaisical nest buildings are underway.
> One Gannet was seen exploring a new area close to the North-most visitor
> blind yesterday. This morning, number 6 appeared.
> A couple of times I saw 3-4 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS land with the
> Gannets. They didn't stay long but it clearly demonstrated the decoy
> effect. Gannets have been known to nest in Cormorant colonies. I don't know
> if the reverse is true but I'd not be surprised. The two species are
> similar in many ways.
>
> The Alcids are following their normal cycles with nothing of particular
> note, other than the ANCIENT MURRELET, which is old news by now.
> No new sightings here and I haven't heard of recent sighting elsewhere.
>
> A couple of BLACK GUILLIMOTS have been hanging around a bit but not enough
> yet to seriously suspect a nest. I don't believe that there has been a pair
> nest here for several years.
>
> The LEACH'S STORM PETRELS are into their nesting and most nights are alive
> with their chuckling. Occasional WILSON'S STORM PETRELS show up among the
> Leach's.
>
> A few PURPLE SANDPIPERS are still resisting migration. It's not
> exceptionally late but I'd expect them to be gone fairly soon.
> Two other winter birds stopped over for a couple days in the form of a
> pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS. As with the P. Sandpipers, they are late but not
> exceptionally so.
>
> RUDDY TURNSTONES have been seen a few time lately, including one just
> behind the lighthouse Friday afternoon.
>
> This past two nights there seemed to be strong migration but there haven't
> been many stop-overs, just a scattered warbler, a few Thrushes, a couple
> new WHITE THROATED SPARROWS and a flycatcher or two. There's a YELLOW
> WARBLER and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER on the patio at the moment, gleaning insects
> and a LEAST FLYCATCHER in front of the window hawking fliers for breakfast.
>
> Yesterday there was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER that borrowed a page from the
> Swallow's play book. Its imitation was so good that it took a couple
> minutes to be certain just which species I was watching. This individual
> zipped around the houses and buildings, along the ground and boardwalks,
> almost touching, at extreme speed, snapping miniscule insects.
> Its Swallow tutors would be proud.
>
> A couple of real swallows, BARN SWALLOWS, are chasing insects this
> morning. They are presumed overnight arrivals.
>
> I have a new species for my Grape Jelly list: SAVANNAH SPARROW. I've
> noticed that at least 2 Savannahs are dipping their beaks quite regularly.
> At first I thought that they were after insects attracted to the sweet
> meal or perhaps just looking for a drink of liquid pooled in the
> containers.
> However, once I took the time to actually watch them it was very evident
> that they are eating the jelly.
> They aren't the gluttons that CATBIRDS can be but they are faithful.
>
> Raptors are occasional but not quite daily. I see a couple of young adult
> EAGLES from time to time and PEREGRINES are frequent.
> Most notable are HARRIERS, like the one which was here yesterday, not
> because of their number but because we generally don't see much of them
> after the migration.
> It seems to me that there are more Harriers and later this year.
>
> BIRD OF THE DAY: OSPREY. One has made a couple circuits of the island this
> morning. It's exceptional because we see so few. The lion's share are fall
> migrants, with somewhat fewer on the north-bound migration. This one would
> be a particularly late migrant or perhaps just a wandering soul.
>
> There are a goodly number of EIDERS around the island and there is still
> lots of pre-nesting property inspection going on.
> I watched a pair land about 50 yards from the house and then walk a bit
> closer.
> At that point He apparently said, "There, you're home. I'm going for an
> Urchin with the boys." He promptly flew to the water and the flock.
> She never looked back but made a fast run/walk for about 25 yards,
> disappearing into taller vegetation and a presumed nest. It's surprising
> now fast they can travel through the vegetation and completely disappear.
>
> Over the past week or so we had a day-flying LITTLE BROWN BAT on 2
> separate occasions. Since there was a gap of a couple days, and as much as
> I'd like to think they are resident here, I believe that they were 2
> individuals migrating.
> Long-time readers may remember that we used to have a small resident
> population of bats and they were regularly seen day-feeding because we have
> few night-flying insects. Our population apparently succumbed like most
> other bats and we are lucky to see even one bat in a whole summer.
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 5/29/17 6:08 am
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Clay-colored Sparrow at Kennebunk Plains; plus Pine Point highlights
Hello Maine Birders:

There was a Clay-colored Sparrow singing its buzzy three-noted song
opposite the parking area on the south side of Maguire Road this morning at
Kennebunk Plains. There were plenty of Eastern Whip-poor-wills calling
predawn, as well as a calling Barred Owl and a Common Nighthawk. Several
pairs of Upland Sandpipers were up displaying after sunrise and the usual
compliment of expected species.

Two Red Knots and two Brant were visible last evening (falling tide) from
the Fisherman's Co-op at Pine Point in Scarborough and the mottled heron
hybrid was behind the Clambake Restaurant.

Good birding,
Eric
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Date: 5/29/17 5:54 am
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peregrines
Had a pair of Peregrines yesterday afternoon soaring over Chipotle in Westbrook, drifting southward. Wondering if they might be nesting in the Blue Rock pit.

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Date: 5/29/17 3:39 am
From: <segela...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Query: Upland Sandpiper-Plains/ stones/ phoebe
Inre the stone spiral. My guess would be Wiccans.

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:52:09 PM UTC-4, Barbara Herrgesell wrote:
>
> A group I am with, not birders, is planning to walk at the Kennebunk
> Plains, on June 6 in late afternoon. I am interested to know if the Upland
> Sandpipers are nesting there, rather near the beginning of the trail on
> Rte.99, this year. A non-birder stake- out for the walk said she did not
> see any, but they can be elusive.
>
> Also, does anyone know the origin or meaning of the circle of stones at
> East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool, on the ocean? It is intricate;
> probably obvious meaning to others.
>
> A phoebe comment. Someone mentioned that a phoebe in her yard had 2 nests,
> if I recall correctly, then used one. I have had a phoebe making a nest on
> my porch light since early spring. It comes, however, only once every few
> days, as of 3 days ago, sits on the nest only to be gone for days. I assume
> it is a second nest, to not be used, but why does the phoebe keep coming
> back? (to gets rest away from spouse? :-)
>
> Yes, I would rather be birding. Did see a TV on the ground, then
> struggling to take off, in South Sanford, the other day on my way home. Fun
> to see dozens of Chimney Swifts, both at Laudholm Farm, and the Sanford
> Lagoons (at their interesting open house…who knew what an extensive
> operation that is!.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Barbara
> ~~
>
> Barbara Partridge Herrgesell
> Sanford, ME
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>

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Date: 5/28/17 11:53 am
From: 'Andrea' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red Crossbills and Prairie Warbler -Fryeburg Fairgrounds
Did a bit of birding once I was finished checking out the Sunday Fleamarket
at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds this morning.

Most noteworthy were:

Red Crossbills 7 , feeding on cones in the tall pines (we have seen them here in other recent years also)
Prairie Warbler, heard singing from the "camping area" (of grass and small pines) to the right of the race track. distinctive rising series of insect-like notes (not a Field sparrow)

((( Didn't see the Merlin that has been here by the race track for several years in a row, but he may have been off hunting)))

Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH


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Date: 5/28/17 9:40 am
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black Vultures
Black vultures are back in Gorham. I saw 2 over 202 earlier.

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Date: 5/28/17 8:29 am
From: Kimberly Ridley <ridleyk09...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bay breasted warbler in Brooklin
A gorgeous male is foraging in the oaks in Harriman Point Preserve!


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Date: 5/28/17 7:07 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS DEAL ISLAND REPORT
The TERNS have settled down somewhat. The 1st egg was spotted about 3 days
ago and several more had been found by Saturday evening.
Birds are staying overnight on the island and there are quite a few flying
at night.
The numbers aren't what I'd hoped but it looks like it could be a good
year; food and weather permitting.

An adult BLACK TERN is making its presence known this morning. As they are
prone to do, it's trying to elicit some interest from among the ARCTIC
TERNS, with no success.
The Arctics see the Blacks as a nuisance, at best, and at worst, a threat
when they try to usurp an Arctic's nest.
Hopefully this one will learn the rules of behaviour and settle down, maybe
build its own nest and make a quiet life in Tern Suburbia.
For a few years just prior to the Tern Colony crash of '06 we had two
female Black Terns nesting, albeit with unfertilized eggs, but we had hopes
of males being attracted in '07. In late '06 there was 1, and possibly 2,
apparent males which showed up and seemed romantically inclined. However,
the Blacks left when the other species plunged and only started to show
renewed interest last year.

I heard some LAUGHING GULLS early this morning and I spotted 6 flying over
just a moment ago.

Our core group of 3 GANNETS have attracted a couple more and two rather
lackadaisical nest buildings are underway.
One Gannet was seen exploring a new area close to the North-most visitor
blind yesterday. This morning, number 6 appeared.
A couple of times I saw 3-4 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS land with the
Gannets. They didn't stay long but it clearly demonstrated the decoy
effect. Gannets have been known to nest in Cormorant colonies. I don't know
if the reverse is true but I'd not be surprised. The two species are
similar in many ways.

The Alcids are following their normal cycles with nothing of particular
note, other than the ANCIENT MURRELET, which is old news by now.
No new sightings here and I haven't heard of recent sighting elsewhere.

A couple of BLACK GUILLIMOTS have been hanging around a bit but not enough
yet to seriously suspect a nest. I don't believe that there has been a pair
nest here for several years.

The LEACH'S STORM PETRELS are into their nesting and most nights are alive
with their chuckling. Occasional WILSON'S STORM PETRELS show up among the
Leach's.

A few PURPLE SANDPIPERS are still resisting migration. It's not
exceptionally late but I'd expect them to be gone fairly soon.
Two other winter birds stopped over for a couple days in the form of a pair
of HARLEQUIN DUCKS. As with the P. Sandpipers, they are late but not
exceptionally so.

RUDDY TURNSTONES have been seen a few time lately, including one just
behind the lighthouse Friday afternoon.

This past two nights there seemed to be strong migration but there haven't
been many stop-overs, just a scattered warbler, a few Thrushes, a couple
new WHITE THROATED SPARROWS and a flycatcher or two. There's a YELLOW
WARBLER and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER on the patio at the moment, gleaning insects
and a LEAST FLYCATCHER in front of the window hawking fliers for breakfast.

Yesterday there was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER that borrowed a page from the
Swallow's play book. Its imitation was so good that it took a couple
minutes to be certain just which species I was watching. This individual
zipped around the houses and buildings, along the ground and boardwalks,
almost touching, at extreme speed, snapping miniscule insects.
Its Swallow tutors would be proud.

A couple of real swallows, BARN SWALLOWS, are chasing insects this
morning. They are presumed overnight arrivals.

I have a new species for my Grape Jelly list: SAVANNAH SPARROW. I've
noticed that at least 2 Savannahs are dipping their beaks quite regularly.
At first I thought that they were after insects attracted to the sweet meal
or perhaps just looking for a drink of liquid pooled in the containers.
However, once I took the time to actually watch them it was very evident
that they are eating the jelly.
They aren't the gluttons that CATBIRDS can be but they are faithful.

Raptors are occasional but not quite daily. I see a couple of young adult
EAGLES from time to time and PEREGRINES are frequent.
Most notable are HARRIERS, like the one which was here yesterday, not
because of their number but because we generally don't see much of them
after the migration.
It seems to me that there are more Harriers and later this year.

BIRD OF THE DAY: OSPREY. One has made a couple circuits of the island this
morning. It's exceptional because we see so few. The lion's share are fall
migrants, with somewhat fewer on the north-bound migration. This one would
be a particularly late migrant or perhaps just a wandering soul.

There are a goodly number of EIDERS around the island and there is still
lots of pre-nesting property inspection going on.
I watched a pair land about 50 yards from the house and then walk a bit
closer.
At that point He apparently said, "There, you're home. I'm going for an
Urchin with the boys." He promptly flew to the water and the flock.
She never looked back but made a fast run/walk for about 25 yards,
disappearing into taller vegetation and a presumed nest. It's surprising
now fast they can travel through the vegetation and completely disappear.

Over the past week or so we had a day-flying LITTLE BROWN BAT on 2 separate
occasions. Since there was a gap of a couple days, and as much as I'd like
to think they are resident here, I believe that they were 2 individuals
migrating.
Long-time readers may remember that we used to have a small resident
population of bats and they were regularly seen day-feeding because we have
few night-flying insects. Our population apparently succumbed like most
other bats and we are lucky to see even one bat in a whole summer.





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Date: 5/27/17 2:20 pm
From: Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Warblers Mt A
5/27 Yellow Rump and Prairie Warblers. Also, Tufted Titmouse singing away up there. Good birding today with all the regulars despite lots of hikers and tourists.
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Date: 5/27/17 11:52 am
From: 'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Query: Upland Sandpiper-Plains/ stones/ phoebe


A group I am with, not birders, is planning to walk at the Kennebunk Plains, on June 6 in late afternoon. I am interested to know if the Upland Sandpipers are nesting there, rather near the beginning of the trail on Rte.99, this year. A non-birder stake- out for the walk said she did not see any, but they can be elusive.


Also, does anyone know the origin or meaning of the circle of stones at East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool, on the ocean? It is intricate; probably obvious meaning to others.


A phoebe comment. Someone mentioned that a phoebe in her yard had 2 nests, if I recall correctly, then used one. I have had a phoebe making a nest on my porch light since early spring. It comes, however, only once every few days, as of 3 days ago, sits on the nest only to be gone for days. I assume it is a second nest, to not be used, but why does the phoebe keep coming back? (to gets rest away from spouse? :-)


Yes, I would rather be birding. Did see a TV on the ground, then struggling to take off, in South Sanford, the other day on my way home. Fun to see dozens of Chimney Swifts, both at Laudholm Farm, and the Sanford Lagoons (at their interesting open house…who knew what an extensive operation that is!.


Good birding,


Barbara
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