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7/18/18 7:23 am Thomas Kallmeyer <tarnsnet...> [Maine-birds] Deer Isle RFI
7/18/18 6:04 am Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Whimbrels back at Flat Bay, Harrington
7/18/18 5:20 am Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Northern Goshawks at Flat Bay, Harrington
7/17/18 7:23 am 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Little Egret - Falmouth, 7/17
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7/16/18 4:46 am Garrett Erickson-Harris <maine.gman...> [Maine-birds] Red-Throated Loon Popham Beach SP
7/15/18 6:42 am David Funke <dfunke2121...> [Maine-birds] little egret question
7/15/18 6:40 am Rafael Adams <soposup...> [Maine-birds] Re: Marbled godwit at scarborough marsh
7/14/18 8:47 am brad woodward <brad5000...> [Maine-birds] Marbled godwit at scarborough marsh
7/13/18 6:19 pm Linda Woodard <lwoodard...> [Maine-birds] Three slots available for Stratton tomorrow
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Date: 7/20/18 2:57 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 7/14-20
Hi all,
My observations of note this week - beyond our puppy's growing life list - were as follows:
- 9 Great Shearwaters, 4 Atlantic Puffins, 2 Northern Gannets, 2 Sooty Shearweaters, 2 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, etc, Hardy Boat from New Harbor to Monhegan, 7/16 (with Jeannette).- Monhegan Island, 7/16 (with Jeannette):1 MANX SHEARWATER (bathing off lobster Cove)3 juv. RING-NECKED PHEASANTS (continuing near Pebble Beach with Kristen Lindquist found them a couple of weeks ago; strange!)4 immature Great Cormorants2 Atlantic Puffins2+ Great Shearwaters1 continuing Carolina Wren- Monhegan Island, 7/17 (with Jeannette):# Great Shearwaters1 imm Great Cormorants1 continuing Carolina Wren- 15 Great Shearwaters, 6 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Atlantic Puffins, 1 Northern Gannet, etc, Hardy Boat from Monhegan to New Harbor, 7/17 (with Jeannette).- 18 Semipalmated Sandpipers, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 7/20.- 1 continuing Chukar, Simpson's Point Road, Brunswick, 7/20.- 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 7/20.
-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: 7/20/18 7:41 am
From: Robert Ostrowski <rjostrowski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Bar Harbor Whale Boat, 7/13
Hi again everyone,

After talking over the ID of our slimmer jaeger with Marshall Iliff, I
wanted to correct my report to Parisitic 0, Long-tailed 1. This is not an
ID challenge I've spent a lot of time with, so thanks to Marshall. Neat
bird!

Good birding,
Robert Ostrowski
Bangor

On Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 1:38 PM Robert Ostrowski <rjostrowski...>
wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> Last Friday, my brothers and I boarded a whale & puffin boat out of Bar
> Harbor. The boat stopped at Petit Manan, then booked it to the SW bank of
> Grand Manan Bank, where we watched a group of humpbacks, before bolting
> directly back to Bar Harbor.
>
> The bird highlights were:
>
> Northern Fulmar - 3
> Great Shearwater - 25
> Sooty Shearwater - 4
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 150
> Leach's Storm-Petrel - 15
> Northern Gannet - 1 (surprised to find only one)
> SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 3
> Pomarine Jaeger - 1
> Parasitic Jaeger - 1
>
> Plus, the expected alcids, terns, and gulls at Petit Manan. We also had
> two Puffins much further out to sea, including one that was 50+ miles out
> and probably in Canadian waters. Currently working on getting a few
> different lists w/photos into eBird to cover the trip, while avoiding
> having one excessively long checklist.
>
> Good birding,
> Robert Ostrowski
> Bangor
>
>
>
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Date: 7/19/18 10:39 am
From: Robert Ostrowski <rjostrowski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bar Harbor Whale Boat, 7/13
Hi Everyone,

Last Friday, my brothers and I boarded a whale & puffin boat out of Bar
Harbor. The boat stopped at Petit Manan, then booked it to the SW bank of
Grand Manan Bank, where we watched a group of humpbacks, before bolting
directly back to Bar Harbor.

The bird highlights were:

Northern Fulmar - 3
Great Shearwater - 25
Sooty Shearwater - 4
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 150
Leach's Storm-Petrel - 15
Northern Gannet - 1 (surprised to find only one)
SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 3
Pomarine Jaeger - 1
Parasitic Jaeger - 1

Plus, the expected alcids, terns, and gulls at Petit Manan. We also had two
Puffins much further out to sea, including one that was 50+ miles out and
probably in Canadian waters. Currently working on getting a few different
lists w/photos into eBird to cover the trip, while avoiding having one
excessively long checklist.

Good birding,
Robert Ostrowski
Bangor

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Date: 7/18/18 7:23 am
From: Thomas Kallmeyer <tarnsnet...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Deer Isle RFI
Greetings Maine birders, my partner and I will be visiting Deer Isle
7/28-8/4, staying just West of Stonington.

I've been checking eBird hotspots and have a Hancock County list compiled
but would appreciate any input from local birders on the best spots and
possible day trips within an hour or two. We'll probably spend one day
visiting Arcadia National Park but we're not the crowd loving type and
prefer less frequented areas.

Thanks in advance!

Thomas and Katie

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Date: 7/18/18 6:04 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Whimbrels back at Flat Bay, Harrington
A trickle of shorebirds (unidentified small peeps across the bay and
Short-billed Dowitchers) are coming into Flat Bay and this morning we saw
what we have been watching for - Whimbrels!!

Four birds this morning (about a half hour ago - the tide is still going
out) makes this the earliest date by one day according to our 5 year
records!

Merle and Anne Archie

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Date: 7/18/18 5:20 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern Goshawks at Flat Bay, Harrington
During this morning's walk (around 5:30) I heard a Northern Goshawk
"chanting" and then two more goshawks joined in the chorus. I observed 3
birds but not well as they were deep in the tops of trees (and, I admit
blushing, that I didn't have my binoculars this morning). There appeared
to be either (a) two immatures and another un-aged bird or (b) one immature
and one female and another un-aged bird.

The birds were really loud and vocalized for at least 10 minutes before
they moved farther into the woods.

This is the second time this week that I have found goshawk in this area.


Anne Archie, Harrington

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Date: 7/17/18 7:23 am
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret - Falmouth, 7/17
The (a) Little Egret is currently (10:20AM) foraging with a couple Snowy Egrets on the edge of the Presumpscot River off the North Meadow of Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. The tide is fairly low right now so it’ll probably stick around for awhile.

Good birding,


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Date: 7/16/18 9:08 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] They're back! Shorebirds at Flat Bay, Harrington
Yesterday afternoon we observed a compact flock of Black-bellied Plover
flying down bay at high tide. These are the first sightings for us of
south-bound shorebird migrants.

Also yesterday morning at Dyer Cove in Addison we saw one Black-bellied
Plover and 3 Semipalmated Samdpipers at low tide.

Anne Archie, Harrington

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Date: 7/16/18 4:46 am
From: Garrett Erickson-Harris <maine.gman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-Throated Loon Popham Beach SP
Yesterday there was a red-throated loon present ~6:20 PM at Popham Beach
SP. The bird was diving ~15 feet from land by the poles sticking out of the
water on the beach close to the fort.

Ebird Checklist with full comments on the
bird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47224238

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Date: 7/15/18 6:42 am
From: David Funke <dfunke2121...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] little egret question
hello, I hope this is ok to post here. I plan in driving from CT to try and see the little egret if possible (I've missed it 2 years in a row previously). I looked on ebird and did not see any reports of late. Does anyone know if it is still around and if so, where my best bet to see it is? Thank you for any thoughts.

David Funke

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Date: 7/15/18 6:40 am
From: Rafael Adams <soposup...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Marbled godwit at scarborough marsh
Google has at 3 Nonesuch Rivers draining into Scarborough Marsh basin...in
fact every tributary of the marsh is labeled Nonesuch River. Do you know
which branch the bird was seen at?

On Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:47:01 AM UTC-4, brad woodward wrote:
>
> Two participants in today's census of birds at Scarborough Marsh report
> seeing a marbled godwit in the Nonesuch River. That location is only
> reachable by kayak or canoe, but it's worth keeping your eyes open around
> the marsh. Tracy Ames reports it had very marbled, orangey bi-colored
> curved bill, and distinct song calling its own name. With dowitchers.
>

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Date: 7/14/18 8:47 am
From: brad woodward <brad5000...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Marbled godwit at scarborough marsh
Two participants in today's census of birds at Scarborough Marsh report
seeing a marbled godwit in the Nonesuch River. That location is only
reachable by kayak or canoe, but it's worth keeping your eyes open around
the marsh. Tracy Ames reports it had very marbled, orangey bi-colored
curved bill, and distinct song calling its own name. With dowitchers.

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Date: 7/13/18 6:19 pm
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Three slots available for Stratton tomorrow
We have three slots available for the Stratton Island trip at 3:30
tomorrow. All other times and days are sold out.

To register go to Register here
<https://maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/stratton-island-i?sort=date>

Linda

*Linda Woodard **II* *Maine Audubon*

*Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center*

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20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105

*tel* (207) <207%29%20781-2330>883-5100

*mobile* 207-415-8331

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Date: 7/13/18 4:15 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 7/7-7/13.
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days were as follows:
- 20+ Roseate Terns, Piping Plover pair with 4 chicks, etc, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 7/8 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 1 Whimbrel (first of fall), The Pool, Biddeford Pool (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, 7/9 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Downy Woodpecker, our yard in Pownal - the 1st life bird for our new puppy, Bonxie!
- 2 Least Sandpipers (first of fall), 12 Black-bellied Plovers, Piping Plovers, etc, Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 7/11 (with Laura Kennedy and Blount Small Ship Adventures tour group).
- 7 Short-billed Dowitcher (FOF) and 14 Black-bellied Plovers, Fort Popham, 7/11(with Laura Kennedy and Blount Small Ship Adventures tour group).

-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: 7/13/18 2:45 pm
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Atlas - Weekend Challenges, 7/13
Hi everyone:

Can you believe the first breeding season is actually starting to wrap up?! I’ll have much more on this next week as we move out of the “safe dates” for some of our early nesters but for now you can see an update of how the project is going in the latest newsletter (Spring/Summer 2018): https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/ifwbirdatlas/2018/07/11/black-capped-chronicle-issue-2-maine-bird-atlas-update/

Before the new challenges, let’s see how you did last week…

Herring Gull - A nice increase but still some noticeable gaps with these birds. Keep looking for these birds before they fledge and leave their natal grounds. Anyone going boating in Penobscot Bay this weekend?

Chimney Swift - Only 2 more blocks got confirmed this week. Along with the recommendations from last week, maybe start asking friends and neighbors who’s got birds making a mess in their fireplaces.

Missing Species - Excellent work - 10 new species got confirmed records this week. There is still some low-hanging fruit out there - find them before the season wraps up!

NEW CHALLENGES:

1) Keep Birding For Bruce - Let’s finishing out this weekend with a big push for Bruce. If you missed my earlier email, Bruce Barker who is an avid birder and atlaser is having a tough battle with an aggressive cancer - you can share your checklists with the username “BirdingForBruce” which will be shared with him early next week. https://ebird.org/atlasme/news/birding-for-bruce

2) Cedar Waxwing - One of our latest-nesting birds, these birds are starting to nest and already have an impressive 45 blocks confirmed. Watch for nest building and beware of courting birds. Twice this past week, I’ve encountered “begging” behavior that at quick glance looked like a fledgling begging for food but both times were adults engaged in courtship behavior.

3) House Sparrow - I know non-native species are easy to overlook but this is a good chance to get a pulse of how these species are thriving (or not) in Maine. Double-check old bird houses or gaps in siding, any cavity that could fit a House Sparrow. For fun, compare the current breeding map of House Sparrows (https://ebird.org/atlasme/map/houspa) to the Maine population by square mile (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Maine_population_map.png).

Good birding and happy atlasing!


Doug Hitchcox
Maine Bird Atlas - Outreach Coordinator
Maine Audubon - Staff Naturalist
207-781-2330 x237
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Date: 7/13/18 10:18 am
From: A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: eBird Report - Sanford Lagoons - open Mon-Fri 6AM-4:30PM & Sat-Sun 7-8:30AM, Jul 13, 2018
Hello,
It would appear that the migration of shore birds is under way at the
Lagoons. This influx of new birds has happened in the last 3 days. The
conditions in the center front pond, (pond #one) is perfect for shorebirds.
Shallow water, grass to hide in, exposed mud flat.
Killdeer increased by about 14 birds,
The new comers are:
Least Sandpipers 4,
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1,
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 ,
Lesser Yellowlegs 11

Full list below

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick, ME.

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Date: Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Sanford Lagoons - open Mon-Fri 6AM-4:30PM & Sat-Sun
7-8:30AM, Jul 13, 2018
To: <aaldrich1955...>


Sanford Lagoons - open Mon-Fri 6AM-4:30PM & Sat-Sun 7-8:30AM, York, Maine,
US
Jul 13, 2018 10:32 AM - 11:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments: 73 to 83 degrees, mostly sunny, average wind 6 MPH
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 60
Wood Duck 9
Mallard 5
Hooded Merganser 12 two families, and carefully counted
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Glossy Ibis 1
Killdeer 17
Least Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Spotted Sandpiper 4 1. Baby
Lesser Yellowlegs 11
Mourning Dove 10
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Tree Swallow 1
Bank Swallow 35
Barn Swallow 2
swallow sp. 75
Northern Mockingbird 1
Song Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird 65 estimated
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47167690

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
http://ebird.org/content/atlasme)

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Date: 7/12/18 4:19 pm
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Aberrant Robin Behavior
I had a basket like suet cage that my Mockingbird loved as well as
Starlings, but they would empty it in 15 minutes. Solution, hang a suet
log instead. It did not take the Mockingbird long to figure he (she) could
launch from the squirrel guard, hover long enough to peck a mouthful of the
suet and take it to the ground or a tree to eat or feed it to its young.
We hang the log at a 45* angle.
Most species of my other backyard birds soon learned from the Mockingbird.
The log slowed the intake of the Starlings down a lot. More effort and
only one at a time attacking it!! One of the last birds to learn were the
Grackles who mastered it this year. So now, any bird that cannot not hang
onto the log, pecks the suet out as they hover under it. The only common
back yard bird that I have not seen do it as of yet is a Goldfinch - real
slow learners or just not interested in suet? The mourning doves are not
very good at it so seldom give it a try for which I am happy.
I use "summer no melt suet" which I make so we have it out year round. Fun
watching the adults feeding their young as well as watching the woodpeckers
learning to get up the courage to move from the top of the log where the
adults often feed them to finally being able to hang onto the under side to
feed themselves - usually takes 4 or 5 days for them to succeed.
Robins are not regulars at it but have seen a few feeding on it.
And I just recalled - we have had lots of Oriole activity at our jelly
feeder on the next hook over this summer. I have not seen them try for the
suet - yet!
Marie in South Portland

On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 6:37 PM, Sally P <pachulski...> wrote:

> I have a crazy robin in my yard. Last year he discovered the bird feeders
> by watching our also crazy eastern phoebes. I would watch him imitate
> their inappropriate phoebe behavior as he would sit on the feeder and eat
> sunflower seed. Naturally I thought I was delusional about this. This
> year he has stepped it up a notch. He will be standing on the ground under
> the suet feeder, jump up, stab at the feeder and get a big beakful of suet
> before gravity brings him back to earth. Sometimes this is repeated three
> or four times in a row. He may actually feeding young with the suet but
> I've yet to verify. Has anyone else seen this happening with robins? He
> does it constantly so I don't think it's an occasional bug.
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Date: 7/12/18 3:37 pm
From: Sally P <pachulski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Aberrant Robin Behavior
I have a crazy robin in my yard. Last year he discovered the bird feeders by watching our also crazy eastern phoebes. I would watch him imitate their inappropriate phoebe behavior as he would sit on the feeder and eat sunflower seed. Naturally I thought I was delusional about this. This year he has stepped it up a notch. He will be standing on the ground under the suet feeder, jump up, stab at the feeder and get a big beakful of suet before gravity brings him back to earth. Sometimes this is repeated three or four times in a row. He may actually feeding young with the suet but I've yet to verify. Has anyone else seen this happening with robins? He does it constantly so I don't think it's an occasional bug.

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Date: 7/12/18 5:05 am
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] solitary sandpiper China Lake
I went down to our dock this morning and saw a solitary sandpiper fly up from the shore landing further away and then foraging. I usually think of that as a sign that fall is coming. Hope it doesn't come too soon!

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Date: 7/11/18 5:54 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh this evening: Lesser Yellowlegs, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron
Hi all -- Nice walk on Eastern Road this evening (5 - 6 p.m.) in
Scarborough Marsh. The first section of the walk featured 3 swallow species
- Bank, Barn, and Tree - two of which were "confirmed breeding" entries in
the Maine Atlas project. It was fun to witness airborne food exchanges
between adult and fledgling Barns.

In the outer pannes, Saltmarsh Sparrows were both vocal and surprisingly
visible on the north side of the road. 6 Lesser Yellowlegs were my first
southbound migrants of the "fall." And the Little Blue and Tricolored
Herons were visible, with patience and a scope, on the south of the road.
No luck this time on the Little Egret.

Cheers,
Craig K

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Date: 7/11/18 4:37 pm
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Here is a photo of the Scissor-tailed taken by Donna Salko. It was not
refound this afternoon.



On 7/11/2018 10:57 AM, Stan DeOrsey wrote:
> A juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen and photographed around
> 8:30 this morning (7/11) at the Fitzgerald Preserve off the Old Bath
> Rd. in Brunswick. Photos should be on ebird later today. It was seen
> by 12 people.
>
> Enter the preserve on Lindbergh Landing (Crossing) road 1.3 miles from
> the traffic light at Lowes beyond Cooks Corner. Walk past the gate
> until the fields open and take the first trail (gravel sandy path) to
> the right, then the next path to the left which goes away from the
> tree line. The bird was flying from tree to tree in this area often
> landing near the ground on small "dead" trees. It should also be seen
> from the "main" paved path straight into the middle of the preserve.
> It was observed for about 15 minutes.
>

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Date: 7/11/18 4:20 pm
From: Erica Famous <erica.famous...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Norman Famous Memorial Celebration July 14
Dear Friends,

If you are birding downeast this weekend and knew my dad, Norman Famous,
you are cordially invited to attend a memorial celebration for him on July
14th in Machias, Maine at the Centre Street Congregational Church, 6 Center
Street, in downtown Machias, from 1:00 to 3:00 for sharing memories of your
birding adventures together.
We will be Birding for Bruce at Roque Bluffs State park after the service.

As my dad would say, Birds Are Cool!

Best Wishes and Happy Birding,
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Date: 7/11/18 1:57 pm
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stratton Island Trips FInally.
I have two dates set up for Stratton Island trips. One is this Saturday.
Unfortunately we only have one boat so we need to do two trips. One boat
will leave at 2:30 and the next at 3:30 pm. The other date is July 19 at
8:30 and 9:30 a.m. You can sign up for whatever time you would like.

I am sorry it took us so long to get these lined up. The people who had
done the boats backed out and we had trouble getting another one.

Stratton Island Information and registration
<https://maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/stratton-island-i?search=stratton+island>

Any questions, let me know, Linda

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Date: 7/11/18 7:57 am
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
A juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen and photographed around
8:30 this morning (7/11) at the Fitzgerald Preserve off the Old Bath Rd.
in Brunswick. Photos should be on ebird later today. It was seen by 12
people.

Enter the preserve on Lindbergh Landing (Crossing) road 1.3 miles from
the traffic light at Lowes beyond Cooks Corner. Walk past the gate until
the fields open and take the first trail (gravel sandy path) to the
right, then the next path to the left which goes away from the tree
line. The bird was flying from tree to tree in this area often landing
near the ground on small "dead" trees. It should also be seen from the
"main" paved path straight into the middle of the preserve. It was
observed for about 15 minutes.

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Date: 7/10/18 10:38 am
From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Birding For Bruce (10-15 July)
Fellow birders, I am asking you to participate in a very special event this week. As many of you may already know, Bruce Barker has been fighting a tough battle against a rare and very aggressive cancer. Sadly, treatments have been unsuccessful and he is currently in home hospice and not able to have visitors. However, a plan has been hatched for the Maine birding community to let Bruce know we are all thinking of him and show our appreciation for all he has done by taking him birding vicariously with us over the next week. With the blessing of Bruce’s family, we have set up an eBird account named “Birding For Bruce” (username: BirdingForBruce) that we hope you will all share any birding you do from 10-15 July. Our goal is to collectively make a big contribution of checklists and breeding records during this time period, and at the end of the week summarize our observations in a final write up to share with Bruce so he can see the places, species, and breeding codes we were able to document in his honor.

Bruce has been a tremendously helpful member of our community. From birding with him on Monhegan, co-leading walks for the Acadia Birding Festival, or chasing rare birds in Penobscot County, I’ll absolutely miss his company. He has always been the kind of birder to go beyond his own pursuits in helping others see their targets – I can vividly remember him assisting unstable festival participants aboard the Friendship V trying to spot their lifer Common Murres among the hundred-plus Razorbills on Petit Manan. Bruce wouldn’t give up on pointing out those birds until everyone was happy and I hope we can raise his spirits a bit by helping him bird this week.

I’ve been amazed to learn his reach beyond the birding community and what an impact he had as a pioneer of Karate in Maine. Those peers started a Facebook page where his students, friends and colleagues have shared thoughts and images (https://www.facebook.com/groups/174990016481077/) and also a GoFundMe page set up to raise money to help Bruce and his family with medical expenses and support: https://www.gofundme.com/bruce-barkersfight-against-cancer

Bruce has also been an avid eBirder, having submitted over 2000 checklists in the last few years, and was planning on being a big part of the Maine Bird Atlas. He had volunteered to be a regional coordinator but had to step back when his health began deteriorating. Again, please consider sharing any eBird and Maine Bird Atlas checklists from now until July 15th with the username: BirdingForBruce.

Here are instructions on sharing lists if this is new to you: https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010555-understanding-the-ebird-checklist-sharing-process

Thank you and may your positive thoughts be with Bruce, his wife Sharon, and his family.


Doug Hitchcox



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Date: 7/10/18 10:06 am
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RUGR, BCNH - Mill Brook Preserve - Westbrook
Hi all,

Had an adventurous morning exploring the Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook.
Would recommend it to all. Some lovely mixed and deciduous forest, small
waterfalls, winding trails and a few early successional forest habitats.

I spooked a ruffed grouse (my first in Cumberland County) in habitat with
some good drumming logs to check back in on come next spring. I also found
a black-crowned night heron looking for some leftover alewives, and a
barred owl getting mobbed by a group of daring chickadees. Twenty seven
species total.

The bridge at the south end appears washed-out (it's just sitting in the
middle of the riverbed about 10 feet from either side) so loops get a
little trickier. I had to scamper across a fallen tree to connect back with
the path along the west bank.

Tried my hardest to spot a Louisiana warbler, but wasn't able to locate
any. Great habitat for them, and it looks like a few others have had luck
there on eBird.

My list:
https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S47111181

If you're in the southern Maine area and are looking for a new spot check
it out.

Happy birding,

Ian

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Date: 7/9/18 7:30 am
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bird Monitoring at Scarborough Marsh
Hello all,
As many of you know, I'm the lead admin of the Facebook group MAINE Birds. It's an educational forum about wild birds in Maine. I invite any of you with event notices such as this one from Linda to post to that site. You will need to be a member to do so. I cross post most of the list serve posts to that page. We are at almost 18,000 members, so it's great coverage. RRR
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From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> on behalf of Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2018 6:55 AM
To: Maine Birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bird Monitoring at Scarborough Marsh

Just a reminder about our bird monitoring this Saturday!

Join us on July 14 from 7 - 10 am for our annual marsh-wide survey of birds at Scarborough Marsh The survey will document the numbers of individuals and species present in the marsh. Depending on the assignment, surveys could last between 1-3 hours and may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome! They will go out with experienced monitors. Data gathered will be imputed into eBird and the Maine Bird Atlas where applicable.

The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the survey methods. After that, monitors will disburse to their assigned sections, and actual surveys may last up to several hours (depending on location surveyed).

Refreshments provided.

For more information and to register, contact Linda Woodard at 883-5100 and press O or e-mail <smac...><https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%<2Fsmac...>&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5206534d868e4d9f2ffb08d5e4c1608e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636666441549689638&sdata=EhOQk3DBH1XsfX8Rfu6To9pftPuhdJZUmLIBFN4nD4M%3D&reserved=0>. Registration not mandatory but helps me figure out the teams.

Please help us by spreading the word.

Mark your calendars for August 25 for the next bird monitoring event.

Scarborough Marsh Bird Monitoring<https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmaineaudubon.coursestorm.com%2Fcourse%2Fbird-monitoring&data=02%7C01%7C%7C5206534d868e4d9f2ffb08d5e4c1608e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636666441549689638&sdata=MdJusFSkQjV1naRiKzQ7KvwvdXUjRiuJRpk5fWlcgp0%3D&reserved=0>

Linda


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Date: 7/8/18 3:55 am
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bird Monitoring at Scarborough Marsh
*Just a reminder about our bird monitoring this Saturday!*

*Join us* on July 14 from 7 - 10 am for our annual marsh-wide survey of
birds at Scarborough Marsh The survey will document the numbers of
individuals and species present in the marsh. Depending on the assignment,
surveys could last between 1-3 hours and may be done on foot, by car or
from a canoe (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders
welcome! They will go out with experienced monitors. Data gathered will
be imputed into eBird and the Maine Bird Atlas where applicable.

The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the
survey methods. After that, monitors will disburse to their assigned
sections, and actual surveys may last up to several hours (depending on
location surveyed).

Refreshments provided.

For more information and to register, contact Linda Woodard at 883-5100 and
press O or e-mail *<smac...> <http://<smac...>*.
Registration not mandatory but helps me figure out the teams.

Please help us by spreading the word.

Mark your calendars for August 25 for the next bird monitoring event.

Scarborough Marsh Bird Monitoring
<https://maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/bird-monitoring>

Linda

*Linda Woodard **II* *Maine Audubon*

*Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center*

*_______________________________*

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105

*tel* (207) <207%29%20781-2330>883-5100

*mobile* 207-415-8331

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Date: 7/7/18 8:36 pm
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Mt. Agamenticus, York today
It was a great day to go for a hike and a bonus to find an interesting mix
of species around the summit of Mt. Agamenticus. Fledglings of several
species seen including Pine Warbler and Baltimore Orioles. Lots of
PRAIRIE WARBLERS, easily seen in low vegetation, as well as several Indigo
Buntings, Barn Swallows, House Wrens, etc.

List: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47059877

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Date: 7/7/18 3:37 pm
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern Maine: Southbound shorebirds
I spent a couple hours paddling around the northern end of Portage Lake
this morning. I was looking for breeding birds for the Atlas
<https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/maine-bird-atlas/index.html>.

There were several jillion Swamp Sparrow fledglings, Ring-necked Ducklets
and some stripe-headed grebe juvies among other confirmed breeders. I
found the Bobolinks that breed in this natural sedge and shrub marsh quite
numerous. Most were flycatching the big "green drake" Mayflies that were
hatching along the inlet stream and then flying the bugs immediately back
to their nests.

The cool breeze seemed quite lovely after the heat of the past few days,
but apparently the cold front brought a few early "fall" migrant shorebirds
down from Canada. I spotted several Lesser Yellowlegs and one Greater
Yellowlegs feeding out on the "floating islands".

Here's my list: https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S47053533


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Date: 7/6/18 6:48 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Altas - Weekend Challenges, 7/6
Hi everyone:

Sorry for missing last weekend’s challenge. That’ll skew this weeks results but the effort shows and I hope you’ll still be inspired by this week's challenges. In the past two weeks we have seen over 100 new volunteers submit records, bringing the total using eBird to 605 with a remarkable 8699 atlas-specific checklists. We’ve also jumped to 176 species with confirmed records (pending some review). As always, you can learn more about the Maine Bird Atlas here: maine.gov/birdatlas

Before the new challenges, let’s see how you all did last week…

Black-capped Chickadee - Our goal was to bump up the number of confirmed blocks, which was at 95 on 6/22. Now up to 139! Plus 115 blocks with probable and another 199 possible. The map is looking great but also helps illustrate the areas that need more effort: https://ebird.org/atlasme/map/bkcchi

Song Sparrow - Just like our chickadees, a nice jump from 119 to 151 confirmed blocks over the past two weeks.

Wild Turkey - And turkeys almost double their confirmed blocks, now at 62! Keep those records coming in - the poults should be getting larger and easier to detect across the state.

NEW CHALLENGES:

1) Herring Gull - These chicks are growing up quickly but should be very easy to detect in areas that they are breeding. The first atlas had them breeding in almost every coastal block, plus a few interior blocks, so we’ve got some ground to cover based on the scattered coastal reports so far: https://ebird.org/atlasme/map/hergul Spend some time on the coast this weekend to beat the heat and keep an eye out for fluffy gulls.

2) Chimney Swift - This is a tough species to get confirmed records as their nests and young are out of sight - plus their nesting material and food can be especially hard to see. If you see a bird flying into a chimney and staying in for a long period before flying back out it is ok to assume it is on an occupied nest, and can be coded “ON”. Let’s see if we can bump up the current 4 confirmed blocks this weekend with that technique.

3) Missing Species - A pretty difficult challenge but I hope a few of you are up for it: There are a couple species missing confirmed records that breed in Maine regularly (though scarcely or regionally). Yellow-throated Vireo (Brownfield Bog or Annabessacook), Blue-winged Warbler (power line cuts in York county), and Saltmarsh Sparrow (marshes in Wells or Scarborough) are just a few of the species still missing confirmed breeding records.

Good birding and happy atlasing!


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Date: 7/6/18 5:02 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 6/30-7/6
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:

- Long Falls Dam Road area, 6/30 (with Greg Drummond and "The Thrushes of Maine" weekend tour group):
2 Mourning Warblers
14+ Red Crossbills
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Northern Harrier
1 Palm Warbler, etc, etc
- Lexington TWP at dusk, 6/30 (with Greg Drummond and "The Thrushes of Maine" weekend tour group):
2 Eastern Whip-poor-wills
1 Northern Goshawk
5+ Wilson's Snipe
2+ American Woodcocks, etc.
- 9+ Bicknell's Thrushes, Sugarloaf Mountain, 7/1 (with Greg Drummond and "The Thrushes of Maine" weekend tour group):
- 20-25+ Purple Martins, 15+ Black Terns, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, etc, Messalonskee Lake and Depot Road, Belgrade, 7/1 (with "The Thrushes of Maine" weekend tour group).
- 4 Upland Sandpipers, 16+ Grasshopper Sparrows, etc, Kennebunk Plains, 7/3 (with Jeannette).
- 1 "EASTERN" WILLET, Sanford Lagoons, 7/3 (Very rare inland and away from salt water; with Jeannette).
- Cap n'Fish Boothbay Harbor Whale Watch, 7/4 (with Marion Sprague and Jeannette):
800-1000 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
120+ Great Shearwaters
2 Sooty Shearwaters (FOY)
2 Atlantic Puffins

-Derek

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Date: 7/5/18 5:54 pm
From: 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes, Pittsfield
Had a pair of cranes with one youngster in the fields adjoining the railroad tracks on Snakeroot Rd in Pittsfield this morning.  I assume that they are breeding on the river about a mile away, as they are seen in those fields late into the spring as well as in the fall.
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Date: 7/4/18 11:34 am
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: Chuck-will’s-widow - NO - Wells
Correction: I meant to type predusk, not predawn.
Thanks Trevor!Noah


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On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10:09 AM, Noah Gibb <voodoochitlins...> wrote:

Leon Mooney and I tried for the CWWI on Laudholm Rd in Wells, ME last night (7/3) from predawn to about 9:45 pm without any luck. This bird was found and reported by Trevor Persons the night before (7/2). We checked the first field on the right that Trevor mentioned and also drove to the end of the road adjacent to Laudholm Farm. Although there were no calling nightjars, the lightning bug show was worth it!
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Date: 7/4/18 7:09 am
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chuck-will’s-widow - NO - Wells
Leon Mooney and I tried for the CWWI on Laudholm Rd in Wells, ME last night (7/3) from predawn to about 9:45 pm without any luck. This bird was found and reported by Trevor Persons the night before (7/2). We checked the first field on the right that Trevor mentioned and also drove to the end of the road adjacent to Laudholm Farm. Although there were no calling nightjars, the lightning bug show was worth it!
Bird haahd,Noah Gibb-Freeport


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Date: 7/3/18 12:44 pm
From: Allison Wells <awells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Request to Franklin County birders
Greetings, birders,

I'm hoping to get in touch with birders who are residents of Franklin County, regarding an upcoming hearing on a huge proposal that, if passed, would have a negative impact on bird and wildlife habitat.

Please don't enter into a discussion on this list - the list manager was gracious in allowing me to post this request. Please email me privately if you live in Franklin County and would like to know more.

Thanks, folks!

Good birding,


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Date: 7/3/18 10:06 am
From: <gertie443...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Eider chicks
Ocean Ave at Biddeford Pool had three groups of Eiders with chicks. One
had 2 very downy chicks, one had four and the last set were bigger and had
seven chicks. A skunk prevented me from examining Great Pond and the
Spiritual Center.
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Date: 7/2/18 10:11 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Kennebago/Rangeley/Mooselookmeguntic Atlasing
Hello All
Just spent a week Working (volunteering) on Maine’s Breeding Bird Atlas.
Have waited (impatiently) 20 years to do my second.

Highlights were Gray Jays in two family groups, confirmed Palm Warbler,
singing Tennessee and Cape May Warbler. Singing Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
in two blocks. Mourning Warbler in two blocks. Confirmed Merlin (with
young) diving on confirmed Northern Goshawk (carrying food).
50 species tallied in two blocks and entries in five other.
A little early for confirming warblers. Mostly singing makes and number
carrying food or doing distraction displays increasing as we left.
Fun time.
Have not tallied total species yet but since we were mostly in wooded
habitats and mostly out of cell phone range (a recent habitat indicator) we
were pleased at having only a few misses of expected birds. Something to
look forward to for next year now that I have scoped out habitats and
access in about ten blocks.
Consumer Reports validated this week our choice of Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
but you will still want to cover everything you can.

Confirmations of insect eaters up there should be easier this week from my
observations.

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Date: 7/2/18 7:49 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Weskeag waders
A slight uptick in daily waders at the marsh. This morning 10 snowies, 11 gbh and a single great egret.

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Date: 7/2/18 6:43 am
From: Christine Murray <christinemurr...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Atlas map with hotspots
If you've ever wanted to see how eBird hotspots overlap the Maine Bird
Atlas blocks...here is a map for you: https://arcg.is/0P1u4q. If you click
on a hotspot, it will show which block contains it (though of course the
actual extent of the hotspot may cross over to another block), and will
give you a link to the observations for both the atlas block and the
hotspot. The priority blocks that haven't been adopted yet are highlighted
in blue, and conserved land is highlighted in brown, too. If you click on
"Contents" you can add aerial imagery.

This is helping me plan birding trips with the Bird Atlas in mind, and I
hope others can get use out of it too. The data come from eBird and Maine
IFW, mostly.

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Date: 7/2/18 1:21 am
From: Trevor Persons <trevor.persons...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chuck-will’s-widow WELLS now
I’m staying at Alheim Commons at Wells Reserve, and was just awakened 5 minutes ago by a CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW calling across the street (recording attached). This would be if from Route 1 you drive east on Laudholm Rd maybe a tenth of a mile or so, until there is an open field on your right (south side of road); bird calling from presumably edge of woods at back (south side) of field). Not calling presently, may quit soon as dawn approaches.

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Date: 6/29/18 4:25 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 6/24-29
Hi all,
With a week spent mostly catching up from being away, my limited birding time yielded the following observations of note:
- 1 White-rumped Sandpiper and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (first of fall?), Pine Point, Scarborough, 6/26.
- 1 continuing TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET HYBRID, 1 continuing TRICOLORED HERON, 1 continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS, and 1 continuing Greater Yellowlegs, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Masrh, 6/26.
-1 continuing CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, 3 Eastern Whip-poor-will, 1 Common Nighthawk, 1 American Woodcock, and 2 Barred Owls, Valley Road in Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland, 6/26 (with Terez Fraser, John Lorenc, and Erin Walter).
- 1 drake Common Goldeneye, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 6/28.
- 1 American Bittern, 5 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Merlin, 1 Brown Thrasher, etc, Gilman Pond Road, New Portland, 6/29 (with The Thrushes of Maine Weekend tour group).

-Derek

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Date: 6/29/18 10:53 am
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 9 Black-crowned Night Herons over SMCC (6/28)
I've been putting less effort into looking for BCNHs near the shore along
SMCC's Spring Point Trail and more into just watching the skies. Their
direct, non-buoyant flight profile is so different than the way gulls
usually wheel around that it becomes very easy to ID them as flyovers. If
anything it would be easier to mistake them for Crows from a distance...
except they don't appear as dark, and Crows are not commonly seen flying
between the islands and the mainland in the late hours of the day.

Between 7:35 and 8:30 (approximately dusk) yesterday 5 adults and 4
individuals in subadult plumage were seen, with most (along with 1 Great
Blue Heron) flying toward the island rookeries. Nearby Ram Island was
found to have 68 active BCNH nests during the 2009 USFWS survey (
https://maineheron.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/2009colonialwadingbirdcensus2.pdf
), which seems the easiest explanation for the high numbers of flyovers and
less frequent hunting individuals that occur in this area. It should be
noted that these sightings rarely happen from the vantage point of Willard
Beach... one has to proceed past the beach along the upper trail that goes
up and down a couple flights of stairs to get to the panoramic viewing
spots between Spring Point and the marina.

Full checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46874130

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Date: 6/28/18 3:45 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chuck-will's-widow - yes
Was present in Orland again last night, ~9 p.m., in spite of a pretty
steady background "roar" from wind in foliage. Heard best from the stakeout
meadow just north of the stream crossing. Also had a Common Nighthawk
overhead, singing Veerys, a dam-building beaver, a porcupine and a raccoon.
Fireflies escorted me back to the car.

No luck on Whip-poor-will, but a two goatsucker night is a good night
anyway you slice it.

Cheers,
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Date: 6/27/18 11:12 am
From: <soocitysoo10...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Cape Elizabeth ~ late report of Black billed Cuckoo
On June 7 an immature Black-billed Cuckoo flew into our garage window and
died. Prior to that I had not seen or heard a Black-billed Cuckoo in our
woods (we live in Winterport) for almost 15 years. That last time I only
heard it and called Judy Markowsky, then the director at Fields Pond
Audubon, who confirmed it.
Sue

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:24:59 PM UTC-4, Elias B. wrote:
>
> I was seriously doubting that I would see or hear a Cuckoo this Spring.
> But that's the thing about birding, the unexpected can never be ruled out.
> Anyways I spotted a Black billed Cuckoo from my bathroom window the morning
> of the 19th - it was perched on a snag - on the fringe of my yard around
> 7:15am. I was afforded a good 20 seconds of observation. Perhaps the bird
> was checking out what all the commotion was around the nearby feeders?
> Also, worth pondering was the timing of the "Rain Crow's" arrival in
> relationship to the significant storm that barrelled through less than 24
> hours prior.
>
> Keep looking,
>
> Brook
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Date: 6/26/18 10:34 am
From: <seamans1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow-billed Cuckoo
A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was heard and glimpsed near the entrance of the Kennebec Estruary Land Trust's Merrymeeting Fields Preserve on Saturday morning 6/23. A video recording was made and I.d. was confirmed later by a more-experienced birder.

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Date: 6/25/18 8:40 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Recent Mt. Desert Rock Sightings
Hi all,

This summer, I'm set up on Mt. Desert Rock 18+ miles off of MDI recording
sightings of Cetaceans, seals, and birds for College of the Atlantic. I've
only been here for 4.5 days, but it's already been pretty amazing out here.
First off, our first whale and dolphin sightings pf the season were today
with a Fin Whale and at least 2 dolphin sp. seen 10+ miles to the SW.

Then come the birds.

Yesterday 6/24/18 seemed to be a fairly slow day with a few Sooty and Great
Shearwaters until I noticed a largish dark bird sitting on the water. After
a couple of minutes it flew and turned out to be a South Polar Skua (more
details and photos in this
checklist) https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S46776654

Then today, with 19-21 mph winds coming out of the NNW, I figured it would
be a good day for shearwaters, and I turned out to be right. I birded from
the lighthouse for most of the morning and had great results which
included: 102 Sooty Shearwaters, 123 Great Shearwaters, 1 Cory's
Shearwater, 2 Northern Fulmars, 24 Northern Gannets, and 6 Wilson's
Storm-Petrels (low due to moderate waves). Later on as sunset came, a Ruddy
Turnstone landed and a Manx Shearwater came within 200 ft of the eastern
shore, which was quite a treat. Here's the checklist for
today: https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S46798844

Other regulars include Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Atlantic Puffins
and the occasional Razorbill for alcids. Both Common and Arctic Terns make
daily appearances. A Red-breasted Nuthatch has also been around since last
Thursday and possibly longer.

Stay tuned for more as the season progresses.

Good Birding,
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Date: 6/25/18 12:59 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan weekend, 6.22-6.25.18
I spent the past 3-1/2 days out on Monhegan, and while I wasn't birding per
se, I did keep track of everything I saw or heard (mostly heard) while I
was there. Most of my time was either in the village or in Cathedral Woods.
Noted 38 species total, probably could have turned up more if I'd picked up
my binoculars.

Highlights were seeing some youngsters, including a nice creche of Common
Eiders (12 chicks with 5 hens), several Herring Gull fuzz ball chicks in
the nests below White Head, and the big surprise: 3 pheasant chicks on the
trail near Pebble Beach! (A surprise because no one has seen a female out
there for several years, and I didn't hear any males there at all this
spring and was wondering if they had all died out.) Also, spotty teenager
robins looking like Fieldfares and parent Blue Jay feeding whiny fledgling
Blue Jay.

Other birds that might be of interest as breeding species out there:

Laughing Gull
Tree Swallow
Swainson's Thrush -3 + singing in woods
Winter Wren - 3+ singing in woods
Cedar Waxwing
Red Crossbill - flock of ~12 in woods
Co. Raven - very vocal pair
White-throated Sparrow - of course

No. Parula - 3
Yellow Warbler - 6+
Black-and-white Warbler -1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Am. Redstart - 3
C. Yellowthroat - many
Black-throated Green Warbler - many, as expected

​Kristen​

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Date: 6/24/18 1:48 pm
From: Glenn Hodgkins <hodgkinsglenn...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Parula and Sapsucker nests
We had an Augusta Birding Club trip on and near the Long Falls Dam Road
(near Flagstaff Lake) yesterday. One of our goals was to look for breeding
evidence for the Maine Bird Atlas. Margaret Viens spotted a hanging
Northern Parula nest made of Old Mans Beard lichen. We also came across a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nesting hole. For some good pictures of these and
a list of other birds at two of our stops:

https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S46760642
https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S46749801

Glenn Hodgkins
Hallowell

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Date: 6/24/18 12:30 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Purple Finches, Roque Bluffs 24 June
Thank you Bob, Craig, and anyone else who thinks I can safely report this
as an adult feeding young purple finch :-)

On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 2:13 PM, Bob Crowley <crbob...> wrote:

> To my eyes you have a male feeding a fledgling Purple Finch.
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> Bob Crowley
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> Chatham, NH
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> *From: *Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
> *Sent: *Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:34 PM
> *To: *Maine Birds <maine-birds...>
> *Subject: *[Maine-birds] Purple Finches, Roque Bluffs 24 June
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>
> I hardly ever see any bird behavior, even though I hear the birds singing
> all around me every day. This Breeding Atlas has been a frustration for me,
> However. Two pair of Purple Finches have been at our feeder for more than a
> month. Around noon I looked out the window and Purple Finches were doing
> something. I think this is a fledgling and an adult male. But the Adult is
> larger than the other finch, so maybe it's not what it looks like, a young
> bird begging for food.
>
> If you can stand looking at three photos taken through a double-glazed
> window with a 10Xzoom 10 year old point-and-shoot, please let me know if
> you think this is not an adult feeding young. I don't want to post to
> Breeding Atlas until I am sure.
>
> www.acadiabirds.wordpress.com
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> Also, Wally, while he was taking his morning walk, flushed four
> juvenile winter wrens from their nest or hiding place under leaves in the
> ravine next to our place yesterday. They sat in a row on a branch on the
> ground and he quickly left so he would not disturb them.
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Date: 6/24/18 10:38 am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] slight correction re Purple Finches
I meant to say that the adult male looks smaller than the other finch,
which might be a fledgling or a female. C.

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Date: 6/24/18 10:34 am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Purple Finches, Roque Bluffs 24 June
I hardly ever see any bird behavior, even though I hear the birds singing
all around me every day. This Breeding Atlas has been a frustration for me,
However. Two pair of Purple Finches have been at our feeder for more than a
month. Around noon I looked out the window and Purple Finches were doing
something. I think this is a fledgling and an adult male. But the Adult is
larger than the other finch, so maybe it's not what it looks like, a young
bird begging for food.
If you can stand looking at three photos taken through a double-glazed
window with a 10Xzoom 10 year old point-and-shoot, please let me know if
you think this is not an adult feeding young. I don't want to post to
Breeding Atlas until I am sure.
www.acadiabirds.wordpress.com
Also, Wally, while he was taking his morning walk, flushed four juvenile
winter wrens from their nest or hiding place under leaves in the ravine
next to our place yesterday. They sat in a row on a branch on the ground
and he quickly left so he would not disturb them.

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Date: 6/22/18 4:07 pm
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Bird Atlas - Weekend Challenges, 6/22
Hi everyone:

This is a great week for early milestones: we cracked 500 participants (one of last week’s challenges) and passed 25% of blocks in Maine having at least one checklist submitted (and 35% of Priority Blocks with data). You can keep tabs on the state-level results here: https://ebird.org/atlasme/state/US-ME?atlasPeriod=EBIRD_ATL_ME_2018

Before the new challenges, let’s see how you all did last week…

Red-eyed Vireo - the goal of bumping up possible to probable records was fairly successful, from 106 probable last week to 144. More impressive was the spike in possible reports from 197 to 273! Great work getting more singing birds entered, now see if we can get those up to probable with “S7”.

Northern Cardinal - from 15 to 19 confirmed records - good work but keep the reports coming!

Fledge an Atlaser - GREAT WORK! Nearly 50 new atlasers reported lists over the past week.

NEW CHALLENGES:

1) Black-capped Chickadee - Over the past week it seems chickadees are growing up quickly - I had a family with “recently fledged” birds that were practically identical to the adults (tails fully grown and gape lines very hard to see). The begging young have a distinct nasal whine that is pretty easy to detect right now (similar to this: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/207274). Let’s see if we can bump up the confirmed blocks this week; the bar is set at 95 confirmed blocks.

2) Song Sparrow - like the chickadee, another widespread species with quite a few confirmed blocks already (119) but we can do better. They should be busy carry mouthfuls of food to chicks this week so get those “carrying food” or “feeding young” records in.

3) Wild Turkey - this is a species we expected to see one of the largest increases from the first atlas but it is a slow start so far. The first poults were running around Gilsland Farm this week so I suspect more will be seen around the state soon. Currently at 34 confirmed blocks, there must be more out there.

Good birding and happy atlasing!


Doug Hitchcox
Maine Bird Atlas - Outreach Coordinator
Maine Audubon - Staff Naturalist
207-781-2330 x237
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Date: 6/21/18 6:12 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Peregrine chick
6/21/18
A single well developed Peregrine Falcon chick, still with a few downy feathers, was at the Ironbound Island nest site this afternoon. An adult was flying high overhead. Picture on Maine Birds facebook page and also the eBird site.
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Date: 6/21/18 4:23 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
Other than a steadily increasing number of Alcid & Tern chicks and the
first EIDER chicks emerging, things have been relatively quiet.
Yesterday was an exception, with several birds apparently arriving Tuesday
night.

There were several RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES, making me wonder if this is
going to be another banner year for that species.
There are still 3-4 around. Anyone else seeing more Nuthatches than usual?

A single GRACKLE arrived but apparently the Terns persuaded it to vacate.

A RED WINGED BLACKBIRD has been more persistent. It's still around and
causing distress in the tern colony.

Wednesday's Bird-Of-The-Day was a brilliant male SCARLET TANAGER that
apparently got the Bum's Rush from the terns.

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