On Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 6:18:54 PM UTC-4, MCO wrote: > > OK - I'm stumped. > > We're at Lake Pemaquid and are being serenaded by this very rhythmic call > at the lake edge. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/enrvjlbryexut7f/Twin%20Cove%20Ln.mp3 > > Starts after dark and went on all night long. > > I can't find a frog or bird that matches. > > What is this? > > --mco > >
Date: 9/22/19 11:43 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Black Skimmers, Caspian Terns, and mystery Empid, Reid State Park, 9/22
Reid State Park in Georgetown gets on the BLACK SKIMMER scoreboard with 7 this morning, perhaps birds that have been added to the growing flock at Biddeford. Additionally, I had 5 CASPIAN TERNS, four of which were feeding for a while at the mouth of the Little River. One juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was flying around as well.
But the "one that got away" was what was most likely an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER that I very briefly glimpsed in the treetops (typical foraging location for Acadians as circumstantial evidence) about 1/4mile down Todd's Point Road from the entrance (at the second clearing on the left that you can see the water from). I just couldn't get a good enough look to confirm and it did not vocalize. If it wasn't an Acadian, it was REALLY good.
Date: 9/22/19 7:21 am From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...> Subject: [Maine-birds] House wren Cape Neddick
Cornell Merlin app confirms this little guy is uncommon in these parts. Certainly never had one stay here for over a week. Very vocal scolding even the roosters. Likes to hang out near the veggie garden close to the bracken and aspens and damp vernal pool.
Date: 9/21/19 6:15 pm From: The Hasbroucks <thasbroucks...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Unidentified Night Call
We agree with Dave Cowan’s identification of a katydid…our camping experience in August in PA several years ago introduced us to these guys. When they all get together they are deafening! :) And yes, they go at it all. night. long.
Date: 9/21/19 9:06 am From: Sean S <therefromhere168...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Western Tanager update
It was last seen in the mixed pine-oak area on the Saco River side of the tracks, unfortunately we had to leave because my dog was getting overheated. There is a trail that goes down to the river off to the left where more water frontage can be viewed, but along the trail itself is where I usually see the most birds. Posting from my phone I neglected to mention that it did have a dark back and two light wing bars (which made me think it was a fall Baltimore Oriole at initial glance, although I quickly realized the proportions were wrong, along with the bill). Very yellow bird with a contrasting orange-pink bill.
There was also some warbler activity there this morning, although it had subsided when we left. There were at least 20 Yellow-rumped in the trees and at 2 Tennessee along with other un-ID'd warblers in the lower vegetation (focusing more on trying to find the Tanager, so had to ignore some of them). Ingalls Pond is an interesting habitat because the expansive scrub vegetation there is almost entirely buttonbush, with very few cattails growing anywhere.
Date: 9/21/19 7:31 am From: Sean S <therefromhere168...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Western Tanager, Ingalls Pond in Baldwin right now
Jeff Webb and I just had a female Western Tanager about 1/4 mile down the path along the railroad tracks. Tanager sized, slowly moving bird. Yellow body, dark gray- blackish wings and a pink thick bill. It was under the canopy at the top of an oak along the path, then flew into the shade of another oak near the Saco River side where we are trying to relocate it.
Date: 9/21/19 1:09 am From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Matinicus Birds 9/14-21
Enjoyed a week of birding on Matinicus Isle. Birds observed drew mostly from regionally breeding birds with few migrants mixed in to keep it interesting. In addition to my self, Mark DiGirolamo and Jacquie Gage contributed substantially to this list of birds observed.
Number of Taxa: 60
Checklists included in this summary:
Date: Sep 19, 2019 at 2:09 PM
Date: 9/20/19 2:57 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 9/14-20
My non-Sandy Point observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 6 Black-crowned Night-Herons, Royal River, Yarmouth, 9/14 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 2 juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 1 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, etc, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 9/15.
- 1 CLOUDLESS SULFUR (my second of the summer), Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 9/15 (with Pat Moynahan).
- 1 juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/15 (with Pat Moynahan; in hindsight, this was likely one of the individuals that I had at Hill's Beach earlier).
- 2 ad. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, Pine Point Beach, Scarborough, 9/16 (with Jeannette).
- 10 species of warblers in our Pownal yard on 9/17.
- 2 adult and 1 juvenile SANDHILL CRANES, Mayall Rd, Gray/New Gloucester, 9/19. Pair have been frequenting these fields in the fall for at least 6 years but were late in arriving this year. Now, we know why. This is the first year they showed up with a juvenile.
Date: 9/19/19 10:02 am From: Sean S <therefromhere168...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Large backyard warbler fallout
After last night's borderline frost, a warm morning and sun on the backyard hillside brought out a large, active wave of warblers that included 1 Orange-crowned and 3 Tennessee, and lasted for at least 35 minutes. To be honest I was somewhat overwhelmed by the numbers, which reminded me of an Evergreen Cemetery fallout. I tried mostly to follow and get a good handle on individual birds rather than see them all, which would have been impossible for one person anyway. 3 or 4 birders could definitely have handled the job better. The birds seemed to especially like the wild grape bushes on the hillside, which have plenty of Japanese beetles.
Date: 9/19/19 9:32 am From: John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan <birdsnbeads...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sears Island
There has been some consistently good days lately for observing migration on Sears Island, Waldo Co. A good number of vireos this morning with five species, including Yellow-throated Vireo (YTVI). 14-20 species of warblers per day have been my counts over the past week. A dozen other birders besides myself enjoyed the show today. I’d encourage anyone who can to be there at dawn following a night with northerly winds.
Date: 9/19/19 6:52 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/19
Hi all,A good flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth, this am.
6:23-9:0039F, clear, NW 1.3-3 to 4.1-5.1 before diminishing.
271 Northern Parulas138 Unidentified27 Northern Flickers21 American Redstarts15 Black-throated Green Warblers14 Black-and-white Warblers13 American Goldfinches12 Cape May Warblers7 Tennessee Warblers7 Yellow Warblers7 Yellow-rumped Warblers7 Savannah Sparrows4 Red-eyed Vireos4 Magnolia Warblers3 Ospreys3 Eastern Phoebes2 Eastern Wood-Pewees2 Swainson's Thrushes2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets2 Black-throated Blue Warblers2 Cedar Waxwings1 Common Loon1 Sharp-shinned Hawk1 Least Flycatcher1 unidentified flycatcher1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Nashville Warbler1 Chipping Sparrow1 White-throated Sparrowx Common Yellowthroats
Date: 9/17/19 2:29 pm From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Epic Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/17
Far from odd, it’s a far-too-often occurrence at unmarked high-tensions lines where they cross water. Collisions are regular at Sandy Point, especially with flocks of Double-crested Cormorants, but few are as violent as today’s. I also see Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and gulls hit. Most fly off, but I have seen cormorants killed or injured on multiple occasions, and have found everything from Ruddy Ducks to a Great Blue Heron dead below.
And I am only there on the clear days without fog or precipitation.
Date: 9/17/19 8:53 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Epic Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/17
An absolutely outstanding morning flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this morning. After a clear pre-dawn, clouds were rapidly moving in, which again impacted identification. But today, the 2nd-all-time-highest unidentified tally was simply due to overwhelming volume: I'm just not good enough to sort through them that quickly by sight and/or sound. And at times, I just counted batches and sat back an enjoyed the show, leaving ID for only the low birds. A special thank you to Matthew who was late for school in order to enjoy the flight and monitor the shrubs below me.
6:22-9:0049F, partly cloudy, NW 8.3-13.4 mph. Becoming overcast and light drizzle, NW 8.1-9.6With Mathew Gilbert
3,091 Unidentied *2nd highest all time, and I make no apologies about it!1,664 Northern Parulas *New Record. 428 American Redstarts182 Cedar Waxwings46 Magnolia Warblers43 Blackpoll Warblers39 Black-throated Green Warblers29 Cape May Warblers (*new record)25 Yellow Warblers21 Black-and-white Warblers20 Tennessee Warblers (*new record)15 Red-eyed Vireos14 Nashville Warblers13 Canada Geese11 Northern Flickers9 Yellow-rumped Warblers8 Bay-breasted Warblers7 Black-throated Blue Warblers7 Wilson's Warblers6 Common Loons (not including one that slammed into the wires and narrowly avoided crashing onto the road)4 Eastern Wood-Pewees4 Philadelphia Vireos *2nd highest)3 MerlinS3 unidentified flycatchers3 Swainson's Thrushes3 Wilson's Warblers3 Chipping Sparrow3 American Goldfinches2 Eastern Phoebes2 Blue-headed Vireos2 unidentified vireo2 Red-breasted Nuthatches2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet2 Northern Waterthrushes1 Sharp-shinned Hawk1 Osprey1 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (late)1 Least Flycatcher1 unidentified Empid1 American Robin1 Golden-crowned Kinglet1 Brown Creeper1 Ovenbird1 Prairie Warbler1 Palm Warbler (FOF)1 Blackburnian Warbler1 White-throated Sparrow1 Lincoln's Warbler1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak1 DICKCISSEL (FOF)
1 Rusty Blackbirdx Common Yellowthroat
T= 5,733 (*2nd highest all time!)
Date: 9/17/19 8:38 am From: Peggy Page <mpage815...> Subject: [Maine-birds] No Kite
Pam Jordan and I tried yesterday afternoon and for an hour this morning for the Dennysville Swallow Tailed Kite. No luck. Adult and juvenile Bald Eagles, a few soaring Broadwings and some ravens doing aerobatics were nice consolation prizes.
(We were staying at a cabin at Meddybemps Lake so we’re not far from area.)
Date: 9/16/19 6:17 pm From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] NO Swallow-tailed Kite, Dennysville
I was there from 8:20-12:00 this morning and had no luck with it either. I
feel like I know my way around Dennysville now, did a pretty thorough
combing of the area. Even came back after a run over to West Quoddy Head
and made stops along the river and at any open fields I could find. If it
has left the area, I'm wondering how much the abundant crow population
might have had to do with its decision to do so. They were worked up about
something or other almost the entire time I was there.
Ran into a pretty good mixed flock at the end of Salmon Club Road, will be
putting together an eBird list to post as soon as possible.
On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 3:56 PM Margaret Viens <margaretviens...>
> Peggy Blair and I birded the areas described from Doug’s report yesterday.
> We were there from 12:30 till 3:10 pm and no luck finding the Kite.
> Mostly cloudy today and NW winds, so it may have the area last night. We
> did not see any locals to ask if anyone else had seen it today.
> We Just wanted to save someone a trip, although you may have better luck
> than we did.
> Margaret Viens
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Date: 9/16/19 12:55 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Mississippi Kite Nest Summary in NH - 2019
This summer, New Hampshire had 3 known nest territories for Mississippi
Kites and 2 chicks successfully fledged. This is (at least) the 11th
consecutive year that kites (between 1 and 3 pairs) have nested in New
Hampshire in this isolated, rare, nesting colony.
DURHAM - The"Madbury Road" territory was first noted in 2017 and last
year's nest successfully fledged one chick. This year, they moved the
nest down the street a couple hundred yards, and once again, the pair
chose to nest in a white pine tree in someone's back yard. And once
again, the home owners were very gracious and welcoming to birders.
This nest was visited by countless numbers of birders and apparently
there were no "major" issues with birders, other than some minor
trespassing. Incubation started roughly June 11 and hatching occurred
roughly July 11. The nest successfully fledged a single chick. The
chick was still being taken care of by the adults at least as late as
August 27th, and possibly on September 2nd.
NEWMARKET - This is the 2nd year in a row for this pair at this spot and
last year they fledged one chick. This year, they chose to nest in the
same tree, high in an oak tree I believe. As last year, in a front yard
along a driveway in a residential neighborhood. I've tried to keep this
territory a bit more secretive to discourage lots of visitors. It's not
in a very photogenic location anyway. Incubation started roughly June
7and hatching occurred roughly July 7. The nest successfully fledged a
single chick. The chick was still being taken care of by the adults at
least as late as September 1st, but they may have left the region
shortly after that.
STRATHAM - This territory was first noted in 2017 and last year's nest
successfully fledged one chick. This year, they moved the nest down the
street about a hundred yards, but this year the pair moved from an oak
tree into a white pine tree, high up. Again, the pair chose to nest in
someone's yard along the driveway, but the nest was not visible from the
road and the location was kept a secret. Incubation started on June 15
or perhaps earlier, but the NEST FAILED. On or around July 1st, the
pair abandoned incubation. The cause of the failure is uncertain, but
there were some severe thunderstorms the evening prior to the failure.
This nest was in a spindly white pine that swayed severely with strong
winds, and I suspect the egg was lost from the wind during the storm.
OTHER TERRITORIES - Nothing conclusive. There were additional adult
birds seen at the nest in Durham (especially when Ed Norton videotaped 3
adults in the nest!!) and another at the nest in Newmarket, so it's at
least possible that there was another 4th undiscovered nest out there.
I thought the sighting and photo by Deb Powers of a kite chasing an
Osprey in Durham about a mile from the nest site on Madbury Road was
significant. And there were some suspicious sightings in Newmarket
which may indicate a second pair somewhere; however, Jane and I did a
lot of searching, but no luck.
A few tidbits I've observed over the 11 years the kites have nested in NH:
* 100% of the nests found in NH have been in residential subdivisions
with mature trees. Nests are almost always in front, side, or rear
yards of homes!!! The birds are oblivious to anything going on below
them whether it be dogs barking, lawn mowers, kids screaming, or hordes
of birders watching them.
* Tree types have varied and have been found in oak, pine, maple, and
hickory at least. But the nest is always quite high. Sometimes in
outer branches vulnerable to wind.
* Of all of the nests I have ever heard about in 11 years, I have never
seen, nor heard about any more than a single head poking up out of the
nest. It would appear that the kites in NH only lay a single egg!!!
This seems interesting, since I believe they normally lay 1 to 3 eggs in
their normal range. Is this a modification in their egg laying behavior
to accommodate a shorter breeding season this far north?
* Food items I've seen have been mostly dragonflies and cicadas. One
memorable observation was when we saw one eating a bat. And this year,
we saw an adult feed a chick a fledged juvenile Eastern Bluebird. The
first bird we've seen being eaten by a kite.
* Adult care of the single chick continues right up into early September
(or nearly 1 month after fledging) . It seems like a long process and I
wonder if the adults migrate with the chick as they head south?
Date: 9/16/19 9:50 am From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/16
A great flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousins’s Island, Yarmouth this morning. Unfortunately, overcast skies and a very high flight on light winds yielded very few identifiable birds. Few landed in trees at the point as well.
55F, cloudy, WNW 0.6mph-1.3mph increasing to W 5.0 to 6.3mph.
w/ Laura Kennedy
257 Northern Parulas
67 Cedar Waxwings
25 American Redstarts
16 Blackpoll Warbler
6 Yellow Warblers
5 Yellow-rumped Warblers
4 American Goldfinches
2 Canada Geese
2 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 American Pipits
2 Nashville Warblers
2 Magnolia Warblers
2 Black-and-white Warblers
1 American Kestrel
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 unidentified flycatcher
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 unidentified vireo
1 Pine Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Scarlet Tanager
X Common Yellowthroats
Date: 9/15/19 4:05 pm From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] SWALLOW-TAILED KITE - Dennysville, 15 Sep
This morning, Chris Bartlett, Woody Gillies, Fyn Kynd, and I were able to find a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE that had been reported in Dennysville (Washington County), along Route 86. Locals today shared that the bird has been seen daily since 7 September. Throughout our observation, the kite seemed to be favoring hunting over Denny’s River, catching and consuming aerial insects (apparently large dragonflies) on the wing, a promising sign it may stick around until the weather gets too cold for that food source. The bird made multiple circuits from the bridge at 86/King Street (near Sawmill Drive - Private) and toward the intersection of “The Lane” and Main Street. Traffic along Route 86 was light (as expected on a Sunday morning) but drivers were traveling quite fast so I don’t recommend birding from the Route 86 roadside. There is parking on Main Street along Denny’s River (https://goo.gl/maps/3i7bs6Z8G1N1VXy26), the Sunrise Trail bridge is parallel with the 86 bridge, with the Snowmobile/ATV club nearby (https://goo.gl/maps/NTyQkhvGBini4g9H6), and the Dennysville Cemetery (https://goo.gl/maps/EyJsnW2b2hpJ7cb26) is fairly elevated and should also have potential view points. Locals were extremely friendly and helpful but please use good judgement in parking and be respectful of private roads/property.
The timing of arrival of this bird is suspiciously correlated with the passage of Hurricane Dorian but there has been a northward push of Swallow-tailed Kites over the past month. Several kites have been in Illinois, including central (24 Aug - 4 Sep) and northern (22 Aug) parts of that state, central (18 Aug - 4 Sep) and western (10 Sep) Ohio, eastern Pennsylvania (16 Aug - 1 Sep), and recently southern Quebec (12 Sep), so perhaps this bird is part of a larger movement occurring.
Also, Will Nichols passed along a second-hand report (with photos) of two Black Skimmers that were seen in Addison. The exact location and time/date are unknown at this point but good to know there are more along the Maine coast.
(Bar Harbor Pelagic report and eBird lists coming soon!)
Maine Bird Atlas - Outreach Coordinator
Maine Audubon - Staff Naturalist
Walking out into the Eastern Trail pannes this afternoon around 3, I was surprised to find two Wilson’s Phalaropes in loose association with a mixed flock of other shorebirds. They were in the grassy pannes to the west/right of the “trail.”
Date: 9/15/19 9:25 am From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Buxton 2019 Arrival Data
Seems like Tuesday evening was a big migration day for us. Wednesday morning’s forests were very quiet with most Catbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Song Sparrows, Phoebes, many Bluebirds and our Kestrel family all left.
As in past years, no Thrashers, Towhees, Hermit Thrushes or Pewees heard or seen. I positively ID’d a pair of Veerys on at least half a dozen occasions over the Spring and Summer in the same place but never heard them sing once. Not sure if this is at all typical but struck me as odd since I normally hear them along with the Wood Thrushes. Bobolinks back for the first time in a number of years along with the House Wren, also not seen or heard for a few years.
A few notable firsts this year: Blue-headed Vireo, Bay-breasted Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler, all likely passing through. Indigo Bunting, as usual, very late arrival.
Date: 9/14/19 2:08 pm From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
We faired well from Dorian, being as we were on the western, or rainy side of the storm, rather than the eastern, windy side. We saw a few hours of heavy rain but the wind barely reached 40 knots. As a result, very few storm-carried birds materialized in this area, unlike parts of Nova Scotia and NFLD. The only birds that showed here that I can say were storm-carried from the south were probable CAVE SWALLOWS on Tuesday, September 10th, travelling with some BARN SWALLOWS (couldn't quite rule out the similar species). On Thursday I confirmed 2 Cave Swallows and 7 Barn Swallows. On Friday, September 13th, I had 1 confirmed and 2 probable Cave Swallows and 4 Barn Swallows. (2 or 3 Barn Swallows showed up just now, late Saturday.)
Also, on Sunday, September 8th, behind the storm, I glimpsed a very large tern that could have been a ROYAL TERN but the sighting was so fleeting that it's only conjecture.
As the first feelers of the storm touched us late on Friday, September 6th, an ARCTIC TERN settled in to roost on our helicopter pad. In spite of being disturbed several times, it stayed into Saturday morning when horizontal rain across that exposed location pushed it to find a more secure perch. Its behavior leads me to think that it was one of our own Terns which didn't migrate with the others, rather than a bird brought northward by the weather.
A WHIMBREL also arrived as the storm was ramping up. After several low circles, including a pass just yards from me, it disappeared but I had the feeling that it continued its journey, rather than landing on the island.
At the height of the wind and rain I was surprised to see a MERLIN actively hunting. Youth? Inexperience? Desperation? Or an individual that found an unorthodox method? We can only speculate, but, whatever the reason, it's hard to imagine having your eyeballs hit by big water drops at well over 100 mph, much less skimming the ground and avoiding obstacles under those conditions.
Post-Dorian, we have had a steady trickle of migrants, primarily yellowish olive drab species with a liberal sprinkling of greenish, brownish and greyish drab Guess-Me Birds. They are taking full advantage of the abundance of insects amid the carpet of PURPLE ASTER which is in full bloom. Most of the birds only emerge from the thick cover very briefly so keeping track of an individual long enough to make an identification is challenging.
Yesterday, Friday the 13th, I decided to spend a bit of Standing-Still Time out in some of the most viewable Aster concentrations and IDed YELLOW, MAGNOLIA, CAPE MAY, BLACK THROATED GREEN, BLACK THROATED BLUE, YELLOW RUMPED, PINE, BAY BREASTED, BLACK & WHITE and HOODED WARBLERS, along with NORTHERN PARULAS, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. (Note: Just discovered what appears to be a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER that somehow managed to get inside our fuel storage building. No windows or open doors so I can only assume that it squirmed through some tiny opening in pursuit of an insect. Nevertheless, I'll try to capture and extradite it after dark. Fortunately, the current cloud cover will help to mask the full moon. With 8 large skylights in the roof, a clear full moon would make it too light inside the building to facilitate a capture.)
After only a couple of earlier, pre-storm FLICKERS, Thursday and Friday produced a couple dozen. Hard to get a better count because of occasional KESTRELS, MERLINS and a couple HARRIERS that kept the prey birds close to cover most of the time. Those pesky raptors seem to be moving through fairly quickly with only 1 or 2 here at any moment but almost always at least one somewhere on the island.
Most notable on Friday was the (finally) influx of RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS. Initially I thought that there were only a few scattered around the island but with evening approaching I was seeing dozens, many of them feeding in the "understory" of lower-growing Asters and spending a lot of time just sitting between hectic territorial (?) chases with other Hummers.
Butterflies have also picked up since the storm, although it's still mostly MONARCHS. So, while trying to shoot the unpredictable Hummers, I took advantage of a few co-operative butterflies. One of the 3 ANGLEWINGS that I saw decided to settle and feed about 6 feet in front of me with the light just beginning to turn good. Other than swatting MOSQUITOES, my attention was completely on that Flutterby. Soon, as will happen, I was snapped back to the wider scene. There was a Hummer no more than 6 inches from my eye, hovering, as if to say, "Pay attention to me." Of course I know that I was never in any danger but it's just a bit disconcerting to suddenly realize that there's a flying needle pointed right at your eyeball.
Having planned on being out for less time as well as staying in more open areas, I neglected to apply any insect repellant. Consequently, I ended up calling it quit when the Mosquitoes seemed to be joying themselves more than I was. As a side note: I've made reference to island insects from time to time but mosquitoes are now a bane. What ever the reason; weather, temperature or something else, mosquitoes are now very, very heavy on MSI. That wouldn't be especially notable except that for the first 18 or 19 years out here I never saw or heard tell of a mosquito on the island!! They simple didn't exist.
There have been a few bird species adding variety recently but represented by just one, two or three individuals: 3 young CEDAR WAXWINGS still hanging around after 6 days; 2 separate DICKCISSELS, first a female and then a dull male a few days later; a single drab BOBOLINK; 2 widely separated EASTERN PHOEBES; a single RED WINGED BLACKBIRD; a scattered WOOD PEWEE; random flycatchers.
SAVANNAH SPARROWS are still the birds in greatest quantity, although I have the impression that some may have departed. However, I saw some newly minted Savannahs this week, apparently representing at least two different families. I assume that they are at least second broods and quite possibly even third broods.
Our patio Savannahs were joined briefly on Thursday and again on Friday by a pale BALTIMORE ORIOLE. It seemed to be on a strictly carnivorous diet and completely ignored both grape jelly and oranges.
The patio crew has also been hosting LARK SPARROWS since pre-Dorian. I confirmed 4 individuals, including one bright rufus adult. For the past several days it seems that there are only two sub-adults. They started out quite belligerent towards each other but quickly reverted to their typical habit of hanging together without conflict. (Except when one found an huge grub and declined to share.)
Gulls continue roosting on the island with numbers reaching several thousand. I haven't attempted anything more that a loose estimate but they sure make a mighty cloud when our semi-resident EAGLE decides to check the neighbourhood.
Other aquatic birds are unimpressive, although DC CORMORANTS are beginning to pass in small, apparently migrating flocks. A few DCs are hanging around for a bit of feeding, as are perhaps 2 dozen COMMON EIDERS.
No HARLEQUINS or PURPLE SANDPIPERS yet but likely pretty soon.
Shorebirds still have representation with a handful of migrant SEMIPALMATED & LEAST SANDPIPERS and a couple (possibly resident) SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Other shorebirds certainly are moving through, largely unnoticed, like the Whimbrel that just over-flew the lawn and disappeared somewhere over the southern end of the island. Landed? Kept moving? impossible to tell.
Back at the Asters: MONARCH BUTTERFLIES were steady and in good number all week. Last evening I watched as first one and then others began looking for night-roosts around the buildings. By sunset I had marked several locations and I checked around after full dark. I found 23 Monarchs perched on the sides of buildings with 17 of those on 2 sides of our house.
We've all seen images of the millions of Monarchs in their winter aggregations and some have visited those sites. We're told that those gatherings used to be much, much greater and that they continue to shrink. I have absolutely no doubt about our immense loss. That pitiful handful of Monarchs clinging to buildings last night reminded me about the numbers that we could experience up here just a few decades ago. I recall in the 1970s, on Partridge Island, when conditions were right, there were warm, near-calm days when the air was literally filled with tens of thousands of migrating Monarchs and I remember seeing a 30 foot willow tree with branches draped and bowed with night-clustering butterflies. Not Mexico perhaps, but a damn good facsimile.
LEACH'S STORM PETRELS are reaching the fledging stage and possibly some have already departed. I checked two chicks on Thursday and found one with only a few wisps of down while the other was about 95% feathered.
The PUFFINS are effectively gone. I've seen just enough to make me think that no more than 3 active nests remain. I haven't see a Puffling around the house for almost 2 weeks. All in all, the Puffins and the other Alcids seem to have had a decent year. Eiders and Spotted Sandpipers also did okay and Savannah Sparrows would seem to be at or above average. Combined with the Tern's good summer, I'd say that MSI is closing a fairly successful breeding season.
*Black Skimmers (4 of 'em) *flew by the outer tip of Ship Harbor Nature Trail in Acadia National Park this afternoon, flying steadily southwest by Gott's Island. With 5 birders observing (3 newbies, 2 experienced). An OMG moment!
Craig K Southwest Harbor
On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 1:34 PM Thomas Foley <thomaspfoley5...> wrote:
Date: 9/13/19 3:40 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 9/7-13
My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
- it was a very good week for migrant Cape May Warblers as they were rather widespread for me, including our Pownal yard. Three birds of three different plumages in one tree at Evergreen Cemetery on 9/7 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk) was particularly fun.
- 5 SANDHILL CRANES, McNeil Road, Fryeburg Harbor, 9/8 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 236 migrant raptors led by 203 Broad-winged Hawks and other migrants highlighted by 3 late PURPLE MARTINS, Mount Cutler, Hiram, 9/10 (with Jeannette). More details and the hawk count here: https://mebirdingfieldnotes.blog/2019/09/11/mt-cutler-in-hiram-a-new-fall-hawkwatching-hotspot/ - impressive diversity of migrants including multiple Cape May and Bay-breasted Warblers and 1 MOURNING WARBLER, Old Town House Park, North Yarmouth, 9/11.
- 1 late Glossy Ibis, Dunstan Landing, Scarborough Marsh, 9/12.
- 2 continuing AMERICAN AVOCETS, 1 juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 1 late-ish juv. Little Blue Heron, 4 Whimbrels, etc, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 9/12.
- 1 FORSTER’S TERN and 1 American Pipit (FOF), Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 9/13 (with Dan Nickerson).
- 1 RED PHALAROPE, 1 juv LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and 507 Northern Gannets, Cap’n Fish Whale Watch, Boothbay Harbor, 9/13 (with Dan Nickerson and Angela Woodside).
Date: 9/12/19 7:38 pm From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan Island Highlights from Thursday
Hello Maine Birders:
The number of migrants on Monhegan Island today was underwhelming but there was plenty of fun to be had and decent diversity.
Northern Gannets plunging near shore and Merlins racing all over the island were the behavioral highlights.
Notable species encountered included: a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (photo here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59706097), a White-eyed Vireo found by Steve Schenk (sp?) -- thank you, a Lark Sparrow, a Dickcissel and a Philadelphia Vireo.
Warbler species of note included: Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Wilson's, Blackburnian, Cape May and Prairie.
Date: 9/12/19 4:04 pm From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Wilson's Phalarope in the Eastern Trail pannes
Photographed a Wilson's Phalarope that is continuing in the area, perhaps the same bird reported by Turk Duddy at Great Pond. Another report from Stratton Island. I ran into Derek Lovitch who was coming out of the pannes as I was going who confirmed my hunch the bird was there. Observed the bird for about half an hour in the largest panne by the woods. It came into the open water but spent most of the time with an obstruction between me and the latest rarity.
Date: 9/12/19 2:24 pm From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh American Avocets
No avocets present at 4:55pm. Did have a spectacular sight of a Coopers hawk flying off with a leggy shorebird in its talons. Visibility was poor due to the hawk moving directly up the road towards the sun.
Curious to see what the count is on avocets after that...
On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 3:34 PM tfennell <tfennell...> wrote:
Date: 9/12/19 1:47 pm From: Berry.John <Berry.John...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Off topic - homing or racing pigeon in Topsham
There is a mostly white pigeon with yellow bands on both legs currently in the vicinity of Black Cherry Lane in Highland Green in Topsham if anyone knows who the owner might be. It seems healthy but tired. I haven’t been able to read details on the bands.
Date: 9/11/19 12:39 pm From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow Things Made My Day
Two lesser black-backed gulls on Laudholm Beach gave me a new continent bird this afternoon. They were hanging with more than 100 black-backed and herring gulls (and 1 ring-bill).
Possibly more exciting was having a cloudless sulphur (butterfly) glide right past me just before I reached the beach. It was following the trail inland when it passed me in the marsh. I gave chase but lost it. I don't know how up-to-date the page is, but Maine Butterfly Survey says rare stray not seen in the state since 1995. It's a late-season wanderer from the south. Keep watch, coastal birders!
Date: 9/11/19 8:46 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/9
Oops...forgot to post this on Monday.
A moderate flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin’s Island, Yarmouth this am. It was lighter than expected given the density of the radar last night, but with near-calm winds all night, there just wasn’t much drift offshore. Can we please get some sustained northwesterly winds up in here?
46F, partly to mostly cloudy, NW 0.5-1.9 to calm.
123 Northern Parulas
52 American Redstarts
13 Cedar Waxwings
7 Canada Geese
6 Blackpoll Warblers
5 Magnolia Warblers
5 Black-and-white Warblers
4 Cape May Warblers
4 Black-throated Green Warblers
4 Nashville Warblers
4 Yellow Warblers
2 Least Flycatchers
2 Swainson’s Thrushes
2 Wilson’s Warblers
2 Blackburnian Warblers
2 Savannah Sparrows
2 American Goldfinches
1 Common Loon
1 Semipalmated Plover
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
X Common Yellowthroats
Date: 9/10/19 7:01 am From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Warblers and Vireos and Flycatchers in Cumberland.
Just went back out as I heard some activity. It turned out to be White-Breasted Nuthatches, but i noticed a high flyer rising on the thermals from the hill. Lately these have almost exclusively been Broad-Winged Hawks, but in this case it was an Osprey climbing high and heading west.
Also could see the some of the movement from the earlier group up in the woods heading up the hill.
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9:47:01 AM UTC-4, Rob O'Connell wrote: > > Hey all, > Just curious if my Sandhill Crane post the other day broke the group? No > posts over a weekend? You haven't all given up birding on me have you? > > > I had a burst of activity in the yard this morning. Everything hit the > treetops shortly after the sun did. My birches had the most and most > consistent activity but the birds were moving around everywhere. > It included several warbler species including a Canada, a Magnolia, a > Yellow-Rumped, 2 Northern Parulas, and an American Redstart. > The vireos were mostly Red-Eyed but there was one that I think was a > Warbling as it had less contrast in the head and face than the REVI and a > bit of yellow tinge to the flanks. > Also had 3 flycatchers 2 of which were Eastern Phoebe's (the nesting pair > moved on a while ago so these were passing through), and one that I believe > was a young Great Crested. > > Several sparrows were seen as well with most being Chipping and 1 > Lincoln's. I did have a group of 18-20 Lincoln's go through my yard last > week at one point with a disturbingly high rate of avian pox. At least 3 > out of the 18 had large growths around the bills and eyes. As they were > moving through the grass, I could not see if there were more than that. > > The Pileated could be heard calling and hammering as well as well as Downy > and Hairy. > > Lately the later in the day activity tends to be down around the parking > area to Knights Pond (on Greely Road Extension) and in the Pines heading up > the hill from there. > > > Better than coffee, > > > And to quote Doug... And now I am late for work... > >
Date: 9/10/19 6:47 am From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Warblers and Vireos and Flycatchers in Cumberland.
Hey all, Just curious if my Sandhill Crane post the other day broke the group? No posts over a weekend? You haven't all given up birding on me have you?
I had a burst of activity in the yard this morning. Everything hit the treetops shortly after the sun did. My birches had the most and most consistent activity but the birds were moving around everywhere. It included several warbler species including a Canada, a Magnolia, a Yellow-Rumped, 2 Northern Parulas, and an American Redstart. The vireos were mostly Red-Eyed but there was one that I think was a Warbling as it had less contrast in the head and face than the REVI and a bit of yellow tinge to the flanks. Also had 3 flycatchers 2 of which were Eastern Phoebe's (the nesting pair moved on a while ago so these were passing through), and one that I believe was a young Great Crested.
Several sparrows were seen as well with most being Chipping and 1 Lincoln's. I did have a group of 18-20 Lincoln's go through my yard last week at one point with a disturbingly high rate of avian pox. At least 3 out of the 18 had large growths around the bills and eyes. As they were moving through the grass, I could not see if there were more than that.
The Pileated could be heard calling and hammering as well as well as Downy and Hairy.
Lately the later in the day activity tends to be down around the parking area to Knights Pond (on Greely Road Extension) and in the Pines heading up the hill from there.
Better than coffee,
And to quote Doug... And now I am late for work...
Date: 9/6/19 2:49 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week and Shorebird High Counts, 8/31-9/6.
Hi all,One other observation of note in addition to our WaCo trip and Sandy Point this week:- 1 hen Blue-winged Teal (FOF), Brunswick-Topsham Dam, Topsham, 8/31 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
And my shorebird high counts over the past seven days were as follows:AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: 2 ad, Pine Point, Scarborough, 9/6.
Black-bellied Plover: 100+, Lubec Bar and Flats, 9/1 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette),AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER: 1 ad, Lubec Bar and Flats, 9/1 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette). Semipalmated Plover: 157, Pine Point, 9/6.Killdeer: 4, Highland Road, Brunswick, 8/31 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
Ruddy Turnstone: 6, Lubec Bar and Flats, 9/1 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).Sanderling: 25, Mowry Beach, Lubec, 9/3 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).Dunlin (FOF): 1 juv, Lubec Bar and Flats, 9/1 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).Least Sandpiper: 40, Mowry Beach, Lubec, 9/3 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).
White-rumped Sandpiper: 4, Mowry Beach, Lubec, 9/3 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (FOY): 1 juv, Lubec Bar and Flats, 9/1 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette) and Mowry Beach, Lubec, 9/3 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).Semipalmated Sandpiper: 275, Mowry Beach, Lubec, 9/3 (with Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, and Jeannette).WESTERN SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Pine Point, 9/6.Short-billed Dowitcher: 4, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/31 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
Spotted Sandpiper: 2, Petit Manan Point, 9/3 (with Jeannette). Solitary Sandpiper: 1, Sandy Point Morning Flight, Yarmouth, 9/6.Lesser Yellowlegs: 2, Long Cove Rest Area, Ellsworth, 9/3 (with Jeannette).
"Eastern" Willet (getting late): 2, Pine Point, 9/6.Greater Yellowlegs: 8, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 9/6.
Date: 9/6/19 9:23 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/6
Hi all,A moderate flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this am.
6:09-8:2551F, partly cloudy, NW 2.8 to NNW 3.6
98 American Redstarts89 Northern Parulas56 unidentified38 Cedar Waxwings12 Black-throated Green Warblers6 Cape May Warblers5 Nashville Warblers4 Blackpoll Warblers4 Yellow Warblers3 Least Flycatchers3 Prairie Warblers2 "Trail's" Flycatchers2 Eastern Wood-Pewees2 Tennessee Warblers2 Magnolia Warblers2 Black-and-white Warblers2 Bobolinks2 American Goldfinches1 Solitary Sandpiper1 Merlin1 Common Nighthawk1 Eastern Kingbird
1 unidentified Empid1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird1 Tree Swallow1 Philadelphia Vireo1 Red-eyed Vireo1 Northern Waterthrush1 Blackburnian Warbler1 Black-throated Blue Warbler1 Wilson's Warbler1 Scarlet Tanagerx Common Yellowthroats
Date: 9/5/19 1:54 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/5
Hi all,A very light flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this am.
6:08-7:4564F, NNW 2.3 increasing to 3.7
31 American Redstarts19 Northern Parulas12 Blackpoll Warblers9 Cedar Waxwings9 unidentified7 Black-throated Green Warblers4 Common Loons4 Yellow Warblers2 Eastern Wood-Pewees2 Red-eyed Vireos1 Eastern Kingbird1 Least Flycatcher1 Canada Warbler1 Tennessee Warbler1 Prairie Warblerx Common Yellowthroats
Date: 9/4/19 11:11 pm From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I bemoaned the dearth of butterflies but Tuesday offered up around 20 MONARCHS, a handful of RED ADMIRALS, a few LADIES and a couple of ANGLEWINGS (Commas). Tuesday also produced a solitary female RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, hopefully just the first to refuel from the PURPLE ASTER that's nearing peak bloom.
Raptors have revved up some. 1st; there's been an EAGLE hanging around and apparently over-nighting. The thousands of gulls are not impressed. 2nd; I've been seeing two PEREGRINE FALCONS that have apparently stayed on the island for at least 3 days. 3rd; at least 6 HARRIERS have moved through in the last 2 days.
Wednesday, a dull BALTIMORE ORIOLE investigated the patio and, true to Murphy's way of running the world, it ignored a bowl of grape jelly and several orange halves. Instead it went toe-to-toe with sparrows, contesting for seed.
PUFFINS are still emerging. I conveyed 6 to the shoreline Tuesday/Wednesday night. One came banging on the basement door around 3 am and was quite insistant that it be admitted.
NH Audubon sponsored an all day pelagic bird trip yesterday aboard the
"Granite State" out of Rye Harbor, NH. The weather was excellent with
clear skies, north winds 5 to 10 knots decreasing to nearly calm, and
seas 2 feet dropping to nearly 0. We traveled east to the Isles of
Shoals where we wandered around the islands looking for odds & ends and
enjoying the beauty of the islands. We then continued off-shore forming
a counter-clockwise loop over the "Scantums" and dipping briefly into MA
waters before turning north over Jeffrey's Ledge, then circling back
over the inside of Jeffrey's Ledge before eventually heading back home.
Birds were VERY SCARCE! Especially on the ledge, but even at the Isles
of Shoals where there were only a few shorebirds on the islands, and no
luck with Oystercatchers or Great Cormorants. Offshore there were very
few gulls or shearwaters despite unlimited visibility. But fortunately
we managed to eke out few pelagic species and the few we saw were very
cooperative. The highlight of the trip was a spectacular performance
by a pod of Short-beaked Common Dolphins, which entertained us for
nearly an hour!
Canada Goose - Odd sighting of 4 MIGRATING SOUTH over Jeffrey's Ledge.
A few more at Isles of Shoals.
Common Eider - Lots in harbor and at Isles of Shoals.
Red-breasted Merganser - One inside Rye harbor.
Semipalmated Plover - One flyby on Jeffrey's Ledge. A few more in Rye
Killdeer - Rye harbor.
Ruddy Turnstone - Two poking around rocks at Isles of Shoals.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Rye harbor.
Short-billed Dowitcher - Rye harbor.
Spotted Sandpiper - One on Square Rock.
Willet - 1 lingering in Rye harbor.
Greater Yellowlegs - A few in Rye harbor.
Red-necked Phalarope - One juvenile on Jeffrey's Ledge Just one singe
Phalarope! But fortunately, it didn't fly and gave some nice views.
Bonaparte's Gull - A few inside Isles of Shoals.
Herring Gull - Remarkably few offshore. Our count was only 11 offshore!
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 2 to 4 fresh JUVENILES. Beautiful study of
two birds that sat on the water right near a juvenile Great Black-backed
Gull and a Herring Gull! One or two seen later could have been the same
birds or may have been different.
Great Black-backed Gull - Remarkably few offshore. Our count was only
BLACK TERN - One juvenile (?) offshore. Seen well by all, but tough to
get a great angle for a photo.
Common Tern - Perhaps 7 or so offshore.
Common Loon - Including 1 MIGRATING SOUTH over Jeffrey's Ledge.
Great Shearwater - Only about 3 or 4 for the day.
Manx Shearwater - 3 total with two posing nicely on the water.
Sooty Shearwater - 0
Cory's Shearwater - 0
Northern Gannet - 42 counted offshore. More counted around Isles of
Shoals. Once again, nice views of 2 adults SITTING ON SQUARE ROCK as we
Double-crested Cormorant - A few migrating skeins near the coast as we
left the harbor.
Great Egret - One flyover in Rye harbor.
Peregrine Falcon - Two flew over the boat as we left Rye harbor.
Tree Swallow - One or two at Isles of Shoals.
Barn Swallow - One or two at Isles of Shoals.
Fin Whale - Roughly 10 individuals.
Humpback Whale - Roughly 4 including one identified as "I.T."
Minke Whale - 0. I don't think any were seen today.
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin - Pod of roughly 20 gave a brief show in
SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN - Spectacular pod of roughly 75
individuals. This species is rare on Jeffrey's Ledge as they prefer
warmer waters further offshore. It was the first sighting of the year
for this whale watching boat and I think only my 2nd record for
Jeffrey's Ledge. They were very cooperative and "friendly" as they road
the bow, splashed the boat and performed lots of aerial acrobatics! In
the calm smooth water, they were a special sight and the highlight of
the trip for many.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/48674458867/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/48674458927/ Harbor Porpoise - Reported by a couple
Blue Shark - Nice views of a single shark in the glassy waters.
Ocean Sunfish - At least 7 or 8. It's been a pretty good year for them
Bluefin Tuna - A few splashing the water as they chased bait fish.
Monarch - Roughly 5 individuals migrating well offshore.
Lady sp. - One individual well offshore. Possibly American Lady from
Currently roosting in first, very distant panne on right side of Eastern Trail (when coming from Pine Point Rd). Need scope to get marginal view.Tim FennellSent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Date: 9/4/19 8:55 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Washington County Weekend, 9/1-3 (SAGU, 3 LIGU, BASA, shorebirds, seabirds, etc).
Beth Edmonds, Dan Nickerson, Jeannette, and I spent a wonderful “weekend” in Washington County Sunday through Tuesday.
Some of our highlights included:
- 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron, Essex Marsh, 9/1 (with Jeannette pointed out to us by Steve M.)
- 1 fly-over Red Crossbill, Airline Rest Area (with Jeannette).
- 1 Great Cormorant, Quoddy State Park (now with Dan and Beth).
- Lubec Bar and Flats:
1 juv BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (FOY)1 ad American Golden-Plover1 Dunlin (FOF)1 Lesser Black-backed Gull2 Great Egrets6 Surf and 2 Black Scoters
- AM charter with Eastport Windjammers and joined by Chris Bartlett:
1 ad. SABINE’S GULL2 ad, 1 juv LITTLE GULL6 Lesser Black-backed GullsOnly 3 Great Shearwaters and 2 Razorbills3-4,000 Bonaparte’s Gulls.
- PM whale watch with Eastport Windjammers.
5-7 Pomarine Jaegers15 Great ShearwatersIncredible experience with 3 Fin Whales
- 2 White-winged Crossbills, Boot Head Preserve.
- 1 juv BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, Mowry Beach, Lubec
- 6 Blue-winged Teal, pond behind Riverside Take-Out.
- 3 Great and 3 Snowy Egrets, Addison Marsh (with Jeannette).
- 1 hen Spruce Grouse, 18 Common Nighthawks, and 16 Surf Scoters, Petit Manan Point (with Jeannette). Laughing Gulls there were our 10th species of gull for the weekend!
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Date: 9/4/19 3:50 am From: Magill Weber <magillweber...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Scarbrough Marsh Am Avocets
The two AMERICAN AVOCETS are still present at 6:45am 9/4 in the Pannes at Scarbrough Marsh. Coming from Pine Point Rd., they are on the right side of the path in the longest/biggest panne nearest to the path. Magill Weber
Date: 9/3/19 12:27 am From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I'm seeing a fairly strong movement of migrants this night, September 2nd/3rd. It's not huge but respectable for the early date. Lots of RED EYED VIREOS, WATER THRUSHS & mixed warblers. I would expect this fog & wet to produce good morning activity on the coastal islands and around land-fall sites.
Date: 9/2/19 4:15 pm From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
There's been little glimmers of a migration but no movements of particular note.
There have been random warblers and all have been expected and common varieties.
The only stand-out has been LARK SPARROW, represented by one adult and one juvenile seen Saturday and Sunday. We get them every migration, especially in the fall. I've had as many as seven at one time.
Raptors have made cameo appearances with a female HARRIER late Saturday and a PEREGRINE both Saturday and Sunday. I believe that the Peregrine sightings were two separate birds.
Saturday produced two large foraging flocks of seabirds south of the island. The longest lived flock lasted nearly twenty minutes and drew in approximately 800 GANNETS to plunge-feed. Many were sub-adults. SHEARWATERS and PETRELS were also on-hand but not in big numbers. Gulls, oddly enough, pretty much ignored the commotion.
The PURPLE ASTER is blooming well and will likely peak by next weekend, if not sooner. So far, as near as I can tell, it hasn't welcomed any HUMMINGBIRDS and butterflies have been limited to a handful of PAINTED/AMERICAN LADIES and 1 or 2 MONARCHS per day. Right now it's looking as if this year could be a bust for butterfly migration out here.
On a more encouraging note: 1 or 2 BATS have been seen feeding each night.
PUFFINS are still present but decidedly fewer than last week. I'd say that there are still 100 or so active nests spread around the island.
Date: 9/2/19 1:31 pm From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan, Rusty Blackbirds, etc. 9.2.19
We were only on the island til 12:30 today, so not much opportunity for birding, but my husband thinks he may have spotted the Eurasian Collared-Dove this morning. He only caught a glimpse, but noted its large size and a fanned tail with wide white tips. Not sure when the bird was last noted out there, but if it's still there, I'll be back in two weeks and will probably have another chance to look for it.
We did find at least three (maybe more) RUSTY BLACKBIRDS hanging out with a larger flock of starlings at the edge of the Meadow.
From the boat on the way back to Port Clyde we watched dozens of Northern Gannets, adult and sub-adult, fishing between Monhegan and Allen/Burnt Islands. That never gets old.
Two American Avocets flew into the second set of pannes, far left, two hours before high tide today. Danny D and I were walking on the marsh’s dikes at the time and could not relocate the birds once we returned to Eastern Point Trail. They appeared somewhat less bothered by the precipitation than were we.
Shortly after noon, two hours before high tide, 2 American Avocets flew into a distant panne off Eastern Point Trail. Southeast from the trail, they originally landed in the second furthest set of pannes, to the far left. Danny and I were on the dikes in marsh while observing the birds, but we could not relocate them once we returned to the road. They appeared less bothered by the precipitation than were we.
Date: 9/1/19 3:38 pm From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Warbler mixed group in Cumberland
Lately when driving home I have cut large groups of sparrows on the road side near the parking lot for Knights Pond in Cumberland. Today I had an opportunity to look at them and was pleased to find a pleasant mix of sparrows and warblers. There were 6 species I could make out, but a lot of movement high up in the treetops not affording decent views, so who knows how many more might be out there. I will check again in the AM to see if they are still around.
Date: 9/1/19 11:54 am From: 'Leon mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Turf farms
Thanks for the info. Too bad about the situation but not uncommon. Leon
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> On Sep 1, 2019, at 1:45 PM, Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> wrote:
> I met with people at Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick, ME last year to try to get access for birders. (They used to allow people in during non-working hours, but closed it off due to problems with vehicles leaving ‘roads’ and driving on their turf fields.). Unfortunately, I was unable to get access for birders and consider the place off- limits.
> Kevin C.
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>> On Sep 1, 2019, at 12:37 PM, 'Leon mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> wrote:
>> I have not seen many reports from the local turf farms in south Maine this year and wanted to ask if anyone on the list knows what turf farms are still welcoming birders and their rules if know. Thanks for any info provided. Leon.
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Date: 9/1/19 10:46 am From: Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Turf farms
I met with people at Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick, ME last year to try to get access for birders. (They used to allow people in during non-working hours, but closed it off due to problems with vehicles leaving ‘roads’ and driving on their turf fields.). Unfortunately, I was unable to get access for birders and consider the place off- limits.
Date: 9/1/19 10:42 am From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Turf farms
Harvard Turf Farms in Berwick aka Tuckahoe no longer allows driving on its roads, but you can walk in or scan from outside. The manager lives adjacent to the site and police take notice.
Ridlon Road, dirt in this area, has several good vantage points. It is closed in winter. The main entrance on Hubbard Road is now off limits, but directly across the street one or two cars may park out of the way on the edge.
The last time I was there, about a week ago, farm equipment was active across almost the entire site. Weekends might be better, but they still can be busy.
I’m pretty confident it was birder behavior that changed attitude and access here, so rebuild bridges if you have the chance.
If you’re on Ridlon, take a peek at Murdock Lake while there. It’s usually quiet, birdwise, but ducks stop during migration and the surrounding trees can be interesting.
Date: 9/1/19 9:38 am From: 'Leon mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Turf farms
I have not seen many reports from the local turf farms in south Maine this year and wanted to ask if anyone on the list knows what turf farms are still welcoming birders and their rules if know. Thanks for any info provided. Leon.
Date: 8/31/19 6:10 pm From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan, C. Nighthawks, etc.
Out on Monhegan for the holiday weekend, my husband and I were excited to
observe five Common Nighthawks passing over the island at sunset this
evening. Interestingly, they were heading NE. We did not see them turn
On the way out we spotted several adult N. Gannets, two Bald Eagles, and
what I’m pretty sure was an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the water.
The island is very quiet bird-wise (not human-wise). My only warbler so far
has been a young male C. Yellowthroat, for example. Donna Cundy reports
seeing a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD here several days ago, so have kept my
eyes open for that one.
In non-avian news, the milkweed patch at the Trailing Yew is teeming right
now with Monarch caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies. Such a
great sign, that they seem to be doing well throughout Maine this summer.
Date: 8/31/19 2:02 pm From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Avocets at Scarborough Marsh
We also had them around the same time. We walked out on the advice of others. Not seeing them anywhere until suddenly they were in the pool in front of me seemingly out of nowhere!!! Got some decent images too.
Thanks to all posting nighthawk sightings. Inspired me to do a little
skywatching. Spotted 9 in Berwick between 7:10 and 7:40, with none in the
first 10 minutes. First one coincided with a robin + something else flock
and I also ended up with 40 robins headed SW for the period.
On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 5:12 PM Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> wrote:
Date: 8/30/19 4:39 pm From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I’ve just completed the 1st week of this rotation on MSI and there’s been
no rousing surprises.
The RAZORBILLS & COMMON MURRES are long gone.
PUFFINS are still present but dwindling daily. I guesstimate that upwards
of 200 active nests remain.
I’ve been seeing 1 or 2 Pufflings around the lighthouse each night and
certainly there are other fledgings leaving the island with each dark.
LEACH’S STORM PETRELS are just beginning to show sheathed feathers through
Adults are around nightly but there hasn’t been a real “petrel night” since
UPDATE: I left a large catch-tray outside overnight to fill with rain
water and soak off some dirt. It was full and ready to be rinsed and dumped
this morning when a petrel emerged from under the boardwalk, exactly where,
and seconds before, I tipped the tray of soapy water.
It was an already wet WILSON’S STORM PETREL that didn’t need detergent
further compromising its waterproofing.
It’s now drying and resting in the basement, awaiting release shortly.
HERRING & GREAT BLACK BACKED GULLS are over abundant with several thousand
attending the island and surrounds at any given moment. They are a nuisance
around the lawns and boardwalks with 200-500 congregating if left
undisturbed. Sometimes it is just for a sheltered, secure roosting place
but they find copious amounts of earth worms at night and on wet days so
that only serves to encourage them.
DC CORMORANTS are occasionally plentiful close into the island and
occasionally ashore for a round of wing drying. They, as well as some
GANNETS and a sprinkling of GREAT SHEARWATERS seem to be drawn to a bit of
food in the nearby tidal currents.
A couple of FLICKERS paused overnight on the weekend but none since. They
should soon arrive in numbers.
Shorebirds are thin on the ground, too. Small groups of SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, likely totaling no more than 50 birds, can be found, while the
odd RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILLET or PEEP shows briefly. Still a couple of
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around.
Raptors haven’t been very notable: 2 PEREGRINES one day and a third one
the following day; 1 HARRIER, 2 MERLINS & 1 KESTREL, each on their own day.
The EAGLES which haunted for weeks this summer seem to have curtailed their
visits now that the easy pickings with Alcids and Eiders has ended.
COMMON EIDERS are evident in small number. Whether residual MSI residents
or new-comers is impossible to know but I suspect that they are the
remainder of our summer breeders and will be replaced by a winter crew
later this fall.
Songbird variety and number are sparse, dominated by the resident SAVANNAH
SPARROWS and two RAVENS, the presumed pair that are pretty much winter
residents each year.
There’s been a handful of COWBIRDS; youngsters and females. Likewise with
RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS represented by perhaps 4 individuals.
Those "blackbirds" appear to have mostly vacated in wake of the passing
A single BLACK & WHITE WARBLER on Thursday last was only the second
warbler that I had seen. The first was a freshly minted male YELLOW WARBLER
that appeared Wednesday.
This morning (Friday) after about 24 hours of rain, drizzle and dense fog,
the island was dripping with that fresh, after-the-storm stillness.
I spotted a bright male HOODED WARBLER before I poured my first coffee. It
was perched under our solar panel array, spying for insects with ideal
feeding conditions: early morning sunshine, virtually windless and warm
Playing on a hunch, I made my way along the front of the solar array and
caught the Hoodie feeding. I photographed it with a big, fat
That’s the fourth time in 5 years that I’ve photographed a male Hooded
Warbler on exactly the same rock with the same prey in its beak.
I spent a late morning hour checking the most inviting habitat and
discovered a couple YELLOW WARBLERS; 1 probable female BLACK THROATED GREEN
WARBLER; several OVENBIRDS; a handful of unidentified warblers and one
Late today 4 different EASTERN WOOD PEWEES have appeared, taking advantage
of the late afternoon and evening conditions to snare some of the abundant
flies around the buildings and boardwalks.
GREY SEALS are abundant around the island although nearly all use adjacent
Gull Rock as a haul-out instead of MSI. The exceptions tend to be younger
seals, such as the 2 half grown pups that I ran across while wandering the
southern shoreline today.
HARBOUR SEALS seem down in number this summer. I expect to see an
occasional newborn pup or even a birthing but I didn't catch either this
Adult sightings are sparse, as well.
I glimpsed a single bat a few nights ago and the other lightkeeper
reported that one landed on a window around mid-morning today. I suspect
that they are migrants and the species are unknown but now any bat sighting
Date: 8/30/19 4:08 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights and Shorebird High Counts This Week, 8/24-30
Hi all, A few other observations of note for me over the past seven days included: - 1 ad. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 8/27 (with Jeannette). - 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pineland-Bradbury Corridor Trail, Pownal, 8/27. - 1 female LONG-TAILED DUCK, Biddeford Pool Beach, Biddeford, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). - 1 "PATCHES, JR" hybrid egret/heron, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). - 500-800 Common Nighthawks, Pineland Farm, New Gloucester, 8/29 (with Jeannette). - 31 migrants at Sandy Point, including 1 Prairie Warbler, 8/30 (as winds shifted to SW immediately before dawn).
And my shorebird high counts over the past seven days were as follows (sorry for the erroneous incomplete post last week; it was moot by the time I noticed the error): AMERICAN AVOCET: 1 continuing, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: 2ad and 1 juv, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/26 (with Jeannette). Black-bellied Plover: 110, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (FOY): 1 Ad, Pine Point, 8/26 (with Jeannette) and 1 ad, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Semipalmated Plover: 114, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/26 (with Jeannette). Piping Plover: 6, Popham Beach State Park, 8/27 (with Jeannette). Killdeer: 18, Mayall Road, Gray/New Gloucester, 8/29. Whimbrel: 10, Ocean Avenue, Biddeford Pool, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Ruddy Turnstone: 2, Biddeford Pool Beach, Biddeford, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Red Knot (FOF): 6, Hill's Beach, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). STILT SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Sanderling: 112, Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 8/27 (with Jeannette). Least Sandpiper: 70+, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). White-rumped Sandpiper: 12, Biddeford Pool Beach, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Pectoral Sandpiper: 1, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Semipalmated Sandpiper: 400, Biddeford Pool Beach, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). WESTERN SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Short-billed Dowitcher: 16, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Spotted Sandpiper: 2, Littlejohn Island Preserve, Yarmouth, 8/30 and Royal River Park, Yarmouth, 8/30. Lesser Yellowlegs: 74, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague). Greater Yellowlegs: 6, Eastern Road Trail, 8/29 (with Marion Sprague).
Date: 8/29/19 6:38 pm From: A. P. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...> Subject: [Maine-birds] nighthawk migration Mt Agamenticus
I went to Mt A. for the first time to check it out for nighthawk migration. I saw one with binos, and few specks came into view. I went and got my scope and saw about 125 at about 5:45 to 6 PM. which were to far away to see with my 10 power binos. They were all along the coast near Long sands area. Than about 25 more at 6:50.
No birds were seen west of the mountain while I was there for 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Date: 8/28/19 7:09 am From: Michael Tucker <tichaelmucker...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Lark Sparrow: YES
The Lark Sparrow found by Doug Hitchcox yesterday was still present this morning at about 9:15 am. In our case, it was seen on the pavement just in front of the West-Port Motorsports building next to McDonald's after emerging from the bushes at the right of the lot. It then flew up to a power line for a bit.
There also was a MARBLED GODWIT on the mudflats surrounding Trott Island in Cape Porpoise harbor, viewable (with a spotting scope) during low tide from the end of Pier Road. The bird was first reported in the area last Thursday (8/22) on eBird by Hap Ellis.
We had a Marbled Godwit at the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach in Biddeford. Also had two American Oystercatchers, a couple of Forsters Terns and a late Least Tern. The oystercatchers were on the gravel beach in the island with the brick tower.
Date: 8/27/19 10:26 am From: <flashart123...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Broad-Winged Hawks and Pied-Billed Grebe - Cumberland
Was working with the doors and windows open and heard the unmistakable call of a Broad-Winged Hawk so I went out and found 3 kettling on the rising thermals from Bruce Hill. The calls have been intermittent for about 20 minutes now and every time I look out there are 2-3 in view so I am not sure if it is only 3 enjoying the day, or if it is a larger group passing in turns. Nice to see though!
Also, the Pied-Billed Grebe was still present this morning at Springbrook Farms on Greely Road. It was in the front pond next to the road.
Date: 8/27/19 6:11 am From: 'Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Lark Sparrow - Westbrook, 27 Aug
While driving to work, I had a Lark Sparrow land in the median at the Main Street x Larrabee Road intersection in Westbrook. A couple u-turns later, it appears to be loosely associating with the House Sparrow flock at the MacDonalds near this intersection.
I was driving to Oakland and was just thinking I hadn't seen any common nighthawks yet, when there they were --swooping over downtown Oakland. The flight extended to Williams Elementary School on Pleasant St. I counted about 20 in all.
Date: 8/26/19 3:58 am From: mresch8702 via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Moving to North Carolina, Thanks for the Memories
After 26 years in New England I’m retiring to the mountainsof western North Carolina. I’ve had agreat time birding throughout the region, and greatly appreciate all the helpprovided by Maine birders. Some of myfondest memories in Maine include –
Numerous trips to Biddeford – with migrant passerines andKentucky Warbler (9/9/13) in the woods, Caspian Tern (7/26/17) and Royal Terns(7/11/14) on Hills Beach, Oystercatchers (7/17/04) in the Pool, Surfbird (3/22/15)in the rocks, and Pacific Loon (11/22/14) offshore.
Scarborough Marsh with rarities like European Golden-Plover(10/11/08), Little Egret (6/29/11), and Black-necked Stilt (6/22/13), not tomention great studies of the marsh sparrows – Seaside, Saltmarsh, and Nelson’s
Goose flocks in Yarmouth including Cackling, White-frontedand Barnacle (all on 10/7/08), and Pink-footed (10/20/09).
Western Grebe in Brunswick more than a mile away (4/23/16)
And lastly I’ll always fondly remember the Great Black Hawkin Biddeford on 8/9/18 - #343 for my state list (along with Neotropic Cormorantand Wood Stork in NH later that same day) Now I’m looking forward to learning more about the birds of themountains of NC and beyond. After all,just like New England, there are a lot of states nearby - SC and TN are justshort drives away. One species I’m especiallylooking forward to learning about is the Swainson’s Warbler that breeds in themountainous rhododendron thickets – I’ve never seen them in that habitat.
Also now that I’m retired from my 9-to-5 job, I’m starting abird guiding company - 50 States Birding. I’m putting my knowledge of birdingin all 50 states to use in providing two guiding options:
1. Traditional guiding services where Iaccompany birders in the field to help find target species or in general birdan area that is new to them.
2. A unique research-based service whereI provide birders with customized information to help them bird an area ontheir own. In this lower-cost option Iuse on-line research supplemented with my own personal knowledge of the area toidentify birding sites that best meet the client’s objectives. Then for each site I provide a downloadablePDF including maps, lists of expected species, tips to find key species, andgeneral suggestions on how to bird each site. (sorry for the commercial)
If your travels take you to the mountains of western NC, orplaces nearby, send me an e-mail – perhaps we could bird together (Swainson’sWarbler anyone?) Plus I can catch up onall those rarities I’ve missed back in New England.
Mike Reschwww.statebirding.blogspot.comHendersonville, NC
Date: 8/25/19 1:45 pm From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Birding at Crowley Island Bridge and other points on the Addison/Jonesport town boundary
We birded Crowley Island Bridge (Indian River) at low tide today trying to figure out "last mud" for the best shorebird viewing. We estimated 250 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 50 Greater Yellowlegs and 40 Lesser Yellowlegs, 20 Short-billed Dowitchers, 100 Black-bellied Plover, 20 Semipalmated Plover and one Hudsonian Godwit.
From the bluff at the Indian River Cemetery (the access road is immediately south of the Crowley Island turnoff from Route 187) we saw 14 Whimbrel flying over and circling the river finally landing on rocks close to the shoreline! Nice!
Date: 8/23/19 5:49 pm From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week+ and Shorebird High Counts, 8/14-23
A few other observations of note over the past ten days for me included the following: - 1 continuing adults WHITE-FACED IBIS, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan and Brad Zitske). - "PATCHES," the TRICOLORED HERON X white egret sp. HYBRID, Eastern Road Trail, 8/15 ( with Pat Moynahan and Brad Zitske). - 1 male White-winged Scoter, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 8/17 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group). - 4-6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (FOY), 1 Boreal Chickadee, 2 American Bitterns, etc, Shirley Bog, Shirley, 8/19 (with Jeannette). - 1 Bicknell's Thrush, 6-8 Boreak Chickadees, 2 Blackpoll Warblers, etc, Big Moose Mountain, 8/20 (with Jeannette). - 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Old Town House Park, North Yarmouth, 8/21 (few and far between for me this year). - 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Hidden Pond Resort, Kennebunkport, 8/22 (with client from Massachusetts). - 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Timber Point, Biddeford, 8/22 (with client). - 1 White-winged Scoter, East Point, Biddeford Pool, 8/22 (with client).
And my shorebird high counts over the past 10 days were as follows: Black-bellied Plover: 220, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 8/16. Semipalmated Plover: 380+, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan). Piping Plover: 8, Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan). Killdeer: 4, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan). AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: 2ad and 2 juv, Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan), 2 ad with 1 juv, Hill's Beach, 8/16. Whimbrel: 1, Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan) and 1, Hill's Beach, 8/16. Ruddy Turnstone: 5, Hill's Beach, 8/16. Sanderling: 14, Hill's Beach, 8/16. Least Sandpiper: 89, Eastern Road Trail, 8/15 ( with Pat Moynahan and Brad Zitske). White-rumped Sandpiper: Pectoral Sandpiper: Semipalmated Sandpiper: 250+, Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan). Short-billed Dowitcher: 24, Hill's Beach, 8/16. Spotted Sandpiper: Solitary Sandpiper: Lesser Yellowlegs: 34, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/17 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group). "Eastern" Willet: 1 juv, Pine Point, 8/1 "WESTERN" WILLET (FOY): 1 ad Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan) and 1, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/17 (My first at this location, I believe. With Saturday Morning Birdwalk group). Greater Yellowlegs: 14, Pine Point, 8/15 (with Pat Moynahan).
Two AMAVs (the Biddeford birds?) currently foraging in distant pannes out by the duck blinds off the Eastern Trail. I'll post photos and video to eBird later tonight.Tim FennellSent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Date: 8/23/19 11:04 am From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Chroicocephalus near Old Sow, Deer Island Canada 22 August
I posted a photo taken from the Welshpool Ferry of a small gull flying among many Bonaparte's Gulls yesterday. It's probably a Bonaparte's, but it has red legs, not a lot of black edging on wing, and none on tail. It's possible that the light on water distorted the markings or their color. In case it is the Black-Headed Gull, I'm asking for anyone interested to take a look. It's on iNaturalist (so I could make comments and explanations and get feedback). I posted the observation as "Croicocephalus" but iNaturalist calls it "Masked Gulls". You can look for my posts in the "explore" link to carol-in-maine, or look for the species. You don't need to be a member to look at observations, just to make comments, and you can do that here on this list if you recognize the bird. Thanks!
Date: 8/23/19 10:09 am From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandy Point Morning Flight, 8/23
Hi all,It was good to be back at "my office" for the first time of the season this morning. A light, but diverse and high-quality flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth, this am.
5:55-7:50am.64F, partly cloudy, near-calm to NW 4.4 then diminishing.
134 American Redstarts33 Yellow Warblers24 unidentified18 Black-throated Green Warblers5 American Goldfinches4 Tree Swallows3 Northern Waterthrushes3 Black-and-white Warblers2 Eastern Kingbirds2 American Robins2 Ovenbirds2 Northern Parulas2 Magnolia Warblers2 Canada Warblers1 Greater Yellowlegs1 Least Flycatcher1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER1 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds1 Chipping Sparrow1 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (my second ever here)1 unidentified waterthrush1 Pine Warbler (probably, still reviewing photo).1 Tennessee Warbler1 Yellow-rumped Warbler1 DICKCISSEL (first of fall)1 Brown-headed Cowbird1 Bobolink1 Red-winged Blackbirdx Common Yellowthroats