Maine-birds
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3/26/17 7:04 pm Nancy Houlihan <nhoulihan1...> Re: [Maine-birds] "Incoming" from the south, FOY Osprey in Mass
3/26/17 5:27 pm Kali Bird Isis <abrushwithfire...> Re: [Maine-birds] Binoculars needed
3/26/17 4:57 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (26 Mar 2017) 41 Raptors
3/26/17 4:22 pm Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] "Incoming" from the south, FOY Osprey in Mass
3/26/17 2:51 pm Linda Woodard <lwoodard...> [Maine-birds] Binoculars needed
3/26/17 11:29 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
3/26/17 10:16 am Lena Moser <lenamoser3...> [Maine-birds] FOY Rusty Blackbird, Biddeford
3/26/17 9:39 am Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl Newport NH
3/26/17 9:09 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
3/26/17 9:08 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
3/26/17 9:07 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
3/26/17 8:36 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
3/26/17 8:29 am Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] Canvasback
3/26/17 6:25 am Marianne Taylor <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Wood Duck, Skowhegan
3/26/17 4:45 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
3/25/17 7:15 pm Paul Miller <pjmillersemail...> [Maine-birds] Spring Migrants
3/25/17 5:47 pm <cathie.murray...> [Maine-birds] Questions about an eagle's behavior with nesting material
3/25/17 3:52 pm 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (25 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors
3/25/17 3:38 pm LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] Merlin patrolling feeders
3/25/17 1:00 pm Robert Knight <rwoodwardknight...> [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
3/25/17 10:54 am Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...> [Maine-birds] FOY Belted Kingfisher in Hancock
3/25/17 10:15 am 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow
3/25/17 8:54 am Rob O'Connell <flashart123...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
3/25/17 7:34 am Laurie Yntema <laurieyntema...> [Maine-birds] Red-throated loon?
3/25/17 5:53 am Kathy <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] Re: Red-winged blackbirds in China today
3/25/17 5:50 am Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] RE: spring IS on its way
3/25/17 5:14 am Dave Thompson <mainedave12...> [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
3/25/17 4:39 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (24 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
3/25/17 3:30 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
3/25/17 12:06 am phillip <phillip...> [Maine-birds] Re: Basic Hawk ID Help
3/24/17 7:05 pm JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged blackbirds in China today
3/24/17 4:46 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/24/17 2:57 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights this Week, 3/18-24
3/24/17 12:15 pm Cepphus <kelsey.m.sullivan...> [Maine-birds] Golden Eagle?
3/24/17 12:00 pm Brendan <bostonkingb...> [Maine-birds] Basic Hawk ID Help
3/24/17 11:56 am Anne Williams <awilliam...> [Maine-birds] Thanks for the binoculars recommendations
3/24/17 10:12 am <sufenn30...> [Maine-birds] Arrowsic
3/24/17 4:41 am Boots. <bootsg...> [Maine-birds] Ellsworth
3/24/17 3:50 am Nathan Hall <hallnatec...> [Maine-birds] Canvasback - Fortunes Rock Beach, Biddeford
3/23/17 5:44 pm 'Steve Patterson' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 5:08 pm Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...> [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 3:27 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (23 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
3/23/17 2:57 pm Ron Cedrone <rmcedrone...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 2:45 pm Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 1:55 pm Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 1:54 pm 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh
3/23/17 1:45 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
3/23/17 11:22 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] About thirty bohemian waxwings after the last of persistent crab apple around the yard in Waterboro
3/23/17 10:51 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] GWFG
3/23/17 10:49 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
3/23/17 9:05 am Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
3/23/17 8:52 am Anne Williams <awilliam...> [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
3/23/17 8:08 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
3/23/17 6:02 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
3/23/17 5:50 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Owls Head sparrows
3/23/17 5:46 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> Re: [Maine-birds] Chan Robbins died
3/22/17 9:22 pm Elias B. <ebbornhofft...> [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth - FOS
3/22/17 6:00 pm Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> [Maine-birds] Chan Robbins died
3/22/17 2:07 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
3/22/17 6:09 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Freeport Bohemian Waxwings
3/22/17 5:41 am 'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] GWFG
3/22/17 5:21 am Marianne Taylor <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Com Goldeneyes
3/22/17 5:17 am Marianne Taylor <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Com Goldeneyes
3/21/17 3:12 pm 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Mar 2017) 11 Raptors
3/21/17 2:27 pm Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> [Maine-birds] BOWA Bowdoinham
3/21/17 2:20 pm Dan Gardoqui <dan...> [Maine-birds] Brown-headed cowbird flicks in York
3/21/17 12:11 pm 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] interesting (at least to me) article re Waxwings
3/21/17 7:29 am Marianne Taylor <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Hooded Merganser Skowhegan
3/21/17 5:46 am Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Re: [Maine-birds] Wells: Greater White-fronted Goose...
3/20/17 8:36 pm Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl, photos
3/20/17 6:14 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Wells: Greater White-fronted Goose...
3/20/17 5:58 pm <jmpozner...> [Maine-birds] Re: Greater White-Fronted Goose at Lauholm Farm
3/20/17 4:15 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
3/20/17 2:06 pm 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese
3/20/17 11:48 am F. Missud <fmissud...> [Maine-birds] Greater White-Fronted Goose at Lauholm Farm
3/20/17 11:02 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] FOY Hermit Thrush, Camden
3/20/17 7:56 am Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Coopers Hawk 20 March Bar Harbor
3/20/17 5:04 am Gabriella Howard <ghoward...> [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow
3/20/17 4:16 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and hooded mergansers
3/19/17 5:26 pm 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
3/19/17 2:08 pm Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Seeking Augusta's BOCH info
3/19/17 1:14 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] Re: FOY Song Sparrow
3/19/17 1:02 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow
3/19/17 12:30 pm Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese
3/19/17 10:53 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] Yard birds, Camden-3.19.17
3/19/17 10:40 am 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Eagles
3/19/17 9:53 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] Busy in West K.
3/19/17 9:47 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese, Rockport
3/19/17 9:24 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Eagles
3/19/17 8:56 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] northern shrike in West Kennebunk
3/18/17 4:18 pm 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
3/18/17 4:18 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] E. Meadowlark
3/18/17 3:57 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] n. flicker in Sidney
3/18/17 1:26 pm 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird at Pond Cove Cape Elizabeth
3/18/17 8:36 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] FOY Pileated in CNeddick
3/18/17 7:41 am Marianne Taylor <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird Skowhegan
3/17/17 5:57 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] York County sightings (Mar 17)...
3/17/17 5:56 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 3/11-3/17
3/17/17 3:09 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
3/17/17 12:16 pm Ronald Harrell <rharrell9...> [Maine-birds] Belfast Bay census of Friday, March 17, 2017
3/16/17 3:49 pm Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] RE: mockingbird
3/16/17 3:22 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/16/17 3:21 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
3/16/17 9:53 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Harlequin Duck Cruise
3/15/17 4:47 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
3/15/17 3:33 pm Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Horned Larks
3/15/17 12:03 pm Ann Hancock <annhancock9...> [Maine-birds] Feeder birds today
3/15/17 10:42 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Tufted Titmice in Maine
3/14/17 2:25 pm Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
3/14/17 12:02 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch begins tomorrow (hopefully!)
3/14/17 8:51 am Peggy Page <mpage815...> [Maine-birds] Woodcock in Gorham
3/14/17 6:58 am 'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
3/14/17 6:13 am Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Re: Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen?
3/13/17 7:04 pm Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...> [Maine-birds] saw-whet
3/13/17 11:32 am Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...> [Maine-birds] Pemaquid Killdeer
3/13/17 10:42 am Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen?
3/13/17 10:09 am Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] My Chipmunk says it's spring!
3/13/17 7:05 am Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow 13 March Bar Harbor
3/13/17 5:41 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Rockport Snow Geese
3/12/17 2:24 pm 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture -Alfred
3/12/17 2:03 pm <crowskd36...> [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture soaring over USM Portland
3/10/17 7:49 pm Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> Re: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
3/10/17 6:48 pm Jim Toulouse <jwtmaine...> Re: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
3/10/17 6:39 pm Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...> Re: [Maine-birds] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
3/10/17 6:23 pm Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...> [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
3/10/17 6:08 pm Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Scarborough
3/10/17 5:42 pm Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Green Winged Teal and American Wigeon - Monhegan
3/10/17 3:40 pm Francesco Ticozzi <francescoticozzi...> Re: [Maine-birds] Brant - Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
3/10/17 2:16 pm Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> Re: [Maine-birds] FOY Fox Sparrow and more EVGR - Kennebunk
3/10/17 1:51 pm Christine Roberts <christine51...> [Maine-birds] FOY Chipping Sparrow
3/10/17 1:30 pm Shiloh <shiloh.schulte...> [Maine-birds] FOY Fox Sparrow and more EVGR - Kennebunk
3/10/17 1:21 pm Joanne Stevens <joshawk...> [Maine-birds] A. Kestrel, Barrow's Goldeneye
3/10/17 8:10 am Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> [Maine-birds] Brant - Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
3/9/17 5:53 pm Elias B. <ebbornhofft...> [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth GHOW
3/9/17 8:55 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Re: "Kee-ee" ?
3/8/17 4:26 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> Re: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese Biddeford Pool
3/8/17 12:37 pm Steve Barnes <stbarnes...> [Maine-birds] Port Clyde
3/8/17 9:11 am Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...> Re: [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?
3/8/17 8:53 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?
3/8/17 8:25 am Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?
3/8/17 6:32 am Ed Gervais <edgervais...> [Maine-birds] Waxwings in Morrill
3/7/17 3:10 pm Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
3/7/17 12:40 pm Dan Gardoqui <dan...> [Maine-birds] FOY Flicker - York
3/7/17 10:34 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese Biddeford Pool
3/7/17 8:12 am Steve Barnes <stbarnes...> [Maine-birds] Tenants Harbor
3/7/17 3:41 am Sally Blauvelt <sally.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Bird feeders a blog
3/6/17 11:30 pm Bill Grabin <grabin137...> [Maine-birds] Re: Memories of Peter Vickery--friend & mentor--one of the great ones
3/6/17 6:56 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] This week's Highlights, 3/4-6.
3/6/17 6:04 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This week's Highlights, 3/4-6.
3/6/17 7:34 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Memories of Peter Vickery--friend & mentor--one of the great ones
3/6/17 6:22 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Sunday Highlights: Scarborough Marsh to Wharton Point
3/5/17 12:12 pm 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Black headed Gull no
3/5/17 7:53 am Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...> [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/5/17 7:52 am Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...> [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/5/17 2:51 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
3/4/17 5:07 pm Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] Cardinal convention in south portland
3/4/17 4:55 pm Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...> [Maine-birds] Bremen birds
3/4/17 3:42 pm Brendan McKay <thank.darwin...> [Maine-birds] Re: Westbrook: Black-headed Gull (no)...
3/4/17 3:12 pm Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> Fwd: [Maine-birds] Great gray owl- No
3/4/17 12:14 pm Ernie <photoblazer.hall404...> [Maine-birds] Great gray owl
3/4/17 8:34 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Pine Siskin
3/4/17 6:28 am Nancy McReel <nmcreel...> [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrows
3/4/17 6:17 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Westbrook: Black-headed Gull (no)...
3/3/17 2:59 pm Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> [Maine-birds] Black-headed Gull at the Riverbank Park in Westbrook
3/3/17 2:47 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 2/25-3/3
3/3/17 11:37 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
3/3/17 10:49 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Augusta Gulls...
3/3/17 7:36 am Robert O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Pileateds in Cumberland
3/3/17 6:34 am Tammy Packie <tpackie...> [Maine-birds] FOY Hulls Cove
3/3/17 5:54 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Augusta Gulls...
3/3/17 5:03 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/3/17 3:33 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring on MDI
3/3/17 3:17 am Susan Guare <susanguare...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/3/17 2:58 am Michelle <m4gregoire...> [Maine-birds] woodcock
3/2/17 4:28 pm Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbirds in Westbrook
3/2/17 1:00 pm frobey <frobey69...> [Maine-birds] Red wing blackbird in Stoneham ME...
3/2/17 12:24 pm Ronald Harrell <rharrell9...> [Maine-birds] Census of Belfast Bay on Thursday, March 2, 2017
3/2/17 9:02 am Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> [Maine-birds] Hooded Merganser Scarborough Marsh
3/2/17 8:05 am Linda Elliott <lindae1136...> [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye @ Scarborough Marsh
3/2/17 7:08 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
3/2/17 6:53 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] RWBB in Holden
3/2/17 6:28 am David Small <docfinsdave...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 6:03 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 5:15 am Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 5:09 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 4:38 am Rich MacDonald <rich...> Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 4:27 am Jan Pierson <jpierson...> [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
3/2/17 4:20 am <michelle.bassis...> [Maine-birds] Looking for established bird feeders in the Greater Bangor Area!
3/2/17 4:19 am <crowskd36...> [Maine-birds] FOY woodcock Back Cove, Portland
3/1/17 7:23 pm Robert O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl Thoughts
3/1/17 12:53 pm Sandra Mitchell <kittydoc2...> [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
3/1/17 12:00 pm <duchesne...> Re: [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!
3/1/17 11:08 am Lorri Higgins <lormae...> Re: [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!
3/1/17 8:22 am Lisa Kane <lisa.kane...> [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!
3/1/17 8:22 am David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...> [Maine-birds] BBCU on a silver platter
3/1/17 7:32 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
3/1/17 5:47 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
3/1/17 3:51 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Moderator request regarding Great Gray Owl posts
3/1/17 3:41 am Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...> Re: [Maine-birds] Great Gray in Searsport
2/28/17 6:22 pm Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] Moderator request regarding Great Gray Owl posts
2/28/17 6:13 pm Jeff Normandin <jeff.normandin...> [Maine-birds] Woodcock - York
2/28/17 6:00 pm Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...> [Maine-birds] Great Gray in Searsport
2/28/17 5:51 pm Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 5:33 pm 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 4:44 pm Mike Larrivee <mlarrivee76...> [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 4:23 pm Mick Evans <mickevans40...> [Maine-birds] Hoodies and Mallards in Brewer
2/28/17 3:03 pm Scott Creamer <sdc140...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 2:51 pm Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 2:48 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> Re: [Maine-birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
2/28/17 2:15 pm Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...> [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 1:58 pm wrenyen <medea.steinman...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 1:07 pm Kathy <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
2/28/17 12:44 pm 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] GGOW
2/28/17 12:18 pm Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 10:52 am Scott Creamer <sdc140...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 10:10 am Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...> Re: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
2/28/17 9:40 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 9:10 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 9:02 am Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
2/28/17 8:47 am Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> Re: [Maine-birds] Owl again
2/28/17 8:37 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Bullock's Oriel
2/28/17 8:08 am Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> [Maine-birds] Owl again
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Date: 3/26/17 7:04 pm
From: Nancy Houlihan <nhoulihan1...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] "Incoming" from the south, FOY Osprey in Mass
And I had an Eastern Phoebe in Nashua

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 7:22 PM, Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
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> Hi all -- I was traveling to Hartford this afternoon and spotted my first
> of year Osprey over I - 84, very close to the intersection with I - 90, in
> Massachusetts.
>
> Best,
> Craig K
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Date: 3/26/17 5:27 pm
From: Kali Bird Isis <abrushwithfire...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Binoculars needed
Hi Nicole,
I work with both the middle schoolers and high school students in the
intercultural program at the Center for Grieving Children. I may know some
of your kids!
I'd be happy to lend my binoculars if you don't find a way to purchase
enough.
Good luck!
Kali

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~Hafiz*

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
wrote:

>
> Good morning,
>
>
>
> My name is Nicole Myers and I am a teacher at King Middle School in
> Portland.
>
>
>
> Each semester King embarks on an Activity Block with our students.
>
>
>
> This semester I have chosen to engage students in an Activity Block
> entitled: "This is for the Birdz"
>
>
>
> We plan to take students to Deering Oaks Park to do some urban
> birdwatching and exploration.
>
>
>
> I have 8 students in my Activity Block.
>
>
>
> I am writing in hopes that you may know of or have resources to donate or
> purchase 8 binoculars for our 8 birdwatchers.
>
>
>
> If you are interested and know of any resources that would be able to help
> my students explore their urban community's animal and bird species'
> natural habits during our Activity Block and beyond, would you please
> contact me?
>
>
>
> Students would be delighted to send colorful thank you notes to whomever
> may respond to our need and request.
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Nicole Myers
>
> ESL Teacher
>
> King Middle School
>
> 207-274-4390 <%28207%29%20274-4390>
>
> <myersn...>
>
>
> <myersn...>
>
> *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 <(207)%20415-8331>
>
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Date: 3/26/17 4:57 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (26 Mar 2017) 41 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 3 34 34
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 30 30
> Northern Harrier 2 2 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 6 6
> Cooper's Hawk 3 5 5
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 11 20 20
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 11 26 26
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 3 3 3
> Total: 41 129 129
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: John Lorenc, Tim Paul
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 38 people showed up at the summit today to ask questions and share bird stories. Thank you to everyone who helped search for birds with me today.
>
> Weather:
> It was a beautiful day at the mountain today. Temperatures remained at or slightly below freezing for the count period. Cloud cover was light and remained mostly to the southwest. Winds were barely detectable from the east and southeast for most of the day, becoming stronger and more southeast for the last couple of hours.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Today was the first sighting of Northern Harriers arriving. Most of the birds today were able to gain more elevation than what we have been seeing lately, which made picking out locals from migrants a little easier. A pair of adult Red-tailed Hawks flew low over the summit to the delight of bystanders.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 19 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow's weather doesn't look great for counting birds. Rain is predicted to start early, becoming heaviest by early afternoon. Winds should be from the southeast at 10-15mph. Tomorrow could be a washout, but there are probably many birds in a holding pattern on the back end of this weather system.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/26/17 4:22 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] "Incoming" from the south, FOY Osprey in Mass
Hi all -- I was traveling to Hartford this afternoon and spotted my first
of year Osprey over I - 84, very close to the intersection with I - 90, in
Massachusetts.

Best,
Craig K

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Date: 3/26/17 2:51 pm
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Binoculars needed
Good morning,



My name is Nicole Myers and I am a teacher at King Middle School in
Portland.



Each semester King embarks on an Activity Block with our students.



This semester I have chosen to engage students in an Activity Block
entitled: "This is for the Birdz"



We plan to take students to Deering Oaks Park to do some urban birdwatching
and exploration.



I have 8 students in my Activity Block.



I am writing in hopes that you may know of or have resources to donate or
purchase 8 binoculars for our 8 birdwatchers.



If you are interested and know of any resources that would be able to help
my students explore their urban community's animal and bird species'
natural habits during our Activity Block and beyond, would you please
contact me?



Students would be delighted to send colorful thank you notes to whomever
may respond to our need and request.



Sincerely,

Nicole Myers

ESL Teacher

King Middle School

207-274-4390 <%28207%29%20274-4390>

<myersn...>


<myersn...>

*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

*web* maineaudubon.org

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Date: 3/26/17 11:29 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
I can commiserate. I spent a good amount of time scoping for it this morning, and while I did see geese way out in the field, the haze was just too intense.

A nice morning all the same with plenty of nice looks at bluebirds, mockingbirds, and killdeer!

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Date: 3/26/17 10:16 am
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Rusty Blackbird, Biddeford
Just had a gorgeous male Rusty Blackbird patrolling the ground near my
feeders. He called incessantly (low "chuck" notes and high-pitched
playground-swing squeals). He did not show any interest in the feeders
themselves and only examined the snow-covered ground from several feet
away. His main interest was the water ditch in my backyard... he waded
through the shallow water, turning over wet leaves, and pecking at small
snail shells now and again.

Feeling very lucky to check off this beautiful migrant as a yard bird!

Lena
Biddeford, ME

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Date: 3/26/17 9:39 am
From: Jon Edstrom <jedstrom...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl Newport NH
Drove with my son 2.5 hours to Newport, NH on Sat. and found the owl before
we even got out of the car. It was perched on the Mile 55 sign. It stayed
for about 10 minutes before flying across the road to some woods on the
edge of the field. Many people were there. People are getting really close
to this bird. I saw people doing selfies and trying for photos from 5-10
feet away even with very large lenses.

I used the opportunity to teach my 9 year old son about respecting wildlife
and the importance of keeping a good distance.

Super cool bird. A first for both me and my son. I dipped 3 times on the
one seen up north in Maine.

See the attached image.

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Date: 3/26/17 9:09 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
Also that's a bummer about the GWFG. It was pretty reliable, though
ridiculously far out at Lauholm.

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:36:23 AM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
>
> I searched the last 3 days with no luck. My first time to Laudholm. Great
> place. Can't wait to check it out during migration. Did find a
> camera/binox/scope cover. If anyone lost let me know I'll get it to you.
> Says TELE PLUS on it.

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Date: 3/26/17 9:08 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
Sean-

Yeah those covers are mine... I took them off my teleconverter and set them
on the banister. There should be one white plastic one and the teleplus in
silver lettering on the other. I'm not desperate for them but if we can
find a way to easily get them back I'll do that. Thanks!

Seth

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:36:23 AM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
>
> I searched the last 3 days with no luck. My first time to Laudholm. Great
> place. Can't wait to check it out during migration. Did find a
> camera/binox/scope cover. If anyone lost let me know I'll get it to you.
> Says TELE PLUS on it.

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Date: 3/26/17 9:07 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
Sean-

Yeah those covers are mine... I took them off my teleconverter and set them
on the banister. There should be one white plastic one and either a the
teleplus in silver lettering on the other. I'm not desperate for them but
if we can find a way to easily get them back I'll do that. Thanks!

Seth



On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:36:23 AM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
>
> I searched the last 3 days with no luck. My first time to Laudholm. Great
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> Says TELE PLUS on it.

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Date: 3/26/17 8:36 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] NO-Greater White-fronted Goose
I searched the last 3 days with no luck. My first time to Laudholm. Great place. Can't wait to check it out during migration. Did find a camera/binox/scope cover. If anyone lost let me know I'll get it to you. Says TELE PLUS on it.

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Date: 3/26/17 8:29 am
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Canvasback
Still there at 11:30.
Marie

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Date: 3/26/17 6:25 am
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood Duck, Skowhegan
A smaller duck in a group of mallards on our shore this morning was a female wood duck. Clear white eye ring and crest.

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Date: 3/26/17 4:45 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
CANV still present 3/26 at 7:30 am. Quite a few Ring-necked Ducks around
too.

Seth

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6:30:01 AM UTC-4, Josh Fecteau wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> The drake CANVASBACK continues this morning on Etherington Pond along
> Fortunes Rocks Road in Biddeford.
>
> --Josh
>
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Date: 3/25/17 7:15 pm
From: Paul Miller <pjmillersemail...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Spring Migrants
A roadside stop in *Oxford* today afforded me an observation of spring
migrants: Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Turkey Vultures.

Paul Miller
North Bridgton

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Date: 3/25/17 5:47 pm
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Questions about an eagle's behavior with nesting material
This morning in Hallowell Mike and I saw an adult bald eagle loosening up
dried grasses on the east shore (Chelsea) of the Kennebec River. It popped
up a few times but the grasses were still anchored so it didn't fly away. A
few more talon-poundings on different hummocks of grass and it managed to
fly off with a large tuft. That all made sense. But then the eagle flew
very low and slowly across the river, as though the grass was very heavy.
It landed on a low tree branch on the west bank of the river and seemed to
rest. Then it flew off medium-low downstream then slowly back upstream
barely above the riverside trees, then downstream again. It seemed to rest
elsewhere and then it came back again flying slowly and fairly low but
gradually rising to the tree tops on higher land west of 201. To our eyes
it seemed to be laboring. This is an area with at least one established
nesting pair. Seems like grasses would be one of the last additions to a
nest, so we're guessing the eagle is part of a mated pair with an
established nest. Is this behavior to take a circuitous route to the nest?
Or is this a new adult hoping to impress a mate? Or a sign of eagle
ailment? Your thoughts?

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Date: 3/25/17 3:52 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (25 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 16 31 31
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 27 27
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 9
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 15
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 19 88 88
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> A total of 28 people stopped by the count today, many of whom stayed ask questions and share bird stories.
>
> Weather:
> Today was one of the more pleasant days of the count so far. Mild temperatures and little to no wind for most of the day. Clouds blanketed the sky for the duration of the count period. Atmospheric conditions created a magnifying effect when looking through optics. Landmarks appeared larger and closer than usual.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> We finally had a decent push of birds today, however, the start of the day felt like a repeat of the past few. Only local birds were spotted early on. The local Cooper's Hawk was displaying over its territory close to Hedgehog Mountain. Our first of the year Peregrine Falcon was spotted today which was quite exciting considering we average only 5 per season. Afternoon hours brought an influx of Turkey Vultures. We'll see in the coming days whether this group becomes the local gang or if they move on.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 1 Killdeer was heard as it traveled to the north. 20 species were seen or heard from the summit, including a Bard Owl which nests in the park.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrows conditions don't appear to be ideal for flying. Winds are predicted to be light but coming from the northeast and shifting to southeast by days end. Temps could reach the high 30's with mostly sunny skies. Despite today not being the most ideal flying weather, we still had birds moving. Maybe we can see another small push of birds tomorrow.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/25/17 3:38 pm
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Merlin patrolling feeders
Our Holden feeders have been scouted by a female Merlin the past several
days. This evening she dined on Mourning Dove in the front yard.

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Date: 3/25/17 1:00 pm
From: Robert Knight <rwoodwardknight...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
I'm perhaps a bit late to this parade, but after believing that our Nikon
Monarchs were never to be equaled--and they are great binocs , and great
value--a friend of Lucia's (my wife) gave us a pair of Canon 10x30 IS
binocs. The IS stands for Image Stabilizer. So you focus on the bird and
hit a button and image stabilizes. I have no idea how this works, but it
really does. I have never been in favor of anything over 8X for birding
because of too much movement--but the image stabilization really works. I
took these out and "A/B" them against my Monarchs, and they were better.
Better color separation, and they gather a bit more light--and of course
the bird is closer. We went and bought another pair for me. I see that
there is a newer version IS II, and the ones like we have are about 1/2
price on the web. The newer model is around $450. They weigh a few
ounces more than my Monarch, but I bet they are less than your Zeiss 10X40s

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:52:41 AM UTC-4, Anne Williams wrote:
>
> I have been using some inherited 30-year-old Zeiss 10x40s. (Dialyt 10x40 B
> T*) They are very bright and good for anything further than 16 feet away,
> but have no close focus and are on the heavy side.
>
> I know there have been a lot of improvements in binoculars in recent
> decades.
>
> Questions:
> Is it worth buying something newer?
> And how much would it cost? (I am looking to stay under $500.)
> Thanks,
> Anne
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Date: 3/25/17 10:54 am
From: Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Belted Kingfisher in Hancock
Hi All,

First Kingfisher of the year in Hancock!

Best,

Dean

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Date: 3/25/17 10:15 am
From: 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow
Song sparrow finally. On my porch eating seed. Hope to hear one sing soon. So far hear only MoDos.
Barbara. Sanford.

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Date: 3/25/17 8:54 am
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
We canvasback was still present as of 1145 along with a lot of other gorgeous birds

Thanks,
Rob O'Connell

> On Mar 25, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Dave Thompson <mainedave12...> wrote:
>
> Still here at 8:15.
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Date: 3/25/17 7:34 am
From: Laurie Yntema <laurieyntema...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-throated loon?
Hello birders,
I am fairly certain that I saw a first year spring or juvenile red throated
loon in the Belfast Harbor this morning. I was on FootBridge Road
approaching the bridge, and this bird was very close to shore (30 feet or
so) off to the left facing the town of Belfast. diving, and after two dives
It could not relocated. Thin upturned bill and small size, mostly brownish
gray on the back, neck and rounded head, inconsistent with red necked
grebe. Remarkably small for a loon! I am hopeful someone else can see it
today and confirm the id! Will try to check again at lunch if work permits!
Laurie Yntema

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Date: 3/25/17 5:53 am
From: Kathy <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Red-winged blackbirds in China today
I have them across the road around the pond and cattail marshy area. They
have been there a few weeks and not sure how much they enjoyed the last
blizzard and the recent snow again!

On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:05:23 PM UTC-4, JMSmith wrote:
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> Saw first of year red-winged blackbirds in China Village today. It was
> snowing hard at the time and they were under a large branch of a hemlock.

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Date: 3/25/17 5:50 am
From: Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RE: spring IS on its way
Common Grackle hanging on to my feeder.

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Date: 3/25/17 5:14 am
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
Still here at 8:15.

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Date: 3/25/17 4:39 am
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (24 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 24, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 15 15
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 27 27
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1 2 2
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 8
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 15
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 1 69 69
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 12:00:00
> Total observation time: 2.5 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Despite many cars at the base of the mountain, only three people visited the summit today.
>
> Weather:
> Today's count began with cloudy skies yet very good visibility. Looking through binoculars, certain landmarks appeared close enough to touch. Winds remained light from the southwest but increased by midday. Temperatures remained below freezing. Snow flurries arrived a couple of hours ahead of the predicted time. The count was postponed for about 45 minutes before starting and stopping again.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> With the added persuasion of a few American Crows, the only raptor migrating today was a Cooper's Hawk. During the lull in snowfall, a local Red-shouldered Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk decided to run a few errands before retreating to the trees.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The morning's Passerine flight was lower in numbers than anticipated. Northbound birds included: 23 European Starlings 5 American Robins A grand total of 14 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow's forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies and a very light northerly breeze. Winds may shift to more northwest by the afternoon. Temperature could reach as high as the mid 40's in parts of the region. There's a chance we see some migrant activity in the next couple of days prior to the predicted weather at the beginning of the week. The biological clock is ticking for these birds.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/25/17 3:30 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/25)...
Hi all,

The drake CANVASBACK continues this morning on Etherington Pond along
Fortunes Rocks Road in Biddeford.

--Josh

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Date: 3/25/17 12:06 am
From: phillip <phillip...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Basic Hawk ID Help
My guess would be an immature Red-shouldered Hawk. Chunky body and
relatively short tail says buteo to me, but more slender than a Red-tail,
also longer-tail than Red-tail extending beyond primaries. And evenly
streaked underside without a Red-tail's belly band. No Broad-wings in
March, too slender and warm brown for rough-legged. Immature because red
lacking in the shoulders, and the tail not thickly and boldly barred.

On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:00:36 PM UTC-4, Brendan wrote:
>
> I struggle with hawk ID more than anything else, despite them being
> larger. If anyone wouldn't mind taking a look and providing opinions
> they'd be appreciated. I know the types of hawk species we get in the
> area but haven't really ever been able to distinguish any of them, mostly
> because of the differences between juvenile and adult versions of the
> species. If this forum isn't meant for this type of query just let me
> know! Thanks!
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35396040
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Date: 3/24/17 7:05 pm
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged blackbirds in China today
Saw first of year red-winged blackbirds in China Village today. It was snowing hard at the time and they were under a large branch of a hemlock.

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Date: 3/24/17 4:46 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
Spring? I don't believe it, in spite of the few avian speculators that seem
to be moving north.

On Tuesday we saw a minor pulse of two or three dozen SONG SPARROWS, a
couple JUNCOS, two ROBINS and one STARLING. Hardly startling numbers but a
big jump from the five or six Song Sparrows and one Robin that we had been
seeing for some time.

PURPLE SANDPIPERS are holding at around 60 and our 2 RAVENS continue daily.

Gulls have been low in recent days but that's no surprise because they
cycle frequently, according to their foraging and the weather.
I have noticed, though, that a few HERRING GULLS have started hanging out
at favorite perching rocks within the seabird colony. I'd speculate that
they are anticipating the ALCID'S return and those food opportunities.

Those aforementioned Alcids (RAZORBILLS & MURRES) have been rafting off the
island frequently but are not yet doing it every evening. This will
certainly be a year to watch closely. Will things normalize or will
breeding success continue its downturn?

HARLEQUIN DUCKS have been hovering around 60 most days although there have
seemed more at times.
I suspect that my impressions were right because this is the time (just
before departure to their breeding grounds) when we see a significant jump
in numbers here. Presumably, the increase is the first step in the spring
migration, with greatly elevated displaying, courting and aggression.

BIRD OF THE DAY:
There were up to 56 Harlequins hanging out at our boat ramp for most all of
this morning and well into the ebb tide early this afternoon.
Lots of preening, courting and aggression on display with a surprising
amount of the aggression displayed by a handful of females.

The GRAY SEALS are slowly increasing but I've only seen a couple of pups.
I'm not too surprised, considering the particularly violent sea conditions
which we've had recently. All the local haul-outs would have been more or
less unusable for days on end.

BIRD OF THE WEEK:
Yesterday, at about mid-day, under bright sunshine, gale force wind and
sub-freezing temperatures, I watched a WOODCOCK fly in and land on the
frozen lawn beside the lighthouse.
It found its bill defeated by the solid soil. It made several short flights
to test other areas with the same failure to penetrate.
The last I saw, the poor bugger was exploring among the boulders and
burrows of the PUFFIN colony. There's a chance that he found unfrozen
ground in sheltered niches. Even so, finding food sufficient to survive the
current weather would be a definite challenge.
I can only imagine how desperate that bird must have been to find food.
It's small wonder that there's talk of exceptionally high mortality among
the species.
An elevated number of dead and dying Woodcocks have been reported in New
England. This last big storm and cold snap, piled onto the previous severe
cold will certainly take a toll.

Small numbers of COMMON LOONS, RED THROATED LOONS, CANADA GEESE, BRANT,
GREAT CORMORANTS & LONG TAILED DUCKS pass daily, rarely more than 1-2 at a
time.

Almost completely absent since I arrived on the 9th have been EAGLES.
I've only seen one brief fly-by whereas I expect to see at least one pretty
much every decent day.
True, the weather hasn't been so good but certainly not so bad as to stop
the off-shore hunting trips. I wonder if the "local" Eagles have found a
closer, easier or larger food source that's holding them more to the
mainland.


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Date: 3/24/17 2:57 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights this Week, 3/18-24
Hi all,
Some more observations of note from me over the past seven days included:- 6 Evening Grosbeaks, Tuttle Road, Pownal, 3/18 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).- 1 continuing immature male KING EIDER continues, Portland Harbor, 3/19.- 1 1st-winter Glaucous Gull  and 3 Lesser Scaup, Portland Fish Pier, 3/19.- 9 Ruddy Turnstones, 2 Brant, and 105+ Purple Sandpipers, East Point/Ocean Avenue, Biddeford Pool, 3/19.- 5 Ring-necked Ducks, Riverbank Park, Westbrook, 3/20 (with Jeannette).- 2 Lesser and 1 Greater Scaup, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 3/21 (with Zane Baker).- 1 Northern Shrike, Rossmore Road, Brunswick, 3/21 (with Zane Baker).- 6 Dunlin, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 3/21 (with Zane Baker).~ 250 Scaup, mostly Lesser (perhaps as much as 90%), off Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Brunswick, 3/21 (with Zane Baker).- 3 Fish Crows (FOY), Rte 1, Falmouth, 3/23.
Additional Bohemian Waxwing sightings, as a follow up to my post from earlier this week, included:~ 30 continuing here at the store through the end of the day on the 22nd, but have now moved on.- 68 continue at Pine Tree Academy in Freeport as of the late morning, today, 3/24 (with Zane Baker).
 -Derek
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Date: 3/24/17 12:15 pm
From: Cepphus <kelsey.m.sullivan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Golden Eagle?
Curious if anyone had suspect golden eagle sightings in the last week or
two in the Newport to Bangor Area?

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Date: 3/24/17 12:00 pm
From: Brendan <bostonkingb...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Basic Hawk ID Help
I struggle with hawk ID more than anything else, despite them being larger.
If anyone wouldn't mind taking a look and providing opinions they'd be
appreciated. I know the types of hawk species we get in the area but
haven't really ever been able to distinguish any of them, mostly because of
the differences between juvenile and adult versions of the species. If
this forum isn't meant for this type of query just let me know! Thanks!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35396040

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Date: 3/24/17 11:56 am
From: Anne Williams <awilliam...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Thanks for the binoculars recommendations
Many folks wrote to me off-list.
If anyone would like a compilation of all the comments, let me know and I
will send it to you.
Anne Williams

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Date: 3/24/17 10:12 am
From: <sufenn30...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Arrowsic
Just arrived today, a few brown-headed cowbirds and 2 grackles. Under the
feeder with some red-winged blackbirds that have been around for a couple
weeks - love hearing them call! Also new - Fox sparrow (red) scratching
away.

Had a kingfisher down at Indian Rest this morning. Also a male hooded
merganser in Sewell Creek on Monday.

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Date: 3/24/17 4:41 am
From: Boots. <bootsg...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ellsworth
Large (~100) mixed flock Red-winged blackbird and Common Grackle in wet
area Union St., Ellsworth. 3/23 10:30am

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Date: 3/24/17 3:50 am
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Canvasback - Fortunes Rock Beach, Biddeford
The CANVASBACK first reported yesterday by Don Lima was feeding in
Etherington Pond this morning at 6:30.

Yesterday afternoon when I checked it was missing. That was between
3:30-4:00, but was later seen flying in my Josh F and Jenny B.

Nathan Hall
Portland, ME

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Date: 3/23/17 5:44 pm
From: 'Steve Patterson' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
My wife has Nikon Monarch 7. I have Celestron Granite (which uses ED glass). We both easily prefer the Celestron over the Nikon.




Steve Patterson
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Sent: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 8:08 pm
Subject: [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?

We love our Nikon Monarchs too!

Linda & Alan

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Date: 3/23/17 5:08 pm
From: Linda Seamans <seamans.linda...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
We love our Nikon Monarchs too!

Linda & Alan

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Date: 3/23/17 3:27 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (23 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 23, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 15 15
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 27 27
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 8
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 15 15
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 4 68 68
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 7 People visited the summit today including a reporter for Channel 6's show, 207. We welcome the publicity and hope it generates some interest in hawks, birds, conservation, or the good old outdoors.
>
> Weather:
> Today's weather didn't play out exactly as predicted. Winds persisted throughout the count duration, predominantly from the north and northwest with the occasional strong gust. Temperatures remained below freezing. Skies were blue with barely a cloud to be found anywhere.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A possible resident Red-shouldered Hawk made its presence known, on cue, as it was being inquired about. It appeared below the count area vantage point, allowing for a beautiful birds eye view of the adult birds plumage. Local Bald Eagle activity near Rte 9 has slowed a bit. Some birds were seen checking the area later in the day.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 14 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrows temperatures should climb into the mid to high 30's. There could be some light flurries in the morning, transitioning to rain by the afternoon. Snow accumulation should be minimal. Winds should be more favorable, emanating from the south or southwest. Hopefully some birds move ahead of the approaching weather system. If nothing else, the rain should, at the very least, help expose more ground and provide better hunting and foraging opportunities for some of these migrants who may be waiting to our south.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/23/17 2:57 pm
From: Ron Cedrone <rmcedrone...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
Seth
I totally agree.
I'm a mid level birder and bought Monarch 7 3 years ago at Freeport Wild Bird and love the quality , especially for the price
I stupidly left them on the tailgate of my truck and they fell hard. My bad , I cracked one ocular tube.
I'm sure All quality manufacturers would be helpful with a repair .
Never expected a NEW pair, but that was what happened when I sent !
Ron


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> On Mar 23, 2017, at 5:45 PM, Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:
>
> I'm all for brand loyalty, but you should also consider the Nikon Monarch series. The top end (Monarch 7s) have all the goods, ED glass, dielectric prism coatings, fully multicoated, fog/water proof and they come in ~$450. National Audubon gave them a good review, and I myself can barely tell the difference visually between the Monarch 7s and my Swarovskis
>
>> On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:52:41 AM UTC-4, Anne Williams wrote:
>> I have been using some inherited 30-year-old Zeiss 10x40s. (Dialyt 10x40 B T*) They are very bright and good for anything further than 16 feet away, but have no close focus and are on the heavy side.
>>
>> I know there have been a lot of improvements in binoculars in recent decades.
>>
>> Questions:
>> Is it worth buying something newer?
>> And how much would it cost? (I am looking to stay under $500.)
>> Thanks,
>> Anne
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Date: 3/23/17 2:45 pm
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
I'm all for brand loyalty, but you should also consider the Nikon Monarch
series. The top end (Monarch 7s) have all the goods, ED glass, dielectric
prism coatings, fully multicoated, fog/water proof and they come in ~$450.
National Audubon gave them a good review, and I myself can barely tell the
difference visually between the Monarch 7s and my Swarovskis

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:52:41 AM UTC-4, Anne Williams wrote:
>
> I have been using some inherited 30-year-old Zeiss 10x40s. (Dialyt 10x40 B
> T*) They are very bright and good for anything further than 16 feet away,
> but have no close focus and are on the heavy side.
>
> I know there have been a lot of improvements in binoculars in recent
> decades.
>
> Questions:
> Is it worth buying something newer?
> And how much would it cost? (I am looking to stay under $500.)
> Thanks,
> Anne
>

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Date: 3/23/17 1:55 pm
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: binocular recommendations?
Definitely worth looking at new binocs. Advances in design and quality of
glass are impressive. Look for the Zeiss Terra 8x42 ED. Normally a great
deal at $400 (1/6th of new Swarovskis!) they are a crazy bargain currently
from B&H Photo at $290.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/920175-REG/zeiss_524205_8x42_terra_ed_binocular.html


On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:52:41 AM UTC-4, Anne Williams wrote:
>
> I have been using some inherited 30-year-old Zeiss 10x40s. (Dialyt 10x40 B
> T*) They are very bright and good for anything further than 16 feet away,
> but have no close focus and are on the heavy side.
>
> I know there have been a lot of improvements in binoculars in recent
> decades.
>
> Questions:
> Is it worth buying something newer?
> And how much would it cost? (I am looking to stay under $500.)
> Thanks,
> Anne
>

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Date: 3/23/17 1:54 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Scarborough Marsh
Great Blue and a Kingfisher in the creek on the East side of Rte 9 opposite Perelco.
H.Donovan


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Date: 3/23/17 1:45 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
I've had my F O Y Fox Sparrow yesterday and today in my back yard singing and carrying on..... Always a welcome sight and sound. The Pine Warblers should be along soon .  John Tobin , Scarborough

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Date: 3/23/17 11:22 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] About thirty bohemian waxwings after the last of persistent crab apple around the yard in Waterboro
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Date: 3/23/17 10:51 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] GWFG
GWFG was still present at ~noon on 3/23

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Date: 3/23/17 10:49 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
Still visible close to the road at 1:45.

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Date: 3/23/17 9:05 am
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
7:15 am - There was a flock of RED-WING BLACKBIRDS in Exeter.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter, Penobscot County

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Date: 3/23/17 8:52 am
From: Anne Williams <awilliam...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] binocular recommendations?
I have been using some inherited 30-year-old Zeiss 10x40s. (Dialyt 10x40 B
T*) They are very bright and good for anything further than 16 feet away,
but have no close focus and are on the heavy side.

I know there have been a lot of improvements in binoculars in recent
decades.

Questions:
Is it worth buying something newer?
And how much would it cost? (I am looking to stay under $500.)
Thanks,
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Date: 3/23/17 8:08 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
Still visible. Lifer for me. Great find!!

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Date: 3/23/17 6:02 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Canvasback...
Hi all,

Don Lima found an adult male CANVASBACK in the limited open water of
Etherington Pond this morning on Fortunes Rocks Road in Biddeford.

I've posted photos on my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35368528

Nice find, Don!

Best,
Josh

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Date: 3/23/17 5:50 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Owls Head sparrows
A mixed group of 5 sparrow species in an Owls Head yard this morning: song, tree, white-throat, fox and junco.


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Date: 3/23/17 5:46 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Chan Robbins died
Birds of N.A. was among the first of my family's field guides back in 1966; loved browsing through for the pics and info and trying to grasp the song charts...(:

Thanks Stan for posting this.


Sharon in West K.


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Chan Robbins died

Chan Robbins died yesterday. This is a link to his obit
https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/3/21/Renowned-FWS-Ornithologist-Chandler-Robbins-Dies
which explains his many contributions far better than I can list but we
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Date: 3/22/17 9:22 pm
From: Elias B. <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth - FOS
These past could of days we have had a Fox Sparrow (red) slinking around the property and occasionally seen below the feeders.

Also, this morning a Carolina Wren announced its presence and I was told that it later spent time dining on suet and mealworms. One of my very favorite birds.

Elias

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Date: 3/22/17 6:00 pm
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chan Robbins died
Chan Robbins died yesterday. This is a link to his obit
https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/3/21/Renowned-FWS-Ornithologist-Chandler-Robbins-Dies
which explains his many contributions far better than I can list but we
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Date: 3/22/17 2:07 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 22, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 15 15
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 26 26
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 7
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 13 13
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 1 64 64
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 09:00:00
> Total observation time: 1 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 0 people visited during the count period. Wise decision folks. Well played. There are plenty of nice days to come. The season is still young.
>
> Weather:
> A wind advisory was issued by the Nation Weather Service at 10:00am and continued through the end of the count period. As per protocol, the count was suspended when winds reach this criteria." The first and only hour of the count started with mostly cloudy skies with a few breaks of sun. Temperatures were below freezing. Visibility was excellent with very minimal heat shimmer.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A couple of local Bald Eagles took to the skies to forage there usual haunts. A single local Red-tailed Hawk was seen kiting in the stiff winds.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> There were very few birds aloft today. Even the resident Common Ravens seemed to truncate their play time, forgoing the barrel rolls and flying in a more determined and intentional manner. A measly 6 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is expected to be unseasonably cold with abundant sunshine but highs only in the 20's. Winds are expected to be out of the northwest at 10-15mph with some gusts earlier in the day. Winds are expected to diminish as the day progresses. Given the fact a single bird was deemed migrating during today's inauspicious conditions, tomorrow's shift in wind direction and lighter speeds may bring a few more birds.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/22/17 6:09 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Freeport Bohemian Waxwings
Hi all,

A nice incursion of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS has descended on the greater Freeport area over the last few days. It began with 64 here at the store on 3/16, where at least 20 continue as of this morning.

Yesterday, Zane Baker and I had about 50 at the Pine Tree Academy on Pownal Road, and this morning 130+ were present!

Zane and I also had about 30 on Rossmore Road in Brunswick yesterday morning, and he's had a few visits from them at the Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch.

Meanwhile, Dan Nickerson and Jeannette have been seeing them in power line cuts and vicinity in Durham and Pownal, respectively.

This late-March occurrence in the area is nearly annual, fueled by an abundance of late season crabapples and Common Juniper.

-Derek

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Date: 3/22/17 5:41 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] GWFG
Greater white fronted was still present at Laudholm with 14 cago at 8:20 am

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Date: 3/22/17 5:21 am
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Com Goldeneyes
Update : with less blowing snow I now see there are 1 pair of Goldeneyes and 1 of Hooded Mergansers.

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Date: 3/22/17 5:17 am
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Com Goldeneyes
2 Common Goldeneyes landed in white-out conditions on the river which is more open this morning in Skowhegan.

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Date: 3/21/17 3:12 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Mar 2017) 11 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 21, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 5 15 15
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 25 25
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 7 7
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 13 13
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 11 63 63
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Jeannette Lovitch
> Observers: Bob Huber
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 10 people visited the Hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> The temperature today didn't move much, but 40s felt quite pleasant. The wind was light all day, variable in the morning, then swinging around from easterly to westerly throughout the afternoon. Skies were mostly overcast with good visibility.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> There was not a lot of raptor activity today. The first migrant wasn't even counted until the 4th hour. 2 local Bald Eagles were seen periodically. A Red-shouldered Hawk was very vocal for a time beyond Little Bradbury.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 17 species were seen or heard from the summit today. The only ones deemed migrating were: 62 American Crows 1 Common Grackle 1 Red Crossbill (southbound)
>
> Predictions:
> Winter returns tomorrow with temperatures in the 30s. NW winds in the morning may shift to the west by the afternoon. It looks like those winds could be strong throughout the day with 40mph gusts possible. We will hope a few migrants will buck the winds.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/21/17 2:27 pm
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BOWA Bowdoinham
30 or more Bohemian waxwings on Millay Road, Bowdoinham;
I could count 15 robins mixed in with the waxwings.

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Date: 3/21/17 2:20 pm
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown-headed cowbird flicks in York
Saw a few mid-sized flocks mixed in with red winged blackbirds and grackles
today.




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Marianne Taylor <andale62...>: Mar 21 07:28AM -0700

A single drake landed on the small open space of the Kennebec in front of
our house this morning. Fished and swam about for about 10 minutes.
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Hi all,

I followed up on Fletch's earlier report and was able to observe the
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Thanks, Fletch and Josh. The GWF Goose was still present between 8 and 8:30
this morning, with 37 Canada geese in the marsh grasses behind the foredune
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Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>: Mar 20 11:36PM -0400

On Saturday we went to Newport, NH to see the Great Gray Owl. Pics at my
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henrymauer.phanfare.com

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<jmpozner...>: Mar 20 05:46PM -0700

Wow, this is a rare bird to be seen on the east coast!
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/greater-white-fronted-goose

Nice find!




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2 Snow Geese still on 18th fairway Samoset Hotel, Rockport.

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Date: 3/21/17 12:11 pm
From: 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] interesting (at least to me) article re Waxwings
Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings


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Date: 3/21/17 7:29 am
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hooded Merganser Skowhegan
A single drake landed on the small open space of the Kennebec in front of our house this morning. Fished and swam about for about 10 minutes.

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Date: 3/21/17 5:46 am
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Wells: Greater White-fronted Goose...
Thanks, Fletch and Josh. The GWF Goose was still present between 8 and 8:30
this morning, with 37 Canada geese in the marsh grasses behind the foredune
on the far side of the Little River mouth. In about 10 minutes scoping, I
had just a few seconds with an identifiable view.

Most of the snow is hard packed and doesn't require snowshoes, but decent
boots and careful stepping will help prevent ankle twists.

Scott Richardson



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> Hi all,
>
> I followed up on Fletch's earlier report and was able to observe the
> adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE this afternoon in the Little River
> marsh visible from the south overlook of the Farley Trail at the Wells
> Reserve (aka Laudholm Farm) in Wells.
>
> I've added a few photos to my eBird checklist:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35313480
>
> Great find, Fletch!
>
> Best,
> Josh
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Date: 3/20/17 8:36 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl, photos
On Saturday we went to Newport, NH to see the Great Gray Owl. Pics at my
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Date: 3/20/17 6:14 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wells: Greater White-fronted Goose...
Hi all,

I followed up on Fletch's earlier report and was able to observe the
adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE this afternoon in the Little River
marsh visible from the south overlook of the Farley Trail at the Wells
Reserve (aka Laudholm Farm) in Wells.

I've added a few photos to my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35313480

Great find, Fletch!

Best,
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Date: 3/20/17 5:58 pm
From: <jmpozner...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Greater White-Fronted Goose at Lauholm Farm
Wow, this is a rare bird to be seen on the east coast!
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/greater-white-fronted-goose

Nice find!




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> Greater White-Fronted Goose seen from the Farley Trail overlook at
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Date: 3/20/17 4:15 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 20, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 1 10 10
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 22 22
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 11 11
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 1 52 52
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> The number of people visiting the mountain rapidly declined with the start of another work week. 8 people stopped to ask questions about the project. The two snowmen who accompanied me at the watch were murdered this week. There will not be a memorial service.
>
> Weather:
> Today's northerly wind direction was about as predicted with a fairly steady breeze. Gusts exceeded 20km/h at times. The suns power was felt all day and produced a high temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, or, about 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Visibility was good. Heat shimmer becoming more of an issue as the day progressed.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> It was an unexpectedly slow day for raptor migration. Only local birds were spotted foraging or hunting nearby. Very little activity could be found, despite the suns production of thermals. Birds which were spotted remained low. I wonder if birds were pushed closer to the coast or decided the winds were just to stiff to make it worth their effort. The one very distant migrant counted today was closer to the coast and appeared as a dark smudge on my optics. A sudden left to right rocking motion sealed the deal for the identification. A lone Turkey Vulture.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A mixed flock of about 30 Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings made a touch and go stop at the summit today. The first of the season. 40 European Starlings were spotted flying south. 4 American Robins also flew south. 15 species were seen or heard today.
>
> Predictions:
> Some light cloud cover is predicted to move into the area overnight. Sun and clouds should be present at the start of tomorrow's count with clouds filling in during afternoon hours. Temperatures may climb into the mid to upper 40's. Winds should be coming from the northwest and possibly shift to westerly or even southwesterly. This sight has, historically, seen good flights with a northwest wind. Given the same warm temperatures and shift in wind direction, I believe tomorrow should easily bring more migrants than today.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/20/17 2:06 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese
2 Snow Geese still on 18th fairway Samoset Hotel, Rockport.

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Date: 3/20/17 11:48 am
From: F. Missud <fmissud...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Greater White-Fronted Goose at Lauholm Farm
Greater White-Fronted Goose seen from the Farley Trail overlook at Laudholm Farm.

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Date: 3/20/17 11:02 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Hermit Thrush, Camden
FOY Hermit Thrush this morning, apparently feeding on holly berries in a
bush in my parents' yard here in Camden.

Kristen

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Date: 3/20/17 7:56 am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Coopers Hawk 20 March Bar Harbor
Cooper's Hawk, here right now and for the last 20 minutes has not moved as
it keeps its eye on our hanging bird-feeder. It has ignored the
Red-breasted Nuthatch. It is large, about Crow-size, golden eye with a
flash of almost-red, flattish head. Photo link below.
Please let us know if we are incorrect on ID Thanks
www.acadiabirds.wordpress.com

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Date: 3/20/17 5:04 am
From: Gabriella Howard <ghoward...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow in Augusta on 03-19-17.

Gabriella

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Date: 3/20/17 4:16 am
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and hooded mergansers
We saw six hooded mergansers (5 males, one female) and 4 or 5 male wood ducks and 2 females in the Narramissic River just below the Alamoosic Dam on Sunday.



On Friday, the 17th, had a woodcock in our driveway on Deer Isle.


Mike and Dawn Little

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Date: 3/19/17 5:26 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 9 9
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 22 22
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 6
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 11 11
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 8 51 51
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Tim Paul
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Snowmobilers, skiers, hikers, and birders enjoyed the warm temperatures and visibility from atop Bradbury today. I'm still amazed by the conversations and behavior of strangers which occur on the top of this mountain. It provides some welcome entertainment on slower days. Thanks to everyone who has come up to help spot or chat about birds.
>
> Weather:
> Today started with overcast skies and a chilly breeze from the northeast. By mid morning clouds made way for bright sun, and temperatures quickly rose to a few degrees above freezing. Winds varied between northeast and east for the remainder of the day. Cloud cover was high and thin.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Local Red-tailed Hawks were seen kiting to our west in an area known as The Gap. Bald Eagles continue to try to confuse the spotters, but 8 migrants on easterly winds in March were a little more than expected given the persistent regional snow-cover. Our first Sharp-shinned Hawk crept low in front of the summit, alighting briefly, and almost getting by undetected. We could have an established Red-shouldered Hawk on territory near Pownal center. the bird has been seen foraging in the same area for a couple of days now. It could just be held up by the recent snow covering the ground. Time will tell
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 7 Canada Geese were seen flying north. 14 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Seasonably mild temperatures are predicted for tomorrow, which will be a pleasant change. The pending storm has moved offshore and doesn't appear to be a threat. Sunny skies should generate some thermals for the birds, before afternoon clouds roll in. Lighter winds should be more northerly than northeasterly, perhaps going to northwest by the afternoon, which will also be more favorable for migrants. With sun and warmer temperatures, I think we could see more migrants than the past few days.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/19/17 2:08 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seeking Augusta's BOCH info
Hi folks -- please reply off-list. I found the small subdivision where this
chickadee has been hanging out this winter (off of York Farm Road), but
could not find a viewable feeder anywhere (suet or otherwise). Any highly
specific location advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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Date: 3/19/17 1:14 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: FOY Song Sparrow
Or not, checking records, see Song Sparrows at work in Belfast about this time.

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Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow


Saw a song sparrow today in Port Clyde, rustling around the lighthouse, which is not my home base, but anyway, seems early.


Also, Port Clyde to Owls Head:


Red Breasted mergansers

Surf Scoter

Buffleheads

Common eider, diving and feeding on crabs

Common loon x 3

Mallards

Black ducks

Herring Gulls

GBB Gulls

Black Guillimot

Canada Geese

Am Crow

BC Chickadee

House Finch


Sarah



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Date: 3/19/17 1:02 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow
Saw a song sparrow today in Port Clyde, rustling around the lighthouse, which is not my home base, but anyway, seems early.


Also, Port Clyde to Owls Head:


Red Breasted mergansers

Surf Scoter

Buffleheads

Common eider, diving and feeding on crabs

Common loon x 3

Mallards

Black ducks

Herring Gulls

GBB Gulls

Black Guillimot

Canada Geese

Am Crow

BC Chickadee

House Finch


Sarah


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Date: 3/19/17 12:30 pm
From: Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese
At the Samoset on the 18th hole as you drive by. ..a male and a female...
snow geese.

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Date: 3/19/17 10:53 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yard birds, Camden-3.19.17
In addition to the incessantly singing titmice, this morning a Red-bellied
Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren visited our yard, and a vulture flew over.
Made us feel like we were a little farther south than we really are,
despite the continuing blanket of snow. The birds and another "bluebird
day" make it a little more believable that tomorrow is the first day of
Spring.

​Happy Spring, all!
Kristen​

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Date: 3/19/17 10:40 am
From: 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Eagles
Corner of 224 and 202 in Sanford( near the
Deere sales). This morning a single eagle, soaring low enough to first see it was a very large dark bird flying flat, then a white tail, and just as the light turned green, the white head. Very exciting for me. I rarely see one, though there is plenty of river winding around near here.

Barbara in Sanford

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> On Mar 19, 2017, at 12:24 PM, Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> wrote:
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> Thursday saw an eagle and crow at a road kill on rt 202 Hollis a bit south of the bridge at Tory Hill. Was very definitely not TV. Then Saturday one flying parallel over rt. 109 Springvale. Both are near rivers. I have seen one near Skelton Dam, Dayton, in the past. They must be pretty hungry to scavenge roadside.
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Date: 3/19/17 9:53 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Busy in West K.
Also have 5 bluebirds and one fox sparrow and visiting red winged blackbird...

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Date: 3/19/17 9:47 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese, Rockport
We spotted 3 Snow Geese, undoubtedly the same three that Don Reimer spotted
a few days ago at Aldermere Farm, grazing on private property on Beauchamp
Point in Rockport this morning. They were by themselves, not part of a
larger flock.

Kristen

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Date: 3/19/17 9:24 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Eagles
Thursday saw an eagle and crow at a road kill on rt 202 Hollis a bit south of the bridge at Tory Hill. Was very definitely not TV. Then Saturday one flying parallel over rt. 109 Springvale. Both are near rivers. I have seen one near Skelton Dam, Dayton, in the past. They must be pretty hungry to scavenge roadside.

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Date: 3/19/17 8:56 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] northern shrike in West Kennebunk
11:45 A.M. Just appeared for 5 minutes(time for a few pics) in my front yard around feeders. The w.b.nuthatch and downy woodpecker frozen in place brought my attention to it! Sharon in West K.

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Date: 3/18/17 4:18 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 7 7
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 19 19
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 10 10
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 4 43 43
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> The propitious weather plus the first weekend of the season brought many visitors to Bradbury. There was genuine curiosity about the project. Snowmobiles provided a beautiful cacophony of screams and a pleasant perfume which stung the nostrils.
>
> Weather:
> Temperatures just kissed the freezing mark again today. Skies remained clear with a few clouds hugging the coast. Winds were variable, shifting from the north to northeast and finishing the day with a more steady easterly breeze.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Migrant counts were few and far between today. With the assistance of a couple of American Crows, a Northern Goshawk was seen as it tried to sneak passed the summit. The bird perched momentarily on a close ridge-line before continuing its journey. Eagles continue to be a challenge. There is something on the ground they find irresistible to the southwest of the watch site.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 10 species were seen or heard from the mountain toady.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is predicted as being overcast but becoming warmer than today with temperatures climbing above the freezing mark.Hopefully the sun breaks through enough to generate a few small thermals. East and northeast winds are not ideal conditions for birds moving north but if they remain light I believe we might see some activity.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/18/17 4:18 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] E. Meadowlark
Just off the Beldedere Rd. in Nobleboro at Bay View Farm an Eastern Meadowlark was foraging just off the road in the few bare patches of ground. I observed the bird for about a half hour. I also heard the lark vocalizing. The nasally short 'peeent' call. Not unlike a woodcock. Beautiful bird.

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Date: 3/18/17 3:57 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] n. flicker in Sidney
Spring IS coming: I saw a n. flicker in my neighbor's orchard this
afternoon.

Julia

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Date: 3/18/17 1:26 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird at Pond Cove Cape Elizabeth
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } I did not see the Gadwall at Pond Cove across from Robinson's Woods, but there has been a Rusty Blackbird singing from low shrubs on the ocean side of the road.
Bird haahd,Noah Gibb-Freeport 


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Date: 3/18/17 8:36 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Pileated in CNeddick
I've had a Song Sparrow hanging out beneath my feeders for the past three days, and today we had a visit from a Pileated WP inspecting several huge red oak trunks. Red maple showing buds and quaking aspens have catkins. Happy Spring.

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Date: 3/18/17 7:41 am
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird Skowhegan
FOY RwBlackbird just landed on our platform feeder.

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Date: 3/17/17 5:57 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] York County sightings (Mar 17)...
Here are some highlights from today:

...1 HERMIT THRUSH (FOY) along Whitten Hill Rd., Kennebunkport
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35239840

...1 KILLDEER hanging out with the gulls at Fortunes Rocks Beach, Biddeford
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35232567

...9 BRANT and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON from Vines Landing, Biddeford Pool
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35232740

...6 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER (adult male), and 1 KILLDEER
(flyby) along Mile Stretch Rd., Biddeford Pool
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35232624

...37 WOOD DUCKS and ~525 MALLARDS (both my highest counts ever for a
single location in Maine) on the Saco River, scoping from the
Marblehead Boat Launch on Marblehead Ln., Biddeford
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35233005

Best,
Josh

P.S. I'm leading a bird walk in Kennebunkport next Saturday (3/25).
Details here:
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Date: 3/17/17 5:56 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 3/11-3/17
Hi all,
Although a nice pulse of Hooded Mergansers, American Goldfinches, and Song Sparrows, along with a few more Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles was evident this week, the cold weather and snowstorm slowed down the pace of migration considerably. My personal highlights and "FOYs" of the week were therefore limited to:
- 18 Lesser Scaup, Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, 3/12.
- 1 Fox Sparrow (FOY), our yard in Pownal, 3/14.
- 1 Red-shouldered Hawk (FOY), Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch, 3/15.
- 64 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, here at the store, 3/16.

-Derek

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Date: 3/17/17 3:09 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fw: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park


Pownal, Maine, USA


| Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017 |
| Species | Day's Count | Month Total | Season Total |
| Black Vulture | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Turkey Vulture | 0 | 7 | 7 |
| Osprey | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Bald Eagle | 4 | 18 | 18 |
| Northern Harrier | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Cooper's Hawk | 0 | 1 | 1 |
| Northern Goshawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Red-shouldered Hawk | 2 | 5 | 5 |
| Broad-winged Hawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Red-tailed Hawk | 2 | 8 | 8 |
| Rough-legged Hawk | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Golden Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| American Kestrel | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Merlin | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Peregrine Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Accipiter | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Buteo | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Falcon | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Eagle | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Unknown Raptor | 0 | 0 | 0 |
| Total: | 8 | 39 | 39 |




| Observation start time: | 08:00:00 |
| Observation end time: | 16:00:00 |
| Total observation time: | 8 hours |
| Official Counter | Zane Baker |
| Observers: | Derek Lovitch, Tom Downing |




Visitors:
13 people visited the Hawkwatch.

Weather:
Winds were light and variable throughout the day. Temperatures struggled tobreak the freezing mark. Few clouds with abundant sunshine made for apleasant day.Heat shimmer was present for the entirety of the count but overallvisibility was good.

Raptor Observations:
A great day for hawk watching but a poor day for counting migrants. BaldEagles stole the show today. Multiple birds were spotted soaring togetherover an area to our southwest. Presumably there is a source of food nearby.Potential migrants turned on a dime to investigate, making it difficult todecipher between migrant and non-migrant.

Non-raptor Observations:
16 species of birds were heard or seen from the summit.A slow day for Passerine movement.3 American Robins were seen traveling northbound.35 European Starlings were moving southbound.

Predictions:
Tomorrow's weather is looking like it could be similar to today. Sunny witha few clouds, and temperatures which could be slightly warmer in the 30's.Winds are predicted to be variable. I'm hopeful to see some restless birdspushing forward.

Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp




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Date: 3/17/17 12:16 pm
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Belfast Bay census of Friday, March 17, 2017
Hale Morrell and I did the census this morning under sunny, windy, and cool
(12-23 F.) conditions. Diversity and numbers of diving ducks were lower
than usual, perhaps due to the recent storm. We did see a White-winged
Scoter, which has not been recorded by us since early last fall.

The complete census report can be found on ebird using

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35236387

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Date: 3/16/17 3:49 pm
From: Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RE: mockingbird
Saw a mockingbird in Lincolnville just about 200 yards north of the
Ducktrap River.

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Date: 3/16/17 3:22 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I'm not sure why we started Daylight Saving Time. The weather has been
distinctly un-spring like.
We were fortunate that the storm surge and the largest waves from our
recent tempest occurred on low tides and the tides themselves were on the
small part of their cycle.
We saw sustained winds of 50 knots (57 mph) and peak gusts to 65 knots (75
mph). Seas ran around 24 feet.

Birding is still mainly on the winter cycle, in spite of the earlier minor
pulse of migrant wannabes.
For the past week the land birds have been limited to one ROBIN and two
SONG SPARROWS.
The sparrows are most certainly over-wintering birds.
As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, Song Sparrows are the only
passerines that attempt to stay all winter and many years none survive.
Never do all the beginners make it through so if these two make it they are
beating the odds.

PURPLE SANDPIPERS are running just shy of 100 and HARLEQUINS are also
fairly steady at close to 50.

Gulls, mainly HERRING & GREAT BLACK BACKED, are always around but mainly on
the move, foraging.

Other than Harlequins, ducks have been seasonally scarce.
GREAT CORMORANTS are showing up as singletons and very small groups. DOUBLE
CREASTED CORMORANTS are still rare.

Three CANADA GEESE popped by on Sunday but after checking out various parts
of the island's poor habitat, they ventured elsewhere.

ALCIDS are beginning to arrive in modest numbers. Just RAZORBILLS and
MURRES so far and quite a few of those still in winter wardrobe.

A few GRAY SEALS are arriving but I haven't noticed any pups yet.

BIRD OF THE DAY: a BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON.
I encountered an adult this afternoon, hunkered down beside a rocky puddle.
A more sterile feeding spot I can't imagine but it likely looked good
compared with the rest of the island.
So after I nearly bumped into it, the Heron gained altitude and set course
for the Maine coast, 10 miles away. I watched its departure and resumed my
circuit of the island.
Shortly thereafter: a flicker in my peripheral vision and (bet you guessed)
there's the departed heron, returned to pass low over my left shoulder,
slow against the wind. It was a damn near perfect Bird Butt shot.
Anyway; I spotted its landing and could get within reasonable viewing
distance. It was still in the intertidal zone at dusk.




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Date: 3/16/17 3:21 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 3 7 7
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 8 14 14
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 3
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 4 6 6
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 16 31 31
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 9 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Gulick, Jeannette Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Seven people visited the summit to inquire about the project. Dave Gulick was the first Hawkwatch regular to visit the summit the year.
>
> Weather:
> A clear yet brisk morning kicked off day two of the Watch. Temperatures remained just below the freezing mark for the duration of the day. Winds stayed light from the West. Overall visibility was good but we would have preferred less heat shimmer.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Our first local Cooper's Hawk was seen displaying over Hedgehog Mountain. Bald Eagles were the days most active migrant. Determining which birds were locals versus migrants proved to be a challenge.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> It was a slightly slow start to today's watch. The first hour didn't produce any migrant raptors but a few Common Ravens put on a nice aerial display for our entertainment. Other species deemed migrating: 2 Common Mergansers
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is predicted to be a decent day. Temperatures should be slightly warmer with a light northwest wind. Considering today's flight tomorrow could should be better and more comfortable, since I don't own a jacket.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/16/17 9:53 am
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Harlequin Duck Cruise
Island Heritage Trust is again sponsoring a cruise to Isle au Haut in pursuit of Harlequin Ducks, with Bob and Sandy Duchesne. Join us on Saturday April 1 for a four hour boat ride to look for over-wintering inshore birds. For more information visit the Island Heritage Trust website - www.islandheritagetrust.org<http://www.islandheritagetrust.org> or call 207-348-2455 to sign up. Space is limited so sign up soon. $35 for Trust members, $45 for others.

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Date: 3/15/17 4:47 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 4 4 4
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 6 6 6
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
> Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 2
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 2
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 15 15 15
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:15:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 7.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 13 people visited the hawkwatch today
>
> Weather:
> Bradbury Hawkwatch 2017 is officially underway! After volunteering my time at this site for the past few seasons, I am excited to be the primary observer for these next few months. I look forward to meeting people who venture up to the summit to enjoy the birds to come. The day started out sunny with a light SW wind. As the day went along, clouds began to build in, with mostly continuing westerly or southwesterly winds. Temperatures today started out at -6C. We only hit the freezing mark at 10:00 in the morning. Visibility was very good to excellent throughout the day.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The hawk flight was quite good for the first day of the count period. The first migrant counted was a Bald Eagle. Several Bald Eagles were also seen from the summit, potentially local birds.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 17 species were seen from the summit today. Non-raptors counted included: 9 European Starlings (northbound) 37 Canada Geese (southbound) 8 Blackbird sp. (southbound) 2 Common Mergansers (southbound) 4-5 Common Ravens were also seen courting throughout the day.
>
> Predictions:
> Winds tomorrow are predicted to be westerly to northwesterly with some sunshine. We would expect to see some birds on the move tomorrow.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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Date: 3/15/17 3:33 pm
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Horned Larks
There were at least 12 Horned Larks on The Eastern Trail at Scarborough
Mash this afternoon.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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Date: 3/15/17 12:03 pm
From: Ann Hancock <annhancock9...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Feeder birds today
My pintail got brave enough to join the mallards today. He must be very hungry!

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Date: 3/15/17 10:42 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tufted Titmice in Maine
As my wife and I were shoveling the 18" of snow that fell yesterday in
Kennebunk from the front walk and the paths to our bird feeders we were
serenaded by numerous Tufted Titmice singing away in the woods. This gives
me an excuse to share my recent blog post about Titmice, a bird that is now
among The Regulars in many parts of Maine, but is a relative newcomer:

http://northbynortheastblog.blogspot.com/

Comments welcome.
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Date: 3/14/17 2:25 pm
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
An American Robin was in the fruit tree in our yard about 4 pm.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter, Penobscot County

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Date: 3/14/17 12:02 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch begins tomorrow (hopefully!)
Hi all,

Well, it sure doesn't feel or look like it today, but tomorrow begins the 11th annual Bradbury Mountain SPRING Hawkwatch (well, weather permitting anyway), sponsored by Freeport Wild Bird Supply and Leica Sport Optics.

This year, we welcome Zane Baker as our official Hawkcounter. Zane lives in North Yarmouth, and has been a regular volunteer with us since 2012. He’ll be stationed at the summit from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily from March 15th to May 15th (weather, particularly visibility permitting) with Jeannette and I covering his day off.

For more information about the project, directions to the site, etc, see:
http://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch

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

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Feathers Over Freeport: A Birdwatching Weekend on April 29th – 30th. The Hawkwatch will be one of many featured activities during this family-oriented event at Bradbury Mountain and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Parks (the full schedule of which will be available soon).

For a summary of our productive 2016 season, visit my Hawkwatch Season in Review blog here:
https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/2016-bradbury-mountain-spring-hawkwatch-season-in-review/

Daily totals will be posted to the BirdHawk Listserve and shared here on Maine-birds. Daily totals can also be accessed from the hawkwatch page on our website, linked above.

See you atop "The Brad!"

-Derek

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Date: 3/14/17 8:51 am
From: Peggy Page <mpage815...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Woodcock in Gorham
I work at the corporate offices of Goodwill in Gorham and someone came to get me out of a meeting this morning to see a funny bird with a really long bill that was poking around the veggie beds right outside the break room windows. A Timberdoodle of course! One more reason to drive to work in the snow this morning!

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Date: 3/14/17 6:58 am
From: 'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow
My first Fox Sparrow in several years!! Doing its "dance" to get seed in the snow under the feeder. One of my favorites. Such a beautiful bird.
Usual birds in a frenzy at the feeder as it snows. Juncos getting seeds on the porch; one even pecking at the Nyjer seed in a feeder low on the porch.


Barbara in Sanford. York County.



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Date: 3/14/17 6:13 am
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen?
Thanks to everyone who confirmed my bird was indeed a Rusty Blackbird. It
was unanimous.
Bill Blauvelt

On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 1:42 PM, Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
wrote:

> I found what I think is a Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen Cemetery in
> Portland today. It was in the woods between the Junk Pond and the ball
> fields. I put a few pictures on my Flicker page. Any confirmation or
> correction would be appreciated.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/RFqpQp
>
> Thank you,
> Bill Blauvelt
> Portland, ME
>
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Date: 3/13/17 7:04 pm
From: Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] saw-whet
What a great time of year! I just stepped outside to listen for woodcocks under the full moon. But what I heard was a nearby Saw-whet Owl tooting his head off for at least five minutes. It's really an Owl Moon.


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Pemaquid/ New Harbor

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Date: 3/13/17 11:32 am
From: Nancy W. Dickinson <nwd1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pemaquid Killdeer
Right on schedule, a FOY Killdeer is bobbing around our gravel turnaround, the very spot where he will probably spend the next few months. It IS spring after all!


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Date: 3/13/17 10:42 am
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen?
I found what I think is a Rusty Blackbird at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland
today. It was in the woods between the Junk Pond and the ball fields. I put
a few pictures on my Flicker page. Any confirmation or correction would be
appreciated.

https://flic.kr/p/RFqpQp

Thank you,
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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Date: 3/13/17 10:09 am
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] My Chipmunk says it's spring!
Second time I have seen it suning on my warm granite step just outside of
the stone wall it calls home. Sign of spring? It had better go
underground for few more days to avoid the up coming storm!
Otherwise the usual visitors - I did catch sight of a male Red-bellied
woodpecker yesterday. His visits are so short (less than a minute) that I
assume it visits more often than I observe.
I still have the cardinal gang early and late at the feeders each day.
As many as 8 males and 4 females at one time.
Marie. South Portland

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Date: 3/13/17 7:05 am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow 13 March Bar Harbor
1 Fox Sparrow feeding on scattered seed with 3 Mourning Doves.

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Date: 3/13/17 5:41 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rockport Snow Geese

Three snow geese with 25+ Canadas grazing in the roadside pasture at Aldermere Farm this morning.


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Date: 3/12/17 2:24 pm
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture -Alfred

Turkey Vulture rocking over a field in Alfred on Thursday. My FoY.

Barbara. Sanford.


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Date: 3/12/17 2:03 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture soaring over USM Portland
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Date: 3/10/17 7:49 pm
From: Linda Elliott <lindae1136...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
Great photo Meghan!!
Marie, he was eating the suet that I purchased from the Christmas Tree shop, so it's nothing special. The feeder is one of the "pole systems" from Wild Birds Unlimited that has different hooks for whatever I choose to put up. I use their seed with a handful of dried meal worms mixed in for the bluebirds. Pretty soon, I will have to take it all in at night due to the bear that was visiting this fall. My house is surrounded by woods with lots of swampy, boggy areas with plenty of dead wood.

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Date: 3/10/17 6:48 pm
From: Jim Toulouse <jwtmaine...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
I live near Ft Williams in Cape Elizabeth and have rarely had Pileated
Woodpeckers at the feeders. (2-3 sightings in 30 years). However, in the
last 10 days a male Pileated has been frequently seen at the (suet)
feeders. It is an amazing looking bird!

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Date: 3/10/17 6:39 pm
From: Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
Cape Elizabeth Maine

This pair is been around before and I think they have a nest somewhere
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> 23 Brant in Kettle Cove today. Right across from parking lot. Great views.
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Date: 3/10/17 6:23 pm
From: Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Cape Eliz
I also have a pair on Turkey Hill Farm I think they have a nest I've seen them here before, I have a picture but I'm not sure how to post it.

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Date: 3/10/17 6:08 pm
From: Linda Elliott <lindae1136...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pileated Woodpecker in Scarborough
A pileated woodpecker was visiting my bird feeder today. There is a pair living in this area, but sightings are rare.

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Date: 3/10/17 5:42 pm
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Green Winged Teal and American Wigeon - Monhegan


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The Green Winged Teal has been here a few days, mingling with the Mallards,
eating cracked corn put out daily at the store.

The American Wigeon showed up today in the harbor. I've never seen one so
it was a cool sighting for me. I love its fancy tail coloring.

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Date: 3/10/17 3:40 pm
From: Francesco Ticozzi <francescoticozzi...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Brant - Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
Thanks Ian, I was able to relocate some of the brant around 12:30, they left short after.

On the way back, I saw a merlin on top of a spruce along Fessenden St. Also good numbers of harlequins around Dyer’s point.

Oh, and around sunset, a barred owl was perched right behind a busy gas station on Congress st in Portland.

Good briding,

Francesco


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Date: 3/10/17 2:16 pm
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] FOY Fox Sparrow and more EVGR - Kennebunk
I had my first Fox Sparrow yesterday and two were here most of the day
today. Also with several White-thoated Sparrows that have been here for a
while and one Song Sparrow and one Tree Sparrow.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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> Kennebunk - Four Evening Grosbeaks paid me a brief visit again this
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Date: 3/10/17 1:51 pm
From: Christine Roberts <christine51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Chipping Sparrow
Belmont feeder

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Date: 3/10/17 1:30 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Fox Sparrow and more EVGR - Kennebunk
Kennebunk - Four Evening Grosbeaks paid me a brief visit again this morning, and my first Fox Sparrow of the year has been hanging around all day under the feeders with a Song Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow.

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Date: 3/10/17 1:21 pm
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] A. Kestrel, Barrow's Goldeneye
Pat Moynahan and I found a male A. Kestrel perched on the wire over
Jones Creek in front of Pelreco, Scarborough Marsh this afternoon. A
drake Wigeon and two Gadwalls across from the Nature Center and the
drake Pintail with the Mallards near the Nature Center.

Also a drake Barrow's Goldeneye with Common Goldeneyes and Ring-necked
Ducks in the open water area of Brandy Pond in Naples. Two Bald Eagles
put up the Mallards a couple of times in the same location.

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Date: 3/10/17 8:10 am
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brant - Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
23 Brant in Kettle Cove today. Right across from parking lot. Great views.

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Date: 3/9/17 5:53 pm
From: Elias B. <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth GHOW
Very late in posting this, my apologies.

For the last two Mondays and this past Tuesday there has been a pair of GHOWs calling for quite consistently for 3-4 hours. They seemed to be periodically moving locations from one grove of older white pines to the next. It's interesting the distance travelled during this sort of courting. I would estimate that these two travelled a half mile or so maybe more. There location, generally speaking was towards the beginning of shore road behind town hall and the recycling center and then down shore road, at times crossing shore road and traveling to the fringes of Robinsons woods meets the property lines.

This is the first time I have heard and seen GHOWs in Cape (not uncommon though seen in Sprague land and I heard wisperings of a GHOW in the Robinson Woods II tract. I have had good luck with Barred Owls, across CE and with the big broods last year some first years teetered with dire realities. Fortunately for them that the winter has been as it has.

Also, two weekends ago I came across a winter wren along the edge of upper pond cove. What special treat. Lastly, after establishing a designated mealworms feeder station we now have 4-5 Bluebirds who 1st show up a little past dawn who chirp and chase each other for a better part of the day.

Elias

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Date: 3/9/17 8:55 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: "Kee-ee" ?
Thank you Sean and Maggie for further educating me :-)

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:25:18 AM UTC-5, Denise Johnson wrote:
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> Day two and I see my ducks and chickens scramble for cover. I hear the
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> for a visual.
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Date: 3/8/17 4:26 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese Biddeford Pool
Hi all,

The 4 SNOW GEESE were present this afternoon at the west end of the
Abenakee Club golf course, visible from Stone Cliff Rd., Biddeford
Pool.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35050947

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Date: 3/8/17 12:37 pm
From: Steve Barnes <stbarnes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Port Clyde
9 Great Cormorants showing breeding plummage on Gunning Rocks off Marshal
Point Light.

Steve Barnes
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Date: 3/8/17 9:11 am
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?
Yes, I have also been fooled by a bluejay's imitation.

Maggie Strickland
Harmony, ME

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Date: 3/8/17 8:53 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?
I on occasion hear jays mimic Broad-winged Hawks.

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Date: 3/8/17 8:25 am
From: Denise Johnson Email <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] "Kee-ee" ?

Day two and I see my ducks and chickens scramble for cover. I hear the high-pitched "kee-ee" call of what I know as a Broadwing hawk. Is that possible in Cape Neddick, west of turnpike early March? No time to look up for a visual.

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Date: 3/8/17 6:32 am
From: Ed Gervais <edgervais...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Waxwings in Morrill
Currently a small flock of 8 Waxwings in a crab-apple tree in Morrill. Too
foggy to tell whether they are Cedar or Bohemian but in any case it's nice
to see them. Don't often see them in my yard.

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Date: 3/7/17 3:10 pm
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
Last week there were some early sightings at the cemetery field, but mostly after 3:30 in the afternoon...

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Date: 3/7/17 12:40 pm
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Flicker - York
Got a great look at a FOY northern flicker just off of exit 7 in York this
morning!

Dan Gardoqui
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Date: 3/7/17 10:34 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese Biddeford Pool
I'm currently watching 4 Snow Geese at the golf course next to East Point Sanctuary in BP!

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Date: 3/7/17 8:12 am
From: Steve Barnes <stbarnes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tenants Harbor
Just had a nice look at a Northern Shrike in the village of Tenants Harbor,
near the school, 10:50 AM.

Steve Barnes
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Date: 3/7/17 3:41 am
From: Sally Blauvelt <sally.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bird feeders a blog
Thought this might be of interest to the group. Lev was one of our guides in Costa Rica. We loved him! http://thespruceblog.blogspot.ca/2017/03/a-level-headed-look-at-feeding-birds.html

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Date: 3/6/17 11:30 pm
From: Bill Grabin <grabin137...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Memories of Peter Vickery--friend & mentor--one of the great ones
Thanks Jeff. What a wonderful tribute

On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:34:47 PM UTC+8, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> I first heard of Peter Vickery as a teen birder growing up in Bangor in
> the late 70’s.
>
> Even then he seemed to be a legend.
>
> When I procured a copy of his then recently completed Annotated Checklist
> of Maine Birds, I was blissful and studied it daily until the cover came
> loose and the pages were worn. Soon after that, perhaps around 1980 when I
> think Peter and Barbara may have been still living up in Lincoln, I got to
> see Peter when he did a presentation on Great Gray Owls in Brewer for the
> Penobscot Valley Audubon Society. As a young birder I was impressed by this
> dynamic, bold, charismatic, funny and exceptionally knowledgeable person
> but I was painfully shy and I am not sure if I even dared to ask him a
> question. I don’t remember too much about that first meeting but a year or
> two later I had the opportunity to be on the then-annual Penobscot Valley
> Audubon boat trip that circumnavigated Isle au Haut in order to count the
> Harlequin Ducks that winter there. Peter and Barbara were on that trip and
> I got to see Peter in his element, identifying birds long before anyone
> else could even see them, pointing them out to everyone on board, and
> patiently explaining how to identify them in vivid, memorable, and precise
> language. At one point Peter jumped up on the seats in the stern in order
> to get a better view and I, wanting to prove my mettle, jumped up beside
> him only to discover how difficult (and probably dangerous) it was to be
> perched up high in the rolling seas. On the ride back into the harbor as my
> seasickness subsided, Peter made a point of engaging me and discussing the
> House Finches I had documented recently in Bangor—the first that far north
> in Maine at the time. I remember how special I felt to be having a
> birder-to-birder conversation with the famous Peter Vickery!
>
> In 1984, I moved to the Augusta area and Peter and Barbara were living in
> nearby Richmond. At some point Peter had given me his phone number and I
> began calling him just about weekly (I still have the number memorized) to
> discuss the latest bird news. Looking back on it now I appreciate how
> patient he was with me and always so interested and engaging despite his
> busy life which included frequent bouts away from home as a professional
> bird tour leader for Massachusetts Audubon Society. As spring approached
> that year, Peter casually mentioned on one of our calls that he might have
> a job available that summer to work on project to survey grassland birds in
> Kennebunk and would I have any interest in taking it? You can imagine how
> excited I was to have a job in the bird world with my idol and Maine’s
> premier field ornithologist!
>
> That was the start of about a decade of working with Peter on grassland
> bird research on the Kennebunk Plains. When we started, the area was still
> a private commercial blueberry harvesting operation and the managers were
> not excited or particularly supportive of our efforts to understand the
> implications of the new herbicide that they were using there to try to
> remove all the plants besides blueberries. Peter initiated the research
> there because of a concern that Maine’s only population of Grasshopper
> Sparrows (not to mention many other rare and uncommon species) might be
> wiped out. He persuaded the Maine Pesticide Control Review Board to only
> allow the use of the new herbicide (Velpar) under the condition that a
> research project be set up that would allow its impact to be assessed. To
> make a long story short, we documented that use of Velpar on the whole site
> would likely have resulted in the extirpation of Grasshopper Sparrows from
> the site. Eventually the Nature Conservancy stepped in and protected an
> adjoining parcel of land at the site and then after much more work, the
> site became the first one purchased with funds from the Land For Maine’s
> Future program. Now birders know of it as the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife
> Management Area and it still has Grasshopper Sparrows and all the other
> birds that were there in 1984. Without Peter stepping in back in 1984 it
> might now instead be a housing development like you see in much of the
> surrounding area.
>
> I was blessed to have had the incredible good fortune to spend a lot of
> time with Peter in the field in those years. We had so many memorable
> experiences together and I learned about so many aspects of field biology
> from him, including how to identify those pesky grasses and other plants. I
> still always remember him enthusiastically pointing out and teaching me the
> identity and name of “Nemopanthus mucranatus”, a shrub that was growing in
> a bog in Corea where we had found nesting Willets. Peter gave me a loan so
> I could get my first pair of good binoculars, a pair of Leica’s that were
> the top of the line at the time. Once he presented me with a copy of the
> recently published Shorebirds of the World, complete with a piece of a
> shorebird skull attached that he had found at Scarborough Marsh!
>
> Peter’s encouragement and support continued over the years and was
> instrumental in me finally switching from pursuing a degree in music to one
> in biology and in continuing on in my education, as he did, to earn a
> doctorate. Peter’s passion for conservation also was an important reason
> for my decision to become a professional in the field of conservation.
>
> I could go on all day about how special Peter was and how important he was
> to me and many other people that he mentored over the years and it could
> never do justice to his memory. But I know for me he will always be
> remembered in the field, standing on the deck of a pitching boat, bent over
> his Questar scope scanning the ocean off Lobster Cove on Monhegan in
> winter, or taking big strides through a brushy field, pointing out birds
> and other living things with joy, telling stories with a smile and a
> giggle.
>
> Peter was a great one. He had a long-lasting and significant impact on
> people and conservation here in Maine and across the world.
>
> I miss him.
>
> I only hope that we who knew him can try to follow his inspirational
> example as a memory of his legacy.
>
> Thank you Peter.
>
>
>
> Jeff
>
>
>
> Jeff Wells
>
>
>

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Date: 3/6/17 6:56 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] This week's Highlights, 3/4-6.
Sorry for the extra post; forgot to add today's notes:
- 9 Wood Ducks, Abbott's Pond, York (with Jeannette).
- 1 American Woodcock (FOY), Fort Foster, Kittery (with Jeannette).

-Derek

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> On Mar 6, 2017, at 9:04 PM, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
> Some sightings of note over the past three days included the following:
> - 12-15 different Bald Eagles, about 2,000 gulls (98% Herring Gulls), and a total of 132 Common Mergansers from Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta through the Gardiner Town Landing, 3/4 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
> - Both the immature male and female KING EIDER continue off of the Fish Pier in Portland, 3/5.
> - 4 Lesser Scaup, Portland Harbor, 3/5.
> - 1-2 adult and 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 3/5.
> - 1 drake Barrow's Goldeneye, Lower Falls Landing, Yamrouth, 3.5.
>
> -Derek
>
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Date: 3/6/17 6:04 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This week's Highlights, 3/4-6.
Hi all,
Some sightings of note over the past three days included the following:
- 12-15 different Bald Eagles, about 2,000 gulls (98% Herring Gulls), and a total of 132 Common Mergansers from Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta through the Gardiner Town Landing, 3/4 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- Both the immature male and female KING EIDER continue off of the Fish Pier in Portland, 3/5.
- 4 Lesser Scaup, Portland Harbor, 3/5.
- 1-2 adult and 2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 3/5.
- 1 drake Barrow's Goldeneye, Lower Falls Landing, Yamrouth, 3.5.

-Derek

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Date: 3/6/17 7:34 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Memories of Peter Vickery--friend & mentor--one of the great ones
I first heard of Peter Vickery as a teen birder growing up in Bangor in the late 70's.
Even then he seemed to be a legend.
When I procured a copy of his then recently completed Annotated Checklist of Maine Birds, I was blissful and studied it daily until the cover came loose and the pages were worn. Soon after that, perhaps around 1980 when I think Peter and Barbara may have been still living up in Lincoln, I got to see Peter when he did a presentation on Great Gray Owls in Brewer for the Penobscot Valley Audubon Society. As a young birder I was impressed by this dynamic, bold, charismatic, funny and exceptionally knowledgeable person but I was painfully shy and I am not sure if I even dared to ask him a question. I don't remember too much about that first meeting but a year or two later I had the opportunity to be on the then-annual Penobscot Valley Audubon boat trip that circumnavigated Isle au Haut in order to count the Harlequin Ducks that winter there. Peter and Barbara were on that trip and I got to see Peter in his element, identifying birds long before anyone else could even see them, pointing them out to everyone on board, and patiently explaining how to identify them in vivid, memorable, and precise language. At one point Peter jumped up on the seats in the stern in order to get a better view and I, wanting to prove my mettle, jumped up beside him only to discover how difficult (and probably dangerous) it was to be perched up high in the rolling seas. On the ride back into the harbor as my seasickness subsided, Peter made a point of engaging me and discussing the House Finches I had documented recently in Bangor-the first that far north in Maine at the time. I remember how special I felt to be having a birder-to-birder conversation with the famous Peter Vickery!
In 1984, I moved to the Augusta area and Peter and Barbara were living in nearby Richmond. At some point Peter had given me his phone number and I began calling him just about weekly (I still have the number memorized) to discuss the latest bird news. Looking back on it now I appreciate how patient he was with me and always so interested and engaging despite his busy life which included frequent bouts away from home as a professional bird tour leader for Massachusetts Audubon Society. As spring approached that year, Peter casually mentioned on one of our calls that he might have a job available that summer to work on project to survey grassland birds in Kennebunk and would I have any interest in taking it? You can imagine how excited I was to have a job in the bird world with my idol and Maine's premier field ornithologist!
That was the start of about a decade of working with Peter on grassland bird research on the Kennebunk Plains. When we started, the area was still a private commercial blueberry harvesting operation and the managers were not excited or particularly supportive of our efforts to understand the implications of the new herbicide that they were using there to try to remove all the plants besides blueberries. Peter initiated the research there because of a concern that Maine's only population of Grasshopper Sparrows (not to mention many other rare and uncommon species) might be wiped out. He persuaded the Maine Pesticide Control Review Board to only allow the use of the new herbicide (Velpar) under the condition that a research project be set up that would allow its impact to be assessed. To make a long story short, we documented that use of Velpar on the whole site would likely have resulted in the extirpation of Grasshopper Sparrows from the site. Eventually the Nature Conservancy stepped in and protected an adjoining parcel of land at the site and then after much more work, the site became the first one purchased with funds from the Land For Maine's Future program. Now birders know of it as the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area and it still has Grasshopper Sparrows and all the other birds that were there in 1984. Without Peter stepping in back in 1984 it might now instead be a housing development like you see in much of the surrounding area.
I was blessed to have had the incredible good fortune to spend a lot of time with Peter in the field in those years. We had so many memorable experiences together and I learned about so many aspects of field biology from him, including how to identify those pesky grasses and other plants. I still always remember him enthusiastically pointing out and teaching me the identity and name of "Nemopanthus mucranatus", a shrub that was growing in a bog in Corea where we had found nesting Willets. Peter gave me a loan so I could get my first pair of good binoculars, a pair of Leica's that were the top of the line at the time. Once he presented me with a copy of the recently published Shorebirds of the World, complete with a piece of a shorebird skull attached that he had found at Scarborough Marsh!
Peter's encouragement and support continued over the years and was instrumental in me finally switching from pursuing a degree in music to one in biology and in continuing on in my education, as he did, to earn a doctorate. Peter's passion for conservation also was an important reason for my decision to become a professional in the field of conservation.
I could go on all day about how special Peter was and how important he was to me and many other people that he mentored over the years and it could never do justice to his memory. But I know for me he will always be remembered in the field, standing on the deck of a pitching boat, bent over his Questar scope scanning the ocean off Lobster Cove on Monhegan in winter, or taking big strides through a brushy field, pointing out birds and other living things with joy, telling stories with a smile and a giggle.
Peter was a great one. He had a long-lasting and significant impact on people and conservation here in Maine and across the world.
I miss him.
I only hope that we who knew him can try to follow his inspirational example as a memory of his legacy.
Thank you Peter.

Jeff

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Date: 3/6/17 6:22 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sunday Highlights: Scarborough Marsh to Wharton Point
Taking advantage of what free time I had this weekend, I hopped on I-295 and headed down to Scarborough to see if I could pick up the Snow Goose continuing in the marsh. I had eyes to the skies for my first Turkey Vulture of the year while driving, but saw none.

Eastern Point Trail:
- The deep freeze this weekend locked up a lot the previously open water in the area and I wasn't able to locate some of duck species that have recently been observed. The waters behind Pelreco were frozen solid. From a blustery vantage point on the first bridge on the Eastern Point Trail, I did locate the Snow Goose resting on the stream bank among the Canada Geese, Mallards, and Black Ducks. Horned Lark, American Tree Sparrows, and a single Song Sparrow were active along the edge of the path while making my way back to the car. Across the road, I observed a single Northern Pintail in the stream among the other ducks and geese.

Kettle Cove:
- En route to Kettle Cove, a single female Northern Harrier passed over Spurwink Rd. Upon arrival at midday, I found Brant (9) foraging on the beach just off the rocks. They remained in the area for 20 minutes or so before floating out into the cove and eventually flying off out of sight. Otherwise the cove was very quiet.

Wharton Point:
- I arrived at Wharton Point in the early afternoon to find a great number of ducks out in the bay. Conditions for observation were not ideal (it was very bright and the ducks were far out/backlit), but I was able to pick out just 3 Greater Scaup among the multitudes of Mallards. A handful of Dunlin (6) worked the edge of the shore just below where the gulls were resting and newly arrived Common Grackles were vocal throughout my time on the point. A single Northern Mockingbird perched atop a multiflora rose tangle.

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Date: 3/5/17 12:12 pm
From: 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black headed Gull no
I was in Westbrook at the park and further up river with no sightings. I was there from 1:00 to 2:15 3/5. Leon

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Date: 3/5/17 7:53 am
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery, 1949-2017

>
> Thank you, Jan, that was beautiful.
>
I only knew Peter for a few years but every time we talked it was a
pleasure. He was such a knowledgeable, funny, amazing guy.
He was the first person to suggest I attend the Hog Island Teen-birder
camp, I am so glad I did.
Rest in peace, Peter, you were an inspiration that will be massively
missed and never forgotten.

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Date: 3/5/17 7:52 am
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Peter Vickery, 1949-2017

>
> Thank you, Jan, that was beautiful.
>
I only knew Peter for a few years but every time we talked it was a
> pleasure. He was such a knowledgeable, funny, amazing guy.

He was the first person to suggest I attend the Hog Island Teen-birder
> camp, I am so glad I did.

Rest in piece, Peter, you were an inspiration that will be massively missed
> and never forgotten.


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Date: 3/5/17 2:51 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
Have there been any early day sightings...10:00 a.m. or so?
Thanks,
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Date: 3/4/17 5:07 pm
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cardinal convention in south portland
At dusk - as usual, they are the last to feed - 10 males and 3 females.
Must have been a good summer for male off spring - most ever at my feeders
at one time was 14 - seven males and seven females - several years ago.
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Date: 3/4/17 4:55 pm
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bremen birds
While chasing away a big Tom Turkey from the feeder, flushed a Woodcock sunning itself - a pleasant surprise on this nippy day. Fox Sparrow continues.

Red-wing blackbirds and grackles feasting.


Juanita Roushdy
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Date: 3/4/17 3:42 pm
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Westbrook: Black-headed Gull (no)...
I checked this morning around 9:30 and again this afternoon around 3pm and
had no luck. When I arrived in the afternoon I got hopeful because there
were several people feeding the ducks and gulls which had drawn in a large
crowd but there was no sign of the Black-headed Gull.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 9:17:47 AM UTC-5, Josh Fecteau wrote:
>
> Morning all,
>
> I checked in and around Riverbank Park in Westbrook from sunrise to
> about 8:30am this morning (3/5) and saw no sign of the Black-headed
> Gull. Ring-billed Gulls trickled in during my stay, with about 40
> present when I left. I suspect more gulls will join the group
> throughout the day.
>
> Thanks in advance to anyone who sends positive/negative reports on the
> Black-headed Gull.
>
> Best,
> Josh
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Date: 3/4/17 3:12 pm
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Great gray owl- No
My husband and I waited for the Great Gray Owl on Magog Rd from 3:30-6pm. and didn't see him.

Linda Powell
Skowhegan

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Date: Mar 4, 2017 3:14 PM
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great gray owl
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Seen yesterday on Magog rd, Searsmont between 4:40-5:30pm. Great views as it flew right to the group standing next to the road. I know things have been drawn out on the welfare of the owl. This is something different that I witnessed. 1birder with a scope hiking into the field with the woodpile & the land is well posted "No Tresspassing," another man hiding behind a little shed with binoculars & a camera. We should all remember going to see these rare birds or non rare birds is a privlage that can be taken away by a few careless persons. Please respect landowners requests so that when there are sightings we will be allowed to view these magnificent birds! I hope this doesn't fall on deaf ears!
Sincerely,
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Date: 3/4/17 12:14 pm
From: Ernie <photoblazer.hall404...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great gray owl
Seen yesterday on Magog rd, Searsmont between 4:40-5:30pm. Great views as it flew right to the group standing next to the road. I know things have been drawn out on the welfare of the owl. This is something different that I witnessed. 1birder with a scope hiking into the field with the woodpile & the land is well posted "No Tresspassing," another man hiding behind a little shed with binoculars & a camera. We should all remember going to see these rare birds or non rare birds is a privlage that can be taken away by a few careless persons. Please respect landowners requests so that when there are sightings we will be allowed to view these magnificent birds! I hope this doesn't fall on deaf ears!
Sincerely,
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Jay, Maine

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Date: 3/4/17 8:34 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine Siskin
Been waiting all winter for one of these guys to show up at the feeders with the Goldfinches. One siskin to about 20+ Goldfinches. Photos here

http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34953442

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Date: 3/4/17 6:28 am
From: Nancy McReel <nmcreel...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrows
2 Fox Sparrows this morning under my feeder on bare ground with just a trace of snow.
Nancy in Wells

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Date: 3/4/17 6:17 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Westbrook: Black-headed Gull (no)...
Morning all,

I checked in and around Riverbank Park in Westbrook from sunrise to
about 8:30am this morning (3/5) and saw no sign of the Black-headed
Gull. Ring-billed Gulls trickled in during my stay, with about 40
present when I left. I suspect more gulls will join the group
throughout the day.

Thanks in advance to anyone who sends positive/negative reports on the
Black-headed Gull.

Best,
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Date: 3/3/17 2:59 pm
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-headed Gull at the Riverbank Park in Westbrook
I found a Black-headed Gull at the Riverbank Park in Westbrook today. I was
scanning the legs of the 100 or so Ring-billed Gulls for bands and saw one
with red legs. What a shocker. Three pics on my Flicler page.

https://flic.kr/p/Srnxzn

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Date: 3/3/17 2:47 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 2/25-3/3
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days were as follows:
- 3 Red-winged Blackbirds, feeders here at the store, 2/25.
- 2 Turkey Vultures (FOY), South Freeport Yacht Club, 2/26 (with Phil McCormack)
- 250 mixed Lesser and Greater Scaup continue, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 2/26 (with Phil McCormack).
- 1 Common Grackle (FOY), Mere Point Road, Brunswick, 2/26 (with Phil McCormack).
- 1 continuing SNOW GOOSE, off Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 2/27 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Northern Harrier (First of spring), off Eastern Road Trail, 2/27 (with Jeannette).
- 3 Gadwall and 1 drake Northern Shoveler continue, Pelreco Marsh, 2/27 (with Jeannette).
- 1 continuing imm. male KING EIDER, Fish Pier, Portland, 2/27 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Red Crossbill (FOY), Magog Road, Searsmont, 2/28 (with Jeannette).
- 4 Razorbills, Owl's Head State Park, Owl's Head, 2/28 (with Jeannette).
- 50+ Red-winged Blackbirds (first large blackbird flock of the year), Rte 125, Freeport, 3/2.

-Derek

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Date: 3/3/17 11:37 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
I was speaking to the island this morning and learned that the ROBINS are
building up and scouring the lawns, enjoying the abundant worms.
The first Robins arrived just a month ago.

WOODCOCK have also been foraging for worms around the houses.

Some small birds described as looking rather warbler-like have been seen.
My suspicions run towards them being either the 1st returning SONG SPARROWS
or perhaps a few drab GOLDFINCHES.

Looks like it's time for the seed catalogues.

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Date: 3/3/17 10:49 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Augusta Gulls...
Hi all,
I was in Augusta this morning, scouting the same area and the river for my "Birds on Tap Roadtrip!" tomorrow (mostly, I was looking for places to view gulls and ducks from INSIDE our bus!).  Between 3 gull roosts in the area and the landfill, I conservatively estimated 4,500 Herring Gulls this morning, even accounting for turnover between the sites. About 75 Great Black-backed Gulls and 30-40 Ring-billed Gulls were among them.  While I did not tease out any white-winged gulls in a rather rushed visit, I did have a probable 1st cycle "NELSON'S" GULL (Herring x Glaucous hybrid) that I failed to confirm before an eagle flushed the roost along Church Hill Road. I had a minimum of 18 Bald Eagles (12 at the landfill) today from those same locations and the riverfront in downtown (another 15+ while working the river to and from).
Although this number of gulls is only a little above average for this time of year - when the Kennebec River is mostly open - it's worth a visit for the spectacle, and for the potential for rarities in this under-birded time of year at winter gull concentrations. I'll certainly be on the lookout with my tour tomorrow.
-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 04032 207-865-6000 www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com    ****************************************

From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
To: Maine Birds <maine-birds...>
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 8:54 AM
Subject: [Maine-birds] Augusta Gulls...

Hi all,

Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours gulling in Augusta.

At the Church Hill Road gull roost (located opposite the Sportsman's
Alliance of Maine office), I observed an astonishing 1600+ HERRING
GULLS as well as 1 immature GLAUCOUS GULL (presumably the same bird
seen/reported in previous weeks by a few observers), and 40 GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. I also heard a KILLDEER calling from a nearby
field.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34923137

I also visited the Hatch Hill Landfill on Hatch Hill Road and observed
hundreds of additional HERRING GULLS, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and
1 immature ICELAND GULL. I also saw 2 KILLDEER, 200+ AMERICAN CROWS,
and 5+ BALD EAGLES. The gulls were much more active and difficult to
observe at this location (in part due to the eagles).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34923284

Best,
Josh

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Date: 3/3/17 7:36 am
From: Robert O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pileateds in Cumberland
Not a shocker by any means to have Pileateds here, but happy to say the
neighborhood pair appears to be checking out my yard for nest sites. The
male has been visiting the suet daily for a few weeks with quick visits
before dashing off. The Female just started coming and stays for prolonged
visits. They retreat to the woods but have been checking out a couple of
hollows not that far in the tree line which surprised me. They have been
dancing around the tree as well as tapping at the edges of the cavities they
are looking at. These cavities have previously been home to the Red-Bellied
Woodpeckers in recent years. Not sure if the RBWO's agreed to "sell their
property" or not. The male Red-Bellied sat on a tree nearby for a bit
yesterday and gave the female Pileated an earful. I am thinking he is hoping
noisy neighbors will give the Pileateds the idea to move on. If it does stay
I may have to move my feeder cam over to cover that tree as well.



Another observation from this morning related to the Pileated. The male was
at the location where 3 crows, 3 jays, and a bunch of titmice, chickadees,
and others were mobbing something (which I could not locate from the angle I
was looking). It did not appear to be part of the mob from a noise
perspective but he was strutting with crest upright. I am assuming he just
happened to be there at that moment. But I had never considered it before,
do PIWO's mob?



Cheers and happy Spriwing (that time of the year in Maine when it can't
decide whether to be winter or spring..)



Rob O'Connell

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Date: 3/3/17 6:34 am
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Hulls Cove
1 red winged blackbird with eight grackles in the yard yesterday. 3 turkey
vultures over Bar Harbor the day before. Tammy

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Date: 3/3/17 5:54 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Augusta Gulls...
Hi all,

Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours gulling in Augusta.

At the Church Hill Road gull roost (located opposite the Sportsman's
Alliance of Maine office), I observed an astonishing 1600+ HERRING
GULLS as well as 1 immature GLAUCOUS GULL (presumably the same bird
seen/reported in previous weeks by a few observers), and 40 GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. I also heard a KILLDEER calling from a nearby
field.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34923137

I also visited the Hatch Hill Landfill on Hatch Hill Road and observed
hundreds of additional HERRING GULLS, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and
1 immature ICELAND GULL. I also saw 2 KILLDEER, 200+ AMERICAN CROWS,
and 5+ BALD EAGLES. The gulls were much more active and difficult to
observe at this location (in part due to the eagles).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34923284

Best,
Josh

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Date: 3/3/17 5:03 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
Thanks for that lovely tribute and remembrance. I never met Peter
personally, but we emailed a few times about grassland birds. I did not
know he was sick and so was shocked when I heard the news. I will miss his
knowledge and generosity. Maine birders have lost a great one.

On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
wrote:

> Dear all:
>
> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with
> his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer
> in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well,
> and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those
> who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit
> Matinicus Rock in June.
>
> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here
> over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding
> acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters,
> colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my
> ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>
> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan.
> We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was
> already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and
> our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we
> didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he
> pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He’d watched the
> bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a
> teaching tool.
>
> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at
> Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or
> elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on
> the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in
> large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I
> learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little
> about Peter.
>
> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored *A Birder's Guide to the Coast of
> Maine*—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of
> the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a
> lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never
> expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative
> paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.
>
> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal *Birder's Guide* was getting long
> in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover
> the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary
> information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter
> called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he
> offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he
> said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly
> complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly
> compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if
> not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and
> research we wouldn’t have to do.
>
> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring
> success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in
> 1996 as *A Birder's Guide to Maine*. It was a revelation of a generosity
> of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the
> next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and
> Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>
> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis,
> into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable
> early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and
> discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon
> fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing
> calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of
> guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine
> Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate
> Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing
> some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and
> Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>
> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a
> brief nap on the deck when we were out on the *Friendship V* or the *Hardy
> III*, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years
> now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed
> overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit
> we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These
> and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible,
> invaluable gifts from Peter.
>
> Jan Pierson
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Date: 3/3/17 3:33 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring on MDI
Yesterday a Song Sparrow in song was seen / heard along the Manset Shore
Road.

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Date: 3/3/17 3:17 am
From: Susan Guare <susanguare...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
I will miss the long, generous explanations that often appeared here after
a debate on one species or another.

My heart is heavy today.

On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:28 AM, David Small <docfinsdave...> wrote:

> Amen.
>
> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:03 AM, Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
> wrote:
>
>> Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Jan. Peter was such a pillar of the
>> Maine birding community and he touched so many of our lives over the years
>> and on the birding trails. He will be greatly missed.
>>
>> Kristen
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Dear all:
>>>
>>> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and
>>> with his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal
>>> cancer in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably
>>> well, and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained
>>> those who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit
>>> Matinicus Rock in June.
>>>
>>> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts
>>> here over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding
>>> acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters,
>>> colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my
>>> ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>>>
>>> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on
>>> Monhegan. We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while
>>> Peter was already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a
>>> group, and our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool
>>> stuff, and we didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our
>>> amazement when he pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket!
>>> He’d watched the bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains
>>> were now a teaching tool.
>>>
>>> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at
>>> Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or
>>> elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on
>>> the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in
>>> large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I
>>> learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little
>>> about Peter.
>>>
>>> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored *A Birder's Guide to the Coast
>>> of Maine*—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big
>>> chunk of the state with which we had little experience. The book was
>>> carried by a lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he
>>> never expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a
>>> relative paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been
>>> right.
>>>
>>> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal *Birder's Guide* was getting long
>>> in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover
>>> the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary
>>> information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter
>>> called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he
>>> offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he
>>> said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly
>>> complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly
>>> compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if
>>> not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and
>>> research we wouldn’t have to do.
>>>
>>> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship,
>>> ensuring success of our nascent book project, which the three of us
>>> published in 1996 as *A Birder's Guide to Maine*. It was a revelation
>>> of a generosity of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again
>>> and again over the next 25 years, from birding to work to family
>>> interactions with him and Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>>>
>>> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily
>>> basis, into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over
>>> innumerable early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian
>>> delights and discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless
>>> Maine Audubon fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when
>>> standing calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a
>>> waft of guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk
>>> Maine Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed
>>> Roseate Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small
>>> (sharing some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his
>>> and Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>>>
>>> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year,
>>> a brief nap on the deck when we were out on the *Friendship V* or the *Hardy
>>> III*, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years
>>> now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed
>>> overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit
>>> we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These
>>> and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible,
>>> invaluable gifts from Peter.
>>>
>>> Jan Pierson
>>>
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Date: 3/3/17 2:58 am
From: Michelle <m4gregoire...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] woodcock
Heard woodcock at 5:30 in Riverton neighborhood, Portland. Still have a
foot of snow here.
Michelle Gregoire

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Date: 3/2/17 4:28 pm
From: Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbirds in Westbrook
Drove by a marshy area on Spring Street near the mall and saw two male RWBL in some cattails. FOY for me.

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Date: 3/2/17 1:00 pm
From: frobey <frobey69...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red wing blackbird in Stoneham ME...
There was a single red wing blackbird under my feeders this morning...not
many open areas that don't have feet of snow still on them around here. The
weather for this weekend looks downright cold, hopefully he/she headed
someplace back south where there's bare ground and warmer temps :-)


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Date: 3/2/17 12:24 pm
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Census of Belfast Bay on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Gary Gulezian, Hale Morrell, and I did the census this morning. The
weather began as overcast and drizzily, but improved markedly as the
morning progressed. Heavy winds did not begin until we were almost
finished. We found 17 species and all were typical of this time of year.
Mallards were down in number (67) form earlier censuses. But Herring Gulls
held their own with 692 being sighted. There were 4 Canada Geese seen at
the Upper Bridge area, and this species is not a regular for Belfast Bay.
Total number of birds recorded was 962. The complete report can be found
on ebird using

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34917970

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Date: 3/2/17 9:02 am
From: Linda Elliott <lindae1136...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hooded Merganser Scarborough Marsh
Male & female H.M. located approximately 200 yards to the left of the Audubon building in a small tidal pool.
Lots of Canadian Geese and Mallards, no Snow Goose seen.

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Date: 3/2/17 8:05 am
From: Linda Elliott <lindae1136...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Barrow's Goldeneye @ Scarborough Marsh
6 Barrow's Goldeneye spotted at Scarborough marsh, near Eastern Trail. At area where people often pull over to fish.

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Date: 3/2/17 7:08 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
That would be KONK-la-ree*. Thanks a lot, autocorrect!
The RWBL are still present feeding on suet behind the resource center.

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Date: 3/2/17 6:53 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RWBB in Holden
In Felt Brook area near Brewer/Holden line. Earliest in the past 25 years.
Global change?

Yesterday, large flock of American Robbins foraging in open areas, again
this a.m. harvesting leftover apples from the fall. Again, much earlier
than recent history.

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Date: 3/2/17 6:28 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
Amen.

On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:03 AM, Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
wrote:

> Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Jan. Peter was such a pillar of the
> Maine birding community and he touched so many of our lives over the years
> and on the birding trails. He will be greatly missed.
>
> Kristen
>
> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
> wrote:
>
>> Dear all:
>>
>> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and
>> with his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal
>> cancer in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably
>> well, and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained
>> those who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit
>> Matinicus Rock in June.
>>
>> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here
>> over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding
>> acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters,
>> colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my
>> ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>>
>> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on
>> Monhegan. We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while
>> Peter was already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a
>> group, and our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool
>> stuff, and we didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our
>> amazement when he pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket!
>> He’d watched the bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains
>> were now a teaching tool.
>>
>> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at
>> Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or
>> elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on
>> the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in
>> large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I
>> learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little
>> about Peter.
>>
>> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored *A Birder's Guide to the Coast of
>> Maine*—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk
>> of the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a
>> lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never
>> expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative
>> paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.
>>
>> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal *Birder's Guide* was getting long
>> in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover
>> the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary
>> information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter
>> called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he
>> offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he
>> said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly
>> complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly
>> compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if
>> not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and
>> research we wouldn’t have to do.
>>
>> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship,
>> ensuring success of our nascent book project, which the three of us
>> published in 1996 as *A Birder's Guide to Maine*. It was a revelation of
>> a generosity of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and
>> again over the next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions
>> with him and Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>>
>> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis,
>> into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable
>> early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and
>> discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon
>> fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing
>> calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of
>> guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine
>> Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate
>> Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing
>> some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and
>> Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>>
>> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year,
>> a brief nap on the deck when we were out on the *Friendship V* or the *Hardy
>> III*, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years
>> now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed
>> overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit
>> we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These
>> and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible,
>> invaluable gifts from Peter.
>>
>> Jan Pierson
>>
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Date: 3/2/17 6:03 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Jan. Peter was such a pillar of the
Maine birding community and he touched so many of our lives over the years
and on the birding trails. He will be greatly missed.

Kristen

On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
wrote:

> Dear all:
>
> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with
> his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer
> in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well,
> and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those
> who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit
> Matinicus Rock in June.
>
> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here
> over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding
> acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters,
> colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my
> ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>
> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan.
> We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was
> already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and
> our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we
> didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he
> pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He’d watched the
> bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a
> teaching tool.
>
> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at
> Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or
> elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on
> the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in
> large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I
> learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little
> about Peter.
>
> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored *A Birder's Guide to the Coast of
> Maine*—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of
> the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a
> lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never
> expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative
> paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.
>
> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal *Birder's Guide* was getting long
> in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover
> the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary
> information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter
> called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he
> offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he
> said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly
> complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly
> compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if
> not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and
> research we wouldn’t have to do.
>
> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring
> success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in
> 1996 as *A Birder's Guide to Maine*. It was a revelation of a generosity
> of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the
> next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and
> Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>
> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis,
> into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable
> early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and
> discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon
> fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing
> calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of
> guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine
> Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate
> Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing
> some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and
> Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>
> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a
> brief nap on the deck when we were out on the *Friendship V* or the *Hardy
> III*, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years
> now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed
> overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit
> we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These
> and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible,
> invaluable gifts from Peter.
>
> Jan Pierson
>
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Date: 3/2/17 5:15 am
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
I, too, am deeply saddened by Peter's passing. He never hesitated to answer a question or guide me in birding. A few years ago when a summer tanager visited here, we walked our farmland, hunting for and finding the nesting woodcock; his interest was as if that was his first time seeing one. (He even set up an eBird account for me when I was new to the technology.) As of last week, as others have noted, he was still emailing me about a bird I had seen, finding delight in my delight. I can still imagine his walk with Barbara in Dresden in February when they saw the huge flock of Bohemian waxwings. His comment "who knows what will be there tomorrow, but birds or not, it's a lovely walk" portrays him perfectly. I am sure he had no idea how someone like me, an ordinary birder, would miss his presence online and in the Maine birding world so much.
Janet Galle



On Mar 2, 2017, at 7:37 AM, Rich MacDonald wrote:

> I am so greatly saddened by Peter’s passing. I did not know him near as well as some, but he had enough occasions to reach out to me that I came to consider him a friend. I will miss our intermittent phone calls and emails. Few people contributed as much to birding in Maine. Peter, you will be missed.
>
> Sadly and fondly,
>
> Rich
>
>
> Richard MacDonald
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> From: Maine-birds <maine-birds...> on behalf of Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
> Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM
> To: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
>
> Dear all:
>
> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well, and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit Matinicus Rock in June.
>
> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters, colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>
> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan. We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He’d watched the bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a teaching tool.
>
> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little about Peter.
>
> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored A Birder's Guide to the Coast of Maine—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.
>
> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal Birder's Guide was getting long in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and research we wouldn’t have to do.
>
> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in 1996 as A Birder's Guide to Maine. It was a revelation of a generosity of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>
> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis, into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>
> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a brief nap on the deck when we were out on the Friendship V or the Hardy III, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible, invaluable gifts from Peter.
> Jan Pierson
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Date: 3/2/17 5:09 am
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
One of the backbone of Maine Birding- truly will be missed- always enjoyed Peter's inputs in writing as well in person-
Skip Small
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> On Mar 2, 2017, at 07:37, Rich MacDonald <rich...> wrote:
>
> I am so greatly saddened by Peter’s passing. I did not know him near as well as some, but he had enough occasions to reach out to me that I came to consider him a friend. I will miss our intermittent phone calls and emails. Few people contributed as much to birding in Maine. Peter, you will be missed.
>
> Sadly and fondly,
>
> Rich
>
>
> Richard MacDonald
> The Natural History Center
> P.O. Box 6
> Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
> 207/266-9461
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> From: Maine-birds <maine-birds...> on behalf of Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
> Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM
> To: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
>
> Dear all:
>
> Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well, and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit Matinicus Rock in June.
>
> Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters, colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.
>
> My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan. We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He’d watched the bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a teaching tool.
>
> Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little about Peter.
>
> In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored A Birder's Guide to the Coast of Maine—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.
>
> The 1990s arrived, the little coastal Birder's Guide was getting long in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and research we wouldn’t have to do.
>
> That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in 1996 as A Birder's Guide to Maine. It was a revelation of a generosity of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.
>
> Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis, into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.
>
> This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a brief nap on the deck when we were out on the Friendship V or the Hardy III, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible, invaluable gifts from Peter.
> Jan Pierson
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Date: 3/2/17 4:38 am
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
I am so greatly saddened by Peter¹s passing. I did not know him near as well
as some, but he had enough occasions to reach out to me that I came to
consider him a friend. I will miss our intermittent phone calls and emails.
Few people contributed as much to birding in Maine. Peter, you will be
missed.

Sadly and fondly,

Rich


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From: Maine-birds <maine-birds...> on behalf of Jan Pierson
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Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:27 AM
To: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017

Dear all:

Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with
his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer in
September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well, and
with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those who
loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit Matinicus
Rock in June.

Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here
over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally‹as birding
acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters,
colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my
ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.

My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan.
We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was
already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and
our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we
didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he
pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He¹d watched the
bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a
teaching tool.

Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at
Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or
elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on the
one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in large
part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I learned
much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little about
Peter.

In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored A Birder's Guide to the Coast of
Maine‹limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of the
state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a lot of
birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never expressed it to
us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative paucity of
experience and limited data points. He would've been right.

The 1990s arrived, the little coastal Birder's Guide was getting long in the
tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover the
whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary
information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter
called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he
offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. ³It's all yours," he
said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly
complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly
compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if
not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and
research we wouldn¹t have to do.

That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring
success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in 1996
as A Birder's Guide to Maine. It was a revelation of a generosity of spirit
on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the next 25
years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and Barbara and
their sons, Gabe and Simon.

Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis,
into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable
early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and
discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon
fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing
calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of
guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine
Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate
Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing
some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and
Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.

This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a
brief nap on the deck when we were out on the Friendship V or the Hardy III,
or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years now, Peter
has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed overhead along
I-95‹he would never have missed it‹or when passing an exit we've taken or a
birding site we have visited many times together. These and many other fond
memories will remain with me always‹indelible, invaluable gifts from Peter.
Jan Pierson


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Date: 3/2/17 4:27 am
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Peter Vickery, 1949-2017
Dear all:

Peter Vickery died early Tuesday morning, at his home in Richmond and with his wife, Barbara, at his side. Although diagnosed with esophageal cancer in September 2015, Peter was able to manage his illness remarkably well, and with a spirit and optimism that have both inspired and sustained those who loved him. As recently as last week, he was making plans to visit Matinicus Rock in June.

Readers of this listserv are familiar with Peter from his many posts here over the years, and hundreds of you know him personally—as birding acquaintances, field trip participants, co-leaders, CBC counters, colleagues, co-authors, and close friends. I can hear Peter's voice in my ear as I write this, and so I want to share a few thoughts.

My wife, Liz, and I met Peter in the late 1970s while birding on Monhegan. We were complete newbies, full of energy and ignorance, while Peter was already an accomplished and experienced birder. He was leading a group, and our interactions were brief. He was seeing some pretty cool stuff, and we didn't have much to offer in return. You can imagine our amazement when he pulled the head of a freshly dead Sora from his pocket! He’d watched the bird fall prey to a cat, and in Peter's hands its remains were now a teaching tool.

Over the next 10 years or so, we would run into Peter intermittently at Scarborough Marsh, Popham, the Kennebunk Plains, Biddeford Pool, or elsewhere our birding paths crossed. For the most part, though, Peter on the one hand and Liz and I on the other existed in separate orbits, in large part because we lived in different parts of the state. Liz and I learned much about birds in Maine and elsewhere in that period, but little about Peter.

In 1981 Liz (mostly) and I co-authored A Birder's Guide to the Coast of Maine—limited to the coast because, well, there was still a big chunk of the state with which we had little experience. The book was carried by a lot of birders for many years, but I imagine Peter (though he never expressed it to us) might have been thinking we'd written from a relative paucity of experience and limited data points. He would've been right.

The 1990s arrived, the little coastal Birder's Guide was getting long in the tooth, and Liz and I began to ponder an update, one that would cover the whole state. We put feelers out to birders around Maine for preliminary information and suggestions, including Peter. One day out of the blue Peter called and asked if he could come over. He appeared carrying a box, and he offered its contents for our use, no strings attached. “It's all yours," he said. Inside were several hundred typed pages of detailed and nearly complete descriptions for dozens of birding sites around the state, clearly compiled from a continuing effort on his part that had spanned a decade, if not two. It was a remarkable gesture, representing months of fieldwork and research we wouldn’t have to do.

That gesture on Peter's part opened the door to our relationship, ensuring success of our nascent book project, which the three of us published in 1996 as A Birder's Guide to Maine. It was a revelation of a generosity of spirit on Peter's part that Liz and I would see again and again over the next 25 years, from birding to work to family interactions with him and Barbara and their sons, Gabe and Simon.

Peter loved birds, and they were woven, inseparably and on a daily basis, into his life and his soul. I hold the joy of reminiscing over innumerable early mornings and long days with Peter in search of avian delights and discoveries: around the Ice Pond on Monhegan, on countless Maine Audubon fall pelagics, while scanning through peeps at Popham, when standing calf-deep in water at Scarborough Marsh, floating downwind of a waft of guano off Matinicus Rock or Eastern Egg, doing our dawn-to-dusk Maine Audubon Big Days, admiring the wash on the breast of a wispy-tailed Roseate Tern, freezing our tails off scanning for Dovekies from Cape Small (sharing some homemade eggnog as the reward), and walking the shore at his and Barbara's beloved Seawall Beach.

This love of Peter's never waned, even if it required, in the past year, a brief nap on the deck when we were out on the Friendship V or the Hardy III, or a snooze beside me in the car on a long drive. For many years now, Peter has always come to mind when a raptor's silhouette has passed overhead along I-95—he would never have missed it—or when passing an exit we've taken or a birding site we have visited many times together. These and many other fond memories will remain with me always—indelible, invaluable gifts from Peter.
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Date: 3/2/17 4:20 am
From: <michelle.bassis...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Looking for established bird feeders in the Greater Bangor Area!
Hey there fellow bird enthusiasts,
We are a group of four students at the University of Maine conducting an experiment of the effect of human settlement of bird community composition and behavior in the greater Bangor area, and are looking for locations to observe at. We are looking for properties that have established bird feeders. We would be coming out to observe the site at the end of March and early April to perform our experiment at the feeder. The experiment would consist of us first observing the birds as they are, then broadcasting a recording of a Cooper’s Hawk call, then again observing their behavior to look for differences between the responses of communities spread across a rural to urban gradient. Two of us will be on the premises or parked on the side of the road for no more than two hours at a time. We would be observing at your particular location on two separate days, once in the morning, and again in the evening before sunset. If you are willing to participate, please contact Michelle Bassis at <michelle.bassis...> Thank you for your consideration!

Sincerely,
Michelle Bassis, Jackie W., Gerry V., and Joe C.

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Date: 3/2/17 4:19 am
From: <crowskd36...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY woodcock Back Cove, Portland
Heard at dawn this morning. Earliest record in my 15 years tracking....

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Date: 3/1/17 7:23 pm
From: Robert O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl Thoughts
I have to admit, what love about these debates is it makes me want to
understand the birds more, so I dig. Like many of you, I am a birder, and
like some of you, it is not my life calling (oh but if I had it to live over
again.) My understanding comes from my limited experiences and grows as I am
fortunate enough to have more. My list of meaningful interactions with this
species consists of basically 45 minutes the other day. I am much more
experienced with empty fields than with this bird. So I will let wiser
people than me confirm any of this information, but in the limited research
I have done of this species, I have turned up a few papers that discuss
this topic that I thought I would share. By the way it is amazing what you
can find with Google Scholar <https://scholar.google.com/> and raging
insomnia. My soundtrack tonight just happens to be 2 Barred Owls conversing
which only adds to the fun.



In the paper
<http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1046&context=john
sgard> North American Owls: Biology and Natural History, the author
concludes:

Great gray owls prefer to hunt in relatively open country where scattered
trees or forest margins provide for suitable vantage points for visual
searching. Winter (1987) found that about 90 percent of monitored birds'
time was spent within 124 meters of an open meadow. In the winter the birds
hunt primarily in early morning and again from late afternoon to dusk, with
little or no nocturnal activity,judging from Brenton and Pittaway's (1971)
observations. Oeming (1955) also reported that, prior to the nesting season,
most hunting is done in late afternoon, but while feeding young both daytime
and nocturnal hunting may be done. Similar observations during winter in
Finland suggest that the birds prefer to hunt at dusk, but modify their
crepuscular tendencies to include daytime during midwinter, when the day is
very short, and especially during dull, overcast days. On the other hand,
during the short nights of summer at high latitudes the birds concentrate
their foraging around midnight, although the great need for food during the
nestling period may force the male to be active throughout the daylight
hours (Mikkola, 1983)



Similar conclusion was reached in this article
<https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Brunton/publication/281108957_O
bservations_of_the_Great_Gray_Owl_on_Winter_Range/links/55d5e59908ae9d659489
e57a.pdf> Observations of the Great Gray Owl on Winter Range See page 320



Some more good info can be found here Review of Technical Knowledge: Great
Gray Owls <https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_rm/rm_gtr253/rm_gtr253_159_175.pdf>
In here they reference a few studies that have shown the owls may prefer
actually hunting in the "open forests".



There are factors in these studies that refer to the height and distance
from targets as well as so much more. It is worth a look if you are
interested in rounding out your visit to this marvelous bird with some good
reading material.



I welcome any thoughts or comments.



Cheers,



Rob O'Connell

490 Greely Road Extension

Cumberland, ME 04021

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Date: 3/1/17 12:53 pm
From: Sandra Mitchell <kittydoc2...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Hi-
I just would like to point out that the fact that people are seeing this
bird hunt during the daytime IS exactly what is concerning me. As you
point out, this species is primarily a nocturnal animal. If it is being
forced to hunt outside of it's normal hunting times, I am *very* concerned
that it is not obtaining much prey. Just as if I saw a Red tailed hawk
take a flying squirrel off my feeder at midnight -- it would tell me
"something ain't right here".
I think we need to look at unusual bird activity as a symptom that there
may be a problem. I don't want to jump into the debate over respecting the
bird's space - that has been well debated and I have my own opinions. I
just want to point out that when we see something deviating form an
expected pattern, it isn't necessarily something to be comforted by - it
is more likely a sign of a problem.
The dense snowpack DOES cause a problem for rodent-eating animals, they
have the opportunity to hide more readily under the snowpack. My sense is
that this bird probably is experiencing some degree of hunger stress and
that SHOULD play a role in what we consider "ethical" behaviour.
Just my 2 cents, on sale for a penny -- take it or leave it, but I feel
that point has been overlooked.
-Sandra

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:51:53 PM UTC-5, Seth Davis wrote:
>
> Richard-
>
> Though I'm inclined to do a point-by-point response but truthfully I'm
> getting tired of repeating myself (and I'm sure everyone else is sick of me
> too) thus I want to limit my response to your last point with regard to
> hunting. I just want to remind you that GGOW's are primarily nocturnal
> hunters, therefore a majority of their kills are going to be made when the
> gaggle of birders are not present. The fact that people have witnessed it
> feeding diurnally A.) is awesome, B.) indicates that the bird is not in a
> lack of food sources. So yes. Those couple of voles actually mean a lot. If
> it continues to hunt despite onlookers that suggests behaviorally that the
> bird is not in distress.
>
> Seth
>
>
> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:15:30 PM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
> wrote:
>>
>> I know some find this back and forth tiresome - or maybe even devisive.
>> But we are all adults here and while opinions clearly vary - *lets keep
>> sharing and learning from each other! *That is what a good and healthy
>> forum like this is all about.
>>
>> My beef was with the practice of leaving the road and entering into the
>> field to watch and photograph the bird. And the ABA Code of Birding
>> Ethics, posted by Kristen recommends, *not doing tha*t - specifically, "*1(d)
>> Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat
>> disturbance to a minimum*." Good roads exist at both locales - lets use
>> them even if the land owners permits you to enter the fields - just say not
>> thank you.
>>
>> I did some checking and in the Birds of North America it states that
>> research has shown that wild, adult GGOW's *consume up to 7 Microtus
>> -sized prey items per day* during the winter months. So, even if you
>> see the owl catch a couple of voles during a few hours spent watching from
>> within the fields - the owl may have caught more mice if everyone stayed on
>> the road as ABA Code recommends. Clearly, we cannot be sure of that - but
>> let us err on the side of caution. We want this bird to go home and breed
>> successfully.
>>
>> I personally respect everyones opinions and I welcome any chance to be
>> enlightened from the research and field experience they have.
>>
>> Richard
>>
>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>>
>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
>>> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
>>> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
>>> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
>>> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
>>> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
>>> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
>>> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
>>> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
>>> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
>>> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
>>> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
>>> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
>>> architecture, or portraits.
>>>
>>> BAB
>>>
>>> --
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>>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>>> <bbar......>
>>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>>
>>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
>>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>>>
>>

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Date: 3/1/17 12:00 pm
From: <duchesne...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!
I agree that perhaps the connection isn't completely clear in this post
from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, but there is
actually a strong connection to this bird list. Chickadee checkoff and
similar funding sources support the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and much
of the work supported by the fund is directly related to birding, whether
it's about Bicknell's Thrush, Piping Plover, or other species of concern
to us. Besides also buying the birder bands available through the
department, there are few ways for birders to contribute directly to
non-game conservation.

I was rather pleased to see Lisa's post, though I agree that such postings
should remain rare so that we can go back to arguing about owls.

Cheers,
Bob Duchesne

> This is a bird list, please refrain from sending solicitation. Thank you
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 1, 2017, at 11:04 AM, Lisa Kane <lisa.kane...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> You Can Help Maine’s Wildlife This Season
>>
>> AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine citizens care deeply about Maine’s rich fish
>> and wildlife tradition, but what most don’t realize is that protection
>> and management of some of Maine’s most vulnerable animals are
>> supported solely through voluntary contributions by people like you.
>>
>>
>> Maine’s Chickadee Checkoff is a simple way to support research and
>> protection of Maine’s most vulnerable species. It’s fast, it’s
>> easy, and your contribution goes a long way towards protecting Maine’s
>> wildlife.
>>
>>
>> Over the years, the Chickadee Check-off has helped projects directed at
>> conserving a number of species, including bald eagles, peregrine
>> falcons, piping plovers, great blue herons, Canada lynx, several species
>> of bats, New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtles and several rare
>> freshwater mussels. Funds from the Check-Off have also aided citizen
>> science projects like the Maine Butterfly Survey, Maine’s Bumble Bee
>> Atlas and the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project.
>>
>> Federal funding for research and recovery efforts is only accessible to
>> Maine with matching state money. These state dollars typically come from
>> voluntary sources such as the Loon conservation license plate and the
>> Chickadee Check-off on this state income-tax form. These funds can
>> double or triple the amount of money available for the conservation of
>> these species.
>>
>> You can also help out Maine’s threatened and endangered wildlife by
>> purchasing the department’s newest endangered species poster, with all
>> proceeds going to the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund for
>> endangered and threatened species (E/T) recovery in Maine.
>> This beautiful new poster depicts the 51 native fish and wildlife
>> species endangered or threatened in Maine. There is identification key,
>> plus additional habitat and background information about each species on
>> the back of the poster.
>>
>>
>>
>> You can purchase a poster for only $4.00, or you can get a 15-ounce
>> ceramic mug of the poster for $6.00, or a 4.5” X 7.5” heavy-duty
>> magnet for $2.00.
>>
>> Your support by purchasing a poster, mug, or magnet, or contributing to
>> the Chickadee Checkoff goes even further, as it generates between $2.00
>> and $9.00 of additional federal matching funds.
>>
>> This tax season, make your mark in helping Maine’s threatened and
>> endangered wildlife by purchasing a poster or mug, or by using the
>> Chickadee Checkoff on Schedule CP of your tax form.
>>
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Date: 3/1/17 11:08 am
From: Lorri Higgins <lormae...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!
This is a bird list, please refrain from sending solicitation. Thank you

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 1, 2017, at 11:04 AM, Lisa Kane <lisa.kane...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> You Can Help Maine’s Wildlife This Season
>
> AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine citizens care deeply about Maine’s rich fish and wildlife tradition, but what most don’t realize is that protection and management of some of Maine’s most vulnerable animals are supported solely through voluntary contributions by people like you.
>
>
> Maine’s Chickadee Checkoff is a simple way to support research and protection of Maine’s most vulnerable species. It’s fast, it’s easy, and your contribution goes a long way towards protecting Maine’s wildlife.
>
>
> Over the years, the Chickadee Check-off has helped projects directed at conserving a number of species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, piping plovers, great blue herons, Canada lynx, several species of bats, New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtles and several rare freshwater mussels. Funds from the Check-Off have also aided citizen science projects like the Maine Butterfly Survey, Maine’s Bumble Bee Atlas and the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project.
>
> Federal funding for research and recovery efforts is only accessible to Maine with matching state money. These state dollars typically come from voluntary sources such as the Loon conservation license plate and the Chickadee Check-off on this state income-tax form. These funds can double or triple the amount of money available for the conservation of these species.
>
> You can also help out Maine’s threatened and endangered wildlife by purchasing the department’s newest endangered species poster, with all proceeds going to the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund for endangered and threatened species (E/T) recovery in Maine.
> This beautiful new poster depicts the 51 native fish and wildlife species endangered or threatened in Maine. There is identification key, plus additional habitat and background information about each species on the back of the poster.
>
>
>
> You can purchase a poster for only $4.00, or you can get a 15-ounce ceramic mug of the poster for $6.00, or a 4.5” X 7.5” heavy-duty magnet for $2.00.
>
> Your support by purchasing a poster, mug, or magnet, or contributing to the Chickadee Checkoff goes even further, as it generates between $2.00 and $9.00 of additional federal matching funds.
>
> This tax season, make your mark in helping Maine’s threatened and endangered wildlife by purchasing a poster or mug, or by using the Chickadee Checkoff on Schedule CP of your tax form.
>
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Date: 3/1/17 8:22 am
From: Lisa Kane <lisa.kane...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] you can help Maine's endangered wildlife!


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Over the years, the Chickadee Check-off has helped projects directed at
conserving a number of species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons,
piping plovers, great blue herons, Canada lynx, several species of bats,
New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtles and several rare freshwater
mussels. Funds from the Check-Off have also aided citizen science projects
like the Maine Butterfly Survey, Maine’s Bumble Bee Atlas and the Maine
Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project.



Federal funding for research and recovery efforts is only accessible to
Maine with matching state money. These state dollars typically come from
voluntary sources such as the Loon conservation license plate and the Chickadee
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with all proceeds going to the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund for
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This beautiful new poster depicts the 51 native fish and wildlife species
endangered or threatened in Maine. There is identification key, plus
additional habitat and background information about each species on the
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Date: 3/1/17 8:22 am
From: David Tønnessen <davidtonnessenx...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BBCU on a silver platter
Hello birders and ornithologists of the great state of Maine,

I am a Colorado birder visiting Maine this summer, who desperately needs a
Black-billed Cuckoo for my lifelist. Any disclosures on whereabouts of the
most reliable locations in June-July, preferably around the midcoast, would
truly be congenial. Must get away from family for birding some!

Thank you and good birding,
David Tonnessen
Colorado Springs

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Date: 3/1/17 7:32 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
That would be KONK-la-ree*. Thanks a lot, autocorrect!

The RWBB are still present feeding on suet behind the resource center.

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Date: 3/1/17 5:47 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Signs of Spring in the Belgrades
En route to the Belgrade Lakes village this morning, I stopped to scan the open water on the south end of Messalonskee Lake. Through the fog, I observed Mallards (4), Hooded Merganser (7), and a single Ring-necked Duck.

Upon arrival to the Maine Lakes Resource Center, I heard the long absent "kink-la-reee" song of Red-winged Blackbirds and spotted 4 individuals in the trees across the street. A coworker reports that he saw a Turkey Vulture soaring near Messalonskee Lake yesterday afternoon. Chickadees and cardinals continue to sing in the village each morning.

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Date: 3/1/17 3:51 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Moderator request regarding Great Gray Owl posts
Congratulations Fyn! Thanks for being such a great steward to this extraordinary bird. Thanks too for making us feel so welcome in your neck of the woods. If not for you, many of us would've missed out on an opportunity to see one of the most fascinating birds in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Date: 3/1/17 3:41 am
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Gray in Searsport
Sorry, the location is SEARSMONT, not SEARSMONT...Fingers were too
excited!!😂
On Feb 28, 2017 9:00 PM, "Roger Stevens" <rogerstevens747...> wrote:

> Got a chance to have a look at my bucket list bird today, thanks to all
> you folks here on this site! Everyone was happy to see this rare bird and
> gave it the respect it deserved...On Cloud 9 tonight!
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Date: 2/28/17 6:22 pm
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Moderator request regarding Great Gray Owl posts
Hi Maine-birds:

This conversation about the ethics of viewing the Great Gray Owl in Searsmont is going beyond the scope of this listserv. Please keep in mind that we have over 1200 members signed up for this group who are interested in learning about birds that are being seen around the state. Please limit posts about this bird to updates on its status and location.

I do want to congratulate Fyn Kynd again for finding this bird. It was a pleasure to see it with him last week and share the excitement of having such a rare and majestic bird on one of his patches. He shared this inspiring note on his Facebook page recently:

> Ever since I started seriously birding it has been my dream to find a rare bird myself and have it stick around long enough for others to see it.
> That dream became reality when I stumbled upon a Great Gray Owl while cross-country skiing on Wednesday evening. I rounded the bend and looked upon my favorite bird, perched precariously on a small Alder a few yards away.
> The next morning I went down with a friend to try and relocate it, we were unsuccessful for a couple hours until we checked a nearby Christmas tree field only a mile away as the Owl flies.
> When we drove up the bird was perched on a tiny Christmas tree, half the size of the large bird, maybe 15 feet off the road.
> The crazy thing is that it was very foggy that morning with visibility only being around 100ft, if that bird had been perched a few trees back we never would have seen it.
> I stayed with the bird for the next 10 hours, accompanied by over 30 birders and photographers throughout the day. Great company!
> I am in awe of this bird, the size, the penetrating eyes, the smooth head movements, the completely silent, moth like flight on it's huge 4ft long wings (the largest wingspan of all North American Owls).
> Thanks so much to everyone who has come and seen this bird over the past couple days. Thank you for being respectful and giving this amazing Owl the distance it needs to hunt.


Congrats Fyn!

Thanks all,


Doug Hitchcox
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Date: 2/28/17 6:13 pm
From: Jeff Normandin <jeff.normandin...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Woodcock - York
I just heard my first AMWO of the season at about 8:50 pm this evening
outside the York Public Library.

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Date: 2/28/17 6:00 pm
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray in Searsport
Got a chance to have a look at my bucket list bird today, thanks to all you folks here on this site! Everyone was happy to see this rare bird and gave it the respect it deserved...On Cloud 9 tonight!

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Date: 2/28/17 5:51 pm
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Wow. Harsh.

Apparently this owl didn't get the word on being upset by birders.

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Date: 2/28/17 5:33 pm
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Go and take a nap- we all get the point-
Skip Small

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 28, 2017, at 17:51, Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:
>
> Richard-
>
> Though I'm inclined to do a point-by-point response but truthfully I'm getting tired of repeating myself (and I'm sure everyone else is sick of me too) thus I want to limit my response to your last point with regard to hunting. I just want to remind you that GGOW's are primarily nocturnal hunters, therefore a majority of their kills are going to be made when the gaggle of birders are not present. The fact that people have witnessed it feeding diurnally A.) is awesome, B.) indicates that the bird is not in a lack of food sources. So yes. Those couple of voles actually mean a lot. If it continues to hunt despite onlookers that suggests behaviorally that the bird is not in distress.
>
> Seth
>
>
>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:15:30 PM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky wrote:
>> I know some find this back and forth tiresome - or maybe even devisive. But we are all adults here and while opinions clearly vary - lets keep sharing and learning from each other! That is what a good and healthy forum like this is all about.
>>
>> My beef was with the practice of leaving the road and entering into the field to watch and photograph the bird. And the ABA Code of Birding Ethics, posted by Kristen recommends, not doing that - specifically, "1(d) Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat disturbance to a minimum." Good roads exist at both locales - lets use them even if the land owners permits you to enter the fields - just say not thank you.
>>
>> I did some checking and in the Birds of North America it states that research has shown that wild, adult GGOW's consume up to 7 Microtus -sized prey items per day during the winter months. So, even if you see the owl catch a couple of voles during a few hours spent watching from within the fields - the owl may have caught more mice if everyone stayed on the road as ABA Code recommends. Clearly, we cannot be sure of that - but let us err on the side of caution. We want this bird to go home and breed successfully.
>>
>> I personally respect everyones opinions and I welcome any chance to be enlightened from the research and field experience they have.
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over. Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species. What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes, architecture, or portraits.
>>>
>>> BAB
>>>
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Date: 2/28/17 4:44 pm
From: Mike Larrivee <mlarrivee76...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
So I want to say that the Owl tonight was showing off to all the people
there, it was a great display. Everyone there was very respectful and kept
their distance and stayed together as a group. The owl was in a tree in
the distance and no one rushed the tree, with that patience the group was
allowed to see the owl hunt several times. We even got to see that the owl
was able to feed, the owl then flew to the far left of the field where it
continued to hunt and was successful. At this point people packed up and
started to leave, once at the top of the hill where the cemetary ends the
owl flew in and landed on a rock as if almost posing, it was a treat
because it came to us, after sitting there for 10 minutes or so it flew
within 30 feet of the group and posed again for about 10 minutes then flew
off. I am not writing to get into the middle of the bird harassment issues
just giving an update on tonights events it was spectacular.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>
> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
> architecture, or portraits.
>
> BAB
>
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>
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> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
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Date: 2/28/17 4:23 pm
From: Mick Evans <mickevans40...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hoodies and Mallards in Brewer
A pair of Hooded Mergansers and a pair of Mallards in Felts Brook off
Wiswell Rd

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Date: 2/28/17 3:03 pm
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Perfect example! Here is the guy who wrote the article's gallery page. It's
fantastic stuff. He is a real artist and a guide.

http://www.danieldietrichphotography.com/pointreyessafaris

All most folks want to be is as close as this guy got.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:58:19 PM UTC-5, wrenyen wrote:
>
> Thanks for those links. All interesting and they led me to others.
> Including this one on the very subject of this thread:
> http://www.audubon.org/news/why-closer-not-always-better-when-photographing-birds.
> It's a neat article with three superb and stunning images.
>
> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1:52:19 PM UTC-5, Scott Creamer wrote:
>>
>> How close was the photographer in these shots
>>
>> Link #1 won a prize from the Audubon
>>
>> http://www.audubon.org/news/11-fun-facts-about-owls
>>
>>
>> Link #2 has a head shot maybe 40 feet away of a great gray owl while
>> talking about global warming
>>
>> http://climate.audubon.org/birds/grgowl/great-gray-owl
>>
>>
>> Todays cover of the Audubon is 10 feet away from waterfowl?
>>
>> http://www.audubon.org/
>>
>>
>> Yesterdays lead article of the Audubon the photographer is so close you
>> can see the reflection of the photographer in the birds eye, where the bird
>> itself is clearly on a nest. I few ethical no no-s in one shot
>>
>>
>>
>> http://www.audubon.org/news/proposed-wyoming-bill-allowing-sage-grouse-captive-rearing-deeply-flawed
>>
>>
>> Look to the right on this very page, you'll see an ad for American
>> Birding Association Birders Guide to Gear with a photographer 8 to 10 feet
>> away from a bird.
>>
>>
>> So here are examples of both the Audubon and the ABA not following their
>> own ethical guidelines for content on their own websites. The Audubon
>> sponsors a photography contest every year, charges per picture to enter. I
>> bet most photos in that contest don't follow all of the guidelines. Were
>> the animals in the above photos stresses to starvation, being prevented
>> from thriving in any way, did any die? I don't know it wasn't mentioned in
>> the articles, but I’d bet they were not.
>>
>>
>> The point? A 600 MM lens is no where near the magnification of a 60X top
>> of the line scope. For some to get a decent shot of the animal (and it's
>> truly no ones business to that person motives) they need to be 100 feet
>> away from a bird 3 feet tall, closer if its smaller. $6K for a camera and
>> $12K for a lens can get you some nice shots but not at 300 to 500 feet from
>> the car, through a hill. So if both the ABA and the Audubon can use content
>> from the vilified "long lens photographers" for fund raising purposes
>> perhaps you should aim some of the anger at those institutions. A better
>> suggestion is to look at the world in shades of gray and not in terms of
>> black and white. These sites are a powerful force for conservation, at a
>> time when it is the governing party seems not to care about the
>> environment. Think big picture. If there are 20 folks staring at an owl,
>> chances are they are there for the right reasons. Consider not having a
>> reflexive reaction to every guy/gal in a field with a camera. Discussions
>> like the ones we are currently having, based on calm facts, research and
>> articles from reputable sources can sway opinion. You can catch more flies
>> with honey than you can with vinegar.
>>
>>
>> Just food for thought for the group.
>>
>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:40:08 PM UTC-5, <trit......>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Amen
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On Feb 28, 2017, at 12:10, Kristen Lindquist <kelin......> wrote:
>>>
>>> Could we PLEASE stop going back and forth on this, stop the criticisms
>>> on both sides, stop pretending we know what disturbs a bird or not, and
>>> just USE COMMON SENSE? In other words, follow the ABA Code of Birding
>>> Ethics--(here's a link; everyone should read it:
>>> http://listing.aba.org/ethics/), it was instituted for this purpose, we
>>> don't need to reinvent the wheel--and be nice to one another. Please.
>>>
>>> Kristen
>>>
>>> On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Seth Davis <kd7......> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any
>>>> means equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and
>>>> eating rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't
>>>> really claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority
>>>> of is done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there
>>>> anyway). To be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were
>>>> encroaching on the 20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be
>>>> 100-300 feet if not further away.
>>>>
>>>> And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to
>>>> jump and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from
>>>> a bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you
>>>> parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the
>>>> other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear
>>>> distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a
>>>> disturbance.
>>>>
>>>> Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos
>>>> of the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look
>>>> back and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share
>>>> those experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I
>>>> should feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I
>>>> didn't violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did
>>>> either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont
>>>> GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two
>>>> reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well
>>>> defined anyway.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved
>>>>> with an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler
>>>>> can still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25
>>>>> feet away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt
>>>>> over. Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target
>>>>> species. What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close,
>>>>> especially with a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently
>>>>> more than enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any
>>>>> additional images would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is
>>>>> getting close just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he
>>>>> can still shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are
>>>>> pursuing with a camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you
>>>>> don't love your wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to
>>>>> landscapes, architecture, or portraits.
>>>>>
>>>>> BAB
>>>>>
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>>>>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>>>>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>>>>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
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Date: 2/28/17 2:51 pm
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Richard-

Though I'm inclined to do a point-by-point response but truthfully I'm
getting tired of repeating myself (and I'm sure everyone else is sick of me
too) thus I want to limit my response to your last point with regard to
hunting. I just want to remind you that GGOW's are primarily nocturnal
hunters, therefore a majority of their kills are going to be made when the
gaggle of birders are not present. The fact that people have witnessed it
feeding diurnally A.) is awesome, B.) indicates that the bird is not in a
lack of food sources. So yes. Those couple of voles actually mean a lot. If
it continues to hunt despite onlookers that suggests behaviorally that the
bird is not in distress.

Seth


On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:15:30 PM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
wrote:
>
> I know some find this back and forth tiresome - or maybe even devisive.
> But we are all adults here and while opinions clearly vary - *lets keep
> sharing and learning from each other! *That is what a good and healthy
> forum like this is all about.
>
> My beef was with the practice of leaving the road and entering into the
> field to watch and photograph the bird. And the ABA Code of Birding
> Ethics, posted by Kristen recommends, *not doing tha*t - specifically, "*1(d)
> Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat
> disturbance to a minimum*." Good roads exist at both locales - lets use
> them even if the land owners permits you to enter the fields - just say not
> thank you.
>
> I did some checking and in the Birds of North America it states that
> research has shown that wild, adult GGOW's *consume up to 7 Microtus
> -sized prey items per day* during the winter months. So, even if you see
> the owl catch a couple of voles during a few hours spent watching from
> within the fields - the owl may have caught more mice if everyone stayed on
> the road as ABA Code recommends. Clearly, we cannot be sure of that - but
> let us err on the side of caution. We want this bird to go home and breed
> successfully.
>
> I personally respect everyones opinions and I welcome any chance to be
> enlightened from the research and field experience they have.
>
> Richard
>
> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>
>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
>> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
>> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
>> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
>> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
>> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
>> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
>> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
>> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
>> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
>> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
>> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
>> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
>> architecture, or portraits.
>>
>> BAB
>>
>> --
>> Bruce Bartrug
>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>> <bbar......>
>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>
>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>>
>

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Date: 2/28/17 2:48 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
I had flocks in Belgrade and Sidney today too.

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 4:07 PM, Kathy <azwickfish...> wrote:

> So glad to see red winged blackbirds returned to the swamp and pond across
> the road from my house.
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Date: 2/28/17 2:15 pm
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
I know some find this back and forth tiresome - or maybe even devisive.
But we are all adults here and while opinions clearly vary - *lets keep
sharing and learning from each other! *That is what a good and healthy
forum like this is all about.

My beef was with the practice of leaving the road and entering into the
field to watch and photograph the bird. And the ABA Code of Birding
Ethics, posted by Kristen recommends, *not doing tha*t - specifically, "*1(d)
Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat
disturbance to a minimum*." Good roads exist at both locales - lets use
them even if the land owners permits you to enter the fields - just say not
thank you.

I did some checking and in the Birds of North America it states that
research has shown that wild, adult GGOW's *consume up to 7 Microtus -sized
prey items per day* during the winter months. So, even if you see the owl
catch a couple of voles during a few hours spent watching from within the
fields - the owl may have caught more mice if everyone stayed on the road
as ABA Code recommends. Clearly, we cannot be sure of that - but let us
err on the side of caution. We want this bird to go home and breed
successfully.

I personally respect everyones opinions and I welcome any chance to be
enlightened from the research and field experience they have.

Richard

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>
> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
> architecture, or portraits.
>
> BAB
>
> --
> Bruce Bartrug
> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
> <bbar......> <javascript:>
> www.brucebartrug.com
>
> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>

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Date: 2/28/17 1:58 pm
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Thanks for those links. All interesting and they led me to others.
Including this one on the very subject of this thread:
http://www.audubon.org/news/why-closer-not-always-better-when-photographing-birds.
It's a neat article with three superb and stunning images.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1:52:19 PM UTC-5, Scott Creamer wrote:
>
> How close was the photographer in these shots
>
> Link #1 won a prize from the Audubon
>
> http://www.audubon.org/news/11-fun-facts-about-owls
>
>
> Link #2 has a head shot maybe 40 feet away of a great gray owl while
> talking about global warming
>
> http://climate.audubon.org/birds/grgowl/great-gray-owl
>
>
> Todays cover of the Audubon is 10 feet away from waterfowl?
>
> http://www.audubon.org/
>
>
> Yesterdays lead article of the Audubon the photographer is so close you
> can see the reflection of the photographer in the birds eye, where the bird
> itself is clearly on a nest. I few ethical no no-s in one shot
>
>
>
> http://www.audubon.org/news/proposed-wyoming-bill-allowing-sage-grouse-captive-rearing-deeply-flawed
>
>
> Look to the right on this very page, you'll see an ad for American Birding
> Association Birders Guide to Gear with a photographer 8 to 10 feet away
> from a bird.
>
>
> So here are examples of both the Audubon and the ABA not following their
> own ethical guidelines for content on their own websites. The Audubon
> sponsors a photography contest every year, charges per picture to enter. I
> bet most photos in that contest don't follow all of the guidelines. Were
> the animals in the above photos stresses to starvation, being prevented
> from thriving in any way, did any die? I don't know it wasn't mentioned in
> the articles, but I’d bet they were not.
>
>
> The point? A 600 MM lens is no where near the magnification of a 60X top
> of the line scope. For some to get a decent shot of the animal (and it's
> truly no ones business to that person motives) they need to be 100 feet
> away from a bird 3 feet tall, closer if its smaller. $6K for a camera and
> $12K for a lens can get you some nice shots but not at 300 to 500 feet from
> the car, through a hill. So if both the ABA and the Audubon can use content
> from the vilified "long lens photographers" for fund raising purposes
> perhaps you should aim some of the anger at those institutions. A better
> suggestion is to look at the world in shades of gray and not in terms of
> black and white. These sites are a powerful force for conservation, at a
> time when it is the governing party seems not to care about the
> environment. Think big picture. If there are 20 folks staring at an owl,
> chances are they are there for the right reasons. Consider not having a
> reflexive reaction to every guy/gal in a field with a camera. Discussions
> like the ones we are currently having, based on calm facts, research and
> articles from reputable sources can sway opinion. You can catch more flies
> with honey than you can with vinegar.
>
>
> Just food for thought for the group.
>
> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:40:08 PM UTC-5, <trit......>
> wrote:
>>
>> Amen
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Feb 28, 2017, at 12:10, Kristen Lindquist <kelin......> wrote:
>>
>> Could we PLEASE stop going back and forth on this, stop the criticisms on
>> both sides, stop pretending we know what disturbs a bird or not, and just
>> USE COMMON SENSE? In other words, follow the ABA Code of Birding
>> Ethics--(here's a link; everyone should read it:
>> http://listing.aba.org/ethics/), it was instituted for this purpose, we
>> don't need to reinvent the wheel--and be nice to one another. Please.
>>
>> Kristen
>>
>> On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Seth Davis <kd7......> wrote:
>>
>>> Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any
>>> means equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and
>>> eating rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't
>>> really claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority
>>> of is done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there
>>> anyway). To be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were
>>> encroaching on the 20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be
>>> 100-300 feet if not further away.
>>>
>>> And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to
>>> jump and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from
>>> a bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you
>>> parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the
>>> other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear
>>> distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a
>>> disturbance.
>>>
>>> Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos
>>> of the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look
>>> back and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share
>>> those experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I
>>> should feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I
>>> didn't violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did
>>> either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont
>>> GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two
>>> reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well
>>> defined anyway.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved
>>>> with an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler
>>>> can still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25
>>>> feet away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt
>>>> over. Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target
>>>> species. What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close,
>>>> especially with a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently
>>>> more than enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any
>>>> additional images would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is
>>>> getting close just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he
>>>> can still shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are
>>>> pursuing with a camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you
>>>> don't love your wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to
>>>> landscapes, architecture, or portraits.
>>>>
>>>> BAB
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Bruce Bartrug
>>>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>>>> <bbar......>
>>>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>>>
>>>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
>>>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>>>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>>>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>>>>
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Date: 2/28/17 1:07 pm
From: Kathy <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
So glad to see red winged blackbirds returned to the swamp and pond across
the road from my house.

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Date: 2/28/17 12:44 pm
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] GGOW
Being seen now by 20 people- in cemetery field- all at a respectable distance/
Skip Small
Rockport

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Date: 2/28/17 12:18 pm
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Very well said on a topic that has passed its sell by date. Thank you.

On 2/28/2017 1:52 PM, Scott Creamer wrote:
> A better suggestion is to look at the world in shades of gray and not
> in terms of black and white. These sites are a powerful force for
> conservation, at a time when it is the governing party seems not to
> care about the environment. Think big picture. If there are 20 folks
> staring at an owl, chances are they are there for the right reasons.
> Consider not having a reflexive reaction to every guy/gal in a field
> with a camera. Discussions like the ones we are currently having,
> based on calm facts, research and articles from reputable sources can
> sway opinion. You can catch more flies with honey than you can with
> vinegar.

--
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Date: 2/28/17 10:52 am
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again


How close was the photographer in these shots

Link #1 won a prize from the Audubon

http://www.audubon.org/news/11-fun-facts-about-owls


Link #2 has a head shot maybe 40 feet away of a great gray owl while
talking about global warming

http://climate.audubon.org/birds/grgowl/great-gray-owl


Todays cover of the Audubon is 10 feet away from waterfowl?

http://www.audubon.org/


Yesterdays lead article of the Audubon the photographer is so close you can
see the reflection of the photographer in the birds eye, where the bird
itself is clearly on a nest. I few ethical no no-s in one shot


http://www.audubon.org/news/proposed-wyoming-bill-allowing-sage-grouse-captive-rearing-deeply-flawed


Look to the right on this very page, you'll see an ad for American Birding
Association Birders Guide to Gear with a photographer 8 to 10 feet away
from a bird.


So here are examples of both the Audubon and the ABA not following their
own ethical guidelines for content on their own websites. The Audubon
sponsors a photography contest every year, charges per picture to enter. I
bet most photos in that contest don't follow all of the guidelines. Were
the animals in the above photos stresses to starvation, being prevented
from thriving in any way, did any die? I don't know it wasn't mentioned in
the articles, but I’d bet they were not.


The point? A 600 MM lens is no where near the magnification of a 60X top of
the line scope. For some to get a decent shot of the animal (and it's truly
no ones business to that person motives) they need to be 100 feet away from
a bird 3 feet tall, closer if its smaller. $6K for a camera and $12K for a
lens can get you some nice shots but not at 300 to 500 feet from the car,
through a hill. So if both the ABA and the Audubon can use content from the
vilified "long lens photographers" for fund raising purposes perhaps you
should aim some of the anger at those institutions. A better suggestion is
to look at the world in shades of gray and not in terms of black and white.
These sites are a powerful force for conservation, at a time when it is the
governing party seems not to care about the environment. Think big picture.
If there are 20 folks staring at an owl, chances are they are there for the
right reasons. Consider not having a reflexive reaction to every guy/gal in
a field with a camera. Discussions like the ones we are currently having,
based on calm facts, research and articles from reputable sources can sway
opinion. You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.


Just food for thought for the group.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:40:08 PM UTC-5, <trit......> wrote:
>
> Amen
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 28, 2017, at 12:10, Kristen Lindquist <kelin......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
> Could we PLEASE stop going back and forth on this, stop the criticisms on
> both sides, stop pretending we know what disturbs a bird or not, and just
> USE COMMON SENSE? In other words, follow the ABA Code of Birding
> Ethics--(here's a link; everyone should read it:
> http://listing.aba.org/ethics/), it was instituted for this purpose, we
> don't need to reinvent the wheel--and be nice to one another. Please.
>
> Kristen
>
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Seth Davis <kd7......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any
>> means equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and
>> eating rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't
>> really claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority
>> of is done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there
>> anyway). To be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were
>> encroaching on the 20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be
>> 100-300 feet if not further away.
>>
>> And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to
>> jump and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from
>> a bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you
>> parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the
>> other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear
>> distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a
>> disturbance.
>>
>> Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos of
>> the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look back
>> and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share those
>> experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I should
>> feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I didn't
>> violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did
>> either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont
>> GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two
>> reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well
>> defined anyway.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>>
>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
>>> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
>>> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
>>> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
>>> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
>>> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
>>> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
>>> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
>>> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
>>> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
>>> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
>>> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
>>> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
>>> architecture, or portraits.
>>>
>>> BAB
>>>
>>> --
>>> Bruce Bartrug
>>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>>> <bbar......>
>>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>>
>>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
>>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>>>
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Date: 2/28/17 10:10 am
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
It was still pretty close to the Audubon building until about 1:00 when it was flushed by a low flying Adult Bald Eagle. Now it is closer to Rt.1. Also had a Northern Pintail across the street from the Audubon building.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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> Continues in the same location as Kevin reported at the Scarborough Marsh. Thanks Kevin.
> Flo
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Date: 2/28/17 9:40 am
From: 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Amen

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 28, 2017, at 12:10, Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> wrote:
>
> Could we PLEASE stop going back and forth on this, stop the criticisms on both sides, stop pretending we know what disturbs a bird or not, and just USE COMMON SENSE? In other words, follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics--(here's a link; everyone should read it: http://listing.aba.org/ethics/), it was instituted for this purpose, we don't need to reinvent the wheel--and be nice to one another. Please.
>
> Kristen
>
>> On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:
>> Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any means equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and eating rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't really claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority of is done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there anyway). To be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were encroaching on the 20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be 100-300 feet if not further away.
>>
>> And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to jump and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from a bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a disturbance.
>>
>> Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos of the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look back and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share those experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I should feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I didn't violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well defined anyway.
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over. Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species. What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes, architecture, or portraits.
>>>
>>> BAB
>>>
>>> --
>>> Bruce Bartrug
>>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>>> <bbar......>
>>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>>
>>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
>>
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Date: 2/28/17 9:10 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Could we PLEASE stop going back and forth on this, stop the criticisms on
both sides, stop pretending we know what disturbs a bird or not, and just
USE COMMON SENSE? In other words, follow the ABA Code of Birding
Ethics--(here's a link; everyone should read it:
http://listing.aba.org/ethics/), it was instituted for this purpose, we
don't need to reinvent the wheel--and be nice to one another. Please.

Kristen

On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:

> Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any means
> equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and eating
> rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't really
> claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority of is
> done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there anyway). To
> be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were encroaching on the
> 20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be 100-300 feet if not
> further away.
>
> And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to
> jump and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from
> a bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you
> parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the
> other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear
> distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a
> disturbance.
>
> Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos of
> the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look back
> and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share those
> experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I should
> feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I didn't
> violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did
> either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont
> GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two
> reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well
> defined anyway.
>
>
>
> On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>>
>> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
>> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
>> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
>> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
>> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
>> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
>> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
>> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
>> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
>> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
>> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
>> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
>> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
>> architecture, or portraits.
>>
>> BAB
>>
>> --
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>> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
>> <bbar......>
>> www.brucebartrug.com
>>
>> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
>> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
>> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
>> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
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Date: 2/28/17 9:02 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Owl again
Yes making the comparison between an Owl and a Warbler is not by any means
equal. But my argument is that the owl has been seen hunting and eating
rodents despite the presence of people in the field thus one can't really
claim that people are preventing it from hunting (which a majority of is
done at night when people are very unlikely to still be there anyway). To
be fair, I've only seen one person say that people were encroaching on the
20-30 foot distance, while most others claim to be 100-300 feet if not
further away.

And the second part of my argument is that people are way too quick to jump
and say that taking photos is harassment or that being X distance from a
bird automatically = harassment. With the last GGOW in Milford, if you
parked on one side of a two lane road, you were good, you parked on the
other you were harassing the owl. I think there needs to be a clear
distinction between true harassment and what at most could be considered a
disturbance.

Lastly, I am an amateur photographer and I took several hundred photos of
the GGOW in Milford. I did it for me not anybody else. I want to look back
and see the birds that I've had the pleasure to witness and share those
experiences with my friends and family. I personally don't think I should
feel shamed or looked down on because I took a picture of an owl. I didn't
violate any part of birding ethics, and nobody I witnessed there did
either, and from a vast majority of the posts I see with the Searsmont
GGOW, people are continuing to do more of the same, with maybe one or two
reported instances of people crossing the line, which has yet to be well
defined anyway.



On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:08:43 AM UTC-5, BAB wrote:
>
> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with
> an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
> still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
> away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
> Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
> What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
> a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
> enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
> would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
> just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
> shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
> camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
> wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
> architecture, or portraits.
>
> BAB
>
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> because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
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Date: 2/28/17 8:47 am
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Owl again
I think that the crux of the problem is not photographers, but the number of birders, with or without cameras, that constantly attend and re-attend a bird throughout its stay making a constant source of disturbance whether at 30 or 300 feet. At least most bird photographers are hunkered down, in camouflage, and quiet during their visit. I have come to avoid the LOUD colorful social gatherings at bird sightings that I believe provide far more disturbance to the birds and food sources. Back in the good old days, people arrived at a rarity and qietly studied the bird. Now it is party time. Every day till the bird leaves. Its annoying to me. I imagine also to the birds.

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> On Feb 28, 2017, at 11:08 AM, Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> wrote:
>
> I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with an appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over. Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species. What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes, architecture, or portraits.
>
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Date: 2/28/17 8:37 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Bullock's Oriel
Nice sighting Of Bullock's
Oriel 11:35-
Come back Annie
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Date: 2/28/17 8:08 am
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Owl again
I wonder if the controversy over the great gray might not be solved with an
appeal to respecting comfort distances. While it's true a warbler can
still find food in its immediate vicinity even with a photographer 25 feet
away, it's quite different for an owl that needs a hay field to hunt over.
Professional wildlife photographers don't harass their target species.
What is the purpose of an amateur needing to get so close, especially with
a 500mm lens? Is it for stock images? There are currently more than
enough excellent stock photos of great gray owls, and any additional images
would yield about $0.75 in that particular market. Or is getting close
just a personal objective, sort of like Hemingway proving he can still
shoot one more elephant? If you love the wildlife you are pursuing with a
camera, why would you purposely harass the animal? If you don't love your
wild photographic targets, perhaps it's time to move on to landscapes,
architecture, or portraits.

BAB

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Date: 2/28/17 7:36 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
Continues in the same location as Kevin reported at the Scarborough Marsh. Thanks Kevin.
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Date: 2/28/17 6:17 am
From: J. Michael <gepetto...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] York Wood Duck
Took a chance and went by the pond in York where the duck has been seen,
and was fortunate that one was swimming near the shore.

There were at least 4 males, and did see a female on the far side of the
pond nestled in some scrub brush over hanging the waters edge



Larger image is here:

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Date: 2/28/17 6:15 am
From: Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose - Scarborough Marsh
Snow Goose continues this morning 9:10 am. 150+ yards out from Audubon building in marsh on north side of Pine Point Rd. Along with many Canada Geese.

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Date: 2/27/17 6:36 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Dovekies
27 Feb. 2017....
A short, 3-hour transit from Southwest Harbor to Stonington (taking one of our boats over to be re-engined). Clear, sunny, SW wind but a 4-6 ft. sea and heavy spray in more open waters prevented some birding. Total distance 25 miles.
The usual Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls
133 Long-tailed Ducks
12 Common Eider
31 Surf Scoter
4 Red-necked Grebes
8 Common Loons
14 Black Guillemots
2 Dovekies, both between the east entrance to Stonington Harbor and Russ Island.

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Date: 2/27/17 5:59 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ring-necked Ducks in Orland
Hi all -- an early small raft of 10 drake Ring-necked Ducks were in the
Naramissic River in Orland this afternoon, just upstream of US Rte 1. Also
in the river: 1 drake Common Goldeneye and 3 Hoodies.

Overhead in Bucksport this afternoon: 1 Turkey Vulture.

Best,
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Date: 2/27/17 4:16 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] bohemian waxwings
There were 100+ bohemian waxwings at the Sidney town office today.

Julia

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Date: 2/27/17 3:51 pm
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] woodcock
Where?! Maine is kind of a big place.

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> A woodcock dropped down into the edge of my backyard today then flew away towards the back field.
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Date: 2/27/17 3:51 pm
From: Patricia Moynahan <pmmoynahan...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] woodcock
Kathy, Where are you located?
Thanks, Pat

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Date: 2/27/17 3:03 pm
From: kathys <ksammis...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] woodcock
A woodcock dropped down into the edge of my backyard today then flew away
towards the back field.

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Date: 2/27/17 2:27 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cuba bird trip, photos
In late January and early February Deb and I went on a 10 day bird trip in
Cuba. The birding was great and the country was fascinating. I've posted
four albums; showing birds, but also those famous 50's cars as well as some
shots of people and buildings from around Cuba.

At my usual link: http://henrymauer.phanfare.com/

Click on a thumbnail, click on "Start Slideshow" and then click on
"Fullscreen". I do NOT recommend fullscreen for the cars album, they get
cropped too much.

Happy Birding,

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Date: 2/27/17 2:16 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: GREAT GRAY OWL, Sesrsmont-yes
PS: Apparently it was not seen between 6 AM this morning and about
3:30-4:00 this afternoon.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 4:48 PM Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
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> Have been watching the continuing GREAT GRAY OWL for the past 45 mins or
> so as it moves around the tree farm field on Magog Rd in Searsmont. Many
> other observers, all at a respectable distance. Owl is at the back of the
> tree field at this point, 4:45 pm.
>
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Date: 2/27/17 2:05 pm
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation
Here are some interesting papers on the very topic you mention - otherwise invisible stress:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.suasnews.com/2014/05/uav-flight-analysis-for-wind-measurement/amp/

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Date: 2/27/17 2:03 pm
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] GREAT GRAY OWL, Sesrsmont-yes
What time of the day has it been showing?

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Date: 2/27/17 1:59 pm
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] GREAT GRAY OWL, Sesrsmont-yes
Thanks!!!! I am going down tomorrow to see if I can find it!

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Date: 2/27/17 1:48 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] GREAT GRAY OWL, Sesrsmont-yes
Have been watching the continuing GREAT GRAY OWL for the past 45 mins or so as it moves around the tree farm field on Magog Rd in Searsmont. Many other observers, all at a respectable distance. Owl is at the back of the tree field at this point, 4:45 pm.

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Date: 2/27/17 11:48 am
From: 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow goose
Feeding now in marsh at left of the Scarborough Audubon parking lot.
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Date: 2/27/17 11:42 am
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation
Hi all,
Until we have heart rate monitors and calorie counters on our vagrant owls (owl FitBits?) as well as unobtrusive ways to blood sample for stress hormones (especially corticosterone that when induced effects other bodily functions), then we won't be able to define what is or is not too close.

So in the meantime, we need to employ common sense, common courtesy, and common decency...all of which seem to go out the window for SOME people when it comes to these enigmatic and charismatic rarities.

-Derek

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> On Feb 27, 2017, at 2:19 PM, Seth Davis <kd7gxf...> wrote:
>
> Thanks for posting this, and it has some useful information, but fails to answer the question that I think is spurring a lot of this discussion (borderline argument). It says use a lens with a focal length long enough to avoid getting too close to your subject. That's ok, but what is "too close"? It sounds as if most photographers at the site are between 100-300 ft, with one report of people getting within 20-30 feet. So where is the cutoff? If the bird isn't flushing or showing any other sign of distress ought that be indication that photographers are within an acceptable distance? If the bird flies toward the crowd (as it has done on several occasions) should they all turn and run? As I'm writing this, I just measured out 30 feet from my office and to me that honestly seems ok in terms of being a safe distance though a little more room wouldn't hurt. I've certainly been closer to warblers and other birds foraging for food so I don't see why an owl should be treated differently? It was about 40, maybe closer to 50 feet that they kept folks at from the nesting Great Horned Owl in Portland last year and that bird was restricted due to it's nest. I guess I feel that if people are not actively harassing the bird (i.e., throwing things at it, baiting it, making a ton of noise to get it's attention) why all the hubbub about people approaching? A lot of folks seem to think that it's the humans that are encroaching the bird, when in fact this whole thing is in the bird's court. It could simply leave and all the photographers and birders would be sad and probably start pointing blame at others for scaring it away, and yet it has remained at the site for the past several days, continues to hunt, and is otherwise not caring about the mob of people gawking at it.
>
> Perhaps I'm wrong, but nobody can give a clear cut answer as to what is ok and how far you have to be from a bird. If we're going to have some standard it should be based on the behavior of the bird, which currently doesn't seem bothered by people 30 ft away. Photographers should and likely are aware that if they flush the bird, they ruin it for everyone and everyone there will be angry specifically at them (which is another part of the link you posted: Don't ruin it for everyone else). So is it safe to say that 50 feet is the acceptable minimum?
>
>> On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:52:55 AM UTC-5, David Small wrote:
>> Education is the key at all levels. Each of the more educated/learned are responsible to patiently inform the less educated. As the saying goes,"you can't legislate morality".
>>
>> For the photographers among us, perhaps a refresher is in order, please take a look.
>>
>> http://www.naturephotographers.net/codeofconduct.html
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Dave📷
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Date: 2/27/17 11:19 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation
Thanks for posting this, and it has some useful information, but fails to
answer the question that I think is spurring a lot of this discussion
(borderline argument). It says use a lens with a focal length long enough
to avoid getting too close to your subject. That's ok, but what is "too
close"? It sounds as if most photographers at the site are between 100-300
ft, with one report of people getting within 20-30 feet. So where is the
cutoff? If the bird isn't flushing or showing any other sign of distress
ought that be indication that photographers are within an acceptable
distance? If the bird flies toward the crowd (as it has done on several
occasions) should they all turn and run? As I'm writing this, I just
measured out 30 feet from my office and to me that honestly seems ok in
terms of being a safe distance though a little more room wouldn't hurt.
I've certainly been closer to warblers and other birds foraging for food so
I don't see why an owl should be treated differently? It was about 40,
maybe closer to 50 feet that they kept folks at from the nesting Great
Horned Owl in Portland last year and that bird was restricted due to it's
nest. I guess I feel that if people are not actively harassing the bird
(i.e., throwing things at it, baiting it, making a ton of noise to get it's
attention) why all the hubbub about people approaching? A lot of folks seem
to think that it's the humans that are encroaching the bird, when in fact
this whole thing is in the bird's court. It could simply leave and all the
photographers and birders would be sad and probably start pointing blame at
others for scaring it away, and yet it has remained at the site for the
past several days, continues to hunt, and is otherwise not caring about the
mob of people gawking at it.

Perhaps I'm wrong, but nobody can give a clear cut answer as to what is ok
and how far you have to be from a bird. If we're going to have some
standard it should be based on the behavior of the bird, which currently
doesn't seem bothered by people 30 ft away. Photographers should and likely
are aware that if they flush the bird, they ruin it for everyone and
everyone there will be angry specifically at them (which is another part of
the link you posted: Don't ruin it for everyone else). So is it safe to say
that 50 feet is the acceptable minimum?

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:52:55 AM UTC-5, David Small wrote:
>
> Education is the key at all levels. Each of the more educated/learned are
> responsible to patiently inform the less educated. As the saying goes,"you
> can't legislate morality".
>
> For the photographers among us, perhaps a refresher is in order, please
> take a look.
>
> http://www.naturephotographers.net/codeofconduct.html
>
> Cheers,
> Dave📷
>

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Date: 2/27/17 10:52 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Bullock's Oriel
Anyone know when the Camden Bullock's Oriel was last seen- Thanks
Skip Small

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Date: 2/27/17 10:01 am
From: Julie A. Krasne, DVM <jkraz1984...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Enough.
Julie Krasne
Yarmouth, Maine

On Feb 27, 2017 12:08 PM, "Scott Creamer" <sdc140...> wrote:

> We can simply agree to disagree, I did not take the low road at all. It
> was you who said anyone who got out of their car was a "bird harasser" and
> should feel shame for being 299 feet away. If you lead with the well
> thought out post below you may not have gotten the replies that irked you.
> I was there for 7 hours Saturday. No one was feet away from the bird. The
> owl was not stressed. It was quite comfortable in its surroundings. The
> bird was not flushed once, period end of sentence. I appreciate the well
> thought out reply but disagree with the earlier assertion that 299 feet
> makes one a "bird harasser" who should be shamed. I know for a fact folks
> read your earlier posts and were scared off by your misinformation and
> scare tactics. I own both a camera and a spotting scope. Neither gives me
> moral superiority over another human being.
> -Scott
>
> On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:49:28 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
> wrote:
>>
>> Let's all keep cool heads and not go down the low road. We all love
>> wildlife and bird and all agree that no one wants to bring harm.
>>
>>
>>
>> But the reality for these northern visitors is that they are here
>> specifically in search of food. Presumably because food is scarce at home
>> *or* there is more competition from more owls having survived the warmer
>> recent winters with low snow cover - or both may be operating. Bottom
>> line though is for these birds it is all about finding enough food to
>> survive the winter and breed this spring.
>>
>>
>>
>> The Code of Conduct posted for nature photographers are a great start but
>> they don't integrate the huge literature that exists on safe buffer
>> distances for birds. I have written to author and offered to help with
>> that.
>>
>>
>>
>> Three hundred feet is generally considered a MINIMUM distance to keep as
>> a to allow birds like owls, shorebirds and waders the distance they need to
>> keep a semblance of their natural behavior. Birds at feeders should be
>> given a minimum 100-foot buffer. My own personal feeling is that it is
>> best not to even enter the fields and habitats where the birds are feeding
>> - even if you are honoring a 300-foot buffer from its current perch. Best
>> to stay on the road and leave the entire field to the bird to forage within
>> as it sees fit. Under the those conditions the bird may or may reveal
>> itself to you. But when it does it more exciting than tramping into the
>> habitat on a stake out of the bird.
>>
>>
>>
>> No one can easily say if this or any other bird is finding enough food to
>> offset energetic expenses. Even a bird without a throng of observers in
>> its view can fail to find enough food and starve let alone a bird burdened
>> with having to respond to human presence.
>>
>>
>>
>> This isn’t being overly protective or an owl hugger. When birds are kept
>> from feeding by human intruders or the crows and ravens they may attract,
>> it results in a double whammy;
>>
>>
>>
>> a). they are feeding less, and
>>
>>
>>
>> b). they are burning calories fleeing intruders.
>>
>>
>>
>> Flight is the most energetically expensive behavior birds do. So,
>> replacing foraging time with flying is a bad equation for birds –
>> especially those birds like owls that may be right on the edge of
>> starvation. Don't you agree? No lie, this could lead to starvation or in
>> the bird realizing they cannot optimally forage and depart *otherwise
>> good habitat *if not for humans.
>>
>>
>>
>> Indeed, we are experiencing *higher than normal mortality of owls this
>> winter* from starvation - especially barred owls and saw whets. Even a
>> few days of heavy snow cover can put owls at risk of not finding enough
>> food to maintain. My neighbor brought me a dead, emaciated adult saw whet
>> she found during the blizzard. I have heard that barred owls are also
>> having trouble too. Call and ask Avian Haven if you don’t believe me.
>>
>>
>>
>> Photographers need to be reminded that their awesome long lenses are for
>> capturing images of birds IN THE WILD. By relying upon their long lenses
>> and blinds and being patient - photographers capture better action shots
>> because the birds have sufficient room to behave naturally. When you
>> approach a bird to within a few feet you only get pictures of stressed bird
>> starting blankly at you.
>>
>>
>>
>> The upshot of entering owl hunting habitats and approaching closer than
>> several hundred feet is that the birds may simply depart otherwise
>> sustaining habitats or, they might fail to get the meals they need to
>> survive the next snow storm. Let’s stay all try to stay the right side of
>> this issue and give these visiting birds *even more than you think they
>> might need*.
>>
>>
>>
>> Richard
>>
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Date: 2/27/17 9:08 am
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
We can simply agree to disagree, I did not take the low road at all. It was
you who said anyone who got out of their car was a "bird harasser" and
should feel shame for being 299 feet away. If you lead with the well
thought out post below you may not have gotten the replies that irked you.
I was there for 7 hours Saturday. No one was feet away from the bird. The
owl was not stressed. It was quite comfortable in its surroundings. The
bird was not flushed once, period end of sentence. I appreciate the well
thought out reply but disagree with the earlier assertion that 299 feet
makes one a "bird harasser" who should be shamed. I know for a fact folks
read your earlier posts and were scared off by your misinformation and
scare tactics. I own both a camera and a spotting scope. Neither gives me
moral superiority over another human being.
-Scott

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:49:28 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
wrote:
>
> Let's all keep cool heads and not go down the low road. We all love
> wildlife and bird and all agree that no one wants to bring harm.
>
>
>
> But the reality for these northern visitors is that they are here
> specifically in search of food. Presumably because food is scarce at home
> *or* there is more competition from more owls having survived the warmer
> recent winters with low snow cover - or both may be operating. Bottom
> line though is for these birds it is all about finding enough food to
> survive the winter and breed this spring.
>
>
>
> The Code of Conduct posted for nature photographers are a great start but
> they don't integrate the huge literature that exists on safe buffer
> distances for birds. I have written to author and offered to help with
> that.
>
>
>
> Three hundred feet is generally considered a MINIMUM distance to keep as a
> to allow birds like owls, shorebirds and waders the distance they need to
> keep a semblance of their natural behavior. Birds at feeders should be
> given a minimum 100-foot buffer. My own personal feeling is that it is
> best not to even enter the fields and habitats where the birds are feeding
> - even if you are honoring a 300-foot buffer from its current perch. Best
> to stay on the road and leave the entire field to the bird to forage within
> as it sees fit. Under the those conditions the bird may or may reveal
> itself to you. But when it does it more exciting than tramping into the
> habitat on a stake out of the bird.
>
>
>
> No one can easily say if this or any other bird is finding enough food to
> offset energetic expenses. Even a bird without a throng of observers in
> its view can fail to find enough food and starve let alone a bird burdened
> with having to respond to human presence.
>
>
>
> This isn’t being overly protective or an owl hugger. When birds are kept
> from feeding by human intruders or the crows and ravens they may attract,
> it results in a double whammy;
>
>
>
> a). they are feeding less, and
>
>
>
> b). they are burning calories fleeing intruders.
>
>
>
> Flight is the most energetically expensive behavior birds do. So,
> replacing foraging time with flying is a bad equation for birds –
> especially those birds like owls that may be right on the edge of
> starvation. Don't you agree? No lie, this could lead to starvation or in
> the bird realizing they cannot optimally forage and depart *otherwise
> good habitat *if not for humans.
>
>
>
> Indeed, we are experiencing *higher than normal mortality of owls this
> winter* from starvation - especially barred owls and saw whets. Even a
> few days of heavy snow cover can put owls at risk of not finding enough
> food to maintain. My neighbor brought me a dead, emaciated adult saw whet
> she found during the blizzard. I have heard that barred owls are also
> having trouble too. Call and ask Avian Haven if you don’t believe me.
>
>
>
> Photographers need to be reminded that their awesome long lenses are for
> capturing images of birds IN THE WILD. By relying upon their long lenses
> and blinds and being patient - photographers capture better action shots
> because the birds have sufficient room to behave naturally. When you
> approach a bird to within a few feet you only get pictures of stressed bird
> starting blankly at you.
>
>
>
> The upshot of entering owl hunting habitats and approaching closer than
> several hundred feet is that the birds may simply depart otherwise
> sustaining habitats or, they might fail to get the meals they need to
> survive the next snow storm. Let’s stay all try to stay the right side of
> this issue and give these visiting birds *even more than you think they
> might need*.
>
>
>
> Richard
>

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Date: 2/27/17 8:57 am
From: Stuart Johnson <johnson.stuart.c...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
If only the owl had wings.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Richard Harris Podolsky <
<richardpodolsky...> wrote:

> Let's all keep cool heads and not go down the low road. We all love
> wildlife and bird and all agree that no one wants to bring harm.
>
>
>
> But the reality for these northern visitors is that they are here
> specifically in search of food. Presumably because food is scarce at home
> *or* there is more competition from more owls having survived the warmer
> recent winters with low snow cover - or both may be operating. Bottom
> line though is for these birds it is all about finding enough food to
> survive the winter and breed this spring.
>
>
>
> The Code of Conduct posted for nature photographers are a great start but
> they don't integrate the huge literature that exists on safe buffer
> distances for birds. I have written to author and offered to help with
> that.
>
>
>
> Three hundred feet is generally considered a MINIMUM distance to keep as a
> to allow birds like owls, shorebirds and waders the distance they need to
> keep a semblance of their natural behavior. Birds at feeders should be
> given a minimum 100-foot buffer. My own personal feeling is that it is
> best not to even enter the fields and habitats where the birds are feeding
> - even if you are honoring a 300-foot buffer from its current perch. Best
> to stay on the road and leave the entire field to the bird to forage within
> as it sees fit. Under the those conditions the bird may or may reveal
> itself to you. But when it does it more exciting than tramping into the
> habitat on a stake out of the bird.
>
>
>
> No one can easily say if this or any other bird is finding enough food to
> offset energetic expenses. Even a bird without a throng of observers in
> its view can fail to find enough food and starve let alone a bird burdened
> with having to respond to human presence.
>
>
>
> This isn’t being overly protective or an owl hugger. When birds are kept
> from feeding by human intruders or the crows and ravens they may attract,
> it results in a double whammy;
>
>
>
> a). they are feeding less, and
>
>
>
> b). they are burning calories fleeing intruders.
>
>
>
> Flight is the most energetically expensive behavior birds do. So,
> replacing foraging time with flying is a bad equation for birds –
> especially those birds like owls that may be right on the edge of
> starvation. Don't you agree? No lie, this could lead to starvation or in
> the bird realizing they cannot optimally forage and depart *otherwise
> good habitat *if not for humans.
>
>
>
> Indeed, we are experiencing *higher than normal mortality of owls this
> winter* from starvation - especially barred owls and saw whets. Even a
> few days of heavy snow cover can put owls at risk of not finding enough
> food to maintain. My neighbor brought me a dead, emaciated adult saw whet
> she found during the blizzard. I have heard that barred owls are also
> having trouble too. Call and ask Avian Haven if you don’t believe me.
>
>
>
> Photographers need to be reminded that their awesome long lenses are for
> capturing images of birds IN THE WILD. By relying upon their long lenses
> and blinds and being patient - photographers capture better action shots
> because the birds have sufficient room to behave naturally. When you
> approach a bird to within a few feet you only get pictures of stressed bird
> starting blankly at you.
>
>
>
> The upshot of entering owl hunting habitats and approaching closer than
> several hundred feet is that the birds may simply depart otherwise
> sustaining habitats or, they might fail to get the meals they need to
> survive the next snow storm. Let’s stay all try to stay the right side of
> this issue and give these visiting birds *even more than you think they
> might need*.
>
>
>
> Richard
>
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Date: 2/27/17 8:49 am
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey


Let's all keep cool heads and not go down the low road. We all love
wildlife and bird and all agree that no one wants to bring harm.



But the reality for these northern visitors is that they are here
specifically in search of food. Presumably because food is scarce at home
*or* there is more competition from more owls having survived the warmer
recent winters with low snow cover - or both may be operating. Bottom
line though is for these birds it is all about finding enough food to
survive the winter and breed this spring.



The Code of Conduct posted for nature photographers are a great start but
they don't integrate the huge literature that exists on safe buffer
distances for birds. I have written to author and offered to help with
that.



Three hundred feet is generally considered a MINIMUM distance to keep as a
to allow birds like owls, shorebirds and waders the distance they need to
keep a semblance of their natural behavior. Birds at feeders should be
given a minimum 100-foot buffer. My own personal feeling is that it is
best not to even enter the fields and habitats where the birds are feeding
- even if you are honoring a 300-foot buffer from its current perch. Best
to stay on the road and leave the entire field to the bird to forage within
as it sees fit. Under the those conditions the bird may or may reveal
itself to you. But when it does it more exciting than tramping into the
habitat on a stake out of the bird.



No one can easily say if this or any other bird is finding enough food to
offset energetic expenses. Even a bird without a throng of observers in
its view can fail to find enough food and starve let alone a bird burdened
with having to respond to human presence.



This isn’t being overly protective or an owl hugger. When birds are kept
from feeding by human intruders or the crows and ravens they may attract,
it results in a double whammy;



a). they are feeding less, and



b). they are burning calories fleeing intruders.



Flight is the most energetically expensive behavior birds do. So,
replacing foraging time with flying is a bad equation for birds –
especially those birds like owls that may be right on the edge of
starvation. Don't you agree? No lie, this could lead to starvation or in
the bird realizing they cannot optimally forage and depart *otherwise good
habitat *if not for humans.



Indeed, we are experiencing *higher than normal mortality of owls this
winter* from starvation - especially barred owls and saw whets. Even a few
days of heavy snow cover can put owls at risk of not finding enough food to
maintain. My neighbor brought me a dead, emaciated adult saw whet she
found during the blizzard. I have heard that barred owls are also having
trouble too. Call and ask Avian Haven if you don’t believe me.



Photographers need to be reminded that their awesome long lenses are for
capturing images of birds IN THE WILD. By relying upon their long lenses
and blinds and being patient - photographers capture better action shots
because the birds have sufficient room to behave naturally. When you
approach a bird to within a few feet you only get pictures of stressed bird
starting blankly at you.



The upshot of entering owl hunting habitats and approaching closer than
several hundred feet is that the birds may simply depart otherwise
sustaining habitats or, they might fail to get the meals they need to
survive the next snow storm. Let’s stay all try to stay the right side of
this issue and give these visiting birds *even more than you think they
might need*.



Richard

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Date: 2/27/17 8:34 am
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Please go and enjoy the bird. I was there Saturday for a better part of the
day. It seems to move in the neighborhood between the two sites. It seems
very tolerant of people and other critters. In fact the only thing that got
the owl to react at all was a hawk flyby. I did some reading on the species
and they don't have much fear of people, simply because they hardly see
them. One book I had noted a researcher caught one bare handed in the
1970's.

A word of advice, I would respect the posted no trespassing signs. Some,
like the Christmas Tree field have a phone number on them to call, most
specify no hunting or trapping. The cemetery field on Moody Mountain Road
was not posted and looked like public or unprotected land. While I was
there (at the cemetery) someone was target shooting for an hour or so quite
close, 1/2 mile or so by the sound of it. ( 100 to 200 rounds ). I was told
it was a rifle. I also noticed 4 deer carcass' in the graveyard field. I
was told folks use them as bait to hunt coyote which are considered a local
nuisance. At one point someone fired off two rounds close enough that we
all flinched. So you don't want to accidentally wander into someone's
makeshift target range.

Of note, the owl did not seem to mind the shooting, the people, even the
hunting dogs. Apparently people were hunting foxes with a few very vocal
hound dogs. I saw the owl hunt, sleep, yawn, produce a pellet, preen for
hours and was thrilled when it flew at us several times. Folks got within
100 to 150 feet of the bird and did not stress it. I had a similar
experience with the Milford bird on Stud Mill road. Both were remarkably
immune to the human presence there. Someone posted earlier photography
guidelines and it had some good stuff and was worth the read. Know the
bird, "read the room" and you'll be fine.

Good Luck!
-Scott

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:02:17 AM UTC-5, Seth Davis wrote:
>
> Many people have reported this bird actively hunting/eating prey, so this
> tells me the bird is not distressed to the point of what many are so keen
> to call "harassment". I very much believe and abide by birding ethics, but
> to be honest people need to lighten up, standing in a field taking pictures
> (provided that field is not private property) is not harassment. How many
> times has the bird flushed as a result of photographers getting closer? I
> honestly don't know as I haven't gone and seen this one, but people running
> around saying that photographers are harassing the bird when A. it's still
> performing a life maintenance behaviors, B. not being flushed, and C.
> continuing to stay in the same location all indicate that this bird is not
> distressed. Again, lighten up and enjoy the bird. If you see someone acting
> inappropriately ask them to stop, but from all accounts that I have heard
> (and seen with the previous Great Gray in Milford) people are NOT harassing
> the bird.
>
> On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:15:05 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
> wrote:
>>
>> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't
>> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and
>> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to
>> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.
>>
>> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least
>> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the
>> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.
>>
>> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the
>> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a
>> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole
>> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about
>> overcompensation! Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here
>> in search of food??! Who does that? Well, now we know.
>>
>>

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Date: 2/27/17 8:26 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] American bald eagle
I caught this guy looking out over the Penobscot River in Old Town this
morning. Two weeks ago there was a peregrine falcon on the same perch...no
camera with me that time.
http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8461a43d#h8461a43d

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Date: 2/27/17 7:02 am
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Many people have reported this bird actively hunting/eating prey, so this
tells me the bird is not distressed to the point of what many are so keen
to call "harassment". I very much believe and abide by birding ethics, but
to be honest people need to lighten up, standing in a field taking pictures
(provided that field is not private property) is not harassment. How many
times has the bird flushed as a result of photographers getting closer? I
honestly don't know as I haven't gone and seen this one, but people running
around saying that photographers are harassing the bird when A. it's still
performing a life maintenance behaviors, B. not being flushed, and C.
continuing to stay in the same location all indicate that this bird is not
distressed. Again, lighten up and enjoy the bird. If you see someone acting
inappropriately ask them to stop, but from all accounts that I have heard
(and seen with the previous Great Gray in Milford) people are NOT harassing
the bird.

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:15:05 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky
wrote:
>
> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't
> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and
> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to
> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.
>
> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least
> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the
> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.
>
> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the
> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a
> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole
> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about
> overcompensation! Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here
> in search of food??! Who does that? Well, now we know.
>
>

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Date: 2/27/17 6:35 am
From: Stuart Johnson <johnson.stuart.c...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Just imagine the sheer terror that owl felt when it saw people getting of
their cars over 500 feet away, watching them march closer and closer. The
poor owl frozen in fear as the "long lens" got to within inches of its
beak. That owl, moments away from death from heart failure, pecking that
"long lens" to see if it was eatable.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM, Richard Harris Podolsky <
<richardpodolsky...> wrote:

> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't
> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and
> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to
> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.
>
> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least
> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the
> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.
>
> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the
> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a
> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole
> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about
> overcompensation! Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here
> in search of food??! Who does that? Well, now we know.
>
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Date: 2/27/17 5:39 am
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow in York!
Well this is a first. Heard, then went and confirmed with the binocs, a
singing song sparrow at the Beacon St. wetland adjacent to Long Sands beach
in York, Maine this morning.

Other avifauna included:
-Red-winged blackbirds (4)
-Common Grackles (3)
-Purple Finches (1-2)
-Black Capped chickadees (2)
-House Sparrows (c. 10)
-European Starling (5)
-Ring-billed gulls (8)

We keep a spring birds arrival list here at White Pine Programs -and, over
the course of the last 12 years, our earliest SOSP was March 2nd in 2013.
This is our earliest on record.

Happy "spring" birding,

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Date: 2/27/17 3:52 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation
Education is the key at all levels. Each of the more educated/learned are
responsible to patiently inform the less educated. As the saying goes,"you
can't legislate morality".

For the photographers among us, perhaps a refresher is in order, please
take a look.

http://www.naturephotographers.net/codeofconduct.html

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Date: 2/27/17 3:15 am
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.

To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.

Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about overcompensation! Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here in search of food??! Who does that? Well, now we know.

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Date: 2/26/17 6:12 pm
From: Robert O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl
It is on the Magog Road about here 44.329222, -69.188444. About 1.5 miles apart by road but about 4500' as the mobbing crows fly. Between the 2 sites I only really briefly visited the cemetery location, opting to spend most of the day waiting it out at this field instead due to the wind and crowds.

For the record, there were a lot of great (and very excited) birders and photographers around and, at least at this field and while I was present, everyone was very respectful of both the possibility of the bird before it showed up, and of the actual bird when it did. We were generally 350' away from the bird to begin with at the road edge and just at the edge of the field. If the bird was ever any closer it was its choice not ours. A brief conversation came up where someone asked what we thought about them moving 10-15' closer, but that was cured by that noting that "giving an inch, sometimes they will take a mile".

Since my previous email was just to let everyone know it is still around, here are more of the details around it.

I arrived around 11AM and scanned this field first. I mistakenly turned down this road thinking it would lead to the cemetery. There was no sign of the bird throughout the day at either location. There was a fairly steady stream of birders moving between the two sites and sharing information (mostly the lack of information). The wind was fairly constant throughout the day only winding down around 3:30PM or so.

A couple of administrative items for this location.
We had a conversation with the owner of the Christmas Tree field. He was incredibly nice and is a budding birder himself and therefore understanding of what we as a group were doing. I would assume that patience would wear thin if things like littering or other wear and tear to his property started to happen.
There was a sign at the edge of the field that had a broken post and was laying on the ground. Not sure if it was caused by the presence of this owl or not, but if anyone heading up there has a sledgehammer they can bring up and pound it back in, that might be a nice gesture.
Also regarding parking. At one point, I parked on one side of the road while another car was on the field side, I parked enough away that I did not think it would be a problem but later another 8 cars or so pulled up and all parked on the opposite side of the road which made my truck a bit of a traffic hazard. This was brought to my attention by a local who asked that we consider parking only on one side of the road(I did relocate it). The road there is a bit narrow and according to them, they tend to fly through there normally.

At this site there were a few instances of crows mobbing over the day but none were very long or boisterous and usually contained 4-6 crows. The one we had at the end of the day, which occurred in the woods behind the old school bus that was behind the woodpile opposite the Christmas Tree field attracted a dozen or more and was extremely loud. 44.328233, -69.188251
The crows stayed higher in the trees and seemed to be pushing their target (at that point assumed to be either the owl or possibly a hawk that was spotted earlier in the day) southwest along Magog but in the denser growth lower down. Eventually, they lost interest and disbanded. We waited about 10-15 minutes to see if the bird would emerge as this was when the winds had started to die down and seemed like a good time for an owl to start considering hunting. We focused our attentions on the corner of the field in front of the bus and to the right of the wood pile. Moments after one of us left to go over to the Cemetery location to see if the bird had relocated there, I scanned the Christmas Tree field and noted the bird about 20' up in an evergreen. It sat there for 20 minutes or so. At one point it was harassed by a single crow but a few passes was as long as that lasted. After a bit the bird took off and started moving around the field alighting on the tops of the Christmas trees as it went.

Thanks Fyn for finding this and sharing it.

Thanks to the land owner for his understanding of us.

Thanks to everyone today who helped me officially knock off another lifer.

And to hell with the angels, I want one of these on top of my Christmas tree next year!

If anyone has any further questions, please let me know.

Rob O’Connell
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Cumberland, ME 04021
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl

Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

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Date: 2/26/17 5:55 pm
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Great Gray owl
On Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:25:22 PM UTC-5, Roger Stevens wrote:
> Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

I saw the bird Saturday and drove by the tree field. I found it from Fyn's earlier post in this forum

"Searsmont 2/22

John Wyatt and I refound the bird on Magog Road at a Christmas tree field half a mile past the intersection with Ghent Road."

I'd check both places, they are pretty close on a map. Good luck!
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Date: 2/26/17 4:25 pm
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl
Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

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Date: 2/26/17 3:32 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures
11 Turkey Vultures circling over Shaws Market Rockland. The most I ever seen at one time this time of year-
Skip Small

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Date: 2/26/17 2:18 pm
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl
The great Gray owl appeared right around 4:30 PM today on the edge of the Christmas tree field. It had previously been mobbed by crows and driven low in the trees before appearing on the edge after the crows had given up. It was still there as of 5:15 PM when I left having relocated several times to different trees in the field.

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Date: 2/26/17 1:43 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] blackbirds
A friend of mine down Bunker Hill Rd. in Newcastle reported RW Blackbirds. On my way there I found one lone Common Grackle atop Blinn Hill and 20 + Red-winged Blackbirds at my friends feeder. Earliest I'd ever seen either spieces in 10 years of birding.

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Date: 2/26/17 1:04 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vultures, Round 2
After seeing my first Turkey Vulture of the season back on Feb. 2 (a single
bird in Belfast), I saw my second round today: several birds soaring over
Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, headed northward.

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Date: 2/26/17 12:20 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose, etc.
  Still present at Dunstan Landing with Canada's as of 3 p.m. Also heard and then saw several Killdeer closer to Pine Point Rd. First of year birds for me.

John Tobin, Scarborough

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Date: 2/26/17 12:16 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] blackbirds
Red Winged blackbirds at Frye Mtn WMA today calling.


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Date: 2/26/17 12:14 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] WebberPond, Bremen
red-winged blackbird on the feeder today--

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Date: 2/26/17 10:41 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Grey Owl
As of noon no sightings in any previous areas-

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Date: 2/26/17 10:38 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Small Flock of Pine Grosbeaks
Just saw a flock of five Pine Grosbeaks near my home on Route 6 just east
of Lincoln, Maine. Haven't seen any in this area for a while..

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Date: 2/26/17 10:35 am
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
Fyn! Coming down from Lincoln, Maine tomorrow in hopes of spotting the
Great Gray...Any tips as to location and time of sightings? Roger

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:39:51 PM UTC-5, Fyn Kynd wrote:
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> http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166
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> For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields
> and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to
> hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm
> going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on
> it's presence.
> My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or
> shoot me an email.
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> Good birding,
> Fyn
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Date: 2/26/17 10:33 am
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Grey owl
Juanita! I would like to go down tomorrow and see if I can glimpse the
bird. I have a telescope and long lenses and have never seen this type of
owl. You can either reply back or telephone me at 290-1070. I would like to
know where you saw it. Thanks!

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:46:30 AM UTC-5, Juanitar Roushdy wrote:
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> Bingo! Beautiful, majestic creature.
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Date: 2/26/17 9:28 am
From: Becky Marvil <bmarvil...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox Sparrow - Yarmouth
I was surprised and delighted to see a Fox Sparrow on the ground at my
feeders today.



Becky

Yarmouth

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Date: 2/26/17 8:56 am
From: Jennifer Multhopp <rmulthopp...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Lubec arrivals
Eight Red-winged Blackbirds under the feeders this morning on North Lubec
Road. My first of the year.

Jennifer Multhopp

Lubec

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Date: 2/26/17 8:29 am
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
Still there as if 15 mins ago

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Date: 2/26/17 7:52 am
From: Nancy McReel <nmcreel...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbirds
This AM while I was drinking my first cup of coffee, 3 Red-winged Blackbirds dropped in for seeds. There were bare spots under the feeders after the 16-in. snow of a week ago.

Nancy in Wells

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Date: 2/26/17 7:34 am
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
Pat Sanborn reports a single Snow Goose among the Canadas now, seen from
Dunstan Landing on the right side of the path.

Joanne

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Date: 2/26/17 5:36 am
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] blackbirds
I saw the first cowbirds this morning in hollis.

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Date: 2/26/17 5:13 am
From: 'Pete Darling' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RW Blackbirds
Sat 25 Feb, 2017, I heard and saw several Red-wing Blackbirds in Spurwink Marsh on the Cape Elizabeth side off Sawyer St.

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Date: 2/26/17 4:53 am
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Merlin in Brunswick
Hi all:

Yesterday afternoon (Feb 25) a single Merlin was calling loudly in several series from the top of a tall White Pine adjacent to Druckenmiller Science Building on the Bowdoin College campus; this is the same vicinity in which a pair of Merlins has nested regularly for at least about 15 years now, and such a sighting would be run-of-the-mill at this location from late March or early April forward but seems remarkable for late February. Spring has apparently sprung for one of the pair here. I'll keep my eyes and ears out for the mate.

Best to all,
Jan

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Date: 2/26/17 4:09 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
Amen, Bruce.
"When is one more, too many".

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> wrote:

> I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
> people there on Saturday. While I was there everyone was staying about 100
> meters from the bird, including photographers. There's no reason to be so
> intrusive.
>
> I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
> for this very reason. These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
> have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
> and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
> reported there earlier. When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
> local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes. He
> said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
> every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
> discarded trash and bottles and cans. Not every birder is respectful of
> the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
> located.
>
> Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey." But if you wish to
> continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
> suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
> principles. They are ruining the activity of watching
> birds.
>
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Date: 2/25/17 5:56 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb
The highlight of our day, a pair of Mallards doing that bonding thing,
facing each other and bobbing their heads. There were about 2 dozen
Mallards total in Hulls cove near The Chart Room.
Also lovely, Long-tailed ducks at Hadley Point, most of them hidden by the
shifting fog, could be heard tootling (clangulating?).

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Date: 2/25/17 4:22 pm
From: Thomas Ingraham <thomas.ingraham...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hope
In our yard in Hope today: a small stalwart group of bluebirds still with us! Also a pair of Redwing Blackbirds.



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Date: 2/25/17 2:17 pm
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
people there on Saturday. While I was there everyone was staying about 100
meters from the bird, including photographers. There's no reason to be so
intrusive.

I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
for this very reason. These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
reported there earlier. When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes. He
said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
discarded trash and bottles and cans. Not every birder is respectful of
the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
located.

Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey." But if you wish to
continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
principles. They are ruining the activity of watching
birds.

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•The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
•In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
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Date: 2/25/17 1:59 pm
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
This is sad on lots of levels. Certainly not good for the owl; it will mean some great finds like this will be kept secret as in years past; and that means many fewer people will be able to experience certain very special birds. Personally I hesitated to go (and have not gone) so as not to add to the pressure on this specific bird.


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> On Feb 25, 2017, at 1:35 PM, Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...> wrote:
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> Not any more. I was shocked by what I saw. Twenty empty cars on the road with every single person out in the interior of the exact field where the bird had been previously hunting.
>
> Bird harassers showed up chased the bird out of the center of the field and into the treeline at the margin. It can no longer forage unencumbered in the entire field or use any of the perches it was previously hunting from because thoughtless people are now occupying those very parts of the field.
>
> Common sense says to stay and observe from the road. Be patient. Let the bird reveal itself to you. Do not tramp over its hunting habitat and stand in the field. What are you thinking? The bird needs to feed and it relies upon the entire field for food.
>
> When you put yourself in the field you are trespassing on the bird and negatively impacting it. Secondarily, responsible birders with good intention and common sense can no longer see it from the road. Rather, they are forced to join the thoughtless throng in the field - which I refuse to to do. Tragedy of the Commons.
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Date: 2/25/17 1:58 pm
From: kathys <ksammis...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] blackbirds
FOY red-winged blackbirds (2) in my yard in Buxton this morning.

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Date: 2/25/17 1:38 pm
From: Ed Gervais <edgervais...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird
This afternoon, Feb. 25, 4 Bluebirds, 1 female and 3 male, and the first
Red Winged Blackbird of the year, a single bird calling from the top of an
oak tree.

Go figure, isn't this a bit early?

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Date: 2/25/17 10:35 am
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
Not any more. I was shocked by what I saw. Twenty empty cars on the road with every single person out in the interior of the exact field where the bird had been previously hunting.

Bird harassers showed up chased the bird out of the center of the field and into the treeline at the margin. It can no longer forage unencumbered in the entire field or use any of the perches it was previously hunting from because thoughtless people are now occupying those very parts of the field.

Common sense says to stay and observe from the road. Be patient. Let the bird reveal itself to you. Do not tramp over its hunting habitat and stand in the field. What are you thinking? The bird needs to feed and it relies upon the entire field for food.

When you put yourself in the field you are trespassing on the bird and negatively impacting it. Secondarily, responsible birders with good intention and common sense can no longer see it from the road. Rather, they are forced to join the thoughtless throng in the field - which I refuse to to do. Tragedy of the Commons.

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Date: 2/25/17 9:42 am
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] New Yard Bird
A new yard bird today. The hundred and one species observed in 32 years
at this location. It was on the suet. Are you ready for this? It was an
European Starling. Numbers are everything to listers, even immigrants.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH



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Date: 2/25/17 9:15 am
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grey owl
Bird harassers showed up chased bird out of the field no longer viewable by respinsibke birders who know to stay on the road. Thoughtless.

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Date: 2/25/17 8:46 am
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grey owl
Bingo! Beautiful, majestic creature.

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, ME

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Date: 2/25/17 8:05 am
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grey owl
Has anyone seen the grey owl today. Am in the area but patchy fog

Thanks

Juanita Roushdy
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Date: 2/25/17 7:07 am
From: 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] C. Goldeneye, robins
Second hand report of a goldeneye with mallards in the rushing river at Rogers Pond in Kennebunk on Friday. Also a gathering of a large number of robins (a dozen?) in Buxton; observer didn't count them, as he was trying to avoid hitting them!
Barbara. Sanford

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Date: 2/25/17 6:17 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk
About 20 stopped for a visit this morning. 3 male and one female wood duck were romping in an open section of the Mousam on Friday...also heard a Killdeer flying north--no imitators--the real thing!! Red breasted nuthatch appeared for first time in over 2 years...may not be Spring yet but it sure is a nice break...Sharon in West Kennebunk

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Date: 2/25/17 4:18 am
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bald Eagles in Holden
I am in Holden and wonder where you're seeing the eagles.

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> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good look, particularly four at a time.
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Date: 2/25/17 4:15 am
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bald Eagles in Holden
I

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Date: 2/25/17 4:13 am
From: David Lewis <radsboy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Mourning Doves
13 or 14 mourning doves out in the dooryard this morning in Belmont.

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Date: 2/24/17 3:24 pm
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
We had a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this afternoon, first ones seen
this winter.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 2/24/17 2:42 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24
Hi all,

Some more of my observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
- 1 Northern Shrike, Merrill Road, Freeport, 2/18 and 2/24.
- 1 PACIFIC LOON (likely same bird as we found at the Cliff House a couple of weeks ago) with a distant raft of Common Loons (too far for photos), off Marginal Way, Ogunquit, 2/19 (With Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 1 continuing NORTHERN PINTAIL X MALLARD hybrid and three continuing Wood Ducks, Abbott's Pond, York, 2/19 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group).
- 4 Pine Grosbeaks, Orono Bog at Stillwater Avenue, Bangor/Orono, 2/20 (with Jeannette).
- 10 Pine Grosbeaks, Littlefield Gardens, University of Maine at Orono, 2/20 (with Jeannette).
- immature male and female KING EIDERS continue, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with Jeannette).
- 1 adult and 1-2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with Jeannette).
- about 250 Greater and Lesser Scaup (exact proportions indecipherable as they were actively diving along with a raft of White-winged Scoters and Common Eider), Wharton Point, Brunswick, 2/23.

-Derek

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Date: 2/24/17 1:19 pm
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Iceland gulls Portland
Heather Higbee and I spent the afternoon on the Portland Fish Pier and did find the two Iceland gulls reported before.
They were on the end of the dock at 400 Commercial Street. Also 3 beautiful male long-tailed ducks, a mockingbird, lots of eiders,
one common loon. We tried for peregrines under the Casco Bay Bridge, but no luck.


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