Maine-birds
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4/25/18 7:07 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] purple martins in Belgrade
4/25/18 6:00 am Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> [Maine-birds] Re: Yellow-rump Warnlers
4/25/18 5:48 am <heatherrutledge...> [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
4/25/18 5:44 am <heatherrutledge...> [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
4/24/18 5:11 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/24/18 4:39 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (24 Apr 2018) 674 Raptors
4/24/18 12:51 pm 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Yellow-rump Warnlers
4/24/18 12:07 pm Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...> Re: [Maine-birds] White-throated Sparrow, Skowhegan
4/24/18 12:01 pm Joanne Stevens <joshawk...> [Maine-birds] Iceland Gull--Ricker Rd. Saco
4/24/18 10:43 am 'Leon mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Louisiana Waterthrush
4/24/18 8:44 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Chukar and Northern Bobwhite at Kennebunk Plains
4/24/18 8:12 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] White-throated Sparrow, Skowhegan
4/24/18 7:15 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] new arrivals-Kennebunk
4/24/18 6:57 am Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> Re: [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
4/24/18 6:52 am Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...> [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
4/24/18 6:19 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
4/23/18 9:47 pm Sean S <therefromhere168...> [Maine-birds] Flyover American Bitterns
4/23/18 9:39 pm Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...> [Maine-birds] Blue ribeK Vinylhaven
4/23/18 8:37 pm Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...> [Maine-birds] Black vulture Handcock
4/23/18 6:30 pm Karen Burke <karendowneast...> [Maine-birds] Glossy Ibis
4/23/18 3:59 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/23: 368 raptors.
4/23/18 3:46 pm Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] 23 April Bar Harbor Broad-winged Hawk
4/23/18 3:41 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Palm Warblers
4/23/18 1:04 pm Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] FOY WT Sparrow
4/23/18 8:51 am 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird
4/22/18 4:32 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Apr 2018) 173 Raptors
4/22/18 11:02 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Brown-headed Cowbird
4/22/18 9:29 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Pine Warbler, Skowhegan
4/21/18 8:06 pm Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Re: Magic regained: Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth//Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warblers,etc.
4/21/18 8:02 pm Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> [Maine-birds] Green winged teal, Belgrade
4/21/18 4:21 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Apr 2018) 121 Raptors
4/21/18 4:13 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/21/18 3:21 pm Tammy Packie <tpackie...> [Maine-birds] FOY birds
4/21/18 2:55 pm <moodylts...> Re: [Maine-birds] osprey
4/21/18 9:03 am Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Magic regained: Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth//Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warblers,etc.
4/21/18 6:37 am Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> [Maine-birds] osprey
4/21/18 5:19 am Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Re: [Maine-birds] Osprey- Lamoine, Hermit thrush-MDI, Great Egrets -Wash. Co.
4/21/18 5:13 am Carol Muth <suzmuth...> [Maine-birds] Osprey- Lamoine, Hermit thrush-MDI, Great Egrets -Wash. Co.
4/21/18 4:22 am cadmando <cadman2...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 6:20 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Apr 2018) 28 Raptors
4/20/18 5:57 pm Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 5:22 pm Becky Marvil <bmarvil...> [Maine-birds] FOY Towhee, Swamp Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Chipping Sparrow, and Pine Warbler
4/20/18 5:15 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 4/14-20
4/20/18 3:48 pm Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 3:06 pm <cathie.murray...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 12:16 pm Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] wood ducks in trees - Kennebunk
4/20/18 12:13 pm Sharon F. <sfinley111...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 11:06 am William Otto <william.otto...> Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/20/18 9:28 am 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
4/19/18 9:00 pm Elias B. <ebbornhofft...> [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth ~ Pond cove
4/19/18 4:42 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Bufflehead
4/19/18 3:57 pm Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...> [Maine-birds] Hancock and MDI
4/19/18 3:54 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Apr 2018) 100 Raptors
4/19/18 2:59 pm Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] Red-shouldered Hawks, etc., Camden-area
4/19/18 2:42 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
4/19/18 12:22 pm 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron
4/18/18 3:32 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Apr 2018) 189 Raptors
4/18/18 9:57 am 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snowy Egret
4/18/18 8:13 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes, Cornville
4/18/18 8:00 am 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Wood Thrush
4/17/18 5:06 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Apr 2018) 35 Raptors
4/17/18 4:26 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
4/17/18 12:34 pm Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Kennebunk Plains: Common Mergansers, FOY Field Sparrows, possible Vespers
4/17/18 12:20 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] red bellied and cormorant
4/16/18 5:51 pm Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> Re: [Maine-birds] Thrushes & unusual E Phoebe behavior
4/16/18 4:09 pm 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Thrushes & unusual E Phoebe behavior
4/16/18 3:37 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Apr 2018) Raptors
4/16/18 2:52 pm Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> [Maine-birds] Wood Ducks
4/16/18 2:08 pm Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] Savannah Sparrow in Sidney
4/16/18 11:21 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] Also had 2 hermit thrushes for the day Sunday in K'bunk
4/16/18 11:20 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] Busy Kennebunk Sunday
4/16/18 10:50 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Hermit & Flicker Pairs
4/16/18 10:49 am Donald Tucker <don35...> [Maine-birds] Phoebe Chippies
4/16/18 8:02 am 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] FOYs
4/16/18 6:51 am Robert O'Connell <flashart123...> [Maine-birds] Cumberland Thrushes
4/16/18 6:03 am <rines.jan...> [Maine-birds] Re: Veery
4/15/18 4:24 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Apr 2018) Raptors
4/15/18 11:52 am Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> [Maine-birds] Common Goldeneye
4/15/18 11:25 am Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> Re: [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
4/15/18 11:22 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] FOYs
4/15/18 11:01 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Veery
4/15/18 10:58 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Pinewarbler
4/15/18 10:57 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Pinewarbler
4/15/18 10:56 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Pine warbler
4/15/18 10:53 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Line warbler
4/15/18 10:51 am <welaverty...> [Maine-birds] Eastern Towhee
4/15/18 10:46 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Pine warbler
4/15/18 10:43 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Line warbler on suet.
4/15/18 10:03 am Bill Grabin <grabin137...> [Maine-birds] FOY PINE WARBLER in Kennebunk
4/15/18 8:49 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows CN
4/15/18 8:25 am Tammy Packie <tpackie...> Fwd: [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
4/15/18 5:50 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Warren geese
4/15/18 5:38 am Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
4/15/18 4:55 am Lena Moser <lenamoser3...> [Maine-birds] Re: FOYs in Saco/Biddeford
4/15/18 4:52 am Lena Moser <lenamoser3...> [Maine-birds] FOYs in Saco/Biddeford
4/15/18 4:43 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Bucksport and Deer Isle
4/15/18 3:44 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Great blue heron
4/14/18 8:41 pm Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> Re: [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bar Harbor, 4/14
4/14/18 5:32 pm 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron
4/14/18 3:14 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (14 Apr 2018) 5 Raptors
4/14/18 3:01 pm Christine Roberts <christine51...> [Maine-birds] Belfast: peregrine and kingfisher
4/14/18 2:56 pm Paul Miller <pjmillersemail...> [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
4/14/18 1:52 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Pine Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, etc
4/14/18 1:01 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow
4/14/18 12:26 pm Paul Miller <bikerbirder...> [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
4/14/18 12:03 pm Paul Miller <bikerbirder...> [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
4/14/18 12:01 pm Paul Miller <bikerbirder...> [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
4/14/18 10:30 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Palm Warblers, Kinglets etc in Arundel/Kennebunk
4/14/18 9:58 am Bill Grabin <grabin...> [Maine-birds] FOY PINE WARBLER in Kennebunk
4/14/18 8:46 am Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...> [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Hamilton Pond, MDI, 4/14
4/14/18 8:45 am Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bar Harbor, 4/14
4/14/18 4:29 am Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> Re: [Maine-birds] Tree Sparrows
4/13/18 8:05 pm Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] West Kennebunk arrivals / Timber Point
4/13/18 6:37 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/13/18 5:06 pm Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Pied billed grebe and dc cormorant
4/13/18 5:03 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
4/13/18 4:39 pm <gertie443...> [Maine-birds] Florida Lake
4/13/18 3:43 pm <cathie.murray...> [Maine-birds] FOY Merlin in Hallowell
4/13/18 3:23 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (13 Apr 2018) 56 Raptors
4/13/18 3:13 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 4/7-13
4/13/18 2:38 pm Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] Introducing the Maine Bird Atlas
4/13/18 10:21 am William Reid <williamfreid...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: FOY Turkey Vulture, Skowhegan
4/13/18 10:16 am Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Gold Crowned Kinglets, Palm Warbler - Monhegan
4/13/18 7:42 am AMF <znse37...> [Maine-birds] Tree Swallows are back flying around like excited kids. - Benton - Sebasticook River
4/12/18 6:15 pm Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...> [Maine-birds] Woodcock in Holden
4/12/18 4:56 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2018) 117 Raptors
4/12/18 4:51 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
4/12/18 4:18 pm William Reid <williamfreid...> [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture, Skowhegan
4/12/18 3:42 pm Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> [Maine-birds] Wells Reserve report
4/12/18 2:48 pm <rines.jan...> [Maine-birds] Re: FOY: E. Phoebes, Little Deer Isle
4/12/18 12:54 pm Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Herring Gull, Skowhegan
4/12/18 11:44 am doug wilson <wilsonforge...> [Maine-birds] FOY: E. Phoebes, Little Deer Isle
4/12/18 10:30 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Osprey, Skowhegan
4/12/18 10:24 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Herring Gull, Skowhegan
4/12/18 9:52 am Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> Re: [Maine-birds] Spring hits Unity
4/12/18 9:44 am Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> [Maine-birds] PAWA & OSPR - Eastern Promenade
4/12/18 9:43 am Donald Tucker <don35...> [Maine-birds] Migrants
4/12/18 9:40 am Tammy Packie <tpackie...> [Maine-birds] FOY phoebe
4/12/18 7:42 am tom A <tom.aversa...> [Maine-birds] Spring hits Unity
4/12/18 6:51 am Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...> [Maine-birds] tree swallows in Sidney
4/12/18 6:45 am Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> [Maine-birds] Snowy Egret Porter’s Landing Freeport
4/12/18 5:18 am Denise Johnson <dpj113...> [Maine-birds] Finally - Phoebe
4/11/18 3:33 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (11 Apr 2018) 61 Raptors
4/11/18 12:28 pm Robert Ostrowski <rjostrowski...> [Maine-birds] Fish Crows Nesting in Bangor, 4/11
4/11/18 11:53 am rob speirs <rspeirs1...> [Maine-birds] Wilsons Snipe - Springbrook Farm, Greely Rd, Cumberland
4/11/18 11:15 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Bluebird, Skowhegan
4/11/18 10:32 am Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> [Maine-birds] Great Cormorant Andro River Durham
4/11/18 9:48 am Bob Crowley <crbob...> [Maine-birds] White fronted Goose, East Conway, NH
4/11/18 6:05 am Monica Grabin <grabinmonica...> [Maine-birds] Kingfisher on Estes Lake
4/10/18 4:06 pm Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Hooded mergansers
4/10/18 3:05 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (10 Apr 2018) 17 Raptors
4/10/18 3:04 pm Tammy Packie <tpackie...> [Maine-birds] FOY killdeer
4/10/18 12:15 pm Rich MacDonald <rich...> [Maine-birds] MDI bluebird & Osprey
4/10/18 12:06 pm A. P. A. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...> [Maine-birds] possible nesting bald eagles at the lagoons restrictions
4/10/18 11:44 am Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...> [Maine-birds] Clay-colored Sparrow in Falmouth
4/10/18 11:35 am Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/10/18 7:20 am Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...> [Maine-birds] FOY Red-bellied Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe in Brunswick
4/10/18 5:37 am Allison Wells <awells...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese in Farmington, Wigeon in S Gardiner
4/10/18 3:35 am tom A <tom.aversa...> [Maine-birds] Re: Tree Sparrows
4/9/18 4:04 pm Linda Woodard <lwoodard...> [Maine-birds] Redhead
4/9/18 3:51 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (09 Apr 2018) 12 Raptors
4/9/18 1:08 pm Donald Tucker <don35...> [Maine-birds] Tree Sparrows
4/9/18 12:48 pm Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/9/18 11:03 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and ringnecks
4/9/18 9:13 am Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...> [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and ringneck ducks in pond on left Silas Brown road off of route 5, Waterboro. Nice raft.
4/9/18 8:22 am 'e' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese
4/9/18 7:39 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] tree and chipping sparrow
4/8/18 6:29 pm Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...> [Maine-birds] sandhill cranes today
4/8/18 4:56 pm RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
4/8/18 3:28 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (08 Apr 2018) 23 Raptors
4/8/18 12:17 pm Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese
4/8/18 10:13 am 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Snow geese
4/8/18 9:35 am Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...> [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes, Norridgewock
4/8/18 5:25 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird brief stopover this morning
4/7/18 5:38 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (07 Apr 2018) 10 Raptors
4/7/18 3:41 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] Messalonskee marsh
4/7/18 7:17 am Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
4/7/18 6:02 am Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Re: Northern Shoveler on Mill Creek Pond
4/6/18 4:18 pm Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> [Maine-birds] Northern Shoveler on Mill Creek Pond
4/6/18 3:52 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (06 Apr 2018) 23 Raptors
4/6/18 3:51 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 3/31-4/6
4/6/18 2:21 pm Jay Kenneal <jkenneal...> [Maine-birds] FOY Piping Plover -4/5/18 West end of Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport
4/6/18 6:04 am 'Wnder' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] FOY Cormorant
4/5/18 5:54 pm Garrett Erickson-Harris <maine.gman...> [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes Kennebunk
4/5/18 3:37 pm Rich MacDonald <rich...> [Maine-birds] MDI FOYs
4/5/18 3:28 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (05 Apr 2018) 9 Raptors
4/5/18 2:06 pm Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...> [Maine-birds] Lesser Yellowlegs at Maquoit Bay / Wharton Point?
4/5/18 9:22 am wrenyen <medea.steinman...> [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/5/18 8:34 am Paul Wells <pfwells51...> [Maine-birds] Osprey nest in Fore River estuary
4/4/18 5:21 pm Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz...> [Maine-birds] FOY American Woodcock, Buxton
4/4/18 4:49 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (04 Apr 2018) Raptors
4/4/18 1:14 pm Donna Cundy <dkcundy...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan
4/4/18 9:19 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] FOY Common Loon, Skowhegan
4/4/18 9:13 am Jeff Wells <jwboreal...> [Maine-birds] Swallows, phoebe, mergs in Gardiner
4/4/18 9:12 am Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> Re: [Maine-birds] More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/4/18 8:27 am 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Willowdale golf course pond,Scarborough
4/4/18 6:06 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> RE: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/4/18 5:53 am Jeff Wells <jwboreal...> Fwd: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/4/18 4:40 am LNO/MWA <marka...> [Maine-birds] Ibis and Egrets
4/3/18 3:06 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (03 Apr 2018) 38 Raptors
4/3/18 2:29 pm <cathie.murray...> [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/3/18 10:18 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Am Wigeon, Skowhegan
4/3/18 9:33 am Jeff Wells <jwboreal...> [Maine-birds] More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
4/3/18 6:15 am Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> [Maine-birds] Snow Geese in Caribou
4/2/18 4:42 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] red tails
4/2/18 3:58 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (02 Apr 2018) 56 Raptors
4/2/18 10:57 am Bob Knight <bob...> [Maine-birds] Brooksville, spring is almost here
4/2/18 7:59 am Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> [Maine-birds] Tree Swallows - Gardiner
4/2/18 7:47 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] Swallow Kennebunk
4/2/18 7:18 am M. Calien Lewis <silberose...> [Maine-birds] Snowy egret
4/2/18 4:49 am AMF <znse37...> [Maine-birds] 3 FOY American Kestrel - Benton
4/1/18 8:29 pm AMF <znse37...> [Maine-birds] Three Kestrel arrived today. They nest in the barn eaves - Benton
4/1/18 5:58 pm <gertie443...> [Maine-birds] Bluebirds
4/1/18 5:26 pm 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Fwd: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2018) 337 Raptors
4/1/18 4:55 pm 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] FOY Kestrel, Cranes (Pittsfield)
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Date: 4/25/18 7:07 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] purple martins in Belgrade
I was excited to see purple martins in Belgrade today. Welcome back!

Julia

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Date: 4/25/18 6:00 am
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Yellow-rump Warnlers
One in Belgrade yesterday, along with a white-throated sparrow and a ruby
crowned kinglet.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:51:49 PM UTC-4, Nancy Schwarzel wrote:
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>
> 6 +? were at 1st pond at Evergreen Cemetery
> Portland
> A Brief stop in between appts
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Date: 4/25/18 5:48 am
From: <heatherrutledge...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
Sorry, in Eliot, Me.

-Heather Rutledge

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Date: 4/25/18 5:44 am
From: <heatherrutledge...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Goose
Snow Goose in field right next to Marshwood Middle School, as of 8 am this
morn. Initially found by Dave Tucker :)

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Date: 4/24/18 5:11 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 24, 7:30 am
White-throated Sparrow on School Street in Dexter
Savannah Sparrow at Lake Wasookeag, Dexter

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/24/18 4:39 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (24 Apr 2018) 674 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 24, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 360 564
> Osprey 19 239 239
> Bald Eagle 0 18 73
> Northern Harrier 7 67 70
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 58 261 282
> Cooper's Hawk 1 35 56
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 28 74
> Broad-winged Hawk 467 1106 1106
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 77 180
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 112 212 221
> Merlin 3 26 29
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 0 4 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 4 11 13
> Total: 674 2452 2924
>
>
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch, Levi Burford, Mathew Gilbert
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 9 visitors today. Thank you to everyone who helped spot with me. I'm glad people who have been coming up were rewarded with a good flight.
>
> Weather:
> I was finally greeted with conditions I had been daydreaming about for a while now. Winds were light for most of the day, and blowing from the S and SW, precisely the direction we've been lacking this season. High temps were just shy of 70 degrees. Clouds were high, thin and a little scattered, allowing for plenty of sunshine to reach the ground for thermal production. By the late afternoon winds had shifted to more S and SSE, with greatly increased wind speeds. The high winds may have reduced thermals, and created more effort for birds, which may be why we saw a big reduction in numbers during the later hours.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A big day! I may not have showed it while on the summit, but I was super excited with how the day played out. Birds were all over the sky, the majority of which were Broad-wings, Sharpies, and Kestrels, a personal favorite. Local birds were milling about, especially a pair of Cooper's Hawks, who gave us some great displays at the end of the day. Two Broad-wings locked talons and tumbled towards the ground, disappearing behind a ridge-line. I had never seen this behavior from Broad-wings before. I couldn't tell if it was a male and female, or possibly two males in a good old fashioned dust-up. A low and close Merlin was a nice treat in the earlier part of the day.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A few more passerines were on the move today, but with the abundance of raptors, it is highly likely I missed some. A First-of-season Purple Martin flew over the summit around midday. Birds deemed migrating included: 152 Common Grackles 49 Double-crested Cormorants 34 Blackbird Spp. 10 Tree Swallows 9 Cananda Geese 6 Barn Swallows
>
> Predictions:
> Onshore winds from the SE will keep temps much lower than today. Wind speeds are predicted to be around 10 mph, from the S, shifting to more SE as the day progresses. Skies should be cloudy, with rain moving in, becoming heavier towards the afternoon.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/24/18 12:51 pm
From: 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow-rump Warnlers

6 +? were at 1st pond at Evergreen Cemetery
Portland
A Brief stop in between appts
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Date: 4/24/18 12:07 pm
From: Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] White-throated Sparrow, Skowhegan
Had one singing in my Brunswick yard this morning!

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> I just heard him singing. Also saw a Rc Kinglet.
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Date: 4/24/18 12:01 pm
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Iceland Gull--Ricker Rd. Saco
I saw an Iceland Gull hanging out with a Herring Gull at the
agricultural fields on Ricker Rd. in Saco this afternoon.  All white
gull, smaller than Herring, mostly dark bill.

Joanne Stevens

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Date: 4/24/18 10:43 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Louisiana Waterthrush
While fishing on the Pleasant River in Windham today (4/24) I heard and saw a Louisiana Waterthrush. The location is on Windham Center Road (WCR) about a half mile from WCR intersects rte 202. If your coming from 202 turn west onto WCR and you will see the town garage on your left and then go down hill to where the Pleasant River crosses WCR. There is a small turnout just before you reach the bridge where you can park. The bird was on the north side of the bridge. Leon.

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Date: 4/24/18 8:44 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chukar and Northern Bobwhite at Kennebunk Plains
Hi all,

Just a heads up -- in case anyone goes birding at the Maguire Road section
of the Kennebunk Plains and spots an exotic-looking game bird, there
apparently was a stocked Chukar hunt there on Sunday. We walked there
yesterday morning (4/23) and ran into a couple of folks running dogs. They
asked if we'd seen any Chukar (!!???!), and then told us about the hunt the
previous day. Oddly enough, shortly after running into them we encountered
another oddity, a Northern Bobwhite, perhaps also one of the stockees. We
did finally see one Chukar as we neared the parking lot at the end of our
walk. Guess I can't legitimately count it as a Lifer!

On the native/wild bird front, we did see our FOY Hermit Thrush (another
turned up in our yard in West K'bunk in the afternoon), our FOY Pine
Warbler, and were able to confirm the presence of Vesper Sparrows, on which
I'd reported conditionally a few days ago. Also a Palm Warbler or two,
Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and numerous Phoebes. Not a raptor in sight,
though the hunters said that their activities on Sunday had attracted quite
the crowd.

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Date: 4/24/18 8:12 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] White-throated Sparrow, Skowhegan
I just heard him singing. Also saw a Rc Kinglet.

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Date: 4/24/18 7:15 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] new arrivals-Kennebunk
Steady influx over last 3 days; a blue winged teal, foy Pine warblers Monday evening along with ruby crowned kinglet and numerous palm warblers as of Sunday on. Numerous Osprey flybys...


Sharon in West K.

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Date: 4/24/18 6:57 am
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
In the same area as Jeff, Bowdoinham Apple Creek Farm, at dawn today, at least 12 yellow-rumped warblers in a large group, a second group in another area of the farm as well, 6 pine warblers, 2 palm warblers, chipping and white-throated sparrows also returned overnight as well as 8 common flickers, all feeding on the ground. Ruby-crowned kinglet (2) singing. Over 25 species in 2 hours.




> On Apr 24, 2018, at 9:19 AM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> wrote:
>
> From our perspective, the Birdcast forecast was pretty much on target. Here in Gardiner we had a beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak sunning himself in a bare maple tree in the backyard this morning. There were also singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a bunch of Chipping Sparrows, a boldly-plumaged White-throated Sparrow and at least eight fly-over Northern Flickers—all seemingly overnight arrivals. And the Red-bellied Woodpecker that has taken up residence in the neighborhood was calling loudly.
>
> A little late to report, but we had our first Broad-winged Hawk circling low over the house on Saturday (4/21) and enjoyed seeing a male Green-winged Teal in a little shallow pool of water in someone’s backyard in Alna later that day.
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Date: 4/24/18 6:52 am
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
Agreed, Jeff. I've been out a good part of this morning and there does seem to be a pulse after last night's conducive conditions. I've been moving around the Belgrade Lakes region and there's an uptick in both Chipping and Swamp Sparrows, Northern Flicker, and Yellow-rump Warblers. This morning was the first time I've seen Purple Martins back at their nest boxes. No grosbeak yet, but I'm optimistic!

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Date: 4/24/18 6:19 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gardiner
From our perspective, the Birdcast forecast was pretty much on target. Here in Gardiner we had a beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak sunning himself in a bare maple tree in the backyard this morning. There were also singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a bunch of Chipping Sparrows, a boldly-plumaged White-throated Sparrow and at least eight fly-over Northern Flickers-all seemingly overnight arrivals. And the Red-bellied Woodpecker that has taken up residence in the neighborhood was calling loudly.

A little late to report, but we had our first Broad-winged Hawk circling low over the house on Saturday (4/21) and enjoyed seeing a male Green-winged Teal in a little shallow pool of water in someone's backyard in Alna later that day.

Jeff and Allison Wells

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Date: 4/23/18 9:47 pm
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Flyover American Bitterns
Seen from the Spring Point Shoreway trail near Fort Preble in South
Portland late this afternoon, a flock of 4 American Bitterns flew overhead
across the ocean from the direction of Peaks Island. They were flying low
and easily recognizable, heading inland.

Nearby on Beach Street a Carolina Wren was also seen, and yesterday a
Red-bellied Woodpecker was heard calling from the woods adjoining the main
entrance to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Sean Smith

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Date: 4/23/18 9:39 pm
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Blue ribeK Vinylhaven
A blue grosbeak has been reported in Vynilhaven Monday[Image]

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Date: 4/23/18 8:37 pm
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black vulture Handcock
Reported Facebook group MAINE Birds[Image]

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Date: 4/23/18 6:30 pm
From: Karen Burke <karendowneast...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Glossy Ibis
Around 6pm at Scarborough Marsh, just off the trail, feeding in the mud.
Gorgeous bird.

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Date: 4/23/18 3:59 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/23: 368 raptors.
Hello all,

It seems that our daily summary for today’s Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch - posted via the Birdhawk Listserve - isn’t working properly at the moment, so today’s excellent count (season-to-date high) can be seen here:

https://www.hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=616&ryear=2018&rmonth=04&rday=23

-Derek

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Date: 4/23/18 3:46 pm
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 23 April Bar Harbor Broad-winged Hawk
A Broad-winged Hawk flew low over our yard twice today. There is a nest
every year in the neighborhood and when the hawks are learning to hunt on
their own we see and hear them frequently in our yard. I think the
chipmunks and red squirrels must be the attraction.
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Date: 4/23/18 3:41 pm
From: 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Palm Warblers
2 Bright Palm Warblers are hawking insects around the edge of my little lawn pond right now.John TobinScarborough

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Date: 4/23/18 1:04 pm
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY WT Sparrow

Cape Neddick west of turnpike. 4/23, 4pm

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Date: 4/23/18 8:51 am
From: 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Blackbird
It flew across Pine Pt Rd
Scarborough near Jones Creek
FOY for me
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Date: 4/22/18 4:32 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (22 Apr 2018) 173 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 15 191 191
> Bald Eagle 2 17 72
> Northern Harrier 2 50 53
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 172 193
> Cooper's Hawk 3 33 54
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 26 72
> Broad-winged Hawk 134 395 395
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 75 178
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 58 67
> Merlin 1 16 19
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 2 4 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 2 7 9
> Total: 173 1410 1882
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.25 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Derek Lovitch, Jessica Costa, Julie Krasne, Pat Moynahan
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 54 visitors came to the hawkwatch today, plus dozens more passing by the summit.
>
> Weather:
> It was a gorgeous day atop Bradbury. Temperature climbed well into the fifties at the summit. Wind speeds at the start of the day were still a little stronger than predicted, and kind of variable in their direction. Towards the afternoon hours, winds started to taper off, with some occasional gusts. Not a single cloud could be found in the sky, which made for a pleasant day, but created a lot of difficulty in spotting birds. There was a significant amount of heat shimmer, which made ID's difficult at times.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Birds were pretty spread out over the sky today. Our biggest kettle of Broad-wings was only 5, plus 1 Osprey who had joined the party.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> After heading south over the past few days, Tree Swallows were now moving north once again; 24 to be exact. Other first-of-season birds of note included: 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Barn Swallow
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow maybe greeted by cool temps, but should climb quickly, topping out around the mid fifties. Cloud cover should remain minimal again, revealing plentiful sunshine, which means thermal production for the birds. Winds at the start of the day should be out of the WNW, slowly transitioning to the SW by early afternoon. Yes you read that correctly, SW is in the forecast.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/22/18 11:02 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown-headed Cowbird
FOY Cowbird is back. Heard him before I saw him. Too bad they’re maligned bc they have no parenting skills. 2:00pm Cape Neddick, West.

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Date: 4/22/18 9:29 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine Warbler, Skowhegan
So glad to find a Pine Warbler at my feeders this morning. Has returned to the bark butter several times already.

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Date: 4/21/18 8:06 pm
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Magic regained: Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth//Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warblers,etc.
That link for those interested:ebird.org/view/checklist/S44785093

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 12:03 PM, Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
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> Spent a couple hours this morning sorting out the plethora of birds there.
> I went in hopes of seeing the Scarlet Tanager found by Bill Bunn yesterday,
> and missed that, but felt a slight sense of being overwhelmed by all that
> was around. Sorting through photographs now and I will add a link to my
> eBird report when it's completed. Can't wait to see from reports what else
> has shown up around Maine.
>
> Oh, and it's safe to say I found Spring. For reals.
>
> Enjoy, drink it in!
>
> Richard Garrigus
>
>
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Date: 4/21/18 8:02 pm
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Green winged teal, Belgrade
6 pair of Green Winged Teal were among Mallards on the Bartlett Road in
Belgrade in flooded fields. Ring Necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, and
Common Mergansers were in Belgrade Stream and the surrounding wetlands as
well as a male Harrier flying over.

At Messalonskee Boat launch 2 Pied Billed Grebe, a Harrier, a Great Blue
Heron, lots of Ring Billed Ducks; a Sandhill Crane and an Immature Eagle
flew over.


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Date: 4/21/18 4:21 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (21 Apr 2018) 121 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 25 176 176
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 1 48 51
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 162 183
> Cooper's Hawk 0 30 51
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 26 72
> Broad-winged Hawk 78 261 261
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 74 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 5 57 66
> Merlin 1 15 18
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 1 2 3
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 5 7
> Total: 121 1237 1709
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Don Thompson, Julie Krasne
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 45 people stopped at the hawkwatch, while many more loitered at the summit. At one point, the human chatter abruptly stopped, and all the visitors at the summit, about a dozen or so, were lying face up, eyes closed. The sudden silence was striking, and I quickly scanned the group for matching Nikes and purple blankets. I came to the conclusion it was just a good day to lay in the sun.
>
> Weather:
> Strong winds continued to sweep over the summit today, with speeds much stronger than the mid teens predicted. Winds were mostly northwest, which meant a little less protection from the tall pines to the north. Scope shaking, along with some heat distortion from the more abundant sun, made some distant ID's more of a challenge. The bright sun felt great, and brought temps rose up to about the mid fifties by the end of the day.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> We'er still waiting for the kettles of Broad-wings, so often talked about at hawkwatches. Not a bad day by any means; but, given the lack of close birds, the day felt slower than what the data shows.Broad-wings have mostly been arriving solo or in pairs. Raptors were quite spread out today, with no flight lines developing. Most birds were spotted high and far, with the exception of a couple Broad-wings and two Kestrels. One Osprey decided to go out of its way to harass an Eagle who seemed to be minding its own business. The final 4 hours of the count brought 11 birds each hour.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 40 Double-crested Cormorants, 37 Trees Swallows, and 2 Common Mergansers were spotted flying north. A first-of-season Northern Rough-winged Swallow was spotted today, also traveling north.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is shaping up to be a pleasant day. High should be a little warmer than today. Possibly getting close 60 degrees. Winds are still predicted to be from the northwest, but much lighter. We'll see. Cloud cover should be very minimal, or non existent in the area.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/21/18 4:13 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 21
Hudson - Eastern Bluebird several; American Goldfinch; American Kestrel
doing their hovering thing

Corinth, Robyville covered bridge - Eastern Phoebe, singing

Exeter - Common and Hooded Merganser; Great Blue Heron

Corinna, Corundel Lake - there are still 100 or more Canada Geese and 1
Snow Goose.

Newport, Durham Bridge and Sebasticook Lake - Double-crested Cormorant
Newport, County Woods Road - Tree Swallow

Many Common Loons seen.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/21/18 3:21 pm
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY birds
Yesterday & today: Hermit thrush, snipe, bittern, and cattle egret on MDI.
Happy Spring! Tammy

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Date: 4/21/18 2:55 pm
From: <moodylts...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] osprey
I travel by there every day. I saw one sitting there last week. I felt so bad I wanted to cry. I wish we could build them a nest. His expression was one of sadness. I want to know if they don't have a nest, will they nest somewhere else, either find another nest or will they nest in a tree? Will they try to rebuild their nest?

---- Janet Galle <Janetgalle...> wrote:
> At mile 32 south on 295 in Topsham, there had been a large active osprey nest for many years. This winter, it blew
> off the electric poles. Two days ago, two osprey were perched on the empty poles. On 201, parallel to 295, there is also a more recent nest and the same day I saw the two osprey, I saw a single one on 201, all nests placed on the electric lines that run across the countryside here. I have read some of the controversy about removal of these lines and the impact on osprey. Does anyone know more?
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Date: 4/21/18 9:03 am
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Magic regained: Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth//Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warblers,etc.
Spent a couple hours this morning sorting out the plethora of birds there.
I went in hopes of seeing the Scarlet Tanager found by Bill Bunn yesterday,
and missed that, but felt a slight sense of being overwhelmed by all that
was around. Sorting through photographs now and I will add a link to my
eBird report when it's completed. Can't wait to see from reports what else
has shown up around Maine.

Oh, and it's safe to say I found Spring. For reals.

Enjoy, drink it in!

Richard Garrigus

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Date: 4/21/18 6:37 am
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] osprey
At mile 32 south on 295 in Topsham, there had been a large active osprey nest for many years. This winter, it blew
off the electric poles. Two days ago, two osprey were perched on the empty poles. On 201, parallel to 295, there is also a more recent nest and the same day I saw the two osprey, I saw a single one on 201, all nests placed on the electric lines that run across the countryside here. I have read some of the controversy about removal of these lines and the impact on osprey. Does anyone know more?


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Date: 4/21/18 5:19 am
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Osprey- Lamoine, Hermit thrush-MDI, Great Egrets -Wash. Co.
Hi Carol!

Our first Ospreys in Camden were near their nesting spot on the Knox Mill
smokestack yesterday.

Kristen

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 8:13 AM Carol Muth <suzmuth...> wrote:

> April 18- A Great Egret in small pond near Rte 1, Harrington and (ten
> minutes later we saw) Another in Narragaugus River near bridge, Milbridge.
> And two Osprey sitting in the nest overlooking Mud Creek, Lamoine.
> This morning, Apr.21, one osprey on that same nest.
> Earlier this morning heard our foy Hermit Thrush, Town Hill, MDI.
> Coopers hawk in yard yesterday.
> Maybe spring is here?
>
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Date: 4/21/18 5:13 am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Osprey- Lamoine, Hermit thrush-MDI, Great Egrets -Wash. Co.
April 18- A Great Egret in small pond near Rte 1, Harrington and (ten minutes later we saw) Another in Narragaugus River near bridge, Milbridge. And two Osprey sitting in the nest overlooking Mud Creek, Lamoine.
This morning, Apr.21, one osprey on that same nest.
Earlier this morning heard our foy Hermit Thrush, Town Hill, MDI.
Coopers hawk in yard yesterday.
Maybe spring is here?



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Date: 4/21/18 4:22 am
From: cadmando <cadman2...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
I had a Fox Sparrow a couple days ago. Just passing through Bridgton, Me.
to points unknown.

On Friday, April 20, 2018 at 3:13:15 PM UTC-4, Sharon F. wrote:
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> Had one here in West Kennebunk 3 weeks ago for about a week...Sharon in
> West K.
>
>
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> *From:* 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine......>
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> Has anyone seen them this spring? I haven’t.
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Date: 4/20/18 6:20 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (20 Apr 2018) 28 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 10 151 151
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 0 47 50
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 154 175
> Cooper's Hawk 0 30 51
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 26 72
> Broad-winged Hawk 14 183 183
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 72 175
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 52 61
> Merlin 0 14 17
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 5 7
> Total: 28 1116 1588
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Steve Gruverman
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 32 visitors
>
> Weather:
> More, strong, northerly winds blew across the area again today, with occasional strong gusts. Partly cloudy skies started the day, increasing by midday, and then breaking up again by day's end. Visibility, and heat distortion, tracked in unison with the cloud cover. Temperatures climbed to a high of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit by the final hour.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Not many memorable moments related to raptors occurred today, other than the Harrier, who may have just been commuting locally. The bird appeared in a spot, elevation, and under conditions we had just been pontificating about.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Another slow day for other species. Only 21 species were seen or heard from the summit. A first-of-season kite boarder's sail was seen, miles away, in Harpswell. A good indication about the wind conditions today.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be little warmer, but we'll still be dealing with NW winds. Wind speeds should be a little lighter than today, which will be welcome. Cloud cover should be at a minimum, which means thermals for the birds, and being extra vigilant for spotters.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/20/18 5:57 pm
From: Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
Yes. Colts-foot blooming beside Kinney Woods Road in St George.
That means spring for me!
On the Jones Brook Trail, GBH, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe by the marsh/pond which the beaver has kept full this year. In fact both upper and lower dam looked to be in good shape.

> On Apr 20, 2018, at 6:48 PM, Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> wrote:
>
> I've had some Fox Sparrows, has anyone seen Spring?
>
> On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 6:06 PM, <cathie.murray...> <mailto:<cathie.murray...>> wrote:
> We've had at least one fox sparrow for a day to a week every spring for years here in Hallowell, and have been looking since March...haven't seen one yet. We were thinking they might have gone up the coast a few weeks ago, and the correspondence so far goes along with that theory. Of course, there are years when it's only here for a day, so we may have missed the visit this year. Glad to hear some of you are seeing them!
>
> On Friday, April 20, 2018 at 3:13:15 PM UTC-4, Sharon F. wrote:
> Had one here in West Kennebunk 3 weeks ago for about a week...Sharon in West K.
>
>
> From: 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine......> <>>
> Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 12:27 PM
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> Has anyone seen them this spring? I haven’t.
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Date: 4/20/18 5:22 pm
From: Becky Marvil <bmarvil...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Towhee, Swamp Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Chipping Sparrow, and Pine Warbler
This morning I was thrilled to see an Eastern Towhee at the base of my
feeders (first one I've seen in my yard since 2011). It was a nice way to
end a week of new arrivals to my yard. A Pine Warbler arrived on Apr 13th
(and is still hanging out at my feeders), a Swamp Sparrow on Apr 15th, a
Great Blue Heron on the 18th, and a Chipping Sparrow on the 19th.



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Date: 4/20/18 5:15 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 4/14-20
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days included:

- Wharton Point, Brunswick, 4/14 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group):
1 continuing female REDHEAD
1 continuing immature SNOW GOOSE
3 male NORTHERN SHOVELERS
etc. Full trip report at: https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/single-post/2018/04/14/Birdwalk-Highlights-for-414-Wharton-Point-and-Highland-Road-Brunswick
- 4 Blue-winged Teal and 15 Wilson's Snipe, Highland Road, Brunswick, 4/14 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- Mouth of the Abagadassett River, Bowdoinham, 4/15 (with Marion Sprague):
3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS
800 American Black Ducks
100 Mallards
# Mallard x American Black Duck hybrids
206 Green-winged Teal
7 Northern Pintails
5 Ring-necked Ducks
2 Common Mergansers
1 pair American Wigeon
- continuing immature SNOW GOOSE and 4 male NORTHERN SHOVELERS, Wharton Point,4/17.
- 1 drake Gadwall and 3 Blue-winged Teal, Highland Road, 4/17.
- 11 Brant, Biddeford Pool, 4/20.
- 1 Fish Crow, migrant over the store's yard, 4/20 - our 120th "Yard Bird!"

And my personal FOYs this week were as follows:
- 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, Highland Road, Brunswick, 4/15 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Auburn Riverwalk, 4/15 (with Marion Sprague).
- 1 Chipping Sparrow, feeders here at the store, 4/18.
- 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, our yard in Pownal, 4/19.
- 13 Black-crowned Night-Herons, Great Pond, Biddeford Pool, 4/20.

-Derek
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Date: 4/20/18 3:48 pm
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
I've had some Fox Sparrows, has anyone seen Spring?

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 6:06 PM, <cathie.murray...> wrote:

> We've had at least one fox sparrow for a day to a week every spring for
> years here in Hallowell, and have been looking since March...haven't seen
> one yet. We were thinking they might have gone up the coast a few weeks
> ago, and the correspondence so far goes along with that theory. Of course,
> there are years when it's only here for a day, so we may have missed the
> visit this year. Glad to hear some of you are seeing them!
>
> On Friday, April 20, 2018 at 3:13:15 PM UTC-4, Sharon F. wrote:
>>
>> Had one here in West Kennebunk 3 weeks ago for about a week...Sharon in
>> West K.
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* 'Alex Barker' via Maine birds <maine......>
>> *Sent:* Friday, April 20, 2018 12:27 PM
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>> *Subject:* [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
>>
>> Has anyone seen them this spring? I haven’t.
>>
>> Mary Lou in Sullivan
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Date: 4/20/18 3:06 pm
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
We've had at least one fox sparrow for a day to a week every spring for
years here in Hallowell, and have been looking since March...haven't seen
one yet. We were thinking they might have gone up the coast a few weeks
ago, and the correspondence so far goes along with that theory. Of course,
there are years when it's only here for a day, so we may have missed the
visit this year. Glad to hear some of you are seeing them!

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>
> Had one here in West Kennebunk 3 weeks ago for about a week...Sharon in
> West K.
>
>
> ------------------------------
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Date: 4/20/18 12:16 pm
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] wood ducks in trees - Kennebunk
Wood Duck pair were roaming through tree branches around my house at 7 a.m. She was leading and searching for nest holes-he was just kind of hanging around behind and taking an occasional flight to the river...Sharon in West K.

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Date: 4/20/18 12:13 pm
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
Had one here in West Kennebunk 3 weeks ago for about a week...Sharon in West K.


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Has anyone seen them this spring? I haven’t.

Mary Lou in Sullivan

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Date: 4/20/18 11:06 am
From: William Otto <william.otto...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
I have had a Fox Sparrow throughout winter in Machias. I regularly saw it
under my feeders. In the last three weeks, I have had 2-3 present most
days. They came in the same time I had a sudden spike from 0 to 16 song
sparrows seen out my kitchen window.

William in Machias

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Date: 4/20/18 9:28 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fox sparrows?
Has anyone seen them this spring? I haven’t.

Mary Lou in Sullivan

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Date: 4/19/18 9:00 pm
From: Elias B. <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cape Elizabeth ~ Pond cove
- Scarlet Tanager (1) fem. 1st year FOS seen Wednesday and Thursday.
- Pine Warbler (9)
- Hermit thrush (2)
- Golden crowned kinglet (10)
- E. Phoebe (12)
- Wood duck (m/f) (2)

E. Brooks

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Date: 4/19/18 4:42 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bufflehead
April 19, 3 pm - I saw 2 male Bufflehead at Alder Stream in Corinna.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/19/18 3:57 pm
From: Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hancock and MDI
Pheobe and ospreys seen in Hancock and blue heron on MDI near Renton bridge.
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Date: 4/19/18 3:54 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Apr 2018) 100 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 8 141 141
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 5 47 50
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 152 173
> Cooper's Hawk 1 30 51
> Northern Goshawk 1 2 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2 26 72
> Broad-winged Hawk 64 169 169
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 70 173
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 52 61
> Merlin 0 14 17
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 5 7
> Total: 100 1088 1560
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 20 visitors today.
>
> Weather:
> Much to my surprise, not a single minute was lost as a result of poor weather today. The heavy rain just skipped by. Occasional raindrops were enough to justify some light rain gear, but it only lasted for brief moments. The sky was cloudy all day with a mix of cloud species, which were different shades of grey, blue and orange. Winds from the WSW remained extremely light until the final two hours, when it shifted to more SSE, bringing with it some slightly cooler air.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> During the early afternoon, I was scanning the skies trying to think of anything about the day worth mentioning for the report, when a Goshawk appeared overhead to the NW. The bird was an adult, with some significant molting apparent. Both wings were missing multiple secondary feathers. The bird circled relatively low over the summit for a good two minutes, before slowly heading to the NE. I took advantage of the opportunity, and enjoyed the sight of this secretive Accipiter.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 33 species were seen or heard today, including the first of season White-throated Sparrow. Numbers remain low on northbound birds. Today's list includeds: 19 Double-crested Cormorants 7 Breat Blue Herons 5 Tree Swallows 5 American Goldfinches 1 Common Loon 1 Red-winged Blackbird
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow, we will hopefully see a little more sun than today, but it will likely be mostly cloudy. Temps should climb to the high 40's or low 50's. Winds could be strong, and coming from the NW, somewhere in the range of 12-18 mph. If birds are moving, the wind direction should help keep some of them out in front of the mountain for us.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
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Date: 4/19/18 2:59 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-shouldered Hawks, etc., Camden-area
A friend with a farm pond in Lincolnville mentioned that a Red-shouldered
Hawk had been hanging out near the pond over the last few days, making the
Hooded Mergansers there nervous.

I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk this morning that was soaring over Route
One near the Camden/Rockport town line. Driving back by that same spot this
afternoon, the (presumably) same hawk was perched on the power line.

In other FOY news, my mother, who lives upriver from us on the "mill pond"
section of Camden's Megunticook River, reports seeing her first Great Blue
Heron of the season, hunkered down on the river. Over the past week,
several Wood Ducks have been feeding on their lawn under the bird feeders,
as well.

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Date: 4/19/18 2:42 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
The Alcids returned to the island after a complete absence on and around
the island for 6 days.
In typical early-season fashion, they rafted early Wednesday afternoon and
came ashore in strength just before 16:00 hrs.
This time PUFFINS dominated and birds occupied all parts of the colonies,
albeit a bit sparsely in the most recently colonized areas.
As well as being in strength, the birds stayed overnight, in spite of a
SHARP SHINNED HAWK that repeatedly sent the seabirds scurrying for cover.
They were likely perfectly safe but a predator is a predator is a predator,
no matter its small size, and instincts won't be denied.

Today there was an adult HARRIER making passes over and near the colonies.
I've see them take Puffins even though the raptors couldn't carry the prey
and had to feed at the kill sites.
I don't know if today's predator make a kill, or even launched an attack.
However, its presence and the presence of "our" RAVENS contributed to
virtually all the Alcids leaving the island for a few hours.
Many of them returned after a period of rain dampened the predator activity
and more are arriving as the day wanes.
Nonetheless, the vacancy sign is lit for over half of the island.
(Explanation: Ravens act like and are viewed as predators by the seabirds.
They lack talons but they will kill opportunistically, using their size and
massive beaks to peck their prey. It's usually a slow, bloody death.)

Little change on the songbird front: 1 PALM WARBLE seen today; COWBIRDS
have up-ticked again; a 2nd ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK has appeared; some type
of FLYCATCHER (maybe a LEAST but not a PHOEBE) was glimpsed hawking around
the boardwalks; FLICKERS are up somewhat. I just counted 19 on the lawns
around the houses so I'd guess that there are upwards of 50 over the entire
island.

INDIGO BUNTINGS, BLUE GROSBEAKS & WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS should be arriving
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Date: 4/19/18 12:22 pm
From: 'Nancy Schwarzel' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron
4 GBH in marsh by Audubon on Pine Pt Rd Scarborough
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Date: 4/18/18 3:32 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Apr 2018) 189 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 23 133 133
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 5 42 45
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 135 156
> Cooper's Hawk 8 29 50
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 4 24 70
> Broad-winged Hawk 94 105 105
> Red-tailed Hawk 7 69 172
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 9 51 60
> Merlin 1 14 17
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 1 4 5
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 3 5 7
> Total: 189 988 1460
>
>
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.17 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Chuck Barnes, Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Judd Nathan, Lionel Quirion, Mathew Gilbert, Rick Hartzell, Susan Rowe
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 21 Visitors.
>
> Weather:
> Partly cloudy skies allowed for periods of bright sun for much of the day. By the afternoon, dense clouds moved in, keeping the summit in the shade for the last couple of hours. Temps climbed to a high of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds had a little more of a westerly component than I had anticipated, but there were occasional, brief periods of southwest.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> When I arrived at the summit, I spooked a group of three Turkey Vultures who were sitting in the sun, on the summit. They took to the air as soon as they saw me, but not before leaving me a nice parting gift to step in. A highlight for me and a few other birders, was a well lit Merlin, whose flight line brought it in low and right overhead.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> I was at the summit a little earlier today, hoping to see some songbirds moving north. Unfortunately there was not much happening. Only a handful of Cormorants and a couple of Tree Swallows were noted. No new first of season arrivals today.
>
> Predictions:
> Southwest winds in the morning may be accompanied by more rain, which could be heaviest around midday. Wind speeds should be light, becoming more variable in direction as the day progresses.Temps will be a little lower than today, probably closer to the low 40's. Maybe another washout.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/18/18 9:57 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy Egret
Saw my first today in marsh / Libby River off Black Pt Rd
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Date: 4/18/18 8:13 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes, Cornville
There are 2 Sandhill Cranes at the edge of a cornfield along Rt 150, Beckwith Rd n of James Rd.

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Date: 4/18/18 8:00 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood Thrush
Walking along marshy area with my dog a Wood Thrush landed by us and walked with us briefly
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Date: 4/17/18 5:06 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Apr 2018) 35 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 14 110 110
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 2 37 40
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 101 122
> Cooper's Hawk 2 21 42
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 20 66
> Broad-winged Hawk 3 11 11
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 62 165
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 7 42 51
> Merlin 0 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 3 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 4
> Total: 35 799 1271
>
>
> Observation start time: 11:00:00
> Observation end time: 14:00:00
> Total observation time: 2.5 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 1 visitor
>
> Weather:
> After a couple of days away, the hawkwatch was back to business, well, kind of. Morning fog and drizzle delayed the start for three hours.When I arrived at the summit, at noon, the visibility was unlimited to the south and east. Sun was poking through the dense, low cloud cover, highlighting Portland and a few islands in Casco Bay. Winds were very light, from the WSW. Areas of fog and light rain could be seen lingering to the west, some of which occasionally passed over the summit, briefly reducing visibility. By 2pm EST, drizzle turned to rain and visibility was closing in on a quarter of a mile.Local radar confirmed a large pocket of rain pinwheeling over the area, which didn't clear out in time to justify returning.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> It doesn't take much of a tailwind to convince some birds to move. The instant I got to the summit I was aware of the change in wind direction, from what we had been experiencing recently, and birds were on the wing. Sharpies and Osprey weren't going to wait for me to put down my supplies, they had places to be. I scrambled to get a closer look before they disappeared. A large percentage of birds moving north today were spotted far to the SE. Not many close encounters today.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> I saw the first Common Loon of the season headed inland, feet trailing out the backside.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks promising. Winds look to be a little strong, but from the SW, which is what we've been hoping for. Temps could climb into the lower 50's, with partly cloudy skies in the morning giving in to mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. With SW winds and more precipitation predicted for Thursday, tomorrow could be fun, as birds may be taking advantage of the breeze, and trying to avoid the approaching moisture.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/17/18 4:26 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
The yesterday's freezing rain and adverse gales, along with the overnight
tempest, wasn't particularly conducive to migration but a few birds seemed
to move as the wind shifted briefly a bit to the west.
I'm looking at a bright male ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK, feeding on the patio.
It wasn't here yesterday.

I've also been watching a CATBIRD bathing in a rain puddle. I suspect that
it's a single individual that's been hanging around for several days.
It's exceptionally flighty and ignores oranges and grapes. I'll try grape
jelly tomorrow but I think he may be one of those rare Catbirds without a
sweet tooth.

There are more CHIPPING SPARROWS & WHITE THROATED SPARROWS than we had
yesterday.
JUNCOS continue to dominate the numbers but there are lots of SONG SPARROWS
and increasing SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
Several IPSWICH type Savannahs are hanging around, too.

FLICKERS are numerous but ROBINS are diminishing and the HERMIT THRUSHES of
last week are nowhere to be found.

The various black birds have moved on, leaving a sole female BROWN HEADED
COWBIRD that is loath to abandon the white millet on the patio.

I spotted a WREN of uncertain species for a few seconds this afternoon.
They like the boulder areas and any of you who know the island will
appreciate that a large army of those tiny critters could stay
hidden there indefinitely.

No RAPTORS for two days except for a couple KESTRELS hunkered down and a
MERLIN driving through the freezing rain yesterday morning. That changed
just a bit ago with a late-day appearance of a spiffy PEREGRINE FALCON
perched on the rocks near the observation blinds.
How many songbirds do you guess are are in the open?

After a solid week of increasing ALCID presence ashore, they have not
landed for this past 4 nights nor even been present around the island.
Tonight there were a few just offshore but not really enough to form a
raft. It doesn't look promising for any of them to come ashore. Even those
few seem to be filtering away as the sun drops.

EIDERS are giving a good accounting for themselves and HARLEQUINS remain
steady.
Some SCOTERS have been around but the lion's share of the migrants tend to
pass a fair distance from us.
Also distant have been occasional LOONS but usually too high and distant to
distinguish species.

GANNETS, in particular mature adults, have been frequent today. They didn't
show any special direction of travel but they would certainly be migrants.

DOUBLE CREASTED CORMORANTS travelled past all day in small but frequent
groups. There were about 100 crowded together on Gull Rock, having a rest
but they have now departed.

Yesterday saw more WHITE WINGED GULLS than usual, likely because they were
foraging in the on-shore wind. One young GLAUCOUS GULL scaled back and
forth along our lee shore for some 3 hours, offering lots of close,
low-level observation. time.

50 to 100 GREY SEALS have been hauling out on Gull Rock recently. Among
them are a good number of this year's young.




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Date: 4/17/18 12:34 pm
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kennebunk Plains: Common Mergansers, FOY Field Sparrows, possible Vespers
A windy, fairly chilly mid-day walk around the Maguire Road section of the
Kennebunk Plains was reasonably productive, bird-wise. Big treat was 13
Common Mergansers on the pond between the Maguire Road and Route 99
sections, along with nesting Canada Geese (3 birds total) and a lone
Ring-necked Duck. Under the power lines on the south side of Maguire I
stirred up a small flock (6-10 birds) of what may have been Vesper
Sparrows. I had only a fleeting look at them, but believe that I saw the
white on their tails, and this is an area where they hang out a lot.
Further along found two FOY Field Sparrows.

Also, decent number of raptors: four Kestels, young Red-tail, probable
Harrier (brief glimpse at a great distance), lone Turkey Vulture. A few
Flickers, a pair of Bluebirds, and a fly-over by a GBH. No warblers in
sight.

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Date: 4/17/18 12:20 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] red bellied and cormorant
I walked down to the Sidney boat landing on Messalonskee Lake and was
relieved to find that many phoebes survived the ice pellets yesterday.

I also found my kestrels busy on territory on the Goodhue Road (and later
up near my house) as well as a singing savannah sparrow at the Bacon Farm.

I had a red bellied woodpecker calling that I hope will stick around for
the Breeding Bird Atlas counts--it's in my block.

Later, driving back from Augusta, I had a cormorant on a farm pond on the
Pond Road. Very strange.

Julia

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Date: 4/16/18 5:51 pm
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Thrushes & unusual E Phoebe behavior
All the thrushes I have seen are Hermit Thrush. In my experience Veeries
come later.
Dan Nickerson Freeport

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> Whole driving Blackstrap Rd in Falmouth from Portland today, several
> thrushes flew across the rd (presumably Veeries in light of the other
> postings).
> More interesting was the E Phoebe I saw land on a dead squirrel in the
> road and fly off w/ a piece of it. Glad to see it has a survival strategy
> in the freezing rain and sleet we had today.
> Lots of Wood ducks,Ringnecks, 1st of the DC Cormorants, W-T Sparrows and
> our yard Phoebe in the last couple of days in N Windham.
> Judy Scher
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Date: 4/16/18 4:09 pm
From: 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Thrushes & unusual E Phoebe behavior
Whole driving Blackstrap Rd in Falmouth from Portland today, several thrushes flew across the rd (presumably Veeries in light of the other postings).More interesting was the E Phoebe I saw land on a dead squirrel in the road and fly off w/ a piece of it.  Glad to see it has a survival strategy in the freezing rain and sleet we had today.Lots of Wood ducks,Ringnecks, 1st of the DC Cormorants, W-T Sparrows and our yard Phoebe in the last couple of days in N Windham.Judy ScherWindham

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Date: 4/16/18 3:37 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Apr 2018) Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 0 96 96
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 0 35 38
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 95 116
> Cooper's Hawk 0 19 40
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 20 66
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 8 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 61 164
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 35 44
> Merlin 0 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 3 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 4
> Total: 0 764 1236
>
>
> (No count conducted today)
>
>
> Weather:
> Sleet, ice, rain. You name it, we had it today. No hawk counters made it to the summit.
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
>
> Predictions:
> There may be a few lingering showers to start the day tomorrow. But, the promise of southwest winds and warming temperatures are intriguing. Cloud cover for most of the day may limit thermal development, but some birds may be moving, at least while the winds are not gusting too much.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/16/18 2:52 pm
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood Ducks
4 Wood ducks landed in my oak tree out back today and stayed for about 40
min. in North Belgrade. What a surprise!

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Date: 4/16/18 2:08 pm
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Savannah Sparrow in Sidney
A savannah sparrow with its unmistakable yellow lores is hanging out with
several song sparrows under my feeder, sifting through the frozen white
stuff for treats.

Julia

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Date: 4/16/18 11:21 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Also had 2 hermit thrushes for the day Sunday in K'bunk


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Date: 4/16/18 11:20 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Busy Kennebunk Sunday
Spent rotten Sunday bird watching thru the windows at home; counted 22 species including many, many grackles/red wings, 40 + robins visiting for the day, 2 sodden phoebes catching worms in my garden, a brief stop in by the pileated, a flicker taking advantage of suet cakes and the first eastern towhee of the year. Song, tree, and chipping sparrows also joined in with the regular diners. Went thru lots and lots of seed and suet! Sharon in West Kennebunk

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Date: 4/16/18 10:50 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hermit & Flicker Pairs

4/16 12:40pm
A beautiful pair of YS Flickers in the pouring rain on the forest floor and up the big pines. Same time, about 10’ away, a lovely pair of Hermit Thrushes. Sure sweetens the gloomy day :-) Cape Neddick, West .

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Date: 4/16/18 10:49 am
From: Donald Tucker <don35...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Phoebe Chippies
North Berwick chipping sparrows and Phoebe arrived on the 13th. Phoebe
definitely did not look happy this morning in my ice covered yard.

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Date: 4/16/18 8:02 am
From: 'Barbara' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] FOYs
Phoebe here last week also. One has often nested in my yard. No feeders up yet.

First Red-bellied Woodpecker, not often seen from my yard.
Good to be back to a real Spring after being in boring 😉 CA for the winter.
Barbara
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> Phoebe showed up this afternoon, single quiet bird feeding on the lawn. Also Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
> center Montville.
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Date: 4/16/18 6:51 am
From: Robert O'Connell <flashart123...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cumberland Thrushes
Having been away the last 2 weeks in Alabama, I returned to a noticeable uptick in AMRO’s. Not only is our nesting pair back and fine tuning the nest area, there have been many more in the neighborhood fields as well. In addition 2 hermit thrushes have been present in my yard at the same time, one under my feeders and the other in the back yard picking through leaf litter. A walk through the trails at the Knights Pond Preserve up on the Bruce Hill part mostly, we encountered 3 more hermit thrushes and one more possible Swainson’s/Gray Cheeked thrush. Not 100% sure on the last one as I did not have my binoculars but it was larger than the others and more heavily spotted on the belly down closer to the legs, and the face stood out to have more of that “spectacled” look. I will just say it looked different enough from the others to stand out. Our intent during the walk was to repel the evil ice monsters that were remaining on the hill so we had to choose our weapons carefully. I chose a staff over binoculars. I may have thought differently if I knew they were calling in the reinforcements last night. 😊



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Date: 4/16/18 6:03 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Veery
I saw one yesterday, too.

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:01:20 PM UTC-4, Joan carkhuff wrote:
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> Veery thrush on the ground under suet feeder. Collecting crumbs?

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Date: 4/15/18 4:24 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Apr 2018) Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 0 96 96
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 0 35 38
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 95 116
> Cooper's Hawk 0 19 40
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 20 66
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 8 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 61 164
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 35 44
> Merlin 0 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 3 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 4
> Total: 0 764 1236
>
>
> (No count conducted today)
>
>
> Weather:
> Today's count was cancelled due to inclement weather, which included, rain and sleet. Average air temp was 28.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds were predominantly from the NE at about 9 mph, as recorded at Portland International Jetport.
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow will remain unseasonably cold, with high wind speeds in the mid twenty mph range, and gusting well into the thirties. Wind direction will be mostly out of the east. There is also a high probability of rain predicted for the area as well. I suspect Derek and Jeannette won't be spending much time on the mountain tomorrow, if they make it there at all.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/15/18 11:52 am
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Common Goldeneye
My husband and I counted 15 Common Goldeneye at the Eddy around the island in Skowhegan.

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Date: 4/15/18 11:25 am
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
Practically made a career out of tracking this one down, with no luck, but
lots of other good sightings along the way. As well as some new
acquaintances.
Always a treat regardless of success or failure on "target".

Richard Garrigus


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>
> Went out this morning after walking the dogs. No sign. Cold & windy.
> Probably no insects either. T & Rob
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> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 8:38 AM, Sean Hatch <seanarih...> wrote:
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>> Any reports today from Hamilton Pond?
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Date: 4/15/18 11:22 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOYs
Phoebe showed up this afternoon, single quiet bird feeding on the lawn. Also Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

center Montville.


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Date: 4/15/18 11:01 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Veery
Veery thrush on the ground under suet feeder. Collecting crumbs?

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Date: 4/15/18 10:58 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pinewarbler
On suet feeder in Cornish

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Date: 4/15/18 10:57 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pinewarbler
On suet in Clrnish

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Date: 4/15/18 10:56 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine warbler
Also have Pine warbler on suet feeder.came in with one every on ground and phoebe by barn.

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Date: 4/15/18 10:53 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Line warbler
Yes, I also have pine warbler on suet feeder. Also phoebe has returned to yard. And one every thrush on ground under feeder. Maybe picking up spills from suet? Cornish

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Date: 4/15/18 10:51 am
From: <welaverty...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Eastern Towhee
As usual at our house an Eastern Towhee appears just about this time (April14th). It walks into the yard and walks for the bird feeders and always comes thru the same path to the yard!! Unfortunately only lasts a few hours before it left

Bill & Paul Laverty
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Date: 4/15/18 10:46 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine warbler
Yes, I also have line warbler on suet. Cornish

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Date: 4/15/18 10:43 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Line warbler on suet.
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Date: 4/15/18 10:03 am
From: Bill Grabin <grabin137...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY PINE WARBLER in Kennebunk
Not exactly a violet-green swallow, but a Pine Warbler landed about noon
yesterday on our suet. And within a few minutes, a phoebe and a chippie.
So a nice little mixed flock of incoming migrants.

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Date: 4/15/18 8:49 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Chipping Sparrows CN
Hearing Chipping Sparrows for two days, got my visual today. Cape Neddick, west of Rt 95.

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Date: 4/15/18 8:25 am
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Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
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Went out this morning after walking the dogs. No sign. Cold & windy.
Probably no insects either. T & Rob

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Date: 4/15/18 5:50 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Warren geese
Hi,

A flock of 40 snow geese remains in the large pasture area across from the Maine State Prison Farm on RTE 97 in Warren. One goose is an immature blue-form bird. Several hundred herring gulls, ringed-bills, scattered Great Black-backed and a single adult Lesser Black-backed are present. Viewers should use the dirt access road on right just south of the prison entrance. Prison staff are sensitive to folks with binoculars and other surveillance devices in the facility parking area. (Trust me on this one!)

Don

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Date: 4/15/18 5:38 am
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Swallow updates
Any reports today from Hamilton Pond?

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Date: 4/15/18 4:55 am
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: FOYs in Saco/Biddeford
I forgot to add that we also had a WINTER WREN (FOY) at Horton Woods in
Saco as well.

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Date: 4/15/18 4:52 am
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOYs in Saco/Biddeford
Yesterday I didn't have a chance to post, but yesterday (4/14) at Horton
Woods in Saco, Brad Moser and I had a few FOYs and other highlights: PALM
WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, several RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a high count of
16 HERMIT THRUSHES. They seemed to be around every corner! A lovely FOX
SPARROW briefly showed himself, too.

Also yesterday, at the Spurwink River Crossing in Scarborough, we had two
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and two GLOSSY IBIS. Four days ago on Hills Beach Road
in Biddeford, I had a flyover GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Chipping Sparrows,
White-throated Sparrows, and Eastern Phoebes have taken over our yard as of
last week, and just yesterday, we had a gorgeous PINE WARBLER feeding on
our suet. Ha... I just turned my head to look out the window, and the Pine
Warbler is right there, munching away at the suet as I type this.

Cheers,
Lena Moser, Biddeford
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Date: 4/15/18 4:43 am
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bucksport and Deer Isle
Saturday - Snowy Egret on Deer Isle in the freshwater pond near the Causeway

- Kestrel on the power line by the blueberry barrens on Route 199 - Penobscot

- Woodcock calling in our field on Route 46 in Bucksport

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Date: 4/15/18 3:44 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great blue heron
Children's fishing pond FS Carroll property Limerick Maine

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Date: 4/14/18 8:41 pm
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bar Harbor, 4/14
A quick update: the Violet-green Swallow was seen at Hamilton Pond until around 3:35PM. It stayed in the northeast corner, best viewed from Norway Drive, and occasionally alit on a small spruce in the yard to the north. It was last seen flying over the trees west toward the rest of the pond but wasn’t seen over the next hour. Winds were picking up and hail started shortly after so perhaps the bird was clearing out before the bad weather. I’d still encourage people to check this area of the pond tomorrow if looking for the bird.

Congrats again to Nathan Dubrow on a great find!

Good birding,


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> Nathan Dubrow just posted photos of a Violet-green Swallow at Hamilton Pond in Bar Harbor on the Maine Rare Bird Alert Facebook group. Incredible find - first for the state.
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Date: 4/14/18 5:32 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron
This evening saw a Great Blue Heron on the L side of Pine Pt Rd passed Audubon and before the Eastern trail
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Date: 4/14/18 3:14 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (14 Apr 2018) 5 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 3 96 96
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 1 35 38
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 95 116
> Cooper's Hawk 0 19 40
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 20 66
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 8 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 61 164
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 35 44
> Merlin 0 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 3 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 4
> Total: 5 764 1236
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 64 Visitors
>
> Weather:
> It was back to being raw, cold, and breezy today. Fitting for the season. Winds were persistent and from the northerly direction all day, which helped to cool the already low air temps. Cloud cover blocked any signs of the sun for the duration of the count. The lack of sun eliminated most of the heat distortion, which made for some of the most spectacular visibility yet, this season.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Raptors were hard to come by today. Even local birds took the day off. One of the reasons I think I ended up with any migrants today, was due to the clear viewing conditions. On most other days, the birds counted today wouldn't have been detectable, or at least not recognizable.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A few things were on the move in the morning hours. In the afternoon there was a small reverse migration of 67 Tree Swallows. Northbound migrants included: 65 Double-crested Cormorants 30 Duck Spp. 23 Common Mergansers 7 American Goldfinch 3 American Black Duck 2 Palm Warbler 1 Killdeer 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Purple Finch
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow will remain cold, around the freezing mark. Winds will be coming mostly from the NE. The real threat to the count tomorrow is snow and sleet, which is currently predicted to be falling throughout the day. Time will tell how this all plays out.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/14/18 3:01 pm
From: Christine Roberts <christine51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Belfast: peregrine and kingfisher
Under and around the Passy bridges



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Date: 4/14/18 2:56 pm
From: Paul Miller <pjmillersemail...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
Had a FOY Kingfisher (female) perched on a branch visible from the causeway
of Moose Pond in Bridgton today (photo). Also observed a perched FOY Merlin
who was harassed by some local crows, but immediately took over the
situation and harassed them back before flying out of view.


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Date: 4/14/18 1:52 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, etc
  Pine Warbler is singing here in Scarborough right on schedule in spite of the raw weather. Also seeing Kinglets, Fox Sparrow, Song and White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finches, etc

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Date: 4/14/18 1:01 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Song Sparrow
FOY Song Sparrow skulking about in the garden today.


Sarah

Center Montville

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Date: 4/14/18 12:26 pm
From: Paul Miller <bikerbirder...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
Also a Merlin

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Date: 4/14/18 12:03 pm
From: Paul Miller <bikerbirder...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
FOY Belted Kingfisher on the Moose Pond causeway in Bridgton today.

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Date: 4/14/18 12:01 pm
From: Paul Miller <bikerbirder...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kingfisher
FOY Kingfisher today at Moose Pond In Bridgton today (4-14).

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Date: 4/14/18 10:30 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Palm Warblers, Kinglets etc in Arundel/Kennebunk
Just home from a walk on the Eastern Trail, south from the Limerick Road
trailhead in Arundel to the bridge over the Maine Tpk in Kennebunk (York
County). The area where the trail crosses the Kennebunk River is a bit of a
birding hot spot, but hadn't expected to find much there today. Pleasantly
surprised to see a few FOYs -- Palm Warblers (at least 4), both
Ruby-Crowned and Gold-Crowned Kinglets (at least two of each), and a single
White-throated Sparrow -- along with numerous Phoebes, Song Sparrows, and
several other expected species.

Before the walk we had a FOY Belted Kingfisher working the small pond on
Campground Road across from the Arundel Diner, near US1.

A couple of FOY Northern Flickers in the yard when we got home.


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Date: 4/14/18 9:58 am
From: Bill Grabin <grabin...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY PINE WARBLER in Kennebunk
Not exactly a violet-green swallow, but a pine warbler just landed on our
suet. And within a few minutes, a phoebe and a chippie. So a nice little
mixed flock of incoming migrants.

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Date: 4/14/18 8:46 am
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Hamilton Pond, MDI, 4/14
Just got word from Nathan Dubrow that there is a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW
currently being seen at Hamilton Pond on Mount Desert Island.


Good birding,
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Date: 4/14/18 8:45 am
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW - Bar Harbor, 4/14
Nathan Dubrow just posted photos of a Violet-green Swallow at Hamilton Pond in Bar Harbor on the Maine Rare Bird Alert Facebook group. Incredible find - first for the state.

Good birding!


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Date: 4/14/18 4:29 am
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Tree Sparrows
Tree sparrows were down in my Berwick yard this winter, too. Looking back 5
years in eBird, this was my low point for both abundance and frequency. I
was getting 1 or 2 birds on just a third of my checklists in January and
February. More typical would be several tree sparrows on most days (80-90%
of Jan-Feb checklists in 2015 and 100% in 2014).

I frequently put data into eBird but only occasionally pull particulars
out, so thanks for the prompting, Don.

While our experience might be shared, it's not super obvious that Maine, as
a whole, saw the drop-off this winter. The 5-year chart for the state, also
generated by eBird, doesn't paint the same picture.

Happy Citizen Science Day.

Scott Richardson


On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Donald Tucker <don35...> wrote:

> It seems like there were fewer tree sparrows this winter than ever.
> Perhaps it was a local event here, but wonder about others experience.
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Date: 4/13/18 8:05 pm
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] West Kennebunk arrivals / Timber Point
Greetings,

Our first Phoebe showed up a few days ago and was joined by two others this
morning, Much squabbling ensued. First Chipping Sparrow of the year also
this morning. A few Red-winged Blackbirds have been showing up occasionally.

A visit to Timber Point in Biddeford yesterday turned up very few land
birds -- as expected -- but a Winter Wren was a nice treat.


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Date: 4/13/18 6:37 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 13 - I saw an Osprey on the nest on the Crawford Road (Sunken Bridge
Road) in Corinna. Also, at the beginning of the same road was an American
Kestrel.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/13/18 5:06 pm
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Pied billed grebe and dc cormorant
N. River Road, Auburn, Maine. One grebe and four cormorant plus several mallard and ring necks.

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Date: 4/13/18 5:03 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

Migrants are showing themselves in abundance, as indicated by the reports
coming in fast and wide-spread.

Here on the island the Sparrows continue to dominate.
We have had helicopter traffic in recent days and the birds erupting from
the vegetation when a flight came really close pointed up how few birds we
actually see.

Today has produced a large flight of TREE SWALLOWS and numerous HERMIT
THRUSHES.
One Hermit discovered well disturbed earth under and near loads awaiting
airlift and the feeding must have been VERY good.
It chose to brazen out our presence and episodes of 50 knot helicopter
down-wash. At one point it hopped onto my foot and waiting until it could
return to digging for dinner.

The songbird species list hasn't changed much since yesterday but Raptors
certainly took over today.
From a single MERLIN early this morning, we got to 2 PEREGRINES, 3 MERLINS,
2 HARRIERS, 1 KESTREL and at least 2 SHARP SHINNED HAWKS hunting the island
more or less simultaneously.
The passerines were not happy. Several experienced close escapes. Others
experienced close encounters of the fatal kind.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue strong with 3-4 dozen around the island.

Shorebirds are virtually non-existent, although a single snipe-looking bird
flashed from cover to cover this afternoon.

A fair number of Alcids stayed ashore most of yesterday and a good
contingent returned in the evening to spend the night.
The reverse was true today with very few birds on the water today and
virtually no birds came ashore this evening.



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Date: 4/13/18 4:39 pm
From: <gertie443...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Florida Lake
Hi All, I was quite excited to see a Palm Warbler (and get a photo) when I
went scouting Florida Lake! I tallied 23 species. Flicker, Chickadee,
Robin, Downy, Crow, RW Blackbird, RB Nuthatch and WB Nuthatch, Goose,
Bluebird, Ring-necked duck, Hoodies, Song Sparrows, Mallards, Phoebes,
Pewees, Eagle, lots of Tree Swallows, and Pileated. The most active were
the two Osprey diving, eating and diving again and again. Oh yes, and did I
mention the Kingfisher... also diving! Great day. New Bluebird boxes up
and a fellow fixing some Wood Duck boxes. He said he heard them, but I did
not see them.

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Date: 4/13/18 3:43 pm
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Merlin in Hallowell
Seen checking out former nesting site near downtown in the early morning today.
We have had at least one pair of merlins nesting in tall conifers in the historic section of Hallowell the last 3 years. At least two different nest sites during the 3 years. Could happen again this year.

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Date: 4/13/18 3:23 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (13 Apr 2018) 56 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 358 562
> Osprey 18 93 93
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 6 34 37
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 94 115
> Cooper's Hawk 1 19 40
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 20 66
> Broad-winged Hawk 3 8 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 61 164
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 8 35 44
> Merlin 0 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 1 3 4
> Unknown Buteo 1 1 2
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 4
> Total: 56 759 1231
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Barbara Smith, Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick, Jeannette Lovitch, John Lorenc, Lionel Quirion, Mathew Gilbert, Susan Rowe, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 26 visitors
>
> Weather:
> Finally, some warmer, comfortable weather for hawkwatching. A little more scattered clouds and shade than I anticipated, but air temps climbed to almost 60 degrees. It seemed odd having a day with little wind. Standing on the summit took on a whole new feel, and sound. By the last hour however, the sky became dark with full cloud cover, and winds increased from the southeast, as another weather system moves in.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Not quite the big day we had hoped for. From a weather, and time of year perspective, today seemed like it had good potential. Hopefully birds are stacking up to the south, and will produce an even more spectacular flight when the conditions are right. Today's birds were scattered around, without any particular flight line developing. The warmer weather brought out a few insects, to the delight of one Kestrel, who was feeding while on the fly.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 36 species were seen and or heard today, including our first of season Hermit Thrush and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be in the 40's, with cloudy skies. Winds should be out of the N at about 10 mph. There is a chance of precipitation tomorrow.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/13/18 3:13 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights and New Arrivals, 4/7-13
Hi all,

My observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 1 SNOWY OWL and 1 singing Horned Lark, Brunswick Landing, 4/7 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group). Lousy photo here: https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/single-post/2018/04/07/Birdwalk-Highlights-for-47-Brunswick-Hotspots
- 1 Harp Seal, Porter's Landing, Freeport, 4/7*
- 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, etc, Mouth of the Abagadassett River, Bowdoinham, 4/8 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip: Spring Ducks and Draughts tour group). Trip report here: https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/single-post/2018/04/10/Birds-on-Tap-Roadtrip-Spring-Ducks-and-Draughts-Trip-Report-482018
- 1 continuing pair Gadwall, Prout's Pond, Scarborough, 4/9 (with Zane Baker).
- 1 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Sawyer Road, Spurwink Marsh, Scarborough/Cape Elizabeth, 4/9 (with Zane Baker)*
- Mouth of the Abagadassett River, Bowdoinham, 4/13:
617 American Black Ducks
282 Green-winged Teal
128 Mallards
40 Canada Geese
20+ Mallard x American Black Ducks
8 Northern Pintails
8 Common Mergansers
6 Ring-necked Ducks
5 Wilson's Snipe
3 American Wigeon
2 Blue-winged Teal

* Photos at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Freeportwildbird/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1946931455336799

And my personal first-of-years this week also included:
- 2 American Woodcocks, Pineland Farms, New Gloucester (with Woodcocks Gone Wild tour group). Trip report here: https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/single-post/2018/04/08/Woodcocks-Gone-Wild---2018-Trip-Report
- 10 Glossy Ibis, Scarborough Marsh, 4/9 (with Zane Baker).
- 1 Palm Warbler, Pleasant Hill Preserve, Scarborough, 4/9 (with Zane Baker).
- 26 Wilson's Snipe, Springbrook Farm, Cumberland, 4/10.
- 2 Swamp Sparrows, Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 4/12.
- 2 Broad-winged Hawks, Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/12.
- 1 Pine Warbler, Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/12.
- 1 Field Sparrow, Brown's Point Rd, Bowdoinham, 4/13.

-Derek

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Date: 4/13/18 2:38 pm
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Introducing the Maine Bird Atlas
Hi everyone:

It is my pleasure to introduce a new project by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: The Maine Bird Atlas (2018-2022). This will be a five year citizen science project aimed at atlasing the breeding and winter birds of Maine and it is launching now! Breeding season is upon us and we will need all of your help to document nesting birds around the state. You can learn everything about the project at: www.maine.gov/birdatlas

To start, I strongly encourage anyone interested in participating to read the Volunteer Handbook at: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/maine-bird-atlas/docs/Volunteer-Handbook-Maine-Bird-Atlas.pdf

To collect data for this project we will be using a new eBird portal called the Maine Bird Atlas (https://ebird.org/atlasme/). This portal has new atlas-specific tools like the ability to explore blocks, and range maps that include breeding evidence. It is important that you only submit checklists to this portal that include at least one breeding code. General birding (any checklists without a breeding code) should be submitted to the Maine eBird Portal (https://ebird.org/me/home). The one caveat to this is that “possible” breeding codes (S-Singing Bird, or H-In Appropriate Habitat) must fall within the “safe dates” for that species. These safe dates are intentionally tight to eliminate the possibility of migratory birds improperly being labelled as breeders. For example, Eastern Bluebirds are still migrating so no singing birds should be entered in the atlas until May 10th (the safe date from the Volunteer Handbook) but any probable or confirmed codes can be entered, like this Eastern Bluebird that was building a nest at Gilsland Farm yesterday: https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S44492644. These safe dates and explanations of breeding codes are all in the Volunteer Handbook (linked above).

To help get everyone trained there will be lots of opportunities at information sessions or full trainings which are listed on the state’s website or at the Maine Bird Atlas Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mainebirdatlas/events/. Feel free to contact me directly if you know of an organization willing to host a training near you.

This is going to be a really fun opportunity for birders over the next five years to get a richer understanding of the birds that call Maine home. In the few weeks I’ve been looking for breeding activity, I’ve had a few great experiences with species I’d otherwise not pay much attention to: the Rock Pigeons at Pine Point switched from carrying nesting material on March 28th (https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S44037330) to incubating eggs or having an “occupied nest” on April 8th (https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S44374208). On the slightly more charismatic end of the scale, the Bald Eagle at Prouts Neck appears to be feeding chicks now (https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S44427031). Check out the breeding map for Bald Eagles: https://tinyurl.com/y7om7vkk. There are already 12 blocks with confirmed breeding! Are there any occupied nests near you that can be added? And Rob Ostrowski’s post Wednesday about confirming Fish Crows in Bangor is probably the northeastern-most breeding record for that species, one that wasn’t detected breeding anywhere in Maine’s first atlas (1978-1983).

No matter your birding skill level, your sightings are valuable. Whether you report a chickadee (or even House Sparrow) using your backyard nest box or want to take a weekend trip to recording singing warblers in the Woods and Waters National Monument, all reports are welcome! You can be as involved as entering incidental breeding records you observe or adopting a block near your home or encompassing your favorite patch. I’ll be sharing more updates as the atlas progresses but I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this project so you can keep track of early nesters.

Good birding and happy atlasing!

Doug Hitchcox
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Date: 4/13/18 10:21 am
From: William Reid <williamfreid...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: FOY Turkey Vulture, Skowhegan
About the same time that I saw the lone Turkey Vulture yesterday evening,
my wife saw 20 - 30 of them while driving in the downtown Skowhegan area
near the Kennebec.
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Turkey Vulture flying over Coburn Ave., Skowhegan at 6:45pm today.

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Date: 4/13/18 10:16 am
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Gold Crowned Kinglets, Palm Warbler - Monhegan
The Kinglets arrived yesterday and I saw one Palm Warbler this morning.

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Date: 4/13/18 7:42 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Tree Swallows are back flying around like excited kids. - Benton - Sebasticook River


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Date: 4/12/18 6:15 pm
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Woodcock in Holden
My woodcock has been here for a few days now on Lower Dedham Road, putting
all his energy into attracting a mate all night long. I love these guys!

Ellen

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Date: 4/12/18 4:56 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2018) 117 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 358 562
> Osprey 32 75 75
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 11 28 31
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 79 100
> Cooper's Hawk 6 18 39
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 3 19 65
> Broad-winged Hawk 5 5 5
> Red-tailed Hawk 5 59 162
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 18 27 36
> Merlin 2 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 1 2 3
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 2 4
> Total: 117 703 1175
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Don Thompson, Linda Hartzell, Mathew Gilbert, Rick Hartzell
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 25 people stopped by the hawkwatch today, 18 of whom were students and teachers from the Standish Baptist Academy, interested in what we were searching for.
>
> Weather:
> There was a brief taste of the warm spring weather I have been hoping for recently. The morning was calm and warm for a couple of hours. It wasn't long before the winds kicked up, from the SE, and brought in some cool ocean air. Wind speeds were significant at times. Clouds increased steadily during the day, out ahead of some rainfall which should pass by tonight. Air temps climbed to a high of about 51 degrees.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> It was a good day for raptors, especially from a diversity standpoint. We had a couple of firsts for the season, including a Peregrine and a few Broad-wings. Birds were spotted in all directions today, but many of them passed by the summit at close range, rewarding the onlookers with their aerial prowess.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A few new species showed up at the mountain today including the first Pine Warbler and Double-crested Cormorants. A pair of courting Ravens, flying in tandem, was fun to watch this morning.At the end of the day, I spotted a whirlpool of 9 Great Blue Herons, all circling, beak to feet, like a game of musical chairs in the sky. The music being the howling wind. I don't have a whimsical metaphor for the chairs. Species deemed migrating north include: 193 Blackbird Spp. 20 Tree Swallows 20 Great Blue Herons 18 Canada Geese 5 Common Mergansers 4 Double-crested Cormorants 2 Eastern Bluebirds 2 Duck Spp. 1 American Robin 1 Purple Finch
>
> Predictions:
> Well, good and, not so good news. To quote the National Weather Service, tomorrow "will likely be the last warm-ish day in a while, with highs in the 50's and 60's." Winds should be relatively mild, from the SW, which typically produces the best flights, as this provides a nice tailwind for migrants, helping them to conserve energy. Sky cover should be increasing as the day progresses. Out of the next few days, tomorrow could be the best of the bunch.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/12/18 4:51 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
Well it looks as if the spring migration is ramping up.
Notable movement started here with a significant wave of SONG SPARROWS and
our first SAVANNAH SPARROWS arriving Tuesday night and another wave
Wednesday night.
ROBINS have arrived in numbers and today I've seen BROWN CREEPERS, PHOEBES,
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN HEADED COWBIRDS, GRACKLES, RED WINGED
BLACKBIRDS, FLICKERS, KESTRELS, a MERLIN and a PEREGRINE chowing down on a
RAZORBILL.

Scattered DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS have been seen mainly moving westward
and mainly late in the day.
A single CANADA GOOSE sat down and explored our cove for a few minutes
yesterday.
As noted at Point Lepreau, EIDERS are showing strong movement today.

Alcids have been ashore every evening for nearly a week, mainly RAZORBILLS,
but these latest days we are seeing increasing MURRES and the beginning of
the PUFFINS.
Last night was also the first time that any of the seabirds stayed
overnight.
That all being said, the Alcids are still a way from settling down to
nesting. All the arrivals to date are concentrated in about 20% of the
nesting terrain, what we generally consider the main colony. A handful of
birds landed towards the north end of the island today, the first arrivals
in any of the satellite colonies.

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Date: 4/12/18 4:18 pm
From: William Reid <williamfreid...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Turkey Vulture, Skowhegan
Turkey Vulture flying over Coburn Ave., Skowhegan at 6:45pm today.

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Date: 4/12/18 3:42 pm
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wells Reserve report
First phoebe I’ve seen at Laudholm this spring was singing at the center of the campus this morning. Still no swallows for me. Bluebirds are paired at nest boxes. Fish crow(s) flew through this afternoon (a 3-corvid day).

4 piping plovers on Laudholm Beach at noontime. 1 dunlin (basic plumage) on the protected mud flat behind the barrier beaches.

Scott Richardson

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Date: 4/12/18 2:48 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: FOY: E. Phoebes, Little Deer Isle
Me too, in Harrison!

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:44:35 PM UTC-4, doug wilson wrote:
>
> FOY: My long-time resident pair of Phoebes arrived during the night. So
> welcome to hear them calling this AM !
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Date: 4/12/18 12:54 pm
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Herring Gull, Skowhegan
I must retract my original ID because photos show the dark ring on the bill that I could not see. Apologies.

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Date: 4/12/18 11:44 am
From: doug wilson <wilsonforge...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY: E. Phoebes, Little Deer Isle
FOY: My long-time resident pair of Phoebes arrived during the night. So
welcome to hear them calling this AM !

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Date: 4/12/18 10:30 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Osprey, Skowhegan
There is an osprey working a stick on the nest Rt 201 across from Southgate Industrial Park.

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Date: 4/12/18 10:24 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Herring Gull, Skowhegan
There are now 80 Herring Gulls on the Loon Cove Driving Range, Rt 201.

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Date: 4/12/18 9:52 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Spring hits Unity
My phoebes are late this year, usually the pair in Belfast are here by now and the ones at the house were due a week ago. Maybe they know I still have snowdrifts.

Sarah

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Spring hits Unity

Spring birds in Unity are increasing despite the 18" of snow that still remains on my deck. Phoebe numbers are increasing and today I had my first sapsuckers and flickers. Also nice to hear a Winter Wren singing. An apparent prospecting Sandhill Crane circled a local wetland off Ward Hill a bunch of time before heading off to the east.

Good birding,
tom

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Date: 4/12/18 9:44 am
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] PAWA & OSPR - Eastern Promenade
Finally had time to get out this morning to investigate my favorite
"backyard" patch. Song Sparrows and Northern Mockingbirds were omnipresent.
There were plenty of American Robins fretting back and forth through the
staghorn sumac, or bobbing along the open grass, their calls mingling with
the namesake cries of several Eastern Phoebes who seem to be establishing
their territory and speedily setting upon the local insect population.

A lone male Red-winged Blackbird was perched at the top of a tall maple
singing his distinctive spring-heralding "conk-la-reee" song despite a lack
of any decent breeding habitat nearby. Another welcome sign of warmer days
to come was a Palm Warbler stealthily probing through undergrowth along the
mid-slope trail.

Interestingly there were a few Dark-eyed Juncos still lingering about. I
believe it's the first time I've logged them alongside a warbler species on
the Eastern Prom.

Osprey in both nests along the old Grand Trunk RR trestle. Common Loons in
their summer plumage scattered about. Buffleheads remain in diminished
numbers. No Double-crested Cormorants yet.

A beautiful and refreshing morning, and the buds are getting more and more
noticeable each day. I hope some part of it reaches you all, especially in
the snowier parts of the state!

Best,

Ian Carlsen
Portland, ME

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Date: 4/12/18 9:43 am
From: Donald Tucker <don35...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Migrants
I know local experience can be misleading, but I often think at this time
of year, the migrants that first show up are the ones that are on their way
further north and they go whizzing by us in southern Maine. My local
redwings, grackles, phoebes have yet to show. Seems late but this has been
a peculiar spring.

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Date: 4/12/18 9:40 am
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY phoebe
Heard our first phoebe this morning in Hulls Cove while walking the dogs.

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Date: 4/12/18 7:42 am
From: tom A <tom.aversa...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Spring hits Unity
Spring birds in Unity are increasing despite the 18" of snow that still
remains on my deck. Phoebe numbers are increasing and today I had my first
sapsuckers and flickers. Also nice to hear a Winter Wren singing. An
apparent prospecting Sandhill Crane circled a local wetland off Ward Hill a
bunch of time before heading off to the east.

Good birding,
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Date: 4/12/18 6:51 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] tree swallows in Sidney
At least three tree swallows showed up this a.m. at my house in Sidney.
Nice to hear their chatter again.

Julia

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Date: 4/12/18 6:45 am
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy Egret Porter’s Landing Freeport
Hello All
Cove Road Porter’s Landing Freeport in marsh at high tide. Fox Sparrow also
heard.
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Date: 4/12/18 5:18 am
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Finally - Phoebe
FOY phoebe calling this morning. They’ve returned here for 40 years. The old nest had fallen in the last storm and mama bird’s remains were in it - intact. omg. Can’t bring myself to look for egg shells beneath her. How did this happen?

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Date: 4/11/18 3:33 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (11 Apr 2018) 61 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 6 356 560
> Osprey 24 43 43
> Bald Eagle 3 15 70
> Northern Harrier 3 17 20
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 49 70
> Cooper's Hawk 1 12 33
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 16 62
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 5 54 157
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 5 9 18
> Merlin 5 11 14
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 1 1 2
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 3
> Total: 61 586 1058
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Gulick, Rick Hartzell
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 22 visitors today.
>
> Weather:
> It was a pleasant start to the day, with little to no breeze, and plentiful sunshine. At noon, as though someone flipped a switch, the wind abruptly started blowing from the SE at a steady 20-25 mph. For the rest of the day, the wind would die down briefly,and then pick back up again. The scattered, wind-swept clouds made for great spotting of birds, high overhead. Before accounting for windchill, the high temp for today was a whopping 46 degrees.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Pretty good diversity today, but Osprey take the cake for bird of the day, not seeming to mind the high winds. Around midday I witnessed an odd behavior by a second year Bald Eagle. The bird was flipping over, directly backwards, and then rolling off to one side, almost doing a complete flip. Iv'e never seen an Eagle invert itself quite like that, even when performing courtship displays, or defending against an attacker.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> An unkindness of thirteen Ravens approached the summit, high above, swooping, rolling and chasing each other. One of the Ravens split from the pack to interrupt courting Eagles, who didn't seem amused. The trees around the summit still remain relatively quiet.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow morning appears to have some potential. Low cloud cover and possibly some WSW winds for a brief period, before changing to SE. Wind speed should be a little lighter than today, and temps should climb a few degrees warmer. There is a chance of precipitation in the afternoon, which would most likely be rain, in this area, but it doesn't seem to pose much of a threat to the hawkwatch, at the moment.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/11/18 12:28 pm
From: Robert Ostrowski <rjostrowski...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fish Crows Nesting in Bangor, 4/11
Hi Everyone,

I've continued to see and hear Fish Crows in the Little City neighborhood
of Bangor since my first sighting at the end of February. Well today I was
very happy to find a bird carrying nesting material, land in a tree, and
disappear, as another Fish Crow looked on, calling. Both birds later flew
off, while vocalizing. The nest site is at a location that's accounted for
more of my sightings than any other one location, especially of perched
birds, though I've seen them scattered around the neighborhood.

Of course I will continue to watch and document the nest's success as much
as I can - heck of a way to kick off my atlas efforts!

Good Birding,
Robert Ostrowski
Bangor, ME

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Date: 4/11/18 11:53 am
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wilsons Snipe - Springbrook Farm, Greely Rd, Cumberland
about an hour ago...three on left side of big pool and two on right side
just beyond end of big pool. Probably more birds in marsh.

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Date: 4/11/18 11:15 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bluebird, Skowhegan
This morning we had a first ever male Bluebird near the house, on a post near our platform feeder and it left before I could get the camera. Unmistakable blue. I do have mealworms out so hopefully he’ll be back.

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Date: 4/11/18 10:32 am
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Cormorant Andro River Durham
Cedar Pond Road across from pond in river. Strange looking appears to be
molting. Flapping wings a lot
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Date: 4/11/18 9:48 am
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] White fronted Goose, East Conway, NH
The White-fronted Goose found last evening by David Emmett was located
this morning by Joe Scott at Sherman's Farm, East Conway in among the
Canada Geese. It is there now.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH

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Date: 4/11/18 6:05 am
From: Monica Grabin <grabinmonica...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Kingfisher on Estes Lake
Driving from Kennebunk to Sanford on April 10th, on New Dam Road, a FOY Belted Kingfisher was on the power lines overlooking Estes Lake. Nice.

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Date: 4/10/18 4:06 pm
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Hooded mergansers
Take rt. 113 to Hiram across the bridge take River Road to left. An open marsh with waterways on the right had two pairs of hoodies.

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Date: 4/10/18 3:05 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (10 Apr 2018) 17 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 1 350 554
> Osprey 2 19 19
> Bald Eagle 1 12 67
> Northern Harrier 1 14 17
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 41 62
> Cooper's Hawk 3 11 32
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 16 62
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 49 152
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 4 13
> Merlin 1 6 9
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 3
> Total: 17 525 997
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Chuck Barnes, Dave Fensore
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 14 visitors
>
> Weather:
> It's a little frustrating that I'm still dressed in cold weather gear, looking like Ralphie's brother, Randy, from the movie A Christmas Story. It's April 10th, and still cold on top of Bradbury. A light SE breeze off the ocean kept noses sniffling and fingers sheltered. The afternoon saw a few breaks of sun, which was welcome.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Still as much migrating taking place as one might expect, given the time of year. Winds weren't strong, but the direction was not ideal. The increase in direct sun, in the afternoon, may have been enough to persuade a few birds to move, which is when we had one of our better hours. A close Merlin, which paused to circle a few times was a nice sight.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The species list remains low, but I did get to add a first of season, Northern Flicker to the list.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be a little warmer, with temps in the low 40's. Skies should be mostly clear, which could make spotting a little more difficult, but also more comfortable. Winds may shift from the N in the morning, to more SSE for the rest of the day. Wind speed should remain low.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/10/18 3:04 pm
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY killdeer
Saw a pair of killdeer on our afternoon walk on Norway Drive in Bar Harbor.

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Date: 4/10/18 12:15 pm
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MDI bluebird & Osprey
Here on MDI, I had my first of the year Eastern Bluebird at the Peggy
Rockefeller Farm, then an FOY Osprey at Hamilton Pond.


Richard MacDonald
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Date: 4/10/18 12:06 pm
From: A. P. A. Aldrich <aaldrich1955...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] possible nesting bald eagles at the lagoons restrictions
Hi all,

There has been several sightings of a pair of BAEA near the nest at the
lagoons this year. Yesterday two birds were sitting next to the nest.
Today i only saw one bird sitting next to the nest. So far no one has
reported seeing babies in the nest.

I discussed this with the guys at the lagoons and they agreed to put up a
sign or barrier to block people from walking around pond number 2.

So we are asking birders and any body else not to walk around pond #2.
Pond #2 is the pond on the right as you walk through the gate, it is like
a half mile long and it is the biggest pond they have. Please do not walk
from the power lines around to the pumping station. When you come the the
power pole you should take a left turn.

Thank you for giving them some space, hopefully they will raise a family.

Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

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

Hours as posted: 6-4:30 MON-FRI, WEEKENDS: 7-8:30 SAT+SUN Holidays are
usually the same hours as weekend hours.

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Date: 4/10/18 11:44 am
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Clay-colored Sparrow in Falmouth
Behind TD North Bank complex.
Also a song, white-throated and white-crowned sparrow - all around 9:30
this morning. Also lots of blackbirds - grackles and redwings.

Marie

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Date: 4/10/18 11:35 am
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 10 am
Common Loon - Plymouth
Song Sparrow - East Newport
Red-winged Blackbird - Newport
Greater Scaup - Newport

American Wigeon 2 pair - in a field with Mallards and Canada Geese - Ridge
Road, Newport (near the interstate)

Eastern Bluebird - Bowden Road, Corinna
Green-winged Teal pair - Alder Stream, Corinna
Wood Duck pair - Alder Stream, Corinna

Blue Heron two - Alder Stream, Corinna
One was standing motionless with his neck stretched out the whole time I
was there. I wondered if perhaps his neck hurt after a while!

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/10/18 7:20 am
From: Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Red-bellied Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe in Brunswick
Hello all,
The bird song is amping up around my house: heard an Eastern Phoebe for the
first time last week, and this morning I was greeting by the phoebe's call
plus the "quirrr" of a Red-bellied Woodpecker and the sweet song of the
Song Sparrow. Spring is coming!

Delia in Brunswick

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Date: 4/10/18 5:37 am
From: Allison Wells <awells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese in Farmington, Wigeon in S Gardiner
While driving through Farmington following our son's tennis match, Jeff and I saw a flock of about 40-50 Snow Geese on Rt 2 on the outskirts of town around 6pm. They were taking off from an old corn field. Very striking.

And, sorry to be late reporting, but we saw a male and female Wigeon near the shore of the Kennebec in S Gardiner near the Richmond line.

Allison and Jeff Wells
Gardiner

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Date: 4/10/18 3:35 am
From: tom A <tom.aversa...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Tree Sparrows
Hi Don,

I would definitely agree based on my experience around Unity. Although
there were some tree sparrows around during the CBC period, the overall numbers
have been the lowest that I have witnessed here in eight winters.

Good birding,
tom

On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:07:58 PM UTC-4, Donald Tucker wrote:

> It seems like there were fewer tree sparrows this winter than ever.
> Perhaps it was a local event here, but wonder about others experience.
>
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Date: 4/9/18 4:04 pm
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Redhead
I found a male Redhead on a small pond in Saco. It is right where Spring
Hill Road changes into Industrial Park Road. FedEx is near there.
Industrial Park Road is right off the Saco turnpike exit.
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Date: 4/9/18 3:51 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (09 Apr 2018) 12 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 09, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 3 349 553
> Osprey 2 17 17
> Bald Eagle 3 11 66
> Northern Harrier 1 13 16
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 36 57
> Cooper's Hawk 0 8 29
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 15 61
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 47 150
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 4 13
> Merlin 0 5 8
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 3
> Total: 12 508 980
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 15 people visited the Hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> Cold. Wind. Very gusty northwest winds became north by mid-day, and while the sustained wind speed reduced quite a bit by the end of the count, the gusts continued. High, thin, wispy clouds were few and far between, but even the April sun could only do so much to warm this airmass.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Turkey Vultures were busy today, but mostly in the wobbling-to-stay-aloft-while-looking-for-dead-stuff kinda way. Deciphering migratory intentions on most were impossible. In the am, our local Red-shouldered Hawk was once again displaying, while it took until the last hour of the count to even spot a local Cooper's Hawk.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> A mere 21 species were seen and/or heard from the summit today. The only birds deemed migrating were two northbound Canada Geese in the morning and a southbound Eastern Bluebird in the afternoon.
>
> Predictions:
> A shortwave trough is expected to rotate through Maine, perhaps resulting in some rain or even snow showers late in the day. A southeasterly wind and increasing clouds will keep it well below normal tomorrow, both for degrees and migrant counts. But at least it won't be pushing everything that dares to fly out towards the coast. However, Zane is likely to have plenty of time to daydream about the late-week weather pattern shift.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/9/18 1:08 pm
From: Donald Tucker <don35...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tree Sparrows
It seems like there were fewer tree sparrows this winter than ever.
Perhaps it was a local event here, but wonder about others experience.


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Date: 4/9/18 12:48 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 9 in the morning:
Corinna, Alder Stream - Great Blue Heron

Corinna, Corundel Lake - about 25 Snow Geese mixed in with 200 or more
Canadian Geese

Dexter, Crawford Road - Eastern Bluebirds

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/9/18 11:03 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and ringnecks
Off route 5 on Silas Brown Road Waterborough. Pond on The left. Quite a few.

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Date: 4/9/18 9:13 am
From: Joan carkhuff <jadecbags...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wood ducks and ringneck ducks in pond on left Silas Brown road off of route 5, Waterboro. Nice raft.
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Date: 4/9/18 8:22 am
From: 'e' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese
Snow geese remain at Flood Farm in Clinton. They are way back on the tree line and flock only partially visible from the road as some are hidden in the valley. They are on the Benton end - there is a small area off the road just over the top of the rise in the road where I parked and scoped them. I counted 54 that I could see but I think the number of 80 in the flock is probably more correct I just can't see in the valleys.


I scoped them at 9:15 AM today.



Peggy Blair
Clinton

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Date: 4/9/18 7:39 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] tree and chipping sparrow
Rarely do I see a tree sparrow and a chipping sparrow at my feeders simultaneously but did so Sunday; at one point they were briefly on the same feeder together! Also put up a chickadee birdhouse that was visited Sunday afternoon by 2 pairs of chickadees, a tufted titmouse and a male bluebird; will be fun who takes this summer rental!


Also on Sunday I sighted a couple of Harriers and a Sparrow Hawk at the Blueberry Plains as well as a pair of Bluebirds; quite sure I heard an Eastern Meadowlark as well.


Sharon in West Kennebunk

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Date: 4/8/18 6:29 pm
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] sandhill cranes today
Stopped at the Messalonskee boat launch later this afternoon, and low and
behold, after snooping for them yesterday with some other birders, and no
luck, there were 2 in the marsh at the right of the launch today.

There were ring necked, common mergansers, common goldeneyes, Canada geese,
and some tree swallows all gathered at the edge of the ice quite far out.

I am very concerned about the food supply for the cranes and the
swallows... any input?

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Date: 4/8/18 4:56 pm
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

I returned to the island on Thursday and things have been relatively quiet
for this time of year.

RAZORBILLS & MURRES were ashore for a few hours about a week ago, skipped a
few days and returned for these last three nights.
Friday and Saturday nights they didn't stay.
Tonight they seem a little more settled and for the first time there is a
handful of PUFFINS amid the thousands of Razos & Murres.
The Alcids are still only in the main colony. There are no birds in the
upper island and other satellite colonies.
There is a raft of some 200 Razorbills and about 15 Puffins in the cove and
I believe that those birds belong to the upper island colony. That
population is typically as much as a week later coming ashore than the
other areas.

Other seabird activity is slow. A few Cormorants, mainly Greats, are moving.
COMMON EIDERS have been most numerous, with a trickle of small groups
throughout each day.
I saw just over 20 HARLEQUINS today and a couple COMMON LOONS.
I found only about a dozen PURPLE SANDPIPERS during a full circuit of the
island today.

On land the migration isn't impressive. Lots of SONG SPARROWS, a few
JUNCOS, a couple SWAMP SPARROWS, scattered ROBINS and 1 CATBIRD fill the
ranks of potential prey while a PEREGRINE on Friday and a nice male HARRIER
today account for the predators.

The bird of the day would have to be GREAT BLUE HERON with a couple dozen
passing the island this afternoon in 2s and 3s.



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Date: 4/8/18 3:28 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (08 Apr 2018) 23 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 5 346 550
> Osprey 3 15 15
> Bald Eagle 2 8 63
> Northern Harrier 3 12 15
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 35 56
> Cooper's Hawk 1 8 29
> Northern Goshawk 1 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 15 61
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 45 148
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 4 13
> Merlin 2 5 8
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 1 3
> Total: 23 496 968
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Candace Hess, Julie Krasne, Mathew Gilbert, Susan Rowe
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 46 people came to the hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> Breezy and chilly winds from the N kept people bundled up today. Air temps climbed to about 40 degrees for a high. Cloud cover broke apart throughout the day but remained over the area. Heat distortion was an issue for most of the day.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A bird I was prepared to call a Buteo at first sight, slowly transformed into a large Accipiter, a Goshawk. The bird made its way from the east to the west northwest. Afternoon Harriers were a pleasant sight in the amber late day sun.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Mid afternoon brought a large crowd of people, but also a group of 4 Sandhill Cranes, which were flying low over Hedgehog Mt. to the east.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow may be colder than normal, with temps just hitting 40 degrees. Windchill could make it feel closer to the freezing mark. Winds should be coming from the NW at about 15 mph. Clouds should remain minimal. Broad-winged Hawks are now being spotted in NJ. Maybe Derek and Jeannette will get the first of the year at the start of the week.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 4/8/18 12:17 pm
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese
80 snow geese flew in at Flood Bros farm just now with about 300 Canada geese.

Linda Powell
Skowhegan

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Norridgewock

There were 5 Sandhill Cranes on Rt 8 in Norridgewock on the flats and behind the white farm house.
We also saw a FOY kestrel, a FOY killdeer.
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Date: 4/8/18 10:13 am
From: 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow geese
Three snow geese mixed in with Canada’s in the big pond at Willowdale Golf Course off RTE 1 Scarborough.
H.Donovan

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Date: 4/8/18 9:35 am
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes, Norridgewock
There were 5 Sandhill Cranes on Rt 8 in Norridgewock on the flats and behind the white farm house.
We also saw a FOY kestrel, a FOY killdeer.
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Date: 4/8/18 5:25 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rusty Blackbird brief stopover this morning
Good morning all -- Had a male Rusty Blackbird singing and call-noting from
two trees in my yard this morning, then it was off to points unknown. I was
able to capture the bird's vocalizations with my iPhone. Faint but
distinctive if you use earbuds or a speaker.

eBird list here <https://ebird.org/me/view/checklist/S44354505>, with
embedded audio file.

Cheers,
Craig K

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Date: 4/7/18 5:38 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (07 Apr 2018) 10 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 341 545
> Osprey 2 12 12
> Bald Eagle 1 6 61
> Northern Harrier 1 9 12
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 34 55
> Cooper's Hawk 2 7 28
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 14 60
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 43 146
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 4 13
> Merlin 0 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 10 473 945
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Margaret Reimann, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 44 visitors.
>
> Weather:
> Multiple species of clouds filled the sky today, making for great spotting conditions, had there been more birds. Winds were strong, coming mostly from the W, which may have pushed birds E towards the coast. Temperatures were mild at about 43 degrees. Visibility remained clear, with some heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> More local Bald Eagle shenanigans coincided with the presence of the larger weekend crowds, which most people were pleased to witness.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Another quiet day for non raptors. 5 Common Mergansers were the highest number of any northbound species.
>
> Predictions:
> Mostly a dry sunny start to Sunday, with winds on the lighter side, at about 10 mph from the N, possibly increasing by the afternoon. Temps may climb to the lower 40's for a high. Hopefully lighter wind speeds will keep birds from being pushed too far away from the mountain, towards the coast.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/7/18 3:41 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Messalonskee marsh
Went looking for Cranes, unsuccessfully.

Did find:

Pair of N. Harriers

Common Merganser

1 male Red Breasted Merganser

Common Goldeneye

Bufflehead (2)

Canada Geese

Ring necked ducks (many)

Pied- Billed Grebes (3)

Turkey Vulture

Am. Crow


1 tiny vole


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Date: 4/7/18 7:17 am
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birds
April 6 am - Sebasticook Lake: Newport, County Woods Road, Durham Bridge
Road

American Black Duck
Hooded and Common Merganser
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck or Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle

Corinna: Corundel Lake

Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
150 to 200 Canada Goose

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 4/7/18 6:02 am
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Northern Shoveler on Mill Creek Pond
Correction: NSHO! (can't believe I slipped up on that, must have been all
the excitement of finding that bird)

With the four-letter banding code, all you have to remember are the
exceptions, and NSHO and NSHR are good examples. In a two-word name without
hyphens the first two letters of each word are used. For Northern Shoveler
and Northern Shrike that presents an obstacle: the usual pattern produces
NOSH for both. So...in this case the first letter of the first word and
first three of the second (they tend to emphasize the group name in
creating distinctions) are used. Thus NSHO and NSHR.

A common example is Canada Goose and Cackling Goose. Normal pattern is the
same: CAGO. (I see this often on the listserv, which sometimes makes my
heart race thinking a Cackling Goose is about) In this case the descriptors
'Canada' and 'Cackling' are used to separate the two species. Thus CANG and
CACG.

We're quickly coming up on the time when a tricky example arises with the
overlap on the black-throated warblers, luckily we don't often have to deal
with the third bird in that set: Black-throated Gray Warbler. BUT it does
affect the code for all three. If you're curious and see me out on the
trail, feel free to ask! Or here, but I remember the stir the subject
creates.

It's so simple even I can mess it up!!

Richard

On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM, Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Finally caught up with a NOSH on Sawyer Road after two attempts each at
> Prout's Pond, Scarborough and Spurwink Marsh, CE over the past two days. On
> the way back to Portland I detoured past Mill Creek Park and found one on
> the pond there. Nice close encounter.
>
> While I'm at it, found my FOY Osprey on the waterfront near Ocean Gate
> earlier this afternoon. It flew into a nest behind the central collection
> of pilings, and sat there huddled against the snow that began to fall, then
> flew off to the west after 15 minutes. Is it checking out available nests?
>
> It's happening!
>
> Richard Garrigus
>

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Date: 4/6/18 4:18 pm
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern Shoveler on Mill Creek Pond
Hi all,

Finally caught up with a NOSH on Sawyer Road after two attempts each at
Prout's Pond, Scarborough and Spurwink Marsh, CE over the past two days. On
the way back to Portland I detoured past Mill Creek Park and found one on
the pond there. Nice close encounter.

While I'm at it, found my FOY Osprey on the waterfront near Ocean Gate
earlier this afternoon. It flew into a nest behind the central collection
of pilings, and sat there huddled against the snow that began to fall, then
flew off to the west after 15 minutes. Is it checking out available nests?

It's happening!

Richard Garrigus

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Date: 4/6/18 3:52 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (06 Apr 2018) 23 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 06, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 9 341 545
> Osprey 5 10 10
> Bald Eagle 1 5 60
> Northern Harrier 3 8 11
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 32 53
> Cooper's Hawk 0 5 26
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 59
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 42 145
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 4 13
> Merlin 0 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 23 463 935
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 15:00:00
> Total observation time: 6.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Jeannette Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 20 people visited the hawkwatch, though extended stays were short lived.
>
> Weather:
> Another cold and windy day at the summit. Winds quickly shifted from the W to SSE. Wind speeds remained high at about 20-25 mph, with occasional gusts of around 30 mph. Blue skies slowly succumbed to full cloud cover by early afternoon. Temps climbed to a high of around 38 degrees. By 3pm EST I could see the city of Portland, 18 miles to the SW, slowly disappear in the snowfall. 45 minutes later, the snow had reached the summit, and reduced visibility enough to end the count period.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Not a bad day at all, considering the high winds. Three local, adult Bald Eagles put on a good show, directly over the summit. The birds were vocalizing and chasing one another. The two Red-tails which were counted, had gained substantial lift on this cloudy day, almost passing by without notice. The last bird of the day was an Osprey, at close range, mixing in with the edge of heavy snowfall.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Another, or possibly the same Glossy Ibis was seen again today. This time the bird was following the same route, only in reverse order, headed to the NE.
>
> Predictions:
> Winds may remain high, at around 15-20 mph tomorrow, coming from the W. Temperatures could climb into the low to mid 40's. Cloud cover should remain minimal for the day. The summit trail is mostly free of ice, but the wet weather tonight, could make for slippery rocks and roots tomorrow.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 4/6/18 3:51 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 3/31-4/6
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 13 SNOW GEESE, Winslow Park, Freeport, 3/31 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 7 Tree Swallows (FOY), Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 3/31.
- Mouth of the Abagadasset River and Brown's Point, Bowdoinham, 4/1 (with Jeannette).
967 American Black Ducks
344 Mallards
253 Green-winged Teal
169 Canada Geese
~100 mixed scaup, mostly Lesser
83 Ring-necked Ducks
39 Common Mergansers
19+ Bald Eagles
9 Northern Pintails
4 Wood Ducks
4 Common Goldeneyes
3 Buffleheads
2 American Wigeon
2 GADWALL
2 Blue-winged Teal (FOY)
1 Eastern Phoebe (FOY)
- 1 Double-crested Cormorant (FOY), Mailley Park, Bowdoinham, 4/1 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Osprey (FOY), Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/1.
- 3 "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows (FOY), 98 Red-necked Grebes, etc, Reid State Park, Georgetown, 4/2 (with Jeannette).

-Derek

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Date: 4/6/18 2:21 pm
From: Jay Kenneal <jkenneal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Piping Plover -4/5/18 West end of Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport
Saw FOY Piping Plover on Goose Rocks Beach - very windy, but sunny.

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Date: 4/6/18 6:04 am
From: 'Wnder' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Cormorant
Had my first Double-crested Cormorant in the Libby River (Scarborough) this morning---


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Date: 4/5/18 5:54 pm
From: Garrett Erickson-Harris <maine.gman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes Kennebunk

2 Sandhill Cranes

I was driving along Perkins Lane only to find 2 crane like birds foraging
in an open field near the roadside. At first, we saw these birds thinking
they were some kind of heron or crane, and ran home to get binoculars and a
camera. Upon further examination, they were clearly sandhill cranes due to
the red crown on the head and the blotchy brownness in their overall gray
appearance. I found them in a wide open field with a small bog near them.
They were about 200 feet off the road. After returning about 40 minutes
later both individuals had left.



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Date: 4/5/18 3:37 pm
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MDI FOYs
I have had a number of First Of Year birds here on and around Mount Desert
Islands these last few days, including:

02 April ‹ Great Blue Heron at the head of MDI was a day later than my
yearly average
‹ American Kestrel on Norway Drive, Bar Harbor, right where I always find my
FOY

04 April ‹ 9 Snow Goose at Ladyslipper Farm, Lamoine, were a treat; some
years I miss SNGO in Hancock County
‹ A Northern Shoveler pair overhead while jogging with my dog were readily
identifiable by their oversized, spatulate bill; we refund them in the Red
Rock Corner wetland on the return run

05 April ‹ Wilson¹s Snipe at the MDI High School ponds (two of the three are
finally open)
‹ Eastern Phoebe desperately looking for food around Acadia National Park¹s
Great Meadow


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Date: 4/5/18 3:28 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (05 Apr 2018) 9 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 4 332 536
> Osprey 2 5 5
> Bald Eagle 1 4 59
> Northern Harrier 0 5 8
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 30 51
> Cooper's Hawk 0 5 26
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 59
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 40 143
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 3 12
> Merlin 0 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 9 440 912
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 15 people.
>
> Weather:
> I was quick to realize an oversight I made in my previous days prediction, for today's wind direction. Winds were strong and gusty, coming from the W for most of the day, not the SE I had planned for. Temperatures barely broke the freezing mark, but the sun helped brighten moral.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A close Osprey, passing in front of the summit, was a nice treat for onlookers. The bird was not packing a lunch.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Late morning, I was a little startled to see a Glossy Ibis appear from the NE, as it struggled through the wind on a southward heading. That bird was battling some serious turbulence.
>
> Predictions:
> Clouds will steadily increase tomorrow, ahead of some wet weather. Winds should be pushing up from the SW to start the day, and shift to S for the rest of the count period. Wind speeds may increase as the day goes on, maybe 10-15 mph. Temperatures should be in the mid 30's. Rain seems likely by early afternoon, which could put the breaks on for me and the birds. It is possible there will be some birds out ahead of the rain, in the morning.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/5/18 2:06 pm
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Lesser Yellowlegs at Maquoit Bay / Wharton Point?
Friends--

I'm looking for high counts of Lesser Yellowlegs at or near Wharton Point,
Brunswick in the past 10 years. In the past, there could be 120 or more
there during the end of July and first week of August. If you have *any*
counts / estimates from there since 2008, I would greatly appreciate
hearing from you.

Many thanks, and good birding!

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Date: 4/5/18 9:22 am
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
I don't think I can include URL links in these messages but I'll try:
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/692208/?sc=swhn.
In case that didn't work, it was supposed to be a link to a short blurb
from Newswise.com about a Cornell study appearing in *Ecology Letters* on
this very topic.

Here's the blurb entitled "Study: Climate Change Could Impact Critical Food
Supplies for Migratory Birds."(Newswise does not include author
attributions for their news blurbs):

*Newswise — Ithaca, NY--*Climate change could disrupt a critical fueling-up
stage for migratory birds just as they’re preparing to depart on their
autumn journeys to Central America, according to research published in the
journal *Ecology Letters*.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology research ecologist Frank La Sorte developed
computer models of predicted changes in climate for every week of the year
in the Western Hemisphere. These models were then overlaid with weekly
estimates of abundance for 77 migratory bird species that fly between
breeding grounds in North America and non-breeding grounds in Mexico and
Central America. La Sorte used bird observations from the eBird
citizen-science database, an online program run by the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology.

La Sorte's research pinpointed a period in late summer in the temperate
zone of North America when the climate is projected to be significantly
different from the historical norm. That change in climate, La Sorte says,
could affect insect and plant communities, which in turn would threaten
food resources for migratory birds during the crucial stage when they’re
bulking up and layering on fat reserves to fuel their autumn migration
journey.

Most at-risk, La Sorte says, would be eastern migratory birds that fly
greater distances and require large fuel reserves, and the juvenile birds
that just hatched a few months earlier and are undertaking their first
migration—a hazardous journey that can be extremely energetically taxing.

"Using bird observations from eBird, our study provides an unprecedented
level of spatial and temporal detail, allowing us to identify locations and
times when migratory bird populations may be at particular risk under
future climate change," said La Sorte. "This information is important
because it advances our understanding of the unique challenges migratory
birds are likely to face in the future, and where and when the application
of conservation efforts may achieve the greatest benefits."


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 5:29:12 PM UTC-4, <cathie......> wrote:
>
> Hi Jeff and all,
> How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
> I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they
> first arrive...good thing!
> in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off,
> compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
> I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be
> hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream
> just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
> Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type
> hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
> I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the
> world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
> How do you think our part of the world is doing?
> Cathie
>
>
> On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
>>
>> Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in
>> downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here
>> at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next
>> to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.
>>
>> Jeff Wells
>>
>

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Date: 4/5/18 8:34 am
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Osprey nest in Fore River estuary
Hi All,

Does anyone by any chance have any info on what became of the Osprey nest
that had for years been atop one of the pilings in the Fore River estuary
in Portland, east of I-295 and readily visible from the highway? It was
present when we went to Portland on March 24. but by the following
Wednesday (3/28) it had vanished.

thanks,
pfw
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Date: 4/4/18 5:21 pm
From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY American Woodcock, Buxton
Heard and saw the Woodcock here on Shortill Farms Road in Buxton.

Hopefully he’ll stick around this time. Last year's was heard once on the exact same day and not once more again.

Such a welcome sound!

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Date: 4/4/18 4:49 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (04 Apr 2018) Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 04, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 328 532
> Osprey 0 3 3
> Bald Eagle 0 3 58
> Northern Harrier 0 5 8
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 29 50
> Cooper's Hawk 0 5 26
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 59
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 39 142
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 3 12
> Merlin 0 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 0 431 903
>
>
> Observation start time: 09:00:00
> Observation end time: 10:00:00
> Total observation time: 0.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers:
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Zero
>
> Weather:
> Rain and fog made for a short day on the mountain. After a late start, I watched dense fog devour the surrounding area,in about 45 minutes time, at which point I packed up, headed down, and watched the radar from the comfort of home. Rain, poor visibility, and thunder and lightning remained an issue for the duration of the count period.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Migrating birds of prey are on back order. Check back tomorrow during normal operating hours.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 7 species were seen or heard today.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow's temperatures will probably be on the cooler side, with highs only scratching at 40 degrees, and a wind chill which could shave a good 10 degrees off of that high. Winds appear to be coming from the SE at a stiff 20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph. Cloud cover should remain minimal. I wouldn't expect to set any records tomorrow, with the predicted forecast, but I do hope to count something, maybe the first Peregrine of the season, powering through, will get pushed inland towards the mountain. I can only hope.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 4/4/18 1:14 pm
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan
First Brown Headed Cowbirds at my feeder yesterday, 2 males.

Black Scoters off Nigh Duck - A first for me.

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Date: 4/4/18 9:19 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Common Loon, Skowhegan
Just appeared, slowly cruising our shore.

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Date: 4/4/18 9:13 am
From: Jeff Wells <jwboreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Swallows, phoebe, mergs in Gardiner
Rain stopped so I took a quick walk around by Cobbossee Stream and the
waterfront in Gardiner a few minutes ago. The Tree Swallows are back out
and there are at least 30-40. I got down near the stream edge and indeed
there are very small flies in the air there (didn't look like stoneflies
unless they are very tiny ones).

Down along the Kennebec River I saw my first Eastern Phoebe of the year,
sallying for insects along the river edge. There were at least 100 Common
Mergansers doing their annual spring raft up in the river as well. And I
heard my first song of the Brown Creeper of the year!

Jeff Wells

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Date: 4/4/18 9:12 am
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
This doesn’t pertain to Maine, but I just returned from Philadelphia. Sunday at the Heinz NWR there were hundreds of tree swallows, just recently arrived according to the naturalist. On the train back, following CT shoreline, every osprey nest (these are set out from the shore above the ocean) had one or two birds perching on the nest. We counted a total of 21.

> On Apr 4, 2018, at 9:05 AM, Jeff Wells <jeffwells...> wrote:
>
> Someone may have noticed that I meant that the blue areas in the map show where the birds are increasing and the red shows where they are decreasing….
>
> Jeff
>
> From: <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>> On Behalf Of Jeff Wells
> Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 8:53 AM
> To: Maine birds <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>>; <cathie.murray...> <mailto:<cathie.murray...>
> Subject: Fwd: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
>
> Hi Cathie and others,
>
> Breeding Bird Survey analyses show a major steep decline in Tree Swallow numbers in Maine over the last half century. And Maine has had one of the highest abundances of Tree Swallows in North America (also based on Breeding Bird Survey data) making such a decline of particular concern. I will try to attach a BBS map showing where Tree Swallows are decreasing and increasing (red is decreasing and blue decreasing).
>
> As far as the mismatch in timing of insect hatch with arrival and feeding of young, there are more and more studies documenting impacts to the survival and reproduction of birds (and other animals) related to such phenological shifts and misalignments. I know that the earlier arrivals of Tree Swallows (on average) across North America has been documented over the last half century or so but I am not sure if studies have been able to determine the real or potential impacts from mistiming between insect hatch and Tree Swallow survival and reproduction but I will check and report back if no one else does here on the listserve in the meantime.
>
> Last night when I again saw 30 or so Tree Swallows over the parking lots and rooftops along Water Street and Cobbossee Stream, I hoped that they were finding some insects even though I hadn't been noticing any myself. Today I haven't seen the swallows yet but I'm guessing that the pickings may be slim but if there are going to be any insects it will be over the streams and rivers where some insects are usually hatching. A couple of years ago, Allison and I wrote about the importance of what we called "Swallow Lifeboats" -- waterways and wetlands -- in our Boothbay Register column (http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/swallow-lifeboats/32532 <http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/swallow-lifeboats/32532>).
>
> Jeff
>
> <image001.png>
>
>
>
> From: <maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...> <mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of <cathie.murray...> <mailto:<cathie.murray...>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:29 PM
> To: Maine birds
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
>
> Hi Jeff and all,
> How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
> I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they first arrive...good thing!
> in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off, compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
> I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
> Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
> I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
> How do you think our part of the world is doing?
> Cathie
>
>
> On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
> Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.
>
> Jeff Wells
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Date: 4/4/18 8:27 am
From: 'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Willowdale golf course pond,Scarborough
Eagle chasing unidentified small ducks in pond a right side of road heading east.
Also,4 Kingfishers
H. Donovan

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Date: 4/4/18 6:06 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: RE: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
Someone may have noticed that I meant that the blue areas in the map show where the birds are increasing and the red shows where they are decreasing….

Jeff

From: <maine-birds...> <maine-birds...> On Behalf Of Jeff Wells
Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 8:53 AM
To: Maine birds <maine-birds...>; <cathie.murray...>
Subject: Fwd: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner

Hi Cathie and others,

Breeding Bird Survey analyses show a major steep decline in Tree Swallow numbers in Maine over the last half century. And Maine has had one of the highest abundances of Tree Swallows in North America (also based on Breeding Bird Survey data) making such a decline of particular concern. I will try to attach a BBS map showing where Tree Swallows are decreasing and increasing (red is decreasing and blue decreasing).

As far as the mismatch in timing of insect hatch with arrival and feeding of young, there are more and more studies documenting impacts to the survival and reproduction of birds (and other animals) related to such phenological shifts and misalignments. I know that the earlier arrivals of Tree Swallows (on average) across North America has been documented over the last half century or so but I am not sure if studies have been able to determine the real or potential impacts from mistiming between insect hatch and Tree Swallow survival and reproduction but I will check and report back if no one else does here on the listserve in the meantime.

Last night when I again saw 30 or so Tree Swallows over the parking lots and rooftops along Water Street and Cobbossee Stream, I hoped that they were finding some insects even though I hadn't been noticing any myself. Today I haven't seen the swallows yet but I'm guessing that the pickings may be slim but if there are going to be any insects it will be over the streams and rivers where some insects are usually hatching. A couple of years ago, Allison and I wrote about the importance of what we called "Swallow Lifeboats" -- waterways and wetlands -- in our Boothbay Register column (http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/swallow-lifeboats/32532).

Jeff

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From: <maine-birds...><mailto:<maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...><mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of <cathie.murray...><mailto:<cathie.murray...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:29 PM
To: Maine birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner

Hi Jeff and all,
How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they first arrive...good thing!
in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off, compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
How do you think our part of the world is doing?
Cathie


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.

Jeff Wells
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Date: 4/4/18 5:53 am
From: Jeff Wells <jwboreal...>
Subject: Fwd: FW: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
Hi Cathie and others,

Breeding Bird Survey analyses show a major steep decline in Tree Swallow
numbers in Maine over the last half century. And Maine has had one of the
highest abundances of Tree Swallows in North America (also based on
Breeding Bird Survey data) making such a decline of particular concern. I
will try to attach a BBS map showing where Tree Swallows are decreasing and
increasing (red is decreasing and blue decreasing).

As far as the mismatch in timing of insect hatch with arrival and feeding
of young, there are more and more studies documenting impacts to the
survival and reproduction of birds (and other animals) related to such
phenological shifts and misalignments. I know that the earlier arrivals of
Tree Swallows (on average) across North America has been documented over
the last half century or so but I am not sure if studies have been able to
determine the real or potential impacts from mistiming between insect hatch
and Tree Swallow survival and reproduction but I will check and report back
if no one else does here on the listserve in the meantime.

Last night when I again saw 30 or so Tree Swallows over the parking lots
and rooftops along Water Street and Cobbossee Stream, I hoped that they
were finding some insects even though I hadn't been noticing any myself.
Today I haven't seen the swallows yet but I'm guessing that the pickings
may be slim but if there are going to be any insects it will be over the
streams and rivers where some insects are usually hatching. A couple of
years ago, Allison and I wrote about the importance of what we called
"Swallow Lifeboats" -- waterways and wetlands -- in our Boothbay Register
column (http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/swallow-lifeboats/32532).

Jeff







*From:* <maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...>] *On
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*Sent:* Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:29 PM
*To:* Maine birds
*Subject:* [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner



Hi Jeff and all,
How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they
first arrive...good thing!
in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off,
compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be
hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream
just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type
hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the
world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
How do you think our part of the world is doing?
Cathie


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:

Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in
downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here
at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next
to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.



Jeff Wells

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Date: 4/4/18 4:40 am
From: LNO/MWA <marka...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ibis and Egrets
We don't often get to southern Maine in spring. Yesterday at Scarborough
Marsh we saw a Glossy Ibis and several Great Egrets, among Canada Geese,
Black Ducks, and perhaps a flock of Green Winged Teal in the far distance
. At Laudholm Farm in Wells on April 2 a notable siting were two eclipse
phase Hooded Mergansers.

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Date: 4/3/18 3:06 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (03 Apr 2018) 38 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 17 328 532
> Osprey 0 3 3
> Bald Eagle 1 3 58
> Northern Harrier 3 5 8
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 29 50
> Cooper's Hawk 2 5 26
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2 13 59
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 6 39 142
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 3 12
> Merlin 0 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 38 431 903
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
> Observers: Chuck Barnes, Rick Hartzell, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 11 people visited the Hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> After a pleasant start, an increasingly damp and raw southerly wind became chilling, chasing all of the observers and hikers off the mountain and mostly grounding migrants. The first drops and wet snow flakes arrived at 4:59EDT.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A Red-shouldered Hawk was displaying actively over Little Bradbury once again, and presumed-local adult Bald Eagles were very active in the first half of the day.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 29 species were seen or heard from the summit today. Species deemed migrating included: 100 mixed blackbird 37 Canada Geese 10 Brown-headed Cowbirds 9 American Robins 7 Purple Finches 6 European Starlings 6 Common Grackles 3 American Black Ducks 3 American Goldfinches
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is one of those days where we hope it just rains steadily enough that Zane doesn't have to be up there dodging showers all day, with just enough visibility to keep hope alive. That being said, with winds forecast to turn southwest and temperatures to soar into the 50's in the afternoon, perhaps a longer break in the rain could produce a little pre-frontal flight - of something, if not raptors.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 4/3/18 2:29 pm
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
Hi Jeff and all,
How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they
first arrive...good thing!
in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off,
compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be
hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream
just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type
hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the
world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
How do you think our part of the world is doing?
Cathie


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in
> downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here
> at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next
> to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.
>
> Jeff Wells
>

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Date: 4/3/18 10:18 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Am Wigeon, Skowhegan
A pair of Am Wigeon has joined the mallards and Wood ducks on our waterfront. First time the male has been here with a mate.

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Date: 4/3/18 9:33 am
From: Jeff Wells <jwboreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in
downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here
at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next
to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.

Jeff Wells

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Date: 4/3/18 6:15 am
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snow Geese in Caribou
Counted 3 in Collins Pond ~7 o'clock this a.m., mixed with Canadas and a
few Hoodies. Pond is free of ice in patches.

Craig K

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Date: 4/2/18 4:42 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] red tails
The Red-tailed hawk pair that nest somewhere up the hill were pair bonding/calling over the back yard today. The Goshawk pair have not yet turned up.

Also male Hooded Merganser in Poland Stream today in Morrill under the bridge, an unusual spot to see much of anything, but the only area of open water before the bog.


Sarah

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Date: 4/2/18 3:58 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (02 Apr 2018) 56 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 47 311 515
> Osprey 1 3 3
> Bald Eagle 2 2 57
> Northern Harrier 1 2 5
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 22 43
> Cooper's Hawk 2 3 24
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 57
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 33 136
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 3 12
> Merlin 1 3 6
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 56 393 865
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Rick Hartzell, Susan Rowe
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 15 people visited the hawkwatch today. Thanks to those who put up with the poor conditions, in search of birds.
>
> Weather:
> My weather predictions for today were not entirely accurate. It was a cold, overcast, and calm start to the day. It wasn't long however, before the snow started to fly. Westerly winds quickly shifted to SE which drove the snow, which had been tracking offshore, up the face of the mountain. There was no accumulation, as the snow melted on contact with the ground. Snow flurries persisted for half of the day, reducing visibility to less than a half mile at times. Late afternoon saw a few breaks of sun and much better visibility. Temperatures hovered in the mid to low 30's.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Turkey Vultures picked up where yesterday left off, with a large group of about 35 birds moving in unison during the first hour. While the snow was flying, visibility still poor, and not expecting much action, I was startled by a Bald Eagle flyby. Like Maverick and Goose from Top Gun, the Eagle appeared, unannounced,from behind the trees to my right, and ripped past my head. Maybe the closest Iv'e been to an Eagle at this site. Soon after the Eagle, an adult male Harrier, took a similar flight line, albeit slightly slower.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> As conditions were improving in the afternoon, a group of six Great Blue Herons were seen flying together, having what appeared to be some navigation difficulties.
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks like another cloudy day. Temps should reach the high 30's. Winds may be coming from due south for much of the day, with a slight shift to southeast in the afternoon. With southerly winds and some precipitation predicted for Tuesday evening, there could be some birds out ahead of the front.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 4/2/18 10:57 am
From: Bob Knight <bob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brooksville, spring is almost here
Had 6 male WODU and 2 female WODU in our cove on the Bagaduce River on
April 1
Today the RWBL are chattering and singing loudly in our marsh--for me a
sure sign that winter will not return.
Also on Friday March 30 saw FOY GBHE in the marsh at the entrance to POPHAM
BEACH STATE PARK in Phippsburg.

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Date: 4/2/18 7:59 am
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tree Swallows - Gardiner
Just saw a couple of my first of year Tree Swallows over the Cobbosseecontee Stream in downtown Gardiner.

Jeff Wells

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Date: 4/2/18 7:47 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Swallow Kennebunk
Sighted flying through and calling on beautiful sunny Saturday 3/31. Also put up 2 Bluebird houses that were claimed by Bluebird pair within 5 minutes!

Sharon in West K.

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Date: 4/2/18 7:18 am
From: M. Calien Lewis <silberose...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Snowy egret
FOY for me at Hannaford cove So. Ok. A preening snowy ignoring the falling snow!

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Date: 4/2/18 4:49 am
From: AMF <znse37...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 3 FOY American Kestrel - Benton
Three kestrels arrived Sunday along with sounds of red winged
blackbirds.  The blackbirds nest in the grass on the islands and fields
along the Sebasticook.  The kestrels nest in each diagonal end of the
old, big barn eaves.  I have been looking for a 4th kestrel without
success so far.  The kestrels were flying around in the high winds. 
They were going from 3 big spruce trees near the river and one big oak
near the barn yesterday (Sunday).  They were having a good time and
calling out very loudly.  They were probably making the other birds
nervous.  The other birds were staying clear of the area.

Cleaned 15 tree swallow nest this past weekend.  Only about 50% of the
nests had bird activity last year.  The box nests were usually 13 out of
15 filled in previous years.   The tree swallows return here between
April 9 (2012) and April 12th (2011).

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Date: 4/1/18 8:29 pm
From: AMF <znse37...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Three Kestrel arrived today. They nest in the barn eaves - Benton


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Date: 4/1/18 5:58 pm
From: <gertie443...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bluebirds
Had a pair of Bluebirds checking out the nest box for possible occupancy.

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Date: 4/1/18 5:26 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2018) 337 Raptors


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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
>> Pownal, Maine, USA
>>
>> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2018
>> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
>> Black Vulture 0 0 0
>> Turkey Vulture 264 264 468
>> Osprey 2 2 2
>> Bald Eagle 0 0 55
>> Northern Harrier 1 1 4
>> Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 21 42
>> Cooper's Hawk 1 1 22
>> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
>> Red-shouldered Hawk 10 10 56
>> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
>> Red-tailed Hawk 33 33 136
>> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
>> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
>> American Kestrel 3 3 12
>> Merlin 2 2 5
>> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
>> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
>> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
>> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
>> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
>> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
>> Total: 337 337 809
>>
>>
>> Observation start time: 07:00:00
>> Observation end time: 16:00:00
>> Total observation time: 8.08 hours
>> Official Counter Zane Baker
>> Observers: Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
>>
>>
>>
>> Visitors:
>> 50 people came by the hawkwatch.
>>
>> Weather:
>> Winds were a little stiff today, but thankfully they were coming from the south and west and not terribly cool. Temperatures climbed from the low 40's to the mid 50's. An overcast sky gave way to abundant sun for the last couple of hours in the count. Visibility was very good today.
>>
>> Raptor Observations:
>> What an awesome day of counting raptors. The day started off strong with some large movements of Turkey Vultures, most of which were spotted through the scope, far to the southeast. Each hour, with the exception of 4 o'clock to 5 o'clock, saw pretty steady numbers of birds moving north. Our first Ospreys of the season were spotted today. There weren't a lot of birds close to the summit. The westerly winds helped to keep birds at a, less than desirable viewing distance.
>>
>> Non-raptor Observations:
>> The surrounding trees remained fairly quiet today. There was a good flight of passerines during the morning. More flocks of blackbirds continue to move through the area, along with Canada Geese and American Robins. During mid morning, off to the east, a group of 29 Snow Geese were spotted slowly making their way south, tracing the lay of the land and fighting against the wind. There were a couple other first of season arrivals, including an Eastern Phoebe and Belted Kingfisher. A few Tree Swallows were spotted reversing their migration route.
>>
>> Predictions:
>> Cloud cover in the morning should be moving out during the day. Temps will probably be a little lower than today, in the low to mid 40's. Wind direction doesn't look great for migration, but wind speed should remain relatively light at about 10 mph. Winds may shift early, from north to mostly southeast, possibly pushing birds inland before reaching the mountain.
>>
>> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
>> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
>> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>>
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Date: 4/1/18 4:55 pm
From: 'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Kestrel, Cranes (Pittsfield)
Two Sandhill Cranes and an American Kestrel (male) in Pittsfield today.
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Date: 4/1/18 4:38 pm
From: Joe Scott <joescottbsn...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY kestrel in Fryeburg Harbor
As suggested by recent sightings at the hawk watch on Bradbury Mountain, we had our first kestrel of the season on Harbor Road. It was perched on a wire having a look at the kestrel nest box we have set up. The kestrels didn't nest in the box last year but maybe this year....


Joe Scott

Chatham NH

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Date: 4/1/18 4:12 pm
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Osprey Gardiner 4/1
Stepped out on the porch in the late afternoon today and looked up to see a low flying Osprey pass over the house appearing very striking against the beautiful blue sky! First of year here!

Jeff Wells


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Date: 4/1/18 3:36 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2018) 337 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 264 264 468
> Osprey 2 2 2
> Bald Eagle 0 0 55
> Northern Harrier 1 1 4
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 21 42
> Cooper's Hawk 1 1 22
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 10 10 56
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 33 33 136
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 3 3 12
> Merlin 2 2 5
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
> Total: 337 337 809
>
>
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.08 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 50 people came by the hawkwatch.
>
> Weather:
> Winds were a little stiff today, but thankfully they were coming from the south and west and not terribly cool. Temperatures climbed from the low 40's to the mid 50's. An overcast sky gave way to abundant sun for the last couple of hours in the count. Visibility was very good today.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> What an awesome day of counting raptors. The day started off strong with some large movements of Turkey Vultures, most of which were spotted through the scope, far to the southeast. Each hour, with the exception of 4 o'clock to 5 o'clock, saw pretty steady numbers of birds moving north. Our first Ospreys of the season were spotted today. There weren't a lot of birds close to the summit. The westerly winds helped to keep birds at a, less than desirable viewing distance.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The surrounding trees remained fairly quiet today. There was a good flight of passerines during the morning. More flocks of blackbirds continue to move through the area, along with Canada Geese and American Robins. During mid morning, off to the east, a group of 29 Snow Geese were spotted slowly making their way south, tracing the lay of the land and fighting against the wind. There were a couple other first of season arrivals, including an Eastern Phoebe and Belted Kingfisher. A few Tree Swallows were spotted reversing their migration route.
>
> Predictions:
> Cloud cover in the morning should be moving out during the day. Temps will probably be a little lower than today, in the low to mid 40's. Wind direction doesn't look great for migration, but wind speed should remain relatively light at about 10 mph. Winds may shift early, from north to mostly southeast, possibly pushing birds inland before reaching the mountain.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 4/1/18 1:15 pm
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Baltimore Oriole?
Whitefield. This afternoon. Could it be? Heard song, got my binoculars on
it (50 yds away) as it was singing. Has anyone else had a visit??

Time to put out those oranges!

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Date: 4/1/18 12:42 pm
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Tree Swallow, Eastern Phoebe
Some of my recent FOY sightings have been:

Friday, March 30: one Great Egret and two Brown-headed Cowbirds (Hills Beach Road, Biddeford): two Fox Sparrows, and first full displays by three American Woodcocks, as well as tom Wild Turkey displays (Proctor Road, Biddeford). First song of spring peepers, too.

Sunday, April 1: one Tree Swallow, two Eastern Phoebes (Laudholm Farm, Wells). Plus many “quacking” wood frogs.

- Lena Moser
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Date: 4/1/18 11:08 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY birds in Sidney
FOY this morning I had a phoebe, a flicker, killdeer, and many, many
singing song sparrows. Lots of turkey vultures wafting over in the wind. I
also have bluebirds checking out nest boxes, and a purple finch who showed
up this week. Taking bets that our neighborhood kestrels will be back this
week.


Julia

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Date: 4/1/18 11:02 am
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Webber Pond, Bremen
4/1/18:the wind last night opened up much more of the far side of the
pond--almost half--it was enough so that the loon came in--hooray--
could also see some ducks--
an eagle settled on the ice close to my shore
song sparrows in and all the regulars--
a bluebird perched on its favorite birdhouse--(where it always nests till
the tree swallow moves in)

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Date: 4/1/18 10:24 am
From: John <berry.john...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] White-fronted Goose
Three currently at the mouth of the Abby in Bowdoinham. Spotted by Doug Suiter for Merrymeeting Audubon trip

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Date: 4/1/18 5:25 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 1st Phoebe, Skowhegan
Larger than the Juncos, perched on a post next to the river, flicking its tail. Last year appeared April 10. Also 20 Ring-necked Ducks.

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Date: 3/31/18 5:43 pm
From: Sean S <therefromhere168...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Prout's Pond, Scarborough, 3/31: Northern Shoveler, Am. Wigeon & other ducks
Scoped from behind the Pleasant Hill Cafe this afternoon were a drake
Northern Shoveler, 11 American Wigeon, at least 30 Ring-necked Ducks,
roughly 45 Common Mergansers, 4 Hooded Mergansers and only a pair of
Mallards.

checklist (no photos): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44136709

Seen at Eastern Road yesterday were 12 Green-winged Teal, 2 Northern
Pintail and 6 American Tree Sparrows. checklist (no photos):
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44136251

Also today at Pillsbury St. in South Portland was a male Merlin, who has
been seen around the same tall spruce for about a month now.

Sean Smith

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Date: 3/31/18 4:21 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (31 Mar 2018) 56 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 31, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 22 204 204
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 5 55 55
> Northern Harrier 1 3 3
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 21 21
> Cooper's Hawk 0 21 21
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 46 46
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 12 103 103
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 8 9 9
> Merlin 1 3 3
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 2 2
> Total: 56 472 472
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.5 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Asa Paul, Derek Lovitch, Lionel Quirion, Susan Rowe, Tim Paul
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Quite a lot of people were enjoying the park today. 47 people stopped at the hawkwatch.
>
> Weather:
> Clear skies persisted for the day today. The sun was shining bright, making for air temps in the high 40's. Having zero cloud cover felt great for observers, but made for tough spotting of birds overhead. Unfortunately there was a little stronger wind than predicted, early on, mostly from the north. As the day progressed, the winds slowly shifted to the west and eventually south and east southeast. Visibility was pretty good, with some heat distortion apparent.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The day started off slowly, given the wind direction, but the afternoon was really fun, with a mix of different species. Birders and non birders were excited to see a male Northern Harrier fly low past the mountain in the afternoon light. We had a few other great looks at American Kestrels, during a late day Falcon flight. We could have had a nice look at a Merlin too, if it had slowed down a bit. Derek and I stayed an extra half hour, and were able to pick up a few more birds, including a group of 11 Turkey Vultures.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The first of the year Tree Swallows were spotted today; 16 in total. The summit seemed unseasonably quite today. A total of only 21 species were seen or heard. Other species deemed migrating included: 332 Canada Geese 38 American Crows 14 Common Mergansers 13 Common Grackles 8 Ring-billed Gulls 7 Duck spp. 6 Eastern Bluebirds 4 American Blackducks 3 Killdeer
>
> Predictions:
> It should be another relatively clear sky day tomorrow. High temps may reach into the 50's, and winds appear to be coming from the southwest for the first half of the day, possibly changing to more westerly by the afternoon. With few clouds and plenty of sun, there could be some good thermal production in conjunction with favorable winds. Higher wind speeds and some gusts could be an issue. Tomorrow could be interesting.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
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Date: 3/31/18 2:28 pm
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Common Loon
Wake up, stretch, then lunch.
Camden Harbor.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/ha72e9cd4#ha72e9cd4

Cheers,
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Date: 3/30/18 3:19 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (30 Mar 2018) 6 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 182 182
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 1 50 50
> Northern Harrier 0 2 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 16 16
> Cooper's Hawk 0 21 21
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 45 45
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 91 91
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 1 1
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 6 416 416
>
>
> Observation start time: 10:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 5.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Bob Timberlake, Jeannette Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 9 visitors today. If anyone plans on coming to the hawkwatch this weekend, the summit trail still has some small patches of ice, and a lot of mud.
>
> Weather:
> The start of today's count was delayed by two hours, due to lingering fog, which reduced visibility to less than a quarter of a mile. The fog eventually started to clear, and there were a few breaks of sun which really heated things up, at least momentarily. The sky remained mostly cloudy with some scattered showers throughout the area. Winds shifted from SSW to NNW by the end of the count period. Temps climbed up to 50 degrees, in the shade. Visibility ran the gamut from poor to good.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> There could be a resident Red-shouldered Hawk in the park, to the east. The bird has been seen circling in the area, and today was driving away a Red-tailed Hawk, doing its display flight as it made its typical kee-aah call.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The summit was very quiet today. 22 species were seen or heard. Birds deemed migrating north included: 46 Canada Geese 27 Blackbird spp. 26 American Robins 23 duck spp. 20 Great Blue Herons 12 European Starlings 1 Killdeer
>
> Predictions:
> High pressure will be moving in Saturday, from the west, bringing mostly clear skies, and temps ranging somewhere in the 40's. Winds ought to be light at around 10 mph, starting out from the NW and shifting to SW by the afternoon, which would be great for birds headed north.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 3/30/18 3:18 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 3/27-3/30
Hi all,
My sightings of note over the past 4 days included the following:
- first significant push of large flocks of Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds this week, with a definite flight of Song Sparrows on a couple of nights this week (especially overnight 3/28-29).
- 1 Great Egret (FOY), Scarborough Marsh, 3/27 (with Zane Baker)
- 2 Fish Crows, Route 1, Wells, 3/29 (with Phil McCormack)
- 1 Fish Crow, Wells Beach, 3/29 (with Phil McCormack)
- 1 DOVEKIE, 53 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Harlequin Ducks, and 6 Razorbills, Moody Point, Wells, 3/29 (with Phil McCormack).
- 42 Harlequin Ducks, 42 Purple Sandpipers, 1 continuing Yellow-rumped Warbler, etc, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, 3/29 (with Phil McCormack).
- 1 Brown-headed Cowbird (FOY), The Sweatshirt Shop, Wells, 3/29 (with Phil McCormack).

-Derek

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Date: 3/30/18 2:11 pm
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-crowned Night Herons - Mercy Pond, Portland
I stopped by Mercy Pond this afternoon to see if any of the Black-crowned
Night Herons were back and to my delight there were two adults.

Here is the full list and a terrible picture I got through my binoculars.

https://ebird.org/atlasme/view/checklist/S44094380

Nathan Hall
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Date: 3/30/18 8:25 am
From: Bob Duchesne <duchesne...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Finch Fest
Upon further review, the ruling on the field has been reversed. I was up in
the north woods last Sunday, and later posted that I had seen two
black-backed woodpeckers and three American three-toed woodpeckers. But when
I reviewed my video, it turned out that one pair of ATTWs foraging together
was actually a BBWO and ATTW together. This is the third time I've seen both
species foraging that closely together in the same tree.



The evidence is at 5:39 of this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIcNwDXzurU.



Bob Duchesne



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Date: 3/30/18 7:54 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

RAZORBILLS & COMMON MURRES made their first foray onto the island last
evening, March 29th.
They have remained overnight.
As is frequently the case when they 1st come to land, weather has been wet
and foggy.

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Date: 3/30/18 5:25 am
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bluebirds and FOY Spring Peepers!
Our bluebirds were gone all winter but this week they're back, singing away
and checking out nestboxes.

No frogs yet--we're still all iced up here in Sidney, but the snow is
receding and I have singing robins, cardinals, rw blackbirds, grackles,
goldfinches and purple finches. So nice to hear birdsong after the long
winter.

Julia

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> The fields on the other side of the road from the Cape Elizabeth dump have
> E Bluebirds almost all winter. And FOY Spring Peepers while walking the
> dogs this morning!!
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> On Mar 29, 2018, at 1:30 PM, Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> wrote:
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> I do not have winter resident bluebirds, but had a FOY male singing this
> morning.
>
>
> Sarah
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Date: 3/30/18 4:59 am
From: 'Pete Darling' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bluebirds and FOY Spring Peepers!
The fields on the other side of the road from the Cape Elizabeth dump have E Bluebirds almost all winter. And FOY Spring Peepers while walking the dogs this morning!!

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Date: 3/29/18 6:49 pm
From: Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Bald eagle Brunswick 3/23
No, surprisingly unbothered by the comings and goings below. I'd estimate it was about 30' up with a number of branches below providing some cover.

> On Mar 29, 2018, at 9:45 PM, Sean Hatch <seanarih...> wrote:
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> Was he attacking onlookers?
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Date: 3/29/18 6:45 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bald eagle Brunswick 3/23
Was he attacking onlookers?

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Date: 3/29/18 6:21 pm
From: Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bald eagle Brunswick 3/23
Just found this lurking in my outbox. Better late than never.

Bald eagle in pine tree next to Bowdoin College admissions. Eating a squirrel and attacking lots of attention.

Steve Plumb

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Date: 3/29/18 5:31 pm
From: Aloyse Larrabee <luvbrds1974...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Turkey Vulture
3/29/18 - I saw my first Turkey Vulture of the year this afternoon in
Guilford.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Date: 3/29/18 5:21 pm
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] false alarms at bird feeders
Yes, our yard too is full of AMGOs with no Siskins in sight, but I love the
finch chitter-chatter and am eager to hear FEE-BEE and OLD MAN PEABODY,
PEABODY, PEABODY! I will watch and listen for a trickster BCCH. Birds never
fail to amaze and intrigue.

Maggie Strickland
Harmony, Maine

On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 6:21 PM, Scott Cronenweth <
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> Happy spring, birding friends! Here in the western mountains our back
> doors and bird feeders are reappearing from beneath the snow. I don’t do
> much feeder-watching, but today I caught something intriguing that I never
> noticed before (with this particular cast of characters, anyhow).
>
> The most numerous single species at my feeders right now is American
> Goldfinch. They outnumber all other visitors combined. Often they swing by
> in a flock and swirl around, exhibiting a fair bit of jittery
> pugnaciousness and collectively putting off other visitors like
> Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches.
>
> This afternoon, as I sorted through the AMGOs hoping for a Pine Siskin, I
> saw and heard a chickadee make an alarm call. Immediately all the AMGOs
> flew up into the trees. But the BCCH that raised the alarm, far from
> heeding it him/herself, zipped in and grabbed a seed. A few minutes later
> the same scenario played out: BCCH alarm, AMGO panic, BCCH leisurely nosh.
> The second time a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches and a Downy Woodpecker
> seemed to be in on the game, and swooped in immediately along with the
> false-alarming chickadee.
>
> I wonder how many times that works before the AMGOs catch on...
>
> Ah, birds — don’t you just love ‘em?!
>
> Peace & good birding,
>
> Scott Cronenweth
> Industry, ME
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Date: 3/29/18 3:50 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (29 Mar 2018) 73 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 39 182 182
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 49 49
> Northern Harrier 2 2 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 13 13
> Cooper's Hawk 1 21 21
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 9 44 44
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 13 90 90
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 1 1
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 73 410 410
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch, Lionel Quirion, Susan Rowe
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 14 people stopped by the hawkwatch today, including some very interested biology students.
>
> Weather:
> Today was about as warm as predicted, but a very light SE breeze coming off the Atlantic gave the air a slight chill. There were a few periods of direct sun on the summit, as cloud cover shifted around. By the final hour, the edge of a weather system approaching from the W darkened the sky, bringing with it some damp air.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Another pretty good day of raptor migration. A little past midday saw the bigger flights. Today bought our first Northern Harrier of the season. The bird was spotted high, to the east, slowly and buoyantly plodding along. Turkey Vultures had a bit of a rally this afternoon, coming through in small groups of 5 to 8, maybe feeling compelled to get ahead of the approaching rain.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Birds deemed migrating to the north included: 486 Blackbird spp. 372 Canada Geese 14 American Crows 13 European Starlings 11 Mallard/Black Duck spp. 7 Common Mergansers 5 Killdeer 4 Eastern Bluebirds 1 Ring-billed Gull
>
> Predictions:
> A cold front should be moving out tomorrow morning along with some precipitation. Fog could be an issue in the morning, as warmer air sweeps over the colder ground. Clouds may diminish slightly throughout the day, and temps could climb back to the 50's. Wind direction is looking pretty good currently, from the SW at 8-10mph. Hopefully things clear out on the early side, and there are some birds waiting behind the weather.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 3/29/18 3:21 pm
From: Scott Cronenweth <scottcronenweth...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] false alarms at bird feeders
Happy spring, birding friends! Here in the western mountains our back doors and bird feeders are reappearing from beneath the snow. I don’t do much feeder-watching, but today I caught something intriguing that I never noticed before (with this particular cast of characters, anyhow).

The most numerous single species at my feeders right now is American Goldfinch. They outnumber all other visitors combined. Often they swing by in a flock and swirl around, exhibiting a fair bit of jittery pugnaciousness and collectively putting off other visitors like Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches.

This afternoon, as I sorted through the AMGOs hoping for a Pine Siskin, I saw and heard a chickadee make an alarm call. Immediately all the AMGOs flew up into the trees. But the BCCH that raised the alarm, far from heeding it him/herself, zipped in and grabbed a seed. A few minutes later the same scenario played out: BCCH alarm, AMGO panic, BCCH leisurely nosh. The second time a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches and a Downy Woodpecker seemed to be in on the game, and swooped in immediately along with the false-alarming chickadee.

I wonder how many times that works before the AMGOs catch on...

Ah, birds — don’t you just love ‘em?!

Peace & good birding,

Scott Cronenweth
Industry, ME
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Date: 3/29/18 10:30 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bluebirds
I do not have winter resident bluebirds, but had a FOY male singing this morning.


Sarah

Center Montville

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Date: 3/29/18 9:04 am
From: <gertie443...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bowdoinham ducks
I went up to Bowdoinham to check on the ice melt... it's mostly melted! 29 Common Mergansers on the water on left over bridge (from Topsham), along with 4 Eagles and 1 Wood Duck. There were 8 Hoodies on a small inlet across from the gas station. Also, 10 House Sparrows, 1 male Cardinal and 2 Pigeons floating on an ice block along the river. About 35 C Geese flew over. The other bridge further along had 130 Mallards hanging out. Browns Point was comparatively deserted but I tallied 7 Robins, 4 Red-winged Blackbirds and 2 Mourning Doves. Sorry, I did not document the gulls.

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Date: 3/28/18 4:45 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (28 Mar 2018) 132 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 28, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 64 143 143
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 6 46 46
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 7 7
> Cooper's Hawk 4 20 20
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 21 35 35
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 30 77 77
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 1 1
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 132 337 337
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 21 people stopped by the hawkwatch today. Thanks to the people who helped me spot some birds today.
>
> Weather:
> Today was calm and cool to start, the sky dark with clouds, which slowly receded, becoming mostly sunny for the better part of the day. Winds remained very light, and we actually saw a few brief moments of SW and SE which was a first for the season. Temperatures were pleasant, in the high 40's. Visibility remained clear, with a slight haze in the afternoon.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Raptors took to the air early on and continued to increase in number, hitting their zenith around mid afternoon. Eagles put on a good show for visitors, soaring and chasing each other directly overhead, vocalizing multiple times at a young Red-tailed Hawk who was looking for a fight. Our first American Kestrel came in close to the summit, its reddish tail feathers lit up by the afternoon sun. The bird could be seen grabbing a snack in mid flight.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Non raptor species also took advantage of the propitious flying weather. Birds deemed migrating included: 1005 Blackbird spp. 381 Canada Geese 38 American Crows 29 European Starlings 4 Common Mergansers 2 Killdeer (FOY) 1 Great Blue Heron (FOY)
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is shaping up to be a pretty nice day. Winds don't appear to be ideal, but should remain light and from the north, with a possible shift to east by the afternoon. Temps may climb even higher than today, reaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Partly cloudy skies could turn to mostly cloudy as another small weather system approaches for Friday.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
>
>
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Date: 3/28/18 5:02 am
From: <chrwsu...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Ruffed Grouse Kennebunk




I need a few of those kinds of grouse in my yard. :-)

A few years back a friend of mine had a Ruffed Grouse which came into his yard every day and ate food out of his hand.&nbsp; I found it hard to believe until I saw it for myself.

Wally S.


On Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:29:29 -0700 (PDT), Garrett Erickson-Harris wrote:

Today a family member witnessed a ruffed grouse attack a squirrel at my house. The squirrel was apparently foraging on what ground has been opened up by melting snow, and the ruffed grouse flew out of the tree and "hit" the squirrel. The grouse then began foraging on the same area of open ground the squirrel was on. This ruffed grouse was first seen at my house on Sunday, where he was feeding on the same piece of open land. He stayed for about 4 hours Sunday hanging out underneath the swingset and foraging on the open land before he wandered off into the woods and flew away.

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Date: 3/28/18 3:15 am
From: Garrett Erickson-Harris <maine.gman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Ruffed Grouse Kennebunk
Today a family member witnessed a ruffed grouse attack a squirrel at my house. The squirrel was apparently foraging on what ground has been opened up by melting snow, and the ruffed grouse flew out of the tree and "hit" the squirrel. The grouse then began foraging on the same area of open ground the squirrel was on. This ruffed grouse was first seen at my house on Sunday, where he was feeding on the same piece of open land. He stayed for about 4 hours Sunday hanging out underneath the swingset and foraging on the open land before he wandered off into the woods and flew away.

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Date: 3/27/18 4:21 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (27 Mar 2018) 36 Raptors

>
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 27, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 17 79 79
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 6 40 40
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 1 16 16
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 4 14 14
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 7 47 47
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 1 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
> Total: 36 205 205
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
> Observers: Chuck Barnes, Rick Hartzell, Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 12 people visited the Hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> A chilly start gave way to a temperate day. Light winds and clear skies to start, slowly gave way to light NE to E and cloudy skies. Winds dropped off around 3:00 EDT and with a few puffs from the south, a late afternoon pulse of birds, led by a kettle of 6 Turkey Vultures moved through.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Local Bald Eagles were active again, but in the afternoon, an unexpected long-duration chase ensued as a very bothered 2nd cycle Bald spent over 15 minutes harassing, bombing, chasing, and otherwise pestering a 4th-cycle bird. The 4th-cycle bird would barrel roll for each dive, extending its talons in defense. After appearing well to the south over Yarmouth and continuing past the summit and disappearing beyond the Brunswick comm tower, the two individuals were counted as migrants - even if they were migrating about as inefficiently as possible.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 31 species were seen or heard from the summit today. Birds deemed migrating included: 56 Canada Geese 7 Purple Finches 6 American Goldfinches 3 Pine Siskins 2 Common Merganers 2 Eastern Bluebirds 2 Common Grackles 1 Horned Lark 1 American Robin
>
> Predictions:
> As we anxiously await the first "really good" day and the opening of the floodgates, we look at the next few days with optimism. While a few showers may still be an annoyance in the morning, the lights winds could turn south to southwest in the afternoon. If they do, and the day warms up enough, it could be a good day - finally. If clouds stay thick, number won't be too special, but I do expect a decent push as long as precipitation clears early enough.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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Date: 3/27/18 3:42 am
From: Dave Tucker <dhtucker...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] sightings
A deer carcass has emerged from the snowmelt on Haley Rd in Kittery and has
been attracting crows, eagles, and vultures from time to time, though most
of the times I drive by no birds are dining. Sunday I was surprised to see
a Greater Black-backed Gull chowing down while two TVs watched patiently.



Small groups of blackbirds more common every day here. Hawk sightings are
up, especially accipiters, just from driving about. Pileated woodpeckers
seem more present too, though I mostly attribute that to luck. At the
feeder, the goldfinches are starting to yellow. In damp areas the Canadas
are starting to act domestic in pairs, breaking away from the winter flocks,
and a pair of mallards in every puddle!



Dave Tucker, Kittery pt

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Date: 3/26/18 5:13 pm
From: Bob Duchesne <duchesne...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 30-toed Woodpeckers
I've been watching the weather, waiting for that perfect day to get up to
the Chamberlain Lake area, scouting out my favorite woodpeckers. Today was
the day. And I wanted to be there at dawn, so I went up last night and slept
in the car.well, the van.well, the big van. I tried to get to sleep early,
but a saw-whet owl kept piping for hours. It was so close, I could hear it
through the closed doors, the little twerp. I didn't bring a thermometer and
I don't know what the temp was when I woke up, but urine froze before
hitting the ground, so I'm guessing daybreak started cold. It warmed
quickly.



Finch fest. Chamberlain Bridge was alive at sunrise, with tons of siskins
and crossbills. Most were red crossbills - type 173, I think. Purple finches
were in full song. It was noisy the whole dad-gummed day. I birded my usual
haunts west of there. There were just as many siskins along the road, but
most of the crossbills were white-winged. And THEY were singing up a storm.
At least five brown creepers were singing. Through that stretch, I
encountered two black-backed woodpeckers and three American three-toed
woodpeckers. That's a total of 30 toes.



Officially, the calendar says it is spring. But there is still four feet of
snow on the ground up there, and it was a sloppy ride home after the
temperatures rose.



Bob Duchesne

Woodpecker Whisperer



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Date: 3/26/18 5:01 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (26 Mar 2018) 24 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 3 62 62
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 34 34
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 2 2
> Cooper's Hawk 1 15 15
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 6 10 10
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 11 40 40
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 1 1
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 1 1
> Total: 24 169 169
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Tom Downing
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> 13 people came by the hawkwatch today, one of whom decided to share a personal, heartbreaking story, figuratively and literally.
>
> Weather:
> It was a beautiful day to be outdoors. The sky was almost entirely cloudless until one small cirrus cloud peaked out from around the mountain looking for a little attention. Temperatures were mild at about 40 degrees, for a high. Winds continued to be mostly from the north and northeast today. With the abundant sun came a lot of heat distortion.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The day started very slowly, with nothing being counted for the first three hours. A few of the Red Shoulders which passed by today came in relatively close to the summit, providing great looks at the birds beautiful plumage. Other migrants gained significant altitude, making for the first real neck cramping day. Today saw the first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season. The bird was making evasive maneuvers from a pair of crows, ducking, dipping, and diving like a small bait fish.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> 19 species of birds were seen or heard from the summit today.
>
> Predictions:
> A ridge of high pressure is going to keep us separated from some weather to our west, making for a nice Tuesday. Cloud cover should be minimal. Temps could climb to the mid 40's. Winds are still predicted to be from the north northeast but pretty light. If tomorrow starts off where today left off, it could shape up to a decent day.
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> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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