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8/21/17 3:33 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 2 updates in 2 topics
8/20/17 4:36 pm Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Red Knot at Flat Bay Harrington
8/20/17 4:27 am Will Sweet <wsweet321...> [Maine-birds] Royal Tern- Laudholm Beach, Wells
8/19/17 3:37 pm <rines.jan...> [Maine-birds] Nighthawks!
8/19/17 8:23 am Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Flat Bay Shorebirds
8/18/17 10:27 am Kathy <azwickfish...> [Maine-birds] Weskeag peregrine aerial show
8/16/17 10:03 am Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Last Old Quarry Puffin Trip
8/16/17 9:27 am <welaverty...> [Maine-birds] Fwd: (CBC) CBC: Birdwatcher who saved rare oriole dies before seeing bird fly home
8/15/17 5:27 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits still around...
8/15/17 2:31 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Protect Puffins by Protecting Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
8/14/17 10:52 am Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Apparent Gray-tailed Tattler photographed on Matinicus Rock heading South
8/14/17 7:36 am Magill Weber <magillweber...> Re: [Maine-birds] Banded egret at Weskeag
8/14/17 7:34 am <louise.conant...> [Maine-birds] snowy egrets, ruddy turnstones
8/14/17 7:29 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Banded egret at Weskeag
8/13/17 5:49 pm <wtownsend...> [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Magurrewock Marsh
8/13/17 5:44 pm <wtownsend...> [Maine-birds] Frenchman Bay area
8/13/17 5:42 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Prouts Neck birds
8/13/17 3:46 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island trip
8/13/17 7:27 am johncrooks <johncrooks...> Re: [Maine-birds] Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
8/13/17 5:34 am tfennell <tfennell...> [Maine-birds] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Spurwink River Crossing
8/13/17 5:16 am Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Georgetown/Phippsburg(?), 8/12(?)
8/12/17 6:46 pm Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Flat Bay Shorebirds
8/12/17 5:30 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] pre migration jitters
8/12/17 1:00 pm Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...> [Maine-birds] Re: Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
8/12/17 12:01 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Little Blue Heron
8/12/17 11:09 am Richard <rjduddy...> [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt - Yes
8/12/17 10:38 am Dave Thompson <mainedave12...> [Maine-birds] Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
8/12/17 9:00 am Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...> [Maine-birds] Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
8/12/17 7:26 am S. Davis <kd7gxf...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits continue...
8/12/17 5:08 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Black-neck Stilt
8/12/17 2:46 am 'Carl Small' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Little Stint
8/11/17 5:28 pm Tom Olson <sidneyblack...> [Maine-birds] Re: Thank you to Maine Birders
8/11/17 5:13 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 8/5-11
8/10/17 6:54 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits continue...
8/10/17 2:08 pm Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...> [Maine-birds] Off Topic, Dragon Fields, Portland
8/9/17 1:34 pm LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...> [Maine-birds] Thank you to Maine Birders
8/9/17 8:34 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] White not Redwinged Crossbills
8/9/17 8:33 am Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...> [Maine-birds] Red-winged Crossbills
8/8/17 3:52 pm Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Old Quarry Puffin and Tropicbird Trip
8/8/17 3:16 pm Medea Steinman <medea.steinman...> [Maine-birds] Murmuration of sandpipers at Machias Dike
8/8/17 10:21 am 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Buff Breasted
8/8/17 5:23 am Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...> [Maine-birds] Sabattus Pond update
8/8/17 5:22 am Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Migrants
8/8/17 5:19 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Weskeag stilt on August 8
8/7/17 7:25 pm Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] Monhegan summer birding
8/7/17 6:53 pm Beth Mills <mills8111...> [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Magurrewock Marsh, off Route 1 in Calais
8/7/17 6:38 pm Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Caspian Tern and Hudsonian Godwits...
8/7/17 3:50 pm 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Western Birds
8/7/17 3:29 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Eastern Road, Scarborough Marsh, 8/7 (adult BASA, WIPH, WFIB, STSA, "Patches," etc).
8/7/17 2:36 pm wrenyen <medea.steinman...> [Maine-birds] Re: Piping plover chick..I think
8/7/17 12:08 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Red-billed Tropicbird, etc, Seal Island, 8/7
8/7/17 9:05 am Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...> [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt - Weskeag Marsh, 8/7
8/7/17 8:38 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> [Maine-birds] lens cap
8/7/17 8:22 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Tourist falconer returns home
8/7/17 7:29 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Piping plover chick..I think
8/6/17 3:43 pm Sarah Caputo <catbird338...> [Maine-birds] Harriers
8/6/17 11:35 am aerart via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Glossy Ibis - Fryeburg Harbor
8/5/17 6:23 am Seth Benz <sbenz...> [Maine-birds] Stilt
8/5/17 4:52 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] York County pelagic report (8/2)...
8/4/17 8:33 pm Elias B. <ebbornhofft...> [Maine-birds] Late Posting / Worm Eating Warbler
8/4/17 4:22 pm Sean Hatch <seanarih...> [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt
8/4/17 4:14 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 7/29-8/4
8/4/17 10:02 am Sharon F. <sfinley111...> Re: [Maine-birds] Long-billed Dowitcher, Sanford Lagoons, 8/3-4
8/4/17 8:34 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Long-billed Dowitcher, Sanford Lagoons, 8/3-4
8/4/17 6:11 am Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Baird's Sandpiper & Lark Sparrow
8/4/17 3:51 am Dave Tucker <dhtucker...> [Maine-birds] Fort Foster evening seawatch
8/3/17 4:33 pm Julie A. Krasne, DVM <jkraz1984...> Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
8/3/17 2:58 pm Charlotte Hewson <cghewson...> Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
8/3/17 2:44 pm Janet Galle <janetgalle...> Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
8/3/17 1:45 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
8/3/17 5:39 am Patricia Moynahan <pmmoynahan...> [Maine-birds] Stilt present
8/3/17 5:31 am Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Seal island Tropicbird report
8/3/17 4:17 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN, York Beach, 6:50am, 8/3.
8/2/17 1:01 pm Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> [Maine-birds] BLACK-NECKED STILT-yes
8/2/17 7:29 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] black-necked stilt
8/2/17 7:15 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
8/1/17 7:00 pm Bob Crowley <crbob...> [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron, White Form
8/1/17 6:51 pm Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...> [Maine-birds] RFI Little Egret
8/1/17 1:39 pm Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
8/1/17 7:02 am Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Whimbrel mystery
8/1/17 7:01 am Jeffrey Reardon <JReardon...> [Maine-birds] RE: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
8/1/17 6:54 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
7/31/17 1:06 pm Kyle Lima <kylelemur21...> [Maine-birds] Gulf of Maine in July
7/31/17 12:56 pm Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
7/31/17 5:34 am Becky Marvil <bmarvil...> [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
7/31/17 5:31 am Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...> [Maine-birds] Rockland fish crows
7/30/17 6:35 pm Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Jaegers & More
7/30/17 11:31 am 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] 2 Hudsonian Godwits Hills Beach
7/30/17 10:10 am 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Correction-Hudsonian Godwit Biddeford Pool
7/30/17 9:48 am 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] MARBLED GODWIT Biddeford Pool
7/30/17 8:44 am Scott Richardson <scott.xot...> [Maine-birds] Maine Birding Trail / Aroostook update
7/29/17 4:13 pm Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy...> [Maine-birds] Cherryfield Semi Sandpipers
7/29/17 3:06 pm Rich MacDonald <rich...> [Maine-birds] some MDI birds
7/29/17 7:16 am 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Re: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 7/22-28
7/28/17 9:24 pm 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 7/22-28
7/28/17 3:08 pm Linwood Riggs <lriggs...> RE: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes?
7/28/17 11:14 am Michael Little <mjlittle2318...> [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes?
7/26/17 3:37 pm Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> [Maine-birds] New TSA rules about camera screening
7/26/17 9:47 am Janet Galle <janetgalle...> [Maine-birds] Little Egret
7/26/17 9:22 am David Small <docfinsdave...> [Maine-birds] Id help, please.
7/25/17 4:01 pm Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> [Maine-birds] Old Quarry Puffin Trip featuring (sometimes) the red-billed tropicbird report
7/25/17 9:29 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
7/25/17 8:07 am Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...> [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
7/25/17 7:01 am 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
7/25/17 4:17 am Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] Re: RFI Little Egret, Portland
7/24/17 7:11 pm 'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland
7/24/17 11:27 am tom A <tom.aversa...> [Maine-birds] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Unity
7/24/17 11:00 am Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...> [Maine-birds] Whimbrels at Flat Bay
7/24/17 10:04 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [Maine-birds] RFI Little Egret, Portland
7/22/17 5:41 pm Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Yellow-crowned Night-heron & Red-billed Tropicbird
7/22/17 4:17 pm Magill Weber <magillweber...> [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Higgins Beach
7/22/17 2:44 pm Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> [Maine-birds] Morse Mountain - Plucky Piping Plover Perpetually Pesters Placid Peeps
7/22/17 12:59 pm Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland
7/22/17 10:07 am RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...> [Maine-birds] Re: Wharton Point, Brunswick: Shorebirds, Peregrine Falcon, and cool gull behavior
7/22/17 7:03 am Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> [Maine-birds] Wharton Point, Brunswick: Shorebirds, Peregrine Falcon, and cool gull behavior
 
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Date: 8/21/17 3:33 am
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Digest for - 2 updates in 2 topics
Nighthawks in Bucksport


The report of several dozen Nighthawks in Harrison reminded me to post our sighting in Bucksport on Route 46 before the Golf Club. On Saturday evening there were 100+ Nighthawks circling diving and feeding over the road and adjacent fields.


Mike and Dawn Little

Bucksport


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* Royal Tern- Laudholm Beach, Wells - 1 Update
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Will Sweet <wsweet321...>: Aug 20 04:27AM -0700

Maine Birders,

At around 6:30am this morning, a Royal Tern flew past me flying from North to South along Laudholm Beach in Wells before taking a turn, seemingly towards the Barrier Beach Trail at Laudholm Farm.

Hope it sticks around and good birding!

Will Sweet
Sharon MA/ Wells ME

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<rines.jan...>: Aug 19 03:37PM -0700

Several dozen nighthawks are currently (6:30 PM) working the skies over my
fields in Harrison.

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Date: 8/20/17 4:36 pm
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red Knot at Flat Bay Harrington
I observed a single Red Knot feeding among Bonaparte's Gulls and
Semipalmated Sandpipers during this afternoon's low tide.

Merle Archie

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Date: 8/20/17 4:27 am
From: Will Sweet <wsweet321...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Royal Tern- Laudholm Beach, Wells
Maine Birders,

At around 6:30am this morning, a Royal Tern flew past me flying from North to South along Laudholm Beach in Wells before taking a turn, seemingly towards the Barrier Beach Trail at Laudholm Farm.

Hope it sticks around and good birding!

Will Sweet
Sharon MA/ Wells ME

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Date: 8/19/17 3:37 pm
From: <rines.jan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Nighthawks!
Several dozen nighthawks are currently (6:30 PM) working the skies over my
fields in Harrison.

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Date: 8/19/17 8:23 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Flat Bay Shorebirds
The daily number of small shorebirds (Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers
and Least Sandpipers) continue to be in the 1,700 to 2,000 range (probably
an underestimate). Most of those birds are on the other side of the bay
(about a mile away) so it is difficult to distinguish species even with our
scopes.

Increasing numbers of both Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs and Black-bellied
Plover are happening now. Flocks of 70+ Lesser Yellowlegs are not
uncommon. We see up to 12 or so Short-billed Dowitchers as well.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Date: 8/18/17 10:27 am
From: Kathy <azwickfish...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Weskeag peregrine aerial show

Around 10:15 after observing the egrets, yellowlegs and semipalmated
sandpipers the 6 of us birders were treated to a spectacular aerial
acrobatic show in the sky with two peregrines.

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Date: 8/16/17 10:03 am
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Last Old Quarry Puffin Trip
Tropicbird no, success 7/11. We had our last puffin trip of the year. The
good thing about this time of year is that literally hundreds of puffins
are in the water around the island and on the rocks and several are feeding
in the water on the way out. The bad thing is Razorbills are off the island
but we have still been finding them in the water. This year was good for
gannets, jaegers, and manx shearwaters. Saw as usual since July 10th or so,
over 50 gannets, a dozen jaegers of various morphs and species (mostly
parasitic), and a handful of Manx shearwaters (maybe 6-8 each way?). Also
seen were a raft of 8 razorbills with 2 chicks, a dozen great shearwaters
on the water, 2 fly-bys of sooty shearwaters, 100 or so wilson's
storm-petrels and a couple glances of a foraging Minke whale. The fog was
so thick we did not have a chance at the finicky Tropicbird.

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Date: 8/16/17 9:27 am
From: <welaverty...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: (CBC) CBC: Birdwatcher who saved rare oriole dies before seeing bird fly home
Saw this article from a Canadian news cast. Another Bullocks Oriole. Somewhat sad

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Date: 8/15/17 5:27 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits still around...
Hi all,

The 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS continued today in Biddeford. This morning, I
photographed one of them feeding along the Basket Island causeway
during the falling tide.

Photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38654338

Best,
Josh

Inspiring Nature Connection in New England
joshfecteau.com | patreon.com/JoshFecteau

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Date: 8/15/17 2:31 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Protect Puffins by Protecting Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
Hi all,

Recently I wrote a blog urging folks - especially birders - to submit a comment in support of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The deadline for comments is today, August 15th.
http://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/northeast-canyons-and-seamounts-national-monument-needs-your-support/

Thank you for your consideration,
-Derek

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Date: 8/14/17 10:52 am
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Apparent Gray-tailed Tattler photographed on Matinicus Rock heading South


Just got some exciting photos from one of the Matinicus Rock interns asking
for help with an ID. My first impression of the bird was a Tattler sp...
Earl (the intern) mentioned it was flying by and heading south.
Interestingly when I got him on the phone to tell him the exciting news he
mentioned that it sounded like a golden plover without any prior knowledge
of either Tattler call. Sibley mentions how the Gray-tailed Tattler call is
similar to a slurred Pacific Golden Plover. After we got off the phone he
listened to the call and was positive it sounded like a Gray-tailed! After
looking at the photos the amount of white in the flanks combining with the
call seem to indicate Gray-tailed.. He will post a detailed description and
more photos in flight in his eBird report later today.


Get out an look!!


All the best,


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Date: 8/14/17 7:36 am
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Banded egret at Weskeag
Hi Don,
That banded Great Egret has been there since at least last Thursday. I hunted around online and it looks like it was banded in Ontario in the 2010-2015 range. I'd be interested to know if you find out any specifics.
Magill

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> This morning I photographed a great egret with two red legs bands on left leg (upper band read: 84T.) I'll check with the Bandedbirds site. The stilt was not present in the front roadside pools at 7 am, but could have been with other egrets further down marsh. Stilt sandpiper, pectoral, and the usual species mix in the pools. A flock of 350-400 peeps at Thomaston mudflats yesterday afternoon.
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Date: 8/14/17 7:34 am
From: <louise.conant...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] snowy egrets, ruddy turnstones
Forty snowy egrets near the mouth of the Kennebec, just upriver from Bay
Point. But no ruddy turnstones on the offshore islands! Have we just missed
them, or are they absent this year?

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Date: 8/14/17 7:29 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Banded egret at Weskeag
This morning I photographed a great egret with two red legs bands on left leg (upper band read: 84T.) I'll check with the Bandedbirds site. The stilt was not present in the front roadside pools at 7 am, but could have been with other egrets further down marsh. Stilt sandpiper, pectoral, and the usual species mix in the pools. A flock of 350-400 peeps at Thomaston mudflats yesterday afternoon.


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Date: 8/13/17 5:49 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Magurrewock Marsh
The bird reported on Monday 8/7 was still present in the marsh beside Rt. 1 on Friday afternoon 8/11.
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Date: 8/13/17 5:44 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Frenchman Bay area
8/12/17. An influx of Gannets and Wilson's Storm-Petrels into Frenchman Bay on Sat.
Gannet: 7 adult, 12 immature
Wilson's Petrels: 20+
At dusk two Great Egrets and one Great Blue Heron landed in spruce trees at the east end of Bar Island on the side away from downtown Bar Harbor.
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Date: 8/13/17 5:42 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Prouts Neck birds
Found 2 American Oystercatchers on the rocks off the cliff walk. Also 10 Ruddy Turnstones ( seems early for them), 8 Spotted Sandpipers. Had a Peregrine flyover on Scarborough State Beach. John Tobin

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Date: 8/13/17 3:46 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island trip
Chartered a boat out of Vinalhaven to Seal Island NWR. Great trip with John Drury. While no Tropic bird we did see a lot. Jeager piracy of terns was an aerial display, a wonder to witness. A great trip.
Photos for those interested:
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Date: 8/13/17 7:27 am
From: johncrooks <johncrooks...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument




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-------- Original message --------From: Rich MacDonald <rich...> Date: 7/17/17 8:20 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Maine-birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Over the weekend (Saturday), we made a foray up to Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. What a wonderful area of Maine! We arrived in the area about 8:00 a.m. and were there for most of the day. A high temperature of 62F with a complete and high overcast was coupled with a southerly breeze, which kept the bugs down but made it challenging to hear the birds. We dipped on target birds such as Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker, but we still managed 15 species of warbler! We hit many of the stops Jeff Wells mentioned in his June email, as well as visiting a number of other likely birding spots. Our day’s tally: _______. Red Crossbills may just possibly have been the most numerous species of the day!
For what it is worth, here is our complete list:American Black DuckHooded Merganser (we would have missed the lone HOME if we had not had a spotting scope)Ruffed Grouse (a hen with four chicks was fun to watch as the spent a lot of time along the edge of the road)Turkey VultureBroad-winged HawkSpotted SandpiperRuby-throated HummingbirdDowny WoodpeckerHairy WoodpeckerNorthern FlickerPileated WoodpeckerAmerican KestrelMerlinOlive-sided FlycatcherYellow-bellied FlycatcherEastern PhoebeWarbling VireoRed-eyed VireoBlue JayAmerican CrowCommon RavenTree SwallowBlack-capped ChickadeeRed-breasted NuthatchWinter WrenGolde-crowned KingletRuby-crowned KingletVeerySwainson’s ThrushHermit ThrushWood ThrushAmerican RobinGray CatbirdCedar WaxwingOvenbirdNorthern WaterthrushBlack-and-white WarblerNashville WarblerMourning WarblerCommon YellowthroatAmerican RedstartNorthern ParulaMagnolia WarblerChestnut-sided WarblerBlackpoll Warbler (a lone male was a nice find)Black-throated Blue WarblerPine WarblerYellow-rumped WarblerBlack-throated Green WarblerWhite-throated SparrowSavannah SparrowSong SparrowSwamp SparrowRed-winged BlackbirdCommon GracklePurple FinchRed CrossbillWhite-winged CrossbillAmerican Goldfinch
Richard MacDonaldThe Natural History CenterP.O. Box 6Bar Harbor, Maine 04609207/<266-9461Rich...>/TheNaturalHistoryCenter

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Date: 8/13/17 5:34 am
From: tfennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Spurwink River Crossing
The bird found by Bill Bunn yesterday is currently perched in a tree on the ocean-side of the bridge.
Tim Fennell


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Date: 8/13/17 5:16 am
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Georgetown/Phippsburg(?), 8/12(?)
Passing along a post from the MAINE Birds Facebook group that shows a Brown Pelican "photographed at the mouth of the Kennebec River by Peter Woodruff." I’m not positive exactly where it was seen from, or even what date it was seen, but figured birders in the area would like to know: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAINEBirds/permalink/1422573144491450/

Good birding,


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Date: 8/12/17 6:46 pm
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Flat Bay Shorebirds
The past week has brought in more shorebirds to add to the 1,400+ birds
we've been seeing since early August. Up to 2,500 shorebirds (mixture of
Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed
Dowitchers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers and, yes, 27-35
Whimbrel, are daily feeding on the mudflats during low tide in Flat Bay.
Good numbers of Common Terns, Bonaparte's Gulls, Herring Gulls and
Ring-billed Gulls as well as several Double-crested Cormorants and Ospreys
add to the viewing pleasure!

I saw one Stilt Sandpiper in the Mill River mudflats (west side of the
peninsula that ends in Oak Point) in Harrington this past Thursday.

Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Date: 8/12/17 5:30 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] pre migration jitters
The late summer flock up has begun, working in the pasture today the mixed pine & weed copse in the middle of the field was dripping birds-


Tufted titmouse

Chickadees

Song Sparrows

Chipping Sparrow

Northern Parula

B&W warblers

Chestnut-sided warblers

Blue-headed vireos

White breasted nuthatch

Canada warbler

Redstarts


Of course it is the beginning of the end...


Sarah


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Date: 8/12/17 1:00 pm
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
Sorry for the late directions as I was out, it's on Rt 77 where Cape
Elizabeth meets Scarborough, there's a pullout with a small parking area
and a wooden pier, between Spurwink and Sawyer roads

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> Was present on the incoming tide around 10:30, still there when I left
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Date: 8/12/17 12:01 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Blue Heron
 There appears to be 2 adults in the back pannes off the Eastern Trail , Scarborough Marsh . I was just out for a "walk"with  my bins only , 7x . Many peeps and other migrants present. Nelson's Sparrow's are sounding off. John Tobin

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Date: 8/12/17 11:09 am
From: Richard <rjduddy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt - Yes
Left the marsh a minutes ago. The stilt was in the front panne.

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Date: 8/12/17 10:38 am
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
Where is the crossing located? Thanks

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Date: 8/12/17 9:00 am
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Spurwink River Crossing
Was present on the incoming tide around 10:30, still there when I left

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Date: 8/12/17 7:26 am
From: S. Davis <kd7gxf...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits continue...
Still present today, right where Josh said they'd be!

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Date: 8/12/17 5:08 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-neck Stilt
So cool to see such an iconic Western bird at Weskeag Marsh- front pools with many Egrets-
Skip Small
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Date: 8/12/17 2:46 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Stint
Anybody thinking of going for the Little Stint on Morris Island in Massachusetts
Thanks
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Date: 8/11/17 5:28 pm
From: Tom Olson <sidneyblack...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Thank you to Maine Birders
Happy to hear you had a great trip discovering Maine and its magnificent
shorebirds. Have a safe journey home!

Tom Olson
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Date: 8/11/17 5:13 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 8/5-11
Hi all,

A few more observations of note from me over the past seven days, in addition to what I have already posted here, included:
- 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bog Brook Sanctuary, Montville, 8/8 (with Jeannette).
- 1 "WESTERN" WILLET and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 8/10.
- 2 continuing HUDSONIAN GODWITS, The Pool from Hill's Beach, 8/10.
- 14 1/2 species of shorebirds in all between Hill's Beach and The Pool, 8/10.
- Cap N' Fish Whalewatch out of Boothbay Harbor, 8/11 (with Evan Obercian; some photos on our store's Facebook Page):
5 Manx Shearwaters
3 Parasitic Jaegers
1+ unidentified jaeger
6 Sooty Shearwaters
111 Great Shearwaters
~150 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
~100 Northern Gannets
1-2 Fin Whales
4+ Minke Whales
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle.

-Derek

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Date: 8/10/17 6:54 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Hudsonian Godwits continue...
Hi all,

2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS continue in "the pool" visible from Sky Harbor
Drive or Hills Beach Road. Around low tide, they seem to favor a
particular section of mudflat, approximately located here:
https://goo.gl/maps/swm4KmGPAPF2

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Date: 8/10/17 2:08 pm
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Off Topic, Dragon Fields, Portland
Two years ago they mowed in early August and I called and complained, etc.
This year they did the same thing, the info I got was, Portland is leasing
the dome, which is going to be capped with clay and other materials, to
support solar array panels, just wanted to pass this along in case anybody
was planning to go birding there!

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Date: 8/9/17 1:34 pm
From: LINDA B RADTKE <lradtke...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Thank you to Maine Birders
Recently returned from my first trip to Maine. Was there for 9 days,
during which time my friend and I traveled up the coast. We managed to
find at least 90 species of birds, which included a number of life birds.

Visited Laudham Farm and beach to see the Least Terns and many shorebirds.
Went on a bird walk at Scarborough Marsh, during which we saw several life
birds and were thrilled when the Glossy Ibis flew overhead! Very nice
group and good leader named Noah.

We visited Biddeford where were marveled at the view and met a birder named
Mike, who taught us how to identity Storm Petrels and Guillemots.

Went on two different Puffin trips, one out of Boothbay and one out of Bar
Harbor. Many amazing seabirds and animals. And finally, spending 5 days
at Acadia National Park. Never got out to see the Tropicbird, but that is
how it goes.

I am just writing to say thank you to the people who offered suggestions,
and who helped along the way. You have a beautiful state.

Linda Radtke
Downers Grove, IL

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Date: 8/9/17 8:34 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] White not Redwinged Crossbills
Sorry.

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Date: 8/9/17 8:33 am
From: Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan <andale62...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-winged Crossbills
Boy Scout Rd, Oquossoc. Been watching them feeding in Tamarack trees on the BoyScout grounds. Hard to count due to groups of 6 going tree to tree.

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Date: 8/8/17 3:52 pm
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Old Quarry Puffin and Tropicbird Trip
Tropicbird sucess: 7/10 It started out rainy and foggy and I had my
reservations of what we would see. By merchants row we were already seeing
Gannet so that was a good sign. By Isle au Haut the water was clear and by
the time we got to Seal Island, it was sunny. The water was full of
foraging birds. A lot of loons, about 8-10 jaegers of various morphs that
were probably mostly parasitic, easily over 50 Gannet, and a couple groups
of Manx Shearwater, a handful of Great Shearwater, and several large flocks
of Wislon's Storm-petrel. For the first time, there seemed to be a 2 or 3
Leach's Storm-petrels out there as well. Razorbills and Puffins were out
with there chicks. At the island were hundreds of puffins in the water.
Cormorants and arctic terns still covered the island in their respective
spots. The Red-billed Tropicbird made its appearance and we got great looks
as did John Drury from Vinalhaven who also happened to be out there.

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Date: 8/8/17 3:16 pm
From: Medea Steinman <medea.steinman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Murmuration of sandpipers at Machias Dike
I got to enjoy a large murmuration of sandpipers over the Machias River
during lunch today. This was in town, below Bad Little Falls and just
behind Berry Vines near the dike. It was difficult to estimate a count but
there were certainly hundreds. The wave-like undulations and tightly
coordinated dance were breathtaking. Semi-palmated I'm guessing but not
sure. They didn't come in close to shore but stayed out in the middle of
the cove.

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Date: 8/8/17 10:21 am
From: 'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Buff Breasted
The Buff Breasted sandpiper continues. I saw it today 8/8 on River rd just before it connects to Harbor rd. It was hanging with his Killdeer peeps. Leon

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Date: 8/8/17 5:23 am
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sabattus Pond update
Hello All,

Numbers of shorebirds at the South End beach of Sabattus Pond are
increasing. Last night (after construction crews left) 22 Least Sandpipers
(former high 4), 2 Semi-palmated Sandpipers were new.

On Friday Beth and I paddled from the north end Bull's Run road.
Highlights were multiple Marsh Wrens, a Peregrine Falcon and a fly over
Black-bellied Plover.

Paving of route 126 is likely to limit access to beach during work hours.

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Date: 8/8/17 5:22 am
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Migrants
Lots of migrants coming through the island yesterday with some increased
diversity. Yellow Warblers and Northern Waterthrush numbers are steadily
increasing and we have also had singles of American Redstart and Prairie
Warbler. Shorebird numbers are on the rise as well with Semipalmated and
Least Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated and
Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstones (included several banded birds), and
more unusual species for the island including Red Knot, Baird's Sandpiper
and the second record (to my best knowledge) of Upland Sandpiper. Other
migrants have included Cliff Swallow, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Cedar
Waxwings. The seas have quieted down a bit after a rush of Jaegers earlier
in the month but, Northern Gannet numbers are still strong. At least two
individuals have been landing and loafing with the cormorants throughout
the nesting season.

All the best,

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Date: 8/8/17 5:19 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Weskeag stilt on August 8
Hi,


At 7 am, the stilt was present with a mixed egret flock of 60+ birds. Stellar views in the front pool area near parking pulloff. The egrets will often shift to the rear pools by mid-morning, but the group was still busily feeding at 8 am.


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Date: 8/7/17 7:25 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Monhegan summer birding
My husband Paul and I spent the past four days on Monhegan, and we weren't
birding per se, but I thought it worth mentioning the few birds we noted
there as a point of interest and contrast to birding in May and September.
I also spent six days on the island in late June-early July, so will
mention some observations from then, too.

From the boat:
Wilson's Storm-petrel - saw 25+ on the boat ride over on Friday and maybe
8-10 on the trip back to Port Clyde today
Great Shearwater - 2, on trip to the island
No. Gannet - 20+ on the trip to the island, dozens on the trip back today;
also, dozens seen from the island itself over the weekend, mostly sub-adult
birds. Mackerel and other fish were apparently schooling in the harbor and
right offshore. In addition to all the gannets, a fisherman and a boater
have observed sharks near the island in the past few days, and the boat
from Port Clyde today stopped to enjoy a pod of dolphins!

On the island highlights:
Common Eider - still a couple of hens with (large) chicks
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1-2, including 1 very vocal bird heard in and around
Cathedral Woods over the past 2 days
Ring-necked Pheasant - none seen or heard this trip, but I heard at least 2
crowing back in late June-early July
Herring Gull - 1 wing-tagged, painted (red), and banded adult bird at Fish
Beach, green wing tag #191
Common Tern - many, and very noisy in the harbor; not something I've
experienced in spring or fall
Semiplamated Plover - 1, Lobster Cove
Least Sandpiper - 4, Lobster Cove (shiny new ones)
Greater Yellowlegs - 1 calling over Manana
Swainson's Thrush - 2-3 whining in Cathedral Woods; in late June, heard 2-4
singing in the woods
Winter Wren - 2 singing (at least 4 singing back in June)
Cedar Waxwing - small flocks all over the island, worth mentioning because
I love them so
American Redstart - 1 calling full adult male; back in late June, 1-2
singing males
Magnolia Warbler - 2. On a hike around the island, Paul saw an adult and a
fledgling.
Common Yellowthroat - saw many in late June, including juv. birds;
surprised not to see/hear one now
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2 seen today; 2 seen back in early July
Savannah Sparrow - 1 heard in Lobster Cove

And for those who were on the island this past spring and wondered if the
Sora was ever going to shut up, apparently he did.

Also of note:
Butterflies - Monarchs seemed much more numerous than in the past few
years, which is very heartening. Also saw probably hundreds of Painted
Ladies, which were everywhere, especially on the thistle and globe thistle;
small numbers of Black Swallowtail and C. Wood Nymph, and no skippers that
I can recall, which seems strange because I noted quite a few back in late
June.

Reptiles - Caught a smooth green snake on the trail today, as well as the
smallest baby ring-necked snake I've ever seen!

Already looking forward to getting back out there next month!

Kristen

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Date: 8/7/17 6:53 pm
From: Beth Mills <mills8111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Egret at Magurrewock Marsh, off Route 1 in Calais
There was a great egret in the Magurrewock Marsh at Moosehorn NWR in Calais
about 4:30 PM. It was visible from US Route 1. The Middle Magurrewock
Marsh is on your right as you travel Route 1 towards Calais.

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Date: 8/7/17 6:38 pm
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Biddeford: Caspian Tern and Hudsonian Godwits...
Hi all,

1 continuing CASPIAN TERN was on a sandbar east of the Basket Island
causeway in Biddeford shortly before low tide this afternoon.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38531007

Nearby, 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS continued in "the pool" visible from Sky
Harbor Drive or Hills Beach Road.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38531167

Best,
Josh

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Date: 8/7/17 3:50 pm
From: 'john tobin' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Western Birds
I've just returned from Utah and Nevada where I teamed up with Skip Small of Rockport ,and 2 other birders to hike up to 10,000' in the Ruby Mts. in search of the Himalayan Snowcock. We were very fortunate to find a large flock of 13 birds above the tree line amidst scattered snow patches.It was 100 degrees each day , but cooler at altitude. Also found a Snowy Plover near Salt Lake on my final evening. That made up for the one I missed in Reid State Park a few weeks ago.John Tobin , Scarborough

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Date: 8/7/17 3:29 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Eastern Road, Scarborough Marsh, 8/7 (adult BASA, WIPH, WFIB, STSA, "Patches," etc).
Hi all,I spent most of the morning today at the Eastern Road Trail in Scarborough Marsh. 12 species of shorebirds, 6 1/2 species of wading birds, and more included the following:1 adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (photos)
1 WILSON'S PHALAROPE1 molting adult WHITE-FACED IBIS (photos)5 adult Stilt Sandpipers (FOY)"Patches" the TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET HYBRID
Complete shorebird counts, led by the 1,000-1,250 Semipalmated Sandpipers, other observations, and a few photos are on this quick blog entry:https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/tremendous-morning-on-eastern-road-in-scarborough-marsh-8717/

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Date: 8/7/17 2:36 pm
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Piping plover chick..I think
So cute!!! They're just too much! :-)
Thanks for putting a smile on my face while I grind away at work on my
computer, late on a beautiful August evening in Machias. sigh.

On Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:29:03 AM UTC-4, David Small wrote:
>
> Deb and I walked from Fort Popham to Popham Beach Saturday morning in the
> fog. Great adventure. I'm jealous of you folks that reside near by. One
> problem that bothers me, were the number of off-leash dogs running around
> near and on protected areas. Oh well.
>
> I hope I've identified this little guy correctly...if so, it's a life bird
> for me.
>
>
> http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h926780dd#h926780dd
>
> Cheers,
> Dave
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Date: 8/7/17 12:08 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Red-billed Tropicbird, etc, Seal Island, 8/7
Hi all,I had the privilege of being the Guest Naturalist aboard the Isle au Haut Ferry and Mailboat's "Lighthouses and Puffins" tour yesterday. Marion Sprague and Jeannette joined me as we motored from Stonington to Isle au Haut to Saddleback Ledge Light to Seal Island.
Gusty winds made for a fairly bumpy ride, making it hard to scan too far. Wilson's Storm-Petrels and Northern Gannets were fairly common all day, and just past Saddleback Ledge, we had a nice feeding frenzy of gannets and Common Terns that were joined by a couple of Atlantic Puffins.
In and around Seal Island, we had plenty of puffins, Arctic and Common Terns, Great Cormorants, etc (but missed Razorbill), and at least 5-6 different PARASITIC JAEGERS (plus 1-2 unidentified jaegers). One distant large shearwater species off the northwest corner of Seal was our only non-Wilson's Storm-Petrel tubenose on the day.
And of course, there was "Troppy," the continuing Red-billed Tropicbird, who put on a very nice show for us. Jeannette's photos are here:https://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/posts/1755368754493071

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Date: 8/7/17 9:05 am
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt - Weskeag Marsh, 8/7
The BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen briefly this morning among the egret flock at Weskeag Marsh. By brief I mean only one second as the bird flushed from a panne with high egret feeding activity. Thanks to Don Reimer for the local knowledge that the stilt often feeds with the egrets, staying right by their feet.

Here is a complete list for anyone interested: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38524495

Good birding,


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Date: 8/7/17 8:38 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] lens cap
Hi-If anyone comes across a Nike CoolPix camera lens cap it is probably mine-I seem to have lost it there last Thurs. Thanks, Sharon F. in West Kennebunk

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Date: 8/7/17 8:22 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Tourist falconer returns home
Hi,


This morning I spoke with the Owls Head lobster pound keeper who updated the recent mystery story of the falconry bird at Owls Head harbor. A vacationing falconer , lodging nearby, had released his bird for daily exercise sessions. Today the falconer and bird are reportedly heading back home.


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Date: 8/7/17 7:29 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Piping plover chick..I think
Deb and I walked from Fort Popham to Popham Beach Saturday morning in the
fog. Great adventure. I'm jealous of you folks that reside near by. One
problem that bothers me, were the number of off-leash dogs running around
near and on protected areas. Oh well.

I hope I've identified this little guy correctly...if so, it's a life bird
for me.


http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h926780dd#h926780dd

Cheers,
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Date: 8/6/17 3:43 pm
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Harriers
While walking on one of the bog trails in Unity I got accosted by several juvenile Harriers. They were either very curious or I was in their territory...


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Date: 8/6/17 11:35 am
From: aerart via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Glossy Ibis - Fryeburg Harbor

We had two juvenile Glossy Ibis along McNeil Rd, Fryeburg Harbor this morning about 9 am.

A Solitary Sandpiper was on River Rd, a mile east of the intersection of McNiel.


And we had a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Old River Road, about 1/4 mile east of the intersection
of Harbor Rd, Fryeburg Harbor. The Buff-breasted was with about a dozen Killdeer on the south
side of the road in a sod field with some dirt areas. The birds were hanging around a dark brown
pallet in the grassy area (in the west half) of the field. There is also a large, white tractor trailer box off to the right edge of the specific field.

Photos of the Buff-breasted are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30833180@N00/albums/72157684701591063

George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Date: 8/5/17 6:23 am
From: Seth Benz <sbenz...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stilt
Bird continues at Weskeag

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Date: 8/5/17 4:52 am
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] York County pelagic report (8/2)...
Hi all,

This past Wednesday, Louis Bevier, Gordon Smith, and I went out on a
deep sea fishing (and, for us, birding) trip aboard the F/V Nor'easter
out of Kennebunk with Captain Mike Perkins and mate Mike Harlow.
Leaving Kennebunk at 7:30am, we motored ~25 miles (2 hours) to the
northern tip of Jeffreys Ledge, where nearly 5 hours was spent fishing
(by most), birding (by Louis and Gordon), or fishing and birding (by
me*), before motoring back to Kennebunk.

While the three of us were the only birders on board, the Captain,
mate, and some of the passengers were interested in our sightings and
responded well to our collective excitement. Below is a summary of our
sightings for the day. Also, below are links to the eBird checklists
that Louis compiled, several of which include photos.

10+ CORY'S SHEARWATER
5+ GREAT SHEARWATER
1 SOOTY SHEARWATER (segment 4)
1 MANX SHEARWATER (spotted by Gordon; segment 4)

~1000 WILSON'S STORM-PETREL (most during segment 4)
2 LEACH'S STORM-PETREL (spotted/photographed by Louis; segment 3 & 4)

1 PHALAROPE SP. (segment 4)

1 POMARINE JAEGER (likely the same immature dark morph seen during
segments 4, 5, & 6)

1 YELLOW WARBLER (segment 6)

Segment 1:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474162

Segment 2:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474161

Segment 3:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474160

Segment 4:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474159

Segment 5:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474158

Segment 6:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474157

Segment 7:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38474156

Best,
Josh

*I caught a few fish including the best tasting Pollock I've ever eaten.

Inspiring Nature Connection in New England
joshfecteau.com | patreon.com/JoshFecteau

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Date: 8/4/17 8:33 pm
From: Elias B. <ebbornhofft...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Late Posting / Worm Eating Warbler
I saw a worm eating Warbler on the Stroudwater trail, not that far from where the trail crosses under 95. Below Unum trail acces point. It was this past Monday, July 31st @3:30pm I knew it was something cool because I have never seen a Warbler that looked like this. Prominent black crown stripes and olive coloring with buffy underparts. Gleaming insects from a young pine tree. The clincher was the birds location. Just as Forbush states " in the north it frequents wooded hillsides" and the Cornell Lab says " this bird is often found on steep slopes with dense understory" which nicely describes the terrain running parallel to the Stroudwater river.

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Date: 8/4/17 4:22 pm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Black-necked Stilt
Still present at 6 pm. What a gorgeous bird!! Lifer for me and my 300th Maine bird. What a treat and unique bird.

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Date: 8/4/17 4:14 pm
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Subject: [Maine-birds] This Week's Highlights, 7/29-8/4
Hi all,
A few observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 12 species of shorebirds led by 500+ Semipalmated Sandpipers and also including 1 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, Pine Point, Scarborough, 7/30.
- 3 Manx and 2+ Cory's Shearwaters, East Point, Biddeford Pool, 7/31 (with Terez Fraser, John Lorenc, and Pat Moynahan).
- 1 Fish Crow, Wass's Hot Dogs, Main Street, Rockland, 8/1 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Prairie Warbler, Mullin's Head Park, North Haven, 8/2 (photo on store's Facebook page; with Jeannette).
- 1 continuing BLACK-NECKED STILT, Weskeag Marsh, 8/2 (photo on store Facebook page; with Jeannette).
- 1 BLACK SCOTER and 1 Cory's Shearwater, The Nubble, Cape Neddick, 8/3.

-Derek

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Date: 8/4/17 10:02 am
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Long-billed Dowitcher, Sanford Lagoons, 8/3-4
He was leaving just as a friend and I arrived-too bad, he could have pointed out the dowitcher for us! Did see lots of yellow legs and a common snipe-probably missed a bunch more species than I saw! Sharon in West K'bunk


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Long-billed Dowitcher, Sanford Lagoons, 8/3-4

Hi all,
David Sibley reports an adult LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER has been present at the Sanford Lagoons each of the past two mornings. It has been "hiding in the cattail stubble along the south (far) edge of the first pool, directly opposite the gate."

-Derek

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Date: 8/4/17 8:34 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Long-billed Dowitcher, Sanford Lagoons, 8/3-4
Hi all,
David Sibley reports an adult LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER has been present at the Sanford Lagoons each of the past two mornings. It has been "hiding in the cattail stubble along the south (far) edge of the first pool, directly opposite the gate."

-Derek

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Date: 8/4/17 6:11 am
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Baird's Sandpiper & Lark Sparrow
All,

Had a decent amount of movement over head this morning out on Seal Island
NWR. Lots of Yellow Warblers, some Red-Winged Black Birds, and was
highlighted by a Baird's Sandpiper & Lark Sparrow.

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Date: 8/4/17 3:51 am
From: Dave Tucker <dhtucker...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fort Foster evening seawatch
Have taken to sitting on a convenient bench with spotting scope and bins
from roughly 6 to 8 pm a couple days a week at Fort Foster in Kittery Pt to
scan for southbound activity from the southernmost bit of Maine that you
don't need a boat to get to. Last night's highlights included a flock of
twenty five Bonaparte's Gulls, bright in the evening light, a snowy egret,
many barn swallows, small flocks of peeps, and a lot of common terns. Not
to mention the eiders, gulls, and cormorants that litter the waterways.
Waiting for whimbrels now.



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Date: 8/3/17 4:33 pm
From: Julie A. Krasne, DVM <jkraz1984...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
Just put this email in the "Keeper"file. Thank you Derek for this very
honest (and touching) tribute. Stella would approve.
Julie Krasne

On Aug 3, 2017 5:58 PM, "Charlotte Hewson" <cghewson...> wrote:

> Well said, Derek.
> Charlie
>
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 5:44 PM Janet Galle <janetgalle...> wrote:
>
>> This is a lovely tribute, Derek and Jeannette. Thank you.
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Aug 3, 2017, at 4:45 PM, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds
>> <maine-birds...> wrote:
>>
>> As you now know, Stella Walsh passed away early in the morning on
>> Saturday, July 29, 2017. After a long battle with cancer, Stella’s sudden
>> passing was both expected and incredibly unexpected. It’s taken me this
>> long to know what to say, and honestly, I still don’t know what to say.
>>
>> Frankly, we never thought we’d see the day that cancer would win. Perhaps
>> hardened by years on the football sidelines with her legendary coaching
>> father, Stella was tougher than nails. And stubborn as a mule. She never
>> gave up, and she never stopped fighting. Recently, she was even making
>> plans for a new treatment regime to help her through another fall of
>> banding at Riverpoint Preserve.
>>
>> We’ll leave it to others for a more formal obituary, and any public
>> service or memorial arrangements will follow, but we wanted to take a
>> moment today to share what Stella has meant to us, and the entire Maine
>> birding community. Since her retirement from the Division of Health and
>> Human Services, always fighting to get people the care they needed,
>> Stella’s energy went into her love of birds and birding. She was an
>> uber-volunteer, and seemed to never tire about giving back and helping out.
>> From answering phones at Maine Audubon to entering decades of other
>> people’s data into eBird. From editing the newsletter of Merrymeeting
>> Audubon to doing, well, almost anything Merrymeeting ever needed her to do.
>> From countless hours of “fondling” birds at banding projects around the
>> state to shuttling young birders to their next life bird
>>
>> In the last couple of years, it was other birders, especially Becky
>> Marvil, that did the shuttling for her. Chases were few, but outings were
>> always welcomed. She found renewed joy in bird-feeding, relishing the
>> variety of birds that were finally coming to her new window feeders in her
>> Yarmouth condo. Jeannette and I saw her regularly once again, always
>> with a story of new, site-unexpected species visiting the insect suet cake.
>>
>> Stella was one of the first people who welcomed us into the Maine
>> birding community when we moved here 14 years ago. Among countless other
>> jobs, paid and unpaid, that Stella performed after retirement was a couple
>> of years working for us at our old store in Yarmouth. But she was the
>> first to admit that she’d rather be birding than talking to the birding
>> public about squirrel-proofing!
>>
>> She had become a fixture at Sandy Point in the fall, Stella would work
>> the two corners of the parking lot from her car window – cigarette and cup
>> of lousy coffee always nearby. If I was still on the bridge when she left,
>> she would block traffic as long as she needed in order to chat, and
>> complain about how few birds she was seeing that day. Some incarnation of
>> “I guess I probably could look up though, some day?” would often be how she
>> left off. I know it is going to hit me hard this fall, when, after the
>> first big flight at “my office,” I don’t see her black SUV in the corner.
>> It’ll feel empty; I think only then will this loss really hit me. It’s even
>> her photo of me there that was used in my first book.
>>
>> I could share countless stories and accolades, but instead, I will offer
>> one anecdote (Stella wouldn’t want us to get mushy anyway). Stella joined a
>> group of us at our store for a meeting several years ago which turned out
>> to be with the producers of a thank-heavens-never-developed birding reality
>> show. They were looking for “Maine birding characters” (Stella would
>> have her photo next to that entry in the dictionary). Stella stood their
>> quietly, listening, and then at one point, says “F*** this!” and tells the
>> associate producer what a terrible idea this was, and basically insinuated
>> that this was the downfall of modern society. Of course, she was right on
>> both accounts.
>>
>> Stella storms out the door, and the producer, unsurprisingly, had fallen
>> in love and she says to me, “What do we need to do to get her back?” My
>> answer was “It’s Stella, she ain’t coming back.” “Seriously, but if we…”
>> “Nope, it is not going to happen, she’s not changing her mind.”
>>
>> It’s taken me the week to pull my thoughts together about this,
>> especially after talking to people she was mucch closer to. Even if you’ve
>> never had the pleasure of meeting Stella, she’s meant more to you, as a
>> member of the Maine birding community, than you’ll ever know. While a
>> little gruff on the outside, her heart was as big as anyone you’ll ever
>> meet. It’s often cliché to say that someone was an inspiration, but
>> sometimes it’s simply correct. She did so much - even as she fought so hard
>> – for almost everyone else. “Relax” was really not something in her
>> vernacular.
>>
>> So thank you for reading, and hopefully this was a good start to honoring
>> and remembering the great Stella Walsh.
>>
>> Sincerely, and truly,
>> Jeannette and Derek Lovitch
>>
>>
>> *****************************************
>> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
>> Freeport Wild Bird Supply
>> 541 Route One, Suite 10
>> Freeport, ME 04032
>> 207-865-6000 <(207)%20865-6000>
>> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com
>> ****************************************
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Date: 8/3/17 2:58 pm
From: Charlotte Hewson <cghewson...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
Well said, Derek.
Charlie

On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 5:44 PM Janet Galle <janetgalle...> wrote:

> This is a lovely tribute, Derek and Jeannette. Thank you.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Aug 3, 2017, at 4:45 PM, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <
> <maine-birds...> wrote:
>
> As you now know, Stella Walsh passed away early in the morning on
> Saturday, July 29, 2017. After a long battle with cancer, Stella’s sudden
> passing was both expected and incredibly unexpected. It’s taken me this
> long to know what to say, and honestly, I still don’t know what to say.
>
> Frankly, we never thought we’d see the day that cancer would win. Perhaps
> hardened by years on the football sidelines with her legendary coaching
> father, Stella was tougher than nails. And stubborn as a mule. She never
> gave up, and she never stopped fighting. Recently, she was even making
> plans for a new treatment regime to help her through another fall of
> banding at Riverpoint Preserve.
>
> We’ll leave it to others for a more formal obituary, and any public
> service or memorial arrangements will follow, but we wanted to take a
> moment today to share what Stella has meant to us, and the entire Maine
> birding community. Since her retirement from the Division of Health and
> Human Services, always fighting to get people the care they needed,
> Stella’s energy went into her love of birds and birding. She was an
> uber-volunteer, and seemed to never tire about giving back and helping out.
> From answering phones at Maine Audubon to entering decades of other
> people’s data into eBird. From editing the newsletter of Merrymeeting
> Audubon to doing, well, almost anything Merrymeeting ever needed her to do.
> From countless hours of “fondling” birds at banding projects around the
> state to shuttling young birders to their next life bird
>
> In the last couple of years, it was other birders, especially Becky
> Marvil, that did the shuttling for her. Chases were few, but outings were
> always welcomed. She found renewed joy in bird-feeding, relishing the
> variety of birds that were finally coming to her new window feeders in her
> Yarmouth condo. Jeannette and I saw her regularly once again, always with
> a story of new, site-unexpected species visiting the insect suet cake.
>
> Stella was one of the first people who welcomed us into the Maine birding
> community when we moved here 14 years ago. Among countless other jobs, paid
> and unpaid, that Stella performed after retirement was a couple of years
> working for us at our old store in Yarmouth. But she was the first to
> admit that she’d rather be birding than talking to the birding public about
> squirrel-proofing!
>
> She had become a fixture at Sandy Point in the fall, Stella would work
> the two corners of the parking lot from her car window – cigarette and cup
> of lousy coffee always nearby. If I was still on the bridge when she left,
> she would block traffic as long as she needed in order to chat, and
> complain about how few birds she was seeing that day. Some incarnation of
> “I guess I probably could look up though, some day?” would often be how she
> left off. I know it is going to hit me hard this fall, when, after the
> first big flight at “my office,” I don’t see her black SUV in the corner.
> It’ll feel empty; I think only then will this loss really hit me. It’s even
> her photo of me there that was used in my first book.
>
> I could share countless stories and accolades, but instead, I will offer
> one anecdote (Stella wouldn’t want us to get mushy anyway). Stella joined a
> group of us at our store for a meeting several years ago which turned out
> to be with the producers of a thank-heavens-never-developed birding reality
> show. They were looking for “Maine birding characters” (Stella would have
> her photo next to that entry in the dictionary). Stella stood their
> quietly, listening, and then at one point, says “F*** this!” and tells the
> associate producer what a terrible idea this was, and basically insinuated
> that this was the downfall of modern society. Of course, she was right on
> both accounts.
>
> Stella storms out the door, and the producer, unsurprisingly, had fallen
> in love and she says to me, “What do we need to do to get her back?” My
> answer was “It’s Stella, she ain’t coming back.” “Seriously, but if we…”
> “Nope, it is not going to happen, she’s not changing her mind.”
>
> It’s taken me the week to pull my thoughts together about this, especially
> after talking to people she was mucch closer to. Even if you’ve never had
> the pleasure of meeting Stella, she’s meant more to you, as a member of the
> Maine birding community, than you’ll ever know. While a little gruff on
> the outside, her heart was as big as anyone you’ll ever meet. It’s often
> cliché to say that someone was an inspiration, but sometimes it’s simply
> correct. She did so much - even as she fought so hard – for almost everyone
> else. “Relax” was really not something in her vernacular.
>
> So thank you for reading, and hopefully this was a good start to honoring
> and remembering the great Stella Walsh.
>
> Sincerely, and truly,
> Jeannette and Derek Lovitch
>
>
> *****************************************
> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
> Freeport Wild Bird Supply
> 541 Route One, Suite 10
> Freeport, ME 04032
> 207-865-6000
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com
> ****************************************
>
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Date: 8/3/17 2:44 pm
From: Janet Galle <janetgalle...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
This is a lovely tribute, Derek and Jeannette. Thank you.

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 3, 2017, at 4:45 PM, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> wrote:
>
> As you now know, Stella Walsh passed away early in the morning on Saturday, July 29, 2017. After a long battle with cancer, Stella’s sudden passing was both expected and incredibly unexpected. It’s taken me this long to know what to say, and honestly, I still don’t know what to say.
>
> Frankly, we never thought we’d see the day that cancer would win. Perhaps hardened by years on the football sidelines with her legendary coaching father, Stella was tougher than nails. And stubborn as a mule. She never gave up, and she never stopped fighting. Recently, she was even making plans for a new treatment regime to help her through another fall of banding at Riverpoint Preserve.
>
> We’ll leave it to others for a more formal obituary, and any public service or memorial arrangements will follow, but we wanted to take a moment today to share what Stella has meant to us, and the entire Maine birding community. Since her retirement from the Division of Health and Human Services, always fighting to get people the care they needed, Stella’s energy went into her love of birds and birding. She was an uber-volunteer, and seemed to never tire about giving back and helping out. From answering phones at Maine Audubon to entering decades of other people’s data into eBird. From editing the newsletter of Merrymeeting Audubon to doing, well, almost anything Merrymeeting ever needed her to do. From countless hours of “fondling” birds at banding projects around the state to shuttling young birders to their next life bird
>
> In the last couple of years, it was other birders, especially Becky Marvil, that did the shuttling for her. Chases were few, but outings were always welcomed. She found renewed joy in bird-feeding, relishing the variety of birds that were finally coming to her new window feeders in her Yarmouth condo. Jeannette and I saw her regularly once again, always with a story of new, site-unexpected species visiting the insect suet cake.
>
> Stella was one of the first people who welcomed us into the Maine birding community when we moved here 14 years ago. Among countless other jobs, paid and unpaid, that Stella performed after retirement was a couple of years working for us at our old store in Yarmouth. But she was the first to admit that she’d rather be birding than talking to the birding public about squirrel-proofing!
>
> She had become a fixture at Sandy Point in the fall, Stella would work the two corners of the parking lot from her car window – cigarette and cup of lousy coffee always nearby. If I was still on the bridge when she left, she would block traffic as long as she needed in order to chat, and complain about how few birds she was seeing that day. Some incarnation of “I guess I probably could look up though, some day?” would often be how she left off. I know it is going to hit me hard this fall, when, after the first big flight at “my office,” I don’t see her black SUV in the corner. It’ll feel empty; I think only then will this loss really hit me. It’s even her photo of me there that was used in my first book.
>
> I could share countless stories and accolades, but instead, I will offer one anecdote (Stella wouldn’t want us to get mushy anyway). Stella joined a group of us at our store for a meeting several years ago which turned out to be with the producers of a thank-heavens-never-developed birding reality show. They were looking for “Maine birding characters” (Stella would have her photo next to that entry in the dictionary). Stella stood their quietly, listening, and then at one point, says “F*** this!” and tells the associate producer what a terrible idea this was, and basically insinuated that this was the downfall of modern society. Of course, she was right on both accounts.
>
> Stella storms out the door, and the producer, unsurprisingly, had fallen in love and she says to me, “What do we need to do to get her back?” My answer was “It’s Stella, she ain’t coming back.” “Seriously, but if we…” “Nope, it is not going to happen, she’s not changing her mind.”
>
> It’s taken me the week to pull my thoughts together about this, especially after talking to people she was mucch closer to. Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Stella, she’s meant more to you, as a member of the Maine birding community, than you’ll ever know. While a little gruff on the outside, her heart was as big as anyone you’ll ever meet. It’s often cliché to say that someone was an inspiration, but sometimes it’s simply correct. She did so much - even as she fought so hard – for almost everyone else. “Relax” was really not something in her vernacular.
>
> So thank you for reading, and hopefully this was a good start to honoring and remembering the great Stella Walsh.
>
> Sincerely, and truly,
> Jeannette and Derek Lovitch
>
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Date: 8/3/17 1:45 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
As you now know, Stella Walsh passed away early in themorning on Saturday, July 29, 2017. After a long battle with cancer, Stella’ssudden passing was both expected and incredibly unexpected. It’s taken me thislong to know what to say, and honestly, I still don’t know what to say.
 
Frankly, we never thought we’d see the day that cancer wouldwin. Perhaps hardened by years on the football sidelines with her legendarycoaching father, Stella was tougher than nails. And stubborn as a mule. Shenever gave up, and she never stopped fighting. Recently, she was even makingplans for a new treatment regime to help her through another fall of banding atRiverpoint Preserve.
 
We’ll leave it to others for a more formal obituary, and anypublic service or memorial arrangements will follow, but we wanted to take amoment today to share what Stella has meant to us, and the entire Maine birding community.Since her retirement from the Division of Health and Human Services, alwaysfighting to get people the care they needed, Stella’s energy went into her loveof birds and birding. She was an uber-volunteer, and seemed to never tire aboutgiving back and helping out. From answering phones at Maine Audubon to enteringdecades of other people’s data into eBird. From editing the newsletter ofMerrymeeting Audubon to doing, well, almost anything Merrymeeting ever neededher to do. From countless hours of “fondling” birds at banding projects aroundthe state to shuttling young birders to their next life bird
 
In the last couple of years, it was other birders,especially Becky Marvil, that did the shuttling for her. Chases were few, butoutings were always welcomed. She found renewed joy in bird-feeding, relishingthe variety of birds that were finally coming to her new window feeders in her Yarmouth condo. Jeannetteand I saw her regularly once again, always with a story of new, site-unexpectedspecies visiting the insect suet cake.
 
Stella was one of the first people who welcomed us into the Maine birding communitywhen we moved here 14 years ago. Among countless other jobs, paid and unpaid,that Stella performed after retirement was a couple of years working for us atour old store in Yarmouth.But she was the first to admit that she’d rather be birding than talking to thebirding public about squirrel-proofing!
 
She had become a fixture at Sandy Pointin the fall, Stella would work the two corners of the parking lot from her carwindow – cigarette and cup of lousy coffee always nearby. If I was still on thebridge when she left, she would block traffic as long as she needed in order tochat, and complain about how few birds she was seeing that day. Someincarnation of “I guess I probably could look up though, some day?” would oftenbe how she left off. I know it is going to hit me hard this fall, when, afterthe first big flight at “my office,” I don’t see her black SUV in the corner. It’llfeel empty; I think only then will this loss really hit me. It’s even her photoof me there that was used in my first book.
 
I could share countless stories and accolades, but instead,I will offer one anecdote (Stella wouldn’t want us to get mushy anyway). Stellajoined a group of us at our store for a meeting several years ago which turnedout to be with the producers of a thank-heavens-never-developed birding realityshow. They were looking for “Mainebirding characters” (Stella would have her photo next to that entry in thedictionary). Stella stood their quietly, listening, and then at one point, says“F*** this!” and tells the associate producer what a terrible idea this was,and basically insinuated that this was the downfall of modern society. Ofcourse, she was right on both accounts.
 
Stella storms out the door, and the producer,unsurprisingly, had fallen in love and she says to me, “What do we need to doto get her back?” My answer was “It’s Stella, she ain’t coming back.”“Seriously, but if we…” “Nope, it is not going to happen, she’s not changingher mind.” 
 
It’s taken me the week to pull my thoughts together aboutthis, especially after talking to people she was mucch closer to. Even if you’venever had the pleasure of meeting Stella, she’s meant more to you, as a memberof the Mainebirding community, than you’ll ever know. While a little gruff on the outside,her heart was as big as anyone you’ll ever meet. It’s often cliché to say thatsomeone was an inspiration, but sometimes it’s simply correct. She did so much- even as she fought so hard – for almost everyone else. “Relax” was really notsomething in her vernacular.
 
So thank you for reading, and hopefully this was a goodstart to honoring and remembering the great Stella Walsh.
 
Sincerely, and truly,Jeannette and Derek Lovitch
 
 ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 04032 207-865-6000 www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com    ****************************************

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Date: 8/3/17 5:39 am
From: Patricia Moynahan <pmmoynahan...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stilt present
Same spot at Weskeag.
Pat

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Date: 8/3/17 5:31 am
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal island Tropicbird report
Red-billed Tropicbird success 5/9. The waters were very active on the way
out to Seal island. Many Gannet and Wislin's Storm-petrels. Also
suprisingly, about 6-8 jaegers, mostly parasitic, but potentially 2
pomarine. Most seen in my 4 years of puffin trips. Also, a similar
situation with Manx Shearwater with at least six individuals seen. Also, 2
Great Shearwater and a single, distant Sooty Shearwater. Saw most
shearwaters sitting on water foraging. Rafts of razorbills and occasional
puffins. The island was still loaded with great cormorants, atalntic
puffins and arctic terns. The Red-billed Tropicbird put on a good show
after flying aroun for 10-15 mintues then landing on the water allowing us
to idle within 30 feet. He will probably only stay around for another week
or two. I had been attaching pictures but I have not been seeing them on
the site?

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Date: 8/3/17 4:17 am
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BROWN PELICAN, York Beach, 6:50am, 8/3.
Hi all,
Our store's landlord went out to check the surfing conditions at Long Sands Beach in York this morning, and instead texted me a photo of the Brown Pelican. This is presumably the same bird that has been present since mid-late June, still wandering between Scarborough and Rockport, MA.
-Derek

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Date: 8/2/17 1:01 pm
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] BLACK-NECKED STILT-yes
Got to Weskeag Marsh in S. Thomaston at 3:30 and spotted the BLACK-NECKED STILT right away here, hanging out with 2 Snowy Egrets in the back of the large panne just left of the parking area.

Also here:
Lesser Yellowlegs - 4+
Short-billed Dowitcher - 6
Killdeer
"Peeps"- Semipalmated Sandpipers mostly - 25+
Nelson's Sparrow - heard 2-4 birds
Peregrine Falcon - 2 adult birds lazily harassing the peeps together and repeatedly swooping low over the egrets in a half-hearted way. The egrets and stilt barely flinched but the yellowlegs made noise and scattered.


Kristen Lindquist
Camden, ME
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Date: 8/2/17 7:29 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] black-necked stilt
I think Delia Mohlie may have already mentioned the black-necked stilt in the near pannes at Weskeag. Originally spotted by Dennis McKenna, the striking bird provided good views this early morning. I don't recall any previous sightings of the species at Weskeag, but these may have occurred.


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Date: 8/2/17 7:15 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
Regarding the Weskeag stilt. The bird was first spotted by Dennis McKenna.


Don

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Sent: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 1:04:55 PM
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Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor

Black-necked Stilt at Weskeag Marsh, Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston, just found by Don Reimer. It's in the front pool keeping company with Yellowlegs et al.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 8/1/17 4:39 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Jeffrey Reardon <JReardon...>, Keel Kemper <keel.kemper...>, doug hitchcox <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor


Hi,


For anyone seeking out the falconry bird, the lobster impoundment where the hawk was seen around 7 am today is located on Owls Head harbor, taking the left turn onto Lighthouse Road and then a right onto Lobster Lane a little further on. Both sightings of the hawk (at nearby Shell Street) were within a half mile range. It's anyone guess whether the hawk will reappear around the village.

Don





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From: Jeffrey Reardon <JReardon...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 2:01 PM
To: Don and Sherry Reimer; doug hitchcox
Subject: RE: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor


If you have details on the location, it might be worth letting MDIFW staff at the Sidney office know. There are a very limited number of falconers in Maine, and I bet DIFW would have a contact list to get the word out to whomever is missing a bird.





547-5300. I’ll forward this message to Keel Kemper, the Regional biologist.







From: <maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of Don and Sherry Reimer
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:54 AM
To: doug hitchcox
Subject: [Maine-birds] Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor



Hi,



The owner of the Owls Head lobster impoundment informs me of "a hawk with ribbons and bells hanging off its legs" that he saw in his yard at 7 am today. His yard overlooks the impoundment. The bird was also seen yesterday on Shell Street, about a quarter mile from the lobster impoundment. Being a non-birder, the informant could not identify the species of hawk in question.



Don

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Date: 8/1/17 7:00 pm
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Blue Heron, White Form
The bird continues at Little Pond, Adams Road, Stoneham, Maine at 4:00
pm, today . Looks like he is enjoying his stay.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


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Date: 8/1/17 6:51 pm
From: Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RFI Little Egret
Does anyone know if the Little Egret has been seen in the last few days and what times/tides if it has? I haven't seen any posts or anything on ebird recently. My email is <Peter.Capobianco...> if you'd rather reply offline. Thanks very much, in advance, for your help.

Peter Capobianco,
North Attleboro, MA

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Date: 8/1/17 1:39 pm
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
Hi,


For anyone seeking out the falconry bird, the lobster impoundment where the hawk was seen around 7 am today is located on Owls Head harbor, taking the left turn onto Lighthouse Road and then a right onto Lobster Lane a little further on. Both sightings of the hawk (at nearby Shell Street) were within a half mile range. It's anyone guess whether the hawk will reappear around the village.

Don





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Sent: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 2:01 PM
To: Don and Sherry Reimer; doug hitchcox
Subject: RE: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor


If you have details on the location, it might be worth letting MDIFW staff at the Sidney office know. There are a very limited number of falconers in Maine, and I bet DIFW would have a contact list to get the word out to whomever is missing a bird.





547-5300. I’ll forward this message to Keel Kemper, the Regional biologist.







From: <maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of Don and Sherry Reimer
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:54 AM
To: doug hitchcox
Subject: [Maine-birds] Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor



Hi,



The owner of the Owls Head lobster impoundment informs me of "a hawk with ribbons and bells hanging off its legs" that he saw in his yard at 7 am today. His yard overlooks the impoundment. The bird was also seen yesterday on Shell Street, about a quarter mile from the lobster impoundment. Being a non-birder, the informant could not identify the species of hawk in question.



Don

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Date: 8/1/17 7:02 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Whimbrel mystery
For the past 2 years we've reported the Whimbrels that use Flat Bay in
Harrington during south-bound migration in July and August. We've met
several birders who expressed an interest in seeing the 150+ flock of
Whimbrels. We always said just wait for our postings and come on down.
This year, however the Whimbrel are not consistent in their appearances and
the numbers are much reduced. We've been monitoring Flat Bay since mid
-July and the largest flock we've seen is 68 birds. There are days when we
don't see any Whimbrels at all which is really disturbing.

So, for those of you who are mulling over a trip Downeast this isn't the
year for Whimbrel watching. Lindsey Tudor, shorebird biologist with Maine
IFW, is doing aerial surveys for Whimbrels on the barrens north of
Harrington and has seen 100+ Whimbrel on the barrens north of Harrington.
There are probably many moving parts about this year's Whimbrel migration
for her to puzzle over.

On the bright side we daily see 700 - 1400 peeps using Flat Bay mudflats
with Short-billed Dowitchers, Black-bellied Plover and Greater/Lesser
Yellowlegs.

Hopefully there will be some Whimbrel sightings further south as the summer
wanes.

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Date: 8/1/17 7:01 am
From: Jeffrey Reardon <JReardon...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RE: Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
If you have details on the location, it might be worth letting MDIFW staff at the Sidney office know. There are a very limited number of falconers in Maine, and I bet DIFW would have a contact list to get the word out to whomever is missing a bird.


547-5300. I’ll forward this message to Keel Kemper, the Regional biologist.



From: <maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of Don and Sherry Reimer
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:54 AM
To: doug hitchcox
Subject: [Maine-birds] Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor


Hi,



The owner of the Owls Head lobster impoundment informs me of "a hawk with ribbons and bells hanging off its legs" that he saw in his yard at 7 am today. His yard overlooks the impoundment. The bird was also seen yesterday on Shell Street, about a quarter mile from the lobster impoundment. Being a non-birder, the informant could not identify the species of hawk in question.


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Date: 8/1/17 6:54 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Falconer's bird on the loose at Owls Head Harbor
Hi,


The owner of the Owls Head lobster impoundment informs me of "a hawk with ribbons and bells hanging off its legs" that he saw in his yard at 7 am today. His yard overlooks the impoundment. The bird was also seen yesterday on Shell Street, about a quarter mile from the lobster impoundment. Being a non-birder, the informant could not identify the species of hawk in question.


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Date: 7/31/17 1:06 pm
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Gulf of Maine in July
Hi all,

I've been performing SeaScribe surveys for pelagic species on Bar Harbor
Whale Watch trips over the course of July, going out on 1-2 trips one day
per week. These trips, for the most part, have been very productive with
both birds and non birds! Besides the typical terns, alcids, gulls,
cormorants, and miscellaneous peeps, here's what I've seen so far:

Great Shearwater- high count was 440 on one trip, but I haven't had nearly
that many on any others.
Sooty Shearwater- a surprising number of 22 were seen on one trip, but
typically 1-5 are seen.
Manx Shearwater- 5 in total on all trips.
Cory's Shearwater- just one bird back on the 21 July 2017.
Northern Fulmar- 1-3 on almost every trip.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel- very common and seen on every trip so far, but no
Leach's yet.
Northern Gannet- seen on every trip.
Red-necked Phalarope- pretty common out there this month.
Red Phalarope- less common but small groups have been seen.
Parasitic Jaeger- had one individual in a flock of four jaegers on 21 July
2017.
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 2 individuals were also in this flock from 21 July
2017. This is a rare species and is considered a review species by the
ME-BRC.
Jaeger sp.- One bird was extremely distant from 15 July 2017 and another
representing the fourth bird in the flock from 21 July 2017.

For non birds, I have encountered 3 Humpback Whales, an Ocean Sunfish (*Mola
mola*), and a Basking Shark. However, they have had a really hard time
finding whales this year, which is not typical for them. Nonetheless, If
your looking to see some pelagics, I would recommend getting out there! The
last trip I took on 28 July 2017 was much slower, lacking many of these
species except Great Shearwater and Wilson's Storm-Petrel. But, we did go
to the west of Mount Desert Rock instead of the typical East Bumps or
Ballpark areas.

Good birding,
Kyle

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Date: 7/31/17 12:56 pm
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh

I'm very saddened by Stella's passing. Through the years, we had crossed paths on the trails and shared information about CBC dates and related events and activities. Most recently Stella had helped me to successfully post a flagged shorebird sighting from Weskeag. I have admired her curious mind and persistent dedication to preserving all things wild. We had exchanged emails on July 24. I will miss her.


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Date: 7/31/17 5:34 am
From: Becky Marvil <bmarvil...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Stella Walsh
On Saturday morning, my dear birding friend Stella Walsh passed away due to
complications of cancer which she had been fighting for years. She was my
birding buddy and good friend for many years, always up for a birding trip.
that is until the last few years as her health declined, and I spent more
time visiting her and her cat Gracie, at her apartment in Yarmouth. But as
she struggled with cancer and failing health, she still stayed connected
with many of us through Facebook, emails, and text messages. She was my
encyclopedia of knowledge, often scoffing at me for asking her too many
questions. She'd laugh and would say "Google it Becky!" And then she'd
google it for me. She had a big heart, always thinking of gifts for others,
or prepping food for CBCs, or taking cookies to events, or working on
Merrymeeting Audubon postings, or answering bird emails sent to Maine
Audubon. She entered MANY USGS bird records, and MANY eBird reports for
Peter Vickery. She spent endless hours birdbanding and working on islands
with tern colonies and puffins. And all of these activities were volunteer,
never asking for anything in return. I'll miss all the bird discussions we
had, our Sunday morning waffles, our birding excursions, her cat Gracie, her
biscotti, the constant texting any time of any day, her crankiness, her
laughter, her generosity. These memories will always be with me and I'm
happy to have been a part of her amazing life. Rest in peace Stella.



Becky



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Yarmouth, ME





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Date: 7/31/17 5:31 am
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Rockland fish crows
Hi,


At least 3 fish crows are inhabiting a neighborhood along Broadway and Beechwood Streets in Rockland. One individual being fed is suggestive of nesting activity. The species has nested previously in this precise neighborhood. About a month ago I observed several vocalizing fish crows about a mile away around Knox County Jail grounds. There has been a general absence of these crows in past 2-3 years, but in the past they were present during occasional CBCs.


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Date: 7/30/17 6:35 pm
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Jaegers & More
Hi all,

The past few days have been great for jaegers out of Seal Island NWR.
Mainly to the northeast of the island in waters between us and Isle au
Haut. Yesterday we had all three species of jaeger close to the island!
Many parasitics harassing terns throughout the day and to cap it all off we
enjoyed a Pomarine Jaeger harassing and black-backed gull who was then
joined by a Long-tailed Jaeger! In addition, there have been lots of
gannets. The largest group I estimated was around 300-400 birds forming a
literal tornado of gannets well off the island. We have not seen the
tropicbird since the 27th. If you are hoping to see it this season I would
certainly try soon. Typically once the terns start to leave the island,
which they most certainly have (our colony is about half the size), he
becomes significantly harder to see.

All the best,

Keenan Yakola


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Date: 7/30/17 11:31 am
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] 2 Hudsonian Godwits Hills Beach
There are now two birds present on the causeway to Basket Island in Biddeford.
Noah


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Date: 7/30/17 10:10 am
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Correction-Hudsonian Godwit Biddeford Pool
We just got a view of the bird flying and the Wing pattern looked good for a Hudsonian. Underwing unfortunately eliminated the Black Tailed possibility.
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Date: 7/30/17 9:48 am
From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] MARBLED GODWIT Biddeford Pool
Currently in the pool viewed from Sky Harbor Dr. Lighting is tough and the bird has a messy molting pattern, so I am trying to turn it into something "better", but going with Marbled for now.
Bird haahd,Noah Gibb-Freeport 


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Date: 7/30/17 8:44 am
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Maine Birding Trail / Aroostook update
Last weekend I finally made my first jaunt ever to Aroostook County.
Birding was just one of my goals and I used the Maine Birding Trail
"abbreviated" guide (and a history of reading maine-birds) to target Lake
Josephine and Christina Reservoir. Time constraints allowed me to visit
only one of these hot spots, but it was great to see a place I'd only read
about for years (thanks to Bill, Craig, and others).

This post is simply to say NO PASS IS NEEDED to visit these sites for
birding. Being the cautious sort, I stopped at McCain Foods gate first and
asked about a pass. The gatekeeper had no idea what I was talking about,
made a few calls, and finally sent me off to another building to talk to
Jeff. He said they stopped giving passes in the mid 2000s, as directed by
the corporate office (unnecessary paperwork). He said with a smile
"anywhere up there, have at it."

This may be common knowledge for regulars and more recent guides may have
the latest info, but if this post saves anybody else a half hour it'll be
worth it.

Scott Richardson

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Date: 7/29/17 4:13 pm
From: Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Cherryfield Semi Sandpipers
This evening there are, conservatively, 400-500 of these birds on rocks in
the Narraguagus River in Cherryfield, just downstream from the upper bridge
(by the Mathews Store). Concentrated on just a few rocks, they look very
striking. About 99% juveniles, with just a few adults in breeding plumage.
Most of them were sleeping. While I was watching a single Semi Plover flew
in--did my best to turn it into a Common Ringed Plover, but no luck :-)

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Date: 7/29/17 3:06 pm
From: Rich MacDonald <rich...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] some MDI birds
As we were wrapping up today¹s birding tour at Acadia National Park¹s Sieur
de Monts Spring, we were pleasantly surprised to have a juvenile Virginia
Rail walk across the path in front of us! I do occasionally hear them there,
but I have only ever seen one once at this locale.

Other highlights of the day:
* A lone Bonaparte¹s Gull with its full black hood stood out among the
countless Ring-billed Gulls at Thompson Island
* A very cooperative Belted Kingfisher followed us while kayaking along the
shore near Bartlett¹s Landing
* A pair of Red Crossbill made a brief fly-over at MDI High School


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Date: 7/29/17 7:16 am
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 7/22-28
With apologies, the links to the Little Egret photos were accidentally left out of the message. They are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/freeportwildbird/35419751933/in/album-72157625893018447/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/freeportwildbird/36090476231/in/album-72157625893018447/



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Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:31 AM
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 7/22-28

Hi all,A few of my additional observations of note over the past seven days included:- 9 species of shorebirds led by 150+ Semipalmated Sandpipers but also included 9 Piping Plover, 2 Whimbrels, and 8 Sanderlings (FOF), Popham Beach State Park, 7/24 (with Jeannette).- 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS (FOY) and 4+ Cory's Shearwaters (FOY), Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth, 7/25 (with Jeannette).- 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS among 10 species of shorebirds, 1 Merlin, etc, Pine Point, 7/27.
Jeannette's photos of the Little Egret from 7/25 are here:

And since I am still getting questions about the bird's identity because of the slightly yellowish lores, I'll post the link to my Facebook album addressing this from a couple of weeks ago:http://www.facebook.com/pg/Freeportwildbird/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1728071967222750

-Derek
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Date: 7/28/17 9:24 pm
From: 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Additional Highlights This Week, 7/22-28
Hi all,
A few of my additional observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 9 species of shorebirds led by 150+ Semipalmated Sandpipers but also included 9 Piping Plover, 2 Whimbrels, and 8 Sanderlings (FOF), Popham Beach State Park, 7/24 (with Jeannette).
- 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS (FOY) and 4+ Cory's Shearwaters (FOY), Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth, 7/25 (with Jeannette).
- 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS among 10 species of shorebirds, 1 Merlin, etc, Pine Point, 7/27.

Jeannette's photos of the Little Egret from 7/25 are here:


And since I am still getting questions about the bird's identity because of the slightly yellowish lores, I'll post the link to my Facebook album addressing this from a couple of weeks ago:
http://www.facebook.com/pg/Freeportwildbird/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1728071967222750

-Derek


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Date: 7/28/17 3:08 pm
From: Linwood Riggs <lriggs...>
Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes?
I have seen Sandhill Cranes several times this summer from the carry-in boat launch on route 27 in Belgrade, about ¼ mile south of Hammond Lumber.



From: <maine-birds...> [mailto:<maine-birds...>] On Behalf Of Michael Little
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2017 2:15 PM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes?



Are folks seeing the cranes in Belgrade? Where is best view?



Mike Little

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Date: 7/28/17 11:14 am
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Sandhill Cranes?
Are folks seeing the cranes in Belgrade? Where is best view?


Mike Little

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Date: 7/26/17 3:37 pm
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] New TSA rules about camera screening
https://www.dpreview.com/news/3718283787/new-tsa-rules-require-separate-screening-for-cameras

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Date: 7/26/17 9:47 am
From: Janet Galle <janetgalle...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret
At south blind, Gilsland Farm, 11:15 on rising tide.....in close with 7 other snowy egrets...in water up to their knees. Beautiful.

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Date: 7/26/17 9:22 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Id help, please.
Caught this at Essex Street Marsh this morning. I guessing juvenile
northern parula, but I'm usually wrong when I guess. Any help, please.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h915013b8#h915013b8


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Date: 7/25/17 4:01 pm
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Old Quarry Puffin Trip featuring (sometimes) the red-billed tropicbird report
Red-billed Tropicbird success: 4/8

Though it was sunny today, the tropicbird was not present on the island.
The theory is that last nights/this mornings storm prevented it from
returning. It was a good day on the water though, flat and productive. We
got good looks at a Minke Whale, Gray Seals, Harbor Porpoise, and Harbor
Seals, but enough with the mammals. We saw Eagles, Osprey, Loon, Eider, DC
cormorant before reaching inside of Isle au Haut. By mid-way Isle au Hau to
Seal Island we saw 5 Manx Shearwaters (used to be rare), 2 Sooty
Shearwaters, 2 Great Shearwaters, 50+ Wilson;s Storm-petrel, 40+ Northern
Gannet, many Razorbills with chicks, many Puffins on the way out, 3 groups
of red-necked phalaropes, 3 jaegers (presumably parasitic, one dark, two
intermediate). At the Island we saw at least three common murres, many
arctic and common turns, many Great Cormorants but Razorbills were few and
far between on and around the island.

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Date: 7/25/17 9:29 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
Thanks all for the info on the Egret! It is still visible (great views)
from the North Meadow blind with a group of Snowy Egrets.
Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA
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From: Josh FecteauSent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:07 AMTo: Maine BirdsSubject:
[Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.


Thanks Jeannette and Derek! The Little Egret is now roosting on a log
with 9 Snowy Egrets off the North Meadow blind at Gilsland Farm.
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Date: 7/25/17 8:07 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
Thanks Jeannette and Derek! The Little Egret is now roosting on a log with
9 Snowy Egrets off the North Meadow blind at Gilsland Farm.

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Date: 7/25/17 7:01 am
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret, continues, Gilsland Farm, 7/25.
Hi all,
Jeannette and I are currently looking at the Little Egret off the south blind of Gilsland Farm.
-Derek

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Date: 7/25/17 4:17 am
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: RFI Little Egret, Portland
Hi Sebastian,

When I saw the bird at Martin's Point on Saturday, it was ~2.5 or 3 hours
after high tide. There were many egrets and herons foraging on the mudflats
and exposed tidal rocks, but they seemed to be dispersing across the
Presumpsot River Bay as the tide continued to fall. On an incoming tide, I
could imagine the egrets moving up the bay and ending up near the marshes
at Gilsland or Tidewater Farms.

Good luck,
Don

On Monday, July 24, 2017 at 1:03:56 PM UTC-4, Sebastian Jones wrote:
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> ‎Hi all,
> Was hoping someone might be able to suggest the best spot(s) to check for
> the Little Egret that's been around Portland recently. I think I'll have a
> few hours tomorrow afternoon and though I've seen reports of it at a few
> places, was wondering if there's a particularly good spot to check and if
> tides play a role (is there a better spot to try at high tide and a better
> one for low tide, for example). Any tips/ideas would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks!
> Sebastian Jones
> Jamaica Plain, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile.
> Original Message
> From: Donald Jones
> Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:59 PM
> To: Maine birds
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland
>
> Hi all,
>
> Apologies for posting twice today, but I thought this warranted a second
> message. I just got outstanding views of the continuing Little Egret from
> the Martin's Point bridge. It was foraging in the company of two Snowy
> Egrets near the American flag on the Yarmouth side of the river until about
> 5 minutes ago, when it flew across to the far side of the bay (almost
> directly west, near the radio tower on the skyline). It is still visible
> but much more distant now. I will submit an eBird checklist and upload
> photos when I get home tomorrow afternoon.
>
> Good birding,
> Don
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Date: 7/24/17 7:11 pm
From: 'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland
Hi Don,

If you look at the ebird posts you will see that most are at either
Gilsland Farm, Martins Point, or Shoreline Drive - all very close
together. It is worth checking all these places - along with Tide Water
Farm just to the north. What the map does not show is the tide, which is a
key factor. The bird shows only at mid- to lower tides when the flats are
exposed. I'm not sure anyone really knows where it hangs out at higher
tides. It is roosting somewhere, but where? Last year when it changed
locations and headed to Biddeford Pool mid season it was roosting with
snowy and great egrets at high tide. I have not heard if anyone has
discovered its roost in the Portland area.

So check the tide and come at lower tides. Good luck.

Marian

On Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:59:08 PM UTC-4, Donald Jones wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Apologies for posting twice today, but I thought this warranted a second
> message. I just got outstanding views of the continuing Little Egret from
> the Martin's Point bridge. It was foraging in the company of two Snowy
> Egrets near the American flag on the Yarmouth side of the river until about
> 5 minutes ago, when it flew across to the far side of the bay (almost
> directly west, near the radio tower on the skyline). It is still visible
> but much more distant now. I will submit an eBird checklist and upload
> photos when I get home tomorrow afternoon.
>
> Good birding,
> Don
>
>

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Date: 7/24/17 11:27 am
From: tom A <tom.aversa...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Unity
This morning a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling for at least five minutes
behind my house. Previously this summer, I have had no indication of this
species in my area. It seems like there may be a mid-summer movement
underway as has occurred during years in the past, so keep your ears and
eyes open.

Good birding,
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Date: 7/24/17 11:00 am
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Whimbrels at Flat Bay
At last they have returned - a day later than our other records of past
years. Yesterday we observed 2 during the morning low tide. Today we saw
24 on the morning low tide.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington

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Date: 7/24/17 10:04 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] RFI Little Egret, Portland
‎Hi all,
Was hoping someone might be able to suggest the best spot(s) to check for the Little Egret that's been around Portland recently. I think I'll have a few hours tomorrow afternoon and though I've seen reports of it at a few places, was wondering if there's a particularly good spot to check and if tides play a role (is there a better spot to try at high tide and a better one for low tide, for example). Any tips/ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Sebastian Jones
Jamaica Plain, MA

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From: Donald Jones
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:59 PM
To: Maine birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland

Hi all,

Apologies for posting twice today, but I thought this warranted a second message. I just got outstanding views of the continuing Little Egret from the Martin's Point bridge. It was foraging in the company of two Snowy Egrets near the American flag on the Yarmouth side of the river until about 5 minutes ago, when it flew across to the far side of the bay (almost directly west, near the radio tower on the skyline). It is still visible but much more distant now. I will submit an eBird checklist and upload photos when I get home tomorrow afternoon.

Good birding,
Don

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Date: 7/22/17 5:41 pm
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Yellow-crowned Night-heron & Red-billed Tropicbird
Hi all,

This evening as we are settling in after dusk we observed a Yellow-crowned
Night-heron being harassed by the nesting terns on the island. This is the
third year in a row that this species has been observed on the island!
Certainly continue this species trend of northward dispersal. In addition
the Tropicbird has been seen fairly regularly barring good weather.

In addition, I would like to mention some new eBird hotspots that were
added for boat trips from Vinalhaven or Stonington. Fittingly this new
hotspots are called Vinalhaven-Seal Island Trip and Stonington-Seal Island
Trip. I encourage you to this these hotspots to minimize species that are
not seen in the immediate vicinity of the island.

All the best,

Keenan Yakola

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Date: 7/22/17 4:17 pm
From: Magill Weber <magillweber...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Brown Pelican - Higgins Beach
I don't have any first hand knowledge of this, but just saw a photo that was posted on social media by a non-birder today, supposedly taken this morning 7/22 at Higgins Beach in Scarborough of a (the?) BROWN PELICAN.

Magill Weber

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Date: 7/22/17 2:44 pm
From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Morse Mountain - Plucky Piping Plover Perpetually Pesters Placid Peeps
Excited to see four Piping Plovers along Seawall Beach. They were
vigorously chasing the visiting flocks of Semipalmated Plovers &
Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and others. Quite a sight to see.

Six lovely looking Whimbrel were present, a lifer for me. Shorebird
migration season is kicking off once again!

Also, anyone attempting Morse Mountain before 10am would do well to layer
up and get a bug net. Bugs were maddeningly thick today.

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Date: 7/22/17 12:59 pm
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Little Egret at Martin's Point, Portland
Hi all,

Apologies for posting twice today, but I thought this warranted a second message. I just got outstanding views of the continuing Little Egret from the Martin's Point bridge. It was foraging in the company of two Snowy Egrets near the American flag on the Yarmouth side of the river until about 5 minutes ago, when it flew across to the far side of the bay (almost directly west, near the radio tower on the skyline). It is still visible but much more distant now. I will submit an eBird checklist and upload photos when I get home tomorrow afternoon.

Good birding,
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Date: 7/22/17 10:07 am
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Wharton Point, Brunswick: Shorebirds, Peregrine Falcon, and cool gull behavior
Dropping shellfish to break them open is actually a common technique
practiced by gulls, as well as some other species such as crows.
They occasionally cause major problems when they use specific sections of
highway so much that the broken shells slice automobile tyres.

Here's one observation posted by Bob Abrams, McLean, Virginia.

"As far as gulls dropping things onto pavement to crack them open, I do not
think that there is a hard surface on the coast of New England, be it
roadway,
sidewalk, tennis court, parking lot or jetty, that is not littered with the
broken shells of millions of crabs and mollusks that were smashed there by
Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. I have slides of a first winter
Herring Gull that found a tennis ball and dropped it continually onto a
jagged jetty in Newburyport Harbor. For over an hour we watched as from a
height of about fifty feet, the gull would drop and follow down this ball.
As it hit the jetty it would bounce to one side or the other drawing the
young gull out of its vertical decent. The gull would grab the ball and
mantle it, protecting it from the forays of predating gulls........which
never came.They did not want his ball."




On Saturday, 22 July 2017 11:03:34 UTC-3, Donald Jones wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> This morning, I stopped at Wharton Point in Brunswick as the tide was
> coming in. There were a decent variety of shorebirds, including 2 Greater
> Yellowlegs, 3 dowitcher sp. (very distant and only seen briefly), 1
> Black-bellied Plover, 4 Semipalmated Plover, a handful of Least Sandpiper,
> and roughly 40 Semipalmated Sandpiper. While I was watching, a gorgeous
> Peregrine Falcon came screaming in and chased the shorebirds for several
> minutes, took a shot at a gull, harassed a Snowy Egret, and flew by at
> point blank range before departing inland with empty talons!
>
> Besides the nice migrants, I also observed a fascinating behavior by a
> Herring Gull which I had never seen before. One individual was repeatedly
> picking up mussels out on the mudflats, flying them in to the concrete boat
> ramp, and dropping them from height in order to break open the shells. It
> appeared to be an extremely effective technique; in 45 minutes or so, the
> bird consumed 10 to 15 mussels and left a large field of shattered shells
> on the ramp.
>
> My eBird checklist, with some photos of the action, is at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38260236.
>
> Good birding,
> Don Jones
> Brunswick, ME / Laramie, WY
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Date: 7/22/17 7:03 am
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Wharton Point, Brunswick: Shorebirds, Peregrine Falcon, and cool gull behavior
Hi all,

This morning, I stopped at Wharton Point in Brunswick as the tide was
coming in. There were a decent variety of shorebirds, including 2 Greater
Yellowlegs, 3 dowitcher sp. (very distant and only seen briefly), 1
Black-bellied Plover, 4 Semipalmated Plover, a handful of Least Sandpiper,
and roughly 40 Semipalmated Sandpiper. While I was watching, a gorgeous
Peregrine Falcon came screaming in and chased the shorebirds for several
minutes, took a shot at a gull, harassed a Snowy Egret, and flew by at
point blank range before departing inland with empty talons!

Besides the nice migrants, I also observed a fascinating behavior by a
Herring Gull which I had never seen before. One individual was repeatedly
picking up mussels out on the mudflats, flying them in to the concrete boat
ramp, and dropping them from height in order to break open the shells. It
appeared to be an extremely effective technique; in 45 minutes or so, the
bird consumed 10 to 15 mussels and left a large field of shattered shells
on the ramp.

My eBird checklist, with some photos of the action, is
at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38260236.

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

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