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23 Oct Great Pond Cape Elizabeth [Chuck barnes ]
23 Oct Re: cackler and oldsquaw [Stella Walsh ]
22 Oct cackler and oldsquaw [Michael Fahay ]
22 Oct Spruce Grouse - Vikings / A voice from the past [rob speirs ]
22 Oct raptor glance [Susan Guare ]
22 Oct benton falls [diana Davis ]
22 Oct Pine Siskins - Waterville ["Margaret Viens" ]
21 Oct Northern Maine Birds: Northern Shrike, Great Horned Owl [Bill Sheehan ]
21 Oct Re: Question [Fyn Kynd ]
21 Oct Re: GBH [azwickfish ]
21 Oct pileated [Sarah Caputo ]
21 Oct RE: Bufflehead, Camden [Robin R Robinson ]
21 Oct Bufflehead, Camden [Kristen Lindquist ]
21 Oct Schoodic Point : Yellow-breasted Chat, and [seth benz ]
21 Oct Question ["Connie Dube" ]
21 Oct redpolls [panteradeath666 ]
21 Oct Green-winged teal, male [David Small ]
20 Oct Re: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/20 [Scott Richardson ]
20 Oct early Bohemian Waxwings, Lamoine; Clay-colored Sparrow, Biddeford Pool [Louis Bevier ]
20 Oct Essex Woods Ruddy [Kyle Lima ]
20 Oct Northern Maine Birds: Cattle Egret, Cackling Goose, Dunlin, Fox Sparrow [Bill Sheehan ]
20 Oct Re: eagles in benton [Bill Grabin ]
20 Oct RE: eagles in benton [Jeffrey Reardon ]
20 Oct Metinic Snowy Owl, etc. [Steve Walker ]
20 Oct eagles in benton [diana Davis ]
20 Oct good birds around SoPo today [Scott Cronenweth ]
19 Oct Albino Junco [Gabrielle Leadbetter ]
19 Oct Albino Junco [Gabrielle Leadbetter ]
20 Oct Cackling Goose- Thornhust farm [Margaret Viens ]
20 Oct south unity [diana Davis ]
20 Oct Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/20 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
20 Oct MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
20 Oct a few good birds from Acadia National Park [Rich MacDonald ]
19 Oct Schoodic "Ipswich Sparrow" [Merle and Anne Archie ]
19 Oct Aroostook thanks [Dennis Shepler ]
19 Oct Raymond Sandhills [Sally P ]
19 Oct Warbler-sized visitor ["'J T' via Maine birds" ]
19 Oct Epic Sparrow Flight, Portland's East End, 10/19. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
19 Oct Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/19. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
19 Oct Hermit Thrush [Dave Thompson ]
19 Oct Warbler-sized visitor [Dave Thompson ]
19 Oct Warbler-sized visitor [Susan Guare ]
19 Oct no. harrier [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
19 Oct Sabattus Pond ducks ["Hodgkins" ]
19 Oct Cackling Goose continues [rob speirs ]
19 Oct >15 eagles on rocks below Benton Dam on Sebasticook, 3:30pm Sat, Oct 19 [AMF ]
18 Oct YHBL-no, but OCWAs! [Kyle Lima ]
18 Oct Re: yellow-headed blackbird still around? [Don Lima ]
18 Oct MDI Horned Lark, Northern Pintail [Rich MacDonald ]
18 Oct Flurry at South Portland feeders ["Marie" ]
18 Oct Juncos galore! ["'Wnder' via Maine birds" ]
18 Oct south unity [diana Davis ]
18 Oct Fwd: Lancaster Crow Lovers [Norman Famous ]
18 Oct OCWA, Eastern Promenade [Bill Bunn ]
18 Oct Re: TV- Unity plantation ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
18 Oct Re: yellow-headed blackbird still around? [Rich MacDonald ]
18 Oct Bremen: White-crowned Sparrow and Hoodies [Juanita Roushdy ]
18 Oct yellow-headed blackbird still around? [Raymond Brown ]
17 Oct Re: Unity plantation [Maggie Strickland ]
17 Oct Unity plantation [Diana ]
17 Oct W-c Sparrow, Manset on MDI [Craig Kesselheim ]
17 Oct Additional Highlights This Week and Goose Fields Update, 10/11-17. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Oct CORRECTION [rob speirs ]
17 Oct Sabattus Pond, 10/19 (CANV, REDH, GRCO, etc). ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Oct Biddeford Pool - masses of shorebirds etc [David Doubleday ]
17 Oct American Wigeons, Evergreen Cemetery [Bill Bunn ]
17 Oct BARNACLE GOOSE/Continuing - Springbrook Farm/Cumberland [rob speirs ]
16 Oct Aroostook Geese (Directions) ...Long [Bill Sheehan ]
16 Oct Re: Aroostook Geese and More [Dennis Shepler ]
16 Oct Re: Aroostook Geese and More [Dennis Shepler ]
15 Oct Aroostook Geese and More [John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan ]
15 Oct 3 swans... [Michael Fahay ]
15 Oct Lamoine St. Park Late Migrants [Kyle Lima ]
15 Oct Yellow-headed Blackbird []
15 Oct Sabattus birding [Merle and Anne Archie ]
15 Oct White-eyed Vireo [pmccormack9 via Maine birds ]

Subject: Great Pond Cape Elizabeth
From: Chuck barnes <cbarnes1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:08:36 -0700 (PDT)
Over 400 Double-Crested Cormorants on the pond early this morning, they all 
took off at once and made massive white caps on the water. Many gulls also 
on pond.  Tuesdays birds before the storm.
3 Wood Ducks
5 Greater Scaup                      
12 Green-Winged Teal
1 Pied-Billed Grebe
Mallards
Black Duck
White-Throated Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Song, Chipping
Junco, Red Winged Blackbirds
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebirds
Spirwink Marsh
saw Coopers Hawk lots of Crows
Great Blue, Great Egret
3 Hermit Thrush
Belted Kingfisher
greater Yellow Legs

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Subject: Re: cackler and oldsquaw
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:24:40 -0400
That was my experience the other day but with better weather/visibility we did 
manage to pick out the Redheads in the mass of Scaup, Ruddys, and Ringnecks. 
The Buffleheads were also there along with a few Goldeneyes. Several possible 
Black Scoters (?)...black, orange bill and too distant to call it. Seemed odd. 


Couldn't pull out a Canvasback. 

Hoodies, Coots, Mallards and a Pied-billed Grebe in the pool near Rte. 132. 

Stella

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 19:54, Michael Fahay  wrote:
> 
> A Cackling Goose was in the small field across from the entrance to the Twin 
Brook Rec Area on Greeley road this afternoon. Photo'd in the rain. No evidence 
of a white crescent at the base of the neck stocking. 

> 
> An Oldsquaw was one of the few visible waterfowl species in rough conditions 
at Sebattus Pond earlier today. Not unheard of there, but my first. Vis off 
Access Road. The mass of diving ducks was present in the dead-center of the 
pond, and was difficult to ID or count. 

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Subject: cackler and oldsquaw
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:54:54 -0400
A Cackling Goose was in the small field across from the entrance to the Twin 
Brook Rec Area on Greeley road this afternoon. Photo'd in the rain. No evidence 
of a white crescent at the base of the neck stocking. 


An Oldsquaw was one of the few visible waterfowl species in rough conditions at 
Sebattus Pond earlier today. Not unheard of there, but my first. Vis off Access 
Road. The mass of diving ducks was present in the dead-center of the pond, and 
was difficult to ID or count. 


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Subject: Spruce Grouse - Vikings / A voice from the past
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:06:00 -0400
Is it just me, or is there some connection between Spruce Grouse and
Vikings. I think yes.

The white markings on the Spruce Grouse almost exactly resemble the fore
and aft cross sections of Viking boats. If you are a boat builder you will
see the resemblance. If not, trust me.  Rob Speirs  Cumberland

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Subject: raptor glance
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:05:40 -0400
We got the kids out for a walk between the raindrops at my school today.
The school is located in a repurposed military base in Bangor, with a broad
soccer field behind it and woods beyond that.  We'd been outside for just
minutes and I spotted a probable Cooper's hawk that disappeared into the
woods, and a soaring Red-tail that circled away from view and toward the
Bangor airport.  Not bad for a five-minute break outdoors.

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Subject: benton falls
From: diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:13:24 -0400
went to benton today at 2 and saw within a one hr.- 5 imm. eagles lots of 
seagulls, 3 blue herons, lots of mergansers, 3 cormorants . nice break for a 
rain day. diana in south unity p.s. here at home lots of purple finches and 
juncos today 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Pine Siskins - Waterville
From: "Margaret Viens" <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:33:29 -0400
A couple of Pine Siskins showed up this morning along with the Purple Finches, 
Goldfinches and other usual feeder birds. White-throated Sparrows are 
everywhere. 


- Margaret Viens
Ridge Road, Waterville

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Northern Shrike, Great Horned Owl
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:43:52 -0400
Saw and heard my first Northern Shrike of the season this AM at the McCrea
Flat along the Aroostook River in Fort Fairfield.  Its arrival was right on
schedule by my records.

 A couple Blue Jays were tending to it for several minutes but they
eventually backed off.  I was alerted to the birds presence by its
catbird-like mewing...not a vocalization I'd heard before.

Also two Great Horned Owls were vocalizing here as the sun rose.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20299897

Cheers
Bill

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Subject: Re: Question
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:41:59 -0700 (PDT)
Probably sparrows, most likely White-throated Sparrows. There are many 
around right now and will often be feeding on roadsides.

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: GBH
From: azwickfish <azwickfish AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:28:39 -0400
This GBH has been in my yard for 3 months and now it likes my roof.


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Subject: pileated
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:25:19 +0000
Had a pileated woodpecker in my backyard, not especially unusual but he was 
eagerly eating the berries off of the Virginia Creeper. 


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Subject: RE: Bufflehead, Camden
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:34:33 -0500
Phippsburg, Totman Cove yesterday first of season Buffleheads #6, #Red-necked 
grebe, RT loon and Horned grebes #6 all at once. Both exciting to see them and 
depressing. I'm still pretending it's summer. RRR 


From: kelindquist AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:39:08 -0400
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bufflehead, Camden
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

My mother reports the first Bufflehead of the season on the Megunticook River 
this morning. (She lives on the "mill pond" below the bridge on Molyneaux Rd., 
a portion of which remains open water through the winter.) 

Kristen
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Subject: Bufflehead, Camden
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:39:08 -0400
My mother reports the first Bufflehead of the season on the Megunticook
River this morning. (She lives on the "mill pond" below the bridge on
Molyneaux Rd., a portion of which remains open water through the winter.)

Kristen

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Subject: Schoodic Point : Yellow-breasted Chat, and
From: seth benz <stbenz22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:42:06 -0300
A first year YBCH was skulking through some jack pines at the
Schoodic Point SeaWatch this morning at 8:45, minutes before the official 
timeframe of 6:45 to 9 AM ended. 

Also had 3 Bohemian waxwings fly over, one of which was vocal; then birds 
landed and (one) seen with scope. 


Count results:

1668	Double-crested Cormorant 
    57	Common Loon
  151	Common Eider
    23	Common Grackle (one flock)
    22	Northern Gannet
    18	Red-breasted Merganser
    14	Surf Scoter
    41	Scoter sp. - Surf/Black Scoter - too distant for positive ID
      6	Long-tailed Duck
      5	Bonaparte's Gull
      3	White-winged Scoter
      1	Red-throated Loon

Others: HEGU. GBBG, and RBGU
		Merlin -2
		Pine Siskin (heard 2X)
		Hairy Woodpecker 3
		Yellow-rumped warblers 5+
		Palm warbler 2
		Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
 		


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Subject: Question
From: "Connie Dube" <cdube AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:39:38 -0400
Can someone please tell me what the tiny little birds are that hang out on
the shoulders of roads until you get close, then dart off very fast? I see a
flash of paler color as they fly off. They are everywhere when I go for
walks.

 

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Subject: redpolls
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:56:43 -0700 (PDT)
I was surprised to see 2 Common Redpolls this morning on E. Old County Red. in 
Newcastle as I was getting ready for work. No mistaking that red head. Is this 
kinda early for them? 


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Subject: Green-winged teal, male
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:16:55 -0400
​The male green-winged teal at Essex St. Marsh are coming into their male
colors.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h279e90fe#h279e90fe


Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/20
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:38:57 -0400
I reached the Wells Reserve parking lot at 7:30 this morning and
immediately knew I'd be staying there for a while. Over a half hour, I
count-estimated 300 yellow-rumps and 250 robins and picked out some purple
finches, a flicker, and some sort of blackbird. Scores of other birds were
too far away to identify. (Actually, many were close enough to identify if
I had Derek's skill and experience. But I don't.)

Seeking an orange-crowned nemesis, I took a short trail walk and found a
bunch of sparrows (mostly white-throat, song, junco, but swamp and
savannah, too) and a scattering of other species. The overhead flocks
dissipated as soon as I left the parking lot, but now and then a few
migrants passed by.

I got home to Berwick with enough sunshine at the end of the day and
discovered a nice mix of birds featuring a very obliging northern parula
and a hidden brown thrasher.

Scott Richardson


On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM, 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <
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> Hi all,
>
> A great flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island,
> Yarmouth this morning. An early shift to SW winds cut off the flight
> earlier than I would have hoped.
>
> 7:02 - 9:00am, 38F, partly to mostly cloudy, WNW 6.5 to SW 6.3mph
>
> 461 Yellow-rumped Warblers
> 159 American Robins
> 126 Dark-eyed Juncos (124 crossed)
> 95 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
> 68 Unidentified
> 54 White-throated Sparrows (4 crossed with Dark-eyed Juncos)
> 13 Golden-crowned Kinglets
> 12 Chipping Sparrows (6 crossed)
> 12 finch sp.
> 10 Northern Flickers
> 10 Common Grackles
> 9 kinglet sp.
> 9 Hermit Thrushes (1 crossed)
> 7 Canada Geese
> 7 Eastern Phoebes
> 7 Purple Finches
> 5 Red-breasted Mergansers
> 4 Rusty Blackbirds
> 4 American Goldfinches
> 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches
> 3 Brown Creepers
> 3 Palm Warblers
> 3 White-crowned Sparrows (1 crossed, first recorded crossing)
> 3 House Finches (rare crossing)
> 2 Northern Harriers
> 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
> 2 Common Ravens
> 2 Blue-headed Vireos
> 2 Swamp Sparrows (none crossed)
> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
> 1 Cedar Waxwing
> 1 Red-eyed Vireo
> 1 Black-capped Chickadee
> 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
> 1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER
> 1 NASHVILLE WARBLER
> 1 Common Yellowthroat
> 1 Savannah Sparrow
> 1 blackbird sp.
> X Song Sparrows
>
> Total = 1107
>
> -Derek
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Subject: early Bohemian Waxwings, Lamoine; Clay-colored Sparrow, Biddeford Pool
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:28:49 -0400
David Ladd found two Bohemian Waxwings with Cedars near the entrance road to 
Lamoine State Park yesterday. Today there was a Clay-colored Sparrow with 
juncos and Chipping Sparrows at Biddeford Pool. The sparrows were roaming the 
South Point neighborhood and not staying in one place long. The Clay-colored 
was seen across the street from the trail into the SP Preserve on 7th Street. A 
late Plegadis (Glossy/White-faced) Ibis flew by Timber Point mid-morning. 


Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: Essex Woods Ruddy
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:41:01 -0700 (PDT)
Not really a rarity but there was a female Ruddy Duck with Hooded Mergs, 
and the Am. Coot in the marsh yesterday (the 19th).

-Kyle


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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Cattle Egret, Cackling Goose, Dunlin, Fox Sparrow
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:31:08 -0400
Though we couldn't relocate the Barnacle or Pink-footed Geese that were
seen in the area last week, the Aroostook Birders and some special guests
had a decent day in the field on Saturday.

Best birds of the day were a Cackling Goose seen off the West Limestone
Road in Fort Fairfield, four Dunlin seen with a Greater Yellowlegs and a
couple late-ish Semipalmated Plovers and a flock of 50+ Gadwall in a single
flock at Lake Josephine in Easton.  There were lots of diving ducks around
with high counts being 330+ Ring-necked Ducks in one flock at Monson Pond
in Fort Fairfield, 50+ Common Mergansers fishing in the mouth of a
tributary to the Aroostook River in Fort Fairfield, and a dozen Lesser
Scaup and six Ruddy Ducks at Lake Jo.

Northern Harriers were seen well at a couple stops and American Pipits and
Horned Larks were steadily passing overhead for most of the morning.

A Cattle Egret was reported seen on a lawn on the shore of Long Lake in St.
Agatha on Sunday. The bird was well described (yellow bill and legs).

The sparrow pulse continues with lots of Slate-colored Juncos and a decent
number of lingering Chipping, Savannah, Song, White-throated and
White-crowned Sparrows.  A Fox Sparrow was scratching under one of my
feeders here in Woodland on Sunday AM.

A photo of the plump little goose can be seen with this list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20291473

Good Birding,

Bill

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Subject: Re: eagles in benton
From: Bill Grabin <grabin AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:59:35 -0400
Landis was just on the China Lake outlet on Friday morning, which enters 
into the Sebasticook in the area with the eagles, and reported large 
numbers of juvenile alewife out-migrating from China Lake, spilling over 
6 dams on their way down to the Sebasticook and onto the ocean.  Bill

On 10/20/2014 6:51 PM, Jeffrey Reardon wrote:
>
> My guess would be juvenile alewives dropping downstream, though it's 
> getting a little late for that.  Have they completed the seasonal draw 
> down at Sebasticook Lake?  That always flushes a lot of alewifes 
> downstream.  The other possibility would outmigrating adult eels.  
> Maybe both.
>
> How close was the feeding to the dam?  Some years ago, there used to 
> be significant mortality of eels at the Benton Falls Dam, and it was a 
> feast for the birds.  They've installed some measures that are said to 
> be working well to safely pass eels, and Maine DMR staff would be very 
> interested in signs there might still be problems.
>
> *From:*maine-birds AT googlegroups.com 
> [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] *On Behalf Of *diana Davis
> *Sent:* Monday, October 20, 2014 6:41 PM
> *To:* birds
> *Subject:* [Maine-birds] eagles in benton
>
> saw 6 or 7  eagles today  along the river,  does anyone know what they 
> could be fishing for  .
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Subject: RE: eagles in benton
From: Jeffrey Reardon <JReardon AT tu.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:51:23 +0000
My guess would be juvenile alewives dropping downstream, though it's getting a 
little late for that. Have they completed the seasonal draw down at Sebasticook 
Lake? That always flushes a lot of alewifes downstream. The other possibility 
would outmigrating adult eels. Maybe both. 


How close was the feeding to the dam? Some years ago, there used to be 
significant mortality of eels at the Benton Falls Dam, and it was a feast for 
the birds. They've installed some measures that are said to be working well to 
safely pass eels, and Maine DMR staff would be very interested in signs there 
might still be problems. 


From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of diana Davis 

Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 6:41 PM
To: birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] eagles in benton

saw 6 or 7 eagles today along the river, does anyone know what they could be 
fishing for . 

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Subject: Metinic Snowy Owl, etc.
From: Steve Walker <steveswiftwalker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:46:57 -0400
I spent the day with a landowner on Metinic for a possible MCHT project.
Had some time to bird and was blown away by the numbers.  Mostly common
sparrows and yellow rumps galore, but I did find some noteworthy spp
including a snowy owl on the south end, multiple Am. pipits in the meadows,
an orange crowned warb, lark sparrow, clay colored sparrow, and pectoral
sandpiper.

Steve W.

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Subject: eagles in benton
From: diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:41:02 -0400
saw 6 or 7 eagles today along the river, does anyone know what they could be 
fishing for . 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: good birds around SoPo today
From: Scott Cronenweth <scronenw AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:24:52 -0400
Greetings, birding friends! Thanks to a cancelled con call I had a little time 
to bird close to home today. The community garden plot at Hinckley Park was my 
first stop: got Song, Swamp, White-throated, White-crowned and Savannah 
sparrows + DE Junco within 2 minutes. At the Wainright Fields I had that same 
crew + Orange-crowned and Palm warblers and a brace of lingering Killdeer. (The 
OCWA was in the "ditch divider" on the south side of the 2nd field from the 
north end of the area.) 


A fun surprise yesterday while hiking Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield: a 
classic Evening Grosbeak "flight call flyover." 


Peace & good birding,
Scott
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Subject: Albino Junco
From: Gabrielle Leadbetter <gabrielleleadbetter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:07:14 -0700 (PDT)
Just had an albino junco in the yard here at Roberts Pond. Got some okay 
pictures, will post them soon. 


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Subject: Albino Junco
From: Gabrielle Leadbetter <gabrielleleadbetter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:09:24 -0700 (PDT)


 



 

We had a white junco in our yard this morning at Roberts Pond in Lyman. 
Have some pictures and I will try to post them.

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Subject: Cackling Goose- Thornhust farm
From: Margaret Viens <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:57:40 -0400
Rob Spiers and I re-found the continuing Cackling a Goose at the Thornhurst 
field off rte 115 about 10:45 this morning along with about 500 Canada's and a 
couple of Horned Larks. 


Thanks for the help, Rob.

Margaret Viens

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Subject: south unity
From: diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:54:17 -0400
a few more birds today, 3 juncos . 4 purple finches, one female cardinal and 
the usuals, diana 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/20
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:35:51 -0400
Hi all,

A great flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. An early shift to SW winds cut off the flight earlier 
than I would have hoped. 


7:02 - 9:00am, 38F, partly to mostly cloudy, WNW 6.5 to SW 6.3mph

461 Yellow-rumped Warblers
159 American Robins
126 Dark-eyed Juncos (124 crossed)
95 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
68 Unidentified
54 White-throated Sparrows (4 crossed with Dark-eyed Juncos)
13 Golden-crowned Kinglets
12 Chipping Sparrows (6 crossed)
12 finch sp.
10 Northern Flickers
10 Common Grackles
9 kinglet sp.
9 Hermit Thrushes (1 crossed)
7 Canada Geese
7 Eastern Phoebes
7 Purple Finches
5 Red-breasted Mergansers
4 Rusty Blackbirds
4 American Goldfinches
3 Red-breasted Nuthatches
3 Brown Creepers
3 Palm Warblers
3 White-crowned Sparrows (1 crossed, first recorded crossing)
3 House Finches (rare crossing)
2 Northern Harriers
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
2 Common Ravens
2 Blue-headed Vireos
2 Swamp Sparrows (none crossed)
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER
1 NASHVILLE WARBLER
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 blackbird sp.
X Song Sparrows

Total = 1107

-Derek

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:17:45 -0700 (PDT)
Migration movement has been fairly light in recent days. 
Except for an unexpected DOWNEY WOODPECKER last Friday, there was little 
recent change in our birds up until Saturday night. That night, with the 
fog, and in spite of the contrary wind, there was a big sparrow movement, 
especially WHITE THROATED SPARROWS. There was a lesser movement last night (
Sunday).
No surprising species: A MOURNING DOVE (that may or may not be the same one 
seen here for several day a week or so back); a WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH 
(which we only get a time or two each year); a few more PURPLE FINCHES and 
a new group of GOLDFINCHES & PINE SISKINS.

Raptors have been spotty with a few through each day but most weren't 
hunting, just perching and/or clashing with others of their own kind. The 
songbirds appreciated the time to feed.

Most raptors have been PEREGRINES, followed by EAGLES (likely locally 
wintering).
A HARRIER or two hunt the island each day.
MERLINS are seen but not every day. Likewise with KESTRELS.

Saturday was the most active recent day for predators. At one point there 
were 2 adult Eagles 150 metres from the house with one of them chowing down 
on a gull. One gull down and the thousands of others departed for safer 
parts. Only a dozen or so decided to take their chances here.
The second Eagle and a pair of RAVENS stood by for left-overs.

At the same time there was a Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine lined up at 
30 metre intervals along the rocks, also watching the Eagles and each 
other. A second and a third Peregrine were perched further up the island.
Only a Harrier was missing from our usual species gallery and one of those 
showed up a short time later.

The number of CORMORANTS moving is picking up. Most are headed down the 
gulf, appearing to be migrants, but a fair number reverse direction as if 
just in local movement.
Other water bird activity is pretty much static. No HARLEQUINS yet, other 
that the short lived sighting several weeks ago.

No PURPLE SANDPIPERS, either, after the 1st early sighting. In fact, 
shorebirds have been non-existent except for one or two nocturnal visitors 
that I couldn't identify.
Very uncharacteristicaly they would only appear on a very small section of 
boardwalk and lawn; only at night; they persisted nightly for over 3 weeks 
and they were completely unfindable anywhere on the island during the day.
Eventually I managed to ID the birds as juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
I never caught one flying in at dusk/dark and although that's not proof, I 
assume the plovers were day-lighting in the tall grass, completely hidden, 
immediately adjacent to their night feeding spot.

I'm still seeing occasional butterflies when temperatures climb. They can 
still find some ASTERS, BUTTERCUPS, DANDELIONS and various other blooms 
which we usually associate with spring.

Most plants are showing signs of season's end: dead heads, browning leaves 
& drooping stalks, but we haven't had a frost yet. Plus 5 degrees C 
(41F) (which we have right now) has been our lowest temperature so garden 
plants are just maturing and hardening off, not dying. More new blossoms on 
the pie pumpkins every day.

I thinned the last planting of Carrots yesterday and thinned the Beets for 
supper greens Saturday night.
The Swiss Chard continues to grow faster than it's used (3 large bags in 
the fridge, now). Also lots of carrots, beets and parsnip in the fridge and 
more in the ground, maturing.
Most Radish from the last sowing are getting too big and the Lettuce is 
getting rather tough.
Another few weeks and back to store produce.

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Subject: a few good birds from Acadia National Park
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:03:45 -0400
Yesterday, on a hike up Acadia National Parks Penobscot and Sargent
Mountains, we scored a few good notable birds:
* 25 Horned Larks at the top of Sargent Mountain
* 1 Orange-crowned Warbler on the lower slope of Penobscot Mountains South
Ridge Trail
* 5 Red Crossbills flew over on the way up Penobscot Mountain

Richard MacDonald
The Natural History Center
6 Firefly Lane
P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
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Subject: Schoodic "Ipswich Sparrow"
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:59:47 -0400
We walked out on Little Moose Island off the Schoodic this afternoon and
saw a very confiding "Ipswich Sparrow" in the heather/crowberry groundcover
(it also walked across a rock ledge!).  A flock of 15 Pine Siskins were
also interesting....

Has anyone birded this little island during spring migration?

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Aroostook thanks
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:17:06 -0700 (PDT)
All,
I would like to thank Bill Sheehan and all the Aroostook Birders for a 
great field trip Saturday.  We had a great time.  Warm and wonderful people 
up that way.  We missed the target Barnacle and Pink-footed but saw some 
great birds.  Additionally, thanks to John Wyatt for his input as to 
locations...wish we could have done as well as his group did on the 15th.
Dennis

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Subject: Raymond Sandhills
From: Sally P <pachulski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:26:59 -0700 (PDT)
I was very, very surprised to see three sandhill cranes on North Raymond 
Road in the field across from Mailman Road.  Haven't seen any cranes there 
in about a month and since the land has been subdivided and it looks like 
homes will be going in, I thought I'd seen the last glimpse of the cranes. 
 In three years I've never seen any more than two so I'm not sure if this 
is another group or the originals + 1.

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Subject: Warbler-sized visitor
From: "'J T' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:53:58 -0700 (PDT)
Probably a Yellow-rumped Warbler. There's quite a few moving through today.

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Subject: Epic Sparrow Flight, Portland's East End, 10/19.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:36:34 -0700
Hi all,

Especially considering the lack of precipitation to cause a fallout, the 
numbers of sparrows around the East End of Portland this morning were 
unbelievable. I spent over 4 hours birding the Eastern Promenade, North Street 
Community Garden (and surrounding hillside), Sheridan Street, and a couple of 
other scattered lots north of Franklin St. 


Wind and the sheer volume of bird hampered the detection of any rarities, but 2 
juvenile RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were my personal 175th species on the Eastern 
Promenade! 


My estimates and/or counts for the morning (from all sites in the East End that 
I visited), were as follows: 

2150 White-throated Sparrows (2K estimated along the Prom).
565 Song Sparrows 
130 Dark-eyed Juncos
76 Chipping Sparrows (really, no Clay-colored!?)
46 Swamp Sparrows
17 Savannah Sparrows 
15 Eastern Phoebes
10 Hermit Thrushes
9 White-crowned Sparrows
8 Yellow-rumped Warblers
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 American Kestrels
2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
2 Gray Catbirds
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Wilson's Snipe
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Lincoln's Sparrow (sparrow species #8)

Awesome morning!

-Derek


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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 10/19.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:23:18 -0700
Hi all,

With clouds holding tight, only a light flight passed over and through Sandy 
Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this morning, despite perfect winds. 

6:59-8:45am.
46F, Cloudy, NW 9.5mph.

122 Yellow-rumped Warblers
56 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
45 American Robins
27 Unidentified
25 Palm Warblers
23 Dark-eyed Juncos
15 Golden-crowned Kinglets 
12 White-throated Sparrows 
10 Chipping Sparrows 
7 Hermit Thrushes (including a flock of 5 that crossed together over an hour 
after sunrise. Although the occasional Catharus crosses, most are within the 
first half hour of the count, and on all other occasions have only been single 
birds). 

7 Rusty Blackbirds 
3 Unidentified kinglets
1 Greater Scaup
1 Common Loon
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Northern Flicker 
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue-headed Vireo 
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler 
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Swamp Sparrow 
1 White-crowned Sparrow 
1 Purple Finch 
x Song Sparrows 
T= 354

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Derek and Jeannette Lovitch 
Freeport Wild Bird Supply 
541 Route One, Suite 10 
Freeport, ME 04069 
207-865-6000 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com 

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Subject: Hermit Thrush
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:35:09 -0700 (PDT)
Beautiful day for a walk in Hollis. Saw a couple of hermit thrushes,prairie 
warbler, many phoebes and juncos and the usual chickadees and bluejays. 


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Subject: Warbler-sized visitor
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:31:34 -0700 (PDT)
Least flycatcher?

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Subject: Warbler-sized visitor
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:18:23 -0400
A small bird just landed in the tree above my birdfeeders and flitted away
without coming down to them.  I had only a glimpse, and I'm puzzled.  I saw
a white eye-ring and white or white-ish wingbars, and a got a "sense" of
yellow wash but didn't see how much of the breast was yellow.  It didn't
stay long enough.  I'm guessing it's a female of something but it's not one
that's common in my Bangor yard.  Certainly it could have been a vireo; it
wasn't upright on the branch.  I do not think it was a kinglet; it wasn't
small enough.

Ideas? Peterson has failed me.

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Subject: no. harrier
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:15:07 -0400
I am watching a female n. harrier eating something in the field behind our
house. We have had a harrier (or a succession of them) here every day for
about a week now and intermittently before that. Happy hunting!

Julia
in Sidney

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Subject: Sabattus Pond ducks
From: "Hodgkins" <hodgki AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400

Lots of ducks at Sabattus Pond yesterday, mostly in the southern end of the 
Pond. Thanks to Gordon from Brunswick for locating the most interesting ones. 
Some highlights: 


Center of southern part of pond, ~750 Ruddy Ducks, ~150 Scaups, 1 drake 
Canvasback (among the Scaups), several loons (winter colors) 

Southeastern edge of pond, 7 Redheads (mix of male and female), 4 female 
Buffleheads 

Shallow southwestern little bay nr Rte 9/126, 12 Coots, several female 
Green-winged Teal, 1 juvenile Gadwall, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 female Hooded 
Merganser 


-Glenn Hodgkins, Hallowell

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Subject: Cackling Goose continues
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:07:36 -0400
9:02 AM... Cackler continues at Springbrook Farm, Greeley Road, Cumberland
Maine in field adjacent to railroad tracks... south side
Rob Speirs   Cumberland

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Subject: >15 eagles on rocks below Benton Dam on Sebasticook, 3:30pm Sat, Oct 19
From: AMF <znse37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:13:14 -0400
I counted over 15 eagles standing on rocks below the Benton Falls Dam on 
the Sebasticook yesterday at around 3:30 pm.  Access is across the big 
field a few hundred yards below the dam off Rt 100. When I approached 
the bank to look down on the river they flew down stream to the bend in 
the river.  Many were screeching their short call as they left the rocks 
and flew low about 300 yards.   The alewife or some other fish must be 
moving down or up stream.   The river is low and the exposed rocks are 
many.  Fishing must be good. I am sure there were more eagles in the 
trees around the area.  Good viewing for kids.  Easy access.

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Subject: YHBL-no, but OCWAs!
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:39:27 -0700 (PDT)
Couldn't locate the YHBL however we managed to find two Orange-crowned 
Warblers.

View pics here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125723802 AT N05/with/15381464909/

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Subject: Re: yellow-headed blackbird still around?
From: Don Lima <winkumpaughwoodworks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:49:31 -0400
Spent some time this morning looking for the yellow-headed......no luck.  

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 18, 2014, at 9:55 AM, Rich MacDonald  
wrote: 


> I spent a little time this morning looking to see if I could find the Bar 
Harbor Yellow-headed Blackbird. Alas, no luck. I did have a good run on 
sparrows, though nothing unusual. And for anyone birding in the Bar Harbor 
area, consider a drive up Cadillac Mountain to visit the hawk watch (it is 
about 100 yards down the North Ridge Trail). 

> 
> 
> Richard MacDonald
> The Natural History Center
> 6 Firefly Lane
> P.O. Box 6
> Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
> 207/801-2617 (store)
> 207/266-9461 (mobile)
> Rich AT TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
> www.TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
> www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHistoryCenter
> 
> From: Raymond Brown 
> Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM
> To: "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com" 
> Subject: [Maine-birds] yellow-headed blackbird still around?
> 
> Anyone seen it recently?  I haven't seen any posts from the last few days.
> Thanks,
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Subject: MDI Horned Lark, Northern Pintail
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:14:12 -0400
My friend Gabor Nagy reported a Horned Lark at the ball field at the Bar
Harbor YMCA, so I took advantage of a slow day, closed shop for a few hours,
and, with Seth Benz and Gabor, went and found the Lark. Then we went to the
MDI High School where the highlight was 5 Northern Pintail.


Richard MacDonald
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P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
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Subject: Flurry at South Portland feeders
From: "Marie" <mijord AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:41:07 -0400
For about 15 minutes, after a brief shower,  around 3:30 pm I had a lot of
activity at my feeders:

2 BC Chickadees

2 Tufted Titmice

4 Cardinals - two young ones

3 Eastern Bluebirds

7 House Finches

1 Purple Finch - female

3 Goldfinches

4 Blue Jays

7 White-throated Sparrows  (looked for at White-crowned - no luck )

5 Mourning Doves

2 White-breasted Nuthatches

2 Downy Woodpeckers

1 Hairy 

2 Chipmunks

At one time, two woodpeckers and 2 Nuthatches were on the feeder pole
waiting their turn at the suet log with one of each species on the log a
couple of times - they do not usually share the log even tho it is big
enough to accommodate two at a time as the nuthatch always hangs upside down
at the very top to feed!  Neat to watch!

Earlier today - one male Rufous-sided Towhee made a brief appearance

Two days ago I saw 2 Brown Thrashers in the yard

 

Nice mix of birds

Marie 

in South Portland

 

 

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Subject: Juncos galore!
From: "'Wnder' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:51:51 -0400
There is presently (afternoon of 10/18) a large flock of juncos in our back 
yard in West Stoneham. about 70+ birds. with a few White-throated Sparrows 
mixed in. Plus one Brown Creeper. fun to see! 



Lucy LaCasse
52 Old Neck Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-883-3637
207-928-3637 (Stoneham)
207-650-4770 (cell)
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Subject: south unity
From: diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:14:06 -0400
3 tufted titmice, and 3 purple finches here, did't stay here very long!   diana
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Fwd: Lancaster Crow Lovers
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:23:41 -0500
Hi,

As a crow roost lover, I had to forward this on-topic article about a
community-wide 'celebration of crows'.  There are a lot of good ideas
here.

Good crow counting,

Norm
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From: er4aker 
Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM
Subject: Lancaster Crow Lovers
To: David , Norman 




http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/crow-lovers-plan-season-long-celebration-when-the-flocks-return/article_8f9707ce-561c-11e4-a14d-0017a43b2370.html 




-- 
Norman Famous, Wetlands and Wildlife Ecologist
513 Eight Rod Road
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 623 6072

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Subject: OCWA, Eastern Promenade
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:00:34 -0700 (PDT)
At least two orange crowned warblers at the Easter Prom this morning in 
Portland

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Subject: Re: TV- Unity plantation
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:40:27 -0400


Can't resist adding that there is a "kettle" of 3 Turkey Vultures, in a circle, 
flying overhead just now in Sanford. Otherwise local Blue Jays, 2 chickadees. 
(No feeder here.) 

Sat.10/18

Barbara
~


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Sanford, ME
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Sent: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:47 pm
Subject: [Maine-birds] Unity plantation


Turkey vulture  flying over dead. Porcupine. around. 1 p m today

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Re: yellow-headed blackbird still around?
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:55:58 -0400
I spent a little time this morning looking to see if I could find the Bar
Harbor Yellow-headed Blackbird. Alas, no luck. I did have a good run on
sparrows, though nothing unusual. And for anyone birding in the Bar Harbor
area, consider a drive up Cadillac Mountain to visit the hawk watch (it is
about 100 yards down the North Ridge Trail).


Richard MacDonald
The Natural History Center
6 Firefly Lane
P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207/801-2617 (store)
207/266-9461 (mobile)
Rich AT TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
www.TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHistoryCenter

From:  Raymond Brown 
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM
To:  "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com" 
Subject:  [Maine-birds] yellow-headed blackbird still around?

Anyone seen it recently?  I haven't seen any posts from the last few days.
Thanks,
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Subject: Bremen: White-crowned Sparrow and Hoodies
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:06:35 -0400
Yesterday evening, a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow foraged in the leaf litter 
with Song Sparrows. This morning, first of fall, Hooded Mergansers - male and 
female, along with 11 Canada Geese. 


Have had an absence of Northern Cardinals after having 6-8 for the past few 
years - anyone else notice a drop-off in Cardinal presence? 


Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, ME 






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Subject: yellow-headed blackbird still around?
From: Raymond Brown <brownray7 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:43:44 -0400
Anyone seen it recently?  I haven't seen any posts from the last few days.
Thanks,
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Subject: Re: Unity plantation
From: Maggie Strickland <gallinasviejas AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:23:10 -0400
Quick messaging strikes again! I would loved to have seen that TV "flying
over dead."

Please forgive my poking fun, Diana, and thanks for the chuckle.

Maggie
Harmony ME

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Diana  wrote:

> Turkey vulture  flying over dead. Porcupine. around. 1 p m today
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Subject: Unity plantation
From: Diana <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:47:37 -0400
Turkey vulture  flying over dead. Porcupine. around. 1 p m today

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: W-c Sparrow, Manset on MDI
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:39:28 -0400
Hi all -- One White-crowned and two Savannah Sparrows this afternoon along
the Manset Shore Road on MDI. Seen near the junction of Alder Lane with the
Shore Rd.

Best,

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week and Goose Fields Update, 10/11-17.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:37:37 -0700
Hi all,

A few additional sightings of note from me over the past seven days included 
the following: 

- 1 "Interior/Bay" Nelson's Sparrow, Back Beach, Tremont, 10/13 (with Rich 
MacDonald). 

- 148 Laughing Gulls and 20 Red-necked Grebes, Seawall Beach, Acadia NP, 10/13 
(with Rich MacDonald). 

- 1 immature female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, Gilsland Farm, 10/16 (with Doug 
Hitchcox). First reported to our store's Facebook page on 10/14. My photo is 
here: 
http://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/photos/a.764276326935657.1073741835.198877036808925/926346107395344/?type=1&theater. 
Doug's photos are much better, and much more diagnostic. 

- 1 Red-necked Grebe, Lake Auburn, Auburn, 10/17.

And the "Greater Yarmouth Goose Fields Update:"
- 1 CACKLING GOOSE continues through week's end, splitting time between the 
fields of Greely Rd and Thornhurst Farm. 

- This week's high count of Canada Geese was 532 today, as numbers have finally 
begun to grow more substantially. Meanwhile, over 1,000 Canada Geese were along 
Mayall Rd in Gray/New Gloucester today as well. The birds were far, but I could 
not tease anything of note out from the masses. There's little doubt a Cackling 
Goose would have been hard to pick out at that distance, but nothing more 
outstanding was present. 


CACG photo from 10/17: 
http://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/photos/a.764276326935657.1073741835.198877036808925/926854950677793/?type=3&theater 

 

-Derek
  

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Subject: CORRECTION
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:50:07 -0400
The "Barnacle Goose I posted earlier is actually the CACKLER I have been
seeing...jeez..apologies to any who raced over there.  If you saw the alert
you saw the Cackler photo.

Bill Sheehans record day had my mind on other rarities, as well.Wishful
thinking perhaps
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Subject: Sabattus Pond, 10/19 (CANV, REDH, GRCO, etc).
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:24:47 -0700
Hi all,
A lovely morning - post rain - at Sabattus Pond in Sabattus yielded a nice 
array of waterbirds: 


658 Ruddy Ducks
157 Lesser Scaup
146 Mallards
51 Greater Scaup
12 American Coots
7 American Black Ducks
6 Green-winged Teal
6 continuing REDHEADS
4 Double-crested Cormorants
2 Mallard x American Black Ducks
2 Hooded Mergansers
2 Common Loons
2 Bonaparte's Gulls (plus a few Herring Gulls with the usual Ring-bills).
1 continuing drake CANVASBACK
1 SURF SCOTER
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 continuing immature GREAT CORMORANT
1 Great Blue Heron

Non-waterbird highlights included a handful of Palm Warblers, a flock of about 
40 Common Grackles, and an impressive kettle of 54 Turkey Vultures. 


-Derek

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Subject: Biddeford Pool - masses of shorebirds etc
From: David Doubleday <davidd AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:48:29 -0700 (PDT)
Large diverse groups of birds at Biddeford Pool behind Hatties on out going 
tide included:  Semi-pal Plover, <50 Black-bellied and 1 Golden Plover in 
near breeding plumage, numbers of Knot, Pectoral + White-rumped, and other 
Sandpipers, <20 Dunlin, 1 LB Dowitcher, Yellowlegs, plus <100  Bonapartes 
Gulls, 2 Great Egrets, and 5 Great Blue Herons etc..  Wish I had more time 
and more eyes!  Dave

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Subject: American Wigeons, Evergreen Cemetery
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:33:31 -0700 (PDT)
There's two American Wigeons currently at the middle pond in front of the 
maine pond by the dirt road

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Subject: BARNACLE GOOSE/Continuing - Springbrook Farm/Cumberland
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:59:25 -0400
10:30  AM - Barnacle Goose, with 160 Canadas and a couple dozen cows, was
in Springbrook Farm field on the south side of the railroad tracks on
Greely Rd, Cumberland.

Yesterday, in same general area, watched a constantly moving flock of over
1000 Grackles working a field on Rt 115 just north of Yarmouth's twin RR
bridges and have seen flocks of Bluebirds numbering 1 -1 1/2 dozen birds
over past few days.
Rob Speirs  cumberland.

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Subject: Aroostook Geese (Directions) ...Long
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:25:21 -0400
I took a quick lap around central Aroostook County this afternoon to look
for the rare geese (Barnacle, Pink-footed, White-fronted, Cackling) and
came up empty.

Again, I had little time to spare and got a late start (2 PM).  Both
Christina Reservoir and Puddledock Pond were almost devoid of geese and
Limestone wasn't showing much either.  With the dark, gloomy skies today, I
think they departed for the fields a bit early.  I haven't heard from any
birders who tried to find the celebrity geese today, but I think they are
probably still in the area.
____________________________________________
Lots of people are asking for specific directions.  For those thinking of
making the journey north here's some help...  (Apologies to all others for
the long message):

There are at least 50,000 geese in the area now and they feed somewhere in
the 70,000+ acres of agricultural fields in central Aroostook co.  The best
chance to locate and get good looks at these birds is to find them on their
roosting ponds.  The geese flocks typically fly from their overnight
roosting ponds shortly after dawn and will feed in the potato and grain
fields for several hours.  By mid-late morning, the flock begins to return
to the midday refugia where they drink, sleep, preen etc. (generally laze
about) until a late afternoon snack run back out to the fields.  They
return to the night roost ponds (sometimes different than day roost spots)
at dark thirty. Rain (water available in the field), temperature,
disturbance and even the moon-phase can mess with this pattern, but it
generally holds for most flocks.

Unless you spend the night in the area, its unlikely you'll be able to
catch the morning flight.  "Southern" Mainers can take it easy and shoot
for arrival by 9:30 or 10. Presque Isle/Fort Fairfield is about 2.5 to 3
hours north of Bangor. This will allow several hours of birding at the peak
hours when they are likely to be at the roosting sites where they were
found.

The sites to check are:

 Christina Reservoir in southern-most Fort Fairfield off of the Easton Town
Line (aka Conant) Road.  The Barnacle and White-fronted were seen here in
past few days.  The pond is about .5 mile off of Route 1A.  Access to the
area is on the south side of the lake.  You will see a big, scary NO ACCESS
sign erected years ago by McCain Foods, but this does not apply to
birders.  We are welcome to access the site and bird.  (If you are
uncomfortable with this, you can go to the McCain Foods Plant on the
Richardson Road and ask permission to access the area personally from the
guard at the gate.)   Common sense will dictate where you park.  If its
wet, I recommend parking near the warning sign and walking up onto the
dike.  (We don't want to rut it up any more than it already is).  There are
no guardrails or places to turn around on the dike and several vehicles
have ended up in the lake.
Hunting is allowed here and the geese are wary when roosting on the pond.
Its entirely possible to approach too closely and flush the entire mass.
Bring a scope, you'll need it.

Lake Josephine is located just southwest of Christina Res. and is also
visible from the Town Line Road.  Access is from the east side off of the
Station Road onto the partially paved Johnson Road.  The rare geese haven't
been seen here lately, but its so close to Christina they might show up
there at any time.  (Again you'll see some NO ACCESS signs).  Here too, if
its wet and muddy its better to go on foot.

Puddledock Pond is reached by returning out to Route 1 A and continuing
north to the town of Fort Fairfield.  The pond is located in-town and is
reached by travelling down Main Street eastward through town and then
turning right on Dorsey Road.  The pond and a small park are immediately on
the right.  This has been the location of the Pink-footed Goose but
White-fronted seem to like the pond too.

Large numbers of geese also roost in the Aroostook River near Fort
Fairfield.  Nearly 2000 have been loafing on a mud bar just upstream of the
bridge.  These can be examined by crossing the bridge and turning left on
the North Caribou Road.  There is plenty of parking in a park here and you
can scope the flock from the park.  Sometimes the birds are found upstream
for about a mile.

Another large assemblage of geese is often found downstream a couple miles
off the Russell Road.  To go here one needs only take a right once across
the Aroostook River bridge and then proceed down the road past the
Riverbend Cemetary to the place where McDonald brook empties into the
Aroostook River.  Water is low now and the geese are hanging around the
island in the river.  Don't look too far downstream or you'll be counting
birds for your Canada list.

The Mill Pond (aka Limestone Stream Impoundment) in Limestone is accessed
by again following Route 1A north.  This pond recently hosted a Cackling
and Snow Goose but has had Ross's, White-fronts and Barnacle Goose in years
past.  The pond is on the north end of town where Main Street (Route 1A)
intersects with Route 89.  Since this is a protected area, the geese will
sometimes fill the pond in mid-day.

Other spots worth checking in the area are Trafton Lake off the Ward Road
and Malabeam Lake on the west side of town.

Trafton is a larger pond and the geese can be quite distant from the boat
launch area at the park on the northeast corner.

Malabeam Lake is a small lake located on the edge of the Aroostook NWR and
is a bit tricky to locate.  From the light on Route 89, go north on the
West Gate (aka Sawyer) Road and take a right into the Loring Development
Authority at the old Air Force Base gate (unstaffed) on Northcutt Road.
Take the first right (south) onto West Virginia Road and follow this south
 and then take the first right down to the lake.  The road dead ends at the
lake and the best viewing spot.  Thousands of geese will roost here at
times.

While there haven't been any spiffy geese sighted here yet, Collins Pond in
Caribou is still my favorite of the area.  its a small pond in downtown
Caribou yet thousands of geese will pack into it in the middle of the day.
Here too are lots of other waterfowl and a good possibility of seeing some
shorebirds too.  A small park located at the end of Roberts Street off of
South Main is the place to go.  A pond-side roofed picnic shelter is a
welcome amenity during rainy days....

 Please let me know if you find the birds so we can keep updated.  If you
are around on Saturday Oct 18, Aroostook Birders Club will be leading a
trip to seek out all of these rare geese and any other goodies we can
find.  We will be meeting at 8 AM at Collins pond and all are welcome to
join us.  Email me for more info.

Good Luck

Bill
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Subject: Re: Aroostook Geese and More
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:28:50 -0700 (PDT)
John,
Thanks for the prompt reply and great directions.  I sure hope I find them. 
 

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:20:56 PM UTC-4, birdsnbeads wrote:
>
> Jerry Smith, Clay Hardy and I birded Aroostook County today looking for 
> the geese Bill Sheehan found Monday.  Some highlights were;
>
> *Barnacle Goose* at Christina Reservoir, seen at 10:37am when it came in 
> with several hundred Canada Geese.  
>
> *Pink-footed Goose* at Puddle Duck Pond in Fort Fairfield.
>
> Adult *Lesser Black-backed Gull* in Fort Fairfield at sandbar in river 
> west of HWY1A bridge.
>
> Juv. *Snow Goose* at Mill Pond in Limestone.
>
> Plus, single *White-rumped* and *Pectoral Sandpipers* and 32 *American 
> Pipits* at Christina Reservoir.
>
> During a second stop we made at Christina in mid afternoon there were at 
> least 3000 Canada Geese in the north side of the lake but we could not 
> re-find the Barnacle.  
>
> Dipped on Greater White-fronted Goose.  
>
> Great Birding Up North!
>
> -John
>

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Subject: Re: Aroostook Geese and More
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:20:11 -0700 (PDT)
John,
I will head north to Sheehan country, Friday/Saturday, to try for the rare 
geese and any other goodies, and would appreciate additional details.  Did 
you take Conant Road to what appears on the map as a dam road to scan 
Christina?  Where is Puddle Duck Pond in Fort Fairfield?  Google maps is 
not helping me find that body of water.  We hope to be as successful as 
your group.  Thanks for any additional tips you can give me.
Dennis

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:20:56 PM UTC-4, birdsnbeads wrote:
>
> Jerry Smith, Clay Hardy and I birded Aroostook County today looking for 
> the geese Bill Sheehan found Monday.  Some highlights were;
>
> *Barnacle Goose* at Christina Reservoir, seen at 10:37am when it came in 
> with several hundred Canada Geese.  
>
> *Pink-footed Goose* at Puddle Duck Pond in Fort Fairfield.
>
> Adult *Lesser Black-backed Gull* in Fort Fairfield at sandbar in river 
> west of HWY1A bridge.
>
> Juv. *Snow Goose* at Mill Pond in Limestone.
>
> Plus, single *White-rumped* and *Pectoral Sandpipers* and 32 *American 
> Pipits* at Christina Reservoir.
>
> During a second stop we made at Christina in mid afternoon there were at 
> least 3000 Canada Geese in the north side of the lake but we could not 
> re-find the Barnacle.  
>
> Dipped on Greater White-fronted Goose.  
>
> Great Birding Up North!
>
> -John
>

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Subject: Aroostook Geese and More
From: John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan <birdsnbeads AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:20:55 -0400
Jerry Smith, Clay Hardy and I birded Aroostook County today looking for the 
geese Bill Sheehan found Monday. Some highlights were; 


Barnacle Goose at Christina Reservoir, seen at 10:37am when it came in with 
several hundred Canada Geese. 


Pink-footed Goose at Puddle Duck Pond in Fort Fairfield.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in Fort Fairfield at sandbar in river west of 
HWY1A bridge. 


Juv. Snow Goose at Mill Pond in Limestone.

Plus, single White-rumped and Pectoral Sandpipers and 32 American Pipits at 
Christina Reservoir. 


During a second stop we made at Christina in mid afternoon there were at least 
3000 Canada Geese in the north side of the lake but we could not re-find the 
Barnacle. 


Dipped on Greater White-fronted Goose.  

Great Birding Up North!

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Subject: 3 swans...
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:55:48 -0400
...flew directly over our yard in West Bath today at 4:30 P.M. Large, all white 
birds with long neck outstretched in front of the bodies, flying very close 
together. Wings making that unforgetable sound, like no other bird can produce. 
Their trajectory would have them originating in Merrymeeting Bay or the Bath 
area of the Kennebec R., then after crossing our yard, down the New Meadows 
River past Cundy's Harbor and out to the Gulf of Maine, or points west and 
south. 


I've got no more details re: head or bills, etc.   Keep your eyes open.

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Subject: Lamoine St. Park Late Migrants
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:51:26 -0700 (PDT)
Had a nice walk today at Lamoine State Park and found myself swarmed by Am. 
Robins. After a while I came across a male Scarlet Tanager, a Nashville 
Warbler, and a Black-and-white Warbler. 26 total species.

Link to the checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20244040

Link to my Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125723802 AT N05/


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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:33:11 -0400
Bar Harbor 10/15/14
The bird was present at 9:45 a.m. today (Wed. 10/15/14) in front of the 
"Willows" on the Atlantic Oceanside property. A car load of Massachusetts 
people arrived and were taking picture of it at that time. I did not see it 
when I got off the boat at 3:30 p.m. but did not search all of the hotel 
property however. It was always feeding on the lawn within 6-10 inches of the 
edge of the pavement. It was very tame and allowed one to approach within 6 
feet of it. It never did fly and would walk away if one got closer. 


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Subject: Sabattus birding
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:12:41 -0400
We birded the area around Sabattus Lake a few hours yesterday afternoon and
a few hours this morning.  We have a cumulative count of 10 duck species
including 2 Canvasback, 6 Redhead and 6 Bufflehead (seen from Sanborn
Road).  At the same place we saw the Bufflehead we saw a lone Herring Gull
with lots of Ring-billed Gulls resting on a small gravel bar.

We a Pied-billed Grebe in the slough off Highway 126 and another at the
north end of the lake where Bull Run Road crosses Dead River.  We saw a
Horned Grebe in the northwest portion of the lake off Sawyer Road.

This morning it sure looked like the Turkey Vultures were ganging up to
head south.  From Riley Road on the southeast end of the lake we saw 50+
Turkey Vultures soaring above the ridges.  On the way back to Harrington it
seemed TVs were always in view.

Merle and Anne Archie
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: pmccormack9 via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:54:29 -0400
Had a White-eyed Vireo in the yard in Gorham around 9am this morning and it 
appeared again around 4pm this evening. 


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