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Broad-winged Hawk,©Julie Zickefoose

27 Aug Nighthawks [JMSmith ]
27 Aug Tuckahoe Turf, Buff-breasted ,Baird's ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
27 Aug Fledging Barred Owls - why still begging? ["Peggy Page" ]
27 Aug c. nighthawks in Sidney and other birds [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
27 Aug Beautiful Bald Eagle-York Maine [deb powers ]
27 Aug Sabine's Gull ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper ["'Wnder' via Maine birds" ]
27 Aug Biddeford: Marbled Godwit and Western Sandpiper [Josh Fecteau ]
27 Aug Sandhill Cranes, Plymouth [Bruce Barker ]
27 Aug Nighthawks [Diana Davis ]
26 Aug York County sightings (Aug 24-26)... [Josh Fecteau ]
26 Aug New Sweden: Evening Grosbeaks [Nancy Hudak ]
25 Aug Additional Highlights and Shorebird High Counts this Week, 8/20-25 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
25 Aug Great Egret N Windham Collins Pond ["'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" ]
24 Aug Marbled Godwit, Gisland Farm [Bill Bunn ]
24 Aug Sandhill Cranes [Bill Blauvelt ]
24 Aug Hudsonian Godwit, Gisland Farm [Bill Bunn ]
24 Aug banded gulls [Noah Perlut ]
23 Aug golden eagle vs imm. bald eagle [Aletha Boyle ]
23 Aug York County sightings (Aug 17-23)... [Josh Fecteau ]
23 Aug Fwd: Banded gulls [Bill Blauvelt ]
23 Aug Sandy Point Morning Flight, 8/23 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
23 Aug Re: wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers [Shelagh Delphyne ]
22 Aug Re: Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB [Chris Bartlett ]
22 Aug Re: wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers ["'Jess Home' via Maine birds" ]
22 Aug wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers []
22 Aug Still whipping [Bradley Moser ]
21 Aug American Avocet, Sagadahoc Bay, Georgetown, 21 Aug (today) [Louis Bevier ]
21 Aug Seeking Chimney Swift roosts [Sean Hatch ]
20 Aug Re: Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB [Peter Vickery ]
20 Aug Seeking Chimney Swift roosts [Sean Hatch ]
20 Aug Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB [Chris Bartlett ]
20 Aug Seeking Chimney Swift roosts []
20 Aug Ancient Murrelet [Stan DeOrsey ]
20 Aug MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
20 Aug Black crowned night herons [Tammy Packie ]
20 Aug locations [Tammy Packie ]
20 Aug Re: C. Nighthawks migrating [Allison Wells ]
19 Aug Nighthawks - Durham [Jessica Costa ]
19 Aug of nighthawks and hawks [Peter Vickery ]
19 Aug This Week's Highlights and Shorebird High Counts, 8/13-19. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
19 Aug York Juvenile Black Guillemot at Town Dock #2 [Tom Olson ]
19 Aug Nighthawks southbound [David Gulick ]
19 Aug American Oystercatchers [Sally P ]
19 Aug C. Nighthawks migrating [Kristen Lindquist ]
18 Aug Merlins around Flat Bay, Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
18 Aug Barn Swallow Records ["Linda Scotland" ]
17 Aug Boreal Sweep ["Bob Duchesne" ]
16 Aug Bird Monitoring Scarborough Marsh [Linda Woodard ]
16 Aug Gull Identity [Steve Barnes ]
16 Aug Weskeag on Aug 16 [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
15 Aug Fwd: Is this a female Indigo Bunting? [Bill Blauvelt ]
15 Aug Is this a female Indigo Bunting? [Bill Blauvelt ]
14 Aug Shorebirds and Yard Birds in Flat Bay, Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
14 Aug Cooper hawk/snake ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
14 Aug Whip-poor-will [Sarah Caputo ]
13 Aug Re: Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone [Keenan Yakola ]
13 Aug Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone [Sean Hatch ]
12 Aug Additional Highlights this Week and Shorebird High Counts, 8/6-12. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
11 Aug Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone [Bill Baker ]
11 Aug Global Shorebird Counting Sept 2-6 [Charles Duncan ]
10 Aug Re: Mysterious night sounds ["Boots." ]
10 Aug Great Egret ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
10 Aug Yellow-crowned Night-heron [Seth Davis ]
10 Aug Mysterious night sounds ["'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" ]
9 Aug Fwd: Swifts ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
9 Aug Swifts ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
9 Aug Chimney Swift Help ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
9 Aug Cooper's "Flock" ["Bill Hancock" ]
8 Aug Sorry about duplicate [avianspotter via Maine birds ]
8 Aug Re: Yard birds [avianspotter via Maine birds ]
8 Aug Little Egret [Larry Dole ]
8 Aug Yard birds [avianspotter via Maine birds ]
8 Aug Question ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
8 Aug Essex St. Sometimes hard to see them! [David Small ]
8 Aug Maine Birds [Aloyse Lsrrsbee ]

Subject: Nighthawks
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:51:59 -0700 (PDT)
Had several flying over China Lake late this afternoon/evening.  

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Subject: Tuckahoe Turf, Buff-breasted ,Baird's
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:30:10 -0400
Hi,

Today in the first field as you enter were a gathering of KILLDEER, 4 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and other peeps. In a muddy pool under the new water 
irrigation system was one LEAST and one BAIRD’S. When I came back to the 
first field there were about 16 birds, but because I was looking into the sun I 
could not determine what they all were. 


I posted some dysfunctional pictures on checklist 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31276052 

 On the 8-21-2016 I had 4 BAIRD’S That checklist is here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31186147 


Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick


Tuckahoe Turf farm is at 305 Hubbard Rd. Berwick, Maine Please stay on roads 
and never drive on the grass. 


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Subject: Fledging Barred Owls - why still begging?
From: "Peggy Page" <mpage815 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:59:48 -0400
I have had two young barred owls doing their screaming begging call in my
yard for about four weeks. The parents seem to have left them to their own
devices and I suspect they are doing fine, but won't they at some point stop
begging? It goes on every night, throughout the night. If I stand at the
edge of the wood and imitate the call, they come in quite close (which
obviously I am reluctant to do). Does anyone know if this is typical? Is
there any chance they could be in true distress? I have grown quite attached
to them!

 

Peggy Page

Cape Elizaneth

 

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Subject: c. nighthawks in Sidney and other birds
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:54:55 -0400
It really is the end of summer now--I had four common nighthawks over the
field behind my house tonight. I've been waiting for them. (I used to see
them while my kids had soccer practice, but I don't go to practice with
them anymore and I get a few at my house, but not the large, streaming
flocks closer to the river.) I had one over the schools in Oakland on Thurs
night as well.

E
​arlier in August I had a couple of batches of barn swallows--about 20
birds in the first group and 10 in the second. Numbers seem low compared to
previous years when I had babies lined up on my roof begging.

The neighborhood kestrels fledged two to three babies--I could never get
all of them in sight at once to count accurately. They seem to have taken
off. Very relieved they had a successful year.

The bluebirds raised two broods--fledged three out of six the first time
and all five the second time. Lots of bluebirds still around.

Lots of phoebes in the yard along with four or five kingbirds. Still seems
very birdy here with the nightly catbird scolding.

Good birding,
Julia

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Subject: Beautiful Bald Eagle-York Maine
From: deb powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:02:32 -0700 (PDT)
Smelt Brook Trail in York Maine-Off the Vista continues to trill with its 
eagles. Today I caught this bald after waiting for about an hour, a few weeks 
back there was an two year old immature but the holy grail was last Feb when I 
saw a golden! It is worth the walk. 


Please excuse the pic quality, I am amateur hand holding a 300mm.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/29192272511/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:56:48 -0400
Sabine's Gull off Cherry Island Eastport- flying 20' off boat-along with John 
Tobin 

Beautiful coloration-
Skip Small
Rockport
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: "'Wnder' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:55:03 -0400
There was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper foraging along the edge of the fresh water 
pond on Stratton Island (Saco Bay) this morning. Beautiful bird! 



Lucy LaCasse
52 Old Neck Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-883-3637
207-928-3637 (Stoneham)
207-650-4770 (cell)
wnder AT aol.com


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Subject: Biddeford: Marbled Godwit and Western Sandpiper
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:14:13 -0400
Hi all,

A Marbled Godwit and a Western Sandpiper are currently among many other
shorebirds at the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach, Biddeford.

Best,
Josh

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Plymouth
From: Bruce Barker <brucebarker50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:48:29 -0700 (PDT)
Around 9 AM today, four Sandhill Cranes were present in the large field on 
Loud Rd., then a few minutes later, three were observed in a field on Small 
Rd.

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:08:05 +0000
Lots of nighthawks flying over south unity and thorndike. last evening. Diana

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Subject: York County sightings (Aug 24-26)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:52:26 -0400
Here are some bird happenings in York County:

8/24 (Wednesday)
...*Eastern Whip-poor-will* singing before sunrise along Guinea Rd.,
Kennebunkport

8/25 (Thursday)
...4 *Piping Plovers*, 10+ *Red Knots*, 2 *White-rumped Sandpipers*,
and 1 *Pectoral
Sandpiper* (FOY) at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31247412)

8/26 (Friday)
...7 *Blue-winged Teal*, 1 *Northern Shoveler*, 1 *Merlin*, 3 *Marsh Wrens*,
and 24 *Bobolink* at the Sanford Lagoons (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31257145)
...juvenile *Buff-breasted Sandpiper* (FOY) and *"Western" Willet* at the
Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31261065)

Wildly,
Josh

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Subject: New Sweden: Evening Grosbeaks
From: Nancy Hudak <nehudak AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:59:27 -0400
We had four Evening grosbeaks at the feeder today: 1 female and 3 males.
Seems like an odd time year for them to be here!

Also around:

Purple finches
Goldfinches (many)
Black-capped chickadees
Blue jays
Mourning doves
Ruby-throated hummingbirds

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Subject: Additional Highlights and Shorebird High Counts this Week, 8/20-25
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:31:11 -0400
Hi all,

My observations of note over the past six days included:
- 1000+ Tree Swallows, Biddeford Pool, 8/22 (with client from New Mexico).
- 1 continuing Red-necked Grebe, Ocean Ave, Biddeford Pool, 8/22 (with client).
- Presumed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET Hybrid, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough 
Marsh, 8/23 (with Jeannette) 


My shorebird high counts over the past week were as follows:
Black-bellied Plover: 161, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/20 (with Saturday 
Morning Birdwalk group). 

Semipalmated Plover: 311, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 8/22 (with client from New 
Mexico). 

Piping Plover: 7 (all or mostly juvenile), Hill's Beach, 8/22 (with client).
Killdeer: 11, Highland Road, Brunswick, 8/20 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk 
group). 

Greater Yellowlegs: 8, Wharton Point, 8/20 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk 
group). 

Lesser Yellowlegs: 9, off Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/23 (with 
Jeannette). 

Solitary Sandpiper: 1, Sandy Point Beach, Yarmouth, 8/23.
"Eastern" Willet: 7 (plus one unidentified willet), Pine Point, Scarborough, 
8/25. 

Whimbrel: 2, The Pool, Biddeford Pool, 8/22 (with client).
Ruddy Turnstone: 1, Pine Point, 8/25.
Red Knot: 2 (one adult, 1 juv), Pine Point, 8/25.
Sanderling: 18, Hill's Beach, 8/22 (with client).
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 300+, off Eastern Road Trail, 8/23 (with Jeannette).
Least Sandpiper: 191, off Eastern Road Trail, 8/23 (with Jeannette).
White-rumped Sandpiper: 34, Pine Point, 8/25.
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 juvenile each at Biddefprd Pool Beach, 8/22 (with client) 
and off Eastern Road Trail, 8/23 (with Jeannette. Her photo at: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/freeportwildbird/28916888990/in/album-72157625893020187/) 

Pectoral Sandpiper: 2 juvs, off Eastern Road Trail, 8/23 (with Jeannette).
Short-billed Dowitcher: 38, Wharton Point, 8/20 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk 
group). 


-Derek
 
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 Freeport, ME 04032
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Subject: Great Egret N Windham Collins Pond
From: "'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:55:03 +0000 (UTC)
roosting tonight - 1st one I've seen here in 24 yrsalso 4 Common NighthawksJudy 
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Subject: Marbled Godwit, Gisland Farm
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:09:11 -0700 (PDT)
A Marbled Godwit was off the North Meadow blind for about 10 minutes around 
1:30, before the tide reached the shoreline and then flew to the opposite 
side of the estuary! 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:40:45 -0400
Two Sandhill Cranes very close to the the gazebo at the intersection of Rt. 11, 
Poland Spring Rd. and Webbs Mill Rd. digits oped pic with my iPhone. 


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit, Gisland Farm
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:47:08 -0700 (PDT)
A Hudsonian Godwit flew in around 1:30 off the North Meadow blind and 
foraged with the other shorebirds for about 10 minutes and then flew 
directly to the other side of the estuary!

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Subject: banded gulls
From: Noah Perlut <nperlut AT une.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:32:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

This summer we banded 140 Herring Gull chicks on roof-tops in Portland.  We 
have now banded ~600 chicks since 2011 in Portland.  Each bird has a metal 
band on the left leg and a field readable color band on the right leg (most 
of the bands are orange but a few are blue).  The color band has three 
letters on it.  There are a number of gull banding projects in the region, 
including two others in Maine (John Anderson of College of the Atlantic 
bands on Great Duck Island and Julie Ellis of Tufts bands on Appledore 
Island).  Please keep your eyes out for these birds and report the band 
color and identification code directly to me--if you resight a bird that is 
not mine I can help track down the researcher who banded it.
Thanks and enjoy the end of the summer.

noah perlut
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Subject: golden eagle vs imm. bald eagle
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:11:36 -0700 (PDT)
At Flagstaff lake Sat&Sun.   Nice boat ride we had up there to learn the 
history.  Sunday (girls were lounging, I was birding…) lucky enough to see 
an imm. bald eagle landing on a little grassed island and then the Golden 
Eagle landed.  Interesting to see them fly up in the sky and kind of spar 
or banter.  Then the golden landed on the island again what a treat.  

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Subject: York County sightings (Aug 17-23)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:03:19 -0400
Here are some bird happenings from York County:

8/17 (Wednesday)
...35 *Northern Gannets* from Great Hill Rd., Kennebunk
...continuing juvenile *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* at Great Pond, 1st
Street, Biddeford Pool
...continuing *Little Egret* foraging at low tide in "the pool" near Sky
Harbor Dr., Biddeford

8/18 (Thursday)
...24 *Wood Ducks*, 3 *Blue-winged Teal*, 1 juvenile *Little Blue Heron*
(first photographed by Andy Aldrich on 2 Aug), 2 *Green Herons*, 14 *Bank
Swallows*, 3 *Bobolinks*, and more at the Sanford Lagoons

8/19 (Friday)
...continuing *Little Egret* foraging at *low tide* in "the pool" near Sky
Harbor Dr., Biddeford, and near *high tide *with 50+ *Snowy Egrets*
and 4 *Great
Egrets* at Great Pond, 1st Street, Biddeford Pool
...*Baird's Sandpiper* at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford

8/20 (Saturday)
...7 *Piping Plovers* (juveniles) roosting together on the Basket Island
Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
...4 *Piping Plovers* (juveniles), 25 *Laughing Gulls* (juveniles),
and 24 *Least
Terns* (including 6+ fluffy juveniles) at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport

8/22 (Monday)
...6 *White-winged Scoters* and 10 flyby *Blue-winged Teal* from Colony
Beach, K'port
...500+ *Swallows* (presumably mostly Tree Swallows) over Stage Island,
viewed from Bickford Island, K'port
...continuing group of 7 *Piping Plovers* (juveniles) along the Basket
Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
...juvenile *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* along Harbor Rd., Wells
...46 *Snowy Egrets* along the Mousam River (near Route 9), Kennebunk

8/23 (Tuesday)
...250+ *Swallows* over Great Pond, Biddeford Pool
...*Peregrine Falcon* along Mile Stretch Rd., Biddeford Pool

Wildly,
Josh

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Subject: Fwd: Banded gulls
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:25:25 -0400
I took some pictures of a couple of banded Ring-billed Gulls in a large
flock at Back Cove in Portland on August 17. It turns out they were banded
just east of Montreal, Quebec.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/13686093 AT N06/albums/72157672554887416

Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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From: Giroux, Jean-François
Date: Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 2:49 PM
Subject: Banded gulls
To: "bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com" 


Your sightings reported to Noah Perlut made it through the gull biologist
community. Here are some details about the marked ring-billed gulls spotted
in Portland. I was able to determine the codes from the numbers seen on the
steel bands. One has a broken band, which is sometimes occurs after few
years. These were banded in a 45,000 pairs colony just east of Montreal,
Quebec.



Thanks for reporting these sightings and do not hesitate to submit other
directly to me or through our web site http://gull.uqam.ca





Jean-François Giroux

Directeur, Département des sciences biologiques,

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM),

141 Président-Kennedy, SB-R880

CP 8888, Succursale Centre-ville,

Montréal, Québec, Canada  H3C 3P8

Site Internet


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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 8/23
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:40:36 -0400
Hi all,
It's definitely fall now! A light flight passed over and through Sandy Point 
Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this morning in my first visit to "my office" 
of the season. 


5:52-8:05
55F, clear, W2.7-WSW3.5mph.

51 Yellow Warblers
40 American Redstarts
38 Unidentified
37 Red-breasted Nuthatches*
21 Cedar Waxwings
15 American Goldfinches
8 Magnolia Warblers
6 Black-throated Green Warblers
4 Barn Swallows
4 Cliff Swallows
4 Northern Parulas
2 Black-and-white Warblers
2 Prairie Warblers
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Merlin 
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Great-created Flycatcher
1 Unidentified empid
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Unidentified vireo
1 American Robin
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Red-winged Blackbird
X Common Yellowthroats

T=246

*good late summer flights of Red-breasted Nuthatches are usually a sign of a 
good winter finch year on the horizon. 


Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers
From: Shelagh Delphyne <shelagh AT dolphin-designs.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:15:59 +0100
I moved to North Wales in the UK 18 months ago and the wind is relentless, 
summer and winter. Calm days are extremely rare. I am told by locals that it is 
unusual for it to be this bad. I miss those lovely, calm, windless Maine days. 
We are also still having torrential rain and little sunshine. 


Shelagh, now in North Wales

On 22 Aug 2016, at 22:00, 'Jess Home' via Maine birds wrote:

I'm extremely interested in hearing more. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 22, 2016, at 4:54 PM, cathie.murray AT gmail.com wrote:

> Hello all,
> Have you noticed that in general the average velocity of breezes/wind is 
higher and the duration of strong breezes/winds is longer recently? (Is there a 
name to quantify this magnitude/duration phenomenon?) I assume it's related to 
global warming/climate change and the generally more powerful movements of air 
due to temperature differences, etc. 

> I wonder how this is impacting our songbirds, particularly flycatchers. We 
have had few of those "lazy days of summer" with insects floating in the air 
and phoebes snapping them up. The drought has impacted insect numbers of 
course, but what about the wind's impact on predator success? 

> Is anyone studying this? Is there a way to contribute useful observations? Or 
do you think nothing is amiss? 

> Feel free to respond offline if you don't think this is of broad interest.
> Thanks,
> Cathie Murray, Hallowell
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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB
From: Chris Bartlett <christophabartlett AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:06:34 -0700 (PDT)
I saw the Sabine's gull again today around 4PM.  It was feeding with 
Bonaparte's gulls and kittiwakes next to Cherry Island in the southern part 
of Head Harbor Passage during the outgoing tide.  This location is ~1/2 a 
mile from the Maine border. I also spotted a little gull in the mix. 

Here's a photo of the Sabine's gull:
https://flic.kr/p/LjnZvR

and little gull:
https://flic.kr/p/KuAeVP

Cheers,

Chris Bartlett


On Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 1:45:13 PM UTC-4, Chris Bartlett wrote:
>
> My daughter Sarah and I had the pleasure of birding alongside Peter and 
> Barbara Vickery, Mac Hunter, Aram Calhoun, and Ron Joseph this morning. Our 
> trip took us from Lubec, Maine through Head Harbor Passage, NB and to the 
> Old Sow whirlpool.  The best bird was an adult Sabine's gull that we found 
> at the Old Sow in both Eastport, Maine and Deer Island, New Brunswick.  It 
> was difficult to stay on the Sabine's because it was feeding with a few 
> thousand whirling Bonaparte's gulls in the tide rips.   Along the way we 
> also saw a year-old little gull, a sooty shearwater, 60-70 razorbills, 6-7 
> minke whales, and lots of harbor porpoise.  It was a fantastic trip.
>
> Photos of the Sabine's Gull can be seen here:
> https://flic.kr/p/KV9mi7
> https://flic.kr/p/KV9kZw
>
> Cheers,
>
> Chris Bartlett
>

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Subject: Re: wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers
From: "'Jess Home' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:44 -0400
I'm extremely interested in hearing more. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 22, 2016, at 4:54 PM, cathie.murray AT gmail.com wrote:
> 
> Hello all,
> Have you noticed that in general the average velocity of breezes/wind is 
higher and the duration of strong breezes/winds is longer recently? (Is there a 
name to quantify this magnitude/duration phenomenon?) I assume it's related to 
global warming/climate change and the generally more powerful movements of air 
due to temperature differences, etc. 

> I wonder how this is impacting our songbirds, particularly flycatchers. We 
have had few of those "lazy days of summer" with insects floating in the air 
and phoebes snapping them up. The drought has impacted insect numbers of 
course, but what about the wind's impact on predator success? 

> Is anyone studying this? Is there a way to contribute useful observations? Or 
do you think nothing is amiss? 

> Feel free to respond offline if you don't think this is of broad interest.
> Thanks,
> Cathie Murray, Hallowell
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Subject: wind impact on songbirds, particularly flycatchers
From: cathie.murray AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:54:09 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all,
Have you noticed that in general the average velocity of breezes/wind is 
higher and the duration of strong breezes/winds is longer recently? (Is 
there a name to quantify this magnitude/duration phenomenon?) I assume it's 
related to global warming/climate change and the generally more powerful 
movements of air due to temperature differences, etc.
I wonder how this is impacting our songbirds, particularly flycatchers. We 
have had few of those "lazy days of summer" with insects floating in the 
air and phoebes snapping them up. The drought has impacted insect numbers 
of course, but what about the wind's impact on predator success?
Is anyone studying this?  Is there a way to contribute useful observations? 
Or do you think nothing is amiss?
Feel free to respond offline if you don't think this is of broad interest.
Thanks,
Cathie Murray, Hallowell

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Subject: Still whipping
From: Bradley Moser <mindofmoser AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:00:53 -0700 (PDT)
Though quiet through much of July and early August, the Proctor Rd 
(Biddeford) whip-poor-will(s?) has been announcing his presence of late. 
 We heard him a few times last week, most recently on Thursday, August 17. 
 The whip-poor-will clock, once so finely tuned to 8:55 pm (plus/minus 3 
minutes) near the summer solstice has shifted closer to 7:55 pm as summer 
marches toward fall.  We were away for the weekend, so we have not listened 
the last few nights; but we're tuned in again now and we'll let you know if 
he sings out once more before packing up bags and heading to warmer coasts.

Brad and Lena Moser

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Subject: American Avocet, Sagadahoc Bay, Georgetown, 21 Aug (today)
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:30:31 -0400
Mike Fahay submitted an eBird report 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31184516 
) with photos of an American 
Avocet in Sagadahoc Bay (see list for map point). 


Although reported as an adult in fading alternate plumage, the photos show a 
juvenile with some preformative molt. 


American Avocets are unusual among shorebirds in that the juveniles more or 
less resemble (or mimic?) adults in breeding plumage. They can be tricky to 
tell apart. Mike’s photos show the inner webs of the inner primaries with 
white margins, fresh tertials and a few new scapulars; these features all 
indicative of a young bird. The long and comparatively straight bill lacking a 
strong recurve means the bird is a male. Some have suggested that this mimicry 
of the adult plumage is perhaps so predators cannot target young birds as 
“easy” prey. Whatever the case, as Dennis Paulson says, the orange head and 
neck of breeding and juvenile avocets "merely adds distinction to 
distinctiveness." 


Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: Seeking Chimney Swift roosts
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:41:48 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry for the confusion. I'm interested in the Cliff Swallow building outside 
of Augusta, mentioned in this thread. And how to get there. Not swifts. Thank 
for the emails though. 


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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:34:44 -0400
Should anyone have the ambition and poor judgement - but that’s up to you! - 
to look for the Sabine’s Gull, it’s likely to linger off the Old Sow for 
several days. One can take the car ferry - as a pedestrian - from Campobello to 
Deer Island and bird from the southern tip looking across to Eastport. You can 
figure out the ferry schedule, just remember NB is one hour ahead of ME time 
and you need your passport. We were there around 11:30 about 1+ hour before 
high tide and there were thousands of Bonies and I’m sure we missed numerous 
birds. But the point offers a stable platform, unlike a small boat bouncing 
around in the Sow. I used to bird this area in the 70s and 80s and it’s worth 
being there 2+ hours before high tide - there’s just too much activity to 
capture in this bedlam of birds. It’s truly spectacular, irrespective of 
rarities, which are always present but perhaps not recorded. Sabine’s Gull is 
so much easier than first year Little or Black-headed - but the latter two are 
annual here. 


Bon chance,

Peter
On Aug 20, 2016, at 1:45 PM, Chris Bartlett  
wrote: 


> My daughter Sarah and I had the pleasure of birding alongside Peter and 
Barbara Vickery, Mac Hunter, Aram Calhoun, and Ron Joseph this morning. Our 
trip took us from Lubec, Maine through Head Harbor Passage, NB and to the Old 
Sow whirlpool. The best bird was an adult Sabine's gull that we found at the 
Old Sow in both Eastport, Maine and Deer Island, New Brunswick. It was 
difficult to stay on the Sabine's because it was feeding with a few thousand 
whirling Bonaparte's gulls in the tide rips. Along the way we also saw a 
year-old little gull, a sooty shearwater, 60-70 razorbills, 6-7 minke whales, 
and lots of harbor porpoise. It was a fantastic trip. 

> 
> Photos of the Sabine's Gull can be seen here:
> https://flic.kr/p/KV9mi7
> https://flic.kr/p/KV9kZw
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Chris Bartlett
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Subject: Seeking Chimney Swift roosts
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:48:57 -0700 (PDT)
What building outside of Augusta?

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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Eastport, ME and Deer Island, NB
From: Chris Bartlett <christophabartlett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:45:13 -0700 (PDT)
My daughter Sarah and I had the pleasure of birding alongside Peter and 
Barbara Vickery, Mac Hunter, Aram Calhoun, and Ron Joseph this morning. Our 
trip took us from Lubec, Maine through Head Harbor Passage, NB and to the 
Old Sow whirlpool.  The best bird was an adult Sabine's gull that we found 
at the Old Sow in both Eastport, Maine and Deer Island, New Brunswick.  It 
was difficult to stay on the Sabine's because it was feeding with a few 
thousand whirling Bonaparte's gulls in the tide rips.   Along the way we 
also saw a year-old little gull, a sooty shearwater, 60-70 razorbills, 6-7 
minke whales, and lots of harbor porpoise.  It was a fantastic trip.

Photos of the Sabine's Gull can be seen here:
https://flic.kr/p/KV9mi7
https://flic.kr/p/KV9kZw

Cheers,

Chris Bartlett

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Subject: Seeking Chimney Swift roosts
From: <dwmp AT avianhaven.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:56:59 -0400
Everyone - first of all, a belated thank-you to everyone who responded to
our request for Cliff Swallow hang-outs a couple weeks ago.  One of you
pointed us to a building outside of Augusta, where there were 30-some nests,
many of them active, with a large number of birds flying around the parking
lot area.  Our birds joined the group there!

Our summer swift orphans are nearly ready for release, so we are now looking
for a communal chimney swift roost  (rather than a single-family nest
chimney) that is currently active.   We'd settle for a location where a good
number of birds are regularly seen in the evening sky, even if the roost
chimney per se was unknown.  
Again, please contact me off-list.

THANKS!

Diane at Avian Haven

www.avianhaven.org    

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Subject: Ancient Murrelet
From: Stan DeOrsey <jsmd AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:54:50 -0400
There is a second (third?) hand report  of  a (the?) Ancient Murrelet 
seen yesterday (8/19) off Bailey Island near the Driftwood Inn. I do not 
have more specifics but be aware just in case.

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:48:34 -0700 (PDT)
This last week has been a bit of a mixed bag.
Saturday night past produced a small wave of early moving migrants and 
wanderers, including:
quite a few RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES;
1 or 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS;
a small few of YELLOW WARBLERS;
some more NORTHERN WATER THRUSHES;
an apparently lone BLACK & WHITE WARBLER;
our third DOWNY WOODPECKER of the year;
a couple WIMBRELS;
numerous PHALAROPES (night time fly-bys);
1 or 2 female/juvenile RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and;
a couple of PURPLE FINCHES.

Most of these arrivals settled in for a leisurely stay, although foraging 
isn't so good for the Hummers just yet.
The PURPLE ASTER is just beginning to bloom and it's the late summer 
mainstay for them and the migrating Butterflies, along with the generally 
less abundant GOLDEN ROD.
One Hummer surprised me with its very early morning flight. It's not often 
that one sees those little fellows cruising the neighbourhood before the 
sun gets above the horizon.
Butterflies are still scarce although SULPHURS are on the rise.

The Black & White Warbler proved to be quite people-tolerant, spending its 
time around the buildings, snagging insects and generally acting, as they 
will, like a BROWN CREEPER. That foraging behaviour took her through an 
open window and into the occupied bedroom of a UNB staffer for a short 
visit.

Similar behaviour saw a Nuthatch get between inner & outer  basement 
windows to reap the abundant insects. I left it there, correctly assuming 
that a Nuthatch, being a cavity nester and just plain smart, it would 
simply exit via the small entry hole once the bug supply was exhausted.
A second Nuthatch refused to leave the same basement for 2 days. Warm, 
dry, good food, water, no predators or disturbance and secure sleeping 
accommodations: what more could you want?  Twice I carried it outside the 
door and it immediately re-entered. After two days it must have reduced the 
insect supply because it departed of its own accord.

On the Alcid front, things aren't so rosy. There are still a fair number of 
Puffins being feed; perhaps 2 or 3 hundred (?) but the food coming in is 
still remarkably unimpressive. I suspect that lots of chicks continue to 
starve, in spite of getting food.
Fledging weights this year have typically been under 200 grams and more in 
the range of 170 grams minus. In a good season they would be around 300 
grams and up.

I believe that the production rate from monitored burrows came in this year 
at 12%, compared with a more usual rate in the order of 70% - 80%. Worse, 
that only means that 12% left the nest.
In the face of the dismal condition of most chicks, the number of chicks 
that actually got to the water or managed to care for themselves is 
questionable. Personally, I'd very pleasantly surprised if 5% survive.

Raptors are increasing in variety and frequency.
There's currently a SHARP SHINNED HAWK disturbing the breakfast tranquility 
but the youngster hasn't found much success this morning. It's inexperience 
really shows.
MERLINS & PEREGRINES have been filtering through.
EAGLES are random but often, the most recent was yesterday afternoon. 
There's a dead GRAY SEAL ashore  up the island that gulls are sampling but 
I don't know if any Eagles are indulging.
A couple of NORTHERN HARRIERS (1 female & 1 juvenile) have each stopped off 
for 4 or 5 days, benefiting from the abundance of newly minted SAVANNAH 
SPARROWS.

The Shorebird migration continues relatively uneventfully. 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS have been up to 200-300 but a 100 or so is more 
like the daily average.
LEAST SANDPIPERS haven't been above a few dozen.
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS are just one or two randomly now.
Likewise with the RUDDY TURNSTONES.
I've only seen 3 WILLETS this week but their slowdown has been offset with 
a few WIMBRELS passing through.
WOODCOCK were sighted a couple times, although I suspect it's been a single 
bird.
Also, a single SNIPE was around a day or two.
Yesterday I saw a BITTERN fly in for a landing, out of sight, near the 
shore. I failed to locate it a couple hours later. I think that they 
quickly realize that the brackish, stagnant puddles in the rocks are devoid 
of food for them.

Also yesterday, a particularly bright male Purple Finch showed up on the 
patio while a female BOBOLINK spent the afternoon and evening feeding on 
TIMOTHY seed near the patio.

The Red Breasted Nuthatches which I mentioned earlier are very abundant 
this year, easily the most that I've ever seen herein 21 summers.
Once this week, I had 10 in sight simultaneously while sitting here looking 
out of the window. After a walk around yesterday and watching them around 
the lighthouse every morning, I'm confident that there are well over 30 of 
the little tykes on the island.

CEDAR WAXWINGS appear every few days but only 2-4 at a time. 2 new arrivals 
are presently perched just outside our kitchen window.

TREE & BARN SWALLOWS have been passing through daily in low numbers but 
Thursday morning brought over 50 Tree Swallows. Many (if not most) were 
juveniles.  It's been a while since I've seen the wires loaded with 
swallows, especially out here.

Bird of the week: PROTHONATARY WARBLER, a bright female that stayed around 
our patio and house for a couple days.
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Subject: Black crowned night herons
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:14:21 -0400
While at the Bonnie Raitt concert last night we observed about a dozen
herons flying over the venue to the east. A group of 10 or so, then a
single one later. Tammy

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Subject: locations
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:53:12 -0400
Leaving Portland to go to Bowdoin this am. Suggestions for birding
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Subject: Re: C. Nighthawks migrating
From: Allison Wells <awells AT nrcm.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 03:28:25 +0000
Had a single one in Hallowell yesterday at around 6pm.

Allison Wells

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 19, 2016, at 4:02 PM, Kristen Lindquist 
> wrote: 


A birder friend in Lincolnville, Gary Gulezian, told me that he had seen a 
group of 30 or so Common Nighthawks passing through his yard this morning. 


This is not unusual during "fall" migration, and I've seen mention on this 
list-serve of at least one similar sighting in the past week or so (though this 
is the first I'd heard of in the Midcoast area). Nighthawk migration always 
takes me by surprise--I guess I'm not ready for summer to be that far gone. 


In any case, this was a reminder for me to keep an eye out for nighthawks 
moving south. About the size of an American Robin but with longer, pointy wings 
and a distinct, erratic way of flying, the nighthawk is really cool to watch in 
flight, especially in the numbers that you can sometimes see during migration. 


And I know, I know, shorebirds have been migrating for weeks now...

Kristen

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Subject: Nighthawks - Durham
From: Jessica Costa <jesslynncosta AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:22:24 -0400
Easily 100 nighthawks in a loose, protracted flock over Durham near the
Hannah sandpit route 9 around 745 pm tonight.

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Subject: of nighthawks and hawks
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:08:28 -0400
Barbara and I saw at least 83 nighthawks, one flock of 65, over the Wesley 
Barrens north of Machias yesterday evening. 


Today, at Boot Head in Lubec, we came across a reasonable, and to me very 
early, fall hawk flight (but Seth would know better). We saw 15+ Broadwings, 
one kettle of 9, 17 Sharpies, a few Osprey, 7 Red-tails (2 obvious migrants) - 
all circling for thermals and heading SW. As I said, this seemed early to me. 


Bruce the Third (I think) resident on the trail with Boreal Chickadees, W-W 
Crossbills, etc.. essentially no warblers. 


Brief j Baird’s at the shorebird roost from the Lubec health center.

Lovely day.

Best, Petewr


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Subject: This Week's Highlights and Shorebird High Counts, 8/13-19.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:55:13 -0400
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days included:
- Presumed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET Hybrid, Pelreco Marsh, 8/14 (with 
Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! group) and at Jones Creek, 8/15 (with clients from 
Maine and Connecticut). Photo at: 
https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-two-shorebirds-and-beer-birds-on-tap-roadtrips-of-2016/. 

- 1 female White-winged Scoter, Biddeford Pool Beach, 8/15 (with clients).
- 3 continuing juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, Great Pond, 8/15 (with 
clients). 

- 1 juvenile FORSTER'S TERN, Fort Popham, Phippsburg, 8/18.

My shorebird high counts over the past week were as follows:
Black-bellied Plover: 173, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/19.
Semipalmated Plover: 345, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/15 (with clients).
Killdeer: 11, Highland Road, Brunswick, 8/19.
Greater Yellowlegs: 12, Wharton Point, 8/19.
Lesser Yellowlegs: 11, Wharton Point, 8/19.
Solitary Sandpiper: 1, Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Brunswick, 8/19.
"Eastern" Willet: 8, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/14 (with Birds on Tap - 
Roadtrip! tour group) and 8/15 (with clients). 

Spotted Sandpiper: 3, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/14 (with Birds 
on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

Ruddy Turnstone: 10, off Chebeague Island, 8/16 (with Tom Downing and 
Jeannette). 

Red Knot: 1 juv, Pine Point, 8/15 (with clients).
Sanderling: 35, Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 8/18.
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 500+, Pine Point, 8/15 (with clients).
Least Sandpiper: 75+, Eastern Road Trail, 8/14 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! 
tour group). 

White-rumped Sandpiper: 8, Pine Point, 8/15 (with clients).
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 3 juvs, Popham Beach State Park, 8/18 (Video of one at: 
https://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/videos) and another THREE at Wharton 
Point, 8/19. 

Pectoral Sandpiper: 1 ad, Popham Beach State Park, 8/18.
STILT SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Popham Beach State Park, 8/18.
Short-billed Dowitcher: 47, Wharton Point, 8/19.

-Derek

 
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Subject: York Juvenile Black Guillemot at Town Dock #2
From: Tom Olson <sidneyblack AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:02:42 -0700 (PDT)
I was surprised by this bird at around 5PM today.  I thought it was an 
Alcid and it looked closest to a juvie Black Guillemont.  This was at Town 
Dock #2 off of Rte 103.  
I bird there a few times a week and have never seen an alcid there.  I've 
seen a murre out by Nubble Light, but that's it.  Please advise on ID. 
 Thanks.  Tom O

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Subject: Nighthawks southbound
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:09:47 -0400
A flock of 20+ over Pownal around 5 PM. 

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Subject: American Oystercatchers
From: Sally P <pachulski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:55:07 -0700 (PDT)


 

Three American Oystercatchers were foraging on the river at low tide 
yesterday at Higgins Beach in Scarborough.  I observed them for about 20 
minutes and then something spooked all the birds in the area and the 
oystercatchers flew out over the ocean and didn't return.  

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Subject: C. Nighthawks migrating
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:01:35 -0400
A birder friend in Lincolnville, Gary Gulezian, told me that he had seen a
group of 30 or so Common Nighthawks passing through his yard this morning.

This is not unusual during "fall" migration, and I've seen mention on this
list-serve of at least one similar sighting in the past week or so (though
this is the first I'd heard of in the Midcoast area). Nighthawk migration
always takes me by surprise--I guess I'm not ready for summer to be that
far gone.

In any case, this was a reminder for me to keep an eye out for nighthawks
moving south. About the size of an American Robin but with longer, pointy
wings and a distinct, erratic way of flying, the nighthawk is really cool
to watch in flight, especially in the numbers that you can sometimes see
during migration.

And I know, I know, shorebirds have been migrating for weeks now...

Kristen

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Subject: Merlins around Flat Bay, Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:44:56 -0400
Today while we were scoping shorebirds from our yard (including 19
Whimbrel) two Merlins flew over. One swooped back to land in a tree right
over Merle and proceeded to call very loudly. This didn't go over well with
the closest shorebirds and many took off down the bay. Merlins can sure
wreak havoc with shorebirding!!

Hopefully this is the start of the falcon migration along the Downeast
coast.

Anne Archie, Harrington, ME

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Subject: Barn Swallow Records
From: "Linda Scotland" <lds AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:13:24 -0400
I don't know if anyone is interested or not, but I've been keeping records
of barn swallow nesting in our garage since 1997.  This year the first nest
fledged the earliest ever, with four young, on July 1st. The second nesting
fledged today, again with four young. 

 

The latest fledge that we've had is September 5, 2003, with only three
birds.  I was really worried that year because the usual hundreds of
swallows that perch on the phone lines before they leave had already gone.
That year the first nesting fledged on July 13th.

 

Usually the time between fledges is 7-8 weeks, but in 2014, there were only
four weeks between them.  The first group fledged on July 4th and the second
on August 7th.  These are records from the same nest, not two different
ones.  And it's very easy to tell exactly when the young leave the nest
because they hang out on the garage doors and we can't open them.

 

Does anyone else keep track of their nesting/fledge dates? I would be
interested to know of the weeks between nestings.

 

Thanks,

Linda Scotland

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Subject: Boreal Sweep
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:26:55 -0400
It's been a month since I was up there, but two birders from Pennsylvania
tempted me to go into the North Maine Woods along the Telos Road yesterday.
We had Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee by 9am, but the
woodpeckers were elusive. At my favorite Nesowadnehunk site, we dipped. 

 

So we went to my backup American Three-toed Woodpecker spot on the Harvester
Road. I got a wonderful male Black-backed Woodpecker for several
minutes.then suffered the sound of a calling Three-toed Woodpecker
disappearing to the west, sight unseen. 

 

Thus, it was off to my emergency backup American Three-toed Woodpecker site
along the Umbazookus Road heading due west from Chamberlain. There is a
mile-long, mile-deep stand of black spruce that is too thick to explore, but
I sometimes get three-toeds from the road. I got a pair in that spot in
early May. Turns out, they raised a family. We got a mother/child pair
working the trees near the road near the western end of the stand.

 

So, we swept the five boreal targets, threw in a few red crossbills flying
over, and relished 45 common nighthawks over Abol Bridge on the way home.
Not bad.

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Bird Monitoring Scarborough Marsh
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:39:35 -0400
>
> *Help gather data on Maine’s first Important Bird Area  *
>


>  Join us on  August 20, 2016 from 7-10 at Scarborough Marsh for a
> marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and
> species.  Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, each group
> of monitors will be assigned a portion of the marsh to survey.  Depending
> on the assignment, surveys may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe
> (provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!  They
> will go out with experienced monitors.
>


>  The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the
> survey methods.  After that, monitors will disburse to their assigned
> sections, and actual surveys may last up to several hours (depending on
> location surveyed).
>


>   *Please help us by forwarding this to anyone think might by interested.
>  *
>


>  Thank You, Linda
>
*Linda Woodard **II* *Maine Audubon*

*Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center*

*_______________________________*

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME  04105

*tel* (207)  <207%29%20781-2330>883-5100

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Subject: Gull Identity
From: Steve Barnes <stbarnes AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:47:39 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

           On Sunday afternoon I saw an adult Herring Gull whose breast and 
underwings had been dyed red.  This was at Drift Inn Beach in St George. 
 Can anyone give me a clue as to what study this part of?  Thanks.

Steve Barnes
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Subject: Weskeag on Aug 16
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:25:53 +0000
Hi,


At mid-tide around 7 am, not a lot of shorebirds present. In fact, just a 
single b-b plover at the expansive Thomaston mudflats. The marsh pools held 
both yellowlegs (predominantly lesser); 2 pectoral; 2 s-b dows; scattered least 
and semi-pals sandpipers; 30 semi-pal plovers in the drier back areas; 116 
snowy egrets and 4 great egrets; several great blues. 



Don

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Subject: Fwd: Is this a female Indigo Bunting?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:40:27 -0400
Silly me. I was informed these are House Sparrows. Oh well.
Thanks for letting me know.
Bill Blauvelt

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Subject: Is this a female Indigo Bunting?
To: maine-birds listserve 


Sally and I saw 3 of these at Dunst Landing in Scarborough today. Are they
female Indigo Buntings? I put 3 pictures on my Flicker page.

https://flic.kr/p/L3rN27

Bill Blauvelt

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Subject: Is this a female Indigo Bunting?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:03:58 -0400
Sally and I saw 3 of these at Dunst Landing in Scarborough today. Are they
female Indigo Buntings? I put 3 pictures on my Flicker page.

https://flic.kr/p/L3rN27

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Subject: Shorebirds and Yard Birds in Flat Bay, Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:00:30 -0400
The Whimbrel migration seems to be complete - only one bird still hanging
around on the low tide mudflats near Birch Point in Milbridge.

Each day seems to bring more Black-bellied Plover.  There are hundreds
feeding on the mudflats now.  Add in the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Short-billed Dowitchers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Semi-Palmated Plover
the mudflats seem to swarm with activity from south of Birch Point all the
way north into the narrow part of Flat Bay.

The Laughing Gulls have left, but there are 30-150 Bonaparte's Gulls
(depending on day and time of the low tide), Common Terns and the
ubiquitous Ring-billed Gulls.  More Double-crested Cormorants than usual
are coming in.  A pair of adult Bald Eagles and at least one
young-of-the-year are obvious every day.

In our yard the Eastern Phoebes have  re-appeared and several flycatch
around the deck.  Warbler migration is off and on with
Yellow-rumps, Black-and Whites and Black-throated Green flocks moving
through with chickadees, nuthatches and creepers. Only one Merlin so far.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Cooper hawk/snake
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:28:02 -0400
A cooper hawk scored a small snake to dined on in my driveway-
Skip Small
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Subject: Whip-poor-will
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 01:03:44 +0000
Eastern Whip-poor-will calling this evening from the edge of the woods - first 
for here. 


Sarah 

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Subject: Re: Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:21:19 -0700 (PDT)
To my knowledge and observations the bird has not been seen since August 
4th. 

Keenan

On Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 9:35:04 AM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
>
> Any other report positive or negative regarding the Tropicbird would be 
> appreciated. 

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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 06:35:03 -0700 (PDT)
Any other report positive or negative regarding the Tropicbird would be 
appreciated. 


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Subject: Additional Highlights this Week and Shorebird High Counts, 8/6-12.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:38:16 -0400
Hi all,
A couple more observations of note over the past seven days included:
- continuing LITTLE EGRET (note: by today, it has lost both of its long head 
plumes), Great Pond, Biddeford Pool, 8/12. 

- 1 continuing Red-necked Grebe, Ocean Avenue, Biddeford Pool, 8/12.

My shorebird high counts over the past seven days were as follows:

Black-bellied Plover: 115, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/11.
Semipalmated Plover: 144, Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 8/12.
Piping Plover: 4 (1ad, 3 juv), Hill's Beach, 8/12.
Killdeer: 8, Highland Road, Brunswick, 8/11.
AMERICAN AVOCET: 1, as previously reported, Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/7 (with 
Birds on Tap - Roadtrip!) tour group). 

Greater Yellowlegs: 12, Wharton Point, 8/11.
Lesser Yellowlegs: 53, Yarmouth Town Landing, Yarmouth, 8/6 (with Saturday 
Morning Birdwalk group). 

"Eastern" Willet: 6, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 8/7 (with Birds on 
Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

Spotted Sandpiper: 3, Great Pond, Biddeford Pool, 8/12.
Ruddy Turnstone: 200+, Eastern Egg Rock via Hardy Boat Puffin cruise, 8/8 (with 
Jeannette and friends from NY). 

Sanderling: 72, Biddeford Pool Beach, Biddeford, 8/12.
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 224, Wharton Point, 8/11.
Least Sandpiper: 30+, Eastern Road Trail, 8/7 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! 
tour group). 

White-rumped Sandpiper: 2, Biddeford Pool Beach, 8/12.
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Great Pond, Biddeford Pool, 8/12.
Short-billed Dowitcher: 33, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/11.

-Derek
 
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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird may be gone
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:02:19 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday the red-billed tropicbird was not seen by our weekly puffin 
trip. Talking to Keenan it has not been seen in its burrow for the last 5 
days. It may have left with the terns which are few in number. No pelagics 
were seen or Razorbills. Puffins are off the nest but still 80 or more were 
in the water around the island offer great views. Also the Great cormorants 
are still at nesting colony, Grey Seals foraging off the point and a 
surprise beautiful breeding plumage Northern Gannet perched on the cliffs. 
Also some good looks at breeding plumage Common Loons. We have a trip going 
out tomorrow, so I will update then.

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Subject: Global Shorebird Counting Sept 2-6
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:52:07 -0700 (PDT)
*The Global Shorebird Counting Program is one of the key events of the 
World Shorebirds Day (Sept 6), an effort to raise awareness about the 
importance of regular bird monitoring/counting as the core element of 
protection of bird populations and habitat conservation.*

*How to be a part of this popular program of the World Shorebirds Day?*

   1. Think about where will you be on the Global Shorebird Counting 
   weekend 2-6 September 2016);
   2. Add your location(s) on the Google Map 
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   where you most probably would do counting and make your registration 
 
 

   ;
   3. Follow our blog  to 
   get notified about new announcements;
   4. Go counting shorebirds on the weekend of Global Shorebird Counting 
   weekend;
   5. Submit your data to eBird  (find 
   related technical details here 
 
) 

   or send directly us (this is a less preferred way).
   
   FMI:  https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/globalshorebirdcounting/

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Subject: Re: Mysterious night sounds
From: "Boots." <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:41:08 -0400
I'm in Franklin and have been hearing porcupines at night. Do search for
porcupine sounds. Maybe? Can you record the sounds? Good luck.

Boots.

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> Last night I woke to the sound of what I thought was a lost dog whining at
> my door. When I investigated, I realized it was something else, very much
> like a dog whine, only uniform and coming at regular intervals, such as a
> bird rather than a mammal would do. It would start and end with that high-
> pitched, breathy sound a dog makes and in the middle a two-note whine. It
> seemed to be coming from high in a big maple but could have been from the
> woods. It went on for hours.
>
> Internet searches have been to no avail. Any ideas?
>
> Mary Lou in Sullivan
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Subject: Great Egret
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:29:37 -0400
A Great Egret frogging in the main pond along with the pied- billed grebes
Skip Small
Rockport  

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-heron
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:46:29 -0700 (PDT)
Got some good views of the continuing juvie Yellow-crowned Night-herons 
this morning at the Great Pond in Biddeford Pool. No sighting of the Little 
Egret, but A. it was early, and B. the weather was taking a turn for the 
worse so that may change things for today. Still good to see this Maine 
rarity and a lifer for me!  

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Subject: Mysterious night sounds
From: "'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:09:10 -0400
Last night I woke to the sound of what I thought was a lost dog whining at my 
door. When I investigated, I realized it was something else, very much like a 
dog whine, only uniform and coming at regular intervals, such as a bird rather 
than a mammal would do. It would start and end with that high- pitched, breathy 
sound a dog makes and in the middle a two-note whine. It seemed to be coming 
from high in a big maple but could have been from the woods. It went on for 
hours. 


Internet searches have been to no avail. Any ideas?

Mary Lou in Sullivan 

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Subject: Fwd: Swifts
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 20:43:28 -0400

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> From: 
> Date: August 9, 2016 at 20:38:24 EDT
> To: "'Carl Small'" 
> Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] Swifts
> 
> Skip -- the birds arrived safely! They are fat and healthy, so either had not 
been long in the fireplace or else were being fed down there. Let me know if 
you get any further info about the dead bird and/or whether you see any adults 
flying into the chimney. 

> Thanks again for your help today,
> Diane
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Swifts
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:38:23 -0400
3 baby Chimney Swifts on their way to Avian Have- 
Many thanks for all input-
Skip Small
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Subject: Chimney Swift Help
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:14:13 -0400
Next door is an old farmhouse with chimney swifts in old chimney- owner came 
over concern that as of now 3 young birds are clinging at the base of the fire 
place/ 

We have sealed off fireplace hoping mother will encourage birds back up to nest 
area- there was one dead bird that neighbor found on floor and was not sure if 
baby or adult- 

Any suggestions- 
Thanks 
Skip Small
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Subject: Cooper's "Flock"
From: "Bill Hancock" <wph AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 00:19:11 -0400
Two very conspicuous juvenile Cooper's Hawks and their far-more secretive
parents have been providing some interesting behavior watching in my yard
for the past few weeks. Several times I have seen all four birds flash
across the yard, presumably the young in pursuit of the adults, but that
view is too quick to tell who is who. The youngsters' persistent, plaintive
begging calls start first thing in the morning and continue throughout the
day. One morning last week at about 6:00 one of them landed on the skylight
five feet above my bed and began squealing like a young gull. It appeared to
be pecking at the water droplets that had condensed on the glass, but the
bird's long toes couldn't get a purchase, and it kept sliding off, whereupon
it would jump back on and repeat the process. Watching the young birds go
after chipmunks has been interesting too, as they tumble awkwardly into the
ferns and garden plants in pursuit. I have yet to see a successful catch,
but there seems to be only one chipmunk left out of the many a month ago. No
red squirrels are around anymore, but three grays are still regular and seem
oblivious to the hawks-too big perhaps. It is also interesting that when one
of the juvs is perched on a lawn chair, stone wall, or elsewhere out in
plain sight near the feeder, that none of the regular feeder
birds-Chickadees, Titmice, WB Nuts, Downy WP, or GOFI seem to pay them much
heed either. However, it seems clear when a parent is evidently near as
everybody bolts or freezes. Earlier in the summer the local Blue Jays
mimicked the Coops' calls to the point where I couldn't really tell who was
lurking nearby, but now there are no Blue Jays at all. Nor did we have much
in the way of singing Hermit Thrushes, Ovenbirds, or other regular forest
birds around our house either.

 

Bill Hancock

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Subject: Sorry about duplicate
From: avianspotter via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:11:58 -0400
Can't type ...

I think I have 5 Hummers
 Adult and young
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Subject: Re: Yard birds
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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:04:08 -0400
Brown Creeper and Red breasted Nuthatch sowed up today
Family of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and N Flickers appeared to have moved on
Nancy Schwarzel

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> 
> Hummers Bluebirds
> Woodpeckers and now Brown Ctr
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Subject: Little Egret
From: Larry Dole <larrydole AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
Saw the Little Egret at Lords Pond today in, Biddeford Pool, with about 20 
Snowy's and a few Greats. This was about 3:15 pm 


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Subject: Yard birds
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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:55:52 -0400
Hummers Bluebirds
Woodpeckers and now Brown Ctr

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Subject: Question
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:59:16 -0400
Has there been a recording of a Black Rail in Maine? 
Thanks
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Subject: Essex St. Sometimes hard to see them!
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:13:43 -0400
Thanks, Bruce for pointing out this young chestnut-sided warbler hiding in
the tree.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7dc4cdfe#h7dc4cdfe

Cheers,
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Subject: Maine Birds
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:50:08 -0500
8:30 am - We checked the Alder Stream in Corinna and there were 3
Gallinule, all juvenile

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