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16 Apr White-throated sparrow [B G ]
16 Apr MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
16 Apr 27 Snowy Egrets Cundys Harbor [Charlotte Hewson ]
15 Apr Beech Hill list [Brian Willson ]
15 Apr Peepers! [Julia Hanauer Milne ]
15 Apr Gray Catbird []
15 Apr QUERY: American Pipit in winter [Peter Vickery ]
15 Apr Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors [Jeannette Lovitch ]
15 Apr Re: Osprey battle [Richard McWilliams ]
15 Apr Swamp Sparrow & Kingfisher [Fyn Kynd ]
15 Apr Eurasian Wigeon - Still hangin' [rob speirs ]
15 Apr Bangor: Scarlet Tanager, Merlin & Chipping Sparrow fallout ["Sean Smith" ]
15 Apr Ice Out Togus Pond ["Alice Savage" ]
15 Apr Unity Raven, Kingfisher []
15 Apr Bluebird FOY [Jim Bright ]
15 Apr Osprey battle [David Small ]
15 Apr Florida Lake (Freeport) Open ["Stella Walsh" ]
14 Apr Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (14 Apr 2014) 1257 Raptors [Jeannette Lovitch ]
14 Apr Portland Country Club Ponds ["Henry L.Donovan" ]
14 Apr Birds, Books, and Beers II: Richard King, author of The Devil's Cormorant, 4/18 [Derek and Jeannette Lovitch ]
14 Apr Bisson's Eurasian Wigeon tody [Michael Fahay ]
14 Apr West Poland Sandhill Cranes [Raven Watcher ]
14 Apr RE: REMINDER to birders/photographers [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
14 Apr Mt. Hope Cemetery [Sharon Fiedler ]
14 Apr REMINDER to birders/photographers [Kristen Lindquist ]
14 Apr Fryeburg [Mik Oyler ]
14 Apr Vesper Sparrow still at Capisic Pond in Portland [Noah Gibb ]
14 Apr Augusta area this morning [Kyle Te Poel ]
14 Apr Blue-winged Teal - Capisic Pond this AM [rob speirs ]
14 Apr Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch [Derek and Jeannette Lovitch ]
14 Apr Cattle Egrets on April 14 [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
14 Apr Re: Unity Birds []
14 Apr RE: Eurasian Widgeon-Topsham ["Stella Walsh" ]
14 Apr Sunday Merlin in Saco [Allison Wells ]
14 Apr Unity Birds []
14 Apr Osprey FOY [Jim Bright ]
14 Apr Hancock Co. Winter Wren [B G ]
13 Apr Great Pond Cape Elizabeth [Chuck barnes ]
13 Apr Fox Sparrow [Kristine Pynn ]
13 Apr Sharp Shinned Hawk in Kennebunk [Kristine Pynn ]
11 Apr FOY Eastern Wood Pewee [Mike Chace-Ortiz ]
13 Apr Evergreen Cemetery - Little Blue Heron and Common Mergansers []
13 Apr Vesper Sparrow at Capisic ["Bill Hancock" ]
13 Apr Re: Eurasian Widgeon [Kit Pfeiffer ]
13 Apr Mo' kestrels [Michael Fahay ]
13 Apr Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (13 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors [Jeannette Lovitch ]
13 Apr Re: Lesser black-backed gull Parsons Beach [David Doubleday ]
13 Apr N Windham Collins Pond [Judith & Reid Scher ]
13 Apr Windsor and about ["Alice Savage" ]
13 Apr New Sweden: Spring (?) Birds [Nancy Hudak ]
13 Apr Lesser black-backed gull Parsons Beach [Linda Woodard ]
13 Apr Eurasian Widgeon [pat ]
13 Apr Thomaston/Rockland egrets [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
13 Apr Monhegan [Bill Boynton ]
13 Apr Re: Cattle Egrets, Rockland, 13 Apr 2014 [Margaret Viens ]
13 Apr Re: FOY Eastern Wood Pewee, Brunswick ["Smith, Michael" ]
13 Apr 2 Snowys near Hinckley [Marianne Taylor ]
13 Apr MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
13 Apr Great blue herons around [David Small ]
13 Apr Cattle Egrets, Rockland, 13 Apr 2014 [Louis Bevier ]
12 Apr FOYs, Camden, 4.12.14 [Kristen Lindquist ]
12 Apr Mackworth island [Bill Blauvelt ]
12 Apr Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, PUFI, etc. [Joanne Stevens ]
12 Apr FOY Eastern Wood Pewee, Brunswick [Delia Guzman ]
12 Apr Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2014) 100 Raptors [Jeannette Lovitch ]
12 Apr Green Point WMA, Pleasant Pond Richmond ["Hodgkins" ]
12 Apr brown creeper [Susan Guare ]
12 Apr Sparrow diversity in Hampden [Bruce Cole ]
12 Apr Monhegan [Bill Boynton ]
12 Apr Catbird in Augusta [Norman Famous ]
12 Apr Sanford Sewer Lagoons - low numbers [David Doubleday ]
12 Apr Lots of Hermit Thrushes at Evergreen Cemetery [Bill Bunn ]
12 Apr webber pond. Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
12 Apr MDI FOYs [Rich MacDonald ]
12 Apr FOY Phoebe [Sarah Caputo ]
12 Apr Bremen Birds [Juanita Roushdy ]

Subject: White-throated sparrow
From: B G <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:43:24 -0400
As of about 6:30 this morning I am hearing several white-throated sparrows
singing in Franklin in Hancock county.


As we are getting an intense but fast-moving little storm, dropping sleet
and snow they might be saying: "Oh! Snow, poopity, poopity, poopity!"


But I can't be sure.


~Boots.


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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:14:47 -0700 (PDT)
Migration has been very slow for the past couple days ..... a few more 
WHITE THROATED 
SPARROWS, a couple KESTRELS ..... nothing very new or exciting either on or 
off the water.
 
Our CANADA GOOSE remains, getting ever tamer, and it's become my newest 
"jelly species".
After watching it attack a half Grapefruit, I decided to try it on Grape 
Jelly. 
It found the dish this morning and promptly scoffed the entire contents.
I've had all of the following species come to Grape Jelly at least once, 
either here or at home.
CANADA GOOSE
MOCKINGBIRD
BROWN THRASHER
YELLOW WARBLER
BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER
BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
GRAY CATBIRD (the ultimate jelly glutton)
RED BELLIED WOODPECKER
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER
RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
RED SQUIRREL
FLYING SQUIRREL
GROUNDHOG
RACCOON
STRIPPED SKUNK
PORCUPINE
BLACK BEAR
VOLE
FIELD MOUSE
WASPS
BLACK ANTS
BUTTERFLIES

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Subject: 27 Snowy Egrets Cundys Harbor
From: Charlotte Hewson <cghewson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:32:12 -0400
Just watched them feeding near Cundys Point then they too off to the north.

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Subject: Beech Hill list
From: Brian Willson <willson AT 3ip.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:03:14 -0400
Hi, all.

Had 25 spp. at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport this dark, misty morning, 
including 3 FOY birds: 


Eastern Towhee
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

The particulars (7:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m.):

Osprey (1)
Herring Gull (1)
Mourning Dove (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Northern Flicker (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (a pair)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue Jay (1)
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch (4)
Brown Creeper (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)
Hermit Thrush (6)
American Robin (4)
Eastern Towhee (1, singing)
Savannah Sparrow (1, singing)
Song Sparrow (4)
White-throated Sparrow (2)
Dark-eyed Junco (1)
Northern Cardinal (2)
House Finch (1)
American Goldfinch (1)

Brian

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Subject: Peepers!
From: Julia Hanauer Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:19:53 -0400
So to keep this bird-related, I had a killdeer convention here yesterday: 11 of 
them. And tonight I can hear peepers off in the distance. They beat the wood 
frogs this year. 


Julia in Sidney.

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Gray Catbird
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:53:21 -0400
Tuesday 15 April
   First Catbird in yard today...Bar Harbor.


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Subject: QUERY: American Pipit in winter
From: Peter Vickery <petervickery AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:55:12 -0400
I'm interested in winter records (Dec - Feb) for American Pipit. I've gleaned 
eBird reports so if you use eBird no need to report again. 


Also, any sizable flocks of >50 birds would be of interest.

Thanks.

Best, Peter


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Subject: Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors
From: Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:18:42 -0400

> From: reports AT hawkcount.org
> Date: April 15, 2014 at 3:04:42 PM EDT
> To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> Subject: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors
> Reply-To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> 
> 
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               0            155            380
> Osprey                       0            467            468
> Bald Eagle                   0             14             62
> Northern Harrier             0            110            118
> Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            514            539
> Cooper's Hawk                0             33             62
> Northern Goshawk             0              4              8
> Red-shouldered Hawk          0             65            186
> Broad-winged Hawk            0            544            544
> Red-tailed Hawk              0            169            394
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel             0            304            307
> Merlin                       0             23             27
> Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
> Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
> Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
> Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               0             28             34
> Snowy Owl                    0              1              1
> 
> Total:                       1           2442           3148
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 08:00:00 
> Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
> Total observation time: 2.25 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Jeannette Lovitch
> 
> Observers:        
> 
> Visitors:
> 1
> 
> 
> Weather:
> The count started on time this morning with limited visibility due to fog.
> By 9:15 the fog bank had enveloped the mountain, shutting down the count
> until 12:30. By 1:30, rain had moved in and that ended the day. Winds were
> gusty out of the south and southwest with temperatures in the low 50s.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> The local flock of 9 Turkey Vultures were the only raptors out and about,
> with the exception of the lone Sharp-shinned Hawk migrant.
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> No other migrants were counted. 13 species were observed from the summit.
> 
> Predictions:
> A strong NW wind in the morning is expected to abate during the afternoon. 
> Skies will be mostly sunny, but temperatures may struggle to get into the
> 40s. Once the winds calm down, there could be a nice flight of birds moving
> behind today's rain.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> 
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Subject: Re: Osprey battle
From: Richard McWilliams <dick AT harborfarmstore.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:12:33 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Dave, 

The larger bird would have been the female. Not sure what was going on 
except that it could be that they are not a mated pair so they are actually 
competing for that nesting place, or they have been apart down south for so 
long they need to get reaquainted. Dick  

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:21:15 AM UTC-4, David Small wrote:
>
> ​Short and sweet. Any idea what these two could have been up to?
> The larger osprey flew in to the nest sight, hovered a moment then
> as it lowered itself, the nest sitting osprey flew up to fend it off.
> The attacker flew off carrying what looked like nest material.
>
> http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h20af9cb8#h20af9cb8
>
> Cheers,
> Dave 
>

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Subject: Swamp Sparrow & Kingfisher
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:53:11 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday had my FOY Belted Kingfisher and Swamp Sparrow in Searsmont.

Good birding,
Fyn

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - Still hangin'
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:56 -0400
Came back with a friend and found the two Wigeon specie pretty much where
we left them last night...just to right of end of road down across
field...working edge along near shore line.
Rob. Cumberland

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Subject: Bangor: Scarlet Tanager, Merlin & Chipping Sparrow fallout
From: "Sean Smith" <therefromhere168 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:19:56 -0400
Last night around 11 I heard several birds flying over my neighborhood while 
out walking my dog. One I could ID was definitely a Scarlet Tanager... 
"chip-burr" heard clearly 3 times in succession over Norfolk Street. There's 
also a Merlin and a bunch of Chipping Sparrows around the neighborhood today. 


Sean Smith

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Subject: Ice Out Togus Pond
From: "Alice Savage" <sav1121age AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:52:12 -0400
Ice went out yesterday on Togus Pond in Augusta.  Rte 105 this am, a lone
D-C Cormorant perched on exposed rock - water very high.

 

Alice Savage

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Subject: Unity Raven, Kingfisher
From: asegel AT colby.edu
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:36:55 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday pm a Kingfisher on Short St.
This am a Raven feeding on roadkill (squirrel) on the Prairie Rd.

best
Austin Segel

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Subject: Bluebird FOY
From: Jim Bright <bright6775 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:48:13 -0400
Lone male Bluebird at the Stone Barn on MDI this morning

Sent from Jim's iPhone

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Subject: Osprey battle
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:21:15 -0400
​Short and sweet. Any idea what these two could have been up to?
The larger osprey flew in to the nest sight, hovered a moment then
as it lowered itself, the nest sitting osprey flew up to fend it off.
The attacker flew off carrying what looked like nest material.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h20af9cb8#h20af9cb8

Cheers,
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Subject: Florida Lake (Freeport) Open
From: "Stella Walsh" <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:03:20 -0400
Florida Lake on Wardtown Road in Freeport is open.  

 

My FOY Pied-billed Grebe along with expected duckage and a couple of Osprey.

 

Stella with Becky Marvil

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Subject: Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (14 Apr 2014) 1257 Raptors
From: Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:48:24 -0400

> From: reports AT hawkcount.org
> Date: April 14, 2014 at 8:04:54 PM EDT
> To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> Subject: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (14 Apr 2014) 1257 Raptors
> Reply-To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> 
> 
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture              12            155            380
> Osprey                     229            467            468
> Bald Eagle                   2             14             62
> Northern Harrier            36            110            118
> Sharp-shinned Hawk         254            513            538
> Cooper's Hawk                6             33             62
> Northern Goshawk             0              4              8
> Red-shouldered Hawk          1             65            186
> Broad-winged Hawk          508            544            544
> Red-tailed Hawk             11            169            394
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel           185            304            307
> Merlin                       6             23             27
> Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
> Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
> Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
> Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               5             28             34
> Snowy Owl                    0              1              1
> 
> Total:                    1257           2441           3147
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 08:00:00 
> Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
> Total observation time: 9 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton
> 
> Observers:        Don Thompson, Julie Krasne, Lionel Quirion, Peter Vickery,
>                  Tom Downing, Zane Baker
> 
> Visitors:
> A big thanks to all the volunteers and 15 visitors who were a part of
> today's count!  Everyone who bore witness to today's flight will have
> memories of it for years to come, from the morning's "grey ghosts" slipping
> overhead, to clouds of raptors usually reserved for fall counts in New
> England, to the none-stop falcons zipping by or snagging insects on the
> wing. 
> 
> 
> Weather:
> Dense fog smothered the mountain at the start of the count, but by the time
> the first hour ended, visibility had improved enough to see most of the
> landmarks. Haze continued to linger at the coast all day, but overhead, the
> sky was strung with clouds spread thin enough to see the blue behind them.
> The wind was out of the SSW, soft and subtle to start before blowing in at
> 15+mph with more than a few hat-snatching gusts in the afternoon.
> Temperatures quickly jumped from the upper 30s to 60 once the sun was able
> to penetrate. 
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> Where to begin...? An American Kestrel led off today's record surge of
> migrants, materializing out of the fog for a few seconds before being
> swallowed back up in the gray. Once visibility improved, where was hardly a
> moment without a bird in view. Kettles were streaming in through the gap
> and skirting us to the east. At the height, 38 Broad-winged Hawks, 4
> Ospreys, and a handful of Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels broke
> out of their kettle and raced over the hawkwatch, a concentrated sampling
> of the 650+ birds counted in just 2 hours. New day high records were set
> for Ospreys and Broad-winged Hawks, and Northern Harriers and American
> Kestrels had their second highest single day totals. The full array of
> Maine's raptors was on display; sharp-shinneds comparing wing shape with
> kestrels, lanky young Red-tailed Hawks sticking out from their compact
> broad-winged traveling companions. All you had to do was look up to get a
> lesson in the diversity of raptor shapes and sizes.
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> The hawkwatch had its first-of-year Winter Wren and Hermit Thrush this
> morning, part of the 43 species observed over the course of the day. 
> 
> Non-raptor Migrants:
> Double-crested Cormorant- 25  Common Loon- 4
> Canada Goose- 50  American Black Duck- 1
> Common Merganser- 2   waterbird sp.- 1 
> Great Blue Heron- 1 Tree Swallow- 72  
> American Robin- 43  Pine Warbler- 1 
> Red-winged Blackbird- 88  RUSTY BLACKBIRD- 1  
> Common Grackle- 14   blackbird sp.- 6  
> American Goldfinch- 4  finch sp.- 2  passerine sp.- 10  
> 
> Predictions:
> There's a cold front moving in tonight into tomorrow, bringing morning fog,
> overcast skies, and a chance of rain. A strong south wind will be blowing
> at 20-30mph, and temperatures will be in the 50s. If there's enough
> visibility and the rain holds off, thee may be some countable hours, but
> most migrants will probably wait for less wind and dryer weather to
> continue north. 
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> 
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Subject: Portland Country Club Ponds
From: "Henry L.Donovan" <henryldon AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:13:55 -0400
Hooded merganser pair and RingNeck Pair. Also Canada geese, mallards , black 
ducks and lots of new beaver damage. The Club must have let in new members. 


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Subject: Birds, Books, and Beers II: Richard King, author of The Devil's Cormorant, 4/18
From: Derek and Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:44:02 -0700 (PDT)
 
Jeannette and I are excited to welcome Richard J. King,
author of The Devil’s Cormorant to the store on Friday, 4/18 for the next
installment of our “Birds, Books, and Beers Series.”
 
This free event will include a talk and book signing here at
the store at 5:00pm, followed by informal conversation and signing at Maine
Beer Company beginning at 6:00pm.
 
This is one of our new favorite natural (and cultural)
history books, and we are honored that Mr. King will be joining us, and we hope
you will too.  For more information, see:
http://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/birdingtoursinMaine.asp(and save the date 
for upcoming events with Will Russell and David Sibley!) 

 
Here is the review of the book that I posted to my blog a
couple of months ago:

http://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/book-reviews-feb-2014-part-ii/ 

 
Hope to see you on Friday.
Thanks,
Derek
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Subject: Bisson's Eurasian Wigeon tody
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:43:59 -0400
The subject bird was present in the swollen Cathance River down the slope from 
Bisson's Meat Market at 8:35 this A.M. Took three slow sweeps of the entire 
group before I was able to find it, in the company of an Amer. Wigeon. 


Also present were: 1 Blue-winged Teal drake; 1 Glaucous Gull; 4 Kestrels 
hunting from fence posts; 1 Greater Scaup (and a hen scaup sp.). Audible were 
Snipe and Killdeers. 


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Subject: West Poland Sandhill Cranes
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:04:53 -0400
Hello All,

Quick post:

A morning tour around western Androscoggin County with most notably 2
Sandhill Cranes vocalizing and feeding in a cemetery on the McGuiere Road
on the crest of a large open ridge.  They may have been responding to other
distant cranes which I first took to be geese.

A good assortment of ducks and other swimmers and divers in rivers and
openings around lakes and marshes.  Nice aggregation of waterfowl on
flooded fields just north of Mechanic Falls and just off the road to West
Minot.  I believe it is called Burnham Bridge Road.  Tributary of Little
Androscoggin parallels the road and goods under bridge.

Dan Nickerson
Freeport

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Subject: RE: REMINDER to birders/photographers
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:53:04 +0000
As the author of the egret post earlier today, I feel some responsibility for 
the unfortunate "tree incident" at the school this morning (no, I wasn't the 
person in the tree.) I should have recognized the sensitive nature of the bird 
posting on a school day and the potential for mayhem that schools must assess 
these days to keep kids safe. Perhaps this is a worthwhile reminder for each of 
us as it relates to similar situations and visits on private property as well. 


Don
 
From: kelindquist AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:53:32 -0400
Subject: [Maine-birds] REMINDER to birders/photographers
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

I just heard from one of the editors of a local paper: A photographer trying to 
get photos of the Cattle Egrets at the Rockland Middle School almost put the 
school in lockdown as police ran around school grounds today looking for "the 
guy in the tree trying to photograph kids." 



Cattle Egrets are exciting to us, but much less so to angry parents and school 
administrators. PLEASE use common sense when you're birding/taking photos, 
especially around a sensitive area such as a school or a private home. 



Kristen
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Subject: Mt. Hope Cemetery
From: Sharon Fiedler <sfiedler59 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:52:48 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday, I found 3 wood ducks in the center pond...2 male and 1 female along 
with several mallards and black ducks. Also, 1 juvenile eagle, 1 Kestrel. 


The snowy owl located on Rt. 202 has not been seen by me for the last 4 days. 
I think he has moved on. 


Sharon Fiedler

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Subject: REMINDER to birders/photographers
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:53:32 -0400
I just heard from one of the editors of a local paper: A photographer
trying to get photos of the Cattle Egrets at the Rockland Middle School
almost put the school in lockdown as police ran around school grounds today
looking for "the guy in the tree trying to photograph kids."

Cattle Egrets are exciting to us, but much less so to angry parents and
school administrators. PLEASE use common sense when you're birding/taking
photos, especially around a sensitive area such as a school or a private
home.

Kristen

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Subject: Fryeburg
From: Mik Oyler <oylermik AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:47:00 -0400
A nice morning commute!

East Conway Rd. near Sherman Farms:
1 Pectoral Sandpiper

McNeil Rd.:
1 Ring-necked Duck
2 Wood Duck
2 American Kestrel

Harbor Rd.:
1 Adult Bald Eagle

Mik Oyler
North Conway, NH

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Subject: Vesper Sparrow still at Capisic Pond in Portland
From: Noah Gibb <voodoochitlins AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:39:28 -0700 (PDT)
I ran into the Vesper Sparrow that BIll Hancock found yesterday on my lunch 
break. A nice patch bird for me. 


Bird haahd,
Noah Gibb-Portland

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Subject: Augusta area this morning
From: Kyle Te Poel <kctepo00 AT smumn.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:16:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hoping the rain yesterday and fog this morning might lead to some good 
birds, I spent a few hours early this morning at the Arboretum and along 
the Kennebec river in Augusta.  Unfortunately, I didn't come across much 
that hasn't already been seen in the area, but I did see Bluebirds making a 
nest, my first Sapsuckers of the spring, and my first Augusta Kingfishers 
and White-Throated Sparrows of the year.  

Some times, the best birds are right at your door, however.  At home there 
were Woodcock, Sapsuckers, Chipping Sparrows, and Barred Owls (3 nights in 
a row, plus a pair calling at exactly 12 noon today--right after I chanced 
upon a drowsy one near my driveway.  Maybe they were singing "who woke me 
up?" instead of their usual "who cooks for you" song.)

Kyle Te Poel
East Winthrop

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Subject: Blue-winged Teal - Capisic Pond this AM
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:05:42 -0400
John Heath and I found this handsome pair of Blue-winged Teal at Capisic
Pond in Portland, mid-morning.

BWTE-->
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64147480 AT N02/13850258973/in/photostream/

...and we found this beautifully colored Pine Warbler in his yard when I
dropped him off.

PIWA-->
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64147480 AT N02/13850237505/in/photostream/

Rob Speirs Cumberland, ME

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Subject: Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch
From: Derek and Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:12:52 -0700 (PDT)
Helloall,

Katrina just called to say that there is an excellent flight going on right now 
(11:15) at Bradbury. She's had over 70 raptors in the past hour with lots of 
close birds. It's a beautiful day to be up there! 


-Jeannette

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Subject: Cattle Egrets on April 14
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:07:30 +0000
The two egrets continue on the Rockland Middle School property. This morning on 
the football field and later in the low swale area at the SE corner, at 
junction of Thomaston Street and Broadway. Both birds are finding plenty to 
eat. 


Don 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Unity Birds
From: asegel AT colby.edu
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:01:42 -0700 (PDT)
Also a FOY single male Common Merganser on Mussey Brook where the Prairie 
Rd crosses Rt 139.

On Monday, April 14, 2014 7:28:29 AM UTC-4, ase... AT colby.edu wrote:
>
> Fri. 11th resident Phoebe back and calling.
> Sat. 12th  2 pairs of resident Tree Swallows returned and immediately 
> began entering nest boxes.
> This a.m. heard a FOY Winter Wren singing in the woods.
> All of these on the Waning Rd.
>
> best
> Austin Segel
>
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Subject: RE: Eurasian Widgeon-Topsham
From: "Stella Walsh" <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:27:02 -0400
Merrymeeting Audubon Chapter stopped in this area in the morning. Missed the
Eurasian Widgeon, but found one (possibly two) Glaucous Gulls. (The 2nd was
standing with back to us-pouring rain.) 

Need a scope for this spot at 112 Meadow Road in Topsham, but it is
definitely worth a stop while ducks/geese are migrating...often with a bonus
of Wilson's Snipe and Killdeer. 

Stella Walsh for Merrymeeting Audubon

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Eurasian Widgeon

Bob Watson found an adult Eurasian Widgeon in the farm fields accross from
the Bisson & sons Farm in Topsham. York County Audubon Field Trip. It is now
4:35. Thanks, Pat

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Subject: Sunday Merlin in Saco
From: Allison Wells <awells AT nrcm.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:09:06 +0000
Yesterday while in transit to our son's basketball tournament in Saco, Jeff and 
I caught a glimpse of a Merlin that appeared to be doing its mating display. 


Also, Belted Kingfisher (first for us this season) in Buxton and Ospreys 
returning to their breeding posts here and there. 


Allison (and Jeff) Wells
Gardiner
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Subject: Unity Birds
From: asegel AT colby.edu
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:28:29 -0700 (PDT)
Fri. 11th resident Phoebe back and calling.
Sat. 12th  2 pairs of resident Tree Swallows returned and immediately began 
entering nest boxes.
This a.m. heard a FOY Winter Wren singing in the woods.
All of these on the Waning Rd.

best
Austin Segel

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Subject: Osprey FOY
From: Jim Bright <bright6775 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:45:07 -0400
Osprey on Upper Hadlock Pond on MDI this morning,sitting in his favorite tree. 
Spring is really here 


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Subject: Hancock Co. Winter Wren
From: B G <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:13:07 -0400
FoY Winter Wren heard singing this morning. Franklin, Hancock Co., ME

Boots.


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Subject: Great Pond Cape Elizabeth
From: Chuck barnes <cbarnes1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:32:10 -0700 (PDT)
70 Ring-Necked Duck                  Herring Gull
3 Northern Shoveler                  Great Black-Backed Gull
2 American Wigeon                    Northern Flicker
25 Green-Winged Teal                 Downy, Hairy
1 Pied-billed Grebe                  Goldfinch, House Finch
3 Northern Harrier all females       Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow
12 Canada Geese                      Song Sparrow, FOY Chipping Sparrow
8 Double-Crested Cormorant           B. C. Chickadee, Cowbird, Starling
25 Black Duck                        Mo.Do, Blue Jay
20 Mallard                           N. Cardinal
50+ Red-Winged Blackbirds
50+ Common Grackles
Time spent at Phil Burkes House 1 Hour 9:00- 10:00

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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Kristine Pynn <krpynn AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:09:26 -0700 (PDT)
These little rakers are adorable.  I have a Video of them...how do I post?

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Subject: Sharp Shinned Hawk in Kennebunk
From: Kristine Pynn <krpynn AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:06:44 -0700 (PDT)
for about 2 weeks...haven't seen for a week... he captured a Black cap 
chickadee at my feeding station! 


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Subject: FOY Eastern Wood Pewee
From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:14:16 -0400
Our ever-reliable first returner made it back "home" again.

Eastern Wood-Pewee on Shortill Farms Road in Buxton.

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Subject: Evergreen Cemetery - Little Blue Heron and Common Mergansers
From: andre344 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:43:12 -0700 (PDT)
Saw one Little Blue Heron this afternoon at the Duck Pond.  


http://s6.photobucket.com/user/adriennejimmy/media/DSC_4090_zpse47602e7.jpg.html 


http://s6.photobucket.com/user/adriennejimmy/media/DSC_4092_zpsb907221a.jpg.html 


Also Belted Kingfisher and 4 common mergansers.

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Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Capisic
From: "Bill Hancock" <wph AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:17:32 -0400
A nice concentration of sparrows was restlessly active this evening at
Capisic Pond Park in Portland, mostly Songs and White-throateds with a few
Swamps, a single late American Tree and, true to the hour, a Vesper.

 

Bill Hancock

Gray

 

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Subject: Re: Eurasian Widgeon
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:57:41 -0700 (PDT)
Good going!! And thanks for the good birding company today.
Kit Pfeiffer

On Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:39:01 PM UTC-4, Patricia Moynahan wrote:
>
> Bob Watson found an adult Eurasian Widgeon in the farm fields accross from 
> the Bisson & sons Farm in Topsham. York County Audubon Field Trip. It is 
> now 4:35. Thanks, Pat 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Mo' kestrels
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:36:14 -0400
A small group of three kestrels were hunting successfully along the road 
between Green Point WMA and Gorenson's Farm this morning. One was perched on a 
wire with a fat rodent hanging below his talons, but he wouldn't sit still for 
a photo. 


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Subject: Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (13 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors
From: Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:09:57 -0400


> From: reports AT hawkcount.org
> Date: April 13, 2014 at 7:04:29 PM EDT
> To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> Subject: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (13 Apr 2014) 1 Raptors
> Reply-To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> 
> 
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               0            143            368
> Osprey                       1            238            239
> Bald Eagle                   0             12             60
> Northern Harrier             0             74             82
> Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            259            284
> Cooper's Hawk                0             27             56
> Northern Goshawk             0              4              8
> Red-shouldered Hawk          0             64            185
> Broad-winged Hawk            0             36             36
> Red-tailed Hawk              0            158            383
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel             0            119            122
> Merlin                       0             17             21
> Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
> Unknown Accipiter            0              2              3
> Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
> Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               0             23             29
> Snowy Owl                    0              1              1
> 
> Total:                       1           1184           1890
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 12:30:00 
> Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
> Total observation time: 3.5 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton
> 
> Observers:        Zane Baker
> 
> Visitors:
> Eleven intrepid visitors wouldn't let a little damp weather keep them from
> enjoying some time at the hawkwatch.
> 
> 
> Weather:
> A drizzly morning turned to rain, then a foggy afternoon. Tendrils of cloud
> seemed to catch themselves in the pines as they were gently pushed by a
> light ESE wind. In the final hour of the count, the overcast began to break
> apart as the wind shifted to come out of the south, a little too late to
> tempt raptors to the skies. Temperatures were stuck in the low to mid-40s 
> thanks to the damp ocean air.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> A lone Osprey vanishing into the milky gray was the only migrant to be
> counted. A local Turkey Vulture doubled the number of raptor species
> recorded for the day.
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Two Canada Geese and two Common Mergansers were the other migrants of the
> day.
> 
> Predictions:
> The warmer weather returns with partly-cloudy skies and temperatures rising
> into the 60s. The wind will be out of the SSW, increasing to 15-25mph.
> There should be birds ready to move after today and ahead of Tuesday's
> rain, and if the wind stays on the lighter side, we could see a good
> flight.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> 
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Subject: Re: Lesser black-backed gull Parsons Beach
From: David Doubleday <davidd AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:38:22 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Linda and Turk,  The gull was relocated just below the bridge and 
studied in great light :-) by several.  Last seen in flight towards 
Strawberry Island at Kennebunk Beach.  dave

On Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:04:22 PM UTC-4, Linda Woodard wrote:
>
> There is a Lesser Black backed Gull at  persons beach in Kennebunk.   
>
> We also have been having a lot of Kestrels today. Two here, four at the 
> Sanford Airport, six at Kennebunk Plains. We also had an Eastern 
> Meadowlark. 
>
> Linda 
>
> Sent from my iPhone... So please forgive typographical errors, message 
> brevity and any strange word choices my phone decides were better than what 
> I actually dictated 
>
> Linda Woodard 
> 207-415-8331 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: N Windham Collins Pond
From: Judith & Reid Scher <rscher34 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:16:02 -0700 (PDT)
It has ben very duckie here the past couple of days
up to 75 R-N Ducks - strafed by B Eagle this afternoon. They were too smart 
to spook and the Eagle left sans duck 
dinner 

2 pairs Com Mergs
4 C Goldeneyes (1 drake, 3 hens)
1 pr Hd Mergs
1P-B Grebe
FOS - DC Cormorants
Interestingly no Bufflehead this year.
Also FOS Palm W, Phoebe, and lots of Tr Swallows today.
Judy Scher

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Subject: Windsor and about
From: "Alice Savage" <sav1121age AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:30:46 -0400
Rte 105 Augusta: Togus Pond still iced over.  Togus Stream open with FOY
common loon, 4 males and one female ring-necked ducks.   

 

Rte 17: Windsor Road in Chelsea (opposite Crystal Falls Dance Hall)) Osprey
on nest 

 

Ridge Road Windsor: FOY Northern Flicker - near Hussey's General Store;
flock of common grackles.

 

 

Alice from Windsor

 

 

 

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Subject: New Sweden: Spring (?) Birds
From: Nancy Hudak <nehudak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:11:24 -0400
I don't typically think of Dark-eyed juncos, Evening grosbeaks and Downy
woodpeckers as Spring birds but this year they are.  Juncos arrived
yesterday, the EGs this morning and one lady Downy today, as well.

Saw two Killdeer at the Long Lake/Mud Lake Thoroughfare in Sinclair
yesterday and a male Snowy owl on the West Presque Isle Road on Friday
afternoon.

Nancy

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Subject: Lesser black-backed gull Parsons Beach
From: Linda Woodard <marshmavin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:04:22 -0400
There is a Lesser Black backed Gull at  persons beach in Kennebunk.  

We also have been having a lot of Kestrels today. Two here, four at the Sanford 
Airport, six at Kennebunk Plains. We also had an Eastern Meadowlark. 


Linda

Sent from my iPhone... So please forgive typographical errors, message brevity 
and any strange word choices my phone decides were better than what I actually 
dictated 


Linda Woodard
207-415-8331
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Subject: Eurasian Widgeon
From: pat <pmmoynahan AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:39:01 -0400
Bob Watson found an adult Eurasian Widgeon in the farm fields accross from the 
Bisson & sons Farm in Topsham. York County Audubon Field Trip. It is now 4:35. 
Thanks, Pat 


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Subject: Thomaston/Rockland egrets
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:34:11 +0000
In terms of shape, size, behavior, habitat preferences and feeding habits, 
three newly-arrived snow egrets at Weskeag Marsh present a nice contrast to the 
pair of cattle egrets two miles away on the grounds of the Rockland Middle 
School. 

Don 		 	   		  

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Subject: Monhegan
From: Bill Boynton <willardjboynton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:33:33 -0700 (PDT)
FOY Rufous-Sided Towhee in the rain.

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Subject: Re: Cattle Egrets, Rockland, 13 Apr 2014
From: Margaret Viens <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:10:58 -0400
Still there at 1:10 pm now on front lawn by flag pole turnaround
Margaret Viens
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> On Apr 13, 2014, at 7:35 AM, Louis Bevier  wrote:
> 
> Don Reimer found two Cattle Egrets foraging on the athletic fields of the 
Rockland Middle School this morning. The birds are on the grassy fields north 
of Thomaston Street west of Broadway. This is in the southwest part of the 
city. 

> 
> Louis Bevier
> Fairfield
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Subject: Re: FOY Eastern Wood Pewee, Brunswick
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:31:13 +0000
You sure that was a pewee? They are usually the last of the migrants, probably 
not due yet for six weeks. Phoebes are common early migrants just now showing 
up. 


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Subject: [Maine-birds] FOY Eastern Wood Pewee, Brunswick


Heard the familiar pee-weee pee-oh this afternoon in my backyard in Brunswick, 
near the Bowdoin campus. 


Delia in Brunswick

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Subject: 2 Snowys near Hinckley
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:09:05 -0700 (PDT)
I came to the Hinckley-Clinton site of previous sightings and find 2 birds now. 
One is in top of tree near farmhouse. 2nd is down road on power pole 


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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:18:49 -0700 (PDT)
We received only light traffic overnight.
 
WHITE THROATED SPARROWS & SAVANNAH SPARROWS seem, to be the species of note.
 
The Alcids came ashore last evening on the North East section of the 
island. That's 2 days after the rest of the island.
It's an interesting phenomenon. That section acts like a distinctly 
seperate colony. Some years they have landed a week and more later than the 
older 

main colony. There's also some seperation on the water.

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Subject: Great blue herons around
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:18:16 -0400
Deb and I spotted several great blue herons around yesterday. Weskeag
Marsh sported three, plus a foy palm warbler. The attached photo was
taken in the driveway of the South Thomaston stump dump.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h3a845fec#h3a845fec


Cheers,
Dave[?]

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Subject: Cattle Egrets, Rockland, 13 Apr 2014
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:35:34 -0400
Don Reimer found two Cattle Egrets foraging on the athletic fields of the 
Rockland Middle School this morning. The birds are on the grassy fields north 
of Thomaston Street west of Broadway. This is in the southwest part of the 
city. 


Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: FOYs, Camden, 4.12.14
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:19:14 -0400
Several FOYs for me today:
C. Loon - 1, Megunticook River
Ruffed Grouse - 1, Barnestown Rd.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1, downtown
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1, our yard
Brown Creeper - 1, my parents' yard

Peepers! - Molyneaux Rd.

Also of potential interest:
Hooded Merg - 2, private wetland off Barnestown Rd.
Ring-necked Duck - 3, Megunticook River
C. Goldeneye - 1, lingering hen, Megunticook R.

My parents also reported seeing Palm Warblers yesterday at their house.

Kristen


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Subject: Mackworth island
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:00:56 -0400
Lots of Palm Warblers and Phoebes at the ball field on Mackworth Island in 
Falmouth today. 

We also had a couple Golden Crown Kinglets, and one Scaup. (Greater or Lesser?) 
20 species total. 


Bill Blauvelt
Portland

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Winter Wren, PUFI, etc.
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:32:33 -0400
      4 Sandhill Cranes along Rt. 2 just west of Norridgewock on 
Wednesday afternoon.

     Boy Scout Rd, Oquossoc, 4/11.:  1 Winter Wren hopping around on 2 
foot deep snow!  Lots more snow up there than here in Scarborough!

     Rangeley Plt.: YB Sapsucker, Ruffed Grouse, 2 Pileated WOs, PUFI, GCKI

     camp at Byron:  about a dozen Purple Finch, first seen there 3/21


     Joanne

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Subject: FOY Eastern Wood Pewee, Brunswick
From: Delia Guzman <dguzman1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:31:46 -0400
Heard the familiar pee-weee pee-oh this afternoon in my backyard in
Brunswick, near the Bowdoin campus.

Delia in Brunswick

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Subject: Fwd: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2014) 100 Raptors
From: Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:21:24 -0400
> From: reports AT hawkcount.org
> Date: April 12, 2014 at 8:04:05 PM EDT
> To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> Subject: HSR: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2014) 100 Raptors
> Reply-To: freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com
> 
> 
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               1            143            368
> Osprey                      27            237            238
> Bald Eagle                   2             12             60
> Northern Harrier             4             74             82
> Sharp-shinned Hawk          18            259            284
> Cooper's Hawk                2             27             56
> Northern Goshawk             0              4              8
> Red-shouldered Hawk          3             64            185
> Broad-winged Hawk            6             36             36
> Red-tailed Hawk              8            158            383
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel            19            119            122
> Merlin                       1             17             21
> Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
> Unknown Accipiter            1              2              3
> Unknown Buteo                2              6             11
> Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               6             23             29
> Snowy Owl                    0              1              1
> 
> Total:                     100           1183           1889
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 08:00:00 
> Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
> Total observation time: 8.5 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton
> 
> Observers:        Alan McKelvy, Barb Brenneman, Dave Gulick, Don Thompson,
>                  Julie Krasne, Noah Gibb, Tom Downing, Zane Baker
> 
> Visitors:
> The first warm weekend day of the season brought out the crowds like
> wildflowers after a spring shower. There were many eyes to sift for tiny
> winged treasures high in the expense. The hawkwatch had 57 visitors, though
> many more people were out enjoying a picture-perfect day at the mountain. 
> A special thanks to my friends from NH who visited the hawkatch today, it
> was great to see you all!
> 
> 
> Weather:
> Clear blue as far as the eye could see early on, then a few bands of white
> followed by a handful of cotton balls moved in. The wind was light and
> variable before blowing up from the west for a few hours in the second half
> of the day. Temperatures climbed to the low 60s.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> High and distant was again the theme of the day as close-flying insects
> appeared larger than birds. Late in the afternoon, a large mattress of a
> cloud plopped itself over the summit to be streaked with one migrant after
> another, a hint at what was passing unobserved through other parts of the
> sky. 
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Pine Warblers were singing from the trees while Hawkwatch Junco kept an eye
> on the picnickers at the edge of his juniper patches. It was a light day
> for passerine and waterfowl movement, but there were still a few birds
> around.
> 
> Non-raptor Migrants:
> Common Loon- 1  Canada Goose- 24  Common Merganser- 2  anas sp.- 5  duck
> sp.- 5  waterbird sp.- 1  Killdeer- 1  
> Tree Swallow- 29  American Robin- 6  Pine Warbler- 3  
> Red-winged Blackbird- 5  Common Grackle- 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird- 2  Purple Finch- 2
> 
> Predictions:
> a tricky forecast for tomorrow with a warm from working through the area.
> High temperatures could range anywhere from the upper 40s to the 60s
> depending on how this system tracks. The wind will be out of the ESE at
> 10-15mph, though there's a chance it may shift and come in from the SSW,
> bringing warmer temperatures and better conditions for migrants. There
> could be some fog and scattered showers in the morning. If the wind shifts,
> we could see a decent push of birds, but I think we may finally be in for a
> slower day.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp
> 
> 

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Subject: Green Point WMA, Pleasant Pond Richmond
From: "Hodgkins" <hodgki AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:14:22 -0400

Birds of interest at Green Point WMA in Dresden this afternoon:
20 Wood Ducks, mostly male
2 Bluebirds
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Green-winged Teal
2 Buffleheads
1 Kingfisher
20 Ring-necked Ducks
Also, Common Mergansers, Double-Crested Cormorant, Canada Geese, phoebes, lots 
of variable song-sparrow songs. 


Thorofare Rd., Pleasant Pond Richmond:
2 Buffleheads
1 Common Loon, full summer colors
15 Common Goldeneyes, males doing the head-bobbing dance
Also, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Red-winged 
Blackbirds,  


Not many ducks at Pleasant Pond and Rte 197...may have had something to do with 
the jet ski out there. 


-Glenn Hodgkins
Hallowell

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Subject: brown creeper
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:17:54 -0400
in my backyard in Bangor. They blend perfectly on our Black Walnut trees.
 Also half a dozen juncoes.

And I heard a FOY phoebe.

And on Second Street in Bangor, a small flock (maybe 10) Cedar Waxwings; I
did not see any Bohemians among them.  A pair of Common Mergansers on the
river.

Forgot to post a flock of cedars on my own street, James, in Bangor.  They
were flocking to eat holly berries.  Again, no Bohemians in the bunch.

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Subject: Sparrow diversity in Hampden
From: Bruce Cole <rx7fbbc AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:56:51 -0700 (PDT)
Forgot about the singing White-throated.

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Subject: Monhegan
From: Bill Boynton <willardjboynton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:45:28 -0700 (PDT)
First Palm Warbler yesterday. More Flickers, Phoebes and Golden Crowned 
Kinglets have arrived today.

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Subject: Catbird in Augusta
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:01:41 -0500
Hi,

I was in the yard on Eight Road in Augusta for the last 1.5 hrs. and a
catbird showed up in the area where they nest each year.  Song activity was
great!

Here are the highlights:
Gray catbird  1
Palm warbler  2
Pine warbler  2
Purple finch  1 First for the yard this spring.

This bird was singing mostly short sections of songs ranging from one or
two notes (both abrupt and slurred), to one or two phrases, to an
occasional full song.  The short notes and phrases included quite a
repertoire of sounds including vireo-like patterns (both blue-headed and
red-eyed).  Lots of fun to listen to but distracting as time wore on.

A bunch of juncos arrived today and were singing vigorously.

Good birding!

Norm

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Subject: Sanford Sewer Lagoons - low numbers
From: David Doubleday <davidd AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:31:15 -0700 (PDT)
 

The lagoons at the Sanford Wastewater Treatment facility have fewer birds 
than normal.   The ice began to disappear early this week.  That day droves 
of ducks and gulls were observed.  A day later the masses were gone--- just 
a few birds present the past 2 days…most concentrated in the pond to the 
right.   
The relatively low numbers of diving waterfowl and the lack of loons, 
grebe, herons or osprey hints at a low fish supply.   In spite of the warm 
conditions yesterday we observed only a 2 frogs.   Although we did not 
witness other signs of a die off, perhaps the long period with snow covered 
the ice may have significantly depleted oxygen levels for life in the 
water.   

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Subject: Lots of Hermit Thrushes at Evergreen Cemetery
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:08:55 -0700 (PDT)
At least a dozen between the main pond and the junk pond, 5 wood ducks 
flying back and forth between the main pond and the junk pond, lots of dogs 
this morning

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Subject: webber pond. Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:03:10 -0400
the pond began to open up last week--when I came back from town on
Wednesday there was a real patch of open water on the eastern side of the
pond though there was still a lot of ice  off my shore.  On Thursday, the
open area was larger and I heard the first loon.  Yesterday, I heard and
saw two loons across the pond and heard loon calls from the southern end of
the pond as well.  Today the pond is almost entirely open (just a large
floating island of ice) and the loons are calling,.  also heard and saw a
belted kingfisher.  the geese are coming in and beginning to vocalize in
various ways.
lots of other birds in the past week--at least two woodcocks at dusk, two
purple finches, a phoebe today, and the usual complement of other birds.
rwbbs and grackles swooping in and out, one starling, still just one
flicker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, and the red-bellied woodpecker.  the
cardinals are calling constantly--lovely--

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Subject: MDI FOYs
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:06:39 -0400
Yesterday, Robert Sharp and I were doing some spring cleaningŠcleaning out
bluebird boxes, that is. Downeast Audubon maintains a "bluebird trail²
across portions of Hancock County; we monitor those in Bar Harbor, along
Norway Drive and at the MDI High School. While working on the Norway Drive
boxes, we had Tree Swallows overhead. In a particularly wet area, we flushed
three Wilson¹s Snipe. And as we were wrapping up, a Belted Kingfisher gave
its rattling call in the distance. Moving to the Mount Desert Island High
School, an American Bittern flew from the third, and only unfrozen, pond.


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
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Subject: FOY Phoebe
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:51:50 +0000
Mr. Phoebe was back singing this morning, doing happy little birdie dance on 
the deck post when he spotted me. Perhaps he is as happy to see me as I him 
after this long winter. 


Sarah 

Montville
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Bremen Birds
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:21:32 -0400
Yesterday morning, a Northern Shrike perched on the alder brought silence to 
the garden; then early this morning, a White-Crowned Sparrow scratching along 
with the Song Sparrows. 


Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, ME
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