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29 Jul Re: Little Egret stiil present? [George Klueber ]
29 Jul July 29 Whimbrel Report from Flat Bay [Merle and Anne Archie ]
29 Jul Tonight in Wells: Using Birds to Predict the Future of Tidal Marshes [Scott Richardson ]
29 Jul Re: Red-billed Tropicbird trip TOMORROW - seats still available [Aaron Maizlish ]
29 Jul Little Egret stiil present? []
29 Jul Popham Beach shorebirds [Michael Fahay ]
29 Jul Red-billed Tropicbird trip TOMORROW - seats still available [rob speirs ]
28 Jul Red- Billed Tropicbird [Bill Baker ]
29 Jul Seal Island ["Bob Duchesne" ]
28 Jul Flat Bay Whimbrel Report [Merle and Anne Archie ]
28 Jul tropicbird quest ["'Leslie Starr' via Maine birds" ]
28 Jul Re: 153 Whimbrel on Flat Bay, Harrington!!! [Mike Fahay ]
27 Jul 153 Whimbrel on Flat Bay, Harrington!!! [Merle and Anne Archie ]
27 Jul LB Dowitcher - Popham Beach [Michael Fahay ]
27 Jul Building shorebirds, etc, Scarborough Marsh, 7/27 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
27 Jul Birding By Schooner Tour report, 7/20-25 (RBTR, AMOY, GRCO, REPH, WISP, alcids, WODU, etc) ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
26 Jul Rt loon phippsburg 07/17 [Robin R Robinson ]
26 Jul Red-billed Tropicbird ["Bob Duchesne" ]
26 Jul Ninety-two Whimbrel at Flat Bay, Harrington! [Merle and Anne Archie ]
26 Jul Black-crowned night-heron [Dave Thompson ]
26 Jul Black-crowned night-heron [Dave Thompson ]
26 Jul South unity [Diana ]
26 Jul Bowdoinham [Janet Galle ]
25 Jul Migration is underway on SINWR [Keenan Yakola ]
24 Jul shorebirds - Popham - Jul 24 [Michael Fahay ]
24 Jul Yellow-crowned Night Heron ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
24 Jul Higgins beach shore bird questions [Abby ]
24 Jul Reminder Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip [Linda Woodard ]
24 Jul MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
24 Jul Wilson's Storm Petrels ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
24 Jul LITTLE EGRET - Falmouth, 7/24 [Doug Hitchcox ]
23 Jul Wilson's Storm Petrels - Rockland, Jul 23 [Michael Fahay ]
23 Jul Dragon Cement juvie Peregrines - Jul 22 [Michael Fahay ]
23 Jul Shorebirds trickling in - Addison and Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
23 Jul Common yellowthroat juvenile? [David Small ]
21 Jul Re: Glossy Ibis-Wallace Shore Road, Harpswell [Rodney Kelshaw ]
20 Jul Popham Beach - dusk [Michael Fahay ]
21 Jul tanager [Sarah Caputo ]
20 Jul Little Egret [Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks ]
20 Jul Popham Beach - Spotted sands [Michael Fahay ]
20 Jul Birds in A hail storm ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
20 Jul RE: SoPo Merlin(s) [Jeff Wells ]
20 Jul Re: SoPo Merlin(s) [Louis Bevier ]
20 Jul Little Egret Tidewater Farm [Willie D'Anna ]
20 Jul SoPo Merlin(s) [Scott Cronenweth ]
19 Jul Re: American bittern on Portland waterfront [Rob O'Connell ]
19 Jul American bittern on Portland waterfront [Rob O'Connell ]
19 Jul Re: LITTLE EGRET in marsh now [Ron Cedrone ]
19 Jul RE: LITTLE EGRET in marsh now ["'scbirder' via Maine birds" ]
19 Jul Re: Little Egret North Meadow blind [Jody Hartman ]
19 Jul LITTLE EGRET in marsh now ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
19 Jul Little Egret North Meadow blind ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
18 Jul No Yellow-billed Loon This Morning [John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan ]
18 Jul Blue-winged Warbler, North Yarmouth, 7/18 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
18 Jul LITTLE EGRET - Falmouth, 7/18 [Doug Hitchcox ]
18 Jul RT loon Popham [Robin R Robinson ]
18 Jul Additional Highlights This Week: 7/11-17 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Jul Re: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Jul Re: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17 [Doug Hitchcox ]
17 Jul YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Jul Re: Fort Popham [Bob Knight ]
17 Jul Popham Beach after the cold front [Michael Fahay ]
16 Jul C. Nighthawk, Steuben [Kristen Lindquist ]
16 Jul Baxter Tote Rd; Nesowrdnahunk Camp; Harvester Rd. [Michael Fahay ]
16 Jul Fort Popham [BruceP ]
16 Jul Little Egret: NO [Charles Duncan ]
16 Jul Re: Rockland peregrine [Peter Vickery ]
16 Jul Rockland peregrine [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
16 Jul Re: Re: Little Egret? [Bill Blauvelt ]
15 Jul Glossy Ibis in York [Tom Olson ]
15 Jul Fort Popham [Steven Gilchrist ]
15 Jul Re: Little Egret? [panteradeath666 ]
14 Jul Little Gull, Laudholm Beach, Wells, 7/14 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
13 Jul Re: Little Egret? [Charles Duncan ]
13 Jul Popham Beach shorebirds - Jul 13 [Michael Fahay ]
13 Jul Re: RFI: Searching for the Little Egret [Charles Duncan ]

Subject: Re: Little Egret stiil present?
From: George Klueber <gfklueber AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:46:15 -0400
I had the bird around noon (2 hours before high tide) in the North 
Meadow, straight out from the point on last Wednesday, 7/22/15. Good 
looks but not long.  Several Snowies around then and later. Did  not 
show later.  Hope this helps.

George

On 7/29/2015 12:55 PM, thomaspardal AT gmail.com wrote:
> The stream of observations on the Little Egret at Gilsland seems to have 
stopped. Has anyone seen the bird recently? I am hoping to make a trip up there 
in the near future, and any info would be appreciated! 

>
> Thomas P.
>


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Subject: July 29 Whimbrel Report from Flat Bay
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:05:30 -0400
Today I counted 133 Whimbrel using Flat Bay's west tidal shoreline.  This
time they appeared at 115 - nearly 3 hours before low tide.  Some birds
flew north and some flew south after feeding (some are still feeding now
but on a mudflat south of the Mill Creek "delta" with Flat Bay).  So, I've
given up trying to predict what and where they are going to be!!

I Imagine day length has something to do with the time they choose to
feed.  Starting tomorrow there will be two low tides in daylight, so we'll
check and see if the Whimbrel appear at both low tides.

Semi-palmated plovers showed up today.  A flock of about 50 was with the
Whimbrel earlier in the afternoon.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Tonight in Wells: Using Birds to Predict the Future of Tidal Marshes
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:10:49 -0400
This evening, Dr. Brian Olsen is the featured speaker in the Wells Reserve
at Laudholm's Ted Exford Climate Stewards Lecture Series. His topic: Using
Birds to Predict the Future of Tidal Marshes. The talk starts at 6pm in
Mather Auditorium. A $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds benefit science,
education, and conservation at the Wells Reserve.

Scott Richardson

On the calendar:

http://www.wellsreserve.org/visit/calendar/1159-climate_stewards_using_birds_to_predict_the_future_of_tidal_marshes 


Directions:
http://www.wellsreserve.org/about/directions

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Subject: Re: Red-billed Tropicbird trip TOMORROW - seats still available
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:18:39 -0400
One additional point of information about the flight option: I hired Capt. John 
Drury to take me out to Seal Island about five weeks ago. Mission was 
successful, we had great views of the Tropicbird. Of a minor (but strange) 
note, the bird had all of both tail streamers when we arrived - but lost half 
of one while we were there. Strangely, i have a photo of it falling off as he 
took off out of the water. 


Anyway I just wanted to raise the point that it was also too late for me to 
catch the last ferry off the island in the evening, and the hotels were all 
booked (it was a saturday night, and they are also expensive). So I chartered a 
flight back to Rockland with Penobscot Island Air. 
http://www.penobscotislandair.net I think they quoted me $120 (?), but they 
ended up only charging me the standard $60 since they were bringing someone 
else over as well. It sounds luxurious, but its actually the best option off 
the island and cheaper than a night in the inn, and John took me to the 
airstrip after our trip. 


My best photo of the bird: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/19186432689/ 


Good luck,

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA


On Jul 29, 2015, at 10:19 AM, rob speirs  wrote:

> Hello All,
> 
> Leslie Starr and Joe Turner have booked a trip with Captain John Drury 
(maineseabirdtours.com), out of Vinalhaven, for tomorrow (Thursday July 30th) 
and there are still seats available. This is the 11th year the bird has 
returned and it is anyone's guess how many more times it will return to Maine.. 
Although no guarantee, the bird has been particularly consistent, of late, 
offering unusually close looks. 

> 
> Below is Leslie and Joe's recent post, with particulars. At this point, it's 
probably best to call or text their numbers listed below, if interested. I was 
out there last Saturday...AMAZING trip! A terrific opportunity for birders. 

> 
> Rob Speirs Cumberland 
> 
> Inspired by all the great sightings last weekend, we decided to try for this 
bird as soon as possible. We have engaged Captain John Drury to take us out to 
the Seal Island area to look for it this Thursday afternoon, July 30. We will 
be leaving from Vinalhaven at 2:00 pm. 

> 
> There is room for additional passengers, if anyone is interested and able to 
come on this short notice. The boat can hold six people. 

> 
> Because our return will be after the last ferry of the afternoon, we will be 
staying on the island overnight, and anyone who joins us would need to find 
accommodations and do the same, though apparently there is an option to fly 
back to the mainland. 

> 
> The cost of the boat trip, to be shared by all passengers, is $90 per hour. 
Capt. Drury says the trip will take four to five hours. 

> 
> Capt. Drury is a highly experienced seabird guide. Here is his website: 
http://www.maineseabirdtours.com 

> 
> Please e-mail us directly, call, or text if you are interested in joining us.
> 
> thanks, Leslie Starr & Joe Turner
> turnstar AT aol.com
> C 443-604-0024
> C 410-440-6700
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Subject: Little Egret stiil present?
From: thomaspardal AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:55:43 -0700 (PDT)
The stream of observations on the Little Egret at Gilsland seems to have 
stopped. Has anyone seen the bird recently? I am hoping to make a trip up there 
in the near future, and any info would be appreciated! 


Thomas P.

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Subject: Popham Beach shorebirds
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:25:55 -0400
Birded Popham the last few hours of the flood this morning. The heat, 
beach-walkers, and green-heads were all reaching a crescendo simultaneously, so 
it should be an interesting day. Many more shorebirds present than recently, 
but I didn’t make many counts (“official” count imminent), instead going 
for qualitative obs. Long pants recommended. 


Highlights:

7 Red Knots; 6 in suit-of-armor winter garb
3 Baird’s Sandpiper, (3) - FOS here 
1 WR Sand - kept seeing repeatedly, but I think only one bird - FOS here 

Despite not counting, there was an up- tic in numbers generally, for all 
species. Especially Least Sands. 

But fewer dowitchers (12). 1 of 2 recently fledged Spotted Sands was photo’d 
perched on the same log it was on with its sibling few days ago. 


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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird trip TOMORROW - seats still available
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:19:01 -0400
Hello All,

Leslie Starr and Joe Turner have booked a trip with Captain John Drury (
maineseabirdtours.com), out of Vinalhaven, for tomorrow (Thursday July
30th) and there are still seats available. This is the 11th year the bird
has returned and it is anyone's guess how many more times it will return to
Maine.. Although no guarantee, the bird has been particularly consistent,
of late, offering unusually close looks.

Below is Leslie and Joe's recent post, with particulars.  At this point,
it's probably best to call or text their numbers listed below, if
interested.  I was out there last Saturday...AMAZING trip!  A terrific
opportunity for birders.

Rob Speirs Cumberland

Inspired by all the great sightings last weekend, we decided to try for
this bird as soon as possible. We have engaged Captain John Drury to take
us out to the Seal Island area to look for it this Thursday afternoon, July
30. We will be leaving from Vinalhaven at 2:00 pm.

There is room for additional passengers, if anyone is interested and able
to come on this short notice. The boat can hold six people.

Because our return will be after the last ferry of the afternoon, we will
be staying on the island overnight, and anyone who joins us would need to
find accommodations and do the same, though apparently there is an option
to fly back to the mainland.

The cost of the boat trip, to be shared by all passengers, is $90 per hour.
Capt. Drury says the trip will take four to five hours.

Capt. Drury is a highly experienced seabird guide. Here is his website:
http://www.maineseabirdtours.com

Please e-mail us directly, call, or text if you are interested in joining
us.

thanks, Leslie Starr & Joe Turner
turnstar AT aol.com
C 443-604-0024
C 410-440-6700

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Subject: Red- Billed Tropicbird
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:02:23 -0700 (PDT)
Old Quarry Ocean Adventures in Stonington has two more trips out to see the 
Red-billed Tropicbird on Seal Island scheduled for August 4th and August 11 
from 2-7 PM. We have seen it both times we have done this trip this season. We 
have also seen a leucistic Great Black-backed Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, and today 
100s of Wilson's Storm-petrels, dozens of Northern Gannet (25), Common Loon, 
Bald Eagle, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murre (sometimes bridled), 
Laughing Gull, nesting Great Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorant, Semipalmated 
Plover and Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Arctic and Common Tern, Red-necked 
Phalaropes (50ish), Grey Seals, Harbor Seals and Harbor Porpoise. Another birdy 
trip out to the island. The boat leaves at 2:00 from Settlement Rd in 
Stonington. Hopefully the next trip will have some more shearwaters! 


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Subject: Seal Island
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:44:57 -0400
After last Sunday's puffin trip to Seal Island, I put together a promotional
video for Isle au Haut Ferry. It has some better video of the Red-billed
Tropicbird, starting at about 2:38. If anyone has wondered what this
particular puffin trip looks like, here you go:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu_o0CxHwdw. There are a couple more puffin
trips over the next two Sundays, but some future trips to plan for: 

I expect the Island Heritage Trust and the Ferry to do another Harlequin
Duck trip to Isle au Haut next March. The last three have had good luck with
weather and birds. There will likely be a Seal Island trip in early winter.
(It was cancelled by bad weather last year.) Seal Island is the second
largest Gray Seal pupping colony in the east. (There are over 4000 seals off
Martha's Vineyard, which is the largest.)

 

Which is all to say that Maine birders are getting more and more
opportunities to get offshore these days. Huzzah.

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Flat Bay Whimbrel Report
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:12:46 -0400
Today several folks saw 134 Whimbrel that were feeding on the west side of
Flat Bay.  Lindsay Tudor was one of the people and did the count of 134
birds.   Bill and Monica Grabin and Woody and Jen Gillies were there for
the count as well!   We saw the birds from a different location on the east
side of Flat Bay.

Not many Black-bellied Plover nor Short-billed Dowitchers today but there
were probably 100+ peeps feeding in and among the other shorebirds.

Today the Whimbrel all flew north when they left the mudflats as did a
large flock of peeps.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: tropicbird quest
From: "'Leslie Starr' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:08:24 -0400
Inspired by all the great sightings last weekend, we decided to try for this 
bird as soon as possible. We have engaged Captain John Drury to take us out to 
the Seal Island area to look for it this Thursday afternoon, July 30. We will 
be leaving from Vinalhaven at 2:00 pm. 


There is room for additional passengers, if anyone is interested and able to 
come on this short notice. The boat can hold six people. 


Because our return will be after the last ferry of the afternoon, we will be 
staying on the island overnight, and anyone who joins us would need to find 
accommodations and do the same, though apparently there is an option to fly 
back to the mainland. 


The cost of the boat trip, to be shared by all passengers, is $90 per hour. 
Capt. Drury says the trip will take four to five hours. 


Capt. Drury is a highly experienced seabird guide. Here is his website: 
http://www.maineseabirdtours.com 


Please e-mail us directly, call, or text if you are interested in joining us.

thanks, Leslie Starr & Joe Turner
turnstar AT aol.com
C 443-604-0024
C 410-440-6700


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Subject: Re: 153 Whimbrel on Flat Bay, Harrington!!!
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:14:41 -0700 (PDT)
Awesome! Sounds like a "road-trip-worthy" event.  Especially since it's my 
favorite shorebird.  
Maybe there are other records, but the highest previous number I can find 
for ME is 110 (P. Vickery, Deblois Barrens, 8-2-87).  
Thanks for reporting this noteworthy concentration.


On Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:43:12 PM UTC-4, Merle and Anne Archie wrote:
>
> The flock is getting bigger and many birds flew to the south before I 
> could get down to the shoreline and count. 
>  
> A smattering of Black-bellied Plover and Short-billed Dowitchers but no 
> large flocks of peeps today. 
>  
> The Whimbrel seem to show up about 1/2 to 3/4 hour after low tide as 
> registered at Milbridge. 
>  
> Merle and Anne Archie
> Harrington, ME
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Subject: 153 Whimbrel on Flat Bay, Harrington!!!
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:43:11 -0400
The flock is getting bigger and many birds flew to the south before I could
get down to the shoreline and count.

A smattering of Black-bellied Plover and Short-billed Dowitchers but no
large flocks of peeps today.

The Whimbrel seem to show up about 1/2 to 3/4 hour after low tide as
registered at Milbridge.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: LB Dowitcher - Popham Beach
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:32:36 -0400
Shorebirds are definitely pouring into the Popham Beach environs. Included 
there this morning was a summer-plumaged Long-Billed Dowitcher, foraging with 
28 Short-Bills. I counted 53 SBDows at Green Point a few hours later (incl the 
LBDow) so I probably overlooked some at Popham Beach. 


Efforts to get a decent photo were thwarted by fog, distance, dim light, and a 
persistent beachcomber who insisted on walking directly toward the conc of 
birds. But a few fuzzy shots show a distinctly bigger bird with solid black 
cap, and entirely red underparts. Can’t determine loral angle, however, and 
it never did vocalize. None did. 


Counted 102 Semi Sands in the Borrow Pit area, then panned a huge mass of 
sleeping birds (at high tide) on the open beach. Haven’t counted them yet. 
Total will be closer to 500-600. 

No sign of the early Am Golden Plover. Only 1 Whimbrel - foraging on dry sand 
areas. 


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Subject: Building shorebirds, etc, Scarborough Marsh, 7/27
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:48:12 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,With the rapidly approaching peak numbers of adults of several shorebird 
species, along with growing diversity, I spent the morning in Scarborough Marsh 
at the high tide today, mostly along the Eastern Road Trail. The omnipresent 
sparrow researchers kept the majority of the shorebirds close to the trail 
today, affording good studies of the multitudes...until a marauding Cooper's 
Hawk began to scatter them about:- 400+ Semipalmated Sandpipers 

- 205 Short-billed Dowitchers (including 1-2 ssp. HENDERSONII pending a review 
of the photos of the second bird). 

- 100+ Least Sandpipers
- 22 Lesser Yellowlegs
- 21 Greater Yellowlegs
- 10 Semipalmated Plovers
- 3 Spotted Sandpipers
- 3 White-rumped Sandpipers
- 2 Killdeer
- 1 Solitary Sandpiper (first of fall)A fly-over CASPIAN TERN in the fog early 
in the morning and the continuing TRICOLORED HERON x SNOWY EGRET HYBRID were 
two of the other highlights. -Derek 

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Subject: Birding By Schooner Tour report, 7/20-25 (RBTR, AMOY, GRCO, REPH, WISP, alcids, WODU, etc)
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:41:41 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I have posted the trip report - with photos and a complete annotated checklist 
- of our annual birding tour aboard the Schooner Lewis R. French out of 
Camden:https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/birding-by-schooner-trip-report-2015/ 


In brief, highlights included:- THE RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Seal Island, 7/22 + 
23.- One pair AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, Little Green Island, 7/22 - a new 
"Schooner Bird" for me!- GREAT CORMORANTS at their Seal Island colony, 7/22-23, 
and one at Saddleback Ledge, 7/23.- Red Phalaropes: 6 between Little Green and 
Seal Islands, 7/22.- Wilson's Storm-Petrels: unusually common within Penobscot 
Bay, some just outside of Camden Harbor. 400+ between Little Green and Seal on 
7/22.- Atlantic Puffins at Eastern Egg Rock on 7/21 and Seal Island 7/22-23.- 
Razorbills: a few dozen total in and around Seal Island, but several fathers 
with chicks well within Penobscot Bay.- 1 WOOD DUCK: fly-by at Seal Island, 
7/23. 

- 79 total species.
-Derek *****************************************
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Subject: Rt loon phippsburg 07/17
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:30:07 -0500
Photos of Red throated loon reported in PHIPPSBURG on the 17th by Linwood Riggs
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAINEBirds/permalink/834670499948387/
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:00:35 -0400
The showers were insignificant, the ocean was calm, the birds were
plentiful. I hope next Sunday's Isle au Haut puffin trip is as good as
today's was. The Red-billed Tropicbird was simply loafing in the cove as we
arrived at Seal Island around 12:30, so close that you could takes photos
with a cell phone. I put a quick video up on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/MaineBirdingTrail. 

 

The ferry does another puffin trip next Sunday (www.isleauhaut.com
 ) , and I'll be looking to see if he is hanging
out next to the same lobster buoy. The buoy was black with red handles.not
all that unlike a tropicbird. Romance? He never left its side the whole time
we were in the cove.

 

There were more gannets than last week's trip, and the Wilson's Storm-petrel
numbers have skyrocketed. We had them the whole way from inside Stonington
Harbor to the Seal Island cove. About 20 Red-necked Phalaropes, too. Just
two Common Murres, though - same as last week.

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Ninety-two Whimbrel at Flat Bay, Harrington!
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:05:24 -0400
At low tide today we counted 92 Whimbrel along the waterline on the west
side of Flat Bay.  Approximately 400 Semi-palmated Sandpipers, 40+
Short-billed Dowitchers and 20+ Black-bellied Plovers were also feeding at
low tide in the same area.

Last year the Whimbrel stayed around for nearly a week so we hope to see
them again.

While we were sipping tea on the deck with Cherryfield birders Joel Wilcox
and Sandy Fairbanks, a Merlin flew in and perched on the top of a tree not
far from the house.  We had great views for 5 minutes or so.

We heard and saw our FOY Bonaparte's Gull for Flat Bay as well.

Merle and Anne Archie
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Subject: Black-crowned night-heron
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:51:33 -0700 (PDT)
Just saw an adult and juvenile at a small water area in Portland. 

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Subject: Black-crowned night-heron
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:51:32 -0700 (PDT)
Just saw an adult and juvenile at a small water area in Portland. 

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Subject: South unity
From: Diana <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:43:54 -0400
Indigo bunting male here for 3 days


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Subject: Bowdoinham
From: Janet Galle <janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:32:09 -0400
Male indigo bunting at the feeder last night, the first since June when I had 
four 

for about three weeks, but only an occasional female.
Do they nest in the area?

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Subject: Migration is underway on SINWR
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:13:13 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to add in my 2 cents on the fall migration that is underway. 
The past couple weeks have been highlighted by shorebird migrants. The best 
species being 3 Hudsonian Godwit, several Whimbrel, and an early Pectoral 
Sandpiper. Others have included Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Ruddy 
Turnstones, Semipalmated Plovers, a nocturnally migrating Killdeer who was 
calling pre-dawn, many Lesser Yellowlegs, a few Greater Yellowlegs, and we 
are now starting to get sanderlings. We have noticed an increase in 
passerine migrants as well such as Yellow Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, 
Brown-headed Cowbirds, and this morning Tree Swallows over the pond next to 
our cabin. In addition, the pelagic scene is picking up. Lots of Gannets 
starting to pass by, increased Wilson's Storm-Petrel numbers and a Northern 
Fulmar. Im sure it will only get better. The Tropicbird continues, however, 
it has been vocally quiet as of late and is getting harder to keep track 
of. Some folks on the Nigh Duck boat trip last week got some fantastic 
views. Arctic and Common Tern fledglings are everywhere and many failed or 
non-breeders have now left the island. Puffins however are still in full 
force and some are still hatching (late season out here this year..)

Best Regards,

Keenan Yakola
SINWR Island Supervisor

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Subject: shorebirds - Popham - Jul 24
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:30:20 -0400
Few shorebirds at Popham this morning, but an early Am Golden Plover was 
noteworthy. 

Also the first fledgling Com Tern being fed by an adult .

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:15:06 -0700 (PDT)
There was a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron loafing with five black-crowned 
night herons at Great Pond in Biddeford Pool this evening. 


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Subject: Higgins beach shore bird questions
From: Abby <abbyopearson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:46:34 -0700 (PDT)
I was at Higgins (Scarborough) yesterday trying to brush up on shore birds. Are 
the two main groups of nesting terns Common and Least? Also, there was a flock 
(6 or so?) of killdeer at the edge of the shore... I always think of these as 
inland birds? The plumage is pretty distinctive, so I feel pretty confident 
about the id. Also present: Bonaparte's gull flock, a few piping plovers, a 
(lesser, I think) yellowlegs, plus the usual other assortment of common gull 
species. And a laughing gull, I think. 


Still need lots of practice. 

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Subject: Reminder Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:02:10 -0400
   - *Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip
   - tomorrow!!*
   - Saturday Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
      - Scarborough Marsh
      - Members: $10 - Non-members: $13

   Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities
   of sharp-tailed sparrow identification.

   We will spend a little time inside looking at photos (birds in the field
   and while banding, including hybrids!) then go out for a field trip along
   the Eastern Trail and see them ourselves. This is a can’t miss opportunity
   for anyone interested in sharp-tailed sparrows, and will give all a special
   chance to learn more about and view these rare birds.


   No reservations required.



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*Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center*

*_______________________________*

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME  04105

*tel* (207) 781-2330 x 213

*mobile* 207-415-8331

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:41:06 -0700 (PDT)
Saw my first "fall" warbler yesterday, a young YELLOW WARBLER.
A few Peeps are hanging about the shore, gleaning the little animals from 
the rock weed and the decaying  wrack at high-water mark. Only LEAST & 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS identified so far although I glimpsed a probable 
RUDDY TURNSTONE once and a lone WILLET passed over on Wednesday. 

SAVANNAH SPARROWS are busy carrying food to their presumed 2nd broods while 
adults and 1st brooders agitate and shout at any intrusion into or near 
their territories.

SPOTTED SANDPIPERS seem to have had a low average season, judging from the 
numbers I've been seeing. Most chicks are barely distinguishable from the 
adults.  Few of them still show any tail fluff.

It looks like most all the COMMON EIDERS are now on the water, although I'm 
still seeing an occasional over-island morning flight the gives the 
suspicion that there might still be stragglers that haven't hatched.
It appears that the Eiders have also had a respectable year with numbers in 
the mid-range.

The Alcids are chugging along and, although there are still tons to be seen 
on the island, the RAZORBILLS are departing. 
Reports of adult/offspring pairs have come from various locations for a 
week or more.

Also still present in good tonnage, the PUFFINS are due to fledge any time. 
The earliest may have already slipped away in recent nights but I haven't 
yet seen any PUFFLINGS on the lawn.

The COMMON MURRE tonnage is still impressive, having started breeding 
only a few years ago, and the species looks to be having a productive 
summer.

Oh, just to answer the inevitable question: it takes approximately 2700 
Puffins, 1390 Razorbills or 1030 Murres to make either an English Long Ton 
or a Metric Ton.

Raptor activity continues to be low, helped by the foggy days. 
Unfortunately, the fog seems not to hamper the 2 RAVENS which we see too 
often.

The Terns are benefiting from mainly favorable weather and, BUTTERFISH 
being the exception, from decent food for the chicks.  
The ARCTIC TERNS have fledged a probable 50 or more and I'm optimistic that 
100+ fledgling this year is possible.
That's a far cry from the hay-days but a big jump from zero just a couple 
years ago and from the dozen or two last season.

COMMON TERNS aren't as advanced in recovery but there have been a handful 
of known nests this year. 
Those have a chance at producing at least some fledglings.

It's likely not news to many other people in other places but we have 
MOSQUITOS
Until recently, mosquitos were effectively unknown on MSI. I heard of one 
or two dubious sightings over some 17 or 18 years but never saw one myself.
About 3 years ago a very few were around. 2 years ago a few more. 
Last year they really jumped to the, "Give me the DEET!", level at times. 
This year, researchers are often foregoing headlamps at night and I 
wouldn't consider working around heavy vegetation without repellant.
Interesting to note that the advent and increase of the plague corresponds 
exactly to the total demise of our small resident LITTLE BROWN BAT 
population.

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Subject: Wilson's Storm Petrels
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:35:36 -0400
The largest concentration of Wilson Storm Petrels to date was 40+ birds seen 
off Mark Island Stonington- Up to this time like Mike report on them have been 
a few and patchy- past two days seeing more on Penobscot Bay- trip on 
Vinalhaven or North Haven ferry is a is fun way to see them- 

Skip Small
Rockport
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Subject: LITTLE EGRET - Falmouth, 7/24
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:12:52 -0400
Hey everyone:

Just got into the office and received second- (and third-) hand reports that 
the LITTLE EGRET was seen “yesterday (7/23) at 2:00pm near the south edge of 
the north meadow” and “sometime today (7/24)”. I did just take a walk 
around the north meadow and couldn’t find it but the tide is pretty high. 


Speaking of the tide, I wanted to share this blog post I wrote about places and 
times to see the bird: 
http://maineaudubon.org/blog/2015/07/how-to-see-a-little-egret/ 
 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

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Subject: Wilson's Storm Petrels - Rockland, Jul 23
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:56:18 -0400
Crossing on the last ferry from North Haven this afternoon, we ran into several 
small clumps of Wils St Petrels. They were a patch-bird for me, and are 
probably 

not commonly seen in this thoroughfare. Judging from eBird maps, the species 
seems particularly widespread this season. 


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Subject: Dragon Cement juvie Peregrines - Jul 22
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:53:26 -0400
Before jumping on the North Haven ferry, we had some time to stand a watch for 
the 3 recently fledged Peregrines in No Thomaston, Wed morning. Nothing seen 
from the plant entrance, but then we hit Weskeag Marsh for 15 minutes and 
spotted 1 of the young birds cruise through and over the marsh, before perching 
in a high pine tree betw the marsh and the meadow where Rough-legs are often 
seen. 


I must say, this bugger doesn’t really display the flight skills of older 
birds. In fact, we were unsure of its heritage until we finally saw its 
orange-ish face. 


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Subject: Shorebirds trickling in - Addison and Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:30:09 -0400
In the past week we've seen occasional Greater as well as Lesser Yellowlegs
on Flat Bay.  Only one Whimbrel so far (last year we saw a flock of 20+)
and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers.  A single Black-bellied Plover put in an
appearance today.  And flocks of unidentified peeps are winging up the bay
to the mudflats near Curtis Creek during low tide.

On the shores of the Pleasant River as viewed from the Addison boat ramp
we saw up to 18 Lesser Yellowlegs.  Today we saw 2 Greater Yellowlegs, a
Short-billed Dowitcher and one Least Sandpiper mingling with 3
Semi-palmated Sandpipers.

Both at the Addison salt pans and the boat landing we've heard a lot
of Sharp-tailed Sparrows and 2 Merlins flew over us just north of
"downtown" Addison.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Common yellowthroat juvenile?
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:04:08 -0400
​I think this is a juvenile common yellowthroat. If someone knows
different, I'd appreciate a helping hand. Thanks.

Essex Street Marsh, Bangor.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h5027175f#h5027175f

Cheers,
Dave😂

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis-Wallace Shore Road, Harpswell
From: Rodney Kelshaw <rodkelshaw AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:51:36 -0400
I just saw 2 Glossy Ibis in the marsh across from the boat launch. They are
with a flock of about 10 snowy egrets. When the tide comes in this marsh
fills up and the birds typically move on. Good luck.
Rodney Kelshaw

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Subject: Popham Beach - dusk
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:13:11 -0400
Highlights from tonight’s dusk-watch:

Merlin - FOS. Scattered peeps then directed itself well offshore; may be 
overnighting on Seguin? 

4 Whimbrels - leisurely patrolling the beach and lagoon
3 Willets - surf zone (odd)
75 peeps unident

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Subject: tanager
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:26:17 +0000
Spotted a male Scarlet Tanager & fledge today while walking in the woods in 
Montville, first ones I've seen this year. 


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Subject: Little Egret
From: Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:21:27 -0400
My wife and I observed it today from 2:40-3:00 PM, preening not far from
the North Meadow blind at Gilsland. Tide seemed to be nearly high. Sorry
about the latish post.

Joel Wilcox
Cherryfield, but visiting in the area

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Subject: Popham Beach - Spotted sands
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:14:56 -0400
Several of us have been consistently noticing 1 or 2 Spotted Sandpipers at 
Popham this year. I’ve wondered about nesting there. Not noticed in the past 
10 years, and maybe not that unusual. This morning, an adult (might have been 
the male) was leading me away from 2 fledglings, out on their own, foraging on 
open sand or over driftwood. Nesting site may have been dune grass, among the 
Least Terns, or possibly in a small patch of Spartina next to the lagoon. 


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Subject: Birds in A hail storm
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:50:11 -0400
Yesterday afternoon I was at Tuckahoe Turf Farm, Berwick, ME. I got caught in a 
hail storm. I noticed the KILLDEER were flying from the open filed into the 
high grass, than as the hail came down stronger they flew under the machinery 
and into the woods. 


I was just wondering if there are any numbers on how many birds are killed by 
hail? The hail was up to 3/4 of an inch, with the average of 1/2 inch size. 


One video and pictures of hail are here 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22247688 AT N04/19240555264/in/dateposted-public/ 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/22247688 AT N04/19240385124/in/dateposted-public/

video: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22247688 AT N04/19867850651/in/dateposted-public/ 



Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

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Subject: RE: SoPo Merlin(s)
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:44:03 +0000
The Bowdoin pair was active again this year and seemed to be feeding newly 
fledged young during the last week of June/first days of July. 


I haven’t noticed any activity in Gardiner this year but they have nested for 
a number of years. 


Jeff Wells

From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
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Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 9:50 AM
To: Scott Cronenweth
Cc: Maine Birds List Serve
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] SoPo Merlin(s)

Thanks, Scott! Were the vocalizations a long series of chatters like 
ki-ki-ki... or kik-kik-kik…? Those are the most common sounds, males a bit 
higher pitched than females. They are unlikely to begin re-nesting at this time 
of year. By now they should be fledging young. You might have heard a pair 
interacting, a juvenile and an adult responding to each other, or a nest-mate 
fledgling calling back. They get to nesting fairly early after return and 
set-up shop by early April (Bowdoin) to early May (Waterville). They are on 
eggs by mid-April to mid-May, and incubation lasts about a month. It then takes 
another month for the young to fledge; so mid-July is the time young Merlins 
start stepping out. This timing coincides with peaking abundance of odonates, 
many dragonflies, that these birds eat like chicken nuggets. Urban pairs eat 
House Sparrows too, and those are common prey in food-exchanges and for feeding 
the nestlings (https://flic.kr/p/ePeVGQ). They usually move to a new nest site 
every year or at least every other year (at least that’s been true here), and 
those nests are usually abandoned crow nests. They don’t build their own 
nest. Exciting birds for sure! Just tell ‘em to leave my Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers alone this year! 


Louis
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Subject: Re: SoPo Merlin(s)
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:49:44 -0400
Thanks, Scott! Were the vocalizations a long series of chatters like 
ki-ki-ki... or kik-kik-kik…? Those are the most common sounds, males a bit 
higher pitched than females. They are unlikely to begin re-nesting at this time 
of year. By now they should be fledging young. You might have heard a pair 
interacting, a juvenile and an adult responding to each other, or a nest-mate 
fledgling calling back. They get to nesting fairly early after return and 
set-up shop by early April (Bowdoin) to early May (Waterville). They are on 
eggs by mid-April to mid-May, and incubation lasts about a month. It then takes 
another month for the young to fledge; so mid-July is the time young Merlins 
start stepping out. This timing coincides with peaking abundance of odonates, 
many dragonflies, that these birds eat like chicken nuggets. Urban pairs eat 
House Sparrows too, and those are common prey in food-exchanges and for feeding 
the nestlings (https://flic.kr/p/ePeVGQ ). They 
usually move to a new nest site every year or at least every other year (at 
least that’s been true here), and those nests are usually abandoned crow 
nests. They don’t build their own nest. Exciting birds for sure! Just tell 
‘em to leave my Buff-breasted Sandpipers alone this year! 


Louis

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Subject: Little Egret Tidewater Farm
From: Willie D'Anna <willie.danna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:04:08 -0400
Betsy and I were almost ready to leave when I spotted him! 8:40 am. Good views 
but only for a couple minutes. It flew up the channel on the right and out of 
sight. A big THANK-YOU to all the Maine birders who provided helpful 
information and posted updated sightings. Lifer! 


Good birding!
Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter
Wilson, NY

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Subject: SoPo Merlin(s)
From: Scott Cronenweth <scronenw AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:36:39 -0400
Greetings, birding friends! There’s been at least one Merlin hanging out in 
my semi-urban South Portland neighborhood in recent days. It/they vocalize in 
the morning and evening, and also occasionally during the day. I’ve only seen 
one bird on one occasion, flying directly overhead in tough light — too quick 
a glimpse to reliably age or sex it. But yesterday evening I heard what I felt 
sure must be a pair counter-calling: two long vocalizations in quick succession 
from two spots a good distance apart. Possibly they’re looking to establish a 
nest or have already done so. Or maybe it’s just an unpaired individual. 
Either way it’s very cool. 


Any thoughts from the experts? 

Go urban falcons!
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Subject: Re: American bittern on Portland waterfront
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:43:43 -0700 (PDT)
Upon getting home and looking more at the pictures (which were horribly 
back lit on the camera) and the guides I have here which were not with me 
at the time of the sighting, the bird I saw was an immature Black-Crowned 
Night Heron. I had a guide on my phone that did not show immature plumage 
or flight plumage  for any of the small herons/bitterns so with the major 
ID fact at the time of it being a smallish heron with overall brown body 
and heavily brown striped chest, the AM Bittern was the only thing I could 
find that looked like a match. When I was able to see the pictures after 
getting home and see some of the features on a larger than 2" screen, the 
large reddish eye, large overall yellow beak with black on top and tip, and 
then in one picture, the tops of the wings in flight, I was able to find 
the immature BCNH matchup. It makes a lot more sense to me as I was very 
much not expecting a bittern in Portland. 

Here is a picture  that has 
been adjusted to bring out a lot of the details I could not see during the 
initial flyby. 

Still not unhappy with the spotting though, but sorry to cause any undue 
fuss. 

Cheers. 


On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 3:55:04 PM UTC-4, Rob O'Connell wrote:
>
> Was watching the terns off the Maine state pier and  had an American 
> bittern fly down the waterfront towards the Cisco bay bridge. It then 
> turned around and flew back past, circled a few times around the gap where 
> the Picton Castle is docked and then flew off in the direction of the 
> eastern prom. If you are out with the tall ships, keep looking up! Will 
> post pictures later. 
>
> Cheers! 
> Rob O'Connell

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Subject: American bittern on Portland waterfront
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:54:58 -0400
Was watching the terns off the Maine state pier and had an American bittern fly 
down the waterfront towards the Cisco bay bridge. It then turned around and 
flew back past, circled a few times around the gap where the Picton Castle is 
docked and then flew off in the direction of the eastern prom. If you are out 
with the tall ships, keep looking up! Will post pictures later. 


Cheers!
Rob O'Connell

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Subject: Re: LITTLE EGRET in marsh now
From: Ron Cedrone <rmcedrone AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:43:23 -0400
Steve
Glad you were able to add it to your LL
Ron

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 19, 2015, at 2:19 PM, 'scbirder' via Maine birds 
 wrote: 

> 
> I am having great views of the Little Egret. Viewable from the North Meadow 
blind, it and a Snowy are preening on the log to the left of the green shack. 
It's 2:18, now, and I'm about to leave the location. Best wishes to all other 
searchers. 

> 
> 
> Steve Patterson
> camden, SC
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> From: 'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds  
> Date: 07/19/2015 11:12 AM (GMT-05:00) 
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> Subject: [Maine-birds] LITTLE EGRET in marsh now 
> 
> Probably viewable from Providence Avenue. 
> 
> Noah Gibb
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Subject: RE: LITTLE EGRET in marsh now
From: "'scbirder' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:19:31 -0400
    
I am having great views of the Little Egret.  Viewable from the North Meadow 
blind, it and a Snowy are preening on the log to the left of the green shack. 
 It's 2:18, now, and I'm about to leave the location.  Best wishes to all 
other searchers. 


Steve Pattersoncamden, SC



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Subject: [Maine-birds] LITTLE EGRET in marsh now 

Probably viewable from Providence Avenue. 
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Subject: Re: Little Egret North Meadow blind
From: Jody Hartman <jodyhartman84 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:18:40 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks, Noah!  We saw this update right when we got back to Freeport.  We 
hopped in the car and it was still there when we got back at 1p.  Was still 
there when we left at 145p.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:06:15 AM UTC-4, Noah Gibb wrote:
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> The LITTLE EGRET is currently visible from the north meadow at Gilsland 
> Farm Falmouth.
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Subject: LITTLE EGRET in marsh now
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:12:55 -0700
Probably viewable from Providence Avenue. 


Noah Gibb

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Subject: Little Egret North Meadow blind
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:06:13 -0700
The LITTLE EGRET is currently visible from the north meadow at Gilsland Farm 
Falmouth. 



Noah Gibb

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Subject: No Yellow-billed Loon This Morning
From: John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan <birdsnbeads AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:17:00 -0400
Made an attempt to find yesterday’s reported Yellow-billed Loon on Green 
Lake, Hancock Co., without success. Checked from spots along Scotts Neck Rd., 
Green Lake Rd., and Nicolin Rd. 5-9:30am. Met up with three other birders along 
the way, a couple of whom who had been out on the water, but no sightings by 
the time I left. 


For anyone trying to bird the lake from shore, there is a narrow area along 
Scotts Neck that has decent views towards Northeast Cove from one side of the 
road and eastern parts of the lake from the other side. The boat ramp at the 
end of Nicolin Rd. also has views of a good portion of the lake. Best of luck. 


-John

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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler, North Yarmouth, 7/18
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:35:06 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
My Saturday Morning Birdwalk Goup and I found a male BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Old 
Town House Park, off of Rte 9 in North Yarmouth this morning. This is my second 
record for here. 

-Derek
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Subject: LITTLE EGRET - Falmouth, 7/18
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:32:59 -0400
Passing along a call I got from Bill Sheehan that the LITTLE EGRET is currently 
visible from the blind in the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Nice 
to hear it's still around after several days of no sightings. 


Good birding,


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Subject: RT loon Popham
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:35:44 -0500
A reliable birder has reported to me a Red-throated loon at Popham in the river 
by the fort. I have not seen this myself, so keep your bins up! 

Robin Robinson
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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week: 7/11-17
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:22:48 -0400
Hi all,

A few additional sightings of note from the past seven days for me included:
- 1 continuing Red-throated Loon, 15 continuing Black Scoters, and 2 
White-winged Scoters, Simpson Point, Brunswick, 7/13 (with Jeannette). 

- 20+ Piping Plovers, 14 Semipalmated Plovers (first of season), 8 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers (first of season), and 2 Least Sandpipers (first of season), 
Laudholm Beach, Wells, 7/14 (with Jeannette). 

- 12+ Purple Martins, including juveniles, Atlantic/Great Hill Rd colony, 
Kennebunk Beach, 7/14 (with Jeannette). 

- 1-2 Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Kennebunk Plains, 7/18 (with Phil McCormack).

And a phone-binned snapshot of the Little Gull from Laudholm Beach on Tuesday 
can be seen here: 


http://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/photos/a.977418758954745.1073741840.198877036808925/1097392616957358/?type=1&theater 


-Derek

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Subject: Re: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:24:21 -0400
Hi all,

So the plot thickens. First, both Jeff Gordon and I have only viewed this photo 
on our respective phones. Neither of us happen to be near a computer. 


Although the photos clearly show a loon with a bill that appears yellow, there 
has been further discussion by the observer and his friend (and several others, 
myself included). Here's two snippets of pertinent correspondence regarding the 
initial report(s): 


From Brian Raicich via Jeff Gordon:
"Just got back and no luck on my kayak trip around the NE Cove. Will continue 
to scan into the evening and plan to be out at sunrise. Unfortunately our 
rental ends tomorrow at noon. Here is the link to Brian Yohannan's photos on 
Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/134751316 AT N07/shares/hw0106" 


Followed by this message to Jeff from Brian. Note, this is currently be called 
a "possible" Yellow-billed Loon by the observer: 


"Hi Jeff, We are vacationing with friends on Green Lake, Ellsworth, Maine. Our 
friend with us, Brian Yohannan, kayaked at dawn this morning and took the 
attached photos with his iPhone. He didn't share them with me until this 
afternoon, when he asked if the local loons ever have yellow bills. Realizing a 
Yellow-billed Loon is probably not a realistic option, I immediately jumped 
online to see if this full yellow bill is a possible odd variance with Common 
Loons. I shared with BQ (Brian Quindlen, who was up last week with us on the 
lake). I had Brian Yohannan post to eBird and Flickr. I've been scanning the 
cove all afternoon and we plan to kayak at dusk to see if we can relocate." 


Needless to say, more details and subsequent observations would be most 
welcome! 


-Derek

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 17, 2015, at 6:34 PM, 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> Like me, you may have seen the eBird report of a Yellow-billed Loon on Green 
Lake in Hancock County (Ellsworth) reported to eBird today. 

> 
> You probably had a similar gut reaction.  
> 
> Then, this evening, Jeff Gordon sent me the photo (from "a friend of a 
friend"). Uh yeah, so there's an adult YELLOW-BILLED LOON on Green Lake in 
Ellsworth. 

> 
> I have no other details at this time.
> 
> -Derek
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Subject: Re: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:40:54 -0400
The photos and some additional notes from Brian Yohannan, the finder, are 
available at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24295242 
 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

> On Jul 17, 2015, at 6:34 PM, 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> Like me, you may have seen the eBird report of a Yellow-billed Loon on Green 
Lake in Hancock County (Ellsworth) reported to eBird today. 

> 
> You probably had a similar gut reaction.  
> 
> Then, this evening, Jeff Gordon sent me the photo (from "a friend of a 
friend"). Uh yeah, so there's an adult YELLOW-BILLED LOON on Green Lake in 
Ellsworth. 

> 
> I have no other details at this time.
> 
> -Derek
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, Ellsworth, 7/17
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:34:54 -0400
Hi all,
Like me, you may have seen the eBird report of a Yellow-billed Loon on Green 
Lake in Hancock County (Ellsworth) reported to eBird today. 


You probably had a similar gut reaction.  

Then, this evening, Jeff Gordon sent me the photo (from "a friend of a 
friend"). Uh yeah, so there's an adult YELLOW-BILLED LOON on Green Lake in 
Ellsworth. 


I have no other details at this time.

-Derek

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Subject: Re: Fort Popham
From: Bob Knight <bob AT knightarchitect.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:23:36 -0700 (PDT)
I haven't seen one this year, but have seen them at Fort Popham in the past.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:08:30 PM UTC-4, Steven Gilchrist wrote:
>
> New to the area and a long time birder. Has anyone else seen what I 
> thought was a red throated loon today at Fort Popham? A very brave young 
> bird diving just feet off the beach area next to the fort. Definite grey 
> head with red throat. Is this common to this area? I would appreciate any 
> feedback and "hotspots" for birding in the midcoast area.

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Subject: Popham Beach after the cold front
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:52:46 -0400
Definite up-tic in shorebirds after the front of 2 days ago. At low tide, 
beginning of flood, this morning, a flock of 8 flying Whimbrels was a 
pulse-quickening sight. First seen over on the Seawall side (hope Gordon saw 
them) they eventually flew in a loose flock over the Popham Salt Marsh heading 
for wherever. 


Other counts:
Semi Sands - 208 in three sep groups
Least sands - 4
SBDowitchers - 3 (plus 14 in Spirit Pond
Semi Plovers - 14
BB Plovers - 2
Sanderling - 12 (w/ peeps surf zone)
Spotted Sands - 2 (continuing birds - nesters??)
Willet - 6 vocal today
Piping Plovers - 7 (did not see any young birds)

Barn Swallow - 24
Tree Swallows - 12

Terns not conspicuous this morning. Must have been focused on prey elsewhere. 
20 Least Terns; 15 Common Terns. No Royal Terns 


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Subject: C. Nighthawk, Steuben
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:47:31 -0400
I'm taking a class at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, and last night
as we were leaving the dining hall, two Common Nighthawks flitted overhead,
calling.

Also, this morning on a field trip in Jonesport Heath we heard a Lincoln's
Sparrow singing.

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Subject: Baxter Tote Rd; Nesowrdnahunk Camp; Harvester Rd.
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:50:41 -0400
Fox Sparrows put on a good show Wed afternoon on the Tote Rd; While taping a 
Swainson’s Thrush song, a Fox Sparrow “butted in” and overpowered the 
thrush with its song. 4 singers plus 2 uttering their husky, chunky chip. Most 
birds West of the Tote Rd. 


Crossbills in pretty good evidence.  Many WW, only 2 Reds.

Loons flying south, calling as they flew.  A first for me. 

Both grouse, no young birds.  

Alas no boreal woodpeckers. Sat for an hour plus at the Harvester Road spot - 
no Am 3-toed. 


Chilly this morning and birds took some time to wake up. Photo’d an 
arms-length White Throated Sparrow sitting in a bush. 


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Subject: Fort Popham
From: BruceP <bpickholtz AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:07:21 -0700 (PDT)
I had an adult Red-throated Loon on Wed just opposite the fort at Green Point. 
In the heavy fog, it was just about the only bird I could see! I posted a 
couple of poor, but adequate pics on eBird 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24280376 


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Subject: Little Egret: NO
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:15:10 -0700 (PDT)
Posting in hope of helping others looking for this bird:

We came up empty in several days of intense searching for the Little Egret 
from Sunday 7/12 through Thursday 7/16.  On Sunday, we looked at North 
Meadow, Providence Avenue and Tidewater Farm to no avail and talked with 
three Vermont birders who had been at North Meadow all day also without 
success.  Monday morning, Tim Fennell video'ed the bird on marsh grass just 
before high tide at the end of Providence Avenue.  It was reported to 
e-Bird rarities from Tidewater Farm that afternoon about an hour after low 
tide.

We searched Tuesday late afternoon at a rising mid-tide at Providence 
Avenue, and Tidewater Farm, and we coordinated with SC birder Steve 
Patterson as he searched North Meadow, South Meadow and Back Cove.  We 
found an Egretta egret with very, very little yellow in the face, but based 
on the lack of the characteristic two plumes on the hindneck, concluded 
that it was a young Snowy. We visited these same spots virtually all day 
Wednesday except for a mid-day dead-low tide lunch break.  By now there 
were very few egrets of any sort seen at any of these sites at any stage of 
tide. 

This morning (Wednesday) we looked at Providence Ave and Tidewater Farm and 
found only a single distant Egretta, sp? that got away from us flying north 
along the creek that exits at the Tidewater Farm overlook.  

Perhaps there is another feeding area that has attracted the egrets away 
from the original sighting area.

In any event, our thanks to all the kind folks who helped with their 
experiences and their generous nature.  Good birding, friends!

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Subject: Re: Rockland peregrine
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:26:07 -0400
The Hog Island Audon raptor group observed 4 peregrines, including 3 frolicking 
juvs, near the Thomaston cement factory. Given the regularity of peregrines in 
the area, we suspected nesting and our observations confirmed this. The juvs 
were just off the nest as they were too clumsy to land on trees. But they were 
mighty fancy in the air. Beat the Blue Angels cold. Pics to follow. 


Best, Peter


On Jul 16, 2015, at 8:21 AM, Don and Sherry Reimer  
wrote: 


> Yesterday afternoon I witnessed several pigeons being chased down Rockland's 
Main Street at rooftop level. This may be one of the Camden nesters that 
eventually inhabits the downtown sector each mid-summer. With recently reported 
sightings at the Dragon Cement Plant in Thomaston, the falcons seem to 
triangulate between these sites in the general Weskeag vicinity. 

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Subject: Rockland peregrine
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:21:45 +0000
Yesterday afternoon I witnessed several pigeons being chased down Rockland's 
Main Street at rooftop level. This may be one of the Camden nesters that 
eventually inhabits the downtown sector each mid-summer. With recently reported 
sightings at the Dragon Cement Plant in Thomaston, the falcons seem to 
triangulate between these sites in the general Weskeag vicinity. 


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Subject: Re: Re: Little Egret?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:44:06 +0700
Sally and I just saw several in Cambodia yesterday. 
Bill Blauvelt. 

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> On Jul 16, 2015, at 3:14 AM, panteradeath666  wrote:
> 
> Back Cove in Portland also was frequented by the Little Egret, although I've 
not heard any recent reports. 

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Subject: Glossy Ibis in York
From: Tom Olson <sidneyblack AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:38:16 -0700 (PDT)
A pair of Glossy Ibises were working the mud flats off Rte 103 south of the 
Town Docks in York today at 4PM.  First time I have spotted any in York.  
They flew east and I was unable to relocate.

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Subject: Fort Popham
From: Steven Gilchrist <sgilchrist63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:05:03 -0700 (PDT)
 New to the area and a long time birder. Has anyone else seen what I thought 
was a red throated loon today at Fort Popham? A very brave young bird diving 
just feet off the beach area next to the fort. Definite grey head with red 
throat. Is this common to this area? I would appreciate any feedback and 
"hotspots" for birding in the midcoast area. 


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Subject: Re: Little Egret?
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:14:10 -0700 (PDT)
Back Cove in Portland also was frequented by the Little Egret, although I've 
not heard any recent reports. 


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Subject: Little Gull, Laudholm Beach, Wells, 7/14
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:48:30 -0400
Hi all,

Jeannette and I found a rather ratty 1st summer LITTLE GULL on Laudholm Beach 
(accessed via the Wells Reserve at Laudholm) with three Bonaparte's Gulls. We 
observed it between 9 and 9:30. I'll post some phone-binned pics to the store's 
Facebook page this afternoon. 


-Derek

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Subject: Re: Little Egret?
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:06:56 -0700 (PDT)
I received the following very helpful note via e-mail from Tim Fennell:

Charles,

 

Since 7/3, I have looked for the Little Egret three times at high tide and 
two times at low tide. I found it at the end of Providence Avenue each time 
at high tide (including this morning, 7/13 - video from this morning at 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcQktFoER8FMJJLG3hr56NA/videos). Scan 
carefully at this location as the bird can be hidden in the tall grass. The 
gentleman who lives in the house at the end of Providence Avenue is very 
friendly and interested in the egret. 

 

At low tides, I found the bird once at a great distance from the North 
Meadow Trail briefly before it flew up the river/estuary and missed it the 
other time (this afternoon). 

 

I hope this helps. I am not on the Maine list serve so feel free to post 
this if you think others may be interested.

 

Good luck,

Tim Fennell

Round Rock, TX (currently Scarborough, ME)




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>
> I'd appreciate any updates--positive or not--on searches/sightings of the 
> Little Egret.  I have a birding friend from NJ arriving Tuesday afternoon 
> hoping to tick it as he nears 800 ABA-area birds. 
>
> We looked this afternoon at the North Meadow about 17:00-18:00.  The best 
> I can say is that we briefly saw two Egretta egrets side by side in poor 
> light with one slightly larger than the other. 
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Subject: Popham Beach shorebirds - Jul 13
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:05:15 -0400
Looks like the fall migration has begun. This morning, from mid-flood to high 
tide: 


36 Semi Sands all ad.
3 Sanderlings ad.
1 Least Sandpiper  ad.
4 Semi - Plover ad. 
1 B B Plover ad. 
4 Willets (silent) ad. 
1 continuing Spotted Sandpiper ad.
and
6 Piping Plovers (family unit of 5 incl 3 half-grown chicks) 

36 Least Terns; much fish trading; carrying food to unseen chicks in grass  

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Subject: Re: RFI: Searching for the Little Egret
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:32:36 -0700 (PDT)
I see Rob McConnell's good description of North and South Meadows and 
Providence Ave, and can add info here on Tidewater Farm (actually a 
demonstration garden, north of the other sites mentioned). From it, you get 
an excellent view of the bay.  The day we saw the Little Egret there (3 
weeks ago), it was quite close at one point.

To reach this site from US1 in Falmouth, turn onto Clearwater Drive (near 
Walmart) and take the first right, onto Farm Gate Rd.  There is a small 
sign that says Tidewater Farm.  Continue through the expensive housing 
development until you see another such sign pointing left on a dirt road. 
 Follow that dirt road a short distance to its end and park in the spaces 
on the left.  Walk between the shed and an abandoned house along a mowed 
path with a Portland Trails sign.  Go out to the end of the path to get the 
best view.  Our sighting there was about 1-2 hr after low tide.  Otherwise, 
it is either full of water or just a big mudflat.

Best of luck!

--Charles Duncan

On Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 8:35:39 PM UTC-4, Willie D'Anna wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> My wife and I are making a trip from western New York to Hancock, Maine to 
> visit family next week and we wanted to try for the Falmouth Little Egret, 
> assuming it is still in the area. I see that it has been found in four 
> different locations:
>
> North Meadow at Gilsland Farm
> South Meadow at Gilsland Farm
> The end of Providence Avenue
> Tidewater Farm
>
> On Google Maps it looks like the North Meadow trail is accessed from the 
> end of Walcott Ave. Is this correct and is it okay to park on the street 
> there?
>
> The end of Providence Avenue looks very residential. Is there a particular 
> spot where people view from and are the residents okay with birders being 
> there?
>
> Finally, where is Tidewater Farm? I haven't been able to find that on 
> Google Maps.
>
> We won't have a lot of time for the search so I was hoping someone could 
> recommend how we should go about it - for example, try spot A first, spot B 
> second, etc. Is the bird present at these spots at high tide or low tide or 
> somewhere in between?
>
> Thanks in advance for any tips and information.
>
> Good birding!
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