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Phainopeplas,©David Sibley

20 Sep Sears Island (additional) ["Sean Smith" ]
20 Sep Sears Island, Searsport 9/19 ["Sean Smith" ]
19 Sep Monhegan, 9.18-9.19 [Kristen Lindquist ]
19 Sep Re: Carpool to Bar Harbor for Sep 20th Pelagic? [Fyn Kynd ]
19 Sep Talk by Dr. David Wingate [Herb Wilson ]
19 Sep Additional Highlights This Week, 9/13-19 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
19 Sep Hermit thrush [David Small ]
19 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight (Great flight; 16spp warblers), 9/19 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
19 Sep Popham Beach - Fri morning [Michael Fahay ]
19 Sep Female rt hummer in Brooklin [Kimberly Ridley ]
19 Sep Sandhill Cranes [Carina ]
18 Sep Carpool to Bar Harbor for Sep 20th Pelagic? [Fyn Kynd ]
18 Sep h'bird and egrets still at Spurwink Marsh [Nancy ]
18 Sep Laughing Skimmer - Harpswell [Michael Fahay ]
18 Sep RE: Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14) ["Smith, Michael" ]
18 Sep Re: Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14) [rob speirs ]
18 Sep Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14) [Fyn Kynd ]
18 Sep hummer Bowdoinham [Janet Galle ]
18 Sep Schoodic Point Caspian Terns [seth benz ]
17 Sep rt hummingbird here too! [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
17 Sep Monhegan Wednesdat-17 Sep: Cerulean, White-eyed V, Blue Grosbeak [Peter Vickery ]
17 Sep caracara ["Bob Duchesne" ]
17 Sep Re: Hummer roll call []
17 Sep SCTA and 8 sp. of warblers (Searsmont, 9.17.14) [Fyn Kynd ]
17 Sep Popham Beach this morning [Michael Fahay ]
17 Sep swans [Michael Fahay ]
17 Sep RE: Hummer roll call [Sharon F. ]
16 Sep Correction to Belfast Bay census [Ronald Harrell ]
16 Sep Hummer roll call ["'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" ]
16 Sep Cardinal kids ["'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" ]
16 Sep RT hummer - North Haven ["Terry Sprague" ]
16 Sep Ruby-throat [Jeff Wells ]
16 Sep Snow Goose [Sharon F. ]
16 Sep Birding in and around Bangor - September 14 and 15 [Merle and Anne Archie ]
16 Sep Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell [Mike Fahay ]
15 Sep Hmmngbd in Roque Bluffs Sunday 09/14/14 [Carol Muth ]
15 Sep Popham Beach - evening [Michael Fahay ]
15 Sep RTHU...still []
15 Sep tree swallow in Sidney [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
15 Sep 2 female RTHU still visiting feeder in Milo, Piscataquis County [Chris Feairheller ]
15 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/15 - Prothonotary Warbler ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
15 Sep Black Vulture - Great Salt Bay [Jan Pierson ]
15 Sep Popham Beach... [Michael Fahay ]
15 Sep Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell [Mike Fahay ]
15 Sep goose river [Sarah Caputo ]
14 Sep Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell [Cindy Elias ]
14 Sep Pelagic trip out of Hyannis, September 27-28 [Louis Bevier ]
14 Sep Fwd: Sunday on Mt. Agamenticus ["Richard J. Duddy" ]
14 Sep Hummer in SW Harbor today [Craig Kesselheim ]
14 Sep Bar Harbor - Frenchman Bay []
14 Sep Birch Stream [David Small ]
14 Sep Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell [Michael Fahay ]
14 Sep Hummer - North Haven [Chris Feairheller ]
14 Sep Night migrants [Jeff Wells ]
13 Sep Birds and climate change [Norman Famous ]
13 Sep Hummer - North Haven ["Terry Sprague" ]
13 Sep Great Cormorant in Pittsfield [tom A ]
13 Sep Popham [Janet Galle ]
13 Sep Small flight in Searsmont (9.13.14) [Fyn Kynd ]
12 Sep huge migration [Peter Vickery ]
12 Sep Popham Beach this afternoon [Michael Fahay ]
12 Sep Additional Highlights This Week and Shorebird High Counts, 9/7-12 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
12 Sep Seawall and Popham beaches-8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Am Golden-Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Baird's Sandpiper [Peter Vickery ]
12 Sep Belfast Bay census [Ronald Harrell ]
12 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/12. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
12 Sep Upcoming pelagic trip (9/20) and workshop (9/16) [Doug Hitchcox ]
12 Sep Migrants in Searsmont - BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and more (9.12.14) [Fyn Kynd ]
12 Sep Hummingbirds- many moving through ["'Holly and Stephen Torsey' via Maine birds" ]
12 Sep Re: Hummer-K'bunk [Bill Blauvelt ]
12 Sep Hummer-K'bunk [Sharon F. ]
11 Sep Northern Maine Birds: Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Presque Isle [Bill Sheehan ]
11 Sep Little Gull Hersey Cove, Pembroke [Woody Gillies ]
11 Sep Golden Eagle - China [Doug Suitor ]
11 Sep late Bank and Cliff Swallows in Benton Wednesday [Louis Bevier ]
11 Sep Nesting Brown Thrashers [panteradeath666 ]
11 Sep Green heron video [David Small ]

Subject: Sears Island (additional)
From: "Sean Smith" <therefromhere168 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:02:39 -0400
Forgot the 10th warbler... Black & White (3)

Sean Smith

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Subject: Sears Island, Searsport 9/19
From: "Sean Smith" <therefromhere168 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:58:20 -0400
Caught a few pockets of migrants around the island yesterday morning & early 
afternoon (some near the beginning of the causeway, but mostly scattered). 
Activity seemed to pick up as it got warmer. 10 warbler species: 


Nashville            3
N. Parula            6
Chestnut-sided   2
Cape May           1
Bl.-thr. Blue        1
Yellow-rumped   8
Bl.-thr. Green     3
Blackpoll            4
C. Yellowthroat  1

Flocking with them were B-C Chickadee, Solitary Vireo, R-B Nuthatch & Hairy 
Woodpeckers. Had one "Traill's" Flycatcher along with an incessantly-calling 
Eastern Wood-Pewee, which I thought was a bit late. There was also a 
Black-billed Cuckoo calling, almost within sight of the main road. 


Sean Smith



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Subject: Monhegan, 9.18-9.19
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:10:43 -0400
A minor health issue kept me from fully participating in my first full day
of birding this trip, but I can report that there are some interesting
birds out here if not in any numbers. Several Cape May Warblers posed
obligingly in the big spruce overhanging Wharf Rd most of the day. A
Prairie Warbler was a regular near "the crossroads." Philadelphia Vireos
seem to equal Red-eyed in number--I'm probably exaggerating, but I've seen
the same number of both in the past 36 hrs! A Red-headed Woodpecker was fun
to watch in the spruces off Lobster Cove Rd this afternoon. Hummingbirds
are still buzzing around, and yesterday, at least two Baltimore Orioles in
town. At least three Rusty Blackbirds were hanging out near the Meadow.

Also reported by others: Don Reimer and David Gulick spotted a Blue-winged
Warbler this morning at the Ice Pond. Scott Surner caught a glimpse of a
Yellow-breasted Chat on the way to Lobster Cove. Someone else, I'm sorry
I'm forgetting who, saw a Tennessee Warbler on the lilacs in town.

Highlight of the day: Minke Whale repeatedly surfacing off Lobster Cove
this afternoon while we hung out on a bench in the sun--my favorite kind of
whale-watching!

Kristen


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Subject: Re: Carpool to Bar Harbor for Sep 20th Pelagic?
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:34:32 -0700 (PDT)
I figured out a ride, everybody.

Cheers,
Fyn

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Subject: Talk by Dr. David Wingate
From: Herb Wilson <whwilson AT colby.edu>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:11:31 -0400
Hello all,

I am writing to alert you to a talk that Dr. David Wingate will give at
Colby College next Thursday (Sept. 25) at 7:30 PM.  Dr. Wingate has been
instrumental in rescuing the Bermuda Petrel or Cahow from the brink of
extinction.

The title of his talk is "The Ghost Bird of Bermuda: the Long Road Back
from Near Extinction for the Bermuda Petrel".  The talk will be given in
Room 105 in the Keyes Building.  Here is a link to a map of the campus:
http://www.colby.edu/visitors/campus-map/

Keyes is Building 26 on the map.  You should find plenty of convenient
parking in either the Eustis Parking Lot or the Roberts Parking Lot.

I hope to see many of you there.

Best,

Herb

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 9/13-19
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:38:09 -0400
 Hi all,

Just a few additional sighting of note from me over the past seven days, not 
previously reported here, included: 

- 7-8 Black-crowned Night-Herons, Yarmouth Town Landing, 9/13 (with Saturday 
Morning Birdwalk group). 

- 1 continuing juvenile presumed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET HYBRID, 2 late 
Glossy Ibis, and 1 American Bittern, Eastern Rd, Scarborough Marsh, 9/14 (with 
Pat Moynahan). 

- 1 juvenile STILT SANDPIPER, 1 American Golden-Plover, and 1 female Northern 
Pintail, Eastern Rd, Scarborough Marsh, 9/14 (with Pat Moynahan). 

- 29 Killdeer, Rte 237, Gorham, 9/16 (with Jeannette).
- 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Capisic Pond Park, Portland, 9/16 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 4 Lincoln's Sparrows (first of fall), Old Town House Park, North Yarmouth, 
9/18. 


-Derek

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Subject: Hermit thrush
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:02:34 -0400
​This hermit thrush made great company for me during a hike in T3 5MD off
the Stud Mill Road.

Also:
Saw a red-tailed hawk being chased by some crows, juncos, cedar waxwings at
a distance, two juvenile palm warblers and a really nice morning.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h338f17d1#h338f17d1

Cheers,
Dave

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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight (Great flight; 16spp warblers), 9/19
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:24:58 -0700
Hi all,
A great flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. 


6:22-9:30.
36F, Clear, NW 9.2 becoming N 12.4mph.

515 Cedar Waxwings (*Record High)
349 Unidentified
325 Northern Flickers (*3rd highest)
247 Northern Parulas
40 Black-throated Green Warblers
34 Magnolia Warblers
26 Blackpoll Warblers
20 American Redstarts
18 White-throated Sparrows
15 Black-and-white Warblers
13 Yellow Warblers
12 Yellow-rumped Warblers
9 Red-eyed Vireos
8 Palm Warblers (First of fall)
7 Sharp-shinned Hawks (*Record High)
7 Black-throated Blue Warblers
7 American Robins
6 Common Loons
6 Nashville Warblers
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (*tied Record High)
5 Red-breasted Nuthatches
4 Lincoln's Sparrows
4 Rusty Blackbirds (FOF)
4 American Goldfinches
3 Scarlet Tanagers
3 Savannah Sparrows
2 Northern Harriers
2 Ospreys
2 Eastern Phoebes
2 Blue Jays
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets (FOF)
2 Blackburnian Warblers
2 Chipping Sparrows
2 Purple Finches
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 PILEATED WOODPECKER (4th recorded crossing)
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Unidentified Empid
1 Unidentified flycatcher
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Unidentified vireo
1 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (~1/year)
1 Swainson's Thrush
1 Unidentified Catharus
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (5th recorded crossing)
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Cape May Warbler
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Pine Siskin (FOF)
x Common Yellowthroats

Total =  1,727

-Derek

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Subject: Popham Beach - Fri morning
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:04:43 -0400
I believe the total gull age population has decreased somewhat, and I was 
unable to find any Less Backs this morning. But I spent most of my time chasing 
shorebirds around. 2 Merlins are now team-hunting, and are becoming more 
brazen...oblivious to my presence. I used to be a deterrent. 


Highlights:

11 Am Pipits
6 Horned Larks
11 Dunlins
28 SemiPlovers
4 Am Golden Plovers
21 BBPlovers
87 Semi Sands
1 Pectoral sand
1 SBDowitcher
1 LYLegs

etc.


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Subject: Female rt hummer in Brooklin
From: Kimberly Ridley <ridleyk09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:41:20 -0400
Feeding in the phlox. The latest I've ever seen one here!

Kim

Author, THE SECRET POOL, a children's book about vernal pools. Winner, Riverby 
Award, John Burroughs Association, and Lupine Award, Maine Library Association. 
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2014. "Share with budding naturalists or use as an 
excellent guide for a woodland walk..." Kirkus Reviews, starred review. 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Carina <carinahvb7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:56:12 -0700 (PDT)
My friend has seen them often on her commute to and from work. She saw two this 
morning in Raymond on North Raymond Road. They were in a large field. I have a 
picture from her...but don't know the best way to share it on here. 


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Subject: Carpool to Bar Harbor for Sep 20th Pelagic?
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:07:02 -0700 (PDT)
Hey everybody.

I'm in Searsmont (12 miles outside of Belfast) and can get a ride either to 
or from Bar Harbor but probably not both. Anybody around Waldo/Knox County 
going?

Thanks for any help,
Fyn
Searsmont
323-6613

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Subject: h'bird and egrets still at Spurwink Marsh
From: Nancy <nkathleena AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
Hummingbird hanging around the still flowering Rose of Sharon.  Still has 
lots of bud for long term birds.

Egrets still fishing in the vernal pools near Sawyer Rd

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Subject: Laughing Skimmer - Harpswell
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:28:45 -0400
I've seen Laughing Gulls scratching the sand for Horseshoe Crab eggs, I've seen 
them plummet dive on occasion, and I've seen them foraging through stuff in the 
wrack, but this morning was the first time I've ever seen them imitate Black 
Skimmers. 


Two birds (off Stover Pt.) made repeated low skims over an active school of 
breaking bait-fish (sp?) . Although I had jaw-dropping looks at this behavior, 
I never did see the gulls drop their lower mandibles through the fish-mass. If 
a fish had gone airborne, though, I think they might have scored a meal. 


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Subject: RE: Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14)
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:08:15 +0000
It was probably Bob’s pet bird, escaped… ☺

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From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of rob speirs 

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:04 PM
To: Fyn Kynd
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Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14)

Whoa, Mike and Ellie....GOOD ONE !!!! Was Bob Duchesne lurking close by???? Rob 
Cumberland 


On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM, Fyn Kynd 
> wrote: 


[Image removed by 
sender.] 

Mike and Ellie Davis had a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in their yard at 7am 
yesterday (9/17) at Gondola Cove, just south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge - 
images were posted on the Maine Birds Facebook group. 

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Subject: Re: Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14)
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:04:10 -0400
Whoa, Mike and Ellie....GOOD ONE !!!!  Was Bob Duchesne lurking close
by????  Rob Cumberland

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM, Fyn Kynd  wrote:

>
> 
 

> Mike and Ellie Davis had a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in their yard at 7am
> yesterday (9/17) at Gondola Cove, just south of the Penobscot Narrows
> Bridge - images were posted on the Maine Birds Facebook group.
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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker at Gondola Cove (9/17/14)
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:54:32 -0700 (PDT)


 

Mike and Ellie Davis had a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in their yard at 7am 
yesterday (9/17) at Gondola Cove, just south of the Penobscot Narrows 
Bridge - images were posted on the Maine Birds Facebook group.

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Subject: hummer Bowdoinham
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:04:21 -0400
I was harvesting in the garden, 8 a.m. Glad I was there as
a juv? female? ruby-throated hummingbird flashed into
the zinnias. Stayed a moment. Flew into the ash tree and perched.
Latest I have ever seen one.

Also semi-bright colored male rose-breasted grosbeak at the feeder this morning
along with several goldfinches.

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Subject: Schoodic Point Caspian Terns
From: seth benz <stbenz22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:34:09 -0300
A handful of visitors to the SeaWatch at Schoodic Point this morning witnessed 
5 Caspian Terns 

diving into frothy near shore waters. The spectacle was continues, as at least 
two of the birds performed off and on during my two hour stint there. 

Two ruddy turnstones flew in and perched on the rocks and a black-legged 
kittiwake passed by. 

Common loons were also on the move and three white-winged scoters were spotted.
Schoodic Institute's Bird Ecology Program conducts migratory research and 
educational programs in partnership 

with Acadia National Park. SeaWatch, Frazer Point Morning Flight, and Hawk 
Watch on Cadillac are three current monitoring efforts. 


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Subject: rt hummingbird here too!
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:59 -0400
Zipped across the Goodhue Rd into the corn while I was out walking around
6:15 tonight.

Julia
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Subject: Monhegan Wednesdat-17 Sep: Cerulean, White-eyed V, Blue Grosbeak
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:58:10 -0400
The Hog Island migration session was on Monhegan yesterday and today.

Highlights, yesterday one Clay-colored Sparrow, the only Spizella, Yellow-thr, 
Philly, Warbling, Red-eyed vireos. 3 spp. falcons 


Today, birdier: Fairly bright Cerulean Warbler (ph. by Tom Johnson) at the Ice 
Pond, Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed V, 2 Lark Sparrows. 


On the return, 6 Red-necked and 3 Horned grebes, the latter species seemingly 
very early. 


Back on Hog Island.

Best, Peter 

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Subject: caracara
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:32:05 -0400
The famed Crested Caracara was the subject of my Bangor Daily News column
last Saturday.
(http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/12/outdoors/a-crested-caracara-showed-up
-in-unity/). I just received an e-mail saying that the bird was seen in
Unity again, on the Sandy Stream end of town, as recently as Sunday. That
would explain why it's not being seen in Norridgewock.

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Re: Hummer roll call
From: asegel AT colby.edu
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:09:29 -0700 (PDT)
Though my regulars have been gone for a week now, I did have one come 
through the yard here in Unity the morning. It was checking out the Mums 
and Zinnias.

austin


On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:12:34 PM UTC-4, Axe... AT yahoo.com wrote:
>
>
> Present and accounted for-- and quite tame-- at a feeder in Sullivan 
> Saturday and inside Simons' Farm mum house yesterday. 
>
> Mary Lou in Sullivan 
>
>
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Subject: SCTA and 8 sp. of warblers (Searsmont, 9.17.14)
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:43:43 -0700 (PDT)
A small migrant flock was in my yard this morning, the best being great 
looks at a non-breeding male Scarlet Tanager.

The checklist can be viewed here 
.

Good birding,
Fyn
Searsmont, ME 
(207) 323-6613

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Subject: Popham Beach this morning
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:33:31 -0400
I had no trouble at all finding 5 Ad. LessBacks this morning, but did not see 
the 3-cy bird. Nor could I find any Young-of-the-year LessBacks. All 5 were 
within one of three clumps of gullage, and seemed to remain on the Popham side 
this morning. 


2 GBBGulls wore bands on their left legs, and I was able to get the license 
plate numbers (9M4 and 5T1). I don't believe either bird was the runt I saw a 
few days ago. But perhaps all three birds were in the same banding cohort. I'll 
let you know what I find out. 


The Merlin was spotted just as I stepped out of my truck, fleeting glimpse in 
the pines at 7:21. I firmly believe its presence is why a Buffy has not been 
seen at Popham this fall. 


3 Dunlins were feeding along the edge of the lagoon, with a bunch of other 
shorebirds, and all of these were later seen off Green Point (across Atkins 
Bay). However, the 3 Dunlins were accompanied by a Western Sandpiper, which I 
did not see in the lagoon. The 4 of them foraged similarly and together, and 
the Western's bill was only slightly shorter than the Dunlins' (scope views). 


A surprise was a Marsh Wren in the dune grass on New Sand Island, one of 
obviously many passerines in the bushes, road=edges, and trees throughout 
Phippsburg this morning. Oh...and Monarchs were everywhere, especially on the 
goldenrod. 


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Subject: swans
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:41:40 -0400
I began my day at 6:56 this morning, watching the two infamous mute swans 
flying out of Winnegance Lake (Creek), over the causeway, and on up the 
Kennebec toward BIW. 


If you were putting off adding these to whatever list you're keeping, you may 
have missed your window. Just Sayin'. 



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Subject: RE: Hummer roll call
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:27:01 -0400
one young'un at feeder 6 Tues. night in West K'bunk   Sharon in West K.

> Subject: [Maine-birds] Hummer roll call
> From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:12:37 -0400
> To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
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> 
> Present and accounted for-- and quite tame-- at a feeder in Sullivan Saturday 
and inside Simons' Farm mum house yesterday. 

> 
> Mary Lou in Sullivan
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Subject: Correction to Belfast Bay census
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:23:08 -0400
On Friday, Sept. 12, I reported that a red-necked phalarope was seen at the
headwaters of the Passagassawakeag River.  I meant to say that the bird was
seen at the head of tide for that river.

Ron Harrell

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Subject: Hummer roll call
From: "'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:12:37 -0400
Present and accounted for-- and quite tame-- at a feeder in Sullivan Saturday 
and inside Simons' Farm mum house yesterday. 


Mary Lou in Sullivan


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Subject: Cardinal kids
From: "'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:08:53 -0400
At last ! My cardinal pair is at the feeder with three offspring! Not fuzzy 
babies--- teenage punks with spiked Mohawks, but still twittering and begging 
to be fed. Isn't it kind of late in the year? Was there probably an earlier 
brood that either died or I just missed? 


How can I keep them happy enough to stay all winter?

Mary Lou in Sullivan


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Subject: RT hummer - North Haven
From: "Terry Sprague" <tigngump AT midcoast.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:08:22 -0400
For the count - just had a female RT buzz through the garden.

Terry on North Haven

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Subject: Ruby-throat
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:17:04 +0000
To add to the list, we had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in our bee balm 
yesterday in Gardiner. 


Jeff Wells

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Subject: Snow Goose
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:12:26 -0400
Good morning-There is currently a single Snow Goose in amongst a flock of 
Canadian Geese on the University of New England campus in Biddeford. They are 
on the west side of Rte.9 in the field next to the Sokokis dorm. 

   Sharon in West K'bunk/Biddeford  		 	   		  

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Subject: Birding in and around Bangor - September 14 and 15
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:50:38 -0400
We witnessed a good migrant wave during the morning of September 14 at
Fields Pond and the Visitor Center area.  Three species of vireos
(including Philadelphia), 8 species of warblers, at least 5 Eastern
Wood-Pewee in a flock (one calling persistently).  A spiral of 5
Broad-winged Hawks and 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks as well as good looks at a
Woodcock on the Ravine Trail made for good birding.  In the early evening
at Essex Marsh we saw 2 Great Egrets and one Green Heron but not much
passerine activity.

On September 15 we were back at Essex Woods in the early morning and saw 10
species of warblers (with lots of Parulas and an Ovenbird), 3 species of
vireos (including singing Warbling Vireo).  We saw a Merlin fly across
Stillwater Road near the mall!

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:10:38 -0700 (PDT)
Several people have written me, saying they were intimidated by the huge 
iron barrier, seemingly barring access to the Fitzgerald Preserve.  I was 
also intimidated by the ironwork my first visit.  But Steve Walker assured 
me that it does not symbolize a no-access zone.  I just crawl around it on 
the left, or you can opt to walk thru an ATV path that swings around the 
right side.  The access, asphalt road thru the woods, will probably be very 
good bird-wise, at some times or dates.  So don't be in too much of a 
hurry.  



On Monday, September 15, 2014 6:29:28 AM UTC-4, Mike Fahay wrote:
>
> Google Maps:  look for corner of Wilderness Way and the Old Bath Road.  
> When you arrive there, the street signpost will read :  "Lindbergh 
> Landing"  (yes...THAT Lindbergh) NOT Wilderness Way.  
> drive to the end along a field choked with milkweed.  Park at massive 
> steel barrier, walk around it, follow asphalt rd thru the woods to the Info 
> Sign.
>
> If you do eBird, the site is in there as a "Hotspot" named:  Capt. 
> William Fitzgerald Recreation and Conservation Area, Brunswick.  Somebody 
> should do something about shortening that cumbersome moniker.
>
>
>
>
> On Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:33:14 PM UTC-4, Cindy Elias wrote:
>>
>> Could you give more specific info about where the Fitzgerald Preserve is 
>> located?   I can't seem to find any info about it or find it on a De Lorme 
>> - maybe it's too recently opened?  thanks.
>>
>>
>> On Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:40:25 PM UTC-4, Mike Fahay wrote:
>>>
>>> This place (Fitzgerald Preserve) is such a great spot to bird, it won’t 
>>> be long before someone suggests building soccer fields there.  Sorry for 
>>> the cynicism, but I’m from NJ,  where that is most likely what would 
>>> happen.   
>>>
>>> Despite less than advantageous winds overnight, (I think it was Easterly 
>>> when I started here this A.M.), there were a lot of migrant (and local) 
>>> birds around.  Highlights: 
>>> 14 Indigo Buntings - at one point looking at several as many others were 
>>> giving their electric shocks 
>>> 3 House Wrens - I never see 3 of these at once 
>>> Philly Vireo - 2 
>>> BH Vireo - 1 
>>> RC Kinglets - 6 (many ‘cellophane’ calls) 
>>> Palm Warblers- 16, a few pale white-chested, but maybe not westerns 
>>> Prairie Warblers - only 1, a fading adult 
>>> Parula Warb - 1 
>>> Myrtles and CYTs - several of each 
>>> Field Sparrrows - 14 
>>> White throats - 5;  Song Sparrow - only 1 
>>> …and several CWAX, Catbirds, Towhees, No. Flickers, Hairy WP and a TV 
>>>
>>> Conversely, Potts Point (Harpswell) was nearly a bird-free zone.  Strong 
>>> Northerly wind from 10:30 to 11:15.  I found zero passerines on the walk 
>>> thru the village, until the very end, and then only 1 CYT and 2 Song 
>>> Sparrows.  (But 5 Monarch Butterflies)
>>
>>

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Subject: Hmmngbd in Roque Bluffs Sunday 09/14/14
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:06:35 -0400
at potted fllowers

Carol

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Subject: Popham Beach - evening
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:51:58 -0400
We had dinner on the beach at Popham this evening, and were joined by a birder 
from NYState and another birder from Tennessee. Immediately across a shallow 
slip of high-tide-water from us, a gull flock gathered. 3 adults and 1 3rd 
cycle Lesser Black-backed landed together, and stuck together while we photo'd 
and looked for more. Still have not seen the young-of-the-year LessBacks. 


Forgot to mention from this morning, that I have photos of a very small 
black-backed gull that has 3 bands on the left leg, 1 band on the right. It is 
an adult, difficult to ascertain leg color (maybe yellowish-pink) but streaks 
on the nape indicating the winter hood. The back seems very black, and I can't 
really see a contrast between the mantle and the wing-tips. . The black 
tertials have a very narrow white margin. It's so tiny it must be a less-back, 
but the back seems very black. Perhaps the banding protocol will unravel this 
bird. 


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Subject: RTHU...still
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:29:49 -0400
9/15/14 Six Ruby-throats still working the flowers at Thuya Gardens in 
Northeast Harbor today. The butterfly plantings had several Monarchs and there 
are still Monarch caterpillars munching away but most likely are way too late 
to develop before the cold gets them. 

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Subject: tree swallow in Sidney
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:27:10 -0400
A lone and late tree swallow was sitting on a wire near the Bacon Farm
today in Sidney.

Julia

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Subject: 2 female RTHU still visiting feeder in Milo, Piscataquis County
From: Chris Feairheller <birdmancrf AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:55:07 -0700 (PDT)
As of 540 pm there were 2 female ruby throated hummingbirds still visiting the 
feeders. Not sure if resident or migrants. Will keep feeders up another week to 
catch any straggllers. 


Chris Feairheller

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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/15 - Prothonotary Warbler
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:46:11 -0700
 Hi all,

A disappointingly light flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, 
Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this morning. 


Of course, any complaints about the light flight were alleviated by the 
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER that visited the point. Two earlier, tantalizing but 
frustratingly brief views of bright yellow bird uttering an unfamiliar call 
note were bugging me until the bird's third visit to the "Magic Elm." I had a 
brief, diagnostic look just as it departed the tree and headed into shrubs 
along the path to the water. I alerted Becky Marvil, et al, who soon spotted 
the bird. I raced down from the bridge and managed two horrific, but 
diagnostic, photos. This was my second record of PROW at Sandy Point, the first 
way back in 2006. Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird. 


 6:18-8:30am.
44F, Partly cloudy, NNW 3.2mph becoming N 7.1mph and clearing.

79 Unidentified
63 Northern Parulas
29 Cedar Waxwings
23 American Redstarts
6 Blackpoll Warblers
5 Black-throated Green Warblers
4 Northern Flickers
4 Yellow Warblers
4 Chipping Sparrows
4 White-throated Sparrows
3 Blue Jays
2 Ospreys
2 Semipalmated Plovers
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
2 Red-eyed Vireos
2 Nashville Warblers
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 American Robin
1 Canada Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch
x Common Yellowthroats

T=244

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Subject: Black Vulture - Great Salt Bay
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson AT fieldguides.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:57:55 -0400
Hi all:

Peter Vickery just called to report that he and Tom Johnson and their group 
from the Hog Island Audubon program just had a Black Vulture soaring 
northeastward with three Turkey Vultures over Great Salt Bay (terminus of the 
Damariscotta River in Newcastle/Damariscotta). Perhaps heading toward 
Camden-Rockport? 


Good luck chasing!

Best to all,
Jan

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Subject: Popham Beach...
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:51:21 -0400
...was somewhat frustrating this morning. Heard a semi plover and looked up to 
find it in the stratosphere. A swallow was flying with it. One of the colorful 
ones (barn, cliff, or cave.) Had no tail streamers, and no white tail spots. So 
Cliff (late) or Cave (early). Circled the west end of lagoon and seemed to 
settle down there. Swallows often perch on the corpses of long-dead trees 
stranded in the lagoon, but not this one, apparently. I searched hard, but 
never saw this bird again. 


Also scanned through the gull flock, which was fairly well consolidated this 
morning on Popham Beach or over near the Morse R. mouth. I could only find 2 
adult Less Backs. Unable to find any young-of-the-year Less Backs. 


Among the very few shorebirds at the lagoon, were 2 Golden Plovers among a 
dozen BBPlovers. When the latter split for Atkins Bay (Low Tide on the 
mudflats) the goldens remained. So there's a behavioral difference between the 
2. Heard an incoming Baird's Sandpiper, then saw it circle the lagoon until 
settling right next to one of the golden plovers. Tried to get a decent photo 
of the 2 of them standing next to each other, but didn't do very well. 


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Subject: Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:29:28 -0700 (PDT)
Google Maps:  look for corner of Wilderness Way and the Old Bath Road.  
When you arrive there, the street signpost will read :  "Lindbergh 
Landing"  (yes...THAT Lindbergh) NOT Wilderness Way.  
drive to the end along a field choked with milkweed.  Park at massive steel 
barrier, walk around it, follow asphalt rd thru the woods to the Info Sign.

If you do eBird, the site is in there as a "Hotspot" named:  Capt. William 
Fitzgerald Recreation and Conservation Area, Brunswick.  Somebody should do 
something about shortening that cumbersome moniker.




On Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:33:14 PM UTC-4, Cindy Elias wrote:
>
> Could you give more specific info about where the Fitzgerald Preserve is 
> located?   I can't seem to find any info about it or find it on a De Lorme 
> - maybe it's too recently opened?  thanks.
>
>
> On Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:40:25 PM UTC-4, Mike Fahay wrote:
>>
>> This place (Fitzgerald Preserve) is such a great spot to bird, it won’t 
>> be long before someone suggests building soccer fields there.  Sorry for 
>> the cynicism, but I’m from NJ,  where that is most likely what would 
>> happen.   
>>
>> Despite less than advantageous winds overnight, (I think it was Easterly 
>> when I started here this A.M.), there were a lot of migrant (and local) 
>> birds around.  Highlights: 
>> 14 Indigo Buntings - at one point looking at several as many others were 
>> giving their electric shocks 
>> 3 House Wrens - I never see 3 of these at once 
>> Philly Vireo - 2 
>> BH Vireo - 1 
>> RC Kinglets - 6 (many ‘cellophane’ calls) 
>> Palm Warblers- 16, a few pale white-chested, but maybe not westerns 
>> Prairie Warblers - only 1, a fading adult 
>> Parula Warb - 1 
>> Myrtles and CYTs - several of each 
>> Field Sparrrows - 14 
>> White throats - 5;  Song Sparrow - only 1 
>> …and several CWAX, Catbirds, Towhees, No. Flickers, Hairy WP and a TV 
>>
>> Conversely, Potts Point (Harpswell) was nearly a bird-free zone.  Strong 
>> Northerly wind from 10:30 to 11:15.  I found zero passerines on the walk 
>> thru the village, until the very end, and then only 1 CYT and 2 Song 
>> Sparrows.  (But 5 Monarch Butterflies)
>
>

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Subject: goose river
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:35:28 +0000
Canoe trip up part of the Goose river today, Belfast - fair weather, stiff 
headwind. 


GB Heron
Mallards
Wood ducks (many)
Solitary Sandpiper (4)
Belted Kingfisher - lone male
Song Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Common Nighthawk
Osprey
Am. Crow
Am. Goldfinch
Cedar Waxwings


 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell
From: Cindy Elias <binkcind AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:33:14 -0700 (PDT)
Could you give more specific info about where the Fitzgerald Preserve is 
located?   I can't seem to find any info about it or find it on a De Lorme 
- maybe it's too recently opened?  thanks.


On Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:40:25 PM UTC-4, Mike Fahay wrote:
>
> This place (Fitzgerald Preserve) is such a great spot to bird, it won’t be 
> long before someone suggests building soccer fields there.  Sorry for the 
> cynicism, but I’m from NJ,  where that is most likely what would happen.   
>
> Despite less than advantageous winds overnight, (I think it was Easterly 
> when I started here this A.M.), there were a lot of migrant (and local) 
> birds around.  Highlights: 
> 14 Indigo Buntings - at one point looking at several as many others were 
> giving their electric shocks 
> 3 House Wrens - I never see 3 of these at once 
> Philly Vireo - 2 
> BH Vireo - 1 
> RC Kinglets - 6 (many ‘cellophane’ calls) 
> Palm Warblers- 16, a few pale white-chested, but maybe not westerns 
> Prairie Warblers - only 1, a fading adult 
> Parula Warb - 1 
> Myrtles and CYTs - several of each 
> Field Sparrrows - 14 
> White throats - 5;  Song Sparrow - only 1 
> …and several CWAX, Catbirds, Towhees, No. Flickers, Hairy WP and a TV 
>
> Conversely, Potts Point (Harpswell) was nearly a bird-free zone.  Strong 
> Northerly wind from 10:30 to 11:15.  I found zero passerines on the walk 
> thru the village, until the very end, and then only 1 CYT and 2 Song 
> Sparrows.  (But 5 Monarch Butterflies)

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Subject: Pelagic trip out of Hyannis, September 27-28
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:05:57 -0400
Maine birders:

After an extremely successful August boat trip to the continental shelf waters 
south of Cape Cod, the Brookline Bird Club is running another overnight pelagic 
from 27-28 September. This is a fantastic opportunity to look for uncommon and 
rare warm-water species like White-faced and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, 
Audubon's Shearwater, Black-capped and potentially other Pterodroma petrels, 
and more widespread pelagic species like jaegers, skuas, and shearwaters. These 
trips have a fantastic track record over the years and have also turned up such 
mega-rarities as Barolo Shearwater and Red-billed Tropicbird and other marine 
life like Whale Shark and Blue Whale. 


There are still several spots available on the boat, and it would be great to 
have some other Maine birders aboard! Please see the below message from trip 
organizer Ida Giriunas for more information about signing up. 


Cheers,

Luke Seitz 


>  
> Brookline Bird Club EXTREME PELAGIC TRIP SEPTEMBER 27,28, 2014 HYANNIS, MA
> TO HYDROGRAPHER,VEACHES,ATLANTIS CANYON AREA:  5:30 AM SATURDAY - 6PM SUNDAY
> for WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL, Band-Rumped and, Leach's Storm-Petrel,5
> Shearwater species (including possible BAROLO), 3 Jaeger species, terns,
> gulls and sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, bridled tern, other rarities.
> Cost:  $295 BBC Members,  $310  non-members
>  
> Still 8 spots left. We have an opportunity to rerun the recent very 
successful Extreme 

> Pelagic trip in August at the end of September. The birds seen in August were 
the 

> White-faced Storm-petrel, Black-capped Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird,
> dozens of Audubon's shearwaters, a few Band-rumped storm-petrels, a few
> Leach's Storm-petrels and a SOUTH POLAR SKUA as well as our common
> shearwaters, jaegers and phalaropes.  Also seen was a WHALE SHARK and a
> TIGER SHARK.  We have Master birders Nick Bonomo, Steve Mirick, Luke Seitz  
> and special guest, Brian Patteson leading the trip.
> Our boat, the HELEN H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat
> with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of
> chum to attract the birds. There is a full galley with excellent
> food at reasonable prices.  Parking is free.
> Contact Ida Giriunas from the Brookline Bird Club at:   
> (781-929-8772) for further information and a waiver form.

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Subject: Fwd: Sunday on Mt. Agamenticus
From: "Richard J. Duddy" <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:02:26 -0400
I went up to Mt. Agamenticus today. It was a little slow. Below is Don
Green's report on the day.

Turk Duddy
Cape Porpoise


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Sunday on Mt. Agamenticus
Date: 	Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:32:16 -0400
From: 	donald green 
To: 	Ann Kimball , Paul Lacourse
, "R.J. Duddy" , Dave
Tucker , Heather Parker
, Cathy Clark , Robin
Kerr , Scott Cronenweth
, Scott Santino ,
De Constants , Michael + Amy Reeve
, Chris Yaun , BW bwsept
, Ginger Laurits , Judd Nathan
, Dan Gardogvi , Roger
C , Maggie Wittner , Lionel
Quirion , Marcia Tingley 
CC: 	donald green 



Dear Raptor Watchers,

 Today on Agamentcus, bright sun, few clouds, fall-like temperatures, decent 
(but suboptimal) northwest winds were enjoyed by a dozen watchers (among them, 
Dave Tucker, Ruth Arrington, Chris Yuan, Cathy Clark. Eddie Woodin, Turk Duddy, 
Robin Kerr , as as well as a large Sunday group of interested visitors. The 
mostly cloud-free day brought us a variety of birds but a dearth of broadwings. 
The surprise of the day was a migrating nighthawk which foraged among Turkey 
Vultures and a Sharp-shinned Hawk while migrating to the southwest. Raptors 
were counted from 9:00AM->2:00 PM: 

 
5 Turkey Vultures - seen at one time, although we never lacked from one or more 
in the sky. 

5 Osprey 
1 Bald eagle- an adult bird seen well.
9 Northern Harrier - 9
20 - Sharp-shinned Hawks
1 Red-Shouldered Hawk 
2 Broad-winged Hawk . migrating hours apart. When will we see them in typical 
numbers? 

2 Red-tailed Hawk. Likely resident birds
9 American Kestrels 
2 Merlins

In addition to :
1 Nighthawk (probably the only one I've ever seen feeding in the early 
afternoon). 

2 Ravens
3 Bluebirds
3 Cedar Waxwings
4 Monarch Butterflies

Sincerely,  Don Green





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Subject: Hummer in SW Harbor today
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:31 -0600
Hi all -- MDI has a hummingbird or two still, as of today.

Craig K
SW Harbor

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Subject: Bar Harbor - Frenchman Bay
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:49:07 -0400
Sunday 9/14
 On 9/13 we had our first large flock of subadult male Common Eiders show up in 
Frenchman Bay. We have had more hatching year birds than the past couple of 
years and almost no adult males since early August. 

     Common Loon numbers are increasing daily in all areas of the bay.
 There has been a steady movement of individual Kingfishers daily over the past 
week. 

 A hummingbird passed over the boat on 9/13 and there is one at my feeder in 
Bar Harbor as of today 9/14. 

     The majority of Black Guillemots are in winter plumage as of this date.
     Four Black Scoters were at Egg Rock at the mouth of the bay on 9/12.
 Vee's of 10-20 Canada Geese are also passing down the coast this past week. 

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Subject: Birch Stream
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:00:43 -0400
​Canoed Birch Stream from Rt.116 to Interstate bridge. Got a photo of this
broad-winged hawk. Was accompanied up stream be a great blue heron and a
belted kingfisher. Saw two least sandpipers and lots of blue jays. Nice
paddle.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h32ffbbba#h32ffbbba

Cheers,
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Subject: Fitzgerald Preserve - Brunswick & Potts Point, Harpswell
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:40:22 -0400
This place (Fitzgerald Preserve) is such a great spot to bird, it won't be long 
before someone suggests building soccer fields there. Sorry for the cynicism, 
but I'm from NJ, where that is most likely what would happen. 


Despite less than advantageous winds overnight, (I think it was Easterly when I 
started here this A.M.), there were a lot of migrant (and local) birds around. 
Highlights: 

14 Indigo Buntings - at one point looking at several as many others were giving 
their electric shocks 

3 House Wrens - I never see 3 of these at once
Philly Vireo - 2
BH Vireo - 1
RC Kinglets - 6 (many 'cellophane' calls)
Palm Warblers- 16, a few pale white-chested, but maybe not westerns
Prairie Warblers - only 1, a fading adult
Parula Warb - 1
Myrtles and CYTs - several of each
Field Sparrrows - 14
White throats - 5;  Song Sparrow - only 1
...and several CWAX, Catbirds, Towhees, No. Flickers, Hairy WP and a TV 

Conversely, Potts Point (Harpswell) was nearly a bird-free zone. Strong 
Northerly wind from 10:30 to 11:15. I found zero passerines on the walk thru 
the village, until the very end, and then only 1 CYT and 2 Song Sparrows. (But 
5 Monarch Butterflies) 


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Subject: Hummer - North Haven
From: Chris Feairheller <birdmancrf AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:41:14 -0700 (PDT)
Lamenting the absence of hummers to my dog while outside this am, a female RTHU 
came cruising in to say, "not so fast!" At least one still here in Milo at 0935 
on Sunday. 


Chris Feairheller

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Subject: Night migrants
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:36:30 +0000
Listening tonight in Gardiner for 15 minutes around 10 PM I was hearing 10-30 
nocturnal flight calls per minute including some Swainson's Thrushes which are 
the ones that sound like spring peepers. 


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Subject: Birds and climate change
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:58:14 -0500
Hi folks,

These links and the attached report (photo deleted) may be of interest.

*State of the Birds** Report Assesses Bird Health *

*9 September 2014* – North American bird populations are declining in
several key habitats, according to *The State of the Birds 2014
*. (http://www.stateofthebirds.org/) In
addition to assessing population trends, the authors created a “Watch List”
of 230 bird species that are currently endangered or at risk of becoming
endangered without significant conservation help. Fortunately, the report
also reveals that bird populations are recovering in areas where a strong
conservation investment has been made.
   The report was prepared by the U.S. Committee of the North American Bird
Conservation Initiative, a 23-member partnership of government agencies and
organizations dedicated to advancing bird conservation. The scientists
analyzed four decades of data from several continental-scale monitoring
programs, including the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the
Christmas Bird Count. Bird Studies Canada thanks all those who participate
in our Citizen Science programs – your contributions make reports like this
and the *State of Canada’s Birds * (
http://stateofcanadasbirds.org/) possible!

*New Birds and Climate Change Report Released *

*9 September 2014* – A new study warns that global warming is a serious
threat to nearly half of the bird species in the continental United States
and Canada. According to Audubon’s *Birds and Climate Change Report
* (http://climate.audubon.org/) , 314 North
American bird species will lose more than 50% of their current ranges by
2080. The study predicts that 126 of those species will lose more than 50%
of their current ranges by 2050, with no possibility of moving elsewhere if
global warming continues on its current trajectory.

   Visit the *BirdLife International website

* 

(

http://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/climate-change-threatens-314-north-american-bird-species) 

to learn more. Bird Studies Canada is a Canadian co-partner in BirdLife
International, the world’s largest conservation alliance for nature and
people. Audubon is the U.S. BirdLife partner.
​Enjoy.

Good birding,

Norm​

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Subject: Hummer - North Haven
From: "Terry Sprague" <tigngump AT midcoast.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:32 -0400
For the count – a female hummer in my garden this morning. 

Terry – North Haven – midcoast – Knox Cty.

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Subject: Great Cormorant in Pittsfield
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:14:37 -0700 (PDT)
On the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Farm & Habitat paddle today the 
birding highlight was an immature Great Cormorant on the Sebaticook River 
in Douglas Pond just north or Rt 95.  It was good enough to pose for photos 
(posted on eBird).
 
Good birding,
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Subject: Popham
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:37:57 -0400
Over 500 Great black-backed gulls still at Popham today.
I counted them last Saturday along with 95 ring-billed gulls. It seems
like the same number are concentrated near the Morse River.
Small flocks of semi-palmated plovers and semi sandpipers.

Very, very windy. Most of the birds hunkered down.
I didn't luck out with any of the LBBG that Peter and Mike saw, but
it was still a beautiful day to be at the beach.

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Subject: Small flight in Searsmont (9.13.14)
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:28:02 -0700 (PDT)
Nothing to exciting but nice to see migrants around.

The full list can be viewed here 
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Good birding,
Fyn
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Subject: huge migration
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:25:39 -0400
Lots of birds overhead tonight, go out and listen and perhaps catch the aurora, 
of which, nothing here thus far. 


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Subject: Popham Beach this afternoon
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:36:00 -0400
...after Peter V and I had fun photo-ing a Hudwit in the lagoon, Peter split 
for Seawall, while I took a nap on a log. Later, while I was happily taking 
photos of the same (?) Hudwit, plus 2 Dunlins, 11 BBPlovers, and a few peeps 
foraging together in the surf zone, an adult Peregrine Falcon flew in off the 
Gulf of Maine, and busted up the group. As if foraging peeps don't have enough 
to worry about, with the continuing Merlin getting bolder and bolder, now this 
guy shows up. Photos on flickr. 


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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week and Shorebird High Counts, 9/7-12
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:33:06 -0400
Hi all,
Just two tidbits in addition to what I have previously posted:
- 4 adult SANDHILL CRANES, Mayall Rd, Gray/New Gloucester, 9/11. 
- 1 American Pipit (first of fall), Back Cove, Portland, 9/12.

And my shorebird high counts this week were as follows (great diversity and 
solid, seasonable numbers): 

Black-bellied Plover: ~100, The Pool, Biddeford, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER:2 adults, Biddeford Pool Beach, Biddeford, 9/7 (with 
Kristen Lindquist). 

Semipalmated Plover: ~100, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Killdeer: 1, Isle of Shoals on NH Audubon Pelagic, 9/8.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: 4 (continuing family group), Hill's Beach, Biddeford, 
9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist). 

Greater Yellowlegs: 28, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 9/10.
Lesser Yellowlegs: 23, Wharton Point, 9/10.
Spotted Sandpiper: 1, several locations.
Whimbrel: 6, The Pool, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Ruddy Turnstone: 10, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Red Knot: 12, The Pool, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist), plus 5 juv., Wharton 
Point, 9/10. 

Sanderling: 77, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 450+, The Pool, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
WESTERN SANDPIPER: 1 possibly continuing juvenile, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 
(with Kristen Lindquist). 

Least Sandpiper: 125, Eastern Rd, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
White-rumped Sandpiper: 14 adults, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen 
Lindquist). 

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Pectoral Sandpiper: 1, Eastern Rd, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Dunlin: 2 juveniles (FOY), Biddeford Pool Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
STILT SANDPIPER: 4 juveniles, Eastern Rd, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER: 1, Hill's Beach, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
Short-billed Dowitcher: 15, Eastern Rd, 9/7 (with Kristen Lindquist).
HENDERSONII SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: 1 adult, Eastern Rd, 9/7 (with Kristen 
Lindquist). 


-Derek

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Subject: Seawall and Popham beaches-8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Am Golden-Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Baird's Sandpiper
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:13:32 -0400
I birded Popham starting at 11 and saw 2 Lesser Black-nacked Gulls, a crisp juv 
Hudsonian Godwit, and juv Baird's Sandpiper among more expected birds. Mike 
Fahay joined me for some of the fun. 


I then went over to Seawall Beach and came across 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 
I carefully counted 5 adult LBBG, all with bright yellow legs and glowing 
bills, 1 third year/cycle bird with a bit of black in the bill, and 2 crisp, 
long-winged juvs, fancy in this plumage. I went back and forth several times to 
make I wasn't double counting but I've never seen anything like these numbers 
in Maine. Also a juv Am Golden-Plover, Dunlin, and an adult Peregrine, thanks 
for pointing Mike! 


LBBGs tend to show up at this time of year but I don't know why there are so 
many here. If you're interested in studying this species, I'd go to Popham at 
high or just after high tide and walk all the way to the Morse River. There's a 
huge gull concentrate, more Great Bl-backs than I can remember. That's also 
where the godwit and most other shorebirds were foraging. Also 15-20+ Gray 
Seals offshore with the smaller Harbor Seals. 


Splendid day to be outdoors.

Best, Peter

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Subject: Belfast Bay census
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:05:13 -0400
   We are beginning our third winter season of censusing Belfast Bay
approximately every two weeks.  For our first census we had a Red-necked
Phalarope.  The complete census can be found on ebird at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19810322

Ron Harrell

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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/12.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:31:38 -0700
Hi all,

A moderate flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. 


6:15-8:20.
50F, Mostly clear, very light WNW to lt-mod NNW.

289 Unidentified
222 Northern Parulas
52 Blackpoll Warblers
32 Cedar Waxwings
23 Black-throated Green Warblers
7 American Redstarts
6 American Goldfinches
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
3 Black-and-white Warblers
2 Yellow Warblers
2 Bay-breasted Warblers
2 Magnolia Warblers
2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Osprey (deemed migrating; 5+ foraging).
1 Merlin 
1 Least Flycatcher
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin 
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Baltimore Oriole

Total = 654

-Derek
 
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Subject: Upcoming pelagic trip (9/20) and workshop (9/16)
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:15:54 -0400
Hey Maine-birders:

I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of Maine Audubon’s upcoming pelagic 
trip out of Bar Harbor on Saturday, September 20th. Aboard the Friendship V, we 
will head out to various ledges and towards the mouth of the Bay of Fundy in 
search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, phalaropes, jaegers, (dare I say the 
s-word?), and more! Details can be found at: 
http://maineaudubon.org/events/bar-harbor-pelagic-trip-3/ 


To get us all prepared and ready to identify these pelagic species, Louis 
Bevier will present a ‘pelagic primer’ on Tuesday, September 16th, at 
Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Even if you can’t attend the trip, this will be a 
worthwhile presentation for anyone interested in these birds. More information 
is available at: http://maineaudubon.org/events/pelagic-primer/ 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Hollis, ME

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Subject: Migrants in Searsmont - BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and more (9.12.14)
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:20:11 -0700 (PDT)
In just under 30 minutes I had 25 sp. (of which there were 8 warbler 
species) in my yard this morning. The best of which was a BLUE-WINGED 
WARBLER. Then all of a sudden, they were gone, on to the next stop.

The full checklist can be viewed here 
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Good birding,
Fyn
Searsmont


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Subject: Hummingbirds- many moving through
From: "'Holly and Stephen Torsey' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:46:02 -0700
 We've seen groups of 6-12 or so two or more times a day for the last week, 
stopping to feed on nectar in feeders and flowers planted for them. Mostly 
juvenile in appearance, but saw at least one adult female. 


Holly & Stephen Torsey, Whitefield, Maine

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Subject: Re: Hummer-K'bunk
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:40:38 -0400
We one in our yard last night too.

Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM, Sharon F.  wrote:

> Hummingbird at 6:30 this A.M.    Sharon in West Kennebunk
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Subject: Hummer-K'bunk
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:27:55 -0400
Hummingbird at 6:30 this A.M.    Sharon in West Kennebunk 		 	   		  

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Presque Isle
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:07:53 -0400
This evening, after work, I found several hundred newly arrived gulls
walking around the fields near the Presque Isle Airport... apparently
feeding on nightcrawlers and other inverts flooded out by today's rains.
 The gulls were predominantly Herring and Ring-billed but there were at
least three adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the flock.

While watching these, a Whimbrel flushed from among the gulls and flew
directly over me.  The bird circled a couple times and returned to the
ground on the back side of the runway--out of sight.  A rare find in
northern Maine.

I also had some latest-ever records for me earlier this week.

Last night (9/10) I saw a Common Nighthawk over Route 1 in Caribou and
earlier that day, I heard an Eastern Wood Pewee in the Woodland Bog
Preserve.  Both were later than any others I'd detected in the county
previously.   On Tuesday (the 9th) I had a late Great-crested Flycatcher
vocalizing in my yard.  The bird only stayed for a few minutes and then
moved out, southward.

Numbers of Canada Geese and other waterfowl appear to be increasing
locally.  LImestone is now sporting flocks of over 500 geese and the
Collins Pond flock now numbers over 300.  Collins Pond (Caribou) is good
for 20+ Northern Shovelers and similar numbers of Green-winged and
Blue-winged Teal.  My first of fall Northern Pintail was found here
yesterday too.

Good birding

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Subject: Little Gull Hersey Cove, Pembroke
From: Woody Gillies <cwgillies AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:45:06 -0700 (PDT)
An adult Little Gull was seen on Hersey Cove in Pembroke feeding with 500+ 
Bonaparte Gulls at low tide last night at 5:45 pm. I had good views of the 
bird standing next to Bonaparte Gulls on the flats and also in flight as it 
flew from the center of the cove to the east end. Thanks to Chris Bartlett 
and Peter Vickery for their excellent id help with Little Gulls in Head 
Harbor Passage a few weeks ago. The ebird report of the sighting is at 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19802488

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Subject: Golden Eagle - China
From: Doug Suitor <dougsuitor AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:13:11 -0400
A coworker and I had an adult Golden Eagle (will post details on
ebird) at the north end of China Lake. We were at the boat ramp on NE
end of China Lake and saw the eagle circling down from the north. It
did a couple passes overhead when it hit the lake edge then moved back
north. Might be worth checking the Clinton Flood Farm.

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Woolwich, ME

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Subject: late Bank and Cliff Swallows in Benton Wednesday
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:26:19 -0400
A flock of 40+ swallows was working recently hayed fields in Benton farmland 
yesterday. Nearly all the birds were in juvenile plumage and included several 
Bank and Cliff Swallows among 2-3 dozen Barn Swallows. The Barn Swallows were 
also foraging in crab apples bordering the fields. Perhaps some of the 
displaced insects from the fields were in those shrubs and trees, attracting 
the swallows. It is getting late for this number of swallows here, especially 
the Bank and Cliff. List and some photos here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19790552 


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Subject: Nesting Brown Thrashers
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:37:23 -0700 (PDT)
I use to work on Damariscove Island, in Boothbay Harbor for the Boothbay 
Regional Land Trust, as a caretaker. I was there for 3 summers. 2009-11. I know 
Brown Thrashers nested there during my time there and assume they still do. And 
what a magical place. 


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Subject: Green heron video
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:25:50 -0400
​Some of you might enjoy seeing this short video clip of a green heron
preening at Essex St. Marsh. Note the vehicles passing on the interstate,
not far away!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GapAEjVjjEA&list=UUzbXYEZ49B1GuDpUZsuQfhg

Cheers,
Dace

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