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Lucifer Hummingbird,©Sophie Webb

27 Feb American bald eagle [David Small ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Seth Davis ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Stuart Johnson ]
27 Feb Song Sparrow in York! [Dan Gardoqui ]
27 Feb Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation [David Small ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
26 Feb RE: Great Gray owl ["Robert O'Connell" ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray owl [Scott Creamer ]
26 Feb Great Gray owl [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Turkey Vultures ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Great Gray owl [Rob O'Connell ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Sean Hatch ]
26 Feb Turkey Vultures, Round 2 [Kristen Lindquist ]
26 Feb Snow Goose, etc. ["'john tobin' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Sarah Caputo ]
26 Feb WebberPond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
26 Feb Great Grey Owl ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Small Flock of Pine Grosbeaks [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Re: Grey owl [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Fox Sparrow - Yarmouth ["Becky Marvil" ]
26 Feb Lubec arrivals ["Jennifer Multhopp" ]
26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds [Nancy McReel ]
26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Joanne Stevens ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb RW Blackbirds ["'Pete Darling' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Merlin in Brunswick [Jan Pierson ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl [David Small ]
25 Feb red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk [Sharon F. ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb [Carol Muth ]
25 Feb blackbirds [kathys ]
25 Feb Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird [Ed Gervais ]
25 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Hope [Thomas Ingraham ]
25 Feb C. Goldeneye, robins ["'Barbara' via Maine birds" ]
25 Feb Great Gray Owl [Bruce Bartrug ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Mourning Doves [David Lewis ]
24 Feb Maine Birds [Aloyse Lsrrsbee ]
24 Feb Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 Feb Iceland gulls Portland [Janet Galle ]
24 Feb Scarborough Marsh Spring Migrants, 2/24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 Feb Re: Great Grey [David Lewis ]
24 Feb Bald Eagles in Holden [LNO/MWA ]
23 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
24 Feb Re: Great Grey [Sarah Caputo ]
23 Feb Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
23 Feb Birds this week [Aletha Boyle ]
23 Feb Great Grey [Logan Parker ]
23 Feb Great Grey ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
23 Feb Black-capped chickadee [David Small ]
23 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 []
23 Feb Surf Scooter, etc ["J. Michael" ]
23 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
23 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
22 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
22 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds in Cape Neddick ["Linda Scotland" ]
21 Feb Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1 ["Becky Marvil" ]
21 Feb Re: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics ["'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" ]
20 Feb 370 Bohemians in Dresden [Sean Hatch ]
19 Feb Purple sandpipers [David Small ]
19 Feb Re: Belmont Feeders & Field [David Lewis ]
19 Feb Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
18 Feb Re: Belmont Feeders & Field [Scott Richardson ]
18 Feb Re: Great cormorants? [Seth Davis ]
18 Feb 370 Bohemians in Dresden [Peter Vickery ]
18 Feb Re: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics [Meghan Wakefield ]
18 Feb Webber Pond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
18 Feb Great cormorants? ["M. Calien Lewis" ]
18 Feb Belmont Feeders & Field [David Lewis ]
18 Feb Pemaquid buntings ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]

Subject: American bald eagle
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:26:02 -0500
I caught this guy looking out over the Penobscot River in Old Town this
morning. Two weeks ago there was a peregrine falcon on the same perch...no
camera with me that time.
http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8461a43d#h8461a43d

Cheersđź“·,
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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:02:17 -0800 (PST)
Many people have reported this bird actively hunting/eating prey, so this 
tells me the bird is not distressed to the point of what many are so keen 
to call "harassment". I very much believe and abide by birding ethics, but 
to be honest people need to lighten up, standing in a field taking pictures 
(provided that field is not private property) is not harassment. How many 
times has the bird flushed as a result of photographers getting closer? I 
honestly don't know as I haven't gone and seen this one, but people running 
around saying that photographers are harassing the bird when A. it's still 
performing a life maintenance behaviors, B. not being flushed, and C. 
continuing to stay in the same location all indicate that this bird is not 
distressed. Again, lighten up and enjoy the bird. If you see someone acting 
inappropriately ask them to stop, but from all accounts that I have heard 
(and seen with the previous Great Gray in Milford) people are NOT harassing 
the bird. 

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:15:05 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky 
wrote:
>
> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins!  Plus I haven't 
> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and 
> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to 
> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch. 
>
> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least 
> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the 
> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you. 
>
> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the 
> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a 
> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl?  I thought the whole 
> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance.  Talk about 
> overcompensation!  Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here 
> in search of food??!  Who does that?  Well, now we know. 
>
>

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Stuart Johnson <johnson.stuart.c AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:35:41 -0500
Just imagine the sheer terror that owl felt when it saw people getting of
their cars over 500 feet away, watching them march closer and closer. The
poor owl frozen in fear as the "long lens" got to within inches of its
beak. That owl, moments away from death from heart failure, pecking that
"long lens" to see if it was eatable.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM, Richard Harris Podolsky <
richardpodolsky AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins!  Plus I haven't
> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and
> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to
> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch.
>
> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least
> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the
> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you.
>
> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the
> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a
> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl?  I thought the whole
> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance.  Talk about
> overcompensation!  Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here
> in search of food??!  Who does that?  Well, now we know.
>
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Subject: Song Sparrow in York!
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan AT whitepineprograms.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:38:46 -0500
Well this is a first.  Heard, then went and confirmed with the binocs, a
singing song sparrow at the Beacon St. wetland adjacent to Long Sands beach
in York, Maine this morning.

Other avifauna included:
-Red-winged blackbirds (4)
-Common Grackles (3)
-Purple Finches (1-2)
-Black Capped chickadees (2)
-House Sparrows (c. 10)
-European Starling (5)
-Ring-billed gulls (8)

We keep a spring birds arrival list here at White Pine Programs -and, over
the course of the last 12 years, our earliest SOSP was March 2nd in 2013.
This is our earliest on record.

Happy "spring" birding,

Dan

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Subject: Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:52:52 -0500
Education is the key at all levels. Each of the more educated/learned are
responsible to patiently inform the less educated. As the saying goes,"you
can't legislate morality".

For the photographers among us, perhaps a refresher is in order, please
take a look.

http://www.naturephotographers.net/codeofconduct.html

Cheers,
Daveđź“·

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:15:05 -0800 (PST)
I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins! Plus I haven't seen a 
great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and mortification I 
experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to see a rarity. I'd 
rather stay home and watch a nuthatch. 


To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least 300-500 
feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the owls face 
from 20-30 feet away, shame on you. 


Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the bird 
at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a creature 
with the visual accuity of an great grey owl? I thought the whole point of huge 
lenses were to get shots from a distance. Talk about overcompensation! Who 
sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here in search of food??! Who 
does that? Well, now we know. 


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Subject: RE: Great Gray owl
From: "Robert O'Connell" <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:12:33 -0500
It is on the Magog Road about here 44.329222, -69.188444. About 1.5 miles apart 
by road but about 4500' as the mobbing crows fly. Between the 2 sites I only 
really briefly visited the cemetery location, opting to spend most of the day 
waiting it out at this field instead due to the wind and crowds. 


For the record, there were a lot of great (and very excited) birders and 
photographers around and, at least at this field and while I was present, 
everyone was very respectful of both the possibility of the bird before it 
showed up, and of the actual bird when it did. We were generally 350' away from 
the bird to begin with at the road edge and just at the edge of the field. If 
the bird was ever any closer it was its choice not ours. A brief conversation 
came up where someone asked what we thought about them moving 10-15' closer, 
but that was cured by that noting that "giving an inch, sometimes they will 
take a mile". 


Since my previous email was just to let everyone know it is still around, here 
are more of the details around it. 


I arrived around 11AM and scanned this field first. I mistakenly turned down 
this road thinking it would lead to the cemetery. There was no sign of the bird 
throughout the day at either location. There was a fairly steady stream of 
birders moving between the two sites and sharing information (mostly the lack 
of information). The wind was fairly constant throughout the day only winding 
down around 3:30PM or so. 


A couple of administrative items for this location. 
We had a conversation with the owner of the Christmas Tree field. He was 
incredibly nice and is a budding birder himself and therefore understanding of 
what we as a group were doing. I would assume that patience would wear thin if 
things like littering or other wear and tear to his property started to happen. 

There was a sign at the edge of the field that had a broken post and was laying 
on the ground. Not sure if it was caused by the presence of this owl or not, 
but if anyone heading up there has a sledgehammer they can bring up and pound 
it back in, that might be a nice gesture. 

Also regarding parking. At one point, I parked on one side of the road while 
another car was on the field side, I parked enough away that I did not think it 
would be a problem but later another 8 cars or so pulled up and all parked on 
the opposite side of the road which made my truck a bit of a traffic hazard. 
This was brought to my attention by a local who asked that we consider parking 
only on one side of the road(I did relocate it). The road there is a bit narrow 
and according to them, they tend to fly through there normally. 


At this site there were a few instances of crows mobbing over the day but none 
were very long or boisterous and usually contained 4-6 crows. The one we had at 
the end of the day, which occurred in the woods behind the old school bus that 
was behind the woodpile opposite the Christmas Tree field attracted a dozen or 
more and was extremely loud. 44.328233, -69.188251 

The crows stayed higher in the trees and seemed to be pushing their target (at 
that point assumed to be either the owl or possibly a hawk that was spotted 
earlier in the day) southwest along Magog but in the denser growth lower down. 
Eventually, they lost interest and disbanded. We waited about 10-15 minutes to 
see if the bird would emerge as this was when the winds had started to die down 
and seemed like a good time for an owl to start considering hunting. We focused 
our attentions on the corner of the field in front of the bus and to the right 
of the wood pile. Moments after one of us left to go over to the Cemetery 
location to see if the bird had relocated there, I scanned the Christmas Tree 
field and noted the bird about 20' up in an evergreen. It sat there for 20 
minutes or so. At one point it was harassed by a single crow but a few passes 
was as long as that lasted. After a bit the bird took off and started moving 
around the field alighting on the tops of the Christmas trees as it went. 


Thanks Fyn for finding this and sharing it. 

Thanks to the land owner for his understanding of us. 

Thanks to everyone today who helped me officially knock off another lifer. 

And to hell with the angels, I want one of these on top of my Christmas tree 
next year! 


If anyone has any further questions, please let me know. 

Rob O’Connell
490 Greely Road Extension
Cumberland, ME 04021
H-207-221-3462
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Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:25 PM
To: Maine birds 
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl

Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

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Subject: Re: Great Gray owl
From: Scott Creamer <sdc140 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:54:52 -0800 (PST)
On Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:25:22 PM UTC-5, Roger Stevens wrote:
> Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

I saw the bird Saturday and drove by the tree field. I found it from Fyn's 
earlier post in this forum 


 "Searsmont 2/22

John Wyatt and I refound the bird on Magog Road at a Christmas tree field half 
a mile past the intersection with Ghent Road." 


I'd check both places, they are pretty close on a map. Good luck!
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Subject: Great Gray owl
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:25:22 -0800 (PST)
Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

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Subject: Turkey Vultures
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:32:20 -0500
11 Turkey Vultures circling over Shaws Market Rockland. The most I ever seen at 
one time this time of year- 

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Subject: Great Gray owl
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:18:31 -0500
The great Gray owl appeared right around 4:30 PM today on the edge of the 
Christmas tree field. It had previously been mobbed by crows and driven low in 
the trees before appearing on the edge after the crows had given up. It was 
still there as of 5:15 PM when I left having relocated several times to 
different trees in the field. 


Thanks, 
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Subject: blackbirds
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:43:38 -0800 (PST)
A friend of mine down Bunker Hill Rd. in Newcastle reported RW Blackbirds. On 
my way there I found one lone Common Grackle atop Blinn Hill and 20 + 
Red-winged Blackbirds at my friends feeder. Earliest I'd ever seen either 
spieces in 10 years of birding. 


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Subject: Turkey Vultures, Round 2
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:04:01 -0500
After seeing my first Turkey Vulture of the season back on Feb. 2 (a single
bird in Belfast), I saw my second round today: several birds soaring over
Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, headed northward.

Kristen

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Subject: Snow Goose, etc.
From: "'john tobin' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:19:55 -0800
  Still present at Dunstan Landing with Canada's as of 3 p.m. Also heard and 
then saw several Killdeer closer to Pine Point Rd. First of year birds for me. 


John Tobin, Scarborough

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Subject: blackbirds
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:16:21 +0000
Red Winged blackbirds at Frye Mtn WMA today calling.


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Subject: WebberPond, Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:14:07 -0500
red-winged blackbird on the feeder today--

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Subject: Great Grey Owl
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:41:52 -0500
As of noon no sightings in any previous areas-

Skip Small
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Subject: Small Flock of Pine Grosbeaks
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:38:17 -0800 (PST)
Just saw a flock of five Pine Grosbeaks near my home on Route 6 just east 
of Lincoln, Maine. Haven't seen any in this area for a while..

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:35:53 -0800 (PST)
Fyn! Coming down from Lincoln, Maine tomorrow in hopes of spotting the 
Great Gray...Any tips as to location and time of sightings? Roger

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:39:51 PM UTC-5, Fyn Kynd wrote:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166
>
> For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields 
> and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to 
> hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm 
> going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on 
> it's presence. 
> My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or 
> shoot me an email.
>
> Good birding,
> Fyn
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Subject: Re: Grey owl
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:33:18 -0800 (PST)
Juanita! I would like to go down tomorrow and see if I can glimpse the 
bird. I have a telescope and long lenses and have never seen this type of 
owl. You can either reply back or telephone me at 290-1070. I would like to 
know where you saw it. Thanks!

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:46:30 AM UTC-5, Juanitar Roushdy wrote:
>
> Bingo! Beautiful, majestic creature. 
>
> Juanita Roushdy 
> Bremen, ME 
>
> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Fox Sparrow - Yarmouth
From: "Becky Marvil" <bmarvil AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:27:59 -0500
I was surprised and delighted to see a Fox Sparrow on the ground at my
feeders today. 

 

Becky

Yarmouth

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Subject: Lubec arrivals
From: "Jennifer Multhopp" <rmulthopp AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:56:21 -0500
Eight Red-winged Blackbirds under the feeders this morning on North Lubec
Road. My first of the year.

Jennifer Multhopp

Lubec

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Subject: Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:29:31 -0800 (PST)
Still there as if 15 mins ago

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
From: Nancy McReel <nmcreel AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:52:13 -0500
This AM while I was drinking my first cup of coffee, 3 Red-winged Blackbirds 
dropped in for seeds. There were bare spots under the feeders after the 16-in. 
snow of a week ago. 


Nancy in Wells

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Subject: Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:34:23 -0500
Pat Sanborn reports a single Snow Goose among the Canadas now, seen from 
Dunstan Landing on the right side of the path.

Joanne

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Subject: blackbirds
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:36:02 -0800 (PST)
I saw the first cowbirds this morning in hollis.

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Subject: RW Blackbirds
From: "'Pete Darling' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:13:09 -0500
Sat 25 Feb, 2017, I heard and saw several Red-wing Blackbirds in Spurwink Marsh 
on the Cape Elizabeth side off Sawyer St. 


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Subject: Merlin in Brunswick
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson AT fieldguides.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:53:31 -0500
Hi all:

Yesterday afternoon (Feb 25) a single Merlin was calling loudly in several 
series from the top of a tall White Pine adjacent to Druckenmiller Science 
Building on the Bowdoin College campus; this is the same vicinity in which a 
pair of Merlins has nested regularly for at least about 15 years now, and such 
a sighting would be run-of-the-mill at this location from late March or early 
April forward but seems remarkable for late February. Spring has apparently 
sprung for one of the pair here. I'll keep my eyes and ears out for the mate. 


Best to all,
Jan

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:09:11 -0500
Amen, Bruce.
"When is one more, too many".

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Bruce Bartrug  wrote:

> I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
> people there on Saturday.  While I was there everyone was staying about 100
> meters from the bird, including photographers.  There's no reason to be so
> intrusive.
>
> I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
> for this very reason.  These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
> have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
> and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
> reported there earlier.  When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
> local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes.  He
> said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
> every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
> discarded trash and bottles and cans.  Not every birder is respectful of
> the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
> located.
>
> Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey."  But if you wish to
> continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
> suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
> principles.  They are ruining the activity of watching
> birds.
>
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> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
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>
> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
> because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein
> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
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Subject: red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:39 +0000
About 20 stopped for a visit this morning. 3 male and one female wood duck were 
romping in an open section of the Mousam on Friday...also heard a Killdeer 
flying north--no imitators--the real thing!! Red breasted nuthatch appeared for 
first time in over 2 years...may not be Spring yet but it sure is a nice 
break...Sharon in West Kennebunk 


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Subject: Grey owl
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:04:52 -0500
Has anyone seen the grey owl today. Am in the area but patchy fog

Thanks

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, Maine

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Subject: Grey owl
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:46:27 -0500
Bingo! Beautiful, majestic creature.

Juanita Roushdy 
Bremen, ME

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Subject: Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:55:27 -0500
The highlight of our day, a pair of Mallards doing that bonding thing,
facing each other and bobbing their heads. There were about 2 dozen
Mallards total in Hulls cove near The Chart Room.
Also lovely, Long-tailed ducks at Hadley Point, most of them hidden by the
shifting fog, could be heard tootling (clangulating?).

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Subject: blackbirds
From: kathys <ksammis AT sacoriver.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:58:26 -0800 (PST)
FOY red-winged blackbirds (2) in my yard in Buxton this morning.

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Subject: Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird
From: Ed Gervais <edgervais AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:38:54 -0800 (PST)
This afternoon, Feb. 25, 4 Bluebirds, 1 female and 3 male, and the first 
Red Winged Blackbird of the year, a single bird calling from the top of an 
oak tree.  

Go figure, isn't this a bit early?

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:35:35 -0800 (PST)
Not any more. I was shocked by what I saw. Twenty empty cars on the road with 
every single person out in the interior of the exact field where the bird had 
been previously hunting. 


Bird harassers showed up chased the bird out of the center of the field and 
into the treeline at the margin. It can no longer forage unencumbered in the 
entire field or use any of the perches it was previously hunting from because 
thoughtless people are now occupying those very parts of the field. 


Common sense says to stay and observe from the road. Be patient. Let the bird 
reveal itself to you. Do not tramp over its hunting habitat and stand in the 
field. What are you thinking? The bird needs to feed and it relies upon the 
entire field for food. 


When you put yourself in the field you are trespassing on the bird and 
negatively impacting it. Secondarily, responsible birders with good intention 
and common sense can no longer see it from the road. Rather, they are forced to 
join the thoughtless throng in the field - which I refuse to to do. Tragedy of 
the Commons. 


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Subject: Hope
From: Thomas Ingraham <thomas.ingraham AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:21:56 -0500
In our yard in Hope today: a small stalwart group of bluebirds still with us! 
Also a pair of Redwing Blackbirds. 




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Subject: C. Goldeneye, robins
From: "'Barbara' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:07:24 -0500
Second hand report of a goldeneye with mallards in the rushing river at Rogers 
Pond in Kennebunk on Friday. Also a gathering of a large number of robins (a 
dozen?) in Buxton; observer didn't count them, as he was trying to avoid 
hitting them! 

Barbara. Sanford 

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Subject: Great Gray Owl
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:17:17 -0500
I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
people there on Saturday.  While I was there everyone was staying about 100
meters from the bird, including photographers.  There's no reason to be so
intrusive.

I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
for this very reason.  These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
reported there earlier.  When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes.  He
said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
discarded trash and bottles and cans.  Not every birder is respectful of
the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
located.

Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey."  But if you wish to
continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
principles.  They are ruining the activity of watching
birds.

-- 
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Nobleboro, Maine, USA
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Subject: Grey owl
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:14:50 -0800 (PST)
Bird harassers showed up chased bird out of the field no longer viewable by 
respinsibke birders who know to stay on the road. Thoughtless. 


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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:18:04 -0500
I am in Holden and wonder where you're seeing the eagles. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 10:58 AM, LNO/MWA  wrote:
> 
> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:15:33 -0500
I 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 10:58 AM, LNO/MWA  wrote:
> 
> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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Subject: Mourning Doves
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:13:50 -0800 (PST)
13 or 14 mourning doves out in the dooryard this morning in Belmont. 

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Subject: Maine Birds
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:24:06 -0600
We had a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this afternoon, first ones seen
this winter.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:42:31 -0500
Hi all,

Some more of my observations of note over the past seven days included the 
following: 

- 1 Northern Shrike, Merrill Road, Freeport, 2/18 and 2/24.
- 1 PACIFIC LOON (likely same bird as we found at the Cliff House a couple of 
weeks ago) with a distant raft of Common Loons (too far for photos), off 
Marginal Way, Ogunquit, 2/19 (With Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

- 1 continuing NORTHERN PINTAIL X MALLARD hybrid and three continuing Wood 
Ducks, Abbott's Pond, York, 2/19 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

- 4 Pine Grosbeaks, Orono Bog at Stillwater Avenue, Bangor/Orono, 2/20 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 10 Pine Grosbeaks, Littlefield Gardens, University of Maine at Orono, 2/20 
(with Jeannette). 

- immature male and female KING EIDERS continue, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 1 adult and 1-2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with 
Jeannette). 

- about 250 Greater and Lesser Scaup (exact proportions indecipherable as they 
were actively diving along with a raft of White-winged Scoters and Common 
Eider), Wharton Point, Brunswick, 2/23. 


-Derek
 
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Subject: Iceland gulls Portland
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:19:44 -0500
Heather Higbee and I spent the afternoon on the Portland Fish Pier and did find 
the two Iceland gulls reported before. 

They were on the end of the dock at 400 Commercial Street. Also 3 beautiful 
male long-tailed ducks, a mockingbird, lots of eiders, 

one common loon. We tried for peregrines under the Casco Bay Bridge, but no 
luck. 



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Subject: Scarborough Marsh Spring Migrants, 2/24
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:06:07 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Spring has sprung in Scarborough Marsh. This morning, I encountered the 
following:- total of 21 Red-winged Blackbirds (First of year)- 1 LAPLAND 
LONGSPUR and 15 Horned Larks, along with 1 Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Road 
Trail.- 1 immature male NORTHERN SHOVELER (FOY), 7 Ring-necked Ducks (FOY), 3 
Northern Pintails, 2 Green-winged Teal, 250+ American Black Ducks, etc, from 
the Eastern Road Trail.- 1 Killdeer (FOY), flying south over marsh at the 
Eastern Road Trail.- 1 drake NORTHERN SHOVELER and 1 drake GADWALL, Pelreco 
marsh.- 54 Common Loons between the Pine Point Co-op and the mouth of the 
river. 

I'd celebrate the arrival of spring more if it wasn't still February!
-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 
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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:03:46 -0800 (PST)
It's in that same field, several watching and all keeping a respectful distance 
from the bird. When I was there it was mostly stationary in a tree, rotating 
its head some. A very impressive bird even thru a cheap pocket scope. 


Thanks again to the guy who let me peer into his real scope!

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Subject: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: LNO/MWA <marka AT maine.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:58:43 -0800 (PST)
Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
 Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a 
good look, particularly four at a time.

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:24:04 -0800 (PST)
GG owl was hunting in the field to the right of cemetery on Moody Moubtsin road 
at dusk. 


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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:11:26 +0000
Drat. I looked along Magog after work but no luck. Was just after dusk. Did 
spot a subadult Bald Eagle on Muzzy Ridge which bookended the adult I saw by 
the old apple squeeze this morning. 



I also have a resident barred owl at work in Belfast. Comes and looks in our 
windows, and then flies across route 1 to check out the inn. 



Sarah


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Grey

It's there. Very nice looks hunting at sunset.

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Subject: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:56:00 -0800 (PST)
It's there. Very nice looks hunting at sunset. 

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Subject: Birds this week
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:21:13 -0800 (PST)
Monday in New Harbor - 8 Common Loon, one that seemed to be showing some 
summer plumage already, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads. 
 Damariscotta Mills - a pair of Wood Ducks hanging out with all the 
Mallards in the pond by the rr tracks, along with some domestic geese. 
 Damariscotta - lots of Canadian Geese, 4 Common Goldeneyes, and a pair of 
Common Mergansers.
Tuesday Colby College - 40 +/- Bohemian waxwings with a few Cedars.  There 
are lots of fruit trees there so I suspect they will be there for a while.  
Wednesday - Horseshoe Pond, Litchfield, 8 pair Hooded Mergansers, 10 or so 
Common Mergansers flew over.  Belgrade Stream - 1 pair Hooded Mergansers. 
 Rome on 225, 25 Bohemian Waxwings.
Thursday - Somesville - Mt Desert Island - 1 male Wood duck with lots of 
Mallards and a few Black Ducks.  2 weeks ago there was a female Wood Duck 
but she was not there today.  The male was sticking close to 2 particular 
Black Ducks.  I watched in the nice weather for about 30 min.  

A quick question, How do you tell Cackling Geese from Canadian Geese if 
they are swimming?  

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Subject: Great Grey
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:58 -0800 (PST)
Hey there Skip, 

When did you see the owl today? I was there for a few hours this morning, but 
had to get to work... I hope to get back out. 


- Logan

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Subject: Great Grey
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:38 -0500
Nice look at the Searsmont Great Grey Owl- same location as mention-
Skip Small
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Subject: Black-capped chickadee
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:39:28 -0500
Black-capped chickadee feeding in Milford.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h842243c4#h842243c4



Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: segela AT colby.edu
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:35:49 -0800 (PST)
Saw the bird about an hour ago. I forgot my scope but a woman there 
generously let me peek through hers. Hansom bird. A real treat.
Also saw a dozen Bald Eagles at Kinney Compost on Knox Ridge on the way 
home.
Austin


On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:39:51 PM UTC-5, Fyn Kynd wrote:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166
>
> For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields 
> and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to 
> hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm 
> going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on 
> it's presence. 
> My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or 
> shoot me an email.
>
> Good birding,
> Fyn
>
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Subject: Surf Scooter, etc
From: "J. Michael" <gepetto AT gwi.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:47:22 -0800 (PST)
A couple pair of Surf Scooters, and several White Wing Scooters hanging out 
at the mouth of the Gut in Biddeford Pool
along with a Horned Grebe, several female eiders , and 4 loons


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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:30:21 -0800 (PST)
*Ghent

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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:29:15 -0800 (PST)
John Wyatt and I refound the bird on Magog Road at a Christmas tree field half 
a mile past the intersection with Gent Road. 


Fyn

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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:39:51 -0800 (PST)
http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166

For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields 
and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to 
hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm 
going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on 
it's presence. 
My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or shoot 
me an email.

Good birding,
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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds in Cape Neddick
From: "Linda Scotland" <lds AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:51:22 -0500
Nice little flock just showed up (along with a bunch of Starlings).

 

Linda D. Scotland

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From: "Becky Marvil" <bmarvil AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:16:53 -0500
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Subject: Re: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics
From: "'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:32:03 -0800 (PST)
*https://www.cclc.me/page/911-4403/down-east-spring-birding-festival*

This festival will get you most of the pelagics.  Bicknell's would be a 
side trip.  Good luck and enjoy Maine!

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:31:17 PM UTC-5, Adam Wood wrote:
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> Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I am from Texas. I am starting to work on 
> planning a 5 day trip to Maine in search of a few targets birds:
>
> Common Eider (would love to see it in breeding plumage)
> Razorbill
> Black Guillemot
> Atlantic Puffin
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Wilson Storm-Petrel
> Great Cormorant
> Bicknell's Thrush (or are these easier in a bordering state like New 
> Hampshire)
> Saltmarsh Sparrow
>
> I am hoping to plan the trip early enough in the summer around the time 
> the Bicknell's Thrushes have arrived and are fairly reliable and the Common 
> Eider are still in breeding plumage. I am thinking late May or early June 
> would be good to accomplish that but would like confirmation. Also, are the 
> pelagics aside from the Shearwaters and Storm-Petrel viewable from land in 
> that time frame or what would be my best chances to see the pelagic species 
> on my list. I know that the Maine Audubon Societies Pelagic Trip is in 
> September but what are my options for this time frame. Thank you.
>
> Adam Wood
> Houston, Tx.
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Subject: 370 Bohemians in Dresden
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:07:43 -0800 (PST)
I had most of the same birds on the same stretch yesterday afternoon. No 
Grosbeaks though. A hunting Peregrin was hunting the area. On another note, 
witness a video of a crow essentially killing another crow. I've never seen 
anything like it. Is this typical. Would love to hear input offline. Thanksin 
advance. 


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Subject: Purple sandpipers
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:01:38 -0500
Saw only three purple sandpipers on the Rockland Breakwater this morning.
Lot of people. Beautiful day.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h83d2da24#h83d2da24

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:17:55 -0800 (PST)
Very cool. Thanks....

Two fat Robins in the driveway this morning...

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Subject: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:58:26 -0800 (PST)
See comments below 

Common Eider (would love to see it in breeding plumage)
Hens and drakes are exceeding common all along the coast. Any of the trips I 
suggest below will easily yield this species. 


Razorbill
Can be randomly encountered on state ferries to most islands but best shot is 
the Hardy Boat to eastern egg rocky or better shot is any puffin trips out to 
Machias Seal Island. 


Black Guillemot
See comments above. Though the rarest alcid in the Atlantic it is the most 
common Alcid in the gulf of Maine. Very likely. 


Atlantic Puffin
See comment above for razorbill. Likely at nesting island from may to mid 
august. 


Great Shearwater
Same as above. Sooty shearwaters too. Need to be offshore obviously. Can be 
encountered from headlands like Pemaquid point - need scope and patience 
scanning horizon. 


Manx Shearwater
Same as above but rather unlikely. 

Wilson Storm-Petrel
Above. Likely but varies between year. 

Great Cormorant
Above. The outer island trips are your best shot. Likely. 

Bicknell's Thrush (or are these easier in a bordering state like New Hampshire)
Must get above 2500 feet into smaller stature spruce. Hit or miss. Playback 
helps but may not be your style. I have done well on mountains around 
Greenville Maine - number 4 mountain, baker mountain etc. habitat and elevation 
are key. Need 4X drive and comfortable driving on logging roads. Maybe NH or VT 
has more user friendly access. 


Saltmarsh Sparrow
Weskeag marsh - only place on earth where both species can be seen! Need big 
scope and luck and patience and low to no wind. 


Email me and I can help you further if this isn't enough. 

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Subject: Re: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:30:27 -0500
Nifty graphic here. Watch a goldfinch bring that color on and lose it again:

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2012/05/the-annual-plumage-cycle-of-a-male-american-goldfinch/ 


Scott Richardson

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 12:08 PM, David Lewis  wrote:

> LOTS of goldfinches (the yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new
> feathers come in)
>

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Subject: Re: Great cormorants?
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:51:24 -0800 (PST)
I would say very likely Great Cormorants, Double-cresteds typically migrate 
away from Maine in the winter. 

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:34:20 PM UTC-5, M. Calien Lewis wrote:
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> 7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford 
> Pool. Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30

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Subject: 370 Bohemians in Dresden
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:42:43 +0000
Barbara and I took an afternoon walk on Cedar Grove (called Everson Road to
the north) and came across 370+ Bohemian Waxwings, 120+ Cedars, 120+ Am
Robins, including a single Newfie type, and two Pine Grosbeaks.  It was a
huge wonderful din.  The only downside, they  were all feeding on the
invasive Multiflora Rose, but the beautiful waxwings were spectacular. A
cautionary note, we walked the same stretch of road on Thursday and there
no waxwings at all, so who knows what will be there tomorrow, but birds or
not, it's a lovely walk.  Best, Peter
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Subject: Re: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics
From: Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:54:02 +0000
Hugely cropped and through a window but this pair was on the back porch of
a home in CAPE Elizabeth


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> Ann Nesslage : Feb 18 02:45PM -0500
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> Tuesday morning--a flock of robins in the apple tree amidst the snow in the
> morning light--
> a flicker on the suet--
> On Wednesday. I looked out to see a crow's wings spread flat on the snow
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> "M. Calien Lewis" : Feb 18 11:34AM -0800
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> 7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford
> Pool. Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30
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> David Lewis : Feb 18 09:08AM -0800
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> New member here. Installed feeders at Christmas time, am now rewarded
> daily with chickadees, white-and red breasted nuthatches, LOTS of
> goldfinches (the yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new ...more
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> "Nancy W. Dickinson" : Feb 18 03:56PM
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> A flock of 20 snow buntings has returned to my yard recently, enjoying the
> seed thrown down on the snow.
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> Reply to me privately if you'd like directions.
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> I also have been hearing ravens ...more
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> frobey : Feb 17 04:15PM -0800
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> I didn't have any binoculars so I don't know if they were cedar or
> bohemian
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> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch : Feb 17 10:44PM
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Subject: Webber Pond, Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:45:42 -0500
Tuesday morning--a flock of robins in the apple tree amidst the snow in the
morning light--
a flicker on the suet--
On Wednesday. I looked out to see a crow's wings spread flat on the snow
with a hawk on its back--fierce profile--when it flew, I saw the red
tail--it left the outspread black feathers--

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Subject: Great cormorants?
From: "M. Calien Lewis" <silberose AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:34:20 -0800 (PST)
7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford Pool. 
Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30 


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Subject: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:08:30 -0800 (PST)
New member here. Installed feeders at Christmas time, am now rewarded daily 
with chickadees, white-and red breasted nuthatches, LOTS of goldfinches (the 
yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new feathers come in), American tree 
sparrows, an even dozen mourning doves. Blue jays, titmice, etc. Downy and 
hairy woodpeckers. 


Favorites: two pairs of Ravens I've been watching for several years... I find 
their behavior fascinating. I may try to locate a nest when the snow thins out 
in the woods... 


Learning a lot reading the posts here, thank you all.
David

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Subject: Pemaquid buntings
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:56:02 +0000
A flock of 20 snow buntings has returned to my yard recently, enjoying the seed 
thrown down on the snow. 


Reply to me privately if you'd like directions.


I also have been hearing ravens croaking all morning, as if they think it's 
spring. 



Nancy Dickinson

New Harbor/ Pemaquid

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