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Rail,©Sophie Webb

27 Aug Wilson's Phalarope [rob speirs ]
27 Aug Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity-Benton, 8/27 UPDATE, Wilson's Phalarope at Flood Farm [Louis Bevier ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Clinton 27 Aug [Louis Bevier ]
27 Aug cascara present as of 6:15 [Peter Vickery ]
27 Aug CRESTED CARACARA - Unity-Benton, 8/27 UPDATE [Louis Bevier ]
27 Aug Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/27 [Susan Guare ]
27 Aug CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/27 [Doug Hitchcox ]
27 Aug Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26 [Louis Bevier ]
26 Aug Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26 [Fyn Kynd ]
26 Aug Re: OT: mudflat insects [Mike Fahay ]
26 Aug Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26 ["Smith, Michael" ]
26 Aug CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26 [Doug Hitchcox ]
26 Aug Bald eagle v Great Blue Heron [Kirk Betts ]
26 Aug Disabled Cormorant - Good News! ["'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" ]
26 Aug 2 Baird's Sandpipers, Berwick, 8/26 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
26 Aug Common Nighthawk flight ID [Louis Bevier ]
26 Aug Waterville Eagle []
25 Aug Re: To be considered when opposing wind power on the grounds of bird casualties. [Alicia Plotkin ]
25 Aug To be considered when opposing wind power on the grounds of bird casualties. ["'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" ]
25 Aug Kennebago River-Oquossoc [Kirk Betts ]
25 Aug OT: mudflat insects [Bruce Bartrug ]
25 Aug Captain Fitzgerald Preserve, Brunswick [Steve Walker ]
25 Aug Re: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof) [Holly Twining ]
25 Aug Migrants in Searsmont [Fyn Kynd ]
25 Aug MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
24 Aug Essex St Marsh [David Small ]
24 Aug Biddeford Pool (WESA, YCNH, BASA, etc),8/24 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 Aug Fwd: NYTimes.com: Observed Planet: A Dawn Torrent of Tree Swallows - NYTimes.com [William Laverty ]
23 Aug Maine RBA - August 22, 2014 [Doug Hitchcox ]
23 Aug Re: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof) [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
23 Aug Baird's Sandpiper ["Richard J. Duddy" ]
23 Aug Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof) [Fyn Kynd ]
23 Aug Common Nighthawks over Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
23 Aug Least sandpipers and the mink.... [David Small ]
23 Aug Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof) [R&W Sumner ]
22 Aug Nighthawks (or lack thereof) [William Nichols ]
22 Aug This Week's Highlights and Shorebird High Counts, 8/16-22 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
22 Aug Bird Monitoring - Scarborough Marsh [Linda Woodard ]
21 Aug Nighthawks! [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
21 Aug Downeast birding ["Bob Duchesne" ]
21 Aug MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
21 Aug Least Tern Chicks [Kenneth Janes ]
21 Aug Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? ["'Jess Home' via Maine birds" ]
21 Aug Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [Sally Blauvelt ]
21 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
21 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant ["Hank & Linda Nevins" ]
21 Aug Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [Bill Blauvelt ]
21 Aug RE: Sandhill Crane, nighthawks, in Chelsea ["Smith, Michael" ]
21 Aug Sandhill Crane, nighthawks, in Chelsea ["Smith, Michael" ]
21 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [ron romano ]
20 Aug Popham Beach - evening, Aug 20 [Michael Fahay ]
20 Aug South Polar Skuas []
20 Aug Lark Sparrow--Monhegan Island-8/20 ["James .Petersen" ]
20 Aug RE: Massive Flight of Tree Swallows Roosting/Soaring at Ogunquit (4 pics) ["Smith, Michael" ]
20 Aug Massive Flight of Tree Swallows Roosting/Soaring at Ogunquit (4 pics) [brad woodward ]
20 Aug Popham Beach - Aug 20 [Michael Fahay ]
19 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [Fyn Kynd ]
19 Aug Mud Creek Ospreys ["'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" ]
19 Aug Windham Nighthawks ["Ben S." ]
19 Aug Shorebirds and a peregrine at Flat Bay [Merle and Anne Archie ]
19 Aug Messalonskee - the silence was deafening [Michael Fahay ]
19 Aug Thorndike Red-necked Phalarope [tom A ]
19 Aug Ooops, sorry, in East Boothbay. [Kathy Van Der Aue ]
19 Aug Nice mixed flock this morning [Kathy Van Der Aue ]
19 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [Linda Woodard ]
19 Aug Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? [Nathan Hall ]
18 Aug Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done? ["'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" ]
18 Aug Essex St Marsh [David Small ]
18 Aug MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
08 201 Auto Response ["'Barbara Egan' via Maine birds" ]
17 Aug Prothonotary Warbler - Timberpoint ["Richard J. Duddy" ]
17 Aug Unity migrants [tom A ]
17 Aug Re: Prothonotary Warbler at Timber Point ["'wihakowi' via Maine birds" ]
16 Aug Prothonotary Warbler at Timber Point ["'wihakowi' via Maine birds" ]
16 Aug Nova Star Ferry: Yarmouth, NS to Portland, 8/15/14 (6 species of tubenose) ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
16 Aug Maine RBA - August 15, 2014 [Doug Hitchcox ]

Subject: Wilson's Phalarope
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:46:46 -0400
in addition to Louis's buff breasted Sandpiper there was a Wilson's
phalarope in the South Pond at flood brothers farm. It flew off with a
lesser yellow legs, but there is a good chance it will come back.
Rob Cumberland

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Subject: Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity-Benton, 8/27 UPDATE, Wilson's Phalarope at Flood Farm
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:44 -0400
The caracara remained perched near Rt. 139 in Benton (0.1 miles west of Unity 
Twp. line, coordinates N 44.61178 W 69.44108) for about an hour and a half 
until about 9:30 am, when it flew back from the road out of sight. Rob Speirs 
et al. report not having found the bird as of 11:00 am. 


Rob also reports a Wilson's Phalarope at the Flood Farm.

Louis Bevier

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Clinton 27 Aug
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:46:01 -0400
A spiffy-looking juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at the Flood Farm in 
Clinton this morning. It was in the southernmost manure pond. This is a working 
farm with trucks and tractors constantly on the move. Please stay out of their 
way, if visiting. 


Louis Bevier

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Subject: cascara present as of 6:15
From: Peter Vickery <petervickery AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:23:42 -0400
Don Mairs called to say the caracara is present as of 6:15.


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Subject: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity-Benton, 8/27 UPDATE
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:57:42 -0400
The Crested Caracara relocated about 1.4 miles west of the previous location. 
It was feeding on a road-kill Painted Turtle at a curve on Rt. 139 about 
0.1-0.2 miles west of the Benton-Unity town line. It sometimes perches low out 
of sight in trees by the road. Traffic here moves at 50-60+ mph. There is no 
place to stop or slow down here. Please don't try! The best approach may be to 
hope the bird returns to Reynolds Road. 


Louis Bevier

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Subject: Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/27
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:32:04 -0400
Geez, I went to sleep in Maine and woke up in Florida.


On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:20 AM, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:

> Hey everyone:
>
> Louis Bevier called a little after 6 to say the Crested Caracara was being
> seen near the intersection of Reynolds and Rt 139 in Unity.
>
> More details later; just getting an update posted in case anyone feels
> "sick" and can't make it to work today.
>
> Good birding!
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/27
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:20:28 -0400
Hey everyone:

Louis Bevier called a little after 6 to say the Crested Caracara was being seen 
near the intersection of Reynolds and Rt 139 in Unity. 


More details later; just getting an update posted in case anyone feels "sick" 
and can't make it to work today. 


Good birding!


Doug Hitchcox 

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Subject: Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:19:48 -0400
The Crested Caracara was present perched on a utility pole near the 
intersection of Rt. 139 and Reynolds Rd. in Unity. It flew in about 6:02 and 
flew off to the west along the right of way for the power lines at 6:15. The 
utility lines run east-west just south of the gravel drive into the Hawk Ridge 
Farm. Reynolds Road is paved but not particularly wide. Big trucks come and go 
to the Casellla composting facility down the road; so please be sure to park 
safely. It seems likely the bird will return here. Good luck. 


Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:46:55 -0700 (PDT)
I'm sorry I was starting to doze off, did you say CRESTED CARACARA in 
UNITY, MAINE?! Or am I just dreaming? Anybody in the Belfast area wanna go 
for it?

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: OT: mudflat insects
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:47:43 -0700 (PDT)
Bruce - I have to think you're seeing Tiger Beetles.  Popham  has a healthy 
populatipn.  
Glad you were able to get in early this morning.  I was there later and had 
to leave.  Not only abundant humanoids, but now they're flying kites over 
the shorebird loafing zone.  
Come on Labor Day!!



On Monday, August 25, 2014 5:05:57 PM UTC-4, BAB wrote:
>
> Anyone know what the black and white arthopods (I assume they are insects) 
> that walk around on mud flats are called?  I noticed them this morning at 
> Popham Beach, but strangely have never paid attention.  They almost look 
> like inch-long black and white moths crawling around on the ground, except 
> they have very large eyes, and mandibles as well.
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Subject: Re: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:25:36 +0000
Rock and roll!

Michael Smith MS GISP
Maine Office of GIS
Sent from mobile device
And no I wasn't driving...
  Original Message
From: Doug Hitchcox
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:17 PM
To: Bird Alerts
Subject: [Maine-birds] CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26


I just got off the phone with Steve Muise who had just photographed a CRESTED 
CARACARA sitting on a telephone pole near Hawks Ridge Farms in Unity - near the 
intersection of Rt 139 and Reynolds Road. He did say the bird had flown off but 
they tend to show some site fidelity so I'd recommend looking in this area. 


There is always the possibility of this being an escaped bird but with the 
increase of records in the northeast over the past few years (New Jersey and 
Nova Scotia come to mind), I think this has great potential to be a natural 
vagrant. 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

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Subject: CRESTED CARACARA - Unity, 8/26
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:17:35 -0400
I just got off the phone with Steve Muise who had just photographed a CRESTED 
CARACARA sitting on a telephone pole near Hawks Ridge Farms in Unity - near the 
intersection of Rt 139 and Reynolds Road. He did say the bird had flown off but 
they tend to show some site fidelity so I'd recommend looking in this area. 


There is always the possibility of this being an escaped bird but with the 
increase of records in the northeast over the past few years (New Jersey and 
Nova Scotia come to mind), I think this has great potential to be a natural 
vagrant. 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox 

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Subject: Bald eagle v Great Blue Heron
From: Kirk Betts <ketteadene AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:11:35 -0400
Today in the town park in Rangeley, I watched a great blue heron get repeatedly 
dive bombed by a adult bald eagle it started with a loon calling, then the 
park's population of ring-billed gulls takes off en mass then the GBH dives for 
the water. The eagle then repeatedly dives and the GBH loudly croaks and then 
lays down in the water. This all happens in the matter of a minute. As sudden 
as it started the eagle departed and the GBH flys off. 


Crazy times in the mountains. 

Kirk Betts
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Subject: Disabled Cormorant - Good News!
From: "'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:59:06 -0700
Hi, all. Following up on the good suggestions made by many of you, I have had 
gratifying conversations with a variety of knowledgeable and helpful folks 
including Laura at Center for Wildlife who referred me to the Portland Park 
Rangers. There I spoke with ranger Christian Wilkens (who is willing to help 
anyway possible)and his boss, Supt. Joe Eumais (spelling? who also is in favor 
of a proper rescue) who both have been monitoring the bird and Diane at Avian 
Haven who assures me that she and the Maine Game Wardens are also monitoring 
the situation. 

Diane is going to speak with all of the experienced parties. They will assess 
the current situation todetermine aresponsible, reasonable plan for capturing 
the cormorant. I made it clear that many of usstand willing to lend whatever 
lay assistance we can - whether it would consist of muscle or finances - but 
that in no way would any of us presume to second-guess the expertsre what 
should be doneand how. 

At this point, we can all rest easier knowing that the bird has not gone 
unnoticed. 

Thanks for caring, all of you.
Judy

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Subject: 2 Baird's Sandpipers, Berwick, 8/26
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:47:05 -0400
Hi all,

Jeannette and I poached Andy Aldrich's patch this afternoon and were treated to 
2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS among 60 Least Sandpipers and 8 Killdeer at the Tuckahoe 
Turf Farm off of Hubbard Road in Berwick. 


-Derek

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Subject: Common Nighthawk flight ID
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:59:35 -0400
Recent flights of Common Nighthawks locally provided a good opportunity to 
study the different ages and sexes passing through. It seems a good mix of 
adults of both sexes and young of the year migrate together. I posted a single 
photo of each of the three easily identifiable plumages and some comments 
describing the ID features, if anyone is interested. 


adult male: https://flic.kr/p/oCRCfp
adult female: https://flic.kr/p/oCSvte
juvenile: https://flic.kr/p/oCRXS1

Good Birding,

Louis Bevier
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Subject: Waterville Eagle
From: asegel AT colby.edu
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:14:22 -0700 (PDT)
As of 5 minutes ago there's an immature eagle feeding on the lawn of St 
Marks Episcopal Church, across from Thayer. Cream colored feathered legs 
and a dark grey bill with mottled brown body. He's in the middle of a large 
pile
of white feathers. Maybe a pigeon  or  a gull.

austin

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Subject: Re: To be considered when opposing wind power on the grounds of bird casualties.
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess AT fltg.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:43:25 -0400
Reading this chart is a little tricky.  Note that the chart shows 
_total_ (estimated) deaths for each fuel type - not per unit of energy, 
but total.  Since the vast majority of our energy presently is generated 
by coal, oil & gas, it is not surprising that those energies presently 
kill most of the birds.  However, it was a little distressing to see 
that wind, which generates less than 10% as much energy as oil and gas 
at this time, kills 30% as many birds - meaning that for each unit of 
energy generated, wind is killing more than three times as many birds as 
oil & gas.  Even coal, which clearly has a horrible impact on birds, 
seems not to be worse than wind when the amount of energy generated by 
each is factored in. Surely we can do better than this by improving the 
siting and design of wind turbines!

Alicia


On 8/25/2014 9:28 PM, 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds wrote:
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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/25/3475348/bird-death-comparison-chart/ 

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Subject: To be considered when opposing wind power on the grounds of bird casualties.
From: "'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:28:23 -0700
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/25/3475348/bird-death-comparison-chart/ 


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Subject: Kennebago River-Oquossoc
From: Kirk Betts <ketteadene AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:50:42 -0400
I did a paddle down the Kennebago River and while the birding was slowing did 
give up a few good birds. 

1 Black billed cuckoo
1 American bittern
2 Olive-sided flycatcher 
2 solitary sandpipers 
A handful of cedar waxwings
One moose

Kirk Betts
Rangeley,Me

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Subject: OT: mudflat insects
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:05:34 -0400
Anyone know what the black and white arthopods (I assume they are insects)
that walk around on mud flats are called?  I noticed them this morning at
Popham Beach, but strangely have never paid attention.  They almost look
like inch-long black and white moths crawling around on the ground, except
they have very large eyes, and mandibles as well.

BAB

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Subject: Captain Fitzgerald Preserve, Brunswick
From: Steve Walker <steveswiftwalker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:33:38 -0400
Hi folks,

If you are looking for a "new" patch to bird in the Brunswick area, I
recommend the recently opened Captain Fitzgerald Preserve at the end of
Lindbergh Landing (aka Wilderness Way on Google Earth) off of the Old Bath
Road.  The site is 60+ acres of sandplain reminiscent of the Kennebunk
Plains.  The town is now working on a management plan to restore grassland
characteristics.  I was on a site walk this a.m. and had a great diversity
of migrating passerines.  No show stoppers, but a vesper sparrow was
unexpected.

Best,

Steve W.

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Subject: Re: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof)
From: Holly Twining <htwining AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:40:05 -0400
​I saw about 15 nighthawks flying above Kindred Spirits and the nearby
fields in Orrington on Friday, August 22nd around 5pm. Beautiful.


On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM, Julia Hanauer-Milne <
windyridgemaine AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I had a flight of five c. nighthawks tonight over my house in Sidney. We
> often get them here during migration, but never any other time. One year I
> sat by the bridge between Winslow and Waterville and counted more than 100
> as they crossed, then followed the Kennebec, quite a spectacle. The only
> time I've seen them when not on migration was in downtown Kalamazoo, MI.
>
> Julia
>
>
> On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Fyn Kynd  wrote:
>
>> I usually see one or two (sometimes more, my highest this year is 6 at
>> one time) most nights on my farm in Searsmont.
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Fyn
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Subject: Migrants in Searsmont
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:08:53 -0700 (PDT)
I noted a small flight of Nashville, Black-and-white and Chestnut-sided 
Warblers with many Red-eyed Vireos this morning.

Good birding,
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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:56:43 -0700 (PDT)
As the spell of fair weather continues there has been increasing marine 
activity near the island.
PORPOISE, DOLPHINS, MINKE WHALES, GANNETS, 3 SHEARWATER species, BLUEFIN 
TUNA & STORM PETRELS have been joining the usual compliment of PUFFINS, 
GULLS & SEALS in some fairly large feeding events.

On land, the activity has shifted slightly.
The 1st HUMMINGBIRDS have appeared, just as the PURPLE ASTER is coming into 
bloom.
BUTTERFLIES are still scarce and mostly limited to a few WHITES and 
SULPHURS.

Occasional wanders continue with a couple YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 BLACK & 
WHITE WARBLER, 2 RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 4 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a YELLOW 
BILLED CUCKOO seen Sunday.

The main actors Sunday were the many flycatchers, especially the YELLOW 
BELLIED FLYCATCHERS. Some of them spent most of their time feeding around 
the boardwalks and lawns and they didn't mind being within inches of me, 
even using my camera lens as a perch.
The other species tended to be a bit more wary although some of the LEAST 
FLYCATCHERS were okay with a 30-40 foot approach.
Also identified were OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER & WILLOW FLYCATCHER.
Most of the flycatchers went unidentified.

A few shorebirds are hanging around but little variety: SPOTTIES, LEAST & 
SEMIPALMATED mainly, with occassional fly-bys from YELLOWLEGS or similiar 
species.

HARRIERS continue to hunt the island as they migrate daily. They make life 
interesting for the resident SAVANNAH SPARROWS, some of which are rearing 
their 3rd brood.

PUFFINS continue feeding chicks but the number drops daily.
Pufflings appear nightly and at about the same numbers. Most appear healthy 
although I'm not overjoyed with their weights.

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Subject: Essex St Marsh
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0400
Green herons, adult and juvenile, sora chicks beginning to look more
adult-like, green-winged teal, several belted kingfishers battling for
territory and the great egret is back. Lots of stuff going on this morning!

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h15dc1d22#h15dc1d22

Cheers,
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Subject: Biddeford Pool (WESA, YCNH, BASA, etc),8/24
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:34:29 -0400
Hi all,
A pleasant morning birding around Biddeford Pool yielded the following:
- 1 juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER, Biddeford Pool Beach at its eastern terminus at 
Ocean Ave (photos). 

- 1 continuing juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at Biddeford Pool Beach  (photos).
- 1 of the continuing YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, South Point Preserve.
- 2 ad w/ 2 juv American Oystercatchers, Ocean Ave.
- 1 pair Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, South Point Preserve.
- single Canada Warblers in scattered thickets, but other than Yellow Warblers, 
migrant landbirds were scarce. 


-Derek

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Subject: Fwd: NYTimes.com: Observed Planet: A Dawn Torrent of Tree Swallows - NYTimes.com
From: William Laverty <welaverty AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:15:25 -0400
Not sure if many read this article about tree swallows from Friday'sNYT.

Sent from my iPad

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> Date: August 24, 2014 at 7:54:46 AM EDT
> To: Welaverty AT gmail.com
> Subject: NYTimes.com: Observed Planet: A Dawn Torrent of Tree Swallows - 
NYTimes.com 

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> 	
> Observed Planet: A Dawn Torrent of Tree Swallows - NYTimes.com
> BY ANDREW C. REVKIN
> 
> Weather radar captures a stunning view of a spectacular daily bird commute.
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Subject: Maine RBA - August 22, 2014
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:33:36 -0400
Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: August 16 - 22, 2014
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox
 
Noteworthy Species Mentioned:
Mute Swan
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Sandhill Crane
South Polar Skua
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Western Kingbird
Prothonotary Warbler
Lark Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
 
York County
 
On the 18th, a WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from the mouth of the Mousam River 
in Wells. 

 
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was photographed at Timber Point, located at the end of 
Granite Point Road in Biddeford, on the 16th and 17th. 

 
Two immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found at Biddeford Pool, on the 
edge of the pond off Elphis Road, on the 19th and continued until at least the 
21st. 

 
Greater Portland
 
Two SANDHILL CRANES were still being reported as of the 17th in Raymond, along 
North Raymond Road in a field across from Mailman Road. 

 
Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
 
A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed on the 21st, reportedly presently since the 
18th, at "Nettie's Perennials" along Outer Hospital Street in Chelsea. 

 
Midcoast
 
On the 20th, a LARK SPARROW was photographed on Monhegan Island.
 
A pair of MUTE SWANS continues to be seen at the Winnegance Causeway in 
Phippsburg. 

 
One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Seawall Beach in Phippsburg on 
the 21st. 

 
Downeast
 
A boat trip out of Milbridge on the 20th was highlighted by at least two SOUTH 
POLAR SKUAS. 

 
On the 22nd, a YELLOW-HEADED BALCKBIRD was photographed at Pond Point on Great 
Wass Island. 


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Subject: Re: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof)
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:56:09 -0400
I had a flight of five c. nighthawks tonight over my house in Sidney. We
often get them here during migration, but never any other time. One year I
sat by the bridge between Winslow and Waterville and counted more than 100
as they crossed, then followed the Kennebec, quite a spectacle. The only
time I've seen them when not on migration was in downtown Kalamazoo, MI.

Julia


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> I usually see one or two (sometimes more, my highest this year is 6 at one
> time) most nights on my farm in Searsmont.
>
> Good birding,
> Fyn
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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper
From: "Richard J. Duddy" <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:46:06 -0400
I stopped by Biddeford Pool Beach, east end, this afternoon. I found a
Baird's Sandpiper among the many Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least
Sandpipers & Semipalmated Plovers. I walked down the beach to find
Margaret Viens & her sister looking at some Ruddy Turnstones &
White-rumped Sandpipers.
There was also a huge number of Tree Swallows.

Turk Duddy
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof)
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:14:55 -0700 (PDT)
I usually see one or two (sometimes more, my highest this year is 6 at one 
time) most nights on my farm in Searsmont.

Good birding,
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Subject: Common Nighthawks over Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:48:22 -0400
Yesterday evening around 6pm there were many Common Nighthawks feeding over
the town of Harrington in Washington County.  I counted 26 from my
windshield as I was driving home from the town library but there were many
in the distance.

Anne Archie
Harrington

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Subject: Least sandpipers and the mink....
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:01:31 -0400
​During our outing at the Rockland Breakwater, and while I was
photographing a pair of least sandpipers, a mink charged out from between
the granite and almost caught one. I've never seen mink on the breakwater
before.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h8770a1d#h8770a1d


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Subject: Re: Nighthawks (or lack thereof)
From: R&W Sumner <chrwsu AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:54:54 -0400
I saw what was probably that same flock in the same general area the 
same evening.  It was the first flock I've seen this year.

I have not yet heard a good theory as to why the population of 
nighthawks has declined.  It certainly isn't for lack of food! They used 
to breed on the flat roofs in downtown Farmington and Waterville (and 
probably other towns), but I have not seen them in Farmington for 
years.  About the only time I see them these days is during their 
southward migration in August.

Wally S.

On 8/22/2014 11:38 PM, William Nichols wrote:
> I was glad to see around 20 Common Nighthawks yesterday evening 
> (8/21), feeding over a field between Route 2 and the Sandy River in 
> New Sharon. Has anyone else noted an almost complete absence of 
> nighthawk numbers this year? I've been seeing only slightly more of 
> them than bats.
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Subject: Nighthawks (or lack thereof)
From: William Nichols <wnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:38:15 -0400
I was glad to see around 20 Common Nighthawks yesterday evening (8/21),
feeding over a field between Route 2 and the Sandy River in New Sharon. Has
anyone else noted an almost complete absence of nighthawk numbers this
year? I've been seeing only slightly more of them than bats.
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Subject: This Week's Highlights and Shorebird High Counts, 8/16-22
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:49:46 -0400
Hi all,
Highlights for me over the past seven days included the following:
- 6 Mourning Warblers, Quill Hill, Dallas Plantation, 8/18 (with Kirk Betts).
- 5 Gray Jays and 3 Boreal Chickadees, Boy Scout Road, Rangeley, 8/18 (with 
Kirk Betts). 

- 1 Surf Scoter, 1 White-winged Scoter, and 27 Black Scoters, Popham Beach 
State Park, Phippsburg, 8/19 (with Jeannette). 

- 1 drake LONG-TAILED DUCK and 23 Black Scoters, Simpson's Pt, Brunswick, 8/22.

And for the first time this summer, sadly, I actually visited enough shorebird 
hotspots in a week to make a synopsis of my shorebird high counts relatively 
worthwhile: 


Black-bellied Plover: 138 Wharton Point, Brunswick, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Semipalmated Plover: 302 (95% adults), Pine Point, Scarborough, 8/21.
Killdeer: 3, Highland Road, Brunswick, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Greater Yellowlegs: 17, Simpson's Point, 8/22.
Lesser Yellowlegs: 9, Wharton Point, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Solitary Sandpiper: 2, Rte 1/9 panne, Scarborough Marsh, 8/21.
"Eastern" Willet: 5 juvs, Pine Point, 8/21.
Spotted Sandpiper: 2, Highland Road, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Ruddy Turnstone: 3, Pine Point, 8/21.
Red Knot (FOF): 1, Wharton Point, 8/19 (with Jeannette). Continues through 
8/22. 

Sanderling: 30, Popham Beach State Park, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 700, Popham Beach State Park, 8/19 (with Jeannette).
Least Sandpiper: 58, Rte 1/9 salt panne, 8/21.
White-rumped Sandpiper: 9, Pine Point, 8/21.
Short-billed Dowitcher: 21, Wharton Point, 8/22.

-Derek

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Subject: Bird Monitoring - Scarborough Marsh
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:28:00 -0400
Just a reminder about our bird monitoring this Saturday!

Join us on August 23 from 7- 10 for our annual marsh-wide survey of birds at 
Scarborough Marsh The survey will document the numbers of individuals and 
species present in the marsh. Depending on the assignment, surveys could last 
between 1-3 hours and may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe (provided at 
the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome! They will go out with 
experienced monitors. 

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


For more information and to register, contact Linda Woodard at 883-5100 or 
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Subject: Nighthawks!
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:50:36 -0400
Nighthawk migration is underway. I had two at Messalonskee High School this
afternoon in Oakland, then 10-16 just at dusk at Thomas College in
Waterville. Wasn't sure if I was seeing new birds or if some I counted
circled back.

Frogs were everywhere on the drive home tonight, so my son and I went out
to relocate them from our road. We moved four wood frogs and got to see
about six bats. Sadly, we have not had a bat here since this spring, so
these must have been passing through. Nice to see--and there was plenty for
them to eat.

Julia
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Subject: Downeast birding
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:34:48 -0400
Addison Marsh yielded five Great Egrets today, a rather high number for a
marsh that doesn't get a lot of wading birds besides Great Blue Herons.

 

And for the curious, the highlight reel for yesterday's really good pelagic
trip is posted up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaineBirdingTrail.
It includes a couple skua photos.

 

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:30:47 -0700 (PDT)
There are still a good number of PUFFINS bringing food, albeit not all is 
the greatest quality.
This spell of benign weather is perfect for the Pufflings leaving every 
night.

The last ARCTIC TERNS (5) were seen on Tuesday. There were two (2) 
fledglings still here.
One chick had been flying well for over a week and hopefully left with its 
parents.
The second chick, about the same age as the first, was never seen testing 
its wings and wouldn't even fly when approached. I doubt that it could 
survive.
In spite of some unfortunate loses, I feel that some 12-15 Tern chicks 
survived to flight and were early enough to have good survival prospects.
Not huge but a pretty good season after a decade of complete reproductive 
failure.

Very few wanders yet, although this morning revealed a couple YELLOW RUMPED 
WARBLERS, 2 RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES, a handful of GOLDFINCHES and several 
flycatchers. LEAST and OLIVE SIDED were both noted.

A few Swallows, mainly TREE SWALLOWS, CLIFF SWALLOWS & BARN SWALLOWS have 
been passing through each day.
Also a few HARRIERS hunt their way through.

A couple sightings of note:

A female EIDER still guiding 3 ducklings. They are barely half grown and 
must have been an exceptionally late hatch.

The YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON, which I thought had left, is still here. 
It's now been here for at least 13 days. That's a remarkable period 
considering that we have no Heron habitat. It's using the intertidal zone 
and that apparently is to its liking.

There appears to have been some feed quite local this past couple days. One 
instance saw the assembly of 100+ HARBOUR PORPOISE, 2 MINKE WHALES, 30+ 
GRAY SEALS, a couple dozen GANNETS, 1000+Gulls as well as numerous STORM 
PETRELS, 30+ GREAT SHEARWATERS, 10+ SOOTY SHEARWATERS & 5 MANX SHEARWATERS.

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Subject: Least Tern Chicks
From: Kenneth Janes <janes.ken AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:17:17 -0400

 I found two recently hatched Least Tern chicks at Wells Reserve Beach today. 
It is hard to believe they will survive long enough to fly south but the adults 
were actively feeding them. Is this unusual for chicks to just be hatching this 
late in the season? 


	Ken Janes
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Subject: Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: "'Jess Home' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:17:19 -0400
Anyone check with York Center for Wildlife?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 21, 2014, at 6:01 PM, Sally Blauvelt  wrote:
> 
> I've thought about that, too. And I'm interested to hear what others have to 
say. The pond is on my running route. I've been looking out for my the 
cormorant and now the goose for awhile and feel emotionally attached. I feel 
like a flawed human being......I don't know what's best. 

> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Aug 21, 2014, at 5:57 PM, RALPH ELDRIDGE  wrote:
>> 
>> At the risk of ruffling feathers I have to ask: Am I the only one who 
questions human intervention with a likely life in captivity? 

>> Is anyone giving thought to the other animals, including birds, that survive 
because of the weak and incapacitated? 

>> This isn't a rare or endangered species where intervention might be 
justified. 

>>  
>>  
>>  
>> 
>>> On Monday, 18 August 2014 22:54:57 UTC-3, Judith & Reid Scher  wrote:
>>> I asked this question last spring. Noah Gibb responded and we both are 
willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird. The answer to what will 
happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will suffer a slow 
cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it. This is not the 
Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural ecosystem. 

>>> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C 
Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or other 
State or Fed Authority? 

>>> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter 
willing to house these birds? I know that some aquariums take in wounded 
shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the wild. If 
anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the case. 

>>> Judy Scher
>>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: Sally Blauvelt <sally.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:01:06 -0400
I've thought about that, too. And I'm interested to hear what others have to 
say. The pond is on my running route. I've been looking out for my the 
cormorant and now the goose for awhile and feel emotionally attached. I feel 
like a flawed human being......I don't know what's best. 


Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 21, 2014, at 5:57 PM, RALPH ELDRIDGE  wrote:
> 
> At the risk of ruffling feathers I have to ask: Am I the only one who 
questions human intervention with a likely life in captivity? 

> Is anyone giving thought to the other animals, including birds, that survive 
because of the weak and incapacitated? 

> This isn't a rare or endangered species where intervention might be 
justified. 

>  
>  
>  
> 
>> On Monday, 18 August 2014 22:54:57 UTC-3, Judith & Reid Scher wrote:
>> I asked this question last spring. Noah Gibb responded and we both are 
willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird. The answer to what will 
happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will suffer a slow 
cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it. This is not the 
Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural ecosystem. 

>> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C 
Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or other 
State or Fed Authority? 

>> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter 
willing to house these birds? I know that some aquariums take in wounded 
shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the wild. If 
anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the case. 

>> Judy Scher
>> 
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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:57:47 -0700 (PDT)
At the risk of ruffling feathers I have to ask: Am I the only one who 
questions human intervention with a likely life in captivity?
Is anyone giving thought to the other animals, including birds, that 
survive because of  the weak and incapacitated? 
This isn't a rare or endangered species where intervention might be 
justified.
 
 
 

On Monday, 18 August 2014 22:54:57 UTC-3, Judith & Reid Scher wrote:

> I asked this question last spring.  Noah Gibb responded and we both are 
> willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird.  The answer to what 
> will happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will 
> suffer a slow cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it.  This 
> is not the Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural 
> ecosystem. 
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C 
> Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or 
> other State or Fed Authority?  
> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter 
> willing to house these birds?  I know that some aquariums take in wounded 
> shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the 
> wild.   If anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the 
> case. 
> Judy Scher
>
>

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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant
From: "Hank & Linda Nevins" <fridge6 AT tidewater.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:35:41 -0400
Just a thought - this bird is in Portland - perhaps the Parks, etc. dept. 
should be contacted, if nothing else to alert them about plans. They also might 
be able to help in capturing the bird. Everyone is rightfully concerned about 
the future of this bird, but it's "protected" and you probably need permission 
from someone to attempt anything,and they'll probably assist you too. 


Linda Nevins  

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Subject: Re: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:18:45 -0400
I wonder if they would need to give the bird(s) shelter? It may be that it
would do OK on its own if it were transported to where the water would not
freeze.

Bill Blauvelt


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM, ron romano  wrote:

> Avian Haven may be able to assist - I know they rescued some owls, hawks,
> eagles over the past few months.  They are a bit up the coast i think but i
> believe this is the organization that might be able to help.  worth trying!
>  Ron
>
> On Monday, August 18, 2014 9:54:57 PM UTC-4, Judith & Reid Scher wrote:
>>
>> I asked this question last spring.  Noah Gibb responded and we both are
>> willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird.  The answer to what
>> will happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will
>> suffer a slow cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it.  This
>> is not the Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural
>> ecosystem.
>> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C
>> Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or
>> other State or Fed Authority?
>> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter
>> willing to house these birds?  I know that some aquariums take in wounded
>> shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the
>> wild.   If anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the
>> case.
>> Judy Scher
>>
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Subject: RE: Sandhill Crane, nighthawks, in Chelsea
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:41:07 +0000
My mistake! Being a geographer, you'd expect me to get that right, but that is 
route 9 that goes through Chelsea (on the east side of the river). Thanks 
Linwood. 


And the Hallowell Rd (correct name) is the road that becomes the "Ferry Rd" on 
the west side of route 9. If you are wondering why a road in Chelsea is the 
"Hallowell Rd", and the "Ferry Rd", that is because in the old days, before the 
bridges, that was a ferry crossing. So you took the road to Hallowell and 
crossed your horse/buggy on the ferry to Hallowell. 


===============================
Michael Smith MS GISP
State GIS Manager, Maine Office of GIS
State of Maine, Office of Information Technology
michael.smith _at_ maine.gov 207-215-5530

Board Member, Maine GeoLibrary
Education Chair, Maine GIS Users Group
State Rep, National States Geographic Information Council
[cid:image001.jpg AT 01CFBD2B.ACE054A0]

State House Station 145
51 Commerce Drive
Augusta, ME 04333-0145
69o 47' 58.9"W  44o 21' 54.8"N
From: augusta-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:augusta-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Smith, Michael 

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Subject: [augusta-birds] Sandhill Crane, nighthawks, in Chelsea

This morning I found this fella in a field in Chelsea, a nice Sandhill Crane 
(crappy phone-pic attached). This field is right next to route 27 on the east 
side, south of the Hallowell Rd. This is where "Nettie's Perennials" is 
located, a single greenhouse business with some nice flowers for sale. I spoke 
with the "Nettie" and she said the crane has been been there since Monday, and 
is usually near the road in the morning, but moves back in the field as the day 
goes on. 


And last night in about the same area were 5 Common Nighthawks.

[cid:image002.jpg AT 01CFBD2B.ACE054A0]

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State Rep, National States Geographic Information Council
[cid:image001.jpg AT 01CFBD2B.ACE054A0]

State House Station 145
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Augusta, ME 04333-0145
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Subject: Sandhill Crane, nighthawks, in Chelsea
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:22:58 +0000
This morning I found this fella in a field in Chelsea, a nice Sandhill Crane 
(crappy phone-pic attached). This field is right next to route 27 on the east 
side, south of the Hallowell Rd. This is where "Nettie's Perennials" is 
located, a single greenhouse business with some nice flowers for sale. I spoke 
with the "Nettie" and she said the crane has been been there since Monday, and 
is usually near the road in the morning, but moves back in the field as the day 
goes on. 


And last night in about the same area were 5 Common Nighthawks.

[cid:image004.jpg AT 01CFBD29.E1165640]

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State GIS Manager, Maine Office of GIS
State of Maine, Office of Information Technology
michael.smith _at_ maine.gov 207-215-5530

Board Member, Maine GeoLibrary
Education Chair, Maine GIS Users Group
State Rep, National States Geographic Information Council
[cid:image001.jpg AT 01CFBD28.AC6A68B0]

State House Station 145
51 Commerce Drive
Augusta, ME 04333-0145
69o 47' 58.9"W  44o 21' 54.8"N

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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: ron romano <roroman AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:59:04 -0700 (PDT)
Avian Haven may be able to assist - I know they rescued some owls, hawks, 
eagles over the past few months.  They are a bit up the coast i think but i 
believe this is the organization that might be able to help.  worth trying! 
 Ron

On Monday, August 18, 2014 9:54:57 PM UTC-4, Judith & Reid Scher wrote:
>
> I asked this question last spring.  Noah Gibb responded and we both are 
> willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird.  The answer to what 
> will happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will 
> suffer a slow cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it.  This 
> is not the Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural 
> ecosystem. 
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C 
> Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or 
> other State or Fed Authority?  
> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter 
> willing to house these birds?  I know that some aquariums take in wounded 
> shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the 
> wild.   If anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the 
> case. 
> Judy Scher
>
>

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Subject: Popham Beach - evening, Aug 20
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:39:19 -0400
An immature Peregrine Falcon amused itself this evening by making two strafing 
runs across the beach and over gathering flocks of loafing birds. It first 
scattered the growing bunch of Great Black-Backed Gulls, then (half hour later) 
was seen way out over the Gulf of Maine, chasing sizable flocks of peeps. 


We noticed many small bunches of peeps and BBPlovers roosting on the offshore 
rocks as it got dark. 


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Subject: South Polar Skuas
From: duchesne AT midmaine.com
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:25:45 -0400 (EDT)
Seth Benz and I are leading a tour based at Schoodic Education and
Research Center this week. Today's weather was ideal for taking a small
boat offshore, so we went out with Robertson Sea Tours in Milbridge. We
were rewarded with five sightings of skua. One was too distant to ID, but
the other occasions brought them in close to the boat for easy views. The
four confirmable sightings were South Polar Skuas. Due to differences in
primaries, we believe there were two individuals, sighted multiple times
as we hunted for whales.

We also stumbled into a barbarian horde of white-sided dolphins - probably
300. They played with our small boat for a long, satisfying time. We had
several encounters with ocean sunfish (mola-mola), plus basking sharks.
Loads of Great Shearwaters, but only two Sooty Shearwaters. Wilson's
Storm-petrels were present in big numbers, and both species of phalarope
were present throughout. Northern Gannets were plentiful, and we grabbed
about a dozen puffins.

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Lark Sparrow--Monhegan Island-8/20
From: "James .Petersen" <falcocolumbarius99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:14:44 -0400
I was birding Monhegan Island today and observed a Lark Sparrow around 3:15
that was foraging behind the barnacle restaurant.

Here is the link for photos of the Lark Sparrow:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8565979 AT N06/14797994837/

James Petersen

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Subject: RE: Massive Flight of Tree Swallows Roosting/Soaring at Ogunquit (4 pics)
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:37:55 +0000
Here is some video of the same phenomenon in Salisbury State Reserve, MA last 
week (Friday morning). I estimated at least 5000 Tree Swallows. The dark clouds 
on the parking lots are all Tree Swallows sitting. 


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=540373042730582


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=542104265890793


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Michael Smith MS GISP
State GIS Manager, Maine Office of GIS
State of Maine, Office of Information Technology
michael.smith _at_ maine.gov 207-215-5530

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Subject: [Maine-birds] Massive Flight of Tree Swallows Roosting/Soaring at 
Ogunquit (4 pics) 


Yesterday I was amazed to find an enormous flock of presumably migrating tree 
swallows at Ogunquit Beach. Hard to give a count, but there certainly were many 
hundreds and quite possibly well over 1,000. Around 3:00 p.m. they were 
roosting in and swooping around a handful of low pines that sit in the dunes 
between the beach and the inner estuary. They preferred the open branches of a 
dead pine, but those were so densely packed they also came to rest on green 
pine boughs, and the sky around the pines was filled with swallows. I looked it 
up and a large flock of swallows is called a "flight." 

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Subject: Massive Flight of Tree Swallows Roosting/Soaring at Ogunquit (4 pics)
From: brad woodward <brad5000 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:30:09 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday I was amazed to find an enormous flock of presumably migrating 
tree swallows at Ogunquit Beach.  Hard to give a count, but there certainly 
were many hundreds and quite possibly well over 1,000.  Around 3:00 p.m. 
they were roosting in and swooping around a handful of low pines that sit 
in the dunes between the beach and the inner estuary.  They preferred the 
open branches of a dead pine, but those were so densely packed  they also 
came to rest on green pine boughs, and the sky around the pines was filled 
with swallows.   I looked it up and a large flock of swallows is called a 
"flight."

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Subject: Popham Beach - Aug 20
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:48:11 -0400
Bright morning as the tide was approaching High (but not very high). Highlights 
included a Red Phalarope along the edge of Morse River on the Seawall side, and 
my FOS Baird's Sandpiper (jug). Human activity at Popham was nil until about 
8:15, and there were no people (or unleashed dogs) on Seawall until nearly 
9:30. I've found that the presence of uncommon species (skimmers, 
oystercatchers, Phalaropes) is more a function of time of day than tide or 
weather. If you can scan the area before beachcombers arrive, so much the 
better. 


Otherwise...the BBPlover flock is growing (to 250+). There are more Least Sands 
every day. As I was trying to photo the Baird's, it got mixed up in the throng 
and I ended up taking many photos of a White-rumped Sand, one of 6 here this 
morning. 


22 Gray Seals in the flat-calm zone outside the surf; 1 Monarch Butterfly, (2nd 
here this fall). 


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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:07:16 -0700 (PDT)
What about taking it to Avian Haven in Freedom? I'm sure they would take 
it. 

Good luck, and good birding,
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Subject: Mud Creek Ospreys
From: "'Alex Barker' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:11 -0400
Has anyone in the group been monitoring the osprey nest on Mud Creek in Lamoine 
(Hancock County)? Surely the chick has fledged by now, but I never see more 
than two birds at the nest or nearby, and they seem to be the adults. I am only 
driving by to and from work, but I've seen someone with major equipment 
watching them. If anyone reading this has any news on this family, I'd love to 
hear it. 


Mary Lou in Sullivan


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Subject: Windham Nighthawks
From: "Ben S." <smee23_94 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:15:34 -0700 (PDT)
I saw my first 4 common nighthawks of the year as I was leaving the 
community garden after work this evening (about 5:15).  Just a few minutes 
later I saw at least a dozen nighthawks in what I guess to be a very loose 
flock.  I saw them stretched over a couple miles in two's and three's over 
the Gray Road fields all the way from the rotary to the Route 202/Falmouth 
Road intersection.  Quite a spectacle!

Ben
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Subject: Shorebirds and a peregrine at Flat Bay
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:44:33 -0400
Yesterday we saw six species of shorebirds feeding on the mudflats in Flat
Bay (Harrington): Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover, Black
Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlets and a lone White-rumped Sandpiper.
There are hundreds of  Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Black Plovers that we
can see from our house, and the numbers are more likely in the thousands
all along the bay where we are unable to see and count.

A peregrine was cruising along the tree tops in front of our house and
along the shoreline at yesterday morning's low tide.

Merle and Anne Archie
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Subject: Messalonskee - the silence was deafening
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:52:49 -0400
A flat calm, gorgeous, sunny morning to paddle the bottom half of Messalonskee. 
But it was very quiet. The only calls I heard were protesting woodies and GBHs 
that I flushed or surprised. 

Saw 1 Am Bittern - heard none
saw 9 PBGrebes (few zebra-heads) - heard none
Heard no snipe winnowing
etc.

Black terns have apparently departed for the season.
Saw 1 drake BWTeal 
5 Spotted Sands and a pair of yellowlegs flew in, one of each flavor. 
Saw all swallows except Barn (!); and that includes 2 P Martins

The wooded edges didn't hold any passerines, migrant or otherwise.

 

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Subject: Thorndike Red-necked Phalarope
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:39:37 -0700 (PDT)
New to my patch.  Right off Ward Hill Rd, but not visible from it.  A 
surprise, but this is the time for them...
 
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Subject: Ooops, sorry, in East Boothbay.
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:21:03 -0400
Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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Subject: Nice mixed flock this morning
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:20:07 -0400
I had a lovely little mixed flock this morning, maybe 25 birds.  There were
mostly Black-throated Greens and Chickadees but there was a Nashville, a
Blackburnian and a couple of Black and Whites for warblers plus a
Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Downy Woodpecker.  We are also inundated with
fledgling Ospreys careening around and chirping anxiously plus an abundance
of hummers.

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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:50:20 -0400
That was my thought also. Their number is 207-361–1400. Might want to check 
with Maine Department of Inland fisheries and Wildlife. They might be willing 
to come help capture it. Their number is 207–657–2345. Scott Lindsey is the 
wildlife biologist for this area. 


I'm down in Connecticut with my father who's had an accident. But would be 
willing to help when I get back later this week. 


Linda Woodard
Director, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
207-883-5100
Cell 207-415-8331
Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 19, 2014, at 8:09 AM, Nathan Hall  wrote:

Judy

My wife and I live close to Evergreen and have been keeping an eye on the 
cormorant like you. Earlier this year we took a baby squirrel to the Center for 
Wildlife in York. And I have been thinking they might take the cormorant and 
they might even have suggestions about how to capture it. I will give them a 
call today and see what they have to say then send you an email with the 
information. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. 


Nathan


> On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM, 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds 
 wrote: 

> I asked this question last spring. Noah Gibb responded and we both are 
willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird. The answer to what will 
happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will suffer a slow 
cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it. This is not the 
Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural ecosystem. 

> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C 
Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or other 
State or Fed Authority? 

> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter willing 
to house these birds? I know that some aquariums take in wounded shorebirds 
etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the wild. If anyone has 
any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the case. 

> Judy Scher
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Subject: Re: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:09:46 -0400
Judy

My wife and I live close to Evergreen and have been keeping an eye on the
cormorant like you. Earlier this year we took a baby squirrel to the Center
for Wildlife  in York. And I have
been thinking they might take the cormorant and they might even have
suggestions about how to capture it. I will give them a call today and see
what they have to say then send you an email with the information. Please
let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

Nathan


On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM, 'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds <
maine-birds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> I asked this question last spring.  Noah Gibb responded and we both are
> willing to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird.  The answer to what
> will happen with the advent of fall and winter is that the animal will
> suffer a slow cruel death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it.  This
> is not the Galapagos and helping this animal won't contaminate the natural
> ecosystem.
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C
> Goose could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or
> other State or Fed Authority?
> And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter
> willing to house these birds?  I know that some aquariums take in wounded
> shorebirds etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the
> wild.   If anyone has any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the
> case.
> Judy Scher
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Subject: Disabled Evergreen Cormorant - Can't something be done?
From: "'Judith & Reid Scher' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:54:54 -0700
I asked this question last spring. Noah Gibb responded and we both are willing 
to step up w/ $ or muscle to help this bird. The answer to what will happen 
with the advent offall and winter is that the animal will suffer a slow cruel 
death as it freezes in the ice UNLESS we help it. This is not the Galapagos 
and helpingthis animal won't contaminate the natural ecosystem. 

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how the cormorant and maybe the C Goose 
could be captured - do we need permission from Fish & Wildlife or other State 
or Fed Authority? 

And equally important, does anyone have a lead on a rescue or shelter willing 
to house these birds? I know that some aquariums take in wounded shorebirds 
etc. They also house those who cannot be returned to the wild.If anyone has 
any ideas - I'm willing to make the calls and the case. 

Judy Scher

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Subject: Essex St Marsh
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:44:19 -0400
​A quick check at the sora pond at Essex St Marsh this morning saw only
three sora chicks presented themselves. Didn't see any adults.
One chick seems to have almost all of it's adult plumage.

Another treat to see was an adult cedar waxwing teaching it's young how to
steal from a spider!

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h248dafbb#h248dafbb


Cheers,
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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:26:43 -0700 (PDT)
 
Well, the research season has closed with the departure of the UNB crew on 
the 16th.
All in all it seems to have been a fairly successful season.

There are still a goodly number of PUFFINS left on the island and a decent 
amount of food is coming ashore.
Emerging chicks are generally in pretty good condition although I would 
like to see them carrying a bit more weight.
The RAZORBILLS & MURRES have been long gone but, as sometimes happen, there 
are surprises. One such was the sighting of a very late Razorbill with a 
large chick still on the island on Friday last.

Post-breeding wanders and early migrants are just a trickle.
Swallows have been sighted on each day recently with a group of 25+ 
mid-week and another group some 20 strong on Saturday. TREE SWALLOWS are 
most common, with BARN SWALLOWS & CLIFF SWALLOWS in small numbers.

The WESTERN KINGBIRD proved to be a one day wonder, although it put on a 
good show for the time it was here.
There was at least one EASTERN KINGBIRD around on Saturday and I've seen 2 
this morning.

Yesterday, Sunday, there was one and maybe two juvenile BLACK BILLED 
CUCKOOS around.

Two or more NORTHERN WATER THRUSHS have been around since late last week 
with one of them hanging around the house and garden and it's been 
typically quite approachable.

A handful of YELLOW WARBLERS continue but similiar species are notable in 
their absence.

NORTHERN GANNETS have been very evident over the past few days, providing 
some near-shore plunge diving displays.

Raptors over the past week have been spotty.
A few HARRIERS moved through mid to late week.
A couple of EAGLES have been spending various amounts of time around MSI 
and Gull Rock., Sometimes as singles and sometimes at the same time.
2 or 3 different PEREGRINE FALCONS appear every day or so if the weather is 
decently clear.

Shore birds have tapered off and/or concentrated into a couple flocks. The 
total on the island was last estimated at about 50 LEAST SANDPIPERS & 50 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
The SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around are likely just our residents and continue at 
about two dozen scattered over the island.
The latter part of last week produced sightings of 3-4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS; 
1-2 WILSON'S SNIPE & 1 WILLET.
I also saw what appeared to be a PURPLE SANDPIPER. However, the very early 
date makes that ID somewhat questionable.

I didn't see the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON yesterday but even if it has 
departed it had an exceptional stay of well over a week. Herons rarely stay 
even a full day.

The PURPLE ASTER, GOLDENROD & BUTTERCUP are (very) slowly begining to 
bloom. Those, especially the Aster, are the mainstay for HUMMINGBIRDS & 
BUTTERFLIES. In years without the blossoms (like last fall) we see 
virtually no Butterflies and few Hummers.

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Date: Sun, 17 08 2014 08:43:28




Subject: Prothonotary Warbler - Timberpoint
From: "Richard J. Duddy" <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:23:34 -0400
Went out to Timberpoint this morning to look for the reported
Prothonotary Warbler. I met up with Sue Keefer, who reported the bird
yesterday. She had already seen it this morning before I got there &
showed me where it had been seen, in the area of the cable across the
road marking the end of public access. There was a fair amount of
activity so we started checking what was there. After a short while I
relocated the Blue-winged Warbler Sue had found. Shortly after that I
found the Prothonotary. The birds seem to keep circling through the area
feeding so we would have lulls in the activity & then it would pick back
up. We saw the Prothonotary 3 more time before Doug Hitchcox & Nick Lund
joined us. After much waiting & looking around the flock came back
through & we found the Prothonotary & Blue-winged again.

Here's the link to my E-bird list.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19495066

Sue had some other warblers & sea birds that I didn't see.

Turk Duddy
Cape Porpoise

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Subject: Unity migrants
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:29:32 -0700 (PDT)
The unsettled weather this morning seems to have prompted some landbird 
movement in the area.  Without leaving my deck I spotted at least ten 
warbler species including Cape May and at least two Prairies.  A variety of 
other species (many unidentified) were also noted in less than 30 minutes 
of observation.
 
If you are considering it, it may be a good time to look around.
 
Good birding,
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Subject: Re: Prothonotary Warbler at Timber Point
From: "'wihakowi' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:36:05 -0700 (PDT)
Several folks have asked where Timber Point is. Timber Point is part of 
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It is at the end of Granite Point 
Rd in Biddeford. Small parking area. Only about 100 acres but - nice 
variety of habitats including salt-marsh, beach, freshwater marsh, woods, 
fields and rocky coast. A pleasant way to spend a morning birding or simply 
getting away. Come join us.
Steve & Sue  802-249-0984

Oh, Prothonotary spotted again this a.m. - with pictures!



On Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:36:08 PM UTC-4, wihakowi wrote:
>
> Lots of good stuff passing through with today's highlight = male* 
> Prothonotary Warbler*. Seen twice - first during the a.m guided walk and 
> re-spotted just after noon.
> Sue & Steve
>

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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler at Timber Point
From: "'wihakowi' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:36:08 -0700 (PDT)
Lots of good stuff passing through with today's highlight = male* 
Prothonotary Warbler*. Seen twice - first during the a.m guided walk and 
re-spotted just after noon.
Sue & Steve

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Subject: Nova Star Ferry: Yarmouth, NS to Portland, 8/15/14 (6 species of tubenose)
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:01:04 -0700
Hi all,

I rode the Nova Star ferry to and from Nova Scotia this week. My trip over on 
Tuesday night-Wednesday morning was uneventful, as the dawn was enveloped in 
fog. Following two great days of birding in Nova Scotia, I returned on Friday, 
with fog off Nova Scotia giving away to an impressive array and goodly numbers 
of pelagics.  My total for the 10-hour trip (the first 3+ hours were in and 
out of fog) was as follows: 


173 Great Shearwaters
167 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
131 Northern Gannets
105 unidentified phalaropes
55 (!!!) Leach’s Storm-Petrels
10 unidentified storm-petrels
10 Laughing Gulls
7 unidentified terns
2 Sooty Shearwaters
2 unidentified jaegers
2 Atlantic Puffins
2 unidentified passerines
1 Manx Shearwater
1 Common Tern
1 Ruddy Turnstone
1 Yellow Warbler

Other:
4 Fin Whales
Harbor Porpoise, Gray Seals, Harbor Seals
9 Mola Mola
1 (breaching!) Blue Shark

My blog recounting the trip, my birding in Nova Scotia, and some photos of 
various things can be found here: 


http://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/the-nova-star-ferry-to-nova-scotia/ 

  
-Derek

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Freeport Wild Bird Supply 
541 Route One, Suite 10 
Freeport, ME 04069 
207-865-6000 
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Subject: Maine RBA - August 15, 2014
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:13:54 -0400
Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: August 9 - 15, 2014
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox
 
Noteworthy Species Mentioned:
Mute Swan
White-faced Ibis
Common Gallinule
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
'Western' Willet
Forster's Tern

York County

An undocumented Streptopelia dove, possibly a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, was 
reported as visiting feeders in Sanford for a couple weeks and last being seen 
on the 12th. 


On the 11th, a FORSTER'S TERN was photographed on Hills Beach in Biddeford.

Greater Portland

An AMERICAN AVOCET was photographed in the Scarborough Marsh, visible from the 
Eastern Trail, on the 10th. At least one of the WHITE-FACED IBISES was still 
being seen here as of the 10th, and at least two of the presumed TRICOLORED 
HERON X SNOWY EGRET HYBRIDS continued to be seen through this week. 


Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported throughout the week in Raymond, along North 
Raymond Road in a field across from Mailman Road. 


Lewiston-Auburn

On the 13th, two SANDHILL CRANES were photographed in a cemetery on McGuier 
Hill Road in Poland. 


Midcoast

A pair of MUTE SWANS continues to be seen at the Winnegance Causeway in 
Phippsburg. 


A 'WESTER' WILLET and FORSTER'S TERN was reported from Popham Beach State Park 
on the 12th. 


Northern Maine

On the 10th, a COMMON GALLINULE was seen at the Christina Reservoir in Fort 
Fairfield. 


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