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30 Jan Re: mystery raptor [Shiloh ]
30 Jan Re: mystery raptor [Michael Boardman ]
30 Jan Re: mystery raptor [Rob O'Connell ]
30 Jan HETH West Falmouth [Jessica Costa ]
30 Jan waxwings, Belfast [Sarah Caputo ]
30 Jan Maine RBA - January 30, 2015 [Doug Hitchcox ]
30 Jan This Week's Highlights, 1/24-30 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
30 Jan mystery raptor [Michael Boardman ]
30 Jan RE: Song Sparrow [Robin R Robinson ]
30 Jan Song Sparrow [panteradeath666 ]
30 Jan cw ["Jim Lea" ]
30 Jan Bohemian Waxings [panteradeath666 ]
30 Jan redpolls and siskins ~ North Haven ["Terry Sprague" ]
30 Jan Canadian national bird []
30 Jan BDN birding column ["Bob Duchesne" ]
30 Jan Swamp Sparrow ["NWDickinson, New Harbor" ]
29 Jan Red-shouldered Hawk still at Fuller Farm Scarborough [Joanne Stevens ]
29 Jan ? Red Shouldered hawk [Florence Maguire ]
29 Jan Snowy still on marsh in Welld [Paul Wells ]
29 Jan Snowy Owl Wells Gyr NO [Raven Watcher ]
29 Jan pileated-west kennebunk [Sharon F. ]
29 Jan MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
28 Jan Redpolls in China [JMSmith ]
28 Jan Redpolls + surprises ["'john tobin' via Maine birds" ]
28 Jan Eagle in Rockport ["Jim Lea" ]
28 Jan Gyrfalcon re-sighted in Wells [Bill Grabin ]
28 Jan Hermit Thrush ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
28 Jan Towhee in Hallowell ["Hodgkins" ]
28 Jan Redpolls [Dave Thompson ]
27 Jan Redpolls in China [JMSmith ]
27 Jan Redpoll ID help [Carl Alessi ]
27 Jan Redpolls [Andrew Chakoumakos ]
27 Jan eBird Report - Totman Cove, Phippsburg, Jan 27, 2015 [Robin R Robinson ]
27 Jan 2 Redpolls plus [Marie ]
27 Jan Re: Redpoll! [Rob O'Connell ]
27 Jan robins [Sarah Caputo ]
27 Jan Re: Redpoll! [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
27 Jan Redpoll! ["Julie A. Krasne, DVM" ]
27 Jan Northern Maine Birds: Rough-legged Hawk, Barred Owl, finch onslaught [Bill Sheehan ]
26 Jan Snow buntings in Vassalboro [JMSmith ]
26 Jan Fryeburg today [Bob Crowley ]
26 Jan Hermon and Hampden snowy owls [David Small ]
26 Jan Big waxwing flock, Waterville [Abby ]
26 Jan Gyrfalcon - NH - Hampton Harbor [Shiloh ]
26 Jan Cancellation-Merrymeeting Audubon Pot Luck ["Stella Walsh" ]
26 Jan Re: large mixed flock [Abby ]
26 Jan Hermit Thrush - Gardiner [Allison Wells ]
25 Jan Bangor Peregrine [Bruce Barker ]
25 Jan R B woodpecker [Joan Newkirk ]
25 Jan Scarborough: Eastern Towhee [Josh Fecteau ]
25 Jan Barrow's Goldeneyes and Glaucous Gull - South Freeport Harbor [David Gulick ]
25 Jan Re: Pine Siskins-Sanford ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
25 Jan Rockland area, 1.25.15 [Kristen Lindquist ]
25 Jan Pine Siskins [Christopher Johnson ]
25 Jan Winter Birds ["'john tobin' via Maine birds" ]
25 Jan Pie Bald chickadee Mars Hill [Robin R Robinson ]
25 Jan Hermit Thrush - Cumberland [David Gulick ]
25 Jan Fox Sparrows [panteradeath666 ]
24 Jan Re: Snowy Owl at Biddeford Pool. [Rob O'Connell ]
24 Jan Common Redpolls in Liberty [Susan D ]
24 Jan large mixed flock ["'me Starr' via Maine birds" ]
24 Jan Re: Snowy Owl at Bug Light (South Portland) [Aaron Bisig ]
24 Jan Snowy Owl at Bug Light (South Portland) [Aaron Bisig ]
24 Jan Snowy Owl at Biddeford Pool. [Rob O'Connell ]
24 Jan Black- legged Kittiwakes ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
24 Jan 2 continuing birds - West Bath and North Bath [Michael Fahay ]
24 Jan Help! ["Julie A. Krasne, DVM" ]
24 Jan White-winged gulls ["Glenn Jenks" ]
24 Jan Razorbills ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
23 Jan Northern Maine Birds [Lin Ross ]
23 Jan Additional Highlights This Week, 1/17-23 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
23 Jan Red bellied woodpecker in Franklin [Sherry Edwards ]
23 Jan Snowy Owl [Nancy McReel ]
23 Jan Dovekie [Robert Watson ]
23 Jan Shrike – yes Fuller Farm Broadturn Rd. Scarborough [Linda Woodard ]
23 Jan Belfast Bay census of Jan. 23, 2015 [Ronald Harrell ]

Subject: Re: mystery raptor
From: Shiloh <shiloh.schulte AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:05:45 -0800 (PST)
In both cases the descriptions strongly point to an accipiter (woodland Hawks 
that prey on birds). The flap flap glide pattern is characteristic of this 
group and they are the most likely Hawks to be preying on feeder birds. The 
most likely species is Cooper's Hawk, though the description of the bird at the 
airport also matches the larger and rarer Northern Goshawk. 


Cheers,

Shiloh Schulte

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Subject: Re: mystery raptor
From: Michael Boardman <mike AT coyotees.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:20:14 -0800 (PST)
It's the field along Prince Well Rd off 115 near Toots. It was about 4 when 
I saw the bird, so it could have come over from Greely Rd. Will have to 
check tomorrow if it's still in the area.

On Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:02:20 PM UTC-5, Rob O'Connell wrote:
>
> I had a similar occurrence today. I was snowblowing my driveway on Greely 
> Road Extension in Cumberland (down at the dead end) while a large flock of 
> siskins/goldfinches/chickadees/juncos/mourning doves were eating at my 
> feeders. I had just finished up (around 1PM or so) and was backing my 
> tractor into the garage and turned around to see a large hawk sized bird 
> dive on the feeders and peel across the driveway landing clumsily on a 
> branch that was too small to hold its weight. It took off again immediately 
> and disappeared through the trees towards my neighbors house. I was not 
> able to see the wing beat pattern but at first glance it was a brownish 
> gray on top with light belly. My first thought was a juvenile Northern 
> Harrier? But again it all happened so fast I would not even stake my life 
> cereal on it. . When I stood up upon seeing it my tractor stalled and 
> backfired which also did not help my powers of concentration any. I am not 
> familiar with the "Grover Airport". Where is that located? My house is not 
> far from Knights Pond and the power lines so it is possible that it was 
> hunting down those either before or after?
>  
>
> On Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:07:26 PM UTC-5, Michael Boardman wrote:
>>
>> I have a beginner question: just finished a snowshoe across the Grover 
>> airfield in N. Yarmouth and scared up a fairly large raptor (hawk sized) 
>> but of course forgot to bring my binocs. Didn't get a look a the head as it 
>> was flying away, but it had a distinctive flap flap glide beat pattern, 
>> light underneath, darkish (grey?) above. Is the wing beat any help in 
>> ID'ing a good sized raptor?
>
>

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Subject: Re: mystery raptor
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:02:20 -0800 (PST)
I had a similar occurrence today. I was snowblowing my driveway on Greely 
Road Extension in Cumberland (down at the dead end) while a large flock of 
siskins/goldfinches/chickadees/juncos/mourning doves were eating at my 
feeders. I had just finished up (around 1PM or so) and was backing my 
tractor into the garage and turned around to see a large hawk sized bird 
dive on the feeders and peel across the driveway landing clumsily on a 
branch that was too small to hold its weight. It took off again immediately 
and disappeared through the trees towards my neighbors house. I was not 
able to see the wing beat pattern but at first glance it was a brownish 
gray on top with light belly. My first thought was a juvenile Northern 
Harrier? But again it all happened so fast I would not even stake my life 
cereal on it. . When I stood up upon seeing it my tractor stalled and 
backfired which also did not help my powers of concentration any. I am not 
familiar with the "Grover Airport". Where is that located? My house is not 
far from Knights Pond and the power lines so it is possible that it was 
hunting down those either before or after?
 

On Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:07:26 PM UTC-5, Michael Boardman wrote:
>
> I have a beginner question: just finished a snowshoe across the Grover 
> airfield in N. Yarmouth and scared up a fairly large raptor (hawk sized) 
> but of course forgot to bring my binocs. Didn't get a look a the head as it 
> was flying away, but it had a distinctive flap flap glide beat pattern, 
> light underneath, darkish (grey?) above. Is the wing beat any help in 
> ID'ing a good sized raptor?

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Subject: HETH West Falmouth
From: Jessica Costa <jesslynncosta AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:32 -0500
A hermit thrush was having a snack at the feeder today in West Falmouth.
It was also eyeing the suet cage on the porch but didn't seem to know how
to get into it so I left a chunk out on the porch railing.

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Subject: waxwings, Belfast
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:32:09 +0000
Good sized flock of Cedar Waxwings in the Hannaford parking lot near the old 
pond this afternoon. 

Sarah 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Maine RBA - January 30, 2015
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:25:18 -0500
Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: January 24 – 30, 2015
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-shouldered Hawk
Snowy Owl
Gyrfalcon+
Clay-colored Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: 
https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/) 


York County

A GYRFALCON was reported from Wells Harbor on the 28th. This is presumably the 
same bird that was seen here from January 17th through the 19th and in Hampton, 
NH on the 25th and 26th. A SNOWY OWL was seen near here, from Mile Road, on the 
29th. 

 
4 or 5 SNOWY OWLS were reported around the Biddeford Pool area throughout the 
week. 


Greater Portland

A late EASTERN TOWHEE was found at Fuller Farm, located off Broad Turn Road in 
Scarborough on the 25h. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also been seen here over the 
past week. 

 
At least two or three SNOWY OWLS continued around the Scarborough Marsh this 
week. 

 
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Bug Light park in South Portland on the afternoon of 
the 24th. 

 
On the 25th, a pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were reported from South Freeport 
Harbor. 


Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported visiting feeders in Hallowell on the 28th.

Midcoast

On the 24th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was relocated at the corner of Ridge Road 
and Old Brunswick Road in North Bath. 

 
Central Maine
 
SNOWY OWLS were reported in Hampden and Hermon on the 26th.

Downeast

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at feeders in Eastport as of the 24th.
 

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Subject: This Week's Highlights, 1/24-30
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:24:11 -0500
Hi all,
Highlights for me over the past seven days included:

- 1 Belted Kingfisher, Freeport Town Wharf, 1/24 (with Saturday Morning 
Birdwalk Group). 

- 1 Swamp Sparrow, private property in Cape Elizabeth, 1/26.
- 1 Swamp Sparrow, Village Crossings, Cape Elizabeth, 1/26.
- 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS (1 pair plus one immature male) continue, Riverbank Park 
and Westbrook Riverwalk, through 1/26. 

- 2 drake Northern Pintails, Riverbank Park and Westbrook Riverwalk, 1/26.
- 1 SNOWY OWL, Biddeford Pool area, 1/29.

- 1 drake RING-NECKED DUCK and all three mergansers continue in Yarmouth Harbor 
through at least 1/26. 

- 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes (1 pair plus one drake) are in the Harraseeket River 
here in South Freeport. 

- Dunlin continue at Winslow Park in Freeport, with a season-to-date high of 33 
on 1/24 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group) and 22 on 1/25 (with Intro to 
Waterfowl Workshop group). 

- Scattered Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins throughout the week

-Derek

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Derek and Jeannette Lovitch 
Freeport Wild Bird Supply 
541 Route One, Suite 10 
Freeport, ME 04032 
207-865-6000 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com 

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Subject: mystery raptor
From: Michael Boardman <mike AT coyotees.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:07:26 -0800 (PST)
I have a beginner question: just finished a snowshoe across the Grover airfield 
in N. Yarmouth and scared up a fairly large raptor (hawk sized) but of course 
forgot to bring my binocs. Didn't get a look a the head as it was flying away, 
but it had a distinctive flap flap glide beat pattern, light underneath, 
darkish (grey?) above. Is the wing beat any help in ID'ing a good sized raptor? 


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Subject: RE: Song Sparrow
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:22:31 -0600
I have them in Phippsburg all day everyday. Is this unusual? RRR 
 
> Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:40:07 -0800
> From: seanari AT live.com
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> Subject: [Maine-birds] Song Sparrow
> 
> Was surprised to see a Song Sparrow with the Juncos and Chickadees down 
Indian Trail in Newcastle. 

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Subject: Song Sparrow
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:40:07 -0800 (PST)
Was surprised to see a Song Sparrow with the Juncos and Chickadees down Indian 
Trail in Newcastle. 


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Subject: cw
From: "Jim Lea" <clocks AT midcoast.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:36 -0500
Lone male Cedar Waxwing on School St in Rockport. at 1:30 today.

James Alden Lea 
Rockport Maine 04856

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Subject: Bohemian Waxings
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:31:31 -0800 (PST)
Working in Jefferson today installing some flooring. During one of my trips 
from the house to the work truck a flock of roughly 33 B. Waxwings landed in a 
crab next to the house. So beautiful!! 


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Subject: redpolls and siskins ~ North Haven
From: "Terry Sprague" <tigngump AT midcoast.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:19:44 -0500
Had a mixed flock of common redpoll and pine siskin touch down under the 
feeders this morning. 50+ individuals. Most I’ve counted at once. More 
siskins than redpolls this time. Last occurrence of a few days ago the flock of 
25-30 contained only 2-4 siskins. 


Terry on North Haven, midcoast island, Knx Cty. 

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Subject: Canadian national bird
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:01:22 -0500
 There is chance to vote for a national bird for Canada and they are allowing 
U.S. citizens to vote at their website. Go to: 
www.canadiangeographic.ca/nationalbird All of the species with votes and their 
current totals are listed. You can fill out the voting form and place your 
vote. Current leaders are Common Loon with 5185, Snowy Owl 3723, Gray Jay 2281, 
Canada Goose 1620, and Black-capped Chickadee 1117. 

     The New Brunswick bird group is urging a vote for the Gray Jay.
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We have updated our webpage with new nature and family pictures. Updates to the 
2014, on the water, and eagle albums. Web address is: 

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Subject: BDN birding column
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:49:40 -0500
I don't usually post my birding columns to the listserv, but every now and
then there is a column that all Maine birders can identify with. Well, I
hope so anyway. We're a pretty lucky bunch.

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/30/outdoors/snow-geese-at-an-inopportune-
time/ 

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Swamp Sparrow
From: "NWDickinson, New Harbor" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:13:22 -0800 (PST)
An odd little bird blew into our yard during the blizzard, and joined the 
two Song Sparrows that are spending the winter in the shrubs and grasses 
around the house. It is more plain than a Song, with a more cocked tail, 
and tends to run around on slightly longer reddish legs.  It appears to be 
a first-winter Swamp Sparrow.  I have photos if anyone is interested. I am 
looking at it right now.

Nancy Dickinson
New Harbor/Pemaquid

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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk still at Fuller Farm Scarborough
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:33:06 -0500
     The Red-shouldered Hawk was perched in a lone maple tree at the 
right of the parking lot at Fuller Farm, Broadturn Rd. Scarborough this 
afternoon.

     Joanne

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Subject: ? Red Shouldered hawk
From: Florence Maguire <flomag AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:32:30 -0500
I think my husband and I saw a Red Shouldered Hawk today around 1:30 from
the North bound lane on Kennebunk ramp high in the trees. We slowed down a
little but couldn¹t stop as there was traffic behind us. What ever it was
caught our attention as we immediately noticed it¹s red head and shoulders.
We couldn¹t see any other markings because we couldn¹t slow down.

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Subject: Snowy still on marsh in Welld
From: Paul Wells <pfwells51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:22:57 -0500
Directly south from Billy's parking lot on Mile Road. Good scope view.

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Subject: Snowy Owl Wells Gyr NO
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:58:06 -0500
Snowy owl Mile Road at Billy's chowder looking south . No sign or word of
Gyrfalcon
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Subject: pileated-west kennebunk
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:26:42 -0500
While taking a break from snow blowing Tues.---I was walking about 50 yards 
down the road from my feeders when all of a sudden comes a pileated call-next 
thing I knew she was on a feeding station(made of cut saplings) and digging 
into the beef suet hanging there! First time in a lifetime of feeding birds 
that one has come to visit; made all the work worth it! Observed her nearby 
drilling for carpenter ants(I assume) later in the morning. 

Also a red breasted nuthatch in the all day gang-very rare feeder visitor for 
me even though usually in the surrounding hemlocks. Sharon in West K. 


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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:42:49 -0800 (PST)
Aside for a few tiny drifts beside boardwalks or around building corners, 
we have only a couple inches of that nasty white stuff around here. Most 
everything was blown away and/or drifted out in the taller vegetation with 
wind that hit 70 knots (120 Km/hr).
There's a bit of ice/snow mix frozen on the helicopter pad and solar panels 
but today's sun should loosen that.

After watching food being cached dozens of times, I had a chance to watch a 
RAVEN retrieving stashed food this morning. It/they (we have a pair) 
visited several spots and excavated to reach the caches. Quite impressive 
in a nearly featureless, snow-covered field.

Two days prior to the storm I saw 3 large adult GRAY SEALS hauled out on 
Gull Rock and adjacent to them was a gull with what appeared to be a 
placenta. The following day, there was a white-coat pup near the same spot.
Gray Seals rarely pup up here and this one couldn't survive the storm in 
that location.

I've only be able to confirm 4 SONG SPARROWS wintering here this year. This 
latest weather will challange them.

The HARLEQUIN DUCK population continues at around 50 and there's a similar 
number of PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Other seabirds have been normal except for a concentration of several 
thousand Alcids, mostly all RAZORBILLS, that spent a few hours near here on 
Saturday, the 24th.

Very little wildlife was visible during the storm except for infrequent 
gulls and 3 unexpected sightings.
The 1st and 2nd sightings were BLACK DUCKS, bucking 50 knot (90 km/hr) 
winds and making impressive headway.
Blacks are unusual here at any time except perhaps early spring. 2 
sightings in the middle of a storm is really unexpected.
The 3rd sighting was a flock of some 2 dozen ROBINS, also flying into the 
wind. They had it only slightly better than the Black Ducks, with sustained 
wind of 45 knots (83 Km/hr).
Neither the ducks nor the robins stopped, rather they continued out over 
the water.

 
Prior to the storm, a PEREGRINE FALCON chaseing Purple Sandpipers was a 
daily occurance, as was visits from several different EAGLES. No sightings 
of either so far today.

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Subject: Redpolls in China
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:10:57 -0800 (PST)
While shoveling out today I tried to keep an eye on the feeders. The redpolls 
continued in large numbers, but I did not see the light colored one that I saw 
yesterday. Will keep watching. 


On the other hand, I had two new birds at my feeders today: a male red-bellied 
woodpecker and a male pine Grosbeak. Made my day! 


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Subject: Redpolls + surprises
From: "'john tobin' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:34:56 -0800
Redpolls are continuing in Rockland. Was surprised to see a Northern Flicker 
fly in behind my house and land high up in a tree showing off his 
characteristic black bib. And later this afternoon was surprised again to see a 
Great Blue Heron flying across a corner of Weskeag Marsh. Very tough birds to 
have endured this month's severe weather. 


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Subject: Eagle in Rockport
From: "Jim Lea" <clocks AT midcoast.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39:08 -0500
This morning there was an adult Bald Eagle in the Ash tree by our house at 2 
West St. in Rockport. He was watching something in the snow and soon made off 
with a red squirrel. I was told that they are nesting near the harbor but have 
been unable to confirm that. Seems very early to nest anyway. 


James Alden Lea 

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Subject: Gyrfalcon re-sighted in Wells
From: Bill Grabin <grabin AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:25:02 -0500
Donald Oakes has reported to York County Audubon's Facebook page that he 
"saw an Immature Gyrfalcon on the Wells Harbor Road at 2:30 pm today - 
we were right underneath it- what an amazing Raptor!"

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Subject: Hermit Thrush
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:34:46 -0500
A Hermit Thrush flew in front of my truck close to the Samoset Hotel in 
Rockport. 

A Cooper Hawk checking feeders at my house- 
Late Report- Close look at a Great Cormorant seen from the North Haven Ferry
Skip Small
Rockport 

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Subject: Towhee in Hallowell
From: "Hodgkins" <hodgki AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:48:39 -0500
Didn't expect to see an Eastern Towhee at my neighbor's feeder in town this 
morning. I wouldn't have guessed the storm blowing in a southern bird. 


Glenn Hodgkins
Hallowell

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Subject: Redpolls
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:48:13 -0800 (PST)
Redpolls at my feeding station this morning here in Hollis. They have been 
absent for three years. 


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Subject: Redpolls in China
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:20:15 -0800 (PST)
Numbers of redpolls exploded today with 40+ at my feeders. There was one bird 
that looked like it could be a Hoary redpoll. Could not get a decent picture 
from the house. Hopefully they will be back tomorrow and I can get a picture. 


Also a big increase in American goldfinch numbers. Feeders were very busy all 
day today despite the wind and snow. 

Nothing else unusual, just the usual ones in bigger numbers.

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Subject: Redpoll ID help
From: Carl Alessi <cfalessi82 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:52:00 -0800 (PST)
Redpolls and siskins have taken over our feeders. There is considerable 
variation in the redpolls, including some (3 or 4 of the 30 plus) that look 
like they could be hoarys.  The subtle variation on these  birds that just 
do not sit still gets me confused.  Any comments on the flikr photos are 
welcome.
Thanks, 

IMG_1791IMG_1810IMG_1814

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Subject: Redpolls
From: Andrew Chakoumakos <andrew.chakoumakos AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:28:54 -0800 (PST)
Here on Slab City Rd in Lovell, we have had 30+ Common Redpolls at our 
feeders for the past week. Today with the storm the number grew to about 
70, hopefully they will stay around.

Andy

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Subject: eBird Report - Totman Cove, Phippsburg, Jan 27, 2015
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:37:39 -0600
 I think I should get some points for even trying to do some birding today! 
But, I did. Nothing rare or even unusual, but a pretty good number of birds. 
It's still snowing and blowing here. These are the birds that I was able to see 
from the safety of inside the house today when there brief peeks of visibility. 
RRR 

http://robinrobinsonmaine.com 
 
> Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:33:37 -0500
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Totman Cove, Phippsburg, Jan 27, 2015
> 
> Totman Cove, Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, US-ME
> Jan 27, 2015
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: birds observed from the windows of my house over the course of the 
day, during winter storm Juno. Temps 9-14 degrees, winds 30-43 mph, seas rough 
and high, swells about 5 feet (less than expected), snowing hard all day. 
Visibility 0-120 feet. Birds at sea observed during brief windows of better 
visibility. 

> 32 species
> 
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
> American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  100
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
> Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  11
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  14
> Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  2
> Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  9
> Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  4
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  7
> Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)  1
> Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
> Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  7
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
> Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  2
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  22
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
> Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  16
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  22
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
> Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  12
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
> Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)  3     counts way down from previous days
> Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  3
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21571935 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 		 	   		  

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Subject: 2 Redpolls plus
From: Marie <mijord AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:52:50 -0500
In blowing snow - wild day -  my birds are having a hard time to stay on 
feeders and even pick up seeds off the ground without being blown away from 
them.    

Other than the Redpolls, just the regular ones in the usual numbers!
Marie in south portland 

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Subject: Re: Redpoll!
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:50:47 -0800 (PST)
At one point when I could barely see the feeders for all the snow, and with 
some of the birds disappearing behind drifts, I counted 42 siskin, 8 
goldfinch, 9 chickadee's, 3 bluejays, 10 dark eyed juncos, 6 chickadees, 2 
downy woodpeckers, 1 hairy woodpecker and 4 tufted titmouses. I also spread 
a lot of seed under an old lilac where the juncos and chickadee's hang out 
and there were probably another 20 or so birds out there. Not sure the 
counts of those as they kept disappearing into it and popping back out.  I 
expected some activity, but this has been great. They are lucky the "feeder 
filler" didn't get a snow day. 
Rob O'Connell
Cumberland

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:16:16 AM UTC-5, Julie Krasne wrote:
>
> I love watching my feeders during snowstorms! Just saw my first Common 
> Redpoll of the season chowing down on nyjer along with the Am Goldfinches 
> and Pine Siskins.
>
> Julie Krasne
> Yarmouth, Maine
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Subject: robins
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:41:46 +0000
I have 2 very loud robins objecting to the weather in my crabapple tree this 
morning. 

Also chickadees, titmice, 2 lone pine siskins, hairy woodpecker vying for the 
feeder in between gusts. 


Sarah
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Redpoll!
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:33:03 -0500
I have had four redpolls here off and on this a.m., first of the winter. No
nyjer for them--just sunflower seeds, but they appear grateful.

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM, Julie A. Krasne, DVM 
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> I love watching my feeders during snowstorms! Just saw my first Common
> Redpoll of the season chowing down on nyjer along with the Am Goldfinches
> and Pine Siskins.
>
> Julie Krasne
> Yarmouth, Maine
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Subject: Redpoll!
From: "Julie A. Krasne, DVM" <jkraz1984 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:16:13 -0500
I love watching my feeders during snowstorms! Just saw my first Common
Redpoll of the season chowing down on nyjer along with the Am Goldfinches
and Pine Siskins.

Julie Krasne
Yarmouth, Maine

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Rough-legged Hawk, Barred Owl, finch onslaught
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:39:57 -0500
The finch numbers continue to grow in northern Maine.  In order of
abundance, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and Pine
Grosbeaks are now widespread in northern and central Aroostook County.

For a short time this AM, (prior to the predicted arrival of Snowmageddon),
I had several hundred birds gorging at my feeders.  Evening Grosbeaks were
the most numerous species with 180+ birds.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/71911844 AT N04/16192608208/

Also in attendance were well over 100 Pine Siskins with lesser numbers of
Common Redpolls and an attractive troupe of Pine Grosbeaks.  My unusual
gray backed male PIGR continues to visit the yard.

Continuing uncommon winter-ers for my Woodland feeder are a male Northern
Cardinal, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Dark-eyed Junco and a Euro Starling.
Rounding out the flock are Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, a half dozen
Red-breasted Nuthatches, American Tree Sparrows, Blue Jays and several
dozen Black-capped Chickadees.

I received a report of a Barred Owl was stalking rodents during the day at
a Caribou feeder this weekend.

Also, saw my first Rough-legged Hawk of the season on Sunday near the
border in the River-de-Chute area of Easton.  Spectacular kiting in the
howling wind!

Good birding
Bill

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Subject: Snow buntings in Vassalboro
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:50:55 -0800 (PST)
Flock of approximately 35 snow buntings in a field on Nelson Road in Vassalboro 
today. They were in a field near the road. I was driving and when I slowed to 
have a look, the car behind me passed and caused them to fly off. Could not 
tell if there was anything mixed in with them. 


Over the weekend I had 50+ robins descend on the mountain ash tree in my yard 
in China. There were 9 cedar wax wings mixed in with them. 


After about a week of seeing few birds at the feeders, today was like Grand 
Central Station!! 20+ gold finches, 7 common redpolls, 15 chickadees, 1 hairy 
woodpecker, 2 downies, 1 pileated , 1 Carolina wren, 2 northern cardinals ( 
male and female), 2 tufted titmouse, 15 mourning doves, 6 crows, 6 bluejays, 14 
American tree sparrows, 1 white breasted nuthatch, 2 purple finches, and 3 
juncos. 


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Subject: Fryeburg today
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:24:44 -0500
There were about 12 Snow Buntings and 12 Horned Larks in the corral on 
Fish St. this  morning.

Bob Crowley
Chatham, NH

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Subject: Hermon and Hampden snowy owls
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:07:57 -0500
​Saw one snowy in each place this morning. Didn't appear to be aggressively
hunting...yet!

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h490b242#h490b242

Cheers,
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Subject: Big waxwing flock, Waterville
From: Abby <abbyopearson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:24 -0800 (PST)
Among over 300 Cedar Waxwings on the Colby Campus (Olin building), I 
finally managed to spot at least 1 Bohemian. I'm guessing the flock will be 
gone by Wednesday - the hungry little buggers have eaten almost all of the 
fruit available. There are just as many robins around as well. 

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Subject: Gyrfalcon - NH - Hampton Harbor
From: Shiloh <shiloh.schulte AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:30:23 -0800 (PST)
If you are not following the NH alerts you may not know that the gyrfalcon has 
been hanging out in Hampton Harbor in NH. She is currently loafing on a 
mudflat, visible from the Yankee COOP. 9:30am 


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Subject: Cancellation-Merrymeeting Audubon Pot Luck
From: "Stella Walsh" <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:20:23 -0500
Scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, has been cancelled due to expected bad
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Subject: Re: large mixed flock
From: Abby <abbyopearson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:03:16 -0800 (PST)
My office is on the third floor of a building on the Colby campus and at 
eye level with the crabapples (cherries?) that these birds are feeding on. 
The birds are here every day, though they are going to run out of fruit 
soon. I've been keeping an eye out - no bohemian waxwings here so far. 

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:55:10 PM UTC-5, Leslie Starr wrote:
>
> After admiring the Bohemian Waxings in Unity, reported yesterday by Tom A 
> (thanks!), we encountered a large mixed flock of Cedar Waxwings, American 
> Robins, and European Starlings along College Avenue in Waterville a little 
> after 2:00 this afternoon. The snowflakes and birds were swirling by then 
> and we had to move on, but I think it's safe to say there were at least a 
> couple hundred each of waxwings and robins, with exponentially more 
> starlings and possibly other blackbirds adding up to what seemed like 
> thousands of birds. 
>
> Friday's highlight was a quartet of Pine Grosbeaks on the University of 
> Maine campus in Orono. 
>
> Leslie Starr & Joe Turner 
> Baltimore 
>
>
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Subject: Hermit Thrush - Gardiner
From: Allison Wells <awells AT nrcm.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:42:23 +0000
David’s report below reminds me that Jeff saw a Hermit Thrush in our yard in 
Gardiner on Saturday. No sign of it later that day or since. 


A single Pine Siskin among a couple dozen Common Redpolls, and another visit 
from the Red-bellied Woodpecker we’ve been seeing off and on through the 
winter. 


Allison Wells
Gardiner, ME


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Hermit Thrush - Cumberland

We have had a Hermit Thrush with us regularly for the past few months. I was 
afraid we had lost this bird when the weather turned cold but it appears to be 
doing fine. It is subsisting at least in part on our crabapples (what few were 
left by a marauding band of Robins) and spending nights in a dense Alberta 
Spruce nearby. Even without leaves in our two crabapple trees, it is 
surprisingly difficult to spot this bird as it sits quietly for long periods. 
Seen again minutes ago. 

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Subject: Bangor Peregrine
From: Bruce Barker <brucebarker50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:39:11 -0800 (PST)
A male Peregrine Falcon was attempting to stay out of the wind near the top 
of the Fairpoint phone building (Park St., downtown Bangor) this morning . 
A female was seen a week ago,harassing pigeons in Brewer. 
Hopefully the pair has returned to the area after an extended absence.

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Subject: R B woodpecker
From: Joan Newkirk <newshute AT gwi.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:07:35 -0500
Red-bellied woodpecker seen on feeder in Bath.

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Subject: Scarborough: Eastern Towhee
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:12:54 -0500
After locating the previously reported Northern Shrike and
Red-shouldered Hawk at Fuller Farm in Scarborough, I returned to the
parking area and noticed an out-of-place bird call. At first I
couldn't place it, but then I realized I was hearing an Eastern
Towhee. The bird was in the low thicket across the street from the
parking area.

Full details and photos are here: http://bit.ly/1uO37xQ

--Josh

Josh Fecteau
Kennebunkport, ME

JOSH'S JOURNAL: New England Natural History and Foraging
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneyes and Glaucous Gull - South Freeport Harbor
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:47:22 -0500
A Barrow's pair (hen and drake) was present around 1 PM today, initially
quite close to the docks.  Very nice views.

Also one Glaucous Gull (I would say second winter bird) was among several
hundred other gulls on the floating wharves.

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins-Sanford
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:22:35 -0500
Having only recently put out a feeder, I had 2 Pine Siskins on it this 
afternoon, briefly. The goldfinches easily put off siskins, chickadees, 1 W-B. 
Nuthatch, a junco, and Tufted Titmice. Nice to see birds again!! 

Barbara
~~~


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Pine Siskins


 
After years with no sightings,...today we had 19 Pine Siskins at the feeder 
area. They were very active, and flew off quite frequently. Other than a couple 
of Barred Owls last month, it's been a rather dull birding season in N 
Bucksport. 

 
  
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Subject: Rockland area, 1.25.15
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:44:30 -0500
My husband and I hit a few local spots today on the way to lunch at Morse's
Sauerkraut. Highlights were a Great Blue Heron trying to figure out how to
get a meal in Weskeag Marsh, and a first-cycle Iceland Gull in the Owls
Head Harbor lobster pound.

Kristen


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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Christopher Johnson <arating2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:39:32 -0800 (PST)
After years with no sightings,...today we had 19 Pine Siskins at the feeder 
area. They were very active, and flew off quite frequently.   Other than a 
couple of Barred Owls last month, it's been a rather dull birding season in 
N Bucksport.

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Subject: Winter Birds
From: "'john tobin' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:19:22 -0800
Just observed a Tree Sparrow here in Rockland with 2 spots on his breast. He 
ran another of his species off...no ego problem there... no deflation! 

Also had a group of Redpolls last week ; first in years.

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Subject: Pie Bald chickadee Mars Hill
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:51:28 -0600
A reporter to the Facebook group MAINE Birds has reported an interesting Pie 
Bald chickadee in Mars Hill 

Photos on this link
 
 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205941715529179&set=gm.755423431206428&type=1 

Robin R Robinson
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Subject: Hermit Thrush - Cumberland
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:14:26 -0500
We have had a Hermit Thrush with us regularly for the past few months.  I
was afraid we had lost this bird when the weather turned cold but
it appears to be doing fine.  It is subsisting at least in part on our
crabapples (what few were left by a marauding band of Robins) and spending
nights in a dense Alberta Spruce nearby.  Even without leaves in our two
crabapple trees, it is surprisingly difficult to spot this bird as it sits
quietly for long periods.  Seen again minutes ago.

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Subject: Fox Sparrows
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:21:33 -0800 (PST)
Two Fox Sparrows were taking shelter from yesterday's storm under my porch. 
Every time I would shovel they would chip away from under the porch and sit 
under my car. Yet to see them this AM. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at Biddeford Pool.
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:31:54 -0800 (PST)
Link to pics  The snowy owl photos 
start at about the 12th picture in the birding folder. 

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:54:36 PM UTC-5, Rob O'Connell wrote:
>
> Turning left onto Mile Stretch Road heading towards the East Point 
> Sanctuary, follow the line of houses and just after the last house on the 
> left before the large gap before the ice cream shop there is a driftwood 
> stump out towards the pool. The bird was on this stump and I was able to 
> view it for about 15-20 minutes while it preened itself (pictures to 
> follow). Pointed it out to others in the area who had seen 4 or 5 Snowy's 
> in the last 4 days I think. Glad to help them keep the string going. 
> Beautiful bird, bout half and half white to brown so it looked darker with 
> the snow falling. Was still there after we toured the point quickly about 
> 15 minutes later. 
>
> Enjoy!
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Subject: Common Redpolls in Liberty
From: Susan D <spdbh AT gwi.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:26:37 -0800 (PST)
Had a nice flock for a couple of days last week foraging on the ground 
around my feeder. I missed them last year so its great to see them back.

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Subject: large mixed flock
From: "'me Starr' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:55:07 -0500
After admiring the Bohemian Waxings in Unity, reported yesterday by Tom A 
(thanks!), we encountered a large mixed flock of Cedar Waxwings, American 
Robins, and European Starlings along College Avenue in Waterville a little 
after 2:00 this afternoon. The snowflakes and birds were swirling by then and 
we had to move on, but I think it's safe to say there were at least a couple 
hundred each of waxwings and robins, with exponentially more starlings and 
possibly other blackbirds adding up to what seemed like thousands of birds. 


Friday's highlight was a quartet of Pine Grosbeaks on the University of Maine 
campus in Orono. 


Leslie Starr & Joe Turner
Baltimore


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at Bug Light (South Portland)
From: Aaron Bisig <bisiga AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:10:06 -0800 (PST)
*** Correction: 24JAN2015

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Subject: Snowy Owl at Bug Light (South Portland)
From: Aaron Bisig <bisiga AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:02:57 -0800 (PST)
Snowy Owl spotted at Bug Light park in South Portland at 3:05 pm this 
afternoon (24SEP2015) during snowstorm. Perched on telephone pole left side 
of parking lot leading to public boat ramp. Remained perched for approx. 30 
minutes before flying off SE towards Cushing Island. 

Link to photo attached: https://flic.kr/ps/2YZfJ5


Would anyone be able to help identify the duck photo in my photostream 
link?  I've included details on location, etc. Thank you! 


Aaron 









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Subject: Snowy Owl at Biddeford Pool.
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:54:36 -0800 (PST)
Turning left onto Mile Stretch Road heading towards the East Point 
Sanctuary, follow the line of houses and just after the last house on the 
left before the large gap before the ice cream shop there is a driftwood 
stump out towards the pool. The bird was on this stump and I was able to 
view it for about 15-20 minutes while it preened itself (pictures to 
follow). Pointed it out to others in the area who had seen 4 or 5 Snowy's 
in the last 4 days I think. Glad to help them keep the string going. 
Beautiful bird, bout half and half white to brown so it looked darker with 
the snow falling. Was still there after we toured the point quickly about 
15 minutes later. 

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Subject: Black- legged Kittiwakes
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:53:09 -0500
20+ Black- Legged Kittiwakes seen off North Haven Ferry. 
Skip Small
Rockport

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Subject: 2 continuing birds - West Bath and North Bath
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:38:44 -0500
The Red-shouldered Hawk reported by Rob Speirs 2 days ago, was present 
(probably in the same tree) at the corner of Ridge Rd and the Old Brunswick Rd 
(North Bath) this morning at 11:38. 2 Robins perched above it showed the same 
colored red breasts. 


A Drake No.Pintail remains in the duck pond at 33 New Meadows Rd. (West Bath) 
today. Open water here is shrinking and the Mallards may be squeezing him out. 


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Subject: Help!
From: "Julie A. Krasne, DVM" <jkraz1984 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:46:20 -0500
I'm being held captive in my house by a flock of approx 75 Pine Siskins, a
few Am. Goldfinches, a couple of DE Juncos and their friends. The huge
flock of hungry Siskins has been at my feeders for over an hour now,
non-stop.  I'd like to get out of the house, but the birds seem voracious
and I don't want to disturb them. (The feeders are on my deck)  I guess
I'll just sit here and remain both captive and captivated!
Julie Krasne
Yarmouth

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Subject: White-winged gulls
From: "Glenn Jenks" <gjenks AT midcoast.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:19:30 -0500
The place to go for white-winged gulls again this year seems to be Owl's
Head harbor. This is an on-going event, and perhaps it is building to a
repeat performance of last year's numbers.

On Wednesday Dave Gulick and I counted four Iceland Gulls and a single
Glaucous Gull. Two of the Icelands were second winter birds, one was a first
year bird, and one was an adult, with a beautiful pearly grey mantle, yellow
bill with orange spot, and bright pinkish-yellow legs.

On Friday there were two Glaucous Gulls.both looked second-yearish, but I
humbly aver to any more informed opinions. There were three Icelands:
probably three of the younger birds, as we did not see the adult.

Last year there was one day where we had 11 white-winged birds. The
impoundment at the Lobster Co. seems to be the attraction.

The cherry on top yesterday was a Sharp-shinned Hawk near the entrance to
Primo's restaurant. (That's also in Owl's Head.)

 

Glenn Jenks

Camden, ME

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Subject: Razorbills
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:04:17 -0500
First North Haven run had 12 Razorbills- 
Skip Small
Rockport
Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds
From: Lin Ross <lingreg.ross AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:39:44 -0500
Watched a Black-backed woodpecker in our woods this afternoon.
Also saw a couple of Canada Jays.

Linda
New Sweden

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 1/17-23
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:46:23 -0500
Hi all,

Some more observations of note from me over the past seven days, not previously 
reported here, included: 

- 6 Savannah Sparrows, Parson's Beach, Kennebunk, 1/18.
- 9 Horned Larks, Community Park, Wells, 1/18.
- 1 Swamp Sparrow, Seapoint Beach, Kittery, 1/20 (with Jeannette).
- 52 Harlequin Ducks, between The Nubble and Marginal Way, Ogunquit, 1/20 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 128 Sanderlings, Ogunquit Beach, 1/20 (with Jeannette).
- 12 Iceland Gulls (6 1st-winter, 4 2nd-winter, and 2 adults) and 2 1st-winter 
Glaucous Gulls, Old Port, Portland, 1/22. 

- 1 continuing hen Green-winged Teal and 1 continuing hen Northern Pintail, 
Mill Creek Cove, South Portland, 1/22. 

- 1 immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK, South Freeport, 1/23 (photos): In the Lower 
Harraseeket River between the Freeport Town Wharf (at the end of Pine St) and 
Winslow Park. Although very surprising, its not unprecedented in northwest 
Casco Bay. For example, a "Harlie" overwintered off of Cousin's Island about 10 
years ago. 


- 3 drake Barrow's Goldeneyes are now present in the Lower Harraseeket River 
here in South Freeport. 

- the "merganser hat trick" (all three species) is finally present again in 
Yarmouth Harbor, as viewed from the Lower Falls Landing or Grist Mill Park. 

- small groups of Common Redpolls at scattered locations throughout the week. 
Three Pine Siskins were in our Pownal yard on 1/23. 


-Derek

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Subject: Red bellied woodpecker in Franklin
From: Sherry Edwards <sedwards AT caring-unlimited.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:31:14 -0800 (PST)
My uncle has had a red bellied woodpecker at his feeder in Franklin, at the 
mouth of Hog Bay, for the last couple of days. He has some great photos but I 
don't know how to post them. Sorry about that. 


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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Nancy McReel <nmcreel AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:11:35 -0500
At Biddeford Pool, behind Hattie';s, at 100 PM, there was a Snowy Owl, mostly 
white, eating something dark. My photo taken with my i-pod is very fuzzy.. I'm 
hoping one of the people using a long lens will post it . 


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Subject: Dovekie
From: Robert Watson <rcwatson52 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:29:59 -0500
good afternoon there is a Dovekie at the mouth of Ogunquit harbor.
Bob and Anne

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Subject: Shrike – yes Fuller Farm Broadturn Rd. Scarborough
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:11:57 -0500
I got the northern shrike but not the red shouldered hawk. The shrike was
sitting at the very top of the very tallest tree in the back of the field.

On Friday, January 23, 2015, Joanne Stevens  wrote:

>     The adult Red-shouldered Hawk first reported by Marian Zimmerman on
> Wed. was there again this morning.  I stopped by briefly at 10:00 and again
> at 12:30 and saw it both times from the parking lot.  At 12:30 it caught
> something and sat on a hay bale to consume it, then flew off to the back of
> the field.  I was there yesterday morning and walked around for 1.5 hour
> and did not see it or the Shrike but did see a Red-tailed Hawk.
>
>     Joanne
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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Jan. 23, 2015
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:24:34 -0500
Gary Gulezian and I had a pleasant and interesting morning collecting our
data.  Red-throated Loon and Horned Grebe reappeared on our species after
not showing during the last census.  The highlight of the morning were the
sightings of three Northern Pintails: 2 males and 1 female.   The males
were seen about 1/4 miles upstream from the footbridge across Belfast
Harbor in the company of Mallards.  The female was seen near the mouth of
the Little River also in the company of Mallards.

The entire census was recorded on ebird and can be found at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21505193

Ron Harrell

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