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27 May Pine Point plover ID help [Kevin Couture ]
27 May BLACK-HEADED GULL and LITTLE GULL Pine Point ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
26 May Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ["Glenn Jenks" ]
26 May WF Ibis [Michael Fahay ]
26 May gulls at Pine Point Jetty - May26 [Michael Fahay ]
26 May Evening grosbeaks in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
26 May Bell's Vireo - Monhegan Island [Louis Bevier ]
26 May Prairie Warbler ["'Wnder' via Maine birds" ]
25 May Scarborough: BLACK-HEADED and Little Gull [Josh Fecteau ]
25 May Long-tailed Ducks []
25 May Re: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link [Louis Bevier ]
25 May Re: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link [Louis Bevier ]
25 May Blue Grosbeak - Winterport [John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan ]
25 May Little Gull ["'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds" ]
25 May MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
24 May Fw: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 May Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 May Harpswell - good morning [Michael Fahay ]
24 May Canada Warbler [Dave Thompson ]
24 May Frye Mtn [Sarah Caputo ]
23 May Petit Manan and Frenchman Bay []
24 May Re: Monhegan, 5.23.15 [Jeff Wells ]
23 May Monhegan, 5.23.15 [Kristen Lindquist ]
23 May Monhegan Summer Tanager pics ["Marie" ]
23 May Re: Summer Tanager -- age & sex of Monhegan bird [sally Blauvelt ]
23 May LITTLE GULL Pine Point beach ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
23 May Summer Tanager -- age & sex of Monhegan bird [Louis Bevier ]
23 May MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
23 May SUMMER TANAGER Evergreen ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
23 May Scarlet Tanager [Lovestogolf Maine ]
23 May Frenchman Bay []
23 May Northern Maine Birds: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds [Bill Sheehan ]
22 May Nighthawks [Diana ]
22 May Aroostook morning: Virginia Rail and Cape May; Seawall in Acadia: Bl Scoter rafts [Craig Kesselheim ]
22 May Re: GH Owl - Brunswick Landing [cadmando ]
22 May Tennessee Warblers [tom A ]
22 May vinalhaven? [Bill Blauvelt ]
22 May Additional Highlights This Week and New Arrivals, 5/23-5/29. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
22 May Glossy Ibis ["'Henry L.Donovan' via Maine birds" ]
22 May GCFL [avianspotter via Maine birds ]
22 May Northern Maine Birds: American Woodcock chicks, early Common Nighthawk [Bill Sheehan ]
21 May Aroostook County this aft: Redheads, Ruddies, Sora and more [Craig Kesselheim ]
21 May White-faced Ibis - still around [rob speirs ]
21 May 5/21 Fort Foster, Kittery / 51 Species incl. 12 Warblers / Tennessee Warbler [CK Borg ]
21 May Identification help, please. [David Small ]
21 May Ovenbird [avianspotter via Maine birds ]
21 May Green Point Farm WMA 5/20 [Stella Walsh ]
21 May Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney [Norman Famous ]
21 May Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney [Stella Walsh ]
21 May Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney [AMF ]
21 May Nighthawks Bangor [Susan Guare ]
20 May Apologies on the White-Faced Ibis misID earlier, Dowitcher ID Question, and a few other finds. [Rob O'Connell ]
20 May Re: Pigeon on Monhegan? ["'Jess Home' via Maine birds" ]
20 May Pigeon on Monhegan? [Bill Blauvelt ]
20 May Summer Tanagers on North Haven ["Terry Sprague" ]
20 May Re: Maine RBA - May 1, 2015 [Rob O'Connell ]
20 May Hermit Island - May 20 [Michael Fahay ]
20 May Monhegan Island, 5/18-20 (HOWA, SUTA, YCNH, GRSP, etc) ["'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
20 May Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney [Norman Famous ]
20 May Indigo Buntings & Clay-colored sparrow [Bill Briggs ]
20 May Great Crested Flycatcher [Rob O'Connell ]
20 May Northern Goshawk - Warren [Richard Podolsky ]
20 May Monhegan Summer Tanager [Charles Duncan ]
20 May Birdathon [Linda Woodard ]
20 May Re: Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island [Monica Grabin ]
20 May Common Nighthawk, Presque Isle [Craig Kesselheim ]
20 May Swainson's Thrush- Roque Bluffs, May 20 [Carol Muth ]
19 May Re: Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island [David Gulick ]
19 May Dickcissel ["Bob Duchesne" ]
19 May Capisic green heron now [peter morelli ]
19 May Monhegan Snowy Egret, 5/19 [Kit Pfeiffer ]
19 May Re: Capt. Purcell Corbett [Susan Guare ]
18 May Re: Nesting Merlin in Waterville? [Louis Bevier ]
18 May Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island [Peter Vickery ]
18 May Capt. Purcell Corbett []
18 May Nesting Merlin in Waterville? [Abby ]

Subject: Pine Point plover ID help
From: Kevin Couture <ffo4kooch AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:07:59 -0400
I visited Pine Point, Scarborough jetty area for the first time this morning 
approx. 1030 in hopes to see the two ‘rare’ gulls. No luck for me. Did get 
to see plenty of Bonapartes and good showing of shorebirds. Ruddy Turnstones 
are in great colors right now. 


I also photo’d a plover that I need a little help with. I’m thinking it is 
Am. Golden-Plover, but please let me know. It is posted on my Flickr page: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_couture/



Thank you,

Kevin Couture

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Subject: BLACK-HEADED GULL and LITTLE GULL Pine Point
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 08:38:35 -0700
Was able to find the two gulls mentioned above about an hour after high tide 
near the Pine Point jetty this morning. Could not relocate the adult LIGU 
however.  



Bird haahd,

Noah Gibb- Portland

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
From: "Glenn Jenks" <gjenks AT midcoast.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 16:51:16 -0400
Here's a photo of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest taken at Fort Foster. How
many nesting records do we have in Maine? It was sent to me by Beth Dutton
of York Beach.

Glenn Jenks

Camden, ME

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Subject: WF Ibis
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 15:25:42 -0400
P.S. - the previously reported White-Faced Ibis was also present this morning, 
feeding w/ 5 Glossy Ibis on the Scarborough Marsh side, close to the highway. 
When I stopped to look, they took off. 4 remained on that side and settled down 
next to a mallard. The other 2 settled near the Dunstan lndg site, in a not 
very advantageous spot, next to a Snowy Egret. The white outline around the 
eyes and across the forehead is wide and smudgy, not crisp. Is that what others 
have been seeing? 


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Subject: gulls at Pine Point Jetty - May26
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 15:18:19 -0400
Both gulls were present this morning along the beach feeding in the shore 
break. 


The snappy Little Gull has a very slight rosy tinge to the chest, barely 
discernible in the subdued light available. Its behavior allowed many photos 
showing wing shape and color, bill, hood pattern compared to Bonies, leg color, 
etc etc. It ceased feeding briefly at one point, and flew well offshore to 
loaf…perhaps 100 yards. 


The not-so-snappy Black-headed Gull was also present, showing much belligerence 
toward the Bonies. In the afore-mentioned subdued light, the redness of its 
bill was not obvious. Strong, dark red legs, however, were. Plenty of photos 
show its pattern of molt. 


Also a good selection of shorebirds feeding in the extensive wrack. R 
Turnstones, White-rumps, Semi-Plovers and Semi-sands. 

The sketchy weather this morning held down the number of beachcombers, so 
disturbances to the flocks were non-existent. 


Thanks to the finders of these neat birds.  

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Subject: Evening grosbeaks in Holden
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 12:09:14 -0400
Male & female have found my feeders today. 

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Subject: Bell's Vireo - Monhegan Island
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 11:35:51 -0400
Jeremiah Trimble sent a photo of a Bell’s Vireo seen at the start of the 
Lobster Cove trail on Monhegan. That’s literally all I know and assume it was 
seen this morning. The first state record and only other spring record of 
Bell’s Vireo was from Monhegan (20-21 May 2003 by Rich Eakin, Howie Neilson, 
and Geoff Dennis). 


Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: Prairie Warbler
From: "'Wnder' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 07:41:24 -0400
As I was getting on the Me Turnpike in Gray yesterday (5/25), to head South, I 
heard a Prairie Warbler singing mightily from the scrub on the west side of the 
entrance ramp. Nice to hear! 



Lucy LaCasse
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Scarborough, ME 04074
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207-650-4770 (cell)
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Subject: Scarborough: BLACK-HEADED and Little Gull
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 22:05:41 -0400
Good evening all,

Just before sunset, in addition to the continuing LITTLE GULL near the
Pine Point Jetty (Scarborough), there was an immature BLACK-HEADED
GULL. The latter bird was pointed out to me by visiting birders Steve
Tucker and Nate McGowan (Thank you, again!). Photos of both birds, in
fading light, are on my eBird checklist.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23638920

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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 21:33:54 -0400
5/24/2015
 I had a pair of Long-tailed Ducks, a breeding plumage male and what appeared 
to be a female in Larrabee Cove on the west side of Machias Bay today. This 
would be along the Bucks Harbor road about midway between Machiasport and Bucks 
Harbor. 

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Subject: Re: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:20:21 -0400
Correction:

> On May 25, 2015, at 4:46 PM, Louis Bevier  wrote:
> 
> "Pacific G-P has a subtly...longer primary projection”

This should read shorter primary projection, but again, it’s not of use in 
this case. 


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Subject: Re: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:46:06 -0400
I’m game for Loch Ness. It is always advisable to leave birds unidentified 
when we can’t get the goods, and I’d like to see more “spuhs” on lists. 
That said, there are clues in Derek’s photos that probably tip this safely 
into the American Golden-Plover basket. Unidentified is certainly a respectable 
position to take, however. 


Although a lot of emphasis is placed on subtle structural differences among the 
three similar golden-plovers, there are also some important plumage differences 
detectable at long distance and in fuzzy photos. The pattern of white down the 
neck and sides differs in notable ways that, although mentioned in field 
guides, is not stressed in the ways that differ most usefully. The white neck 
on the Scarborough bird best fits American Golden-Plover, which shows a 
broadening white line down the neck terminating in a noticeable bulge at sides 
of the lower breast. This white is then cut-off by the black underparts along 
the bottom edge of the folded wing. This pattern is perhaps best seen in 
Derek's images here: 


https://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/photos/a.1063941590302461.1073741846.198877036808925/1063941603635793/?type=3&theater 


https://www.facebook.com/Freeportwildbird/photos/a.1063941590302461.1073741846.198877036808925/1063941663635787/?type=3&theater 


On Pacific G-P, the white is narrower down the neck, doesn’t show the 
broadening bulge like the Scarborough bird, and either shows the white 
continuing unbroken below the wing to the flanks or is, more typically, 
occluded by a black spur (or bulge) along the lower breast near the forward 
part of the wing with white continuing behind that below the wing to the rear 
flanks and undertail. Pacific G-P has a subtly longer bill and subtly longer 
legs proportionately [esp. the tibia] and longer primary projection, but these 
are so close and overlapping that distance and blur would distort or obscure 
them. Even impression of a longer bill is unreliable here. European likewise 
has white continue down the neck and sides in a pattern different than the 
Scarborough bird. 


Molting American Golden-Plovers, especially females, will show the pattern 
presented by the Scarborough bird. These birds also gain the black in the 
center of the breast and belly FIRST so that the rear flank and undertail often 
remain white late into spring (or the black dribbles down the midline of the 
vent and crissum where not seen in profile). Adult males are the ones that show 
solid black along the rear rear flank and undertail. 


I should say that although the gross difference in white down the flanks was 
long known among the three golden-plovers, the key difference in *pattern* 
between Pacific an American was first pointed out to me in the early 1990s by 
Killian Mullarney (see his guide to Birds of Europe where this is shown well). 
I had taken to him for evaluation a video tape copy of a bird filmed in 
Delaware and first reported as European Golden-Plover. Several of us thought 
Pacific Golden-Plover more likely but we lacked good characters to use, 
including the confusing pattern of black on the bird’s underparts (I looked 
through all the similar American, European, and Pacific G-P specimens available 
to me then). The video was also somewhat blurry and vague; so we had to work 
with a similar Loch Ness monster. Killian provided the key insights. That 
Delaware bird has since been accepted as one of the few East coast records for 
Pacific G-P, Maine having one of the other records, a bird collected in fall 
and identified by Jonathan Dwight (published by Arthur Norton). Unfortunately, 
we have not located that specimen and Maine’s record resides somewhat in 
limbo. There is also a record of Pacific Golden-Plover from Massachusetts from 
late April to early May (a bird showing a neat white trim from neck sides down 
through to the flanks). So, it is definitely a good idea to take care with 
spring golden-plovers here. 


Louis Bevier
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak - Winterport
From: John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan <birdsnbeads AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 13:02:32 -0400
A male Blue Grosbeak (BLGR) was singing from the top of a neighbor’s birch 
this morning on Kaler St. Seen briefly before it flew to the south. I’d guess 
they wouldn’t show up in numbers like Indigo Buntings (INBU) did recently, 
but worth keeping an eye out for others in the area, i.e., Hancock, Penobscot, 
Waldo Counties. 


Good Birding,
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Subject: Little Gull
From: "'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 11:03:51 -0400
Still present at Pine Pt. beach. Between the 5th ave ext. parking lot and the 
rock jetty. Also there was a Glaucous Gull. 


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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 04:55:57 -0700 (PDT)

The terrestrial birds continue to be very slow. 1 STARLING (I'm not 
complaining there!); 1 GRACKLE; 2 RED-WING BLACKBIRDS; 1 possible LEAST 
FLYCATCHER. 
Several GRAY CATBIRDS continue, mainly hunting under the boardwalks and 
dropping by to snack on grape jelly and grapefruit.
Overnight there seems to have been a minor increase. From the house this 
morning, I've seen 1 EASTERN WOOD PEWEE; 1 LEAST FLYCATCHER; 2 YELLOW 
WAEBLERS; 1 EASTERN KINGBIRD; 1 PARULA; 1 female BLACK-THROATED GREEN 
WARBLER and (Could it be a sign of spring at last?) 1 ROBIN.

Our GANNET continues to land among the Alcids and seems to have taken a 
liking to a couple of adjacent rocks. It arrives around sun-up and carries 
on a feud for space with the encroaching RAZORBILLS & MURRES. Guess who 
wins.
Left undisturbed, it hangs around much of early & mid day, occasionally 
lifting for an orbit or two and then returning to its perch.
It will be interesting to see if it gets confortable enough with human 
disturbance to remain all summer. That might lead to a nesting attempt in 
the future.

The TERNS continue to establish nest territories although no eggs have yet 
been found.

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Subject: Fw: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24 - new link
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 22:25:45 +0000 (UTC)
If that link didn't work for you, I apologize, I forgot to delete one letter in 
the url. Try this one:  


http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1063941590302461.1073741846.198877036808925&type=1¬if_t=like 

Or go to www.facebook.com/freeportwildbird and click on the link to the album. 
 -Derek 

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

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 Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:57 PM
 Subject: [Maine-birds] Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24
   
Hi all,
I joined my good friend Gabriel Willow and his NYC Audubon tour group for part 
of the day today. At Pine Point, we found a GOLDEN-PLOVER, near the mouth of 
the Nonesuch River across from the co-op pier at dead-low late this morning. 

Simply put: it was too far and I don't know. 
Distance plus heat shimmer made for challenging viewing. I was satisfied 
calling it an American Golden-Plover (very rare in spring), except it clearly 
had mostly, or completely, white undertail coverts. Taking a hard look, a few 
structural features began to bother me as well.  Unfortunately, it was just 
too far and with too much distortion to confidently judge primary projection, 
specific plumage details, etc. And of course, it did not fly. 

Gabriel and I spent more than enough of the group's time with this bird before 
needing to be on our way (although one member of the group did try to hire a 
lobsterman for a closer view). I returned about an hour and a half later, but 
the tide had come in just a little too much, and the bird (and most of the 
Black-bellied Plovers that were around at the time) was nowhere to be seen.  

I've posted some of the worst, distant phone-scoped photos you'll see, and be 
warned, there are more convincing photos of the Loch Ness 
Monster: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1063941590302461.1073741846.198877036808925&type=1 

These are horrific photos, and the more I look at them, the less I know. 
Gabriel might have had some better luck digi-scoping with an SLR and adapter, 
but it will be a bit before he can get those photos on a computer. 

But I post this as a heads-up to anyone who might be birding the area in the 
coming days. Please send any photos if you happen to see this bird! 

-Derek*****************************************
Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
Freeport Wild Bird Supply
541 Route One, Suite 10
Freeport, ME 04032
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Subject: Unidentified Golden-Plover, Pine Point, 5/24
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:57:17 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I joined my good friend Gabriel Willow and his NYC Audubon tour group for part 
of the day today. At Pine Point, we found a GOLDEN-PLOVER, near the mouth of 
the Nonesuch River across from the co-op pier at dead-low late this morning. 

Simply put: it was too far and I don't know. 
Distance plus heat shimmer made for challenging viewing. I was satisfied 
calling it an American Golden-Plover (very rare in spring), except it clearly 
had mostly, or completely, white undertail coverts. Taking a hard look, a few 
structural features began to bother me as well.  Unfortunately, it was just 
too far and with too much distortion to confidently judge primary projection, 
specific plumage details, etc. And of course, it did not fly. 

Gabriel and I spent more than enough of the group's time with this bird before 
needing to be on our way (although one member of the group did try to hire a 
lobsterman for a closer view). I returned about an hour and a half later, but 
the tide had come in just a little too much, and the bird (and most of the 
Black-bellied Plovers that were around at the time) was nowhere to be seen.  

I've posted some of the worst, distant phone-scoped photos you'll see, and be 
warned, there are more convincing photos of the Loch Ness 
Monster: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1063941590302461.1073741846.198877036808925&type=1 

These are horrific photos, and the more I look at them, the less I know. 
Gabriel might have had some better luck digi-scoping with an SLR and adapter, 
but it will be a bit before he can get those photos on a computer. 

But I post this as a heads-up to anyone who might be birding the area in the 
coming days. Please send any photos if you happen to see this bird! 

-Derek*****************************************
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Subject: Harpswell - good morning
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:43:31 -0400
Ran into a nice mixed flock at Curtis Farm Preserve (Harpswell) this morning. 
When I immediately score a Bay-Breasted, Canada, Wilson’s, while listening to 
a very long-winded Tennessee Warbler singing, I think “20 Warblers”. But 
N-o-o-oo. Ended up with 19. 20 is hard. 


The Tennessee singing bout lasted a good 15 minutes and it was very difficult 
to locate the bird. Sounded like eye-level in a bunch of saplings, but 
eventually found to be directly above me in a Maple Tree. No photos, but 2 
fairly decent audio tapes. 


Also present were 
YBCuckoo
14 CWaxwings
REVireos
GCFlies
Alder Flies
Indigo Bunting - 5 (1 female) 

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Subject: Canada Warbler
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:02:14 -0700 (PDT)
A Canada Warbler today at Capisic. And a Bank Swallow at Duck Pond. Other than 
that, kind of slow. 


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Subject: Frye Mtn
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:53:29 +0000
Birding largely by ear this am due to focus on dog exercise activities,

Blue jay
Am. Robin
least flycatcher
Am. Goldfinch
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated green
Black throated blue
yellow warbler
mourning dove
Gray Catbird
chickadee
Blackburnian warbler
Rubythroated hummingbird

Also FOY eastern/canadian tiger swallowtail

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Subject: Petit Manan and Frenchman Bay
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:24:39 -0400
Sat. 5/23/15
 The Petit Manan trip pounded its way to the island this afternoon but was 
rewarded with 100+ Puffins. Birds were flying to and from the roosting ledges 
on the island many of them passing within 6 ft. of the boat. 

 In Frenchman Bay we had several small flocks of Black and Surf Scoters milling 
around the Porcupine Islands on both the morning and afternoon trips. 

     We also had snow flurries that moved across the bay at 11 a.m.!!
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Subject: Re: Monhegan, 5.23.15
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 01:56:50 +0000
To add to the color parade today out here on Monhegan, a couple of brilliant 
Indigo Buntings, couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. On the monochromatic side, 
there are quite a few Blackpoll Warblers. 


Ride out was kind of wild but we did enjoy some Harbor Porpose.

Jeff and Allison Wells

On May 23, 2015, at 9:23 PM, "Kristen Lindquist" 
> wrote: 


Back on the island for a few more days with my husband Paul. Got in a few good 
hours of birding this windy afternoon, managed to turn up some interesting 
birds, including: 


13 species of warbler, including No. Waterthrush, Nashville, and Canada
Least Sandpiper - 1 in the Meadow (Jeremiah Trimble et al later saw 4 there, 
along with a Short-billed Dowitcher). This was a new island bird for me. 

Yellow-crowned Night-heron - 1 continues in the Ice Pond, a state bird for Paul
White-crowned Sparrow - 2 at Donna Cundy's feeders
Sora - 1 persists in the Meadow, and by persists I mean, "calls incessantly"
Am. Woodcock - 1 displaying in the ballfield after sunset

Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak continue for the color parade, 
though not in quantities of last weekend. We dipped on the Scarlet Tanager(s) 
but several were observed today, male and female. 


Good to see so many good birding friends today too!

Kristen



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Subject: Monhegan, 5.23.15
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:22:52 -0400
Back on the island for a few more days with my husband Paul. Got in a few
good hours of birding this windy afternoon, managed to turn up some
interesting birds, including:

13 species of warbler, including No. Waterthrush, Nashville, and Canada
Least Sandpiper - 1 in the Meadow (Jeremiah Trimble et al later saw 4
there, along with a Short-billed Dowitcher). This was a new island bird for
me.
Yellow-crowned Night-heron - 1 continues in the Ice Pond, a state bird for
Paul
White-crowned Sparrow - 2 at Donna Cundy's feeders
Sora - 1 persists in the Meadow, and by persists I mean, "calls incessantly"
Am. Woodcock - 1 displaying in the ballfield after sunset

Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak continue for the color parade,
though not in quantities of last weekend. We dipped on the Scarlet
Tanager(s) but several were observed today, male and female.

Good to see so many good birding friends today too!

Kristen



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Subject: Monhegan Summer Tanager pics
From: "Marie" <mijord AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:22:57 -0400
I just posted these two pictures of the immature female Tanager (same ones
that I shared with Louis B) - if you wish to look at them.

Marie Jordan 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55woodduck/17396925074



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Subject: Re: Summer Tanager -- age & sex of Monhegan bird
From: sally Blauvelt <sally.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:32:23 -0400
Wow. Thank you SO much for taking the time, Louis. Not withstanding my lack of 
a dictionary handy, I've just been educated and it's appreciated. Thank you. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On May 23, 2015, at 12:33 PM, Louis Bevier  wrote:
> 
> It’s been great fun to read about and all the good birds on Monhegan. One 
bird that seems to have caused some confusion is the Summer Tanager. There is 
no doubt about the species, but some have reported it as an immature male, 
others a female, and others (safely) not sure which. Prompted by Marie Jordan, 
I thought this an excellent lesson worth sharing. Cutting to the chase, the 
bird on Monhegan is an immature female. 

> 
> Bill Blauvelt and Marie have some fantastic photos of this confiding bird. 
Bill has a photo that is especially useful for ageing: https://flic.kr/p/sdgsUW 

> Here one can see the next to innermost secondary (aka tertial) is brownish 
and worn. On top of it is a smaller, fresh, greenish feather acquired as part 
of this bird’s pre-alternate molt (December to March; finished before 
northward migration). The brownish older feather and the new, reddish-tinged 
inner greater coverts (the larger feathers overlying the folded primaries and 
secondaries) indicate the age of the bird—a first-year immature. 

> 
> But what about the reddish tinge? Isn’t that a male character? Yes and no. 
Male Summer Tanagers are greenish-olive in fall but acquire new bright red 
feathers over the winter and early spring (same pre-alternate molt mentioned 
above from Dec-Mar). When those immature males come north, they show patchy red 
splotches and, often, an entirely red head. The key is that a male’s new red 
feathers are crisp, bright red like the color of the adult male. The extent of 
these red feathers is variable, but they always contrast distinctly and usually 
form larger patches. 

> 
> Although known for a long time based on specimens, it is still not widely 
appreciated that female Summer Tanagers--both young and old--can show reddish 
tinged feathers, especially in the tail coverts and tail. They also can show 
dull red feathers scattered in their body plumage. There is even one case of an 
entirely (dull) red female. The Monhegan bird perfectly fits the description of 
these reddish-tinged females. 

> 
> Looking at specimens, Ken Parkes found that the reddest (or most 
“masculine”) plumaged females were also those undergoing the most extensive 
pre-alternate molt, suggesting that hormone levels at the time of feather 
replacement might influence the amount of red shown. Parkes also showed that 
both spring immature females as well as adult females can show reddish in the 
plumage. His short note is here: 

> 
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/wilson/v079n04/p0456-p0458.pdf 

> 
> Based on birds in the hand, Elizabeth Teulings presented data on several 
red-plumaged females. Her results from banding are here: 

> http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/issues/1973/v37n2suta_plumage.pdf
> 
> Kudos to Marie Jordan and Joanne Stevens for looking haahd at this.
> 
> Louis Bevier
> Fairfield
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Subject: LITTLE GULL Pine Point beach
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:36:09 -0700
Turk picked out an adult LITTLE GULL out of a flock of 86 Bonartes near the 
jetty at pine point beach Scarborough.  



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Subject: Summer Tanager -- age & sex of Monhegan bird
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:33:55 -0400
It’s been great fun to read about and all the good birds on Monhegan. One 
bird that seems to have caused some confusion is the Summer Tanager. There is 
no doubt about the species, but some have reported it as an immature male, 
others a female, and others (safely) not sure which. Prompted by Marie Jordan, 
I thought this an excellent lesson worth sharing. Cutting to the chase, the 
bird on Monhegan is an immature female. 


Bill Blauvelt and Marie have some fantastic photos of this confiding bird. Bill 
has a photo that is especially useful for ageing: https://flic.kr/p/sdgsUW 

Here one can see the next to innermost secondary (aka tertial) is brownish and 
worn. On top of it is a smaller, fresh, greenish feather acquired as part of 
this bird’s pre-alternate molt (December to March; finished before northward 
migration). The brownish older feather and the new, reddish-tinged inner 
greater coverts (the larger feathers overlying the folded primaries and 
secondaries) indicate the age of the bird—a first-year immature. 


But what about the reddish tinge? Isn’t that a male character? Yes and no. 
Male Summer Tanagers are greenish-olive in fall but acquire new bright red 
feathers over the winter and early spring (same pre-alternate molt mentioned 
above from Dec-Mar). When those immature males come north, they show patchy red 
splotches and, often, an entirely red head. The key is that a male’s new red 
feathers are crisp, bright red like the color of the adult male. The extent of 
these red feathers is variable, but they always contrast distinctly and usually 
form larger patches. 


Although known for a long time based on specimens, it is still not widely 
appreciated that female Summer Tanagers--both young and old--can show reddish 
tinged feathers, especially in the tail coverts and tail. They also can show 
dull red feathers scattered in their body plumage. There is even one case of an 
entirely (dull) red female. The Monhegan bird perfectly fits the description of 
these reddish-tinged females. 


Looking at specimens, Ken Parkes found that the reddest (or most 
“masculine”) plumaged females were also those undergoing the most extensive 
pre-alternate molt, suggesting that hormone levels at the time of feather 
replacement might influence the amount of red shown. Parkes also showed that 
both spring immature females as well as adult females can show reddish in the 
plumage. His short note is here: 


https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/wilson/v079n04/p0456-p0458.pdf 


Based on birds in the hand, Elizabeth Teulings presented data on several 
red-plumaged females. Her results from banding are here: 

http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/issues/1973/v37n2suta_plumage.pdf

Kudos to Marie Jordan and Joanne Stevens for looking haahd at this.

Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:04:58 -0700 (PDT)

Bird migration continues as the non-event of the year.
Warblers are still a surprise, if seen at all. I had a high count of 19 on 
Wednesday ........... that's total warblers, not the number of species.
Included in the count were 3 (possibly 4) male CANADA WARBLERS; 1 
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER; 2 female BLACKBURIAN WARBLERS; 2 BLACKPOLL 
WARBLERS; 2 BLACK & WHITE WARBLERS; 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT; 1 CHESTNUT-SIDED 
WARBLER; 3 OVENBIRDS.

Ovenbirds are a fun species, almost a nuisance at times. One spent most of 
Wednesday afternoon strutting around the lawn in pursuit of insects, 
oblivious to me following just a couple yards away.

Another of my favorite species, CATBIRD, is currently represented by 5 or 6 
individuals. They have taken over the jelly eating duty from the departed 
BALTIMORE ORIOLES, although they share the Grapefruit with a couple of 
lingering WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Several GOLDFINCHES dropped in during the rain on Sunday, the 17th  and 
shared white millet with the SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Their visit was brief but 
they've been replaced by a couple rather tame male RED-WING BLACKBIRDS.
Also during Sunday's rain were some twenty or so all male BOBOLINKS which 
stayed only the single day.

The most notable change in recent days has been the arrival of at least 2 
VEERY, 2 or 3 HERMIT THRUSHES and at least 1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH. That's a 
combo that I'd expect a month or more ago.

Also observed after a rare prolonged absence was a PEREGRINE FALCON 
yesterday and an EAGLE a couple days before that. Both of those raptors 
have been nearly constant in seasons past. 

Our RAVENS are still around but I'm seeing more absences, typical of their 
seasonal behaviour. That's good news for the other birds because the Ravens 
are practically raptors.

Seaducks (COMMON EIDERS) are hanging around as usual. Thursday I was a bit 
surprised to see a male Eider emerge from under our solar array. But, with 
the wind light and contrary, I figured it had just gotten itself grounded 
and it was looking for an open place to take off.
Anyway, I ended up catching it and transporting it to the shore. While 
in-hand, a good clue to its actions was revealed. From sternum to vent and 
3" wide it was missing feathers and skin. That wound, plus the duck's light 
weight & apparent emaciation will likely spell its end. 


The ALCIDS seem to have settled down to their homemaking in good numbers, 
although there were a couple very sparse days this past week. 
MURRES are particularly noticeable both in numbers and distribution. We are 
well past the few hundreds formerly observed and into quadruple digits. 
Although nobody believes that they are all breeding it's quite a mob scene 
when they emerge from their "caves".

The TERNS have begun to stay overnight, although numbers can get pretty low 
at times during the day. It looks as if there should be some eggs very 
shortly. Then it's another season of crossed fingers. 
There were just under 200 nests last year and, judging by my estimate of 
returning adults, we can hope for as many this year. Few chicks survived to 
fledge last year but that could improve greatly if weather and food 
co-operate this season.

The bird of the day for yesterday was a NORTHERN GANNET which seemed to be 
landing inspecting every boulder along the Southwest corner of the island, 
just a short distance from the failed nest of 3 years ago.
It's back again this morning, still right up among the Alcids but 
prospecting still more sites.
There's been no sign of another adult Gannet, so who knows what's afoot 
......... A bird that already knows the island? A young, inexperienced, 
no-breeding bird that's prospecting for a nest site?  A colonial bird that 
just likes the "party" atmosphere with all the Alcids? 
Regardless, that great white figure certainly catches your eye amid the 
black-and-white mass.
On the non-avian side, I spent some time with a GRAY SEAL pup on Thursday, 
a particularly pugnacious young male.
A Gray pup or two can often be found hauled out somewhere around the 
island. 
Adults are infrequently ashore here.
HARBOUR SEALS should be pupping soon and one or two usually do so here on 
MSI.     

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Subject: SUMMER TANAGER Evergreen
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 05:58:42 -0700
Female Summer Tanager in southern most section of Evergreen Cemetery now.


Bird haahd,

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Subject: Scarlet Tanager
From: Lovestogolf Maine <jaxsnan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 05:41:50 -0700 (PDT)
Winslow, Cushman Rd. Forest edge. Male.

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Subject: Frenchman Bay
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 7:28:55 -0400
5/22/15...Two trips around Frenchman Bay today. 
 In addition to the usual species we had 11 Surf Scoters pass by headed east 
toward Schoodic Pt. Between Thunder Hole (Acadia NP) and Egg Rock a nice 
Whimbrel flew by, also headed toward Schoodic. 

 Herring Gulls are still incubating on Egg Rock as are the cormorants on 
Thrumcap. The Harbor Seals are pupping with more pups seen on each trip. Bald 
Eagles and Great Black-backed Gulls are competing for the afterbirth with the 
gulls often winning. 

      
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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:08:26 -0400
Warbler and flycatcher song/activity was decidedly depressed this morning
in Woodland.

The action at the hummingbird feeders was steady though...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/71911844 AT N04/17999404745/in/datetaken-public/

Ugh.  Happy Memorial Day.

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Diana <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:40:35 -0400
When are they being seen


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Subject: Aroostook morning: Virginia Rail and Cape May; Seawall in Acadia: Bl Scoter rafts
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:36:02 -0400
Hi all -- hit McRae Flats and Christina Reservoir in Ft. Fairfield very
early this morning. 9 Least Sands, Bobolink at McRae; Virginia Rail and a
female Cape May Warbler on the s. dike at Christina Reservoir. Spitting
rain throughout.

Tonight just before dark (half-an-hour ago), my wife and I admired two very
large rafts of Black Scoter just off Seawall Picnic Area in Acadia. The
closest raft looked at first like a new reef, that's how tightly packed
they all were. And then they'd all dive synchronously. Calling their
plaintive whistle as well. Lovely. Estimate 350 total.

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Subject: Re: GH Owl - Brunswick Landing
From: cadmando <cadman2 AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:18:56 -0700 (PDT)
Does anyone know if the young GH owls are still in the nest?

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:15:32 AM UTC-4, Mike Fahay wrote:
>
> A Great Horned Owl was perched on the railing enclosing the collapsed 
> Osprey Nest on the very highest light stanchion along the edge of the 
> runways,  a   little after noon yesterday.  Harassed by crows and a raven. 
> Eventually dove into the copse of tall conifers behind the Brunswick Sewer 
> plant.  

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Subject: Tennessee Warblers
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:44:40 -0700 (PDT)
Tennessee warblers were well-represented among new arrivals this morning on 
Ward Hill in Unity with close to 20 birds noted.  Almost all were feeding 
in apple trees.  At first I thought they were nectar feeding but it 
appeared instead that they were taking invertebrates from the leaves and 
blossoms.

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Subject: vinalhaven?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:03:20 -0400
Sally and I are going to Vinalhaven and North Haven this weekend. We have never 
been, and we're curious if there are any must hit birding spots on the islands. 

Bill Blauvelt
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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week and New Arrivals, 5/23-5/29.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 22:54:59 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
A few non-Monhegan sightings of note for me this week included:- 4 or 5 UPLAND 
SANDPIPERS, 1 Grasshopper Sparrow, etc, Kennebunk Plains, 5/21 (with Phil 
McCormack).- 1 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and 6 species of shorebirds (including 1 
Short-billed Dowitcher and 1 Semipalmated Plover), Sanford Lagoons, Sanford, 
5/21 (with Phil McCormack).- 20+ PURPLE MARTINS, Depot Road, Belgrade, 5/22 
(with Bob Lewis, Don Mairs, and Ed Slattery). 

And my personal "FOY's" also included:- 4 Red-eyed Vireos, Florida Lake Park, 
Freeport, 5/17 (with Jeannette).- 1 Bay-breasted Warbler, Florida Lake Park, 
5/17 (with Jeannette).- 1 Blackpoll Warbler, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 5/17.- 1 
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Monhegan Island, 5/18 (with Jeannette).- 1 American Pipit, 
Monhegan Island, 5/20 (with Jeannette).- 73+ Northern Gannets, Monhegan Island, 
5/20 (with Jeannette).- 1 Willow Flycatcher, Monhegan Island, 5/20 (with 
Jeannette).- 1 Tennessee Warbler, Florida Lake Park, 5/22.- 1 Bank Swallow 
(finally!!!), Florida Lake Park, 5/22. 

And here's a link to my blog about our recent 48-hour visit to Monhegan, 
including photos of the Summer Tanager and Hooded Warbler, along with our 
complete 
triplist:https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/monhegan-island-may-18-20-2015/ 

-Derek
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Subject: Glossy Ibis
From: "'Henry L.Donovan' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:43:36 -0400
Two Glossy Ibeses and a drake Wood Duck in the beaver pond.
Also Terns in Hussey Sound and Portland Harbor.
HLD

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Subject: GCFL
From: avianspotter via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:21:25 -0400
Yard/FOY  Great Crested Flycatcher arrived 
Nancy
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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: American Woodcock chicks, early Common Nighthawk
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:33:27 -0400
Yesterday I saw the first young birds of the year here in northern Maine.

On the Beaver Brook Road in T13 R 5 (north of Ashland), I got to watch a
mother American Woodcock herd her fresh and fuzzy chicks across the logging
road.  These were the earliest woodcock chicks I have seen in northern
Maine.  I got a photo of the family you can see here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist?subID=S23574267

Yesterday evening, a Mourning Dove appeared at my feeder with a youngster
in tow.  The juvenile seemed old enough to have been out of the nest for a
while, but its fresh feather edges were still giving the bird a scaly
look.  This dove parent would have been snowed on while incubating, if its
a local bird, as I presume.

Last night was the last of a spring series of Aroostook Birder/Caribou
Recreation Dept. birdwalks.  We were billing the outing a Night Sounds/Owl
Prowl and visited the Connor unit of the Aroostook National Wildlife
Refuge.

We were light on the owls, with only one very distant possible Barred Owl,
but made up with it with fabulous late, breeding displays of male American
Woodcock, winnowing Wilson's Snipe and Veery, Hermit and Swainson's
Thrush's evening chorus.  A Ruffed Grouse buzzed our group on the way to
its night roost and the earliest Common Nighthawk I have seen in Aroostook
County made a close pass by as it hunted in the gloom.

The Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs and a few American Toads were still doing
their thing in the vernal pools along the trail.

All well worth staying up way past my normal bedtime...

Good Birding
Bill

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Subject: Aroostook County this aft: Redheads, Ruddies, Sora and more
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:37:13 -0400
Good evening all -- Lake Josephine in Easton was good 'n birdy late this
afternoon. Found 4 Redheads (3 drakes) where they have been known to breed
in past years (mainly seen below s. dike). Also 2 Ruddy drakes working hard
to outdo each other in the floating strut. Additional goodies included a
passel of Yellow-rumps (20+) eating midges in the lee of the dikes, E.
Kingbird, Sora, B. Orioles, one pair each of Gadwall, G-w Teal and Am.
Wigeon, and about 6 Common Goldeneye.

The County is special.

List here .

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Subject: White-faced Ibis - still around
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:46:03 -0400
Seen late morning, today, at Dunstan Landing with six Glossies.

Photo-->
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64147480 AT N02/17910927946/in/datetaken/

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Subject: 5/21 Fort Foster, Kittery / 51 Species incl. 12 Warblers / Tennessee Warbler
From: CK Borg <borealbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:27:26 -0700 (PDT)
 
Folks,
 
Birded for a couple hours at Fort Foster... 
It was slow but relatively steady birding...
But despite a diverse list bird abundance was low... 
 
Best find was a single singing Tennessee Warbler...
Followed up with a solid bacon and eggs at the Sunrise Grill...
Then on to the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in Cape Neddick...
 
Northern Parula x4
Common Yellowthroat x5
Yellow-rumped Warbler x1
Magnolia Warbler x3
Ovenbird x2
American Redstart x4
Chestnut-sided Warbler x1
Black-throated Green Warbler x1
Yellow Warbler x7
Canada Warbler x2
Blackpoll Warbler x3
Pine Warbler x1
 
Peace,
CK Borg
Concord, NH
 
 

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Subject: Identification help, please.
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 14:08:26 -0400
​I'd appreciate any help you can give me identifying this bird. I've
tentatively called it a Tennessee warbler, but I really don't know.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h4742fb51#h4742fb51

Thank you.
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Subject: Ovenbird
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Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:36:19 -0400
FOY Yard/ Ovenbird singing 
Nancy
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Subject: Green Point Farm WMA 5/20
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 11:41:53 -0400
Merrymeeting Audubon Field trip at Greenpoint Farm, Dresden. May 20, 2015 7-11 
A.M. 


42 Species

20  Canada Geese
2    Mallards
5    D.C. Cormorants
Osprey
Bald Eagle
M. Dove
R. Th. Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
N. Flicker
Alder Flycatcher
2 Least flycatchers
2 E. Kingbirds
Blue-headed vireo
3 Warbling vireos
4 Blue Jays
Crows
Tree swallows--many
3 Chickadees
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Veery
Am Robins
4 Gray catbirds
Starlings
10 Yellow warblers
2 Chest-nut sided W.
Black-throated green W.
Pine W.
Black & white W.
Am. Redstarts
Wilson's W.
Savannah Sparrow
Song  Sparrows
N. cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolinks-many
Red-winged  Blackbirds-many
C. Grackle
B.  orioles, few males & a female weaving a nest at  top  of an apple tree 
Purple finch
Am goldfinches
3 Chukar--releases

Carol Jack





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Subject: Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 07:43:31 -0500
Hi Allen.

My apologies to you and others.  Thank you for bringing it to my attention
and than you Stella`` for providing the link.

I usually write out the common names for my reports as I am aware that
everyone does not use the abbreviated names.​  Looking up names takes
valuable time away from birding.  At the last minute I decided to add the
entire list so I quickly cut-and-pasted the list from a field
observation file.

Happy birding!

Norm Famous





On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:06 AM, Stella Walsh 
wrote:

> USGS has a lookup where you can enter 4 letter code, common name,
> scientific name or even the numeric code and get all the rest.
>
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/SpeciesTable2.php
>
>
>
> Stella
>
> On May 21, 2015, at 06:48, AMF  wrote:
>
> Norman,
>
> Cool.  Coded names may be the future.  It certainly is a short hand for
> bird names.  I could guess right on a number of codes.  Others required me
> to try to find the names.  It was a fun puzzle.
>
> May I suggest that you take the time to provide the common names next to
> your coded names so many of us do not have to spend the time doing the look
> up.  Maybe in time we all will recognize your coded names.  Please provide
> the look up table you use for coding at a minimum.
>
> On the website:
>
> https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html
>
> I did not find the look up for
>
> TRSW
> HETH
> GRCAT
> CONI
>
> On the websites:
>
> http://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alpha_codes_eng.pdf
>
> or
>
> http://www.wec.ufl.edu/birds/SurveyDocs/species_list.pdf
>
> I did not find the look up for
>
> GRCAT
> CONI
>
>
> On the website:
>
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/Manual/speclist.cfm
>
> I could not find GRCAT.  I am assuming it is a gray catbird.
>
> The USGS website was the best website for look up in my opinion.  Maybe
> there is a better one for look up.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Allan
>
>
>
>
> On 5/20/2015 3:03 PM, Norman Famous wrote:
>
>  Hi folks,
>
>  I had my first singing Lincoln's sparrow in my yard Monday
> evening...great sound!  Later that evening I had an ovenbird giving it's
> jumbled flight song over the yard.
>
>  Sunday evening I heard a FOY nighthawk vocalize over the hayfields along
> Church Road in Sidney....a welcome sound.
>
>  I heard or saw the following birds between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM at
> four stops along Church Road.  Song activity was very slow until about 6:40
> so the total bird count was low.  Most species were along hedge rows and
> adjacent woods.
>
>   CONI       1
>
> EAME      4
>
> BOBO      10
>
> BRTH      1
>
> GRCAT    1 (plus one near Rt. 104)
>
> SASP     10
>
> SOSP      3
>
> COYE      6
>
> CSWA     1
>
> YEWA     3
>
> AMRO     8
>
> SCTA       1
>
> AMCR      1
>
> CHSP      3 (near Rt. 104)
>
> EAPH      1 (near Rt. 104)
>
> MODO     1
>
> TRSW     1
>
> HETH      1 (call notes)
>
>
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Subject: Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 07:06:28 -0400
USGS has a lookup where you can enter 4 letter code, common name, scientific 
name or even the numeric code and get all the rest. 


https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/SpeciesTable2.php



Stella

> On May 21, 2015, at 06:48, AMF  wrote:
> 
> Norman,
> 
> Cool. Coded names may be the future. It certainly is a short hand for bird 
names. I could guess right on a number of codes. Others required me to try to 
find the names. It was a fun puzzle. 

> 
> May I suggest that you take the time to provide the common names next to your 
coded names so many of us do not have to spend the time doing the look up. 
Maybe in time we all will recognize your coded names. Please provide the look 
up table you use for coding at a minimum. 

> 
> On the website:
> 
> https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html
> 
> I did not find the look up for
> 
> TRSW
> HETH
> GRCAT
> CONI
> 
> On the websites:
> 
> http://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alpha_codes_eng.pdf
> 
> or 
> 
> http://www.wec.ufl.edu/birds/SurveyDocs/species_list.pdf
> 
> I did not find the look up for
> 
> GRCAT
> CONI
> 
> 
> On the website:
> 
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/Manual/speclist.cfm
> 
> I could not find GRCAT.  I am assuming it is a gray catbird.  
> 
> The USGS website was the best website for look up in my opinion. Maybe there 
is a better one for look up. 

> 
> Thank you.
> 
> Allan
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On 5/20/2015 3:03 PM, Norman Famous wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> 
>> I had my first singing Lincoln's sparrow in my yard Monday evening...great 
sound! Later that evening I had an ovenbird giving it's jumbled flight song 
over the yard. 

>> 
>> Sunday evening I heard a FOY nighthawk vocalize over the hayfields along 
Church Road in Sidney....a welcome sound. 

>> 
>> I heard or saw the following birds between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM at four stops 
along Church Road. Song activity was very slow until about 6:40 so the total 
bird count was low. Most species were along hedge rows and adjacent woods. 

>> 
>> CONI       1
>> 
>> EAME      4
>> 
>> BOBO      10
>> 
>> BRTH      1
>> 
>> GRCAT    1 (plus one near Rt. 104)
>> 
>> SASP     10
>> 
>> SOSP      3
>> 
>> COYE      6
>> 
>> CSWA     1
>> 
>> YEWA     3
>> 
>> AMRO     8
>> 
>> SCTA       1
>> 
>> AMCR      1
>> 
>> CHSP      3 (near Rt. 104)
>> 
>> EAPH      1 (near Rt. 104)
>> 
>> MODO     1
>> 
>> TRSW     1
>> 
>> HETH      1 (call notes)
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney
From: AMF <znse37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 06:48:01 -0400
Norman,

Cool.  Coded names may be the future.  It certainly is a short hand for 
bird names.  I could guess right on a number of codes. Others required 
me to try to find the names.  It was a fun puzzle.

May I suggest that you take the time to provide the common names next to 
your coded names so many of us do not have to spend the time doing the 
look up.  Maybe in time we all will recognize your coded names.  Please 
provide the look up table you use for coding at a minimum.

On the website:

https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html

I did not find the look up for

TRSW
HETH
GRCAT
CONI

On the websites:

http://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alpha_codes_eng.pdf

or

http://www.wec.ufl.edu/birds/SurveyDocs/species_list.pdf

I did not find the look up for

GRCAT
CONI


On the website:

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/Manual/speclist.cfm

I could not find GRCAT.  I am assuming it is a gray catbird.

The USGS website was the best website for look up in my opinion. Maybe 
there is a better one for look up.

Thank you.

Allan




On 5/20/2015 3:03 PM, Norman Famous wrote:
> Hi folks,
>
> I had my first singing Lincoln's sparrow in my yard Monday 
> evening...great sound!  Later that evening I had an ovenbird giving 
> it's jumbled flight song over the yard.
>
> Sunday evening I heard a FOY nighthawk vocalize over the hayfields 
> along Church Road in Sidney....a welcome sound.
>
> I heard or saw the following birds between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM at 
> four stops along Church Road.  Song activity was very slow until about 
> 6:40 so the total bird count was low.  Most species were along hedge 
> rows and adjacent woods.
>
> CONI1
>
> EAME4
>
> BOBO10
>
> BRTH1
>
> GRCAT1 (plus one near Rt. 104)
>
> SASP10
>
> SOSP3
>
> COYE6
>
> CSWA1
>
> YEWA3
>
> AMRO8
>
> SCTA1
>
> AMCR1
>
> CHSP3 (near Rt. 104)
>
> EAPH1 (near Rt. 104)
>
> MODO 1
>
> TRSW1
>
> HETH1 (call notes)
>
>
>
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Subject: Nighthawks Bangor
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 06:03:47 -0400
I'm having "yard birds" I've never had.  Last night I was truly startled by
two nighthawks swooping and soaring over my roof and back yard.  I'm right
in the middle of Bangor, and have never seen nighthawks here before;
usually we have chimney swifts and bats.  I was so excited that my daughter
ended up calling me a "bird nerd".  This does not bother me.

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Subject: Apologies on the White-Faced Ibis misID earlier, Dowitcher ID Question, and a few other finds.
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 21:51:17 -0700 (PDT)
While standing on Pine Point waiting for my son's race to start this 
afternoon, a flock of about 35 shorebirds was flying probably about 1000' 
off shore. I was able to get off about 7 shots while they schooled like 
fish in the sky. Always beautiful to watch but impossible to ID them 
sometimes. They were gone in the usual instant (heading towards OOB). When 
I got home I found that they appeared to be Dowitchers(and 3 Ruddy 
Turnstones). Here are three pictures though as I am not sure if they are 
Long Billed, Short Billed or a combination. Thoughts or comments are 
welcomed. 
Level Flight 
Under Side 
Backs 

Other than these, there was a raft of about 15 White Winged Scoters and 
several Common Terns off the beach as well. 

At the Pelreco building I misidentified the White Faced Ibis. My sincerest 
apologies to anyone who made a try for it. There were about 25 Glossy Ibis 
spread around the marsh and the first few I looked at did not seem to have 
a noticeable white ring so when I saw one that did, I got a bit excited and 
sent the notice. Normally I don't tell the world for this very reason. That 
being said, there were plenty of great shots of Glossy Ibis. There was also 
a pair of LEAST TERN there out in the middle. There was also a pair of 
WILLET present. 

 Along the old road that goes out into the marsh across from the 
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center (the path that looks like an old road that 
leads to Dunstan Landing Road). There was WILLET and a couple of SONG 
SPARROWS right next to the path as well as a LITTLE BLUE HERON just across 
the river at the edge of the dead tree area. Farther out in the marsh there 
were a few SNOWY EGRETS and one GREAT EGRET. 

Thanks, 
Rob O'Connell



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Subject: Re: Pigeon on Monhegan?
From: "'Jess Home' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:11:19 -0400
We were on Monhegan last weekend and while we saw 100+ species during our 3.5 
days (some on the puffin trip) we did not see a rock dove. 


Jess and Lisa
Eliot 

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> On May 20, 2015, at 7:56 PM, Bill Blauvelt  wrote:
> 
> With all the cool birds we saw on Monhegan last weekend, the last one 
expected to be unusual was the Pigeon. I had no idea it is a rarity on the 
island. Now I am questioning if that is what we really saw. Has anyone else 
seen one there recently? I have some explaining to do if I want to keep him on 
my e-bird list. 

> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23513417
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23477569
> 
> Thanks,
> Bill Blauvelt
> 
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Subject: Pigeon on Monhegan?
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 19:56:04 -0400
With all the cool birds we saw on Monhegan last weekend, the last one expected 
to be unusual was the Pigeon. I had no idea it is a rarity on the island. Now I 
am questioning if that is what we really saw. Has anyone else seen one there 
recently? I have some explaining to do if I want to keep him on my e-bird list. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23513417

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23477569

Thanks,
Bill Blauvelt


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Subject: Summer Tanagers on North Haven
From: "Terry Sprague" <tigngump AT midcoast.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:48:19 -0400
Late posting .. last week I had both a male and female Summer Tanager.
Not on the same day though!
Here are some photos.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/native_islander/sets/72157652232703239

Terry on North Haven, midcoast island, Knox Cty.

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Subject: Re: Maine RBA - May 1, 2015
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:05:52 -0400
The white faced ibis is behind the pelreco building in Scarborough about 250' 
fro the parking area. 


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> On May 1, 2015, at 5:21 PM, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:
> 
> Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
> Reporting Period: April 25 – May 1, 2015
> Area: State of Maine
> Compilers: Doug Hitchcox
> 
> Noteworthy Species Mentioned:
> Glossy Ibis
> White-faced Ibis+
> Sandhill Crane
> Caspian Tern
> American Three-toed Woodpecker
> Black-backed Woodpecker
> 
> (+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: 
https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/) 

> 
> Greater Portland
> 
> Two WHITE-FACED IBIS were found behind the Pelreco Building at the 
Scarborough Marsh on the 25th. This location is off Snow Canning Road in 
Scarborough. These birds were seen throughout the week and are often in a large 
flock of GLOSSY IBIS at various points around the Scarborough Marsh. 

> 
> Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
> 
> Eight GLOSSY IBIS were found in Albion on the 26th and continued until the 
28th in a pasture adjacent to a wetland on E. Benton Road opposite (west of) 
#133. 

> 
> Midcoast
> 
> On the afternoon of the 25th, a CASPIAN TERN was seen feeding at Wharton 
Point in Brunswick. Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen here on the 29th and 30th. 

> 
> A CASPIAN TERN was seen flying just offshore along Seawall Beach on the 26th.
> 
> Penobscot Bay
> 
> On the 27th, two CASPIAN TERNS were found in the Weskeag Marsh in South 
Thomaston. They continued here on the 28th and 29th, with only one bird being 
reported on the 30th and May 1st. There was a late report at least one could 
have been present since the 24th. 

> 
> Central Maine
> 
> At least two pairs of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen along the Harvester 
Road, off the Telos Road in Northwest Piscataquis on April 26th. A pair of 
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS was also reported near here, at a spot west of 
Chamberlain Lake. 

> 
> Downeast
> 
> Rare this far east, a GLOSSY IBIS was photographed at Roque Island in 
Jonesport on the 24th. 

> 
> On the 26th, a CASPIAN TERN was seen flying up the Pleasant River near the 
boat landing in Addison. Not far from here, a CASPIAN TERN was reported from 
Flat Bay in Harrington on the 30th. 

> 
> Western Mountains
> 
> On the evening of the 30th, three SANDHILL CRANES were reported from the 
cornfield at the north end of McNeil Road in Fryeburg. 

> 
> Northern Maine
> 
> A pair of GLOSSY IBIS was photographed in Van Buren and present from the 27th 
through the 29th; representing what is probably the northern most record for 
this species in Maine. 

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Subject: Hermit Island - May 20
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:38:14 -0400
A light flight this morning; altho we had some W in the overnight winds, it 
lacked the OOOMPH to push birds out to sea, and back onto the peninsula. Still 
pretty much fun, after a slow start. FOY EW Pewee; 17 Warblers; many REVireos; 
a White Crowned Sparrow; and the local pair of Pileated Woodpeckers were 
actively foraging together. 


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Subject: Monhegan Island, 5/18-20 (HOWA, SUTA, YCNH, GRSP, etc)
From: "'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:31:04 -0400
Derek and I spent the last 48 hours on Monhegan. We saw 87 species (19 warbler 
species) highlighted by the continuing HOODED WARBLER (5/20), SUMMER TANAGER 
(5/19, 5/20) and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (all 3 days). We also found a 
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW by the microwave tower, only seen on 5/18. 


Derek will post a blog with photos and a complete list eventually.

-Jeannette

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Subject: Singing Lincoln's sparrow in yard & common nighthawk in Sidney
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 14:03:20 -0500
Hi folks,

I had my first singing Lincoln's sparrow in my yard Monday evening...great
sound!  Later that evening I had an ovenbird giving it's jumbled flight
song over the yard.

Sunday evening I heard a FOY nighthawk vocalize over the hayfields along
Church Road in Sidney....a welcome sound.

I heard or saw the following birds between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM at
four stops along Church Road.  Song activity was very slow until about 6:40
so the total bird count was low.  Most species were along hedge rows and
adjacent woods.

CONI       1

EAME      4

BOBO      10

BRTH      1

GRCAT    1 (plus one near Rt. 104)

SASP     10

SOSP      3

COYE      6

CSWA     1

YEWA     3

AMRO     8

SCTA       1

AMCR      1

CHSP      3 (near Rt. 104)

EAPH      1 (near Rt. 104)

MODO     1

TRSW     1

HETH      1 (call notes)


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Subject: Indigo Buntings & Clay-colored sparrow
From: Bill Briggs <wdbriggs10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 11:27:19 -0400
To add to the indigo bunting reports, we've had a couple of male indigo
buntings at our feeders in Windham since May 10.  Last night when I got
home, and again this morning before I left, we had a clay-colored sparrow.

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Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:58 -0700 (PDT)
So I was going through my records last night and this morning and I thought 
I had seen a Great Crested Flycatcher. I dug through my records as I 
thought it was at Lake Josephine that I had seen it so I found my log from 
that trip and what I was remembering was an Eastern Kingbird. I had a photo 
of that sitting next to a Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker and the 
combination sort of melded in my memory into a GCFL. Dejected, I looked out 
the window and there was movement in the bush behind my house. Normally 
favored by the Eastern Phoebe's we have nesting in the yard, I assumed it 
was one of those, however I saw a yellowish belly. Closer look showed it 
was a GCFL. What were the odds? 

So I started thinking about Cassowarys, and Secretary Birds, and Andean 
Condors. I will let you all know if any of those show up next. :-)

Cheers and happy birding!

Rob O'Connell 

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Subject: Northern Goshawk - Warren
From: Richard Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 06:50:41 -0700 (PDT)
Female seen flying over Route One very near to the intersection with North Pond 
Road. Post if you see it. 


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Subject: Monhegan Summer Tanager
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 07:23:03 -0400
The immature male Summer Tanager continues to be seen at Fish Beach, Monhegan. 

Charles D. Duncan
76 Emery St. 
Portland, Maine USA
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Subject: Birdathon
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 07:13:06 -0400
There is still time to get a team together for our annual Maine Audubon
Birdathon.  Just click on the link below and set up your team.

If you can not get out yourself, think about donating to one of our teams.
The Scarborough team, the Mighty Marsh Muckers
 or the Gisland Farm
team, Sub-adult
Twitchers .  There is also a group of
students from Windham Middle School going out the WMStweeters.


All the money raised helps to support the work Maine Audubon does to
conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitats through education,
conservation, and action.

To form your own team or to pledge one of the existing teams, click here
Maine Audubon Bird-a-thon
.

Any questions just e-mail me or call 207-415-8331.

Thank You, Linda

*Linda Woodard **II* *Maine Audubon*

*Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center*

*_______________________________*

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Subject: Re: Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island
From: Monica Grabin <grabinmonica AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 06:36:07 -0400
I did the Machias Seal Island trip with Barna Norton in the late fifties,
when the blind was made of burlap, and the puffins were pecking at the
lenses of our brownie camera.  I have often told people of having to run in
between blasts of the foghorn, hunkering down while it sounded. Although I
remember it perfectly, I've encountered a fair bit of skepticism on
that point, so it is a treat to hear it confirmed. I never knew Captain
Corbett, but I remember Barna very fondly. My husband and I visited him
again shortly before he died, and did the trip again, Barna wearing his US
flag umbrella hat.

Thanks for the memory.
Monica Grabin
Kennebunk

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, David Gulick  wrote:

> I remember well my trip to Machias Seal Island with Captain Purcell
> Corbett in the early 60s. I never thought I would hear his name again.
> After he took us out, my father and I camped on the island at the base of
> the lighthouse for a week!
>
> What a thrill for me, a young birder. Puffins everywhere. We spent
> countless hours in the one and only blind taking photographs, many through
> my BALscope (which I still use). Razorbills were not numerous but I still
> recall their daffodil yellow mouths when they yawned. One of my most
> enduring memories is seeing the painted faces of the Puffins. We watched
> them for hours on end from only a few feet away and the detail in their
> "makeup" is astonishing. Of course that is true of many birds. I remember
> going through the tern colony took courage. They were relentless in their
> attacks. We loved the petrels that showed up every night. They would flash
> brightly as they flitted through the multiple beams of the lighthouse. My
> recollection is there were 12 beams radiating like the spokes of a slowly
> turning wheel.
>
> The foghorn was reportedly the second biggest in the Bay of Fundy at that
> time. You could NOT stand in front of that horn when it blew. It would
> literally rattle your guts. Whenever we walked around the island in the fog
> we had to time the blasts on a watch. We were careful to duck down in the
> rocks and cover our heads when it blew. It was an impressive horn. Mr Hatt
> called it the "whistle".
>
> Roy Hatt was the light keeper at that time. We used to have tea with him
> and his wife. Fond memory.
>
> The steel ladder inside the lighthouse was very steep. Mr Hatt told us a
> story about one ferocious storm. Two light keepers were on the island in
> that era to tend the light 24 hours a day. A wave reportedly came over the
> island and boiled into the bottom of the lighthouse. Story is one keeper
> went up the front of the ladder and one went up the back. No surprise!
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone (forgive the typos)
>
> > On May 18, 2015, at 9:03 PM, Peter Vickery  > wrote:
> >
> > I remember in the mid-70s leading a Maine Audubon trip out to MSI with
> Capt Corbett.  He didn’t truck with radar back then, new stuff you know.
> >
> > On this foggy trip out, he cut off the engine after 45 minutes and
> listened to the fog horn on MSI.
> >
> > In we went a little closer and by-and-by, after 3 or 4 of those silent
> moments, he steered into, not onto, the island, which was sunny and bright
> and loaded with all the puffins and terns one could imagine.  The
> experience all seemed damned near close to magical to me.
> >
> > Sadly, when we returned the Coast Guard was there to check his
> equipment, etc… I’m guessing things didn’t go so well for the Capt. but 
it 

> was sure one memorable boat trip out to MSI.
> >
> > Cheers to one hell of a seaman.
> >
> > Best,  Peter
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Subject: Common Nighthawk, Presque Isle
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 05:41:38 -0400
Good morning all -- stepped out of my car last evening just after 8, and
immediately heard and saw my FOY Common Nighthawk high overhead. Nice
welcome to the north.

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Subject: Swainson's Thrush- Roque Bluffs, May 20
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 05:02:55 -0400
Swainson's Thrush, singing in the foggy dawn at Roque Bluffs- the sweetest
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Subject: Re: Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:09:24 -0400
I remember well my trip to Machias Seal Island with Captain Purcell Corbett in 
the early 60s. I never thought I would hear his name again. After he took us 
out, my father and I camped on the island at the base of the lighthouse for a 
week! 


What a thrill for me, a young birder. Puffins everywhere. We spent countless 
hours in the one and only blind taking photographs, many through my BALscope 
(which I still use). Razorbills were not numerous but I still recall their 
daffodil yellow mouths when they yawned. One of my most enduring memories is 
seeing the painted faces of the Puffins. We watched them for hours on end from 
only a few feet away and the detail in their "makeup" is astonishing. Of course 
that is true of many birds. I remember going through the tern colony took 
courage. They were relentless in their attacks. We loved the petrels that 
showed up every night. They would flash brightly as they flitted through the 
multiple beams of the lighthouse. My recollection is there were 12 beams 
radiating like the spokes of a slowly turning wheel. 


The foghorn was reportedly the second biggest in the Bay of Fundy at that time. 
You could NOT stand in front of that horn when it blew. It would literally 
rattle your guts. Whenever we walked around the island in the fog we had to 
time the blasts on a watch. We were careful to duck down in the rocks and cover 
our heads when it blew. It was an impressive horn. Mr Hatt called it the 
"whistle". 


Roy Hatt was the light keeper at that time. We used to have tea with him and 
his wife. Fond memory. 


The steel ladder inside the lighthouse was very steep. Mr Hatt told us a story 
about one ferocious storm. Two light keepers were on the island in that era to 
tend the light 24 hours a day. A wave reportedly came over the island and 
boiled into the bottom of the lighthouse. Story is one keeper went up the front 
of the ladder and one went up the back. No surprise! 




Sent from my iPhone (forgive the typos)

> On May 18, 2015, at 9:03 PM, Peter Vickery  wrote:
> 
> I remember in the mid-70s leading a Maine Audubon trip out to MSI with Capt 
Corbett. He didn’t truck with radar back then, new stuff you know. 

> 
> On this foggy trip out, he cut off the engine after 45 minutes and listened 
to the fog horn on MSI. 

> 
> In we went a little closer and by-and-by, after 3 or 4 of those silent 
moments, he steered into, not onto, the island, which was sunny and bright and 
loaded with all the puffins and terns one could imagine. The experience all 
seemed damned near close to magical to me. 

> 
> Sadly, when we returned the Coast Guard was there to check his equipment, 
etc… I’m guessing things didn’t go so well for the Capt. but it was sure 
one memorable boat trip out to MSI. 

> 
> Cheers to one hell of a seaman.
> 
> Best,  Peter
> 
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Subject: Dickcissel
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 21:54:37 -0400
I just received a photo of a Dickcissel taken in Beaver Cove on Moosehead
Lake today.

 

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Subject: Capisic green heron now
From: peter morelli <pmorelli2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 18:48:10 -0400
From point look toward capisic st bank

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Subject: Monhegan Snowy Egret, 5/19
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 10:22:58 -0700 (PDT)
Seen this morning on the rocks at water's edge below Whitehead, amidst 
dozens of incubating Herring Gulls. Otherwise very quiet, showery day so 
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Subject: Re: Capt. Purcell Corbett
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 06:10:55 -0400
My father took several trips out to Machias Seal Island in the 80s and 90s
to take photographs of puffins.  I wonder if this was his Captain.  (My
father was also a Captain, retired from the Navy.)  If so, I'm sure they're
still talking boats and waves and birds.

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 8:43 PM,  wrote:

> Capt. Purcell Corbett passed away this past Friday after a long illness.
> He was 96 years old.  After spending 15 years at the Little River
> Lighthouse off Cutler he then spent 18 years operating a tour boat out to
> Machias Seal Island.  He once partnered with Barna Norton who gained
> national attention with the claim that Machias Seal was part of Maine and
> not Canada.  Purcell and Barna regularly planted the American flag on
> Machias Seal for years only to have the Canadian lightkeepers remove it.
> Purcell always maintained a good friendship with the Canadian
> lightkeepers.  Many of us older birders will certainly remember him, his
> boat, and his stories on the way out to see the Puffins.
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Subject: Re: Nesting Merlin in Waterville?
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:07:29 -0400
You've got that right, Abby. Merlins are there on the Colby campus. One of the 
pair was perched on the ground tonight after capturing a dragonfly just before 
dusk. Another pair is in downtown Fairfield. The location of nesting raptors is 
somewhat tricky business, and we have to trust everyone will keep the birds' 
best interests at heart. 


Louis Bevier
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Subject: Capt Corbett and Machias Seal Island
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:03:12 -0400
I remember in the mid-70s leading a Maine Audubon trip out to MSI with Capt 
Corbett. He didn’t truck with radar back then, new stuff you know. 


On this foggy trip out, he cut off the engine after 45 minutes and listened to 
the fog horn on MSI. 


In we went a little closer and by-and-by, after 3 or 4 of those silent moments, 
he steered into, not onto, the island, which was sunny and bright and loaded 
with all the puffins and terns one could imagine. The experience all seemed 
damned near close to magical to me. 


Sadly, when we returned the Coast Guard was there to check his equipment, 
etc… I’m guessing things didn’t go so well for the Capt. but it was sure 
one memorable boat trip out to MSI. 


Cheers to one hell of a seaman.

Best,  Peter


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Subject: Capt. Purcell Corbett
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:43:40 -0400
Capt. Purcell Corbett passed away this past Friday after a long illness. He was 
96 years old. After spending 15 years at the Little River Lighthouse off Cutler 
he then spent 18 years operating a tour boat out to Machias Seal Island. He 
once partnered with Barna Norton who gained national attention with the claim 
that Machias Seal was part of Maine and not Canada. Purcell and Barna regularly 
planted the American flag on Machias Seal for years only to have the Canadian 
lightkeepers remove it. Purcell always maintained a good friendship with the 
Canadian lightkeepers. Many of us older birders will certainly remember him, 
his boat, and his stories on the way out to see the Puffins. 

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Subject: Nesting Merlin in Waterville?
From: Abby <abbyopearson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 17:16:46 -0700 (PDT)
I might be crazy, but I think there are a pair of Merlin nesting near the pond 
on the Colby campus. I had noticed them before and assumed either Coopers or 
Sharp-shinned, but I went back today for another look. The alarm call and 
flight seems right. Can someone in the area confirm? 


Abby

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