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Kinabulu Eagle,©Barry Kent Mackay

3 Apr Bohemian Waxwings and fox sparrows ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
3 Apr Bohemian Waxwings ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
2 Apr Bohemian Waxwings--Scarborough [Joanne Stevens ]
2 Apr Samoset ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
2 Apr Tree Swallows -FOY [Jeff Wells ]
2 Apr American woodcock...timberdoodle [David Small ]
2 Apr GB Heron, Killdeer, Gadwalls at Bass Harbor Marsh on MDI [Craig Kesselheim ]
2 Apr Samoset geeses [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
2 Apr Pine Siskin in Skowhegan ["Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" ]
2 Apr Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2017) Raptors ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
1 Apr RFI - Western Tanager [Craig Kesselheim ]
1 Apr Snow and Pink-footed at Samoset [Logan Parker ]
1 Apr York: MUTE SWAN... [Josh Fecteau ]
1 Apr Killdeer in China [JMSmith ]
1 Apr Com Redpoll continues ["Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" ]
1 Apr Pintails and other ducks, Skowhegan ["Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" ]
1 Apr N. Shrike ["Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" ]
1 Apr Biddeford: CANVASBACK... [Josh Fecteau ]
1 Apr MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
28 Mar Snow Geese [Monika Riney ]
29 Mar FOY Canada Goose, Skowhegan [Marianne Taylor ]
28 Mar Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (28 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors ["'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
28 Mar Brants/Willard Beach [Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B ]
28 Mar re Peter Vickery [Jan Pierson ]
28 Mar Fwd: Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth workshop This Friday [Linda Woodard ]
28 Mar Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (27 Mar 2017) Raptors ["'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
28 Mar Re: Basic Hawk ID Help [Brendan ]
27 Mar Webber Pond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
27 Mar dead bird ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
27 Mar Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/26)... [Josh Fecteau ]
27 Mar FOY Mergansers Skowhegan [Marianne Taylor ]
27 Feb American bald eagle [David Small ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Seth Davis ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Stuart Johnson ]
27 Feb Song Sparrow in York! [Dan Gardoqui ]
27 Feb Nature photographers code-regards current Great Gray Owl Conversation [David Small ]
27 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
26 Feb RE: Great Gray owl ["Robert O'Connell" ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray owl [Scott Creamer ]
26 Feb Great Gray owl [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Turkey Vultures ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Great Gray owl [Rob O'Connell ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Sean Hatch ]
26 Feb Turkey Vultures, Round 2 [Kristen Lindquist ]
26 Feb Snow Goose, etc. ["'john tobin' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Sarah Caputo ]
26 Feb WebberPond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
26 Feb Great Grey Owl ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Small Flock of Pine Grosbeaks [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Re: Grey owl [Roger Stevens ]
26 Feb Fox Sparrow - Yarmouth ["Becky Marvil" ]
26 Feb Lubec arrivals ["Jennifer Multhopp" ]
26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds [Nancy McReel ]
26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Joanne Stevens ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb RW Blackbirds ["'Pete Darling' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Merlin in Brunswick [Jan Pierson ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl [David Small ]
25 Feb red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk [Sharon F. ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb [Carol Muth ]
25 Feb blackbirds [kathys ]
25 Feb Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird [Ed Gervais ]
25 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Hope [Thomas Ingraham ]
25 Feb C. Goldeneye, robins ["'Barbara' via Maine birds" ]
25 Feb Great Gray Owl [Bruce Bartrug ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Mourning Doves [David Lewis ]
24 Feb Maine Birds [Aloyse Lsrrsbee ]
24 Feb Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]

Subject: Bohemian Waxwings and fox sparrows
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 04:59:23 -0700 (PDT)
Fox sparrows behind New England Hifi along embankment of rt 114, singing

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 04:51:21 -0700 (PDT)
BOWA, CEWA, robins and 2Fox Sparrows are at Mougalian Rugs across from the 
Payne Road Shaws at 7:50 am. 


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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings--Scarborough
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:46:09 -0400
Pat Sanborn reported Bohemian Waxwings at the Roundwood Business Park, 
Payne Rd. (across from Shaws) in Scarborough this morning. They were 
still there at 3:00 this afternoon directly across from the House of 
Lights, feeding in fruit trees and drinking from a puddle beside the 
road.  I counted around 40.

Joanne Stevens

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Subject: Samoset
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:05:30 -0400
At 2pm Snow/Pink-Goose still feeding on # 1 fairway by pond- Snow is leaving 
giving more grazing for the Geese. 

Skip Small
Rockport

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Tree Swallows -FOY
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:56:03 +0000
At least five Tree Swallows soaring around over the Kennebec River at the 
landing in Gardiner this afternoon! 


Jeff and Allison Wells


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Subject: American woodcock...timberdoodle
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:17:40 -0400
Greetings,

Saw this (one) American woodcock at Sunkhaze Meadows National
Wildlife Refuge this morning (4/2/2017. Milford, Maine area.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h86e96207#h86e96207


Cheers,
Dave

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Subject: GB Heron, Killdeer, Gadwalls at Bass Harbor Marsh on MDI
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:57:26 -0400
Good morning all -- Good birding at Bass Harbor Marsh this morning. Distant
views of a Gadwall pair (scope really helps), a quiet Killdeer, and one
Great Blue Heron. Also, Bald Eagle, Hoodies and other regulars. Yesterday
afternoon there was a single Green-winged Teal here. No sign of Am Wigeon.

Best,
Craig K

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Subject: Samoset geeses
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:44:18 +0000
The snow and pinky were swimming in the golf course pond together at 7 am 
today. 



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Subject: Pine Siskin in Skowhegan
From: "Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 05:42:55 -0700 (PDT)
A single Pine Siskin was just in a maple tree with Goldfinches.  Have not 
seen it at a feeder as yet.

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Subject: Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2017) Raptors
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:19:54 -0400
> 
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> 
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2017
> Species	Day's Count	Month Total	Season Total
> Black Vulture	0	0	0
> Turkey Vulture	0	0	260
> Osprey	0	0	0
> Bald Eagle	0	0	35
> Northern Harrier	0	0	4
> Sharp-shinned Hawk	0	0	12
> Cooper's Hawk	0	0	8
> Northern Goshawk	0	0	2
> Red-shouldered Hawk	0	0	48
> Broad-winged Hawk	0	0	0
> Red-tailed Hawk	0	0	62
> Rough-legged Hawk	0	0	0
> Golden Eagle	0	0	0
> American Kestrel	0	0	1
> Merlin	0	0	1
> Peregrine Falcon	0	0	1
> Unknown Accipiter	0	0	0
> Unknown Buteo	0	0	1
> Unknown Falcon	0	0	0
> Unknown Eagle	0	0	0
> Unknown Raptor	0	0	4
> Total:	0	0	439
> 
> 
> (No count conducted today)
> 
> 
> Weather:
> Today's count was called off due to inclement weather. Continuous snowfall 
throughout the day reduced visibility enough to officially cancel the 
hawkwatch. 

> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 
> 
> Predictions:
> We should be back in business tomorrow, with some breaks of sun earlier in 
the day and becoming more overcast by the afternoon hours. Winds could be 
relatively strong out of the northwest at 10-15mph, which is okay, but not 
ideal. There should be some melting of the recent snow, with temperatures 
reaching into the 40's. Hopefully the snow melts quickly, so as not to deter 
these birds any longer. With fresh snow, I would expect minimal thermal 
production, which could keep birds lower, providing photo opportunities for 
hawkwatchers who make to the mountain. See you on the mountain! 

> 
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp 


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Subject: RFI - Western Tanager
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:48:26 -0400
Hi all -- please reply off list. I am hoping to locate the feeder where the
Western Tanager has been visiting, on Highland Lake in Cumberland Cty.
Also, would appreciate any advice on access / privacy concerns. I may be
able to give the bird a try on Wednesday of this coming week.

Many thanks.

Craig K

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Subject: Snow and Pink-footed at Samoset
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:00:11 -0700 (PDT)
Both the Pink-footed and the Snow Goose (along with 64 Canada Geese) are on the 
soccer field off Waldo Ave. 


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Subject: York: MUTE SWAN...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:15:52 -0400
There was an adult MUTE SWAN on Phillips Pond along Shore Road in York
today. Thanks to the eBird user who first reported the bird a little
after 4pm.

http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S35623942

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Subject: Killdeer in China
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:54:44 -0700 (PDT)
There were two killdeer at Meadowbrook Farm in China today. The first ones I 
have seen this year. 


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Subject: Com Redpoll continues
From: "Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:30:04 -0700 (PDT)
The Redpoll has returned to the feeder 3 times today, perhaps due to the 
weather.

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Subject: Pintails and other ducks, Skowhegan
From: "Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:30:44 -0700 (PDT)
Now watching 3 N. Pintails, 4 Common Mergansers after their courtship dance 
and 1 Common Goldeneye.  Have also had today 4 Hooded Mergansers and 3 Wood 
Ducks join the 30 Mallards.  

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Subject: N. Shrike
From: "Marianne Taylor, Skowhegan" <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:48:17 -0700 (PDT)
Just had a first ever here Northern Shrike, high in a Poplar over the 
platform feeder.  

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Subject: Biddeford: CANVASBACK...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:17:08 -0400
The drake CANVASBACK and drake GREATER SCAUP continued this evening on
Etherington Pond along Fortunes Rocks Road in Biddeford. Across the
street on rocks at the south end of the beach there was an ICELAND
GULL.

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:43:45 -0700 (PDT)
Continued low temperatures, a raw North East wind of over 20 knots and an 
overcast sky combined to make a day that was uninviting to be outside. So, 
aside from a couple brief excursions into the out-of-doors, I did my 
observing from the comfort of the house.
Bird-wise there doesn't seem to be a lot of change since yesterday. The 
number of FOX & SAVANNAH SPARROWS seems to have increased a bit. I'm still 
seeing lots of IPSWICH type Savannahs and today there are two extremely 
light red Fox Sparrows.

Yesterday's lawn full of ROBINS has disappeared and I've only seen 1 all 
day.

COMMON MURRES did arrive last night and quite a few remained throughout the 
day while the RAZORBILLS departed.

Today, the Razorbills came in fairly early, landing about 3 PM.

I'm not surprised by the total lack of PUFFINS. It is early for them.

An arrival pattern has developed in step with the Razorbill population 
growth.
In the early days of Razorbill colonization on MSI they followed the cycles 
of the much larger Puffin colony.
They would raft and come ashore in a single mixed flock, around mid-April, 
according to the Puffin's timing.
Gradually the Razorbill's arrival around the island became earlier and 
earlier but the actual island landing still didn't occur until the majority 
of the Puffins had arrived. (During this time the Murres were on their 
rapid growth and joined the other Alcids for the mass landing on the 
island.)
In the recent few years the 1st mass landings have been in March and 
comprised entirely of Razorbills and Murres.
Typically, they will only stay for a few days and then pretty much 
disappear for a variable period. When they return, all 3 Alcid species 
(Puffin, Razorbill & Murre) make nightly mass landings as a single mixed 
flock.

Although we refer to THE colony, different parts of the island host 
separate colonies which follow their own schedules. The most distinct 
colony is the North East section ( area on your right when you land on the 
island). The birds that belong to that section are routinely up to a week 
later coming ashore than the rest of the island. Also, It's only recently 
that Razorbills started to nest there and they still wait until the Puffins 
arrive and they all land together; the same scenario as we saw with the 
main colony.

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Subject: Snow Geese
From: Monika Riney <monikariney AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:57:43 -0700 (PDT)
Have people been seeing any snow geese?
Any idea where I might go to see some?

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Subject: FOY Canada Goose, Skowhegan
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:12:28 -0700 (PDT)
A single Canada Goose is drifting downriver on the Kennebec this morning.  

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Subject: Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (28 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
From: "'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:06:59 -0400
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> 
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 28, 2017
> Species	Day's Count	Month Total	Season Total
> Black Vulture	0	0	0
> Turkey Vulture	0	34	34
> Osprey	0	0	0
> Bald Eagle	0	30	30
> Northern Harrier	0	2	2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk	0	6	6
> Cooper's Hawk	1	6	6
> Northern Goshawk	0	1	1
> Red-shouldered Hawk	0	20	20
> Broad-winged Hawk	0	0	0
> Red-tailed Hawk	0	26	26
> Rough-legged Hawk	0	0	0
> Golden Eagle	0	0	0
> American Kestrel	0	0	0
> Merlin	0	0	0
> Peregrine Falcon	0	1	1
> Unknown Accipiter	0	0	0
> Unknown Buteo	0	1	1
> Unknown Falcon	0	0	0
> Unknown Eagle	0	0	0
> Unknown Raptor	0	3	3
> Total:	1	130	130
> 
> 
> Observation start time: 	08:00:00
> Observation end time:	16:00:00
> Total observation time: 	7.75 hours
> Official Counter	Zane Baker
> Observers:	
> 
> 
> 
> Visitors:
> Recently, the hawkwatch was visited by our local television station who 
reported on the history of the site, and day to day activities of a 
hawk-watcher. The link to the story is provided below. 
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/207/hawkwatcher-spends-work-week-on-bradbury-mountain-1/425964131 

> 
> Weather:
> Today started off with no wind to speak of, making the slightly below 
freezing temperatures very tolerable. By the end of the day there was a light, 
intermittent southeast breeze. Skies were dark with low hanging cloud cover. 
Light rain and drizzle started and stopped throughout the day, becoming more 
steady in the final hour. The count was ended 15 minutes earlier today, due to 
fog and poor visibility which deteriorated rapidly. 

> 
> Raptor Observations:
> The only raptor to earn its way into the record books was a Cooper's Hawk 
which may have been missed, had it not vocalized as it made its approach from 
behind a pine tree to the west. A domestic dispute between a local Cooper's 
Hawk and a pair of American Crows was witnessed early on, before all air 
traffic was grounded. 

> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 17 species were seen or heard today, including the first Common Grackle to be 
spotted from the summit. 

> 
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is shaping up to be a decent day with temperatures in the mid 40's 
and a mix of sun and clouds. Winds are predicted to be from the north and 
northwest at about 10-15mph. With more sun for thermal production and less of a 
headwind, birds should be on the move tomorrow. 

> 
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp 


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Subject: Brants/Willard Beach
From: Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B <bfraney1 AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:58:46 +0000 (UTC)
There were 17 Brants foraging close to shore today at Willard Beach in South 
Portland 


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Subject: re Peter Vickery
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson AT fieldguides.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:28:16 -0400
Hi all:

I've received several recent queries about a service for Peter, memorial gifts 
in his name, and the status of his longtime book project on the birds of Maine. 
The Kennebec Journal obituary linked below has information on the service and 
memorial gifts. Gifts are being directed to a fund to help with the completion 
and publication of the book. The project continues apace, overseen by Barbara 
and a very capable team of volunteers. 


My best to all for the coming spring,
Jan

http://ornithologyexchange.org/forums/topic/32762-peter-vickery-1949-2017/ 
 


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Subject: Fwd: Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth workshop This Friday
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:48:50 -0400
*Spaces are still available!*

Flying WILD and Cornell BirdSleuth Workshop


   - Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8:30am – 1:00pm
   - *Location: *Maine Lake Science Center
   - Members: $23 - Non-members: $25

Join us for this interactive workshop with two excellent bird oriented
programs *Flying WILD* and *Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Bird
Sleuth,* and receive a *FREE bird feeder* for your classroom. This 4.5 hour
workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they
can do to help birds and their habitats.  Studying birds is an accessible
and fun way to bring real science to students!

The *Flying WILD* materials built on scientifically sound information,
engaging learners in hands-on activities, and helping young people evaluate
choices and make responsible decisions. While meeting the needs of the
classroom teacher, *Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds*
easily adapts to audiences in informal learning settings, such as
after-school programs, nature centers, museums, youth organizations, and
others. Flying WILD is a Wildlife Society’s Conservation Award winner.

*BirdSleuth* aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring
young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage
in citizen-science project*s.  *From making observations and asking
questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth provides
educators with resources that engage youth in their own investigations!

Workshop participants will receive Bird Sleuth information, a bird feeder
and curriculum materials along with the activity guide, *Flying WILD, An
Educator’s Guides to Celebrating Birds which features:*

   - 43 field-tested, hands-on, minds-on, nature based, ready-made lessons
   - Listed for each lesson is the content areas, vocabulary, special
   guests to invite, activity time, space requirements and materials.
   - Activities involves social, emotional, physical, language, and
   cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
   - The guide’s many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or
   to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats.

*Linda Woodard **II* *Maine Audubon*

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Subject: Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (27 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: "'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:25:21 -0400
> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> 
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 27, 2017
> Species	Day's Count	Month Total	Season Total
> Black Vulture	0	0	0
> Turkey Vulture	0	34	34
> Osprey	0	0	0
> Bald Eagle	0	30	30
> Northern Harrier	0	2	2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk	0	6	6
> Cooper's Hawk	0	5	5
> Northern Goshawk	0	1	1
> Red-shouldered Hawk	0	20	20
> Broad-winged Hawk	0	0	0
> Red-tailed Hawk	0	26	26
> Rough-legged Hawk	0	0	0
> Golden Eagle	0	0	0
> American Kestrel	0	0	0
> Merlin	0	0	0
> Peregrine Falcon	0	1	1
> Unknown Accipiter	0	0	0
> Unknown Buteo	0	1	1
> Unknown Falcon	0	0	0
> Unknown Eagle	0	0	0
> Unknown Raptor	0	3	3
> Total:	0	129	129
> 
> 
> (No count conducted today)
> 
> 
> Weather:
> Today's count was canceled due to inclement weather. Visibility, at what 
would have been the start of the day, was less than one mile, with dense fog 
and drizzle which turned to a more steady rainfall. Winds were light, coming 
from the east. 

> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> This morning the summit trail was slick with a thin layer of ice, when 
temperatures were still low. 

> 
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks to be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with possible rain 
showers moving in by mid afternoon carrying on into the evening. Winds should 
be very light, if there is a detectable breeze. Wind direction should be 
northeast most of the day, swinging around to southeast by days end. Lets hope 
the hawks are anxious to move and that the rain holds off long enough to count 
some birds. 

> 
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp 


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Subject: Re: Basic Hawk ID Help
From: Brendan <bostonkingb AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:39:24 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you for all of the emails, it was good to hear I'm not the only one who 
has trouble with raptor ID. Much respect to everyone out at Bradbury Mountain 
right now. Five people weighed in on my raptor... Here were the votes: 


(3) Red Shouldered Hawk  (one person specified juvenile)

(1) Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk

(1) Merlin (with this description: There is a hint of a mustache in the head 
shot, the tail is barred, and the breast streaking pattern rules out accipiters 
and buteos.) 


Looks like I'm going to have to do some google image searching to see if I can 
find my bird. 


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Subject: Webber Pond, Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:46:01 -0400
hi all, have a common grackle at the feeder today --
In reverse of the usual pattern the far side of the pond opened three weeks
ago and has stayed open--I can see ducks coming in occasionally but even
with binoculars can't be sure though I think a hooded merganser pair and a
common golden eye pair--
continue to see the red-winged blackbird but only one or two--the area
where they nest is still frozen and snow covered--
red-bellied woodpecker and a flicker at the feeder

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Subject: dead bird
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:06:16 -0400
Hi All,

I just looked out my window to see a dead bird, looks like a sharp-shinned 
hawk. Does anyone want this for research? 


Please contact me offline at aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com 

Happy birding
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Subject: Biddeford: Canvasback continues (3/26)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:22:20 -0400
Hi all,

The drake CANVASBACK continues for a fifth day on Etherington Pond. A
drake GREATER SCAUP was also on the pond this morning.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35464337

Best,
Josh

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Subject: FOY Mergansers Skowhegan
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:18:31 -0700 (PDT)
I watched 2 ducks land across the river showing large white wing patches. 1st 
was a Common Merg but the other was a first ever here Red-breasted! 


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

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

On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:15:05 AM UTC-5, Richard Harris Podolsky 
wrote:
>
> I only went because it was so close to my home - 20 mins!  Plus I haven't 
> seen a great grey in over 20 years. Generally the embarrassment and 
> mortification I experience at rare bird stake-outs overwhelms any desire to 
> see a rarity. I'd rather stay home and watch a nuthatch. 
>
> To the few birders staying on the road, out of the field or at least 
> 300-500 feet away I applaud you. To the folks sticking their lenses in the 
> owls face from 20-30 feet away, shame on you. 
>
> Yesterday I heard on good authority that "long lenses" were harassing the 
> bird at times from 20-30 feet away! Imagine what that must look like to a 
> creature with the visual accuity of an great grey owl?  I thought the whole 
> point of huge lenses were to get shots from a distance.  Talk about 
> overcompensation!  Who sticks a 600mm lenses in the face of a rare owl here 
> in search of food??!  Who does that?  Well, now we know. 
>
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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Stuart Johnson <johnson.stuart.c AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:35:41 -0500
Just imagine the sheer terror that owl felt when it saw people getting of
their cars over 500 feet away, watching them march closer and closer. The
poor owl frozen in fear as the "long lens" got to within inches of its
beak. That owl, moments away from death from heart failure, pecking that
"long lens" to see if it was eatable.

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

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

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

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

Happy "spring" birding,

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


Thanks Fyn for finding this and sharing it. 

Thanks to the land owner for his understanding of us. 

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

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


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

Rob O’Connell
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Cumberland, ME 04021
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Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:25 PM
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray owl

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

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

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


 "Searsmont 2/22

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


I'd check both places, they are pretty close on a map. Good luck!
-Scott

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Subject: Great Gray owl
From: Roger Stevens <rogerstevens747 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:25:22 -0800 (PST)
Thanks, Rob! Is that anywhere near the cemetery down there?

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

Skip Small

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


Thanks, 
Rob O'Connell

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


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

Kristen

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


John Tobin, Scarborough

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


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

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

Skip Small
Rockport

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

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

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

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

 

Becky

Yarmouth

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

Jennifer Multhopp

Lubec

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

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


Nancy in Wells

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

Joanne

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

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


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

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


Best to all,
Jan

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

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

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


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

Thanks

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, Maine

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

Juanita Roushdy 
Bremen, ME

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

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

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

Go figure, isn't this a bit early?

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


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


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


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


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




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

Barbara. Sanford 

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

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

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

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because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein
•In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
of our friends. -Martin Luther King

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


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

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> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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

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> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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

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

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


-Derek
 
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