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Sumichrists Wren,©Sophie Webb

28 Jun Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access) - Shearwaters, Whales and an Unappreciated Alcid [Keenan Yakola ]
27 Jun Cuckoo [Bill Blauvelt ]
26 Jun Fwd: banded gull [Bill Blauvelt ]
26 Jun Northern Maine Birds: Eurasian Wigeon, Long-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, House Wren, Indigo Bunting [Bill Sheehan ]
26 Jun MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
26 Jun No Wilson's Plover on Seawall this afternoon [Peter Vickery ]
25 Jun Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/25 [Doug Hitchcox ]
25 Jun ID help please [Richard Garrigus ]
24 Jun Peregrines and Eagles []
24 Jun Wilson's Plover [Sean Hatch ]
24 Jun N. Harrier [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
24 Jun Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Oak Point Trail [David Small ]
24 Jun Wilson's Plover - YES [Brendan McKay ]
23 Jun Late report: PACIFIC LOON, Great Wass Island, 6/13 [William Hutcheson ]
23 Jun Bangor marsh [David Small ]
23 Jun Little Egret - Gilsland Farm Bird Walk, 6/23 [Doug Hitchcox ]
23 Jun Phippsburg: Wilson's Plover (6/22) [Josh Fecteau ]
23 Jun Did anyone look for the Wilson's Plover? ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
23 Jun Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Brownfield Bog [Bill Blauvelt ]
23 Jun Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Brownfield Bog [Bill Blauvelt ]
22 Jun MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
22 Jun Wilson's Plover continues at Popham [Patricia Moynahan ]
22 Jun WILSON'S PLOVER - Phippsburg, 6/22 [Doug Hitchcox ]
22 Jun Nope [Dave Thompson ]
21 Jun Misc. sightings (Jun 15-21)... [Josh Fecteau ]
21 Jun Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/21 [Doug Hitchcox ]
21 Jun Blue Grosbeak [Dave Thompson ]
21 Jun Fwd: Bird baths- question ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
21 Jun Bird baths- question ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
20 Jun Re: Brownfield bog access [Cory Stearns ]
20 Jun Little Egret at Gilsland [Richard Garrigus ]
19 Jun MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
19 Jun Kennebunk Plains 6.19.16 [Sean Hatch ]
19 Jun Testing email [Richard ]
18 Jun Seal Island NWR- White-winged Dove, Glossy Ibis, Red-billed Tropicbird [Keenan Yakola ]
18 Jun King Rail - Wells ["Boots." ]
18 Jun Black Vulture [Dave Thompson ]
18 Jun Sandhill Cranes - Surry [Michael Little ]
17 Jun Peregrine Falcon nest []
17 Jun Metinic Island with USF&WS [David Small ]
17 Jun Sandhills Cranes Surry [Michael Little ]
17 Jun This Week's Highlights, 6/11-17 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
16 Jun Brownfield bog access [peter morelli ]
16 Jun Little Egret--suggestion for reports [Charles Duncan ]
16 Jun Re: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/16 [Doug Hitchcox ]
16 Jun Re: more bobolinks [Geoffrey Ives ]
16 Jun Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/16 [Doug Hitchcox ]
15 Jun Re: Id. help, please ["Boots." ]
15 Jun Id. help, please [David Small ]
15 Jun Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/15 [Doug Hitchcox ]
15 Jun RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD ["Linda Scotland" ]
15 Jun Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD [Raven Watcher ]
15 Jun Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD [Tammy Packie ]
14 Jun York County sightings (Jun 8-14)... [Josh Fecteau ]
14 Jun Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD ["Boots." ]
14 Jun Little Egret present once again at 2PM this afternoon [Bill Bunn ]
14 Jun Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD [Doug Hitchcox ]
14 Jun Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD [Doug Hitchcox ]
14 Jun more bobolinks [Michael Boardman ]
14 Jun Little Egret, Falmouth, 6/14am ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
14 Jun MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
14 Jun King Rail locations/area ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
14 Jun Re: QUERY: Purple Martin colonies in northern and eastern Maine [Sean Hatch ]
13 Jun Re: Gray-cheeked Thrush? [Michael Tucker ]
13 Jun Re: Gray-cheeked Thrush? [Seth Davis ]
13 Jun Re: Re: Little Egret, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 6/10 [Bill Blauvelt ]
13 Jun Re: QUERY: Purple Martin colonies in northern and eastern Maine [wrenyen ]
13 Jun Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/13 [Doug Hitchcox ]
13 Jun Maine Audubon's "Seabird of Matinicus Rock" Trip Report, 6/10 [Doug Hitchcox ]
13 Jun Re: Not a sighting, Maine bird artist [Richard Garrigus ]
13 Jun Not a sighting, Maine bird artist ["'Don Smith' via Maine birds" ]
13 Jun RE: House wren? [Sharon F. ]
13 Jun King Rail. Present [rob speirs ]
13 Jun Re: House wren? ["Boots." ]
12 Jun Brilliant Day at Brownfield Bog [Joe Scott ]
12 Jun Re: Little Egret, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 6/10 [Tony Federer ]

Subject: Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access) - Shearwaters, Whales and an Unappreciated Alcid
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:50:43 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday  the 25th International Guillemot Appreciation Day. We spent the 
day enjoying our local Black Guillemots and even found our first few chicks 
during our productivity check! If you are unfamiliar with the holiday you 
probably should consider participating next year (6/27) by doing anything a 
guillemot would do, perhaps even dressing up as one, making baked goods 
shaped like them or even making a flag (we did all of these on the island 
this year). 

With the strong predominantly southerly winds I decided to do some 
seawatching in the evening hoping for some shearwaters. I was certainly not 
disappointed! I first picked up some small numbers of GREAT SHEARWATERS 
(GRSH) moving south against the wind. Their gliding and flapping flight 
style tight against the troughs of the waves was a welcome sight. There was 
some pretty good surf just outside the bay but, some bigger splashes caught 
my eye. It turned out to be 3 breaching humpbacks! We enjoyed them for 
about an hour as they preformed almost every acrobatic move a humpback 
could go about doing. Humpbacks are quite the unusual sighting around these 
parts! When I started to pick through the shearwaters more I picked out one 
larger individual that had a much more lumbering flight compared to the 
GRSH and upon further inspection it was clear that it was a CORY'S 
SHEARWATER (COSH). These birds seem to be becoming a more and more common 
sight further towards the outer edge of Penobscot Bay. Just before I lost 
the evening light I was able to pick out one SOOTY SHEARWATER as well! 

Great Day on the Island! 

Keenan Yakola

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Subject: Cuckoo
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:53:00 -0400
Yes. The yellow-billed cuckoo nest at Brownfield Bog was empty this afternoon. 
We,hung put from about 4:00 to 5:30pm and saw one fly down to the road a few 
times and back three times, and brief glimpses two other times. 

Bill Blauvelt and Peter Morelli

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Subject: Fwd: banded gull
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:59:31 -0400
I have found three different banded Herring Gulls this year. Two of them
were found at Deering Oaks Park in Portland last Friday.

BBN was born on the Portland Library, summer of 2015.  It was seen in
late-Sept of 2015 in Deering Oaks Park. I saw it again on 6-24-16 at
Deering Oaks Park.
https://flic.kr/p/JxMYxT

AHS was born in the 2013 summer on the JB Brown roof, which is close to
Portland Pie. My sighting on 6-24 at Deering Oaks Park in Portland was the
 1st re-sight of this bird.
https://flic.kr/p/HBGfdW

Herring Gull AJX  was banded as a chick in 2014 on the roof-top of MECA
(Maine College of Art) on Congress Street in Portland by Noah Perlut. I saw
it on 3-27-16 at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.
https://flic.kr/p/HyYCiG

I don't think I can look at a gull any more without checking out the legs.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, Maine

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Noah Perlut 
Date: Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 8:06 PM
Subject: RE: banded gull
To: Bill Blauvelt 


Hi Bill-



AHS was born in the 2013 summer on the JB Brown roof, which is close to
Portland Pie.  1st resight of this bird.  Very nice.

Thanks,



noah



*From:* Bill Blauvelt [mailto:bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com]
*Sent:* Friday, June 24, 2016 5:03 PM
*To:* Noah Perlut 
*Subject:* Re: banded gull



Noah,

Here is the 2nd gull that I saw at the same time as BBN. It was on the
little Island and I couldn't get a clear picture.

Bill Blauvelt

Portland, ME



On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 6:17 PM, Noah Perlut  wrote:

Thanks Bill. No, nothing unusual. I just like to know what they are up to.



Noah

Sent from my iPhone


On May 31, 2016, at 4:24 PM, Bill Blauvelt  wrote:

Noah,

I just added the pictures I have to my Flicker page in an album called
Banded Herring Gull. I go to Evergreen several times a month. If I see it
again, is there anything you would like in the way of notes or photos?



https://flic.kr/p/HHAmRn



Bill



On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 3:16 PM, Noah Perlut  wrote:

Hi Bill,



Thanks for reporting the banded gull.  I banded that gull as a chick in
2014 on the roof-top of MECA (Maine College of Art) on Congress Street in
Portland.  Can you please tell me more specifically where you saw it and
what it was up to?  Incidentally, it was seen in the duck pond at Evergreen
Cemetery in late-March.



noah

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Eurasian Wigeon, Long-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, House Wren, Indigo Bunting
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:39:54 -0400
The last couple weeks have offered up a steady parade of noteworthy birds
here in northern Maine.  Breeding season is going full tilt with the first
wave of juveniles crashing around and begging for food and adults working
through the 16 hour days to keep them fed.  There seems to be an usual
number and diversity of "southerners" up here lately.

This morning, Wayne Petersen and his Mass Audubon group found a handsome
drake Eurasian Wigeon at Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield.  The bird
was still in great looking breeding plumage with little sign of molt.  This
could not be said of most of the 50+ American Wigeon with which it was
keeping company.  They also had a singing Indigo Bunting at Trafton Lake in
Limestone, a House Wren singing in down town Fort Fairfield and an Upland
Sandpiper at the Presque Isle Airport.  Rare birds all, in northern Maine.

On June 22nd, Lovena West photographed a family of Long-eared Owls in Mars
Hill.  Her photos were heartily "liked" by the Maine Birds Facebook group.

Another Facebook star was an adult Red-headed Woodpecker photographed by
Pat Palm in Presque Isle on the 17th.  The bird was a one day wonder and
has not been reported again.

Other birds on the northern edge of their range included a Red-shouldered
Hawk seen circling over a woodlot in Limestone and an apparently-unpaired
Pine Warbler singing from the four-and a-half white pines in the Caribou
cemetery.  Both of these were found by Geoff LeBaron on the 17th.

In addition to a good selection of breeding warblers, a birding group from
Midcoast (Maine) Audubon had long visits with an Olive-sided Flycatcher and
a Lincoln's Sparrow on territory at Cross Lake Twp on the 16th.

A delegation from Merrymeeting Audubon saw all the rare breeding waterfowl
at Lake Josephine in Easton on the 25th and 26th.  Northern Shoveler,
Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Redhead and Ruddy Duck were
seen here.  An apparent, recently-hatched brood of Ruddy Ducks were also
observed here today.  Other special waterbirds reported from Lake Jo
earlier in the month included a Green Heron and Common Gallinule found on
the 7th

Finally, there has been a spate of reports of Turkey Vultures and Northern
Cardinals across the area in recent weeks.  Both of these species are
becoming increasingly common across the area. A juvenile cardinal
photographed in Presque Isle on the 25th provided rare documentation of the
species breeding on the northern edge of its range.

Good Birding.

Bill

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:50:02 -0700 (PDT)
I suppose the main news would be about TERNS.
Mainly, the ARCTIC TERNS (and presumably the few COMMON TERNS) are 
progressing nicely. There are still lots of unhatched eggs but the earliest 
chicks seem to be developing well. I'm not overly impressed by the apparent 
food supply but it seems adequate so far. 
Now we just need the weather to hold. This dry spell may be bad for fires 
and other stuff but it's good for fluffy chicks.

A BLACK TERN was readily evident for a week or more, then seldom or not 
seen, reterned yesterday. I'm wondering if it might be a female following 
the path of previous female Black Terns who were unsuccessful in finding a 
mate. Those birds nested, unsuccessfully, laying unfertilized eggs. 
Spending time on a nest could explain why the tern isn't being seen as much 
of late.

A ROYAL TERN did a fly-by two or three days ago, well observed at its 
flight level by researchers in the lighthouse. The other terns were not 
impressed and demonstrated their displeasure.

The ALCIDS are also progressing well with adequate food quantity albeit not 
the most desirable quality. Most of the fish appear to be HAKE this year. 
That species is perhaps second to HERRING  but superior to the SANDLANCE 
which was so prevalent last year.

I saw my first EIDER ducklings on the water this morning. More accurately, 
they are the first of the general hatch.
There was at least one, much earlier, outlier clutch.
I helped capturing a few Eider hens on nests yesterday (for a research 
project) and, judging by the number of nests and clutch sizes that I saw, 
it looks like a fairly good year for the Eiders.

For those that follow the signs, rather than the calendar, Summer is 
ending. The southward migration started here on Friday with the arrival of 
the 1st SHORTBILLED DOWITCHERS (2) and a handful of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS 
yesterday.

I haven't seen any SPOTTED SANDPIPER chicks yet but I expect them on the 
lawn any day now. One of the researchers reported seeing a nest in the 
process of hatching, with one chick still wet from the egg.
Yesterday I saw a couple different adults acting as if they had young 
nearby.

Among the emerging young are the SAVANNAH SPARROWS with the first 
bob-tailed youngsters beginning to appear.

"Alien" wanderers are few of late. The COWBIRD and all except one RED 
BREASTED NUTHATCH appear to be gone. Also, the MOCKINGBIRD & BROWN THRASHER 
haven't been around for a day or more.

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Subject: No Wilson's Plover on Seawall this afternoon
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:58:33 -0400
Barbara and I birded the Morse River end of Seawall Beach from 13:15 to 
15:00hrs with no Wilson’s Plover apparent. The tide was coming in and we were 
there from mid tide to high tide. 17 Blackbellies, a Red Knot, and a Ruddy 
Turnstone are likely summering in the area. 


To my knowledge, this is at least the fourth known Wilson’s Plover for 
Seawall Beach since 1982 or so. 


Best, Peter

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Subject: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/25
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:52:35 -0400
Forwarding this report of the Little Egret at Gilsland Farm from Dan Rottino. 

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dan Rottino 
> Date: June 25, 2016 at 11:47:32 AM EDT
> To: "dhitchcox AT mac.com" 
> Subject: Little egret
> 
> Gilsland Farm at 11 AM.  North end.  Moving closer to Tidewater.  
> 
> If You See Something
> Post Something!
> (Right Away)
> Dan Rottino
> East Haddam, CT

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Subject: ID help please
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus AT meca.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:57:59 -0400
This one is eluding me, could use help. Contradictory signals in my brain.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30354588

Thanks,

Richard Garrigus

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Subject: Peregrines and Eagles
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:29:09 -0400
June 24, 2016
 I could only see two Peregrine chicks at Ironbound Island nest today, the 
largest and medium sized ones. No sign of the smaller chick but it could have 
been hidden behind the others. Both have lost most of their downy feathers are 
in almost full juvenile plumage. The adults, always three of them, attack every 
bald eagle that flies by the cliff face. There has been no rain and the cliff 
face is covered with droppings. 

 There are two large eaglets on the Sheep Porcupine Island nest (an Acadia NP 
island in Frenchman Bay) and both are very active when one of the adults lands 
on the nest. One adult was quite agitated and made a half-hearted pass at a 
passing Turkey Vulture this morning. 

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Subject: Wilson's Plover
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:23:36 -0700 (PDT)
Finally got him/her!! Beautiful day for for a walk at Morse Mountain. Snowy 
Egret along the way to the beach in the first marsh. 12 Glossy Ibis in first 
marsh coming back from beach which was a nice treat. A Bonaparte's was also 
preset. A single Sanderling, Willets and Black-bellieds. After 3 hours of 
scoping stints and on the way out the Wilson's revealed himself in front off me 
along the beach I was walking. Awesome little bird. A dead gannet was also on 
beach and a lone seal pup loafing I thought worth mentioning. Rather young and 
unconcerned with me. No other signs of other seals. Seemed lost but I am not an 
expert. 


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Subject: N. Harrier
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:45:39 -0400
I looked up when the killdeer started shrieking just in case it was
something interesting. Sure enough a male n. Harrier was hunting the newly
hayed :( fields. When it swung around behind my house, I watched it catch
and eat something. Think it was a vole.

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Subject: Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Oak Point Trail
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:27:44 -0400
This morning. Common yellowthroats, yellow warblers, hairy woodpeckers,
northern flickers and mom black-capped chickadee feeding a juvenile. Oh and
a porcupine, almost stepped on this one!

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7d70cd5b#h7d70cd5b


Cheers,
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Subject: Wilson's Plover - YES
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:43:04 -0700 (PDT)
This morning (6/24) between 7:30 and 8:20 I observed the Wilson's Plover 
near Popham Beach State Park. The plover was on the Seawall beach side of 
Morse River, near where Josh Fecteau reported it in the evening on 6/22. 

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Subject: Late report: PACIFIC LOON, Great Wass Island, 6/13
From: William Hutcheson <whutcheson AT mxschool.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:22:43 -0400
Mainebirds,
Apologies for the late report, but other things got in the way...
On 6/13, I observed a Pacific Loon in Western Bay, Great Wass Island, in Beals. 
The bird was pretty distant but identifiable at least Pacific/Arctic 
(Arctific), with Pacific being far more likely. It was transitioning into 
alternate plumage and showed a pale gray nape blending to a very dark throat 
that contrasted sharply with a white chest, a straight, lightweight bill, and a 
rounded profile. I watched it for 15 minutes and was able to capture some 
rather poor phonescoped images, but after I ran up to the house for my real 
camera, the bird had vanished. As far as I can tell based on a cursory glance 
at eBird, this would represent one of few, if any, records for Pacific Loon in 
Maine east of Belfast, and one of only a couple of non-winter records. I wonder 
if last year's Brunswick bird moved down east... 

See eBird checklist for images:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30218835
Good birding,
Willy Hutcheson
Concord, MA (Great Wass Island, ME)

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Subject: Bangor marsh
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:06:28 -0400
Virginia rail, pied-billed grebe chick, cedar waxwing and a mallard chick
made for an interesting sojourn.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h71e14b2f#h71e14b2f


Cheers,
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Subject: Little Egret - Gilsland Farm Bird Walk, 6/23
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:38:52 -0400
Hello Maine-birders:

It was a beautiful morning for a bird walk! It has been fun to see nesting 
behavior of our resident birds changing over the past weeks. Of note today were 
the first fledgling Black-capped Chickadees and Eastern Phoebes staying close 
to and being fed by their respective adults. In the West Meadow we finally 
located a cavity being used by Great Crested Flycatchers, likely a second pair 
for the farm as someone photographed juveniles here a week ago. 


The other highlight was of course the LITTLE EGRET. The tide hasn’t been 
favorable for seeing it on our walks recently, but today’s low and incoming 
tide was perfect. The egrets typically work their way up river with the 
incoming tide and eventually up Scitterygusset Creek toward Tidewater Farm 
where the Little Egret has been so reliable lately. This morning there were two 
dogs running around on the mud flats at the mouth of Scitterygusset, perhaps 
keeping the egrets from just flying straight up to Tidewater. The Little Egret 
eventually flew in, viewed near the blind in the North Meadow, at 9:43AM and 
counting there until at least 10:00AM. 


A complete list of birds seen during the walk is available at: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30355838 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: Phippsburg: Wilson's Plover (6/22)
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:47:02 -0400
I can't speak to today's sightings, but I figured it was worth mentioning
where I saw the Wilson's Plover at low tide (6:50-7:20) Wednesday evening.
I stood at the west end of Popham Beach at the outflow of the Morse River;
the bird was on flats on the opposite side, at the eastern end of Seawall
Beach.

I uploaded some grainy record photos to my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30350887

Good luck!

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Subject: Did anyone look for the Wilson's Plover?
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:37:10 +0000 (UTC)
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#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } Just hoping for a positive or negative report on the bird at 
Popham from today. 

Thanks,Noah


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Subject: Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Brownfield Bog
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:42:01 -0400
Correction. We went on Tuesday, June 21, not Sunday.


On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 7:37 AM, Bill Blauvelt 
wrote:

> The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was on a nest next to the road, just past "The
> Shack" on Bog Rd. at Brownfield Bog last Sunday. I put a pic on my e-bird
> list.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30348290
>
> Bill Blauvelt
> Portland, Maine
>

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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Brownfield Bog
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:37:36 -0400
The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was on a nest next to the road, just past "The
Shack" on Bog Rd. at Brownfield Bog last Sunday. I put a pic on my e-bird
list.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30348290

Bill Blauvelt
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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:57:27 -0700 (PDT)
The most secure GANNET nest appears to be abandoned, having lost its egg 3 
or 4 days ago.
The apparent nesting Gannets were about for a while, even being joined at 
one point by as many as 3 others.
Gannets readily re-lay but this is the 2nd nest on MSI to lose an egg 
without a replacement laying.

There are now, however, 2 nests at the really high risk location just above 
the water.
Lots of social and sexual activity at those nests but the egg status of 
those nests is uncertain.

The Tern hatch is going well to this point.
Fingers crossed for fair weather. 
A squall passed over the island about an hour ago but thankfully the rain 
was brief and not too heavy.

An odd and interesting product of that squall was the carcass of a LEAST 
BITTERN. 
It had apparently died some time ago on the platform on the side of the 
lighthouse. 
Unfortunately the body is too decomposed for preservation.
The tiny size of this species certainly shows why they are so hard to spot 
in their usual habitat. 
By comparison, AMERICAN BITTERNS are positively gigantic.

The only new species of note is an EASTERN KINGBIRD. I believe that it 
arrived yesterday but I expect it will soon leave. 
It hasn't been well received by the Terns.




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Subject: Wilson's Plover continues at Popham
From: Patricia Moynahan <pmmoynahan AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:09:40 -0400
South side of dunes on mud flats beyond Morse River water inlet. Good scope 
looks. Pat 


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Subject: WILSON'S PLOVER - Phippsburg, 6/22
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:26:55 -0400
On Popham Beach with Maine Audubon's plover crew right now (11:20am) and Laura 
Zitske just spotted a WILSON'S PLOVER in the plover/tern nesting area near the 
large dunes south of the parking area. 


Good birding!


Doug Hitchcox

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Subject: Nope
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:31:20 -0700 (PDT)
I had someone look for the blue grosbeak this morning and we both now believe 
it a bunting. At first we were both confused by the brown on wings and 
behavior. It did look like a grosbeak for a bit. Sorry for the false 
excitement. 


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Subject: Misc. sightings (Jun 15-21)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:24:37 -0400
Here are some bird happenings from around Maine:

6/15 (Wednesday)
...families of *Canada Geese*, *Mallards*, and *American Black Ducks*,
1 *Common
Loon* (unusual for this location), 12 *Killdeer*, 6 *Spotted Sandpipers*,
and 5 *White-rumped Sandpipers* at the Sanford Lagoons

6/16 (Thursday)
...*Yellow-throated Vireo* singing just east of the Batson River on Guinea
Rd., Kennebunkport

6/17 (Friday)
...1 *Spruce Grouse* (Lifer!), 1 *Black-backed Woodpecker*, 4 *Yellow-bellied
Flycatchers*, 2 *Boreal Chickadees*, 4 *Bicknell's Thrushes* (Lifer!),
9+ *Swainson's
Thrushes*, 16+ *Blackpoll Warblers*, 1 *Fox Sparrow* and more along
Saddleback Mountain Trail, Sandy River Plantation [notes and photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30273796]
...*Mourning Warbler* (Lifer!) just below the summit of Quill Hill, Dallas
Plantation

6/18 (Saturday)
...*Piping Plover* on nest at Hills Beach, Biddeford

6/19 (Sunday)
...*Cliff Swallow* flying over the Salmon Falls River, at Rt. 101 bridge,
South Berwick, ME

6/21 (Tuesday)
...continuing *Clay-colored Sparrow* along paved section of Maguire Rd.,
west of high-voltage power lines, Kennebunk

--Josh

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Subject: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/21
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:38:55 -0400
Just wanted to get some LITTLE EGRET updates posted for those looking. Bill 
Bunn found it off the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm this morning; I think 
around 11:30 but it was then seen flying north toward Tidewater a little after 
noon. Ron Bradley called at 1:30pm that the bird had just flown into view at 
Tidewater Farm. High tide (for Portland Harbor) is 12:44PM today. 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:26:49 -0700 (PDT)
At 1:00 I saw a blue grosbeak at Gorham Public Works. Another cool bird for me 
this summer. 


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Subject: Fwd: Bird baths- question
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:36:50 -0400
Thank you for the several replies to this question! I so appreciate the ideas 
and suggestions, but also the kind thought. 

Hope to get to it this afternoon!
Barbara
~~~


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Sanford, ME
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Sent: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 11:37 am
Subject: [Maine-birds] Bird baths- question


With everything so dry I'd like to provide some water for the robin and phoebe 
I see in my yard. (No feeders right now.) 

Is there something I would have in my house that would work? On the ground? 
Plastic, porcelain? It needs to be soon, I think. 

Thanks. It doesn't seem to be raining here soon, though "they" said it would. 
Pop-up showers popping up elsewhere. (Maybe it will rain here now that I've 
posted this!) 



Thanks.
Barbara
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Subject: Bird baths- question
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:37:22 -0400
With everything so dry I'd like to provide some water for the robin and phoebe 
I see in my yard. (No feeders right now.) 

Is there something I would have in my house that would work? On the ground? 
Plastic, porcelain? It needs to be soon, I think. 

Thanks. It doesn't seem to be raining here soon, though "they" said it would. 
Pop-up showers popping up elsewhere. (Maybe it will rain here now that I've 
posted this!) 



Thanks.
Barbara
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Subject: Re: Brownfield bog access
From: Cory Stearns <corystearns133 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:53:53 -0700 (PDT)
>
> The access to the bog itself is off from Bog Rd-a dirt road off from Lords 
> Hill Rd. Up until the first gate is owned partially by private landowners, 
> so please respect the landowners and obey seasonal road closure signs when 
> they are present. The road and gates are currently open-they get opened 
> whenever they dry out in spring. Canoeing or kayaking are a great way to 
> cover the area, but there's plenty of area to walk as well. Canoe access 
> points are at the end of Bog rd for the largest wetland (aka Great Bog), 
> and at the Gray building for the Old River Course and Bald Bog.

 

> There are additional access points to other areas of the Wildlife 
> Management Area, primarily off from Route 5/113.


On Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:18:02 PM UTC-4, Peter wrote:
>
> There was a great trip report from Brownfield Bog a few days ago. we're 
> planning a trip. It's been a long time since I've been there. I do have Bob 
> Duchesne's book with its info on access. I remember last year that there 
> was a report of a closed gate and a longish walk. Can anyone give up to 
> date advice on access? Is a canoe a good idea? Thanks.
>
> Peter
>
>

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Subject: Little Egret at Gilsland
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus AT meca.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:58:31 -0400
Hello,
I lucked onto the little egret close to shore along the trail to the north
meadow blind. Western side, just off the first big loop of the trail. High
tide.
I got on the phone to a friend to post it to the listserv right away
because I knew there was someone inquiring (up from MA). Watched the bird
fly off as I was talking. Hung up and immediately saw a couple coming
toward me on the trail. Turns out it was the folks from MA. They were
fairly certain they'd gotten it earlier from the blind.
Good birding,
Richard Garrigus

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:11:47 -0700 (PDT)
Well, the Terns have started to hatch, with the first seen yesterday and 
others today.
I watched one emerging this morning from its shell in a trail-side nest.
The number of nests is greater than earlier thought, likely in line with 
last year.
150 nests, perhaps as many as 200, seems a reasonable estimate.
Now the race is on to reach fledging without food shortages or adverse 
weather.

The Gannets have two nests, one exactly where the earlier nest was lost to 
wave action.
In spite of several days of social and sexual activity at that nest and a 
Gannet usually sitting on it, there was no egg present at dawn today. Nor 
are any Gannets staying there through the night, only returning about 
sunrise each morning.

The other Gannet nest is active, occupied day and night, being steadily 
upgraded with new nest material (usually Rockweed) and most importantly, it 
contains an egg.
That nest is only about 25-30 yards from two of our visitor blinds so quite 
a few tourists are enjoying the dividend of the Gannet's elaborate social 
interaction whenever nest material is delivered or the pair exchange roles 
on the nest.

The chance of the nest surviving at water's edge is effectively zero. Even 
a very small tempest will wash it away.

The other nest isn't at risk from the sea and Gannets are known for their 
fearlessness when nesting so human activity shouldn't be a problem. 
(Activity, including research work, near the nest has been restricted.)
I suspect that these Gannets are inexperienced and starting their nesting a 
couple months late could affect their success.
And then there's always the risk of predation ...............

Regardless of the obstacles, the possibility of Gannets returning to their 
historical breeding range is appealing.

The RAZORBILL & MURRE hatches are well advanced and the PUFFINS aren't too 
far behind. So far, the food being delivered seems to be reasonable quality 
and it is of appropriate size.

There's not much happening with other species. SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 
SAVANNAH SPARROW young have yet to appear.

LAUGHING GULLS do fly-bys every day and two were seen to land yesterday in 
a potential nesting area on the Southern part of the island.

The BLACK TERN wasn't very evident today or yesterday. Perhaps it has tired 
of chasing ARCTIC TERNS seeking a mate. Or perhaps it has decided to nest 
by itself like two other Black Terns did in the past.
Now that's a species that I'd like to see established here.

Raptor activity has been relatively low although today I watched a 
PEREGRINE FALCON strike, wound & knock down a Tern over the water. It then 
made pass after pass trying to retrieve its meal.
It was interesting to see how single-minded it was, ignoring hundreds of 
other birds on the water, some within mere feet of the Tern, while focusing 
on the chosen prey.
The Tern was grabbed several times but the falcon couldn't maintain its 
grip on the water-heavy, struggling victim.
Time was on the falcon's side. Eventually, after dozens of attacks, the 
Falcon kept the Tern in its talons long enough to get to shore.
The other Terns were not well pleased.

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Subject: Kennebunk Plains 6.19.16
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:53:43 -0700 (PDT)
Spent the morning at the Plains from 4:30am to 8am. Highlights:
E. Towhee
Brown Thrasher
Upland Sandpiper 
E. Kingbird
Vesper Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW × 3
Cedar Waxwing
Baltimore Oriole






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Subject: Testing email
From: Richard <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:59:36 -0400

Turk Duddy
Cape Porpoise, ME

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Subject: Seal Island NWR- White-winged Dove, Glossy Ibis, Red-billed Tropicbird
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:39:54 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

I think the subject of the email says it all. All around great day on Seal 
Island NWR. Chicks all about and we are still getting some great 
non-seabirds! I will post a checklist with photos of the bird tomorrow. We 
didn't find the dove until 30mins after sunset! Hopefully it sticks around 
for a bit so the crew can keep on singing like Stevie Nicks! 

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Subject: King Rail - Wells
From: "Boots." <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:27:23 -0400
Yesterday, 6/17/2016 Medea Steinman and I drove down (from Franklin,
Hancock Co.) to try our luck finding the King Rail. We had no trouble at
all. It was exactly where posted in e-Bird, off Eldridge Rd.

3:11 pm the bird was calling from the reeds. It would occasionally walk out
onto the mud where it was fully visible and disappear back into the marsh
plants only to wander back out onto the mud. We noticed that whenever a car
drove by on the very nearby road, the bird darted back under cover.

Note: A neighbor to the marsh shared with us her concerns that a few people
were trying to go off the road and into the marsh and had even tried to get
into the marsh through her yard before asking. We had a nice talk with her.
She was interested to learn more about the bird and was glad to hear our
take: that most birders are respectful of wildlife AND property owners and
refuge boundaries.

Boots.

Franklin, ME
Hancock Co.

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Subject: Black Vulture
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:03:55 -0700 (PDT)
At 9:40 this morning I saw a black vulture at the intersection of 25 & 112 in 
Gorham. Pretty cool. 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Surry
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:25:02 -0400
Sorry about the truncated Sandhill Crane email yesterday, the forwarding did 
not work: 

Here is the email I received about Cranes in Surry:
 saw your post Sunday on the Sandhill cranes but I was not able to locate them 
that day. However, today I saw just saw two fly over at our place on Toddy Pond 
Road in Surry. I'm guessing they had been in Goldstream Marsh on Toddy Pond 
Road and they seemed to be heading toward Orland. Good chance they were the 
same cranes that you saw, so maybe they are hanging around in the area. I don't 
have posting privileges on the Maine listserv so if you would like to post 
this, that would be fine by me. Thanks.Steve Antell 


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Subject: Peregrine Falcon nest
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:19:07 -0400
There are three immature Peregrines on the Ironbound Island nest in Frenchman 
Bay. All three are at different stages of growth. There are three adults 
attending the nest and all three viciously attack each passing Bald Eagle. 
Photos are on my flickr site 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130980321 AT N08/27638471592/in/dateposted-public/. 
Photos aren't perfect but were taken from a moving boat during our nature 
cruise and about 200 yards distant. Photos also on the Maine Birds facebook 
page. 



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Subject: Metinic Island with USF&WS
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:11 -0400
Got to go counting tern nesting sights on Metinic Island with USF&WS lots
of work, but a few photo opportunities too!
Several images in my recent gallery...one attached.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h77de7d0e#h77de7d0e

Cheers,
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Subject: Sandhills Cranes Surry
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:17:34 -0400
For those interested in the Sandhill Cranes in Hancock County - I received this 
email today 


> Subject: Sandhills Cranes
> From: leafan AT comcast.net
> Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:43:48 -0400
> To: mjlittle2318 AT hotmail.com
> 
> Hi, Michael,
> 
> I saw your post Sunday on the Sandhill cranes but I was not able to locate 
them that day. However, today I saw just saw two fly over at our place on Toddy 
Pond Road in Surry. I'm guessing they had been in Goldstream Marsh on Toddy 
Pond Road and they seemed to be heading toward Orland. Good chance they were 
the same cranes that you saw, so maybe they are hanging around in the area. I 
don't have posting privileges on the Maine listserv so if you would like to 
post this, that would be fine by me. Thanks. 

> 
> Steve Antell
> 
> Sent from my iPad
 		 	   		  

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Subject: This Week's Highlights, 6/11-17
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:13:08 -0400
Hi all,
My observations of note over the past seven days in Maine (my weekend was spent 
with a tour to New Hampshire) included: 

- 1 immature Northern Goshawk, Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 6/13.
- 36 Black Scoters and 3 Surf Scoters, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 6/13.
- 1 presumed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET HYBRID (a little too far to 
determine which of the two individuals this was) and 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 
Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 6/14 (with a client from Maine). 

- 16+ Roseate Terns, Pine Point, Scarborough, 6/14 (with a client from Maine). 
10+ on 6/16 (with a client from Arizona). 

- 6 Bonaparte's Gulls, Pelreco Marsh (somewhat odd location for the only ones 
around today), Scarborough Marsh, 6/16 (with a client from Arizona). 

- LITTLE EGRET, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 12:45-1:40pm, 6/16 (with a client 
from Arizona). 

 
-Derek

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Subject: Brownfield bog access
From: peter morelli <pmorelli2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:18:00 +0000 (UTC)
There was a great trip report from Brownfield Bog a few days ago. we're 
planning a trip. It's been a long time since I've been there. I do have Bob 
Duchesne's book with its info on access. I remember last year that there was a 
report of a closed gate and a longish walk. Can anyone give up to date advice 
on access? Is a canoe a good idea? Thanks. 


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Subject: Little Egret--suggestion for reports
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:51:30 -0700 (PDT)
Many thanks to all who have taken the time to report sightings of the 
Little Egret, both last year and this. Since the bird is obviously moving 
around the bay as the tide changes, I'd like to suggest that in addition to 
time of day, reports include some statement about the tide cycle.  A common 
means of doing this is the following:

High 
Near High Rising 
Near High Falling 
Half Rising  
Half Falling 
Near Low Rising 
Near Low Falling 
Low  
With this information it would even be possible to chart how often the bird 
is at each site.

Thanks and good birding to all,

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/16
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:13:58 -0400
Having received multiple inquiries after this post, I’m happy to report that 
Nancy Meyers just called and it sounds like the bird is back in view at 
Tidewater as of 3:10, after apparently disappearing for some time. 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
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> On Jun 16, 2016, at 1:35 PM, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:
> 
> Not to step on the toes of those actually viewing this bird (as I’m stuck 
in my office), but I wanted to get out a report from Jim Sonya that the LITTLE 
EGRET was seen at Tidewater Farm around 12:50 today. Lots of people have 
stopped in so hopefully this keeps the information train going… 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: more bobolinks
From: Geoffrey Ives <geoffives AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:39:57 -0700 (PDT)
It's especially bad this year. Because of the drought hayers are way ahead 
of schedule and excited to "make hay while the sunshines." Unfortunately 
that means they are going to thoughtlessly devastate the bob-o-Link 
population of New England, while the sun shines. It's happening. We're 
letting it happen. 

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:22:19 PM UTC-4, Michael Boardman wrote:
>
> A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late.
> We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they 
> were mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink 
> activity).
> A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower 
> as we could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently 
> working on.
> To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
> office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks 
> should have fledged by now.
> Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you are 
> a Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and let 
> them know you care about the nesting birds.
> Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next year 
> to monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a best 
> guess on fledging activity?
> Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.
>
> Michael Boardman
> North Yarmouth
> www.coyotees.com
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Subject: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/16
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:35:28 -0400
Not to step on the toes of those actually viewing this bird (as I’m stuck in 
my office), but I wanted to get out a report from Jim Sonya that the LITTLE 
EGRET was seen at Tidewater Farm around 12:50 today. Lots of people have 
stopped in so hopefully this keeps the information train going… 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: Re: Id. help, please
From: "Boots." <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:02:25 -0400
Female Cowbird? (Don't make fun of me if I'm wrong) Where (in Maine) did
you see it, habitat? Behavior?

Boots.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, David Small  wrote:

> I don't even know where to start on this one.
> Thank you.
>
> http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7d06c75c#h7d06c75c
>
>
> Cheers,
> Dave
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Subject: Id. help, please
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:05:36 -0400
I don't even know where to start on this one.
Thank you.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7d06c75c#h7d06c75c


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Subject: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/15
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:58:57 -0400
Just ran into Frank Paul who saw the LITTLE EGRET at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth 
around 2:30PM. Apparently others had it there earlier in the day as well. 


Good birding,


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Subject: RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: "Linda Scotland" <lds AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:56:47 -0400
There was also one at the Wells Reserve in the 90's. I usually document those 
sightings but for some reason did not write this one down. Maybe because it was 
viewed by hundreds of people for days and days. Does anyone else remember this? 


 

Linda Scotland

 

From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Raven Watcher 

Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:51 AM
To: Doug Hitchcox
Cc: Maine-birds Alerts; Rachel FARRELL
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via 
MASSBIRD 


 

Saw one in Freeport early November around 1980. Hot day on strong SW flow.

Dan Nickerson Freeport. 

Photographed but got back someone's Florida vacation pics. Stunning bird.



On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:

For those interested, Rachel Farrell posted the photograph that John 
Shamgochian took on 13 June 2016 at: http://ribirds.blogspot.com 


 

Looking at the past 5 years, the sightings of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in 
Maine have fallen in a very tight window: 


 

9 June 2014 - Laudholm Farm, York Co

5 June 2014 - Rangeley, Franklin Co (probable)

2-6 June 2012 - Burnham/Pittsfield, Waldo/Somerset Co

4 June 2011 - Blue Hill Bay, Hancock Co

 

Older records I can gleam from eBird do expand this window:

22 Aug 2009 - Richmond, Sagadahoc Co

14 May 2003 - Prospect Harbor, Hancock Co

21-26 June 1987 - Kennebunkport, York Co

 

Another June record pops up in Palmer’s "Birds of Maine” from Matinicus 
Island, Knox Co, in 1936. He also lists fall records from 1914 and 1915 at 
Matinicus Island and a sight record from Portland on 20 October 1939. Full 
account here: http://tinyurl.com/h2ub95p 


 

And it is hard to talk about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Maine without 
mentioning the 18 June (through 15 July) 1988 bird at Kennebunk Plains, York 
Co, that attempted nesting. You can read about that attempt in Maine Bird Notes 
via the Maine Bird Records Committee website here: http://tinyurl.com/z5erbrt 


 

Good birding,

 


Doug Hitchcox
Staff Naturalist 
Maine Audubon 
207-781-2330 x237

dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org 
 


 

 

On Jun 14, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Doug Hitchcox  > wrote: 


 

Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:




Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward this 
message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian, who is 
traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor Airport. It was in 
the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert island. It was catching 
flies and moving around a lot. They left because it had flown to a part of the 
fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben and John have not had internet 
access until today. 


He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly. 

Thank you for your help. 

Rachel Farrell 
Rumford, RI 


Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Staff Naturalist 
Maine Audubon 
207-781-2330 x237 
dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org 
 


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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:50:53 -0400
Saw one in Freeport early November around 1980. Hot day on strong SW flow.
Dan Nickerson Freeport.
Photographed but got back someone's Florida vacation pics. Stunning bird.


On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:

> For those interested, Rachel Farrell posted the photograph that John
> Shamgochian took on 13 June 2016 at: http://ribirds.blogspot.com
>
> Looking at the past 5 years, the sightings of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
> in Maine have fallen in a very tight window:
>
> 9 June 2014 - Laudholm Farm, York Co
> 5 June 2014 - Rangeley, Franklin Co (probable)
> 2-6 June 2012 - Burnham/Pittsfield, Waldo/Somerset Co
> 4 June 2011 - Blue Hill Bay, Hancock Co
>
> Older records I can gleam from eBird do expand this window:
> 22 Aug 2009 - Richmond, Sagadahoc Co
> 14 May 2003 - Prospect Harbor, Hancock Co
> 21-26 June 1987 - Kennebunkport, York Co
>
> Another June record pops up in Palmer’s "Birds of Maine” from Matinicus
> Island, Knox Co, in 1936. He also lists fall records from 1914 and 1915 at
> Matinicus Island and a sight record from Portland on 20 October 1939. Full
> account here: http://tinyurl.com/h2ub95p
>
> And it is hard to talk about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Maine without
> mentioning the 18 June (through 15 July) 1988 bird at Kennebunk Plains,
> York Co, that attempted nesting. You can read about that attempt in Maine
> Bird Notes via the Maine Bird Records Committee website here:
> http://tinyurl.com/z5erbrt
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
> 
>
>
> On Jun 14, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Doug Hitchcox  > wrote:
>
> Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:
>
> Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward
> this message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian,
> who is traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor
> Airport. It was in the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert
> island. It was catching flies and moving around a lot. They left because it
> had flown to a part of the fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben
> and John have not had internet access until today.
>
> He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly.
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Rachel Farrell
> Rumford, RI
>
>
> Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
> 
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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:10:39 -0400
We looked for bird at Trenton & Stone barn farm last eve. No sighting. Rob
& Tammy

On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Boots.  wrote:

> July 14, 2000 I saw Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  (confirmed and witnessed by
> Sue and Charlie Grosjean) in the gravel pit area along Hog Bay Rd in
> Franklin, Hancock county.
>
> Boots Garrett
>
>
> On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:
>
>> For those interested, Rachel Farrell posted the photograph that John
>> Shamgochian took on 13 June 2016 at: http://ribirds.blogspot.com
>>
>> Looking at the past 5 years, the sightings of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
>> in Maine have fallen in a very tight window:
>>
>> 9 June 2014 - Laudholm Farm, York Co
>> 5 June 2014 - Rangeley, Franklin Co (probable)
>> 2-6 June 2012 - Burnham/Pittsfield, Waldo/Somerset Co
>> 4 June 2011 - Blue Hill Bay, Hancock Co
>>
>> Older records I can gleam from eBird do expand this window:
>> 22 Aug 2009 - Richmond, Sagadahoc Co
>> 14 May 2003 - Prospect Harbor, Hancock Co
>> 21-26 June 1987 - Kennebunkport, York Co
>>
>> Another June record pops up in Palmer’s "Birds of Maine” from Matinicus
>> Island, Knox Co, in 1936. He also lists fall records from 1914 and 1915 at
>> Matinicus Island and a sight record from Portland on 20 October 1939. Full
>> account here: http://tinyurl.com/h2ub95p
>>
>> And it is hard to talk about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Maine without
>> mentioning the 18 June (through 15 July) 1988 bird at Kennebunk Plains,
>> York Co, that attempted nesting. You can read about that attempt in Maine
>> Bird Notes via the Maine Bird Records Committee website here:
>> http://tinyurl.com/z5erbrt
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>>
>> Doug Hitchcox
>> Staff Naturalist
>> Maine Audubon
>> 207-781-2330 x237
>> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
>>
>>
>> On Jun 14, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:
>>
>> Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:
>>
>> Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward
>> this message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben 
Shamgochian, 

>> who is traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a
>> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor
>> Airport. It was in the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert
>> island. It was catching flies and moving around a lot. They left because it
>> had flown to a part of the fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben
>> and John have not had internet access until today.
>>
>> He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly.
>>
>> Thank you for your help.
>>
>> Rachel Farrell
>> Rumford, RI
>>
>>
>> Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>>
>> Doug Hitchcox
>> Staff Naturalist
>> Maine Audubon
>> 207-781-2330 x237
>> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
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Subject: York County sightings (Jun 8-14)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:11:47 -0400
Here are some bird happenings from York County:

6/8 (Wednesday)
...*Clay-colored Sparrow* (FOY) along Maguire Rd., Kennebunk Plains
(details here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30132461)

6/9 (Thursday)
...*King Rail* (Lifer!) and 2 *Saltmarsh Sparrows* in the marsh at east end
of Eldridge Rd., Wells

6/12 (Sunday)
...1 *American Oystercatcher* and 5 *Roseate Terns* at Hills Beach,
Biddeford

6/13 (Monday)
...*Green Heron*, continuing *King Rail*, *Northern Rough-winged
Swallow*, *Nelson's
Sparrow* and *Saltmarsh Sparrow* between 1:30-2pm along east end of
Eldridge Rd., Wells (w/ Andy Aldrich and Steve Mierzykowski)

6/14 (Tuesday)
...family group of 8 *Canada Geese*; *Eastern Phoebe* sitting on 2nd clunch
of eggs (1st clutch resulted in 1 fledged *Brown-headed Cowbird*, who I
observed still being fed by a Phoebe) at York County Community College,
Wells

--Josh

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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: "Boots." <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:30:30 -0400
July 14, 2000 I saw Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  (confirmed and witnessed by
Sue and Charlie Grosjean) in the gravel pit area along Hog Bay Rd in
Franklin, Hancock county.

Boots Garrett


On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:

> For those interested, Rachel Farrell posted the photograph that John
> Shamgochian took on 13 June 2016 at: http://ribirds.blogspot.com
>
> Looking at the past 5 years, the sightings of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
> in Maine have fallen in a very tight window:
>
> 9 June 2014 - Laudholm Farm, York Co
> 5 June 2014 - Rangeley, Franklin Co (probable)
> 2-6 June 2012 - Burnham/Pittsfield, Waldo/Somerset Co
> 4 June 2011 - Blue Hill Bay, Hancock Co
>
> Older records I can gleam from eBird do expand this window:
> 22 Aug 2009 - Richmond, Sagadahoc Co
> 14 May 2003 - Prospect Harbor, Hancock Co
> 21-26 June 1987 - Kennebunkport, York Co
>
> Another June record pops up in Palmer’s "Birds of Maine” from Matinicus
> Island, Knox Co, in 1936. He also lists fall records from 1914 and 1915 at
> Matinicus Island and a sight record from Portland on 20 October 1939. Full
> account here: http://tinyurl.com/h2ub95p
>
> And it is hard to talk about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Maine without
> mentioning the 18 June (through 15 July) 1988 bird at Kennebunk Plains,
> York Co, that attempted nesting. You can read about that attempt in Maine
> Bird Notes via the Maine Bird Records Committee website here:
> http://tinyurl.com/z5erbrt
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
> 
>
>
> On Jun 14, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Doug Hitchcox  > wrote:
>
> Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:
>
> Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward
> this message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian,
> who is traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor
> Airport. It was in the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert
> island. It was catching flies and moving around a lot. They left because it
> had flown to a part of the fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben
> and John have not had internet access until today.
>
> He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly.
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Rachel Farrell
> Rumford, RI
>
>
> Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
> 
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Subject: Little Egret present once again at 2PM this afternoon
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:53:08 -0700 (PDT)
Was in front of the point for 10-15 minutes, and the walked the Skittery 
Gusset creek channel where I lost sight of it, but if anyone still looking 
for this egret make sure you check the channel too!

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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:22:06 -0400
For those interested, Rachel Farrell posted the photograph that John 
Shamgochian took on 13 June 2016 at: http://ribirds.blogspot.com 
 


Looking at the past 5 years, the sightings of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in 
Maine have fallen in a very tight window: 


9 June 2014 - Laudholm Farm, York Co
5 June 2014 - Rangeley, Franklin Co (probable)
2-6 June 2012 - Burnham/Pittsfield, Waldo/Somerset Co
4 June 2011 - Blue Hill Bay, Hancock Co

Older records I can gleam from eBird do expand this window:
22 Aug 2009 - Richmond, Sagadahoc Co
14 May 2003 - Prospect Harbor, Hancock Co
21-26 June 1987 - Kennebunkport, York Co

Another June record pops up in Palmer’s "Birds of Maine” from Matinicus 
Island, Knox Co, in 1936. He also lists fall records from 1914 and 1915 at 
Matinicus Island and a sight record from Portland on 20 October 1939. Full 
account here: http://tinyurl.com/h2ub95p  


And it is hard to talk about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Maine without 
mentioning the 18 June (through 15 July) 1988 bird at Kennebunk Plains, York 
Co, that attempted nesting. You can read about that attempt in Maine Bird Notes 
via the Maine Bird Records Committee website here: http://tinyurl.com/z5erbrt 
 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Staff Naturalist 
Maine Audubon 
207-781-2330 x237
dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org 


> On Jun 14, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Doug Hitchcox  wrote:
> 
> Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:
> 
>> Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward 
this message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian, 
who is traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor Airport. It was in 
the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert island. It was catching 
flies and moving around a lot. They left because it had flown to a part of the 
fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben and John have not had internet 
access until today. 

>> 
>> He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly. 
>> 
>> Thank you for your help. 
>> 
>> Rachel Farrell 
>> Rumford, RI 
> 
> Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> 
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> Staff Naturalist 
> Maine Audubon 
> 207-781-2330 x237 
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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Trenton, 6/13 via MASSBIRD
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:59:00 -0400
Just saw this posted on MASSBIRD:

> Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward this 
message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian, who is 
traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor Airport. It was in 
the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert island. It was catching 
flies and moving around a lot. They left because it had flown to a part of the 
fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben and John have not had internet 
access until today. 

> 
> He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly. 
> 
> Thank you for your help. 
> 
> Rachel Farrell 
> Rumford, RI 

Hopefully someone in the area can go check this out!

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Staff Naturalist 
Maine Audubon 
207-781-2330 x237 
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Subject: more bobolinks
From: Michael Boardman <mike AT coyotees.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:22:19 -0700 (PDT)
A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late.
We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they 
were mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink 
activity).
A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower as 
we could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently 
working on.
To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks 
should have fledged by now.
Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you are 
a Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and let 
them know you care about the nesting birds.
Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next year 
to monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a best 
guess on fledging activity?
Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.

Michael Boardman
North Yarmouth
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Subject: Little Egret, Falmouth, 6/14am
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:05:23 -0400
Hi all,
Vicki Sandage reports the Little Egret was present at Tidewater Farm in 
Falmouth at 10:30 this morning. 

-Derek

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 03:00:57 -0700 (PDT)
Most of the occasional late migrants seem to have departed. The only 
newcomer that I've noted in the past few days is a RED BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Red Breasted are annual visitors, sometimes with several here at once. This 
one is exceptionally skittish for the species.

The newest thing is the beginning of the Alcid hatch, with young of all 
three species (RAZORBILL, MURRE & PUFFIN). It's still a bit before peak 
hatch, though.

The TERNS may have their first chicks but none have been noted yet. This 
cold, wet weather isn't conducive to unnecessary field activity.

The GANNET saga continues.
The first nest was built in a wave-exposed location and washed away during 
a modest rough.
They rebuilt well away from the edge of the shore but at a location 
adjacent to visitor blinds and right in a heavy research area. 
Consequently, they left the 2nd nest because of disturbance and started 
rebuilding at the first, exposed site.

 Now you need to remember that, since the failed nesting in 2012, there 
were various numbers of Gannets here each summer. This is the third season 
that consistently there have been 3 Gannets hanging around and showing 
great interest in specific locations. As of Monday afternoon, there are two 
(2) nests, both with sitting Gannets, at two of the previously scouted 
locations.
With just the three adult Gannets of unknown gender mix, the possibilities 
of unfertilized eggs or polygamy arise.
Yesterday, encouragingly, there were at least another four (4) adults 
lounging about the sites, especially the more distant site.  Lots of 
billing and other social interaction at both locations.

 Now if they would just colonize a truly secure location 
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Subject: King Rail locations/area
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:00:16 -0400
Hi All Birders,

 Yesterday while standing and hoping to get a good look at the KING RAIL, two 
ladies came by to say where they have heard the rail call from. One is from 
behind 305 Webhannet Dr., and the other lady has heard it from behind the St. 
Mary’s Church on Eldridge Rd. 


    Hope this helps for people looking for it.
 Also at around midnight the bird calls from the south side of the road 
opposite of where it normally is seen or heard. 

 I got two dysfunctional pictures here on this checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30212998 

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich 

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Subject: Re: QUERY: Purple Martin colonies in northern and eastern Maine
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:51:37 -0700 (PDT)
Are there colonies in Lincoln County? If so, I'd love to know. Thanks. 

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Subject: Re: Gray-cheeked Thrush?
From: Michael Tucker <tichaelmucker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:31:18 -0700 (PDT)
Ha, I actually almost elaborated that it sounded more specifically like 
when your video game character dies. I've decided it was definitely a 
Veery. Heard it again the next evening. I have already seen and heard them 
around, but for some reason only noticed them calling, not singing.


On Monday, June 13, 2016 at 2:25:48 PM UTC-4, Seth Davis wrote:
>
> Well there are several different types of thrushes in the area. Excluding 
> Robins and Bluebirds as they don't really sound "video gamey" we get 
> Swanson's Thrush, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and perhaps 
> Bicknell's. Veery is pretty distinctive, with it's strange descending song 
> (using your analogy, it's when your video game character dies). Swanson's 
> if I recall, has an ascending song. If it turns out to be a Gray-cheeked, 
> that's great because visually they are virtually indistinguishable from 
> Bicknell's. Considering our low altitude, if it were between the two 
> (Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's) I'd vote Gray-cheeked, but outside of those 
> thrushes I can't think of anything else that'd have that typical thrush 
> sound. 
>
> On Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 9:45:21 PM UTC-4, Michael Tucker wrote:
>>
>> Just heard a bird in my woods many times and very clearly. It sounded 
>> very thrush-like, and very video gamey.  The closest bird I can compare it 
>> to in the Audubon Birds app is the Gray-cheeked Thrush. It called and sang, 
>> and both sounded very similar to he recordings in the app. 
>>
>> So my question is, is there anything that I could have heard in a 
>> Cumberland county (Windham) forest that would sound a lot like a GCTH but 
>> be something different?
>
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Subject: Re: Gray-cheeked Thrush?
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:25:47 -0700 (PDT)
Well there are several different types of thrushes in the area. Excluding 
Robins and Bluebirds as they don't really sound "video gamey" we get 
Swanson's Thrush, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and perhaps 
Bicknell's. Veery is pretty distinctive, with it's strange descending song 
(using your analogy, it's when your video game character dies). Swanson's 
if I recall, has an ascending song. If it turns out to be a Gray-cheeked, 
that's great because visually they are virtually indistinguishable from 
Bicknell's. Considering our low altitude, if it were between the two 
(Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's) I'd vote Gray-cheeked, but outside of those 
thrushes I can't think of anything else that'd have that typical thrush 
sound. 

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 9:45:21 PM UTC-4, Michael Tucker wrote:
>
> Just heard a bird in my woods many times and very clearly. It sounded very 
> thrush-like, and very video gamey.  The closest bird I can compare it to in 
> the Audubon Birds app is the Gray-cheeked Thrush. It called and sang, and 
> both sounded very similar to he recordings in the app. 
>
> So my question is, is there anything that I could have heard in a 
> Cumberland county (Windham) forest that would sound a lot like a GCTH but 
> be something different?

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Subject: Re: Re: Little Egret, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 6/10
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:54:43 -0400
I finally got a good look at it in flight. At tidewater Farm. 1:55. 
Bill Blauvelt. 

Sent from my iPad

> On Jun 12, 2016, at 2:33 PM, Tony Federer  wrote:
> 
> The Little Egret put on a great show, in close company with a Snowy Egret, at 
Tidewater Farm between 1:30 and 2:00 today (Sunday June 12). The birds first 
appeared on the mud flats out where Skitterygusset Creek meets the Presumpscot. 
Then they worked their way north on the incoming tide until the were at my feet 
at the Tidewater point. Finally they flew south a ways and were still there 
when I left. 

> 
> They were fully out on the flats the whole time, catching fish continually. I 
could not see any difference in posture or feeding behavior, so I could not 
tell the difference initially. But as they got closer, the plume differences on 
both head and butt became evident, as well as the dark lores on the Little 
Egret. 

> 
> Tidewater Farm is the old house and farm at the end of a dirt drive off 
Farmgate Road. Walk out grass between the buildings and a grassy path to a 
bench. 

> 
> Tony Federer
> 
> 
>> On Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:57:05 AM UTC-4, D Lovitch wrote:
>> Hi all, 
>> A client visiting from Calgary and I have enjoyed the continuing LITTLE 
EGRET in close proximity to Tidewater Farm in Falmouth between 11:30 and now. 

>> -Derek 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: QUERY: Purple Martin colonies in northern and eastern Maine
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman AT maine.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:22:24 -0700 (PDT)
Do you mean colonies using real cavity nests in trees or colonies using 
human-made houses?
On Saturday I visited a thriving example of the latter in Belgrade on Depot 
Rd. (I guess that's Kennebec County).
Does anyone know of any colonies using tree cavities still?

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:41:44 PM UTC-4, Peter Vickery wrote:
>
> I’m interested in knowing whether martin colonies in northern, eastern, 
> and western Maine are still active.  Previously known colonies include: 
>
> Aroostook County: Presque Isle, elsewhere 
>
> Penobscot County: Orono, Passadumkeag, Kenduskeag, Lincoln, Millinocket, 
> Lee, Hudson, 
>
> Somerset: Palmyra, Corinth, Corinna, Dover-Foxcroft, Newport, 
>
> Washington County: Princeton, Machias, Schoodic Pond, elsewhere 
>
> Oxford County: Livermore, Turner, 
> I’m sure there are others that I’ve missed but basically I want to know 
if 

> there are any extant colonies in these counties. 
>
> Thanks. 
>
> Best, Peter 
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Subject: Little Egret - Falmouth, 6/13
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:01:57 -0400
Passing along a quick report from Barry Woodruff that the LITTLE EGRET was seen 
a little before 11 off the North Meadow at Gilsland Farm 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783) then flew over towards Tidewater Farm 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1044095). 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: Maine Audubon's "Seabird of Matinicus Rock" Trip Report, 6/10
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:00:42 -0400
Hey Maine-birds:

Last Friday, Maine Audubon’s annual ‘Seabirds of Matinicus Rock’ trip ran 
out of New Harbor, motoring past Eastern Egg Rock and exploring waters out to 
Matinicus Rock. Despite the strong winds lately, the seas were fairly calm 
throughout the trip. A complete list of birds seen is below, but a few 
highlights included: a first-summer Black-legged Kittiwake on Eastern Egg Rock, 
not a typical plumage we see this species in. Five Red Knots were seen at 
Eastern Egg in the morning and again in the afternoon - seems like we find them 
here more often than not on this trip. Alcid numbers seemed low at Matinicus, 
especially for Razorbills which were absent from the cliffs (the presence of a 
Peregrine Falcon may have influenced that). Numbers of terns were average 
compared to past trips; perhaps more Arctic Terns present at Eastern Egg Rock 
which made for great comparisons with the Common and Roseate Terns also present 
there. And finally the number of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels was impressive for 
this early in the year but perhaps not a surprise since we were already seeing 
them off Bar Harbor the week before. Thanks to everyone who came on this trip 
and especially to Captain Al and the crew of the Hardy Boat and Peter Vickery 
and Jan Pierson for their expert leadership! 


**eBirders** I’ve started sharing the eBird checklists with participants that 
I have usernames for. If you haven’t received them yet, please go to 
http://maineaudubon.org/events/seabirds-of-matinicus-rock-2016/ and click on 
the “Add to my eBird” links next to each list to add them to your account. 
Or feel free to email me directly and I can share these with you. 


Common Eider (125; chicks too)
Common Loon (4; mostly immature)
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (90)
Northern Gannet (3; immature)
Double-crested Cormorant (171)
Great Cormorant (2; Matinicus Island and Shark Island)
Osprey (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Ruddy Turnstone (6)
Red Knot (5; breeding plumage!)
Least Sandpiper (1; Eastern Egg Rock)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1; Eastern Egg Rock)
peep sp. (3)
Common Murre (47; Matinicus Rock)
Razorbill (122)
Black Guillemot (190; one at Eastern Egg Rock in the afternoon)
Atlantic Puffin (157)
Black-legged Kittiwake (1; first-summer bird at Eastern Egg Rock)
Laughing Gull (601)
Ring-billed Gull (1; uncommon offshore)
Herring Gull (202)
Great Black-backed Gull (47)
Roseate Tern (19; Eastern Egg Rock)
Common Tern (261)
Arctic Tern (491)
Sterna sp. (31)
Peregrine Falcon (1)
Barn Swallow (6)
European Starling (20)
Song Sparrow (2)

In other Gulf of Maine pelagic news, Chris Brown of Wildside Nature Tours 
photographed a LONG-TAILED JAEGER and SOUTH POLAR SKUA aboard Bar Harbor Whale 
Watch Co’s Friendship V on 10 June 2016. 


Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox
Staff Naturalist 
Maine Audubon 
207-781-2330 x237 
dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org 

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Subject: Re: Not a sighting, Maine bird artist
From: Richard Garrigus <rgarrigus AT meca.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:56:07 -0400
Thank you for sharing this, I'm sorry to learn that Paul is terminally ill.
His work has been an inspiration to me in several ways over the years. I
followed him by just a few years at the Portland School of Art where I
first became aware of his work. I was quite struck by the idea of taking
something so concrete, so specific, and focusing in on it to such a degree
that the resulting image bore the best qualities of abstract art,
transcending the subject matter to embody a spiritual aspect. An aspect
common to all sentient beings. Gratitude to Paul for tapping into that in
such a steadfast way over these years. Whether through the medium of plums
or birds.
I gravitated to birding in recent years (and in retrospect can see how my
own artwork led me to that eventuality), and view his work from a whole
different vantage now. I frequently check in with the multiple image hung
near the front entry of the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. I
encourage others to do the same. I am happy to know from the article that
he reached a wide audience. Deservedly so. Undoubtedly his work will
connect with others for a long time to come.
All the best to Paul in the transition he faces in shedding this mortal
coil and merging more completely with the spirit he obviously always has
eyes toward. His lifework will continue his Presence for many who will
continue to draw inspiration. I'm certain the transition will be marked by
a definite grace.

My thoughts are with you both, Don.

Richard Garrigus



On Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:34 AM, 'Don Smith' via Maine birds <
maine-birds AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> Just wanted to share this story as a tribute to my dear friend and artist,
> Fr. Paul Plante....
>
>
>
> 
http://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/10/news/dying-priest-hopes-his-paintings-will-make-connections-even-after-hes-gone/ 

>
>
> Don
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Subject: Not a sighting, Maine bird artist
From: "'Don Smith' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:34:05 -0400
Just wanted to share this story as a tribute to my dear friend and artist, Fr. 
Paul Plante.... 




http://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/10/news/dying-priest-hopes-his-paintings-will-make-connections-even-after-hes-gone/ 



Don

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Subject: RE: House wren?
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:22:58 -0400
A relative in Saco has a pair nesting in a box in her yard for the first time 
in over 25 years! Sharon in West K. 


Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:20:44 -0400
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] House wren?
From: bootsg AT gmail.com
To: docfinsdave AT gmail.com
CC: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

 For the first time, I have a nest-building House Wren in my yard. 
Unfortunately there does not seem to be a female. The male continues to bring 
sticks to the nest box and sings incessantly all day long. He has continued to 
groom and tend his stick nest for weeks but there is no female around to accept 
and approve of his activities. In 4 decades I have never seen nor heard a House 
Wren here in Franklin. 

Boots. 

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, David Small  wrote:
Greetings, as usual, with me, my first photo and sighting of a new-to-me 
species, I'm not sure in naming. I welcome your assistance.Also, I photographed 
this, not much larger than a clothespin, wren last evening...is it late for 
these birds to be nest building or is it a confused first timer?Thanks to all. 

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7e9aecfb#h7e9aecfb


Cheers,Dave




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Subject: King Rail. Present
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:32:38 -0400

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Subject: Re: House wren?
From: "Boots." <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:20:44 -0400
 For the first time, I have a nest-building House Wren in my yard.
Unfortunately there does not seem to be a female. The male continues
to bring sticks to the nest box and sings incessantly all day long. He
has continued to groom and tend his stick nest for weeks but there is no
female around to accept and approve of his activities.
In 4 decades I have never seen nor heard a House Wren here in Franklin.

Boots.

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, David Small  wrote:

> Greetings, as usual, with me, my first photo and sighting of a new-to-me
> species, I'm not sure in naming. I welcome your assistance.
> Also, I photographed this, not much larger than a clothespin, wren last
> evening...is it late for these birds to be nest building or is it a
> confused first timer?
> Thanks to all.
>
> http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7e9aecfb#h7e9aecfb
>
>
> Cheers,
> Dave
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Subject: Brilliant Day at Brownfield Bog
From: Joe Scott <joescottbsn AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:50:41 -0400


Today Charlie Nims and I took a South Shore Bird Club group to Brownfield Bog, 
and we were richly rewarded with birds in their nesting activities. There were 
8 species observed sitting on their nests, including yellow-billed cuckoo, 
red-eyed vireo (2), yellow warbler, black and white warbler, eastern kingbird, 
cedar waxwing, eastern phoebe and yellow-bellied sapsucker. We also had 
black-billed cuckoo carrying food, a male scarlet tanager feeding young, and 
two juvenile pied billed grebes paddling along looking for mom. Other "normal' 
bird sightings included a mourning warbler, a yellow-throated vireo, wilson's 
snipe, ruffed grouse, virginia rail, and flycatchers - willow, alder, least, 
great-crested, kingbird, phoebe, and pewee. 

Photos will be included with eBird reports tomorrow.
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Subject: Re: Little Egret, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 6/10
From: Tony Federer <compassbrook AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:33:40 -0700 (PDT)
The Little Egret put on a great show, in close company with a Snowy Egret, 
at Tidewater Farm between 1:30 and 2:00 today (Sunday June 12). The birds 
first appeared on the mud flats out where Skitterygusset Creek meets the 
Presumpscot. Then they worked their way north on the incoming tide until 
the were at my feet at the Tidewater point. Finally they flew south a ways 
and were still there when I left. 

They were fully out on the flats the whole time, catching fish continually. 
I could not see any difference in posture or feeding behavior, so I could 
not tell the difference initially. But as they got closer, the plume 
differences on both head and butt became evident, as well as the dark lores 
on the Little Egret.

Tidewater Farm is the old house and farm at the end of a dirt drive off 
Farmgate Road. Walk out grass between the buildings and a grassy path to a 
bench. 

Tony Federer


On Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:57:05 AM UTC-4, D Lovitch wrote:
>
> Hi all, 
> A client visiting from Calgary and I have enjoyed the continuing LITTLE 
> EGRET in close proximity to Tidewater Farm in Falmouth between 11:30 and 
> now. 
> -Derek 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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