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18 Dec FEW GOOD BIRDS ALONG THE MIDCOAST - Dec 18 [Michael Fahay ]
18 Dec Black Vulture - Portland, 12/18 [Doug Hitchcox ]
18 Dec Townsend's Solitaire and Redhead - Florida Lake, Freeport, 12/18 [Doug Hitchcox ]
18 Dec Preliminary Report of the the York County Christmas Count, Dec 15, 2014 [Pat Moynahan ]
17 Dec Baltimore Oriole in South Harpswell [Scott Cronenweth ]
17 Dec RE: CBC: Irruptive Species video ["Smith, Michael" ]
16 Dec Portland CBC Redpolls ["Bill Hancock" ]
16 Dec King Eider, Cliff House, York, ME [Joe Shaw ]
16 Dec Northern Maine Birds: Northern Harrier, Snowy Owls [Bill Sheehan ]
16 Dec Northern Pintails [Sandra Mitchell ]
16 Dec RE: CBC: Irruptive Species video [Sharon F. ]
16 Dec Popham Beach - Dec 16 [Michael Fahay ]
16 Dec CBC: Irruptive Species video [Doug Hitchcox ]
16 Dec Immature male goshawk [Richard McWilliams ]
16 Dec Red-breasted Nuthatch behavior, Roque Bluffs [Carol Muth ]
16 Dec 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, Wood Ducks, Winter Wren [Joanne Stevens ]
15 Dec Greater Portland CBC Report ["Bill Hancock" ]
15 Dec Caribou/Limestone Christmas Bird Count [Bill Sheehan ]
15 Dec CBC section highlights: Portland peninsula, 12/14 (BRTH, HETHs, etc), and Moody area, 12/15 (EAME, DUNL, COYE, AMPI, etc) ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
15 Dec King Eider [Ken DiBiccari ]
15 Dec King Eider - Two Snowies [Francesco Ticozzi ]
15 Dec King Eider [Becky Marvil ]
14 Dec Pemaquid Xmas Bird Count [panteradeath666 ]
14 Dec Snowy Owl- Flood Brothers Farm [Kyle Lima ]
14 Dec Re: Snowy Owls [phillip ]
14 Dec Snowy Owls ["'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds" ]
14 Dec Long Island ["'Henry L.Donovan' via Maine birds" ]
14 Dec Bangor Snowy Yes [Susan Guare ]
14 Dec Oriole, CBC? [Kathy Van Der Aue ]
14 Dec Belted Kingfisher, Rockport [Kristen Lindquist ]
14 Dec Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker [Wendy Sawyer ]
14 Dec Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker [Wendy Sawyer ]
14 Dec Nobleboro Baltimore Oriole update [Kathy Van Der Aue ]
14 Dec Townsend's Solitaire, YES, 12/14 ["'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
13 Dec Today at West Quoddy Head [Merle and Anne Archie ]
13 Dec carolina wren ["steve bien" ]
13 Dec Monhegan [Donna Cundy ]
13 Dec Cliff House in Ogunquit at noon [David Gulick ]
13 Dec Goldfinch invasion ["Marie" ]
13 Dec Re: Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Portland [Rob O'Connell ]
13 Dec King Eider - yes [Margaret Viens ]
13 Dec Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Portland [Bill Bunn ]
13 Dec Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker [Tammy Packie ]
13 Dec Migrating Birds of Chebeague [Bev Johnson ]
13 Dec Re: Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12 [panteradeath666 ]
13 Dec King Eider ["'Ron Cedrone' via Maine birds" ]
13 Dec Re: Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12 ["J. Stormer" ]
12 Dec TOSO Yes! [David Gulick ]
12 Dec Red Phalarope but no King Eider - Bailey Island [Michael Fahay ]
12 Dec Red-bellied Woodpecker [Wendy Sawyer ]
12 Dec Belfast Bay census of 12/11/14 [Ronald Harrell ]
12 Dec King Eider yes! [David Doubleday ]
12 Dec Greater Scaup etc Lake Auburn [Raven Watcher ]
12 Dec KING EIDER, Cliff House, York, Dec 12, 2014 ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
12 Dec King Eider []
12 Dec Portland Peninsula (BAOR, RCKI, many HETH), 12/12 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
12 Dec Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
12 Dec King Eider [Ken ]
12 Dec King Eider Cliffhouse []
12 Dec RE: Could Bermuda Petrel have occurred in Maine waters? ["Smith, Michael" ]
12 Dec Could Bermuda Petrel have occurred in Maine waters? [Jeff Wells ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl, Willard Beach (SoPo) [Scott Cronenweth ]
11 Dec two snowy owls in Bangor [jasjcsjss via Maine birds ]
11 Dec Fwd: (APW) New Family Tree for Birds Spurs Ideas on Evolution [William Laverty ]
11 Dec Northern Pintail drake, Back Cove [Bill Bunn ]
11 Dec Alpha code query synthesis ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
11 Dec Townsend's Solitaire continues, Freeport, 12/11 am ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
10 Dec East Boothbay - Dec 10 [Michael Fahay ]
10 Dec Re: Unusual Raven reported in Saco [Bill Grabin ]
10 Dec New Sweden: Common redpolls [Nancy Hudak ]
10 Dec Unusual Raven reported in Saco [Bill Grabin ]
10 Dec Weskeag and airport [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
10 Dec Great Blue Heron - Cundy's Harbor [Charlotte Hewson ]
10 Dec Gardiner Red-bellied Woodpecker [Allison Wells ]
9 Dec Downeast birding over the Holiday [Dean Tyler ]

Subject: FEW GOOD BIRDS ALONG THE MIDCOAST - Dec 18
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:00 -0500
- There was a young drake King Eider off Pemaquid Point this afternoon. It was 
diving and foraging in active surge water and waves right up against the rocks, 
ca 1/2 mile E of the Lighthouse. Its yellow, smooth bill was the most 
observable feature at a distance. In addition to other expected diving birds, 
there was a close-knit clump of 8 Com Loons, mostly just idling through. 
Don’t recall seeing that before. 


- Off Ocean Front (East Boothbay) there were two lumps of shorebirds; after a 
long dry spell (for me) of not seeing any groups of shorebirds (incl. at Dyer 
Pt.). 12 Dunlins were loafing, but then aroused by a passing flock of ca. 65 
Purple Sandpipers. Together they all flew from perch to perch, eventually 
disappearing around the corner to the East. Although the hab. seems ideal, I 
believe those are the first Purple Sands for me at this spot. Among the diving 
ducks was a single Barrow’s G-Eye, drake. 


- Also in the area (off King Philip Trail), was a DCCormorant (photo’d). This 
sp. has wintered hereabouts in years past. This one’s face was very red. 


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Subject: Black Vulture - Portland, 12/18
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:17:08 -0500
Hey again:

This morning Katrina Venhuizen spotted a vulture over Gilsland Farm which had 
unfortunately moved pretty far south by the time I got on it. From the West 
Meadow I got decent scope views of a Black Vulture moving over Portland. 
Digiscoping efforts are almost not worth sharing but I did embed a shot in my 
checklist which has already been deemed the “world’s worst photo.” See 
for yourself: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20944146 
 


I did drive into Back Cove, approximately where the bird was moving toward, but 
could not relocate it from there. 


Good birding,


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

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire and Redhead - Florida Lake, Freeport, 12/18
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:59:06 -0500
Hey everyone:

I’m forwarding this report for Bob and Anne Watson who found a Redhead and 
relocated the Townsend’s Solitaire at Florida Lake in Freeport this morning. 


Also thought I would repost directions for anyone interested: Parking is off 
Route 125 (Wardtown Road) and you will follow the trail east toward the lake. 
Taking the first trail on your right will take you to wooden bridge that people 
have been referencing. From that bridge you will be looking at the north end of 
the lake, where the bird has been seen. This link will show you on Google Maps 
the dike where the ilex is that the bird has been eating: 
http://tinyurl.com/qexmm99 and here is a map from the Freeport Conservation 
Trust of the property: 
http://freeportconservationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/northfreeport800.jpg 


Good birding,


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

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> Date: December 18, 2014 at 12:50:12 PM EST
> Subject: Post
> From: Robert Watson 
> To: YCAS Doug H 
> 
> Happy Holidays, Anne and I were looking for the Townsend's solitaire when we 
spooked a male redhead duck. The bird had a bright red head with royal blue 
bill, gray back and black chest. It circle twice around the open water and left 
heading southwest. No picture. 

> The way we found it was walking into Florida lake keep going right on a 
snowmobile trail and just before the bridge there is the open water on the 
right. 

> 
> Towsend's solitaire still present.

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Subject: Preliminary Report of the the York County Christmas Count, Dec 15, 2014
From: Pat Moynahan <pmmoynahan AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:03:34 -0500

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole in South Harpswell
From: Scott Cronenweth <scronenw AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:58:48 -0500
Greetings, birding friends — Jane Robinson of South Harpswell asked me to 
report on her behalf (Jane doesn’t “do email”) that she has a first-year 
type Baltimore Oriole at her feeders. She said she was just now enjoying 
watching it eat peach jam from a bowl at point-blank range from her porch. 


Peace & good birding,
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Scott Cronenweth
South Portland, ME
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Subject: RE: CBC: Irruptive Species video
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:20 +0000
I thought that species was extinct! ☺

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

Board Member, Maine GeoLibrary
Education Chair, Maine GIS Users Group
State Rep, National States Geographic Information Council
[cid:image001.jpg AT 01D019D9.6C86DE00]

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

Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:13 PM
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [Maine-birds] CBC: Irruptive Species video

Doug-Thanks for the heads up-I did indeed hit the delete key too quickly! 
Sheehanea vilhelmus is quite an addition to the life list....(: Sharon in West 
K. 


________________________________
From: dhitchcox AT mac.com
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:09:37 -0500
Subject: [Maine-birds] CBC: Irruptive Species video
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

Hey everyone:

Having just read the National Audubon’s “CBC Starts Today” email from the 
14th, I wanted to make sure others don’t delete it as quickly as I almost 
did. Because there is an awesome video on irruptive species - specifically 
highlighting a species that most birders in Southern Maine rarely see: 
Sheehanea vilhelmus 


http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species

Enjoy!


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


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Subject: Portland CBC Redpolls
From: "Bill Hancock" <wph AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:36:15 -0500
An addendum to the Greater Portland CBC report: It turns out that birders
Rob O'Connell and Brendan McKay didn't find just one redpoll out on Long
Island on Sunday, but 21. And, their photos of the flock include one very
pale individual that looks tantalizingly like a Hoary. Although it's likely
that it the bird will have to go down as a "Redpoll sp" for the count, it
was a nice find--and in fact I'm not aware of any other redpolls being seen
around here yet this winter.

 

Bill Hancock

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Subject: King Eider, Cliff House, York, ME
From: Joe Shaw <shaw.bigred.joe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:08:18 -0800 (PST)
Got to see the King Eider at the Cliff House Resort in York today. I spotted 
the eider right next to the first point up from the resort. I got some 
fantastic views from my scope feeding on crabs and evading gulls trying to take 
his food. Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders, mergansers, and of course gulls were 
also on the list today. Great Birding everyone !! 


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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Northern Harrier, Snowy Owls
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:27:48 -0500
Two Snowies today.

First at the PT Barn on my morning commute.  This owl has been around for
well over a week, but I finally got to see it today.
http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist?subID=S20930015

Went to St Agatha today for a meeting.   A Northern Harrier sailed by the
window...while we talked!   After my meeting the parking lot held 150+ Snow
Buntings.   On the return trip home, we saw another Snowy Owl land on a
poplar stub off the Flat Mountain Road.

Cheers.
Bill

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Subject: Northern Pintails
From: Sandra Mitchell <kittydoc2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:06:30 -0500
Hi-
If anyone is interested, I had lovely looks at 3 Northern Pintails (I have
photos) right near Route 1 in the Scarborough Marsh -- directly across from
Anjon's Italian place.  They were quite cooperative.  Until the police
officer pulled over behind me to see if I was ok and I had to explain I was
watching the ducks which were no longer in sight.  :)
-Sandra

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>    -  CBC: Irruptive Species video <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_0> - 2
>    Updates
>    -  Popham Beach - Dec 16 <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_1> - 1 Update
>    -  Immature male goshawk <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_2> - 1 Update
>    -  Red-breasted Nuthatch behavior, Roque Bluffs
>    <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_3> - 1 Update
>    -  2 Red-shouldered Hawks, Wood Ducks, Winter Wren
>    <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_4> - 1 Update
>    -  Greater Portland CBC Report <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_5> - 1
>    Update
>    -  Caribou/Limestone Christmas Bird Count
>    <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_6> - 1 Update
>    -  CBC section highlights: Portland peninsula, 12/14 (BRTH, HETHs,
>    etc), and Moody area, 12/15 (EAME, DUNL, COYE, AMPI, etc)
>    <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_7> - 1 Update
>    -  King Eider <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_8> - 1 Update
>    -  King Eider - Two Snowies <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_group_thread_9> - 1
>    Update
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>   CBC: Irruptive Species video
> 
 

>   Doug Hitchcox : Dec 16 01:09PM -0500
>
> Hey everyone:
>
> Having just read the National Audubon’s “CBC Starts Today” email from 
the 

> 14th, I wanted to make sure others don’t delete it as quickly as I almost
> did. Because there is an awesome video on irruptive species - specifically
> highlighting a species that most birders in Southern Maine rarely see:
> Sheehanea vilhelmus
>
> http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species <
> http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species>
>
> Enjoy!
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org 
>   Sharon F. : Dec 16 03:13PM -0500
>
> Doug-Thanks for the heads up-I did indeed hit the delete key too quickly!
> Sheehanea vilhelmus is quite an addition to the life list....(: Sharon in
> West K.
>
> From: dhitchcox AT mac.com
> Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:09:37 -0500
> Subject: [Maine-birds] CBC: Irruptive Species video
> To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
>
> Hey everyone:
>
> Having just read the National Audubon’s “CBC Starts Today” email from 
the 

> 14th, I wanted to make sure others don’t delete it as quickly as I almost
> did. Because there is an awesome video on irruptive species - specifically
> highlighting a species that most birders in Southern Maine rarely see:
> Sheehanea vilhelmus
>
> http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species
> Enjoy!
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox
> Staff Naturalist
> Maine Audubon
> 207-781-2330 x237
> dhitchcox AT maineaudubon.org
>
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>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   Popham Beach - Dec 16
> 
 

>   Michael Fahay : Dec 16 02:31PM -0500
>
> A dark but windless & warm morning. Had the beach nearly to myself. A
> surprising Lesser Black-backed Gull was at the Morse River mouth, with a
> small gathering of other gulls, including 12 Great Black-Backed Gulls, a
> species that can be scarce or absent here at this time of year, it seems.
>
> A Rough-legged Hawk was perched at the tippy top of a skinny, bare tree on
> the seaward end of Wood Island, and remained there, motionless, for many
> minutes. Vis from Fox Island.
>
> No Snow Buntings, No Sanderlings, No Snowy Owls, and very few sea-ducks
> offshore.
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   Immature male goshawk
> 
 

>   Richard McWilliams : Dec 16 09:32AM -0800
>
> *Beautiful immature male goshawk hanging out in our back yard this
> morning.
> He jumped the doves and then decided to sit around in our apple tree for a
> while before continuing on his way. *
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   Red-breasted Nuthatch behavior, Roque Bluffs
> 
 

>   Carol Muth : Dec 16 12:23PM -0500
>
> Since Dec 14 we have been watching a very aggressive Red-breasted nuthatch
> at our feeder here (Roque Bluffs, Cow Point). This bird attacked the
> chickadees on and near the feeder. Then yesterday another RBNU showed up.
> We never saw the two together at the feeder, so I don't know how or if they
> interacted. This morning a RBNU in a spruce tree with several Black-capped
> chickadees was doing a call I have not heard before. It began with the
> usual "hank" but increased in speed and volume until it was very loud and
> sustained, with no breaks between the "hanks", like a machine gun (although
> I've never heard a machine gun, except in the movies, thank goodness).
> Then, around noon, I saw from our window a RBNU at the very top vertical
> twig of a young spruce. It was sitting on the tip of that twig, very
> straight and erect and flapping its wings rapidly up and down, as if it
> were doing the arm movements for jumping-jacks, or exactly like the toy
> wooden birds with a pull-string, which I always thought were impossibly
> unrealistic.
> Is this territorial behavior?
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   2 Red-shouldered Hawks, Wood Ducks, Winter Wren
> 
 

>   Joanne Stevens : Dec 16 10:11AM -0500
>
> While doing the York County CBC yesterday our team (Pat Sanborn,
> Ann Hancock and I) located two adult Red-shouldered Hawks. One was near
> the intersection of Clay Hill Rd. and Logging Rd. in Qgunquit, as well
> as a Winter Wren in the ravine at that same intersection. The other was
> along Chick Brook, Emery's Bridge Rd. in South Berwick. Also 3 drake
> Wood Ducks in the Great Works River at Emery's Bridge.
>
> Beautiful day to be birding and have a picnic lunch at the top of
> Mt. A.
>
> J.
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   Greater Portland CBC Report
> 
 

>   "Bill Hancock" : Dec 15 11:31PM -0500
>
> The Greater Portland CBC took place this past Sunday, December 14. The
> beautiful weather, moderate early-winter temperatures, and light winds made
> for a great day of birding. The thirteen teams plus feeder-watchers tallied
> 104 species with an additional five so far for count-week. Seventeen
> regularly occurring species set new high counts: Mallard (2070), Northern
> Pintail (42--the previous record high was 7), Harlequin Duck (41), Black
> Scoter (1704), Common Loon (332), Red-necked Grebe (153), Red-tailed Hawk
> (52), Black Guillemot (51), Downy Woodpecker (85), White-breasted Nuthatch
> (130), Brown Creeper (13), Eastern Bluebird (77--the previous high was 40),
> Hermit Thrush (15--the previous high was 5); Song Sparrow (109); Swamp
> Sparrow (6), White-throated Sparrow (191), and American Goldfinch (951--the
> previous high was 616).
>
>
>
> Notable other birds included: the ongoing Eurasian Wigeon at Grondin Pond;
> five owl species, including 2 Snowy Owls and a Long-eared Owl; a Brown
> Thrasher; 6 American Pipits; a single Bohemian Waxwing; ten sparrow
> species,
> including a Field and a Lark sparrow; and a lone Common Redpoll.
>
>
>
> Bill Hancock
>
> Gray
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   Caribou/Limestone Christmas Bird Count
> 
 

>   Bill Sheehan : Dec 15 09:42PM -0500
>
> Hi all,
>
> Though not all participant's have reported in yet and the numbers are still
> changing, I thought I'd pass on a few highlights of Maine's northern-most
> Christmas Bird Count which we ran on Sunday.
>
> It was the fourth official running of the count and the warmest weather
> yet. The temperature was over *60 degrees warmer* this year than last!
> Most streams had flooded and had shed their ice overnight--it looked more
> like April than December. Despite the warm temps, snow cover remained
> across the area.
>
> Preliminary results show we tallied 38 species, our best diversity yet and
> a very good showing for a northern count. We set new high individual
> counts for 16 species including 2 Northern Shrikes, 6 Gray Jays and 26 Bald
> Eagles.
>
> Four new species for the count were Wild Turkey, Iceland Gull, Cedar
> Waxwing and Red Crossbill.
>
> The finch show was pretty good with lots of Evening and Pine Grosbeaks,
> Common Redpolls and American Goldfinches. There was also decent numbers of
> Bohemian Waxwings and Ruffed Grouse.
>
> So far, both Purple Finch and Pine Siskin are looking like they will be
> Count-Week-only birds, but our most surprising miss was Snow Bunting.
>
> Though none were found in the count circle, a Snowy Owl was enjoyed by many
> of our participants at the PT Barn in Presque Isle at the end of the day.
>
> All in all, a good day in the field.
>
> Cheers!
>
> Bill
>
> --
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> Woodland, Aroostook Co., Maine
> http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   CBC section highlights: Portland peninsula, 12/14 (BRTH, HETHs, etc),
> and Moody area, 12/15 (EAME, DUNL, COYE, AMPI, etc)
> 
 

>   Derek and Jeannette Lovitch : Dec 15
> 11:33PM
>
>  Hi all,
> Two lovely days of Christmas Bird Counting produced the following
> highlights for me:
> - Portland CBC, 12/14:Portland peninsula (with Luke Seitz).
> 1 BROWN THRASHER (2nd count record), Spring St.6 HERMIT THRUSHES (previous
> count-wide high of 5), including 3 along the Eastern Prom.1 Swamp Sparrow,
> Eastern Promenade1 Swamp Sparrow, Mercy Pond2 Iceland Gulls, Old Port
> -York County CBC, 12/15:Moody area (Wells-Ogunquit with Kristen Lindquist).
> 1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK, Furbish Rd (5th count record).8 DUNLIN with 188
> Sanderlings, Ogunquit Beach (7th count record).1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
> Seaview Drive.5 AMERICAN PIPITS, Eldridge Rd.1 Hermit Thrush, Moody Point.2
> Northern Pintails, Moody Marsh.2 Swamp Sparrows.
> I've posted section totals for all species, along with a photo of the
> Brown Thrasher, on my blog for those who might be interested:
> 
http://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/2-early-season-cbcs-in-2014/ 

> -Derek
> *****************************************
> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
> Freeport Wild Bird Supply
> 541 Route One, Suite 10
> Freeport, ME 04069
> 207-865-6000
> www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com
>
> ****************************************
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   King Eider
> 
 

>   Ken DiBiccari : Dec 15 01:28PM -0800
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I went to the Cliff House area three times and finally I got to see the
> King Eider. He was a long way out there so the
> photos I took of him needed to be blown up to see a decent view of him. I
> am thankful I was able to get any shots of him at all
> after waiting 3 hours for him to show ! He is a life bird for me so I am
> happy I got to see him.
> You can see a few shots of him on my flickr account.
>
> Ken DiBiccari
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken_dibiccari-nature_images/
>   Back to top <#14a54d2cb2c85c48_digest_top>
>   King Eider - Two Snowies
> 
 

>   Francesco Ticozzi : Dec 15 04:26PM -0500
>
> Three good birds today!
>
> King Eider visible in scoping distance around noon from Cliff House —
> still in correspondence of the second cove north.
>
> There was a snowy owl on top of the roof of building next to the
> lighthouse visible from East Point Sanctuary, Biddeford Pool, around 2pm.
>
> The snowy owl at the Portland Jetport still present at 4 pm, where spotted
> before.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Francesco
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Subject: RE: CBC: Irruptive Species video
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:13:14 -0500
Doug-Thanks for the heads up-I did indeed hit the delete key too quickly! 
Sheehanea vilhelmus is quite an addition to the life list....(: Sharon in West 
K. 


From: dhitchcox AT mac.com
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:09:37 -0500
Subject: [Maine-birds] CBC: Irruptive Species video
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

Hey everyone:

Having just read the National Audubon’s “CBC Starts Today” email from the 
14th, I wanted to make sure others don’t delete it as quickly as I almost 
did. Because there is an awesome video on irruptive species - specifically 
highlighting a species that most birders in Southern Maine rarely see: 
Sheehanea vilhelmus 


http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species
Enjoy!


Doug Hitchcox
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Maine Audubon
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Subject: Popham Beach - Dec 16
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:31:35 -0500
A dark but windless & warm morning. Had the beach nearly to myself. A 
surprising Lesser Black-backed Gull was at the Morse River mouth, with a small 
gathering of other gulls, including 12 Great Black-Backed Gulls, a species that 
can be scarce or absent here at this time of year, it seems. 


A Rough-legged Hawk was perched at the tippy top of a skinny, bare tree on the 
seaward end of Wood Island, and remained there, motionless, for many minutes. 
Vis from Fox Island. 


No Snow Buntings, No Sanderlings, No Snowy Owls, and very few sea-ducks 
offshore. 


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Subject: CBC: Irruptive Species video
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:09:37 -0500
Hey everyone:

Having just read the National Audubon’s “CBC Starts Today” email from the 
14th, I wanted to make sure others don’t delete it as quickly as I almost 
did. Because there is an awesome video on irruptive species - specifically 
highlighting a species that most birders in Southern Maine rarely see: 
Sheehanea vilhelmus 


http://birds.audubon.org/videos/christmas-bird-count-irruptive-species 
 


Enjoy!


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

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Subject: Immature male goshawk
From: Richard McWilliams <dick AT harborfarmstore.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:32:37 -0800 (PST)
*Beautiful immature male goshawk hanging out in our back yard this morning. 
He jumped the doves and then decided to sit around in our apple tree for a 
while before continuing on his way. *

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch behavior, Roque Bluffs
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:23:24 -0500
Since Dec 14 we have been watching a very aggressive Red-breasted nuthatch
at our feeder here (Roque Bluffs, Cow Point). This bird attacked the
chickadees on and near the feeder. Then yesterday another RBNU showed up.
We never saw the two together at the feeder, so I don't know how or if they
interacted. This morning a RBNU in a spruce tree with several Black-capped
chickadees was doing a call I have not heard before. It began with the
usual "hank" but increased in speed and volume until it was very loud and
sustained, with no breaks between the "hanks", like a machine gun (although
I've never heard a machine gun, except in the movies, thank goodness).
Then, around noon, I saw from our window a RBNU at the very top vertical
twig of a young spruce. It was sitting on the tip of that twig, very
straight and erect and flapping its wings rapidly up and down, as if it
were doing the arm movements for jumping-jacks, or exactly like the toy
wooden birds with a pull-string, which I always thought were impossibly
unrealistic.
    Is this territorial behavior?

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Subject: 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, Wood Ducks, Winter Wren
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:11:52 -0500
     While doing the York County CBC yesterday our team (Pat Sanborn, 
Ann Hancock and I) located two adult Red-shouldered Hawks.  One was near 
the intersection of Clay Hill Rd. and Logging Rd. in Qgunquit, as well 
as a Winter Wren in the ravine at that same intersection. The other was 
along Chick Brook, Emery's Bridge Rd. in South Berwick.  Also 3 drake 
Wood Ducks in the Great Works River at Emery's Bridge.

     Beautiful day to be birding and have a picnic lunch at the top of 
Mt. A.

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Subject: Greater Portland CBC Report
From: "Bill Hancock" <wph AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:31:05 -0500
The Greater Portland CBC took place this past Sunday, December 14. The
beautiful weather, moderate early-winter temperatures, and light winds made
for a great day of birding. The thirteen teams plus feeder-watchers tallied
104 species with an additional five so far for count-week. Seventeen
regularly occurring species set new high counts: Mallard (2070), Northern
Pintail (42--the previous record high was 7), Harlequin Duck (41), Black
Scoter (1704), Common Loon (332), Red-necked Grebe (153), Red-tailed Hawk
(52), Black Guillemot (51), Downy Woodpecker (85), White-breasted Nuthatch
(130), Brown Creeper (13), Eastern Bluebird (77--the previous high was 40),
Hermit Thrush (15--the previous high was 5); Song Sparrow (109); Swamp
Sparrow (6), White-throated Sparrow (191), and American Goldfinch (951--the
previous high was 616).

 

Notable other birds included: the ongoing Eurasian Wigeon at Grondin Pond;
five owl species, including 2 Snowy Owls and a Long-eared Owl; a Brown
Thrasher; 6 American Pipits; a single Bohemian Waxwing; ten sparrow species,
including a Field and a Lark sparrow; and a lone Common Redpoll.

 

Bill Hancock

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Subject: Caribou/Limestone Christmas Bird Count
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:42:36 -0500
Hi all,

Though not all participant's have reported in yet and the numbers are still
changing, I thought I'd pass on a few highlights of Maine's northern-most
Christmas Bird Count  which we ran on Sunday.

It was the fourth official running of the count and the warmest weather
yet.  The temperature was over *60 degrees warmer* this year than last!
Most streams had flooded and had shed their ice overnight--it looked more
like April than December.  Despite the warm temps, snow cover remained
across the area.

Preliminary results show we tallied 38 species, our best diversity yet and
a very good showing for a northern count.  We set new high individual
counts for 16 species including 2 Northern Shrikes, 6 Gray Jays and 26 Bald
Eagles.

Four new species for the count were Wild Turkey, Iceland Gull, Cedar
Waxwing and Red Crossbill.

The finch show was pretty good with lots of Evening and Pine Grosbeaks,
Common Redpolls and American Goldfinches.  There was also decent numbers of
Bohemian Waxwings and Ruffed Grouse.

So far, both Purple Finch and Pine Siskin are looking like they will be
Count-Week-only birds, but our most surprising miss was Snow Bunting.

Though none were found in the count circle, a Snowy Owl was enjoyed by many
of our participants at the PT Barn in Presque Isle at the end of the day.

All in all, a good day in the field.

Cheers!

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Subject: CBC section highlights: Portland peninsula, 12/14 (BRTH, HETHs, etc), and Moody area, 12/15 (EAME, DUNL, COYE, AMPI, etc)
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:33:14 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi all,
Two lovely days of Christmas Bird Counting produced the following highlights 
for me: 

- Portland CBC, 12/14:Portland peninsula (with Luke Seitz).
1 BROWN THRASHER (2nd count record), Spring St.6 HERMIT THRUSHES (previous 
count-wide high of 5), including 3 along the Eastern Prom.1 Swamp Sparrow, 
Eastern Promenade1 Swamp Sparrow, Mercy Pond2 Iceland Gulls, Old Port 

-York County CBC, 12/15:Moody area (Wells-Ogunquit with Kristen Lindquist).
1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK, Furbish Rd (5th count record).8 DUNLIN with 188 
Sanderlings, Ogunquit Beach (7th count record).1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, Seaview 
Drive.5 AMERICAN PIPITS, Eldridge Rd.1 Hermit Thrush, Moody Point.2 Northern 
Pintails, Moody Marsh.2 Swamp Sparrows. 

I've posted section totals for all species, along with a photo of the Brown 
Thrasher, on my blog for those who might be 
interested:http://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/2-early-season-cbcs-in-2014/ 

-Derek
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Subject: King Eider
From: Ken DiBiccari <kendibiccari AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:28:40 -0800 (PST)
Hi Everyone,

 I went to the Cliff House area three times and finally I got to see the 
King Eider.  He was a long way out there so the 
photos I took of him needed to be blown up to see a decent view of him. I 
am thankful I was able to get any shots of him at all
after waiting 3 hours for him to show !  He is a life bird for me so I am 
happy I got to see him.
 You can see a few shots of him on my flickr account.

  Ken DiBiccari


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Subject: King Eider - Two Snowies
From: Francesco Ticozzi <francescoticozzi AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:26:50 -0500
Three good birds today!

King Eider visible in scoping distance around noon from Cliff House — still 
in correspondence of the second cove north. 


There was a snowy owl on top of the roof of building next to the lighthouse 
visible from East Point Sanctuary, Biddeford Pool, around 2pm. 


The snowy owl at the Portland Jetport still present at 4 pm, where spotted 
before. 


Good birding,

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Subject: King Eider
From: Becky Marvil <bmarvil AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:01:12 -0500
Still present from Cliff House this morning at 8am.

Becky Marvil

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Subject: Pemaquid Xmas Bird Count
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:27:00 -0800 (PST)
Noteworthy sightings:
Northern Mockingbird by the Lincoln Home in Newcastle. Horned Grebe and 
Red-throated Loon near Washburn & Doughty. Two Belted Kingfishers, one in E. 
Boothbay, 

the other on Barrows Pt. in Newcastle. A Golden-crowned Kinglet on Saunders 
Preserve in Boothbay. Two drake Northern Pintails & a Bonaparte's Gull near the 
Damariscotta/ Newcastle bridge. A pretty good day. Not high numbers but did 
squeak out 46 species in an otherwise limited area. 


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Subject: Snowy Owl- Flood Brothers Farm
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:55:58 -0800 (PST)
Out behind the Flood Brothers Farm on top of a telephone pole by the liquid 
manure pit was a Snowy Owl. This bird was counted as part of the Waterville 
CBC and observed by Louis Bevier, Wally, Trevor, Don Lima, and myself. The 
bird was first spotted around 1:30pm today and was very cooperative.

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owls
From: phillip <phillip AT fetchingbirds.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:04:41 -0800 (PST)
Where in Maine is that?

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:58:35 PM UTC-5, Henry Donovan wrote:
>
> 2 Snowy Owls on Marsh Island off South Beach on Long Island. 
> Henry Donovan 
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Subject: Snowy Owls
From: "'Henry Donovan' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:52:40 -0500
2 Snowy Owls on Marsh Island off South Beach on Long Island.
Henry Donovan

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Subject: Long Island
From: "'Henry L.Donovan' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:47:01 -0500
Rather than counting votes ,I did an informal Sat/Sun. Bird variety count.
Downy Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red breasted Nuthatch
Whit breasted Nuthatch
White throat sparrow
Dove
Bluejay
Chickadee
Junco
House Finch
Goldfinch
Crow Red 
Red Tail Hawk
American Surf Scotter
Long tail
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Loon
Herring Gull
Cormorant
Black Duck

Eider
Bufflehead

Although they are around, I could not find an Eagle,mallard or a Cardinal.
Hooded my first on Long Island

Henry Donovan

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Subject: Bangor Snowy Yes
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:11:55 -0500
My husband and I went to the Bangor International Airport this morning to
see if we could find  Snowy Owl.  Oh, yes, there it is.

As others have posted, it was seen from Hildreth North, about three
quarters of the way to the base, where the road opens up and offers a good
view of the runways.  If you go, check out both large parking lots to the
right, which get you close to the fence.

I believe the one we saw is an immature female, judging by the amount of
black.  I submitted a report to Ebird but can't figure out how to add a
photo, so I'm attaching it here.  I have a new camera that I obviously
don't understand, but the blurry photo shows the coloration on the front.
I'd like confirmation on age and sex.

I[image: Inline image 1] I'

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Subject: Oriole, CBC?
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:22:13 -0500
If Nobleboro is covered by a count circle and someone would like the Oriole
for the Christmas Bird Count (which begins today!) let me know and I'll ask
my friend if it's OK to have you come by.  I'm sure it would be, but I'd
just like to tell her who's coming, etc.

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Subject: Belted Kingfisher, Rockport
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:07:19 -0500
My husband Paul and I saw a (male) Belted Kingfisher this morning lingering
at the Simonton Quarry Preserve in Rockport, along with 9 Mallards.

Kristen

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Subject: Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Wendy Sawyer <wenwhip AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:48:51 -0800 (PST)
Good Morning Tammy! Thanks for the comment :). They are beautiful birds and 
fun to watch. He sure gives the Blue Jays a run for their money lol. Have a 
good day!

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> We have a Male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeders on a daily 
> basis in Whitneyville. He has been coming since around the first of 
> November 2014. A female came before him, but she hasn't been since the end 
> of Oct. 
>  title="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker by Brittamay, on Flickr"> width="75" height="75" alt="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker">
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Subject: Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Wendy Sawyer <wenwhip AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:47:00 -0800 (PST)

On Friday, December 12, 2014 4:00:13 PM UTC-5, Wendy Sawyer wrote:
>
> We have a Male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeders on a daily 
> basis in Whitneyville. He has been coming since around the first of 
> November 2014. A female came before him, but she hasn't been since the end 
> of Oct. 
>  title="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker by Brittamay, on Flickr"> width="75" height="75" alt="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker">
>

 Good Morning Tammy! Thanks for the comment :). They are beautiful birds 
and fun to watch. He sure gives the Blue Jays a run for their money lol. 
Have a good day!

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Subject: Nobleboro Baltimore Oriole update
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:39:12 -0500
The Baltimore Oriole in Nobleboro is still present daily feeding in the
apple orchard.

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, YES, 12/14
From: "'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:17:11 -0500
Hello all,

Along with a couple of folks from Connecticut, I had the Townsend's Solitaire 
this morning at Florida Lake, perched in the usual area visible from the 
bridge. It was seen at 9:00 and remained in view for about 10 minutes. 


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Subject: Today at West Quoddy Head
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:31:34 -0500
We saw one Purple Sandpiper on Sail Rock, as well as 4 Surf Scoters, 17
White-winged Scoters and a flock of 20+ Razorbills. Also on Sail Rock were
4 Great Cormorants.

Merle and Anne Archie
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Subject: carolina wren
From: "steve bien" <sbien AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:07:35 -0500
Saw one hopping around the base of our office bird feeder, Farmington Maine,
12/12 afternoon.

 

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Subject: Monhegan
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:07:04 -0800 (PST)
 2 Horned Larks,  1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Canada Goose, several Razor Bills 
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Subject: Cliff House in Ogunquit at noon
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:24:39 -0500
Lots of birds to the north and south of the Cliff House at noon. Long
distance King Eider (second cove to the north as reported by others),
hundreds of Common Eiders, several Loons, dozens of American Scoters, two
Surf Scoters, 18 Harlequin Ducks(!), three Black Guillemots, a pile of
Long-tailed ducks,a few RB Mergansers, and a flock of approx 30 peep flew
past - I assume Purple Sandpipers. Moderate NW wind, mid 30s, flurries.

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Subject: Goldfinch invasion
From: "Marie" <mijord AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:26:36 -0500
                Just looked out to see 30+ Am Goldfinches in my neighbor's
birch trees and watched as they descended onto my feeders - looked hard and
long to find a Pine Siskin in the bunch, but no luck.   

                I did catch a look at our male Red-bellied WP as he made his
quick trip to the seed feeder.  Not sure how many times he hits the feeder a
day, but he stays less than a minute when he does, so catching him is hit or
miss - mostly miss if he comes very often! 

                All the other usual visitors have been here off and on
during the morning.  Of some interest, I have had 2 White-throated sparrows
and  several tree sparrows visiting off and on for a week now.

                Good luck to all of you who will be in the field for a CBC
tomorrow. 

                Marie  - South Portland -

                                

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Portland
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:06:33 -0500
It is still there as of 1 PM at the far end of Aviation Boulevard get out walk 
to the fence and scan down the runway away from the airport. Sitting on a metal 
post between the runways. 


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> On Dec 13, 2014, at 12:36 PM, Bill Bunn  wrote:
> 
> Snowy Owl at the Jetport this morning on the east side by the youth 
correctional center, and a juvenile Kumlien's off Custom House Wharf in 
downtown Portland 

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Subject: King Eider - yes
From: Margaret Viens <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:59:28 -0500
The king eider can still be seen on Pebble Cove the dirt road that loops around 
close to the shore just before the Cliff House off Shore road 


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Subject: Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Portland
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:36:01 -0800 (PST)
Snowy Owl at the Jetport this morning on the east side by the youth 
correctional center, and a juvenile Kumlien's off Custom House Wharf in 
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Subject: Re: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Tammy Packie <tpackie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:48:44 -0500
We've had a male here in Hulls Cove since then too. Tammy

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> We have a Male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeders on a daily
> basis in Whitneyville. He has been coming since around the first of
> November 2014. A female came before him, but she hasn't been since the end
> of Oct.
>  title="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker by Brittamay, on Flickr"> width="75" height="75" alt="Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker">
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Subject: Migrating Birds of Chebeague
From: Bev Johnson <bjohnson AT chebeague.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:23:36 -0800 (PST)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Nv6hYf0UV7E
Video by the Chebeague Island School. A Snowy was seen on Dec 11 on 
Chebeague. We have a Northern Harrier at the Hook seen this past week. A 
couple of Carolina Wrens at our bird feeder.

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Subject: Re: Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:55:43 -0800 (PST)
Any sightings of the Snow Goose today?


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Subject: King Eider
From: "'Ron Cedrone' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:27:27 -0500
Sighted King Eider off of Pebble Cove a small dirt road tenth of a mile north 
of Cliff House Shore Rd York 


Do not have to go onto private property to see.i sat in my vehicle on circular 
part of road overlooking cove. 

A lifer for me ! 8:20 AM Sat
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Subject: Re: Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12
From: "J. Stormer" <js9 AT jstorm.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:24:54 -0800 (PST)
Photos:  https://flic.kr/p/q7dWAG and https://flic.kr/p/qoLG9k 

On Friday, December 12, 2014 1:21:01 PM UTC-5, D Lovitch wrote:
>
> Hi all, 
> Jay Stormer reports: "There was a Snow Goose with a flock of 90 Canada 
> Geese on our neighbors lawn (154 Rossmore - across the street and up the 
> hill from our place) this morning.  It is on private property but could be 
> seen from the road where there is an overlook toward Maquoit Bay." 
>
> -Derek 
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Subject: TOSO Yes!
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:25:13 -0500
Solitaire seen again today by multiple people at Florida Lake.  I had a
prolonged close scope look between 1 and 1:30.  Bird arrived and stayed in
the same bush on the dike feeding and then preening for the entire time and
was there when I left.  Typical thrush.  A lot if sitting and
contemplation.

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Subject: Red Phalarope but no King Eider - Bailey Island
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:14:42 -0500
The huge flock of eiders that has been building off Jaquish Island, has moved 
closer to shore and was easily scanned today from the Giant’s Stairs. 
Counting by 100s and 50s, I arrived at 2,050, which does not include 150-200 
visible off the Pond Island Ledges. Ni Kings or “Boreals”. 


Biggest shock was a Red Phalarope seen flying away from shore and headed 
offshore in a SE direction. Don;t know whether it had been perched on the rocks 
or not. Well-seen, looking down on it as it fled the scene. I realize this is a 
very late date, but other shorebirds don’t compute. 


Mixed w/ the eiders were small numbers of Black and White-winged scoters, a 
solo Oldsquaw drake, and 8 Com. Loons, some calling. 


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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Wendy Sawyer <wenwhip AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:00:13 -0800 (PST)
We have a Male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeders on a daily 
basis in Whitneyville. He has been coming since around the first of 
November 2014. A female came before him, but she hasn't been since the end 
of Oct. 
Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker

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Subject: Belfast Bay census of 12/11/14
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:56:26 -0500
Gary and I censused the bay on Thursday of this week.   The number of
individual birds was the lowest, 302, in the 2 1/2 years of the study, but
the number of species, 17, was about normal for this time of year.  As with
the last census numbers of Herring Gulls and Mallards were low.  While
driving between observation points, we saw about 50 Herring Gulls in field
and 21 Mallards on a lawn.   Perhaps with the warm weather of the preceding
days, both species were trying to take advantage of additional feeding
opportunities.  The birds seemed to be in the area, just not on the bay.

Also, we found a lingering Great Blue Heron.

The complete count can be found on ebird at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20871448

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Subject: King Eider yes!
From: David Doubleday <davidd AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:23:41 -0800 (PST)
King Eider present at 2:30 Friday in same area originally reported---second 
cove north..  Thanks Andy and Ken

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Subject: Greater Scaup etc Lake Auburn
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:57:50 -0500
Hello All,

Sprint around likely areas in Androscoggin County failed to locate Snowy
Owl or Rough-legged Hawk.

However Lake Auburn is still 100% open and had 41 scaup--all of which as
near as I could tell were Greater, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Horned Grebe, 1
Common Loon and 22 Common Goldeneyes.

Dan Nickerson
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Subject: KING EIDER, Cliff House, York, Dec 12, 2014
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:08:44 -0500
        Here is a link to two photos OF THE KING EIDER.  seen at the Cliff 
House https://www.flickr.com/photos/22247688 AT N04/16004078471/in/photostream/

This is the first time using a 1.4 teleconverter with my 70-300mm lens, A 
tripod and cable release should get better results

here is a link to a couple photos of HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Nubble Light


View cliff house checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20870267

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


Happy birding
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Subject: King Eider
From: pmmoynahan AT maine.rr.com
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:31:33 -0500
at cliff house now. Thanks Andy

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Subject: Portland Peninsula (BAOR, RCKI, many HETH), 12/12
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:26:09 -0500
Hi all,

I spent the morning scouting the Portland peninsula for Sunday's CBC. Although 
I focused on the "other" sites I might not get to (but now, will have to!), I 
turned up the following surprises: 


- 1 BALTIMORE ORIOLE, Fore River Parkway Trail.
- 1 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, Mercy Pond.
- 7 Hermit Thrushes including a "flock" of 4 in a single tree along Free St.
- 3 Cooper's Hawks - an increasing "urban" bird.

-Derek

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Subject: Snow Goose, Brunswick, 12/12
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:19:45 -0500
Hi all,
Jay Stormer reports: "There was a Snow Goose with a flock of 90 Canada Geese on 
our neighbors lawn (154 Rossmore - across the street and up the hill from our 
place) this morning. It is on private property but could be seen from the road 
where there is an overlook toward Maquoit Bay." 


-Derek

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Subject: King Eider
From: Ken <janes.ken AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:29:35 -0500
Andy and I have a King Eider at the Cliff House Cape Neddick. Look north about 
two coves in close to shore with a small group of Common Eiders. 


Ken Janes

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Subject: King Eider Cliffhouse
From: pmmoynahan AT maine.rr.com
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:24:31 -0500
Andy Aldrich just called me and asked me to post that he found a King Eider 
looking North along the coast from the Cliff House. Good luck. Pat 


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Subject: RE: Could Bermuda Petrel have occurred in Maine waters?
From: "Smith, Michael" <Michael.Smith AT maine.gov>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:57:54 +0000
This paper: 
http://polaris.nipr.ac.jp/~penguin/oogataHP/pdfarticles/23p227-233.pdf 
published a decade ago outlines how these geolocators work. And they are really 
a very elegant little gadget. But the accuracy is not nearly close enough to 
say that a Bermuda Petrel was within the 3 nm state waters based on that point. 
Accuracy of these devices can be off by several miles – that is OK. They are 
intended for large-area mapping, like what part of the ocean does the Bermuda 
Petrel use in winter, not necessarily that it strayed into coastal Maine 
waters. 


I would say based on these data that yes Bermuda Petrels clearly enter the Gulf 
of Maine and come up onto the continental shelf. It would be interesting to see 
the unique IDs of the locators to determine if that is one wandering bird or 
whether it was multiple birds. But I wouldn’t make a case for putting it on 
the state list – yet. Hypothetical certainly. 


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

Board Member, Maine GeoLibrary
Education Chair, Maine GIS Users Group
State Rep, National States Geographic Information Council
[cid:image001.jpg AT 01D015FA.53805130]

State House Station 145
51 Commerce Drive
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69o 47' 58.9"W  44o 21' 54.8"N
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Jeff Wells 

Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 10:48 AM
To: Maine Birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] Could Bermuda Petrel have occurred in Maine waters?

I came across several intriguing maps of tracking data from two seabird species 
based on geolocators that would be fairly astounding if the locations are 
accurate or even close to accurate. 


The most surprising would be this map of one of the world’s rarest birds, the 
Bermuda Petrel, which has a point plotted on the map that would have placed the 
bird between Monhegan Island and the mainland on April 9, 2010 (if I am reading 
the date correctly). That map can be seen at this link: 
http://seabirdtracking.org/mapper/?dataset_id=741 


The other map is of Audubon’s Shearwater locations from birds that had the 
geolocators affixed in the Bahamas. The map is not interactive so can’t be 
zoomed in to see exactly where the locations have been plotted but it shows 
many locations plotted in the Gulf of Maine and generally in the waters off the 
Northeast U.S. and the Maritimes where there are very few records of 
Audubon’s Shearwater. The Audubon’s Shearwater tracking map can see at this 
link: http://www.atlanticseabirds.org/aush-bahamas 


There are issues with analyzing geolocator data that must be carefully 
considered when deciding the accuracy of points, etc., and I will leave it to 
others to comment about that but if any of these plotted locations are even in 
the ballpark, then it would suggest that Audubon’s Shearwaters may be 
regularly undetected or misidentified as Manx Shearwaters in our waters. I’m 
not sure what to think about the Bermuda Petrel locations. Maybe the Maine 
Birds Records Committee should take on the task of investigating this 
information to see if it is credible? 


If anyone wants to talk more about these fascinating maps and implications in 
person, Allison and I will be at LL Bean’s on Saturday from 11-1 for a book 
signing and conversation. 


Jeff

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Subject: Could Bermuda Petrel have occurred in Maine waters?
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:48:00 +0000
I came across several intriguing maps of tracking data from two seabird species 
based on geolocators that would be fairly astounding if the locations are 
accurate or even close to accurate. 


The most surprising would be this map of one of the world's rarest birds, the 
Bermuda Petrel, which has a point plotted on the map that would have placed the 
bird between Monhegan Island and the mainland on April 9, 2010 (if I am reading 
the date correctly). That map can be seen at this link: 
http://seabirdtracking.org/mapper/?dataset_id=741 


The other map is of Audubon's Shearwater locations from birds that had the 
geolocators affixed in the Bahamas. The map is not interactive so can't be 
zoomed in to see exactly where the locations have been plotted but it shows 
many locations plotted in the Gulf of Maine and generally in the waters off the 
Northeast U.S. and the Maritimes where there are very few records of Audubon's 
Shearwater. The Audubon's Shearwater tracking map can see at this link: 
http://www.atlanticseabirds.org/aush-bahamas 


There are issues with analyzing geolocator data that must be carefully 
considered when deciding the accuracy of points, etc., and I will leave it to 
others to comment about that but if any of these plotted locations are even in 
the ballpark, then it would suggest that Audubon's Shearwaters may be regularly 
undetected or misidentified as Manx Shearwaters in our waters. I'm not sure 
what to think about the Bermuda Petrel locations. Maybe the Maine Birds Records 
Committee should take on the task of investigating this information to see if 
it is credible? 


If anyone wants to talk more about these fascinating maps and implications in 
person, Allison and I will be at LL Bean's on Saturday from 11-1 for a book 
signing and conversation. 


Jeff

Jeff Wells

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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:21:09 -0500
At 10:15 looking at a gorgeous Snowy Owl at BIA off Hildreth St ext. 
skip/linda small
Rockport

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Subject: Snowy Owl, Willard Beach (SoPo)
From: Scott Cronenweth <scronenw AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:31:05 -0500
Greetings, birding friends! Walking with my dog this AM on Willard Beach, we 
blundered into an on-the-move Snowy Owl. It flew in off the bay and landed 
briefly on some granite rubble at the far north end of the beach, just below 
the Ft. Preble ramparts. After a minute or two it moved on towards Spring 
Point. The tide was well out so we scuttled over the rocks and out to the 
breakwater but couldn’t relocate it. 


Count week bird in the count circle! 

Peace & good birding,
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Scott Cronenweth
South Portland, ME
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Subject: two snowy owls in Bangor
From: jasjcsjss via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:50:30 -0500
At 10 this morning, I saw two snowy owls on airport property at BIA in Bangor. 
I drove on Hildreth St. North to a spot closest to the perimeter fence, as 
reported by Paul Markson earlier. I pulled off the street and approached the 
fence near a green sign that says to NOT feed the birds. Both owls were in 
sight of each other, but a few hundred yards apart. A couple of photos here: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7174286 AT N02/
 
 
 
 
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Subject: Fwd: (APW) New Family Tree for Birds Spurs Ideas on Evolution
From: William Laverty <welaverty AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:25:43 -0500
Found this article on the Bloomberg news wire. The link at the bottom of the 
page gets you to the new issue of Science Magazine. Click on the article 
named"A Flock of Genomes". There are several research papers attached about the 
project. If you are an insomniac these papers may help!! Actually it may be 
very informative 


Bill

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> evolutionary family tree for birds, drawing on a massive
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> species as varied as the bald eagle, the common cuckoo, two
> kinds of penguin and a woodpecker.  They were chosen to
> represent branches that lead to most of the more than 10,000
> bird species alive today.
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> water birds. And they support the view that the common ancestor
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Subject: Northern Pintail drake, Back Cove
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:24:45 -0800 (PST)
The drake Northern Pintail previously reported by Ron Romano was on the 
marsh grass with Black Ducks this morning in the same location

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Subject: Alpha code query synthesis
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:44:21 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
A few weeks ago now, I posed a question regarding the strong feelings elicited 
by the use (or, apparently, not) of four-letter "alpha" codes on the listserv 
(and beyond). Thanks to the volume of responses - many of which were very 
thoughtful - the project snowballed a bit into a much longer article. That 
article is now posted today on the ABA Blog - the web log of the American 
Birding Association. 

Part 1 is 
here:http://blog.aba.org/2014/12/open-mic-the-deal-with-alpha-codes-part-1.htmlAnd 
Part 2 is 
here:http://blog.aba.org/2014/12/open-mic-the-deal-with-alpha-codes-part-2.html 

Personally, I think the best place for continued discussion about this topic is 
in the comment field of the ABA Blog - I think more than enough has been said 
on this listserv about the topic. Therefore, I hope you will join the 
discussion there, as I found the topic rather interesting to explore, and 
hopefully you will too. 

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to pen a thoughtful response, and 
enjoy. 

-Derek
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire continues, Freeport, 12/11 am
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:54:39 -0500
Hi all,

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues this morning at Florida Lake Park, Rte 125, 
in Freeport. The bird was in view from 8:05-8:30 alternating between perching 
on tall trees and feeding on Winterberry in the marsh and Multiflora Rose 
around the northwest corner of the lake. 


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Subject: East Boothbay - Dec 10
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:22:56 -0500
Scoping off Ocean Front this afternoon with a wild SE swell crashing against 
the nearshore rocks at high tide. Birds as a result were close to shore. 1st 
Barrow’s Goldeneye (drake) of the season (for me along the coast), diving w/ 
4 Com Glodeneye Hens. No King Eider. Seems they’ve elected to go straight to 
NH and Mass without so much as a rest stop in ME this year. 


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Subject: Re: Unusual Raven reported in Saco
From: Bill Grabin <grabin AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:18:13 -0500
Additional location info:  It was behind her cottage high in the trees - 
she lives on Breakwater Way

On 12/10/2014 11:39 AM, Bill Grabin wrote:
> A birder in Saco has reported "a Chihuahuan raven in her woods. Could 
> be but if so it is well out of its range. Off Ferry Rd in Saco. It's 
> been there for a few days."
>
> I responded "Can you tell us why she thinks that's what it is? Looking 
> at eBird, there's never been a report of one in the Northeastern US:
>
> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chirav?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 

>
> They responded:
> Dec 10th, 10:18am
> It arrived yesterday morning. When the wind blew it ruffled its 
> feathers enough that there were clear white feathers around its neck. 
> It had a Ravens beak, not a crows. It moved to a heavy branch because 
> it was a very large bird and it stayed until around 3pm. My mom has 
> been an observant birder for decades and felt this was exactly what 
> she identified even though it is well out of its normal range. 
> Hopefully someone else will spot it & let you know.
>
> The birder is located at the Atlantic Heights retirement community at 
> 100 Harbor Drive in Saco, which has lots of woods behind it:
> 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Atlantic+Heights+Retirement/ AT 43.49455,-70.421491,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xbc964e8da9d811c5 

>
> Please post if you see this bird or have any thoughts as to what it 
> might be.   Thanks, Bill Grabin
>
>

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Subject: New Sweden: Common redpolls
From: Nancy Hudak <nehudak AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:22:42 -0500
First of the year, a female and a male. I hope they stay this year!

Also at the feeders:
Blue jays
Black-capped Chickadees
American goldfinches
Mourning doves
American tree sparrows
Red-breasted nuthatch
Evening grosbeaks (about 20)
Hairy woodpecker
Pine grosbeaks (pair)



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Subject: Unusual Raven reported in Saco
From: Bill Grabin <grabin AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:39:10 -0500
A birder in Saco has reported "a Chihuahuan raven in her woods. Could be 
but if so it is well out of its range. Off Ferry Rd in Saco. It's been 
there for a few days."

I responded "Can you tell us why she thinks that's what it is? Looking 
at eBird, there's never been a report of one in the Northeastern US:


http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chirav?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 


They responded:
Dec 10th, 10:18am
It arrived yesterday morning. When the wind blew it ruffled its feathers 
enough that there were clear white feathers around its neck. It had a 
Ravens beak, not a crows. It moved to a heavy branch because it was a 
very large bird and it stayed until around 3pm. My mom has been an 
observant birder for decades and felt this was exactly what she 
identified even though it is well out of its normal range. Hopefully 
someone else will spot it & let you know.

The birder is located at the Atlantic Heights retirement community at 
100 Harbor Drive in Saco, which has lots of woods behind it:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Atlantic+Heights+Retirement/ AT 43.49455,-70.421491,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xbc964e8da9d811c5 


Please post if you see this bird or have any thoughts as to what it 
might be.   Thanks, Bill Grabin


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Subject: Weskeag and airport
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:49:18 +0000
I tallied at least 11 Northern Pintails in the newly-reopened pools this 
morning - may have missed a few. A scan of the Owls Head runways produced no 
snowy owls; 25 Canada geese and lots of gulls working the short grassy areas. 
Somehow a yearling deer has violated the 8-10 foot high metal safety fencing 
that now surrounds the entire facility. This is either the world's highest 
jumping deer or perhaps the animal was trapped inside the perimeter when the 
final panels were installed. A twisted version of the "build it and they will 
come" concept, I suppose. 


Don  		 	   		  

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Subject: Great Blue Heron - Cundy's Harbor
From: Charlotte Hewson <cghewson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:44:58 -0500
This morning we had a lingering Great Blue Heron in our tidal pool, along with 
four Hooded Merganzers. Happy site on a gloomy day. 

Charlie


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Subject: Gardiner Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Allison Wells <awells AT nrcm.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:28:51 +0000
We had a Red-bellied Woodpecker visit our feeder yesterday morning. Also, a 
flock of goldfinches getting water from...the top of our Highlander. 


Photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/MainesFavoriteBirds


Allison and Jeff Wells


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Subject: Downeast birding over the Holiday
From: Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:45:35 -0800 (PST)
I hope this is an appropriate post.   Are there any bird walks at or near 
Acadia from December 21- January 1.  I was hoping for an owl walk.

Best regards, 
Dean

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