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Three-toed Woodpecker,©Barry Kent Mackay

31 Oct Feather ID help please [Susan ]
31 Oct Alpha codes in Maine-birds ["Sallie Satterthwaite" ]
31 Oct Re: Orange-crowned Warbler [Louis Bevier ]
31 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler [panteradeath666 ]
31 Oct Re: Sabattus Pond, 10/30 [Raven Watcher ]
30 Oct Evening grosbeaks in Brooklin [Kimberly Ridley ]
30 Oct No cattle egret in China today, northern harrier instead [JMSmith ]
29 Oct Cattle egret in China [JMS ]
30 Oct Harlequins Dyer point Cape Elizabeth [Chuck barnes ]
30 Oct Re: Sabattus Pond, 10/30 []
30 Oct catbird kennebunk [Sharon F. ]
30 Oct Hooded Mergansers, Lewiston [Anne Williams ]
30 Oct RE: Grass seed [moodylts ]
30 Oct Grass seed [Susan Guare ]
30 Oct Northern Maine Birds: Snowy Owl, Bohemian Waxwings American Tree Sparrows [Bill Sheehan ]
30 Oct Fox Sparrow- Waterville ["Margaret Viens" ]
30 Oct Sabattus Pond, 10/30 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
30 Oct Bowdoinham [Janet Galle ]
30 Oct Snowy Owl [Bill Boynton ]
30 Oct Sandhill Cranes in Fryeburg . ["Robert F. Crowley" ]
30 Oct Schoodic SeaWatch [seth benz ]
30 Oct Brown Creeper Spurwink Church 10/29 [Chuck barnes ]
29 Oct Re: Alpha Code Animosity and a Query [Scott Richardson ]
29 Oct Kettle Cove KECV ["'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds" ]
29 Oct Re: Bobo []
29 Oct RE: Alpha Code Animosity and a Query [Sarah Caputo ]
29 Oct Bobo [Bruce Bartrug ]
29 Oct Alpha Code Animosity and a Query ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
29 Oct Re: Snow Buntings AND ........ [William Laverty ]
29 Oct Snow Buntings AND ........ [rob speirs ]
29 Oct RE: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Robin R Robinson ]
29 Oct Re: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Kirk Betts ]
29 Oct American Coot in Caribou [Craig Kesselheim ]
29 Oct Re: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Stella Walsh ]
29 Oct Sabattus Pond - Oct 28 (and Bowdoinham sparrows) [Michael Fahay ]
29 Oct Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Mike Fahay ]
28 Oct Pine Point 10/28 Tuesday-Dunlin ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
28 Oct Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Louis Bevier ]
28 Oct South Lubec Road area bird observations [Merle and Anne Archie ]
28 Oct Baltimore Oriole on jelly in So Portland ["Marie" ]
28 Oct Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Craig Kesselheim ]
28 Oct Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [Kristen Lindquist ]
28 Oct Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs) [B G ]
28 Oct Presque Isle CAEG [Craig Kesselheim ]
28 Oct Horned Larks, Pemaquid ["NWDickinson, New Harbor" ]
28 Oct Sanford Sewer - Yesterday [Don Thompson ]
28 Oct Carolina Wren, Capisic Pond [Bill Bunn ]
28 Oct Possible Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Bangor ["Jeff Webb" ]
28 Oct Chickawaukee Lake Coots [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
28 Oct Schoodic Point SeaWatch today [seth benz ]
28 Oct Am Coot in Skowhegan [Linda Powell ]
28 Oct Iceland Gull-- Augusta, ME [Mathias Deming ]
27 Oct Fox Sparrow, Strong, Maine [Steve Muise ]
27 Oct Re: FOF SNBU [Charlotte Hewson ]
27 Oct Northern Maine Birds: Cattle Egret continues, American Coot, Evening Grosbeak [Bill Sheehan ]
27 Oct Late Nashville Warbler at Frasier Point, Schoodic plus... [Dennis Shepler ]
27 Oct Re: MDI Redhead [Dennis Shepler ]
27 Oct FOF SNBU [Kyle Lima ]
27 Oct Phippsburg Solitaire no [Robin R Robinson ]
27 Oct Belfast Bay census of 10/26/14 [Ronald Harrell ]
27 Oct Harlequin Ducks, Dyer Point [Bill Bunn ]
27 Oct Hightlights for 10/26 & 10/27 [Fyn Kynd ]
27 Oct Sandy Point Morning Flight (excellent flight!), 10/27 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
27 Oct MDI Redhead [Rich MacDonald ]
27 Oct MDI Redhead [Rich MacDonald ]
26 Oct Barred Owl, female solicitation call' Home, North Berwick, Oct 26, 2014 ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
27 Oct ATSP, ICGU, SNBU, and "Ipswich" SAVS ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
26 Oct Benton today [Diana ]
26 Oct Addison Marshes [Merle and Anne Archie ]
26 Oct Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 7 updates in 7 topics [Loring Danforth ]
26 Oct Harpswell Highlights [Michael Fahay ]
26 Oct American Woodcock Essex Marsh Bangor [Susan Guare ]
25 Oct White eyed vireo [Brendan McKay ]
26 Oct Biddeford Pool area shorebirds, 10/26 (HUGO, REKN, PUSA, etc). ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
26 Oct American Coot in York, ME [Tom Olson ]
26 Oct MDI this morning: R-n Ducks, B-t Blue Warbler, L-t Duck, a passel of Horned Grebe [Craig Kesselheim ]

Subject: Feather ID help please
From: Susan <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:49:40 -0400

I found this feather on the floor of my living room this morning. It's 
undamaged, so I have to assume that it clung to my dog's fur when she went out 
for the last time last night. I searched for a dead or injured bird with no 
luck, so I hope its owner just flew off. It's beautiful and I can't ft honk of 
any of my yard birds that could drop a feather of that color. 



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Subject: Alpha codes in Maine-birds
From: "Sallie Satterthwaite" <salliesatt AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:40:44 -0400
I wonder if the boilerplate text could easily be updated to include a link
to an index?

 

It would be far-fetched for now but maybe something to ponder for the
future, if the posting software could provide mouseover captions or give
each reader a settings option to have automatic replacement of each code by
"CODE (Spelled-out Name)".

 

Sallie Satterthwaite, Brooksville:Harborside

salliesatt AT comcast.net

 

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Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:04:26 -0400
On Oct 31, 2014, at 7:51 AM, panteradeath666  wrote:
> A question about their behavior. During fall migration, do they typically 
forage on the ground and bob their tails? 


This combination of behaviors sounds like Palm Warbler, which bob their tails 
AND frequently forage on the ground. Orange-crowned Warblers are often found in 
low, weedy vegetation during migration (the kinds of places sparrows like too), 
but they tend to stay above the ground where they often probe leaf clusters, 
especially dead leaves harboring invertebrates. They twitch their tails rarely 
and far less than even a close relative, Nashville Warbler, or another subtle 
tail-twitcher like Yellow-rumped Warbler. The sharp, pointed bill of 
Orange-crowned Warbler comes in handy prying open leaves, probing cracks in 
bark, and gaping open fruits. Here is an example of the latter behavior of a 
late Orange-crowned foraging on River Grape in Waterville: 
https://flic.kr/p/iinz3t  


Note: I found an error in the Birds of North America account regarding foraging 
on the ground. The account says Orange-crowned forages in dead leaves on the 
ground, but it should read “above the ground” (or “dead leaves on the 
wintering ground”). This comes from a misreading of a short note on foraging 
behavior here: https://sora.unm.edu/node/130772 
 


Good birding!

Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: panteradeath666 <seanari AT live.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:51:09 -0700 (PDT)
A question about their behavior. During fall migration, do they typically 
forage on the ground and bob their tails? 


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Subject: Re: Sabattus Pond, 10/30
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:46:29 -0400
There were two drake common goldeneye off the south end beach last week,
the first I had seen this year.

Dan Nickerson.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM,  wrote:

> Notably absent from that list was Common Goldeneye.  I usually start
> seeing small flocks before this on inland lakes and rivers.  I'm assuming
> mild weather up north has delayed their arrival.
>
>
>
> Wally S.
>
>
> On Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:05:55 -0700, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via
> Maine birds  wrote:
>
>  Hi all,
>
> Lois Gerke joined me on a jaunt up to Sabattus Pond. This morning's
> glass-calm conditions that reduced the flight at Sandy Point afforded a
> perfect opportunity to count and enjoy the duckage here:
>
> 916 Ruddy Ducks (!!!)
> 195 Lesser Scaup
> 127 Canada Geese
> 99 Mallards
> 33 American Coots
> 24 Greater Scaup
> 22 American Black Ducks
> 12 Bufflehead
> 3 Mallard x American Black Ducks
> 3 Hooded Mergansers
> 3 Common Loons
> 1 continuing female REDHEAD
> 1 Horned Grebe
>
> -Derek
>
>
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Subject: Evening grosbeaks in Brooklin
From: Kimberly Ridley <ridleyk09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:30:16 -0400
One male and four females were feeding on ash tree seeds this afternoon--only 
the second time I've seen them here in 19 years! I heard them before seeing 
them. Magical. 


Kim

Author, THE SECRET POOL, a children's book about vernal pools. Winner, Riverby 
Award, John Burroughs Association, and Lupine Award, Maine Library Association. 
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2014. "Share with budding naturalists or use as an 
excellent guide for a woodland walk..." Kirkus Reviews, starred review. 


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Subject: No cattle egret in China today, northern harrier instead
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:50:52 -0700 (PDT)
I stopped by Meadowbrook Farm in China today, but did not see the cattle egret. 
There was a female northern harrier hunting in the field. 


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Subject: Cattle egret in China
From: JMS <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:58:47 -0700 (PDT)
I noticed a cattle egret in among the black angus cows at Meadowbrook farm in 
China this afternoon. Unfortunately, I di have my camera with me. I'll try to 
head over that way tomorrow am and see if it is still there. 


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Subject: Harlequins Dyer point Cape Elizabeth
From: Chuck barnes <cbarnes1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:30:56 -0700 (PDT)
Nice day of birds today Dyer point
4 Harlequins
55 Common Eider
2 Northern Gannets
1 Sanderling
15 Yellow-Rumped Warblers
2 Savannah Sparrows
Common Loon
Kettle Cove
2 Swamp Sparrows
2 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
2 Horned Grebes
Think I had the Orange-Crowned Warbler but dipped down to fast?
Great Pond
Red-Winged Blackbirds
American Tree Sparrows
2 Ruddy Ducks, 5 greater Scaup

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Subject: Re: Sabattus Pond, 10/30
From: chrwsu AT myfairpoint.net
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:24:55 +0000
Notably absent from that list was Common Goldeneye.  I usually start 
seeing small flocks before this on inland lakes and rivers.  I'm 
assuming mild weather up north has delayed their arrival. 

Wally S. 

On Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:05:55 -0700, 'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via 
Maine birds  wrote:

 Hi all,

Lois Gerke joined me on a jaunt up to Sabattus Pond. This morning's 
glass-calm conditions that reduced the flight at Sandy Point afforded a 
perfect opportunity to count and enjoy the duckage here:

916 Ruddy Ducks (!!!)
  195 Lesser Scaup
  127 Canada Geese
  99 Mallards
  33 American Coots
  24 Greater Scaup
  22 American Black Ducks
  12 Bufflehead
  3 Mallard x American Black Ducks
  3 Hooded Mergansers
  3 Common Loons
  1 continuing female REDHEAD
  1 Horned Grebe

-Derek

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Subject: catbird kennebunk
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:49:11 -0400
On my feeders for a brief visit at 9 am Thurs. Pileated woodpecker also 
regularly in area. Last phoebe (2) sighting was Monday the 27th. 

Sharon in West K,bunk 		 	   		  

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Subject: Hooded Mergansers, Lewiston
From: Anne Williams <awilliam AT bates.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:29:55 -0400
At the Bates pond today, near corner of Russell and College streets,
were 3 Hooded Mergansers - possibly a few more as I didn't have my
binoculars.
Anne Williams

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Subject: RE: Grass seed
From: moodylts <moodylts AT gwi.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:53:49 -0400
I put out white millet and I get a ton. I have had white throated..White 
crowned..song..2 chipping..2 or 3 fox sparrows and juncos galore...it has been 
a blast watching them but keep hoping I see something rare in there but no such 
luck. 



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From: Susan Guare
Date:10/30/2014 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Maine birds
Subject: [Maine-birds] Grass seed
My neighbor says the time to overseed one's lawn is in the fall. The white-throated sparrows and juncoes are having think so, too, and are a lovely time out there. I can't even see them, in the leaves, until I move suddenly and fifty or more take flight at once. (Bangor) -- Maine birds mailing list maine-birds AT googlegroups.com http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds https://sites.google.com/site/birding207 --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Maine birds" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to maine-birds+unsubscribe AT googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. -- Maine birds mailing list maine-birds AT googlegroups.com http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds https://sites.google.com/site/birding207 --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Maine birds" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to maine-birds+unsubscribe AT googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Subject: Grass seed
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:30:51 -0400
My neighbor says the time to overseed one's lawn is in the fall.  The
white-throated sparrows and juncoes are having think so, too, and are a
lovely time out there.  I can't even see them, in the leaves, until I move
suddenly and fifty or more take flight at once.

(Bangor)

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Snowy Owl, Bohemian Waxwings American Tree Sparrows
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:33:30 -0400
This AM, work took me north to the St. John River Valley.

Saw several flocks of American Tree Sparrows and an early Snowy Owl in
Frenchville.  Got some decent pics of the owl which I will post tonight.

In Van Buren, a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings were working on what
appeared to be a cherry tree.  These were my first "for sure" Bohemian's
this fall.

Evening Grosbeaks are showing up at area feeders.

Autumn-into-winter up this way.

Bill

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Subject: Fox Sparrow- Waterville
From: "Margaret Viens" <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:19:10 -0400
I've had a Fox Sarrow under my feeders sporadically the past 2 days - unusual 
for me for the fall - I usually only see them anywhere in Maine in late March 
or April. 


- Margaret Viens
Ridge Road, Waterville

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Subject: Sabattus Pond, 10/30
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:05:55 -0700
 Hi all,

Lois Gerke joined me on a jaunt up to Sabattus Pond. This morning's glass-calm 
conditions that reduced the flight at Sandy Point afforded a perfect 
opportunity to count and enjoy the duckage here: 


916 Ruddy Ducks (!!!)
195 Lesser Scaup
127 Canada Geese
99 Mallards
33 American Coots 
24 Greater Scaup
22 American Black Ducks 
12 Bufflehead
3 Mallard x American Black Ducks
3 Hooded Mergansers
3 Common Loons
1 continuing female REDHEAD
1 Horned Grebe

-Derek


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Freeport, ME 04069 
207-865-6000 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com 

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Subject: Bowdoinham
From: Janet Galle <janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:54:28 -0400
Things are changing at our feeders.
Red-bellied woodpecker, first in over a year
Red-breasted nuthatch is back.
3 evening grosbeaks, just now!
brown creeper yesterday

Plus, lots of blue jays, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches,
white-throated and song sparrows, tufted titmice,
hairy and downy woodpeckers, mourning doves, a few robins,
a raven, and the grackles also just arrived. 



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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Bill Boynton <willardjboynton AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:38:38 -0700 (PDT)
I flushed a Snowy Owl this morning on Lighthouse Hill. It flew off chased 
by crows and blue jays. We also have a continuiing Dickcissel, Red Bellied 
Woodpecker and Bluebirds. Otherwise, Juncoes rule the island. 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes in Fryeburg .
From: "Robert F. Crowley" <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:54:48 -0400
Continuing Birds, 6 are always together, occasionally 3 others join 
them. They are to be found in the sod fields at the intersection of 
McNiel and Old River Roads, Fryeburg Harbor.

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Subject: Schoodic SeaWatch
From: seth benz <stbenz22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:33:45 -0300
Another fine morning from the Point.
First snow bunting of this season’s sea watch.

69    Common Loon
9      Red-throated Loon
50    Northern Gannet
207  DC Cormorant
65    Common Eider
7      Long-tailed Duck
8	Red-beasted Merganser
4      Black-legged Kittiwake
4      Ring-billed Gull
3      Surf Scoter
1      White-winged Scoter
1      Black Scoter (another 10 going opposite direction)
2      Harlequin Duck (males, non-migrants; feeding along shore)
28 American Crows - three groups at separate times, confused by land’s end, 
wanting to go south 

 but reticent due to water crossing (or so it seemed); headed north along 
peninsula. 


A morning like this makes one want to instantaneously transport to Avalon, NJ 
(personal inspirational site for sea watch addiction). 


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Subject: Brown Creeper Spurwink Church 10/29
From: Chuck barnes <cbarnes1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:53:26 -0700 (PDT)
first of the Fall for me Brown Creeper
4 hermit Thrush, 3 Red Tailed Hawks
D.E.Juncos in big numbers Saturday over 100 spurwink marsh, Dozen 
white-Throated Sparrows
50 or so Common Grackles on the move South Portland Hinkley Park Tuesday
1 Mockingbird trying to guard a crabapple tree from invading starlings.
Yellow-Rumped Warbler, 2 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets South Portland Nursing

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Subject: Re: Alpha Code Animosity and a Query
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:01:33 -0400
> Maybe the ABA Blog might be a good home for the discourse.

ABA = American Birding Association
;-)

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Subject: Kettle Cove KECV
From: "'Leon Mooney' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:01:28 -0400
A brief visit to KECV this noon produced a Oranged Crowned Warbler and a 
Catbird. Leon Mooney. LEMO 


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Subject: Re: Bobo
From: chrwsu AT myfairpoint.net
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:53:28 +0000
Merci beaucoup, mon ami.  C'est très clair; comme de la boue, n'est pas? ;-)

Sorry, couldn't resist. 

Lest this email be completely wasted, I should report a semi-late Palm 
Warbler near the Flood Farm in Clinton this morning.  Also had a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and 
Americal Pipit in the same general vicinity, all of which I normally 
find to be somewhat scarce in late October.  12 Ruddy Ducks and 2 
Bufflehead on North Pond in Smithfield were my first unusual ducks in 
the area this fall, although Bufflehead seem to be more regular than in 
the past. 

Wally S. 

On Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:25:32 -0400, Bruce Bartrug  wrote:

       Mis amigos, explicame, por favor, porque ustedes han usado la 
palabra bobo como un nombre de uno pajaro.  Pregunto, porque "bobo" en 
Español es lo mismo como "clown" en su idioma de Inglés. 

Did I make myself clear?

BOBO is not only Spanish for clown, it's also the origin of the word 
"booby," a bird that looks like a bobo because it has a black mask.  
It's fine if you want to use "professional" codes, but many here are 
not professional ornithologists, and if you wish to be understood by 
everyone it would seem logical to write in plain English.  Not in 
Spanish, and not in made up codes.  It also might be best if you would 
kindly use the correct name of the bird, not "redwing," which, as 
pointed out by Derek, is a European thrush. 

Derek's posts on this forum are exemplary, in that he always uses the 
correct English name besides the codes, and often the scientific names 
as well. 

I don't make the rules here, so do what you want.  I just don't read 
posts that only have codes. 

Cheers,
BAB

Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA
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Subject: RE: Alpha Code Animosity and a Query
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:00:45 +0000
There is a large flock of canada geese occupying the fields on Poor's mills rd 
along with many gulls, might make a good spot for vagrant spotting for people 
with more time than me in the am. 


I find alpha codes a bit of a nuisance and they make me less likely to read an 
entire message once I hit ones I don't recognize. But to each their own. I do 
find it fascinating that while most of the scientific community and other 
intense species spotters (butterflies, moths, herptiles, etc) use taxonomic 
species names birders have invented YET ANOTHER coding system. Having been a 
good biology and taxonomy student once upon a time I learned a whole slew of 
scientific names and still remember a fair bit and frankly my brain is a bit 
too full most days to add much more. 


Sarah 

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:53:26 -0700
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [Maine-birds] Alpha Code Animosity and a Query
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com

Hi all,
At least once a year we go through the same "conversation" on the listserve 
about the use of four-letter codes for bird names. Despite Craig's rapid 
apology, the thread continues over a day later. 

I find this fascinating. There are few topics on listserves (Maine-birds is not 
unique) that bring out such animosity as the use of four-letter codes. Nothing 
results in more public responses (perhaps with the exception of cats), 
especially in condemnation, than the use of only a four-letter code in a post. 

Not incorrect bird names. Not random abbreviations understood by only the one 
person posting it. Not grammar and syntax so poor that the who, what, where, 
and when is rendered completely 

 indecipherable. No. The fire comes out when someone has the audacity to use a 
four-letter code, which, by definition, is not "jargon" at all, but as Stella 
rightly pointed out, is a standardized list of short-hand codes agreed upon by 
a professional, scientific body for use in the field and rapid communication. 
(By the way, what kind of "jargon" is FAC? "Friday after class?" Florida 
Airports Council? Forward Air Controller?). 

Just look at the variety of ways Red-winged Blackbird is posted in early 
spring. "Redwing" is a Eurasian thrush that can occur as a vagrant in North 
America. RW black Bird? But should someone post simply "RWBL" (the actual, 
official four-letter code) then all heck can break loose. In fact, I once had 
an editor tell me that "The use of four-letter codes in (shorthand, 
abbreviated) text is a deal-breaker...People just hate them too much." 

Why? What is it
 about four-letter codes that get people so worked up? It's not like Peterson 
declared "Confusing Fall Codes" and thereby relegated a generation of birders 
into thinking these were overly challenging or impossible to learn. 

As anyone who knows me has realized, I love exploring birder psychology. A 
current project has encouraged me to spend considerable time pondering the 
nuances of birders, how we communicate, how we learn, and how we get upset. 

So I have a query. Can people tell me (offline is best; I think the listserve 
has had enough about four-letter codes for a while) why "we" are so opposed to 
learning four-letter codes? Why do we spend more time ranting, complaining, or 
simply just questioning on the listserve how and why someone would use a 
four-letter code than simply looking them up to learn them (online, at 
resources several people have posted or in your "Crossely 

 Guide?") Clearly four-letter codes get people riled up, and I want to know 
why. 

This is not an attempt to poke fun, or attempt to prove how smart I think I am, 
but an exercise in attempting to understand. Perhaps I will receive some 
insight that I could synthesize in some way. Should I be able to do that, I 
will post my conclusions - or, likely, a link to it. Maybe the ABA Blog might 
be a good home for the discourse. Any comments sent to me privately will remain 
anonymous, so please, let me know what you really think. And, like anyone's 
posts you don't like, should you not be interested, simply hit "delete" and all 
will be fine. 

Thank you for your time and consideration,Derek
*****************************************

Derek and Jeannette Lovitch

Freeport Wild Bird Supply

541 Route One, Suite 10

Freeport, ME 04069

207-865-6000

www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com



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Subject: Bobo
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:25:32 -0400
Mis amigos, explicame, por favor, porque ustedes han usado la palabra bobo
como un nombre de uno pajaro.  Pregunto, porque "bobo" en Español es lo
mismo como "clown" en su idioma de Inglés.

Did I make myself clear?

BOBO is not only Spanish for clown, it's also the origin of the word
"booby," a bird that looks like a bobo because it has a black mask.  It's
fine if you want to use "professional" codes, but many here are not
professional ornithologists, and if you wish to be understood by everyone
it would seem logical to write in plain English.  Not in Spanish, and not
in made up codes.  It also might be best if you would kindly use the
correct name of the bird, not "redwing," which, as pointed out by Derek, is
a European thrush.

Derek's posts on this forum are exemplary, in that he always uses the
correct English name besides the codes, and often the scientific names as
well.

I don't make the rules here, so do what you want.  I just don't read posts
that only have codes.

Cheers,
BAB


Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA
bbartrug AT gmail.com
www.brucebartrug.com

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because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein

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Subject: Alpha Code Animosity and a Query
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:53:26 -0700
Hi all,

At least once a year we go through the same "conversation" on the listserve 
about the use of four-letter codes for bird names. Despite Craig's rapid 
apology, the thread continues over a day later. 


I find this fascinating. There are few topics on listserves (Maine-birds is not 
unique) that bring out such animosity as the use of four-letter codes. Nothing 
results in more public responses (perhaps with the exception of cats), 
especially in condemnation, than the use of only a four-letter code in a post. 


Not incorrect bird names. Not random abbreviations understood by only the one 
person posting it. Not grammar and syntax so poor that the who, what, where, 
and when is rendered completely indecipherable. No. The fire comes out when 
someone has the audacity to use a four-letter code, which, by definition, is 
not "jargon" at all, but as Stella rightly pointed out, is a standardized list 
of short-hand codes agreed upon by a professional, scientific body for use in 
the field and rapid communication. (By the way, what kind of "jargon" is FAC? 
"Friday after class?" Florida Airports Council? Forward Air Controller?). 


Just look at the variety of ways Red-winged Blackbird is posted in early 
spring. "Redwing" is a Eurasian thrush that can occur as a vagrant in North 
America. RW black Bird? But should someone post simply "RWBL" (the actual, 
official four-letter code) then all heck can break loose. In fact, I once had 
an editor tell me that "The use of four-letter codes in (shorthand, 
abbreviated) text is a deal-breaker...People just hate them too much." 


Why? What is it about four-letter codes that get people so worked up? It's not 
like Peterson declared "Confusing Fall Codes" and thereby relegated a 
generation of birders into thinking these were overly challenging or impossible 
to learn. 


As anyone who knows me has realized, I love exploring birder psychology. A 
current project has encouraged me to spend considerable time pondering the 
nuances of birders, how we communicate, how we learn, and how we get upset. 


So I have a query. Can people tell me (offline is best; I think the listserve 
has had enough about four-letter codes for a while) why "we" are so opposed to 
learning four-letter codes? Why do we spend more time ranting, complaining, or 
simply just questioning on the listserve how and why someone would use a 
four-letter code than simply looking them up to learn them (online, at 
resources several people have posted or in your "Crossely Guide?") Clearly 
four-letter codes get people riled up, and I want to know why. 


This is not an attempt to poke fun, or attempt to prove how smart I think I am, 
but an exercise in attempting to understand. Perhaps I will receive some 
insight that I could synthesize in some way. Should I be able to do that, I 
will post my conclusions - or, likely, a link to it. Maybe the ABA Blog might 
be a good home for the discourse. Any comments sent to me privately will remain 
anonymous, so please, let me know what you really think. And, like anyone's 
posts you don't like, should you not be interested, simply hit "delete" and all 
will be fine. 


Thank you for your time and consideration,
Derek

***************************************** 
Derek and Jeannette Lovitch 
Freeport Wild Bird Supply 
541 Route One, Suite 10 
Freeport, ME 04069 
207-865-6000 
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com 

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Subject: Re: Snow Buntings AND ........
From: William Laverty <welaverty AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:56:02 -0400
Wow. Great spotting have a camp somewhat close and in 35 years have never seen 
one 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 29, 2014, at 8:58 AM, rob speirs  wrote:
> 
> Since most birders are, by extension, amateur naturalists I thought I'd share 
this, being a somewhat uncommon sighting. 

> 
> Yesterday, while up north, NW of Chesuncook Lake, we bumped into first of 
fall Snow Buntings. Shortly thereafter, when passing a side road, I noticed 
something out of place, up this side track...gray and upright.....a light gray 
stump?....but it didn't look to be in the right place...was it leaning out over 
the road, or, was it "in" one track of the woods road? 

> 
> Unsure, and as we do so many times, we backed up for another look and found 
this. A smoke gray wisp, blending in perfectly,..an apparition, and one of the 
more uncommon sighting in the North Maine Woods. Just beautiful...just 
beautiful 

> Check it out 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64147480 AT N02/15035003643/in/photostream/ 

> 
> Rob Speirs  Cumberland
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Subject: Snow Buntings AND ........
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:58:15 -0400
Since most birders are, by extension, amateur naturalists I thought I'd
share this, being a somewhat uncommon sighting.

Yesterday, while up north, NW of Chesuncook Lake, we bumped into first of
fall Snow Buntings. Shortly thereafter, when passing a side road, I noticed
something out of place, up this side track...gray and upright.....a light
gray stump?....but it didn't look to be in the right place...was it leaning
out over the road, or, was it "in" one track of the woods road?

Unsure, and as we do so many times, we backed up for another look and found
this. A smoke gray wisp, blending in perfectly,..an apparition, and one of
the more uncommon sighting in the North Maine Woods. Just beautiful...just
beautiful
Check it out
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64147480 AT N02/15035003643/in/photostream/

Rob Speirs  Cumberland

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Subject: RE: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:17:02 -0500
Www.birdpop.org has all the codes by commom and/or scientific names. Can be 
downloaded for free. rRR 


Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: stellawalsh AT earthlink.net
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:51:26 -0400
CC: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
To: mfahay AT gmail.com

I would propose that ALPHA "codes" are not so much "jargon" as useful 
standardized abbreviations which makes recording in the field much quicker (and 
required for data when doing field work). Not a lot different than writing NC 
for North Carolina. 

I certainly agree that the full species name is what should be used for general 
communication, I would encourage anyone doing a lot of birding to check out the 
ALPHA codes for their usefulness in the field. 

In addition to the links provided earlier, you can look up species by entering 
ALPHA code, or find the ALPHA code by entering all or part of the common name 
at 

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




Stella
On Oct 29, 2014, at 07:27, Mike Fahay  wrote:

Those four-letter codes are JARGON, plain and simple. Jargon should be avoided 
whenever possible. Especially in this case. 

mike





On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:19:03 PM UTC-4, CrimsonCrow wrote:For those of 
us who may not be quite as expert as others, could we all kindly write out the 
species of the bird(s) seen? It would help me a lot. Thanks. 

bg
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Subject: Re: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Kirk Betts <ketteadene AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:14:07 -0400
And we must not forget that there is an app for that. 



> On Oct 29, 2014, at 07:51, Stella Walsh  wrote:
> 
> I would propose that ALPHA "codes" are not so much "jargon" as useful 
standardized abbreviations which makes recording in the field much quicker (and 
required for data when doing field work). Not a lot different than writing NC 
for North Carolina. 

> 
> I certainly agree that the full species name is what should be used for 
general communication, I would encourage anyone doing a lot of birding to check 
out the ALPHA codes for their usefulness in the field. 

> 
> In addition to the links provided earlier, you can look up species by 
entering ALPHA code, or find the ALPHA code by entering all or part of the 
common name at 

> 
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/SpeciesTable2.php
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Stella
> 
>> On Oct 29, 2014, at 07:27, Mike Fahay  wrote:
>> 
>> Those four-letter codes are JARGON, plain and simple. Jargon should be 
avoided whenever possible. Especially in this case. 

>> mike
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:19:03 PM UTC-4, CrimsonCrow wrote:
>>> For those of us who may not be quite as expert as others, could we all 
kindly write out the species of the bird(s) seen? It would help me a lot. 
Thanks. 

>>> 
>>> bg
>>> 
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>>> Margaret Mead, M.A., Ph.D.
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Subject: American Coot in Caribou
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:13:29 -0400
Bill Sheehan's American Coot (AMCO) was on-station in a Rte 205 marsh in s.
Caribou this morning. Almost missed it because it was so close to the road.

Also a single Pied-billed Grebe.

Best (and thanks, Bill!)
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Subject: Re: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:51:26 -0400
I would propose that ALPHA "codes" are not so much "jargon" as useful 
standardized abbreviations which makes recording in the field much quicker (and 
required for data when doing field work). Not a lot different than writing NC 
for North Carolina. 


I certainly agree that the full species name is what should be used for general 
communication, I would encourage anyone doing a lot of birding to check out the 
ALPHA codes for their usefulness in the field. 


In addition to the links provided earlier, you can look up species by entering 
ALPHA code, or find the ALPHA code by entering all or part of the common name 
at 


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





Stella

> On Oct 29, 2014, at 07:27, Mike Fahay  wrote:
> 
> Those four-letter codes are JARGON, plain and simple. Jargon should be 
avoided whenever possible. Especially in this case. 

> mike
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:19:03 PM UTC-4, CrimsonCrow wrote:
>> For those of us who may not be quite as expert as others, could we all 
kindly write out the species of the bird(s) seen? It would help me a lot. 
Thanks. 

>> 
>> bg
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Subject: Sabattus Pond - Oct 28 (and Bowdoinham sparrows)
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:37:51 -0400
Dark but spectacular viewing conditions. FAC and the birds slowly changing from 
drifting to feeding to loafing modes. Used my window-mount to scope them as 
they drifted by. 


Much the same as previous days, (600-700 Ruddy Ducks, 200+ Scaup, solo H. 
Grebe), but dipped on Redheads and Canvasbacks. Also no sign of Ring-necked 
Ducks. I did not check the NW part of the pond, however. 


I looked through well-over 300 sparrows in the weedy fields on Browns Point 
Road, (Bowdoinham), but no premium species or dickcissels. Despite the heavy 
construction project ongoing, there are birds-a-plenty. 


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Subject: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:27:13 -0700 (PDT)
Those four-letter codes are JARGON, plain and simple. Jargon should be 
avoided whenever possible.  Especially in this case.
mike





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> kindly write out the species of the bird(s) seen? It would help me a lot. 
> Thanks.
>
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Subject: Pine Point 10/28 Tuesday-Dunlin
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:30:25 -0400
Most fun were 8+ juv Dunlin on the beach just as the tide was coming in, on a 
rare outing for me. 

Also Semi-Sandipipers, a Semi-Plover. There were many more farther down the 
shore. 

Probably some that I didn't ID. I didn't have my good bins with me. (How's that 
for an excuse!) Corrections welcome. 



One Lesser Yellowlegs swimming at Pelreco/Blue Cold. I don't remember seeing 
them actually swim before... tried to make it into a phalarope, but wrong 
shape. It did walk up on a rock; yellow legs, bobbing head. 



Otherwise only 2 loons, B-b Gull.
Barbara
~~~


Barbara Partridge Herrgesell
Sanford, ME
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Subject: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:55:18 -0400
I use Flubcos (FLBCs). They litter my notebooks and make data-entry easier. 
These days, I don’t need to remember the code because look-up software allows 
me to guess by typing the first two letters of each name or the first letters 
of each word in a bird's name if it is >2. Conflicting codes are provided as 
alternatives. I tend not to use Flubcos in polite conversation, though, and 
they have waxed and waned in popularity among birders. I remember a time when 
many spoke them aloud. “Look at the moh-dohs (MODO) on the feeder.” Or, "I 
found a boh-boh (BOBO).” Mourning Dove and Bobolink, if you were wondering. 
For a time, birds in the genus Childonias, which includes Black Tern, were 
called marsh-terns. Hence, BLMT (Black Marsh-Tern) became fashionable. It 
wasn’t long after that when BLMT became the limit—say that out loud and 
you’ll see what I mean—and LABU became taboo. That last one was for Lazuli 
Bunting. Who wouldn’t want to write the word lazuli? 


It’s fun to see the flubcos return. It reminds me of my childhood when I 
learned my home phone number as Elgin-5 4678. The AT&T exchange names were both 
popular and standardized in those days. But do we miss them? 


Returning to CAEG there’s something Old English and appealing about that one 
(apparently it means “key”). But I digress. The real question is why 
English failed to come up with a singular noun for ungulates in the genus Bos, 
cattle being a peculiar example. See here for more on that topic: 
https://flic.kr/p/bBLVYG  (a photo of a Cattle Egret 
and a caption). 


Good birding!

Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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Subject: South Lubec Road area bird observations
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:58:25 -0400
This morning we saw 17 Green-winged Teal and 1 Greater Yellowlegs in Pike's
Puddle off the South Lubec Road.  On the Lubec sandbar we saw a nice adult
Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 American Pipits and 6 Snow Buntings.  In the
waters off West Quoddy Head, 23 Black-legged Kittiwakes were resting on
Sail Rock.  Three Northern Gannets were flying a ways off shore.

But most impressive of all were 3 large skeins of Double-crested Cormorants
that flew over the lighthouse that numbered over 180 birds.  We saw large
skeins way out to sea that went to the windward side of Grand Manan.

Back home at Harrington our feeders are now entertaining 7 Purple
Finches and over 20 Dark-eyed Juncos with the regular crew of chickadees,
nuthatches, goldfinches, jays, crows, woodpeckers.....

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole on jelly in So Portland
From: "Marie" <mijord AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:37:12 -0400
                The Oriole has been visiting the jelly feeder for the last
three days.  Stan saw a Red-bellied WP on seed feeder yesterday - only
stayed about 30 seconds - which is its typical MO.  Lucky to be looking out
at the right moment to catch it if it is visiting more often. 

                Lots of Juncos this afternoon with only a few White-throated
SPs.   Purple finches (2 Females and one male) have been here each day for a
week.  Host of Mourning Doves!

Marie from So Portland

                

                

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Subject: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:36:48 -0400
My apologies. It's a concession to my phone's small keyboard. 

CAEG = Cattle Egret

Craig 

Sent from my iPhone

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> For those of us who may not be quite as expert as others, could we all kindly 
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Subject: Re: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:22:43 -0400
Good reminder. And for those of you wanting to learn the four-letter codes,
here's a link:

http://www.birdpop.org/alphacodes.htm

Kristen

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> Thanks.
>
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Subject: Four-letter bird codes (FLBCs)
From: B G <bootsg AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:18:21 -0400
For those of us who may not be quite as expert as others, could we all
kindly write out the species of the bird(s) seen? It would help me a lot.
Thanks.

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Subject: Presque Isle CAEG
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:11:01 -0400
On site with the cows this afternoon. Higgins Road. Farmers say they've had the 
bird for two weeks. It's super chummy with the cows. 

Thanks Bill!

Craig K

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Subject: Horned Larks, Pemaquid
From: "NWDickinson, New Harbor" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:31:59 -0700 (PDT)
While hundreds of juncos were snowing across our hill this morning, I heard 
Horned Larks, and found 7 of them, well camouflaged, grazing on the lawn. 
 There are still a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers fly-catching around the 
yard, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a flock of Purple Finches, among all 
the usual.  

At Pemaquid Beach this afternoon (without binoculars) I noted a close 
Horned Grebe and Common Loon.

Nancy Dickinson

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Subject: Sanford Sewer - Yesterday
From: Don Thompson <BThompson6 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:00:30 -0700 (PDT)
I only had an hour to bird and checked the right lagoon. There were 
numerous Green wing teal, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, 
Ring neck duck, Mallard, Black duck, Canada Geese, Ruddy duck as well as 
some sparrows etc. One bald eagle.    Don

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Subject: Carolina Wren, Capisic Pond
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:49:32 -0700 (PDT)
Carolina Wren early this morning singing high on a tree at Capisic Pond 
where you first enter off Capisic St, took off and I was unable to relocate 
it, but might be worth checking out

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Subject: Possible Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Bangor
From: "Jeff Webb" <jdwb1981 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:33:16 -0400
I just saw a very small warbler-like bird that was about the same size, but not 
as bulky, as a Parula, in the top of a deciduous bush on Fountain Street in 
Bangor. I was fairly close by and I got a decent look at it: light 
grayish/devoid of any obvious color, very cocked tail that was about as long as 
its body, and making squeaky mewing noises. It was definitely not a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet... no large obvious eye-ring and its tail was longer in 
proportion to its body. Not a Wren either, it didn’t appear brown at all. It 
flew away further into someone’s yard, going in the direction of Kenduskeag 
Avenue. I’ve never seen a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in person, but have seen 
videos and photos of them and to me this looked like what it was. Not entirely 
certain though, because I was only able to observe it for about 45 seconds. 


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Subject: Chickawaukee Lake Coots
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:48 +0000


About 40 American Coots huddled in 2 groups at Chicky mid-lake (Rte 17 in 
Rockland) this morning. This lake is a favored fall destination for the 
species, sometimes reaching 600-700 individuals in certain years. Just a few 
Canadas, mallards, hoodies today, but this scene (and Mace's Pond a mile 
further west on 17) should grow livelier in coming weeks. 


Don 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Schoodic Point SeaWatch today
From: seth benz <stbenz22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:03:12 -0300
Very slight N wind, sunny start quickly giving way to overcast. 42 F.
Stint effort: 2 h 15 m
Common eider (115) were the most numerous migrants with
DC cormorant (84) next in terms of numbers.

Common Loon 12
White-winged Scoter 9
No. Gannet  12
Surf Scoter 4
RB Merganser 4

Others: Baltimore oriole, palm warbler, northern cardinal (usually very scarce 
here), 

pine siskins(7), purple finch, hairy woodpecker (3), yellow-rpd. warbler (5),
flicker (2) and an immature peregrine falcon with distended crop (just ate) 
nearly 

flew into this observer!

FYI:
Pleased to report that volunteer observers at Acadia National Park
will conduct a pilot seabird migration monitoring effort in November
on Wednesday mornings.  Sites: Schoodic Point, Otter Point (MDI), and
Seawall (MDI).
Schoodic Point will continue monitoring Tu, W, and Th mornings in November.


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Subject: Am Coot in Skowhegan
From: Linda Powell <lindaleehunter AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:58:19 +0000
Last night my husband texted me and said there was an American Coot in the 
Kennebec River behind the Island Dairy Treat. He was there this morning at 8am 
also, swimming in the middle of the river. No other birds were around, which 
was unusual since there are 20-30 Mallards there this time of the year. The 
easiest viewing is from a pull off on Alder Street or from the parking lot of 
the Congregational Church and walk across the swinging bridge. 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Iceland Gull-- Augusta, ME
From: Mathias Deming <birdseeker101 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:05:31 -0700 (PDT)
There was a 2nd year iceland gull flying over Cony High school yesterday  AT  
4:00 PM. Likely going to bed down on the athletic fields. 

Cheers, 

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Subject: Fox Sparrow, Strong, Maine
From: Steve Muise <fiddlemoose AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:00:58 -0700 (PDT)
I found and photographed a Fox Sparrow at the beginning of Dustin Road off of 
route 4 in Strong on Sunday, October 19 and again on Saturday, October 25. It 
was among a mixed flock of about 30 to 40 White Throated Sparrows and Juncos 
and 2 Blue Jays. Both times the sparrow was found in the road not far from the 
camp roped off with empty gallon jugs. Apologies for not posting sooner. Steve 
Muise, Farmington 


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Subject: Re: FOF SNBU
From: Charlotte Hewson <cghewson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:39:52 -0400
I saw 3 Snow Buntings at Popham Beach this afternoon. They looked cold, all
hunkered down!

On Monday, October 27, 2014, Kyle Lima  wrote:

> Found three nice looking Snow Bunting in Ellsworth today. First of fall
> for me this year.
>
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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Cattle Egret continues, American Coot, Evening Grosbeak
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:36 -0400
The Cattle Egret continues to be easily seen at the Sweetser Farm on the
Higgins Road in Presque Isle.  Paul Cyr photographed the bird on Sunday and
it was seen again this afternoon.

Aroostook Birder Bill Hersey found an American Coot at Barren Pond on Route
205 in south Caribou on Sunday as well.  I rechecked the area this AM and
found it quietly feeding in the cattails there.  I embedded a photo in the
eBird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20355312

Today in Nashville Plantation north of Ashland, I heard a single Evening
Grosbeak call as it flew overhead.  This was the first I've encountered in
a while up this way.  Hoping for lots more!

There seems to be an unusual number of White-breasted Nuthatches around
lately.  Several birders have commented on their recent "arrival".  Though
they are resident this far north, they are decidedly uncommon most times.

Good Birding.

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Subject: Late Nashville Warbler at Frasier Point, Schoodic plus...
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:51 -0700 (PDT)
Nashville Warbler

Today, Seawall MDI Long-tailed Duck and 14 Laughing Gulls were noteworthy.
Cheers
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Subject: Re: MDI Redhead
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:20:20 -0700 (PDT)
Excellent!  

On Monday, October 27, 2014 11:39:15 AM UTC-3, Rich MacDonald wrote:
>
> On a morning walk around the Witch Hole Pond Carriage Road loop in Acadia 
> National Park with our new puppy, Fogo, a male and female Redhead were 
> mixed in with a group of about 70 Ring-necked Duck and two Hooded 
> Merganser. This is an unusual bird for MDI.
>
>
> *Richard MacDonald*
> The Natural History Center
> 6 Firefly Lane
> P.O. Box 6
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> 207/801-2617 (store)
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Subject: FOF SNBU
From: Kyle Lima <kylelemur21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:56:29 -0700 (PDT)
Found three nice looking Snow Bunting in Ellsworth today. First of fall for 
me this year.

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Subject: Phippsburg Solitaire no
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:20:33 -0500
Phippsburg, Me Map 6 Hermit Island
Spent a couple of hours tromping over Hermit Island. No Solitaire, nor anything 
else noteworthy species-wise. 

Did count what for me was an extraordinary # of Hermit Thrushes, though. Got 36 
on the island. Then, another 24 between there and home, about 5 miles. RRR 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Belfast Bay census of 10/26/14
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:44:42 -0400
Three of us spent Sunday morning checking the birds in the bay and upriver
as far as the head of tide.  Very pleasant outing.  There were still 3
Great Blue Herons and 54 Double-crested Cormorants around, but no Belted
Kingfishers.  We found all three species of mergansers and all individuals
were female.  The eiders showed the same trend: 4 males and 43 females.
The entire list of results may be found on ebird at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20353136

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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, Dyer Point
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:36:33 -0700 (PDT)
About 4 Harlequins were at the end of Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth this 
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Subject: Hightlights for 10/26 & 10/27
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:50:55 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday (10/26) I had a 'western' type Palm Warbler with a flock of 
'yellow' Palms and two Orange-crowned Warblers then this morning there were 
two Fox Sparrows in the yard here in Searsmont.

Good birding,
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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight (excellent flight!), 10/27
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:47:47 -0400
Hi all,
And excellent, albeit relatively homogenous, flight passed over and through 
Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth this am. 


7:08 to 9:30.
41F, Mostly clear, W 9.6 to W 7.3mph.

882 American Robins (2nd highest)
296 Dark-eyed Junco (new record)
167 Common Grackles (new record)
49 Yellow-rumped Warblers
26 American Goldfinches
24 Golden-crowned Kinglets
21 Unidentified
18 Black-capped Chickadees
15 Cedar Waxwings
14 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
13 Chipping Sparrows
9 Palm Warblers
8 Unidentified blackbirds
8 Purple Finches
6 Unidentified kinglets
5 Hermit Thrushes (1 or 2 crossed)
5 White-throated Sparrow
4 Northern Flickers
4 Eastern Phoebes
4 American Pipits 
4 Rusty Blackbirds
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
2 Brown Creepers
2 SONG SPARROWS (exceptionally rare crossing; many others in scrub).
1 White-winged Scoter
1 Common Loon
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Hairy Woodpecker 
1 Blue Jay
1 Unidentified Catharus thrush
1 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Pine Siskin

Total = 1599

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker continues around the parking lot.

- Derek 

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Subject: MDI Redhead
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:37:29 -0400
On a morning walk around the Witch Hole Pond Carriage Road loop in Acadia
National Park with our new puppy, Fogo, a male and female Redhead were mixed
in with a group of about 70 Ring-necked Duck and two Hooded Merganser. This
is an unusual bird for MDI.


Richard MacDonald
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P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
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Subject: MDI Redhead
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:37:29 -0400
On a morning walk around the Witch Hole Pond Carriage Road loop in Acadia
National Park with our new puppy, Fogo, a male and female Redhead were mixed
in with a group of about 70 Ring-necked Duck and two Hooded Merganser. This
is an unusual bird for MDI.


Richard MacDonald
The Natural History Center
6 Firefly Lane
P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207/801-2617 (store)
207/266-9461 (mobile)
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Subject: Barred Owl, female solicitation call' Home, North Berwick, Oct 26, 2014
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:39:37 -0400
Is it to early for the female BARRED OWL to be calling the 'female 
solicitation call'  ???  Last year she started in November, and the year 
before was late December which makes more sense.

If you want to hear how romantic the call is click here for a link to hear. 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/sounds

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

Home, North Berwick, York, US-ME
Oct 26, 2014 6:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     yard bird
1 species

Barred Owl  1     female giving the  'female  solicitation' call

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20347902

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

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Subject: ATSP, ICGU, SNBU, and "Ipswich" SAVS
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:16:40 +0000 (UTC)
I saw my FOF American Tree Sparrow (oh no, winter!) this afternoon at Kettle 
Cove in Cape Elizabeth. My second Iceland Gull (1st cycle Kumlien's) of the 
fall was present around the corner at Dyer Point. At Timber Point in Biddeford 
I saw my first "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow of the fall/year along with my first 
Snow Bunting of the fall which was calling overhead after apparently being 
flushed by a Peregrine. 

Thanks to John and Gordon for finding that Townend's Solitaire yesterday!
Bird haahd,Noah Gibb-Portland

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Subject: Benton today
From: Diana <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:25:19 -0400
Not many birds at the falls today. Ringed bill gulls. A few ducks. 3 immature. 
Eagles and one adult . This was between. 3 and 4 today. Diana 


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Subject: Addison Marshes
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:48:18 -0400
We birded the Addison marshes today and found 5 Great Blue Herons, 50+
Green-winged Teal and 7 Greater Yellow-legs.

It appears the large flocks of mixed sparrows have disappeared from the
roadsides and yards near Harrington and Addison!!  In their wake we had 45
Common Grackles (all male) descend on our feeders and clean 'em out!

Merle and Anne Archie
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Subject: Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 7 updates in 7 topics
From: Loring Danforth <ldanfort AT bates.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:22:19 -0400
The highlights at Sabattus Pond Sunday afternoon were roughly 400 ruddy
ducks and 4 long tailed ducks. Danny Danforth

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM,  wrote:

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>    -  White eyed vireo <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_0> - 1 Update
>    -  Biddeford Pool area shorebirds, 10/26 (HUGO, REKN, PUSA, etc).
>    <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_1> - 1 Update
>    -  American Coot in York, ME <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_2> - 1
>    Update
>    -  MDI this morning: R-n Ducks, B-t Blue Warbler, L-t Duck, a passel
>    of Horned Grebe <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_3> - 1 Update
>    -  Orange-crowned Warblers on the Schoodic - and lots of migration!
>    <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_4> - 1 Update
>    -  Townsend's Solitaire - Hermit Island, Phippsburg
>    <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_5> - 1 Update
>    -  Two orange-crowned Warbler at the real Seawall Beach-Phippsburg
>    <#1494e29eda8c3589_group_thread_6> - 1 Update
>
>   White eyed vireo
> 
 

>   Brendan McKay : Oct 25 04:25PM -0700
>
> Tonight around 5:30 I found a white eyed vireo along the eastern prom
> trail, right across from the waste water treatment facility. Unfortunately
> after being flushed I was unable to relocate the bird, it flew into
> another
> tangle along the trail and then I believe I saw that same bird exit and
> head down the hill towards the train tracks and the water. I know Louis
> Bevier reported a white eyed vireo on Bailey Island on the 17th, could
> this
> be the same bird?
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   Biddeford Pool area shorebirds, 10/26 (HUGO, REKN, PUSA, etc).
> 
 

>   Derek and Jeannette Lovitch : Oct 26
> 01:09PM -0700
>
> Hi all,
>
> Shorebirds stole the show today in and around Biddeford Pool. The
> continuing family group of 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS continue in the area,
> today being seen rounding East Point and roosting off of Ocean Ave. I also
> flushed 3 Wilson's Snipe from a couple of areas.
>
> But the aggregation of shorebirds along the jetties at the mouth of the
> Saco River, as viewed from Hill's Beach was impressive for the season:
> 1 continuing HUDSONIAN GODWIT (appears to have a minor leg injury)
> 6 lingering RED KNOTS
> 3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS (first of fall)
> 101 Dunlin
> 89 Black-bellied Plovers
> 53 Sanderlings
> 33 Ruddy Turnstones
>
> -Derek
>
> *****************************************
> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
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> 541 Route One, Suite 10
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> 207-865-6000
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> ****************************************
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   American Coot in York, ME
> 
 

>   Tom Olson : Oct 26 10:57AM -0700
>
> Solitary American Coot with several Mallards today at 1PM on Lindsay Pond
> (Barreell Mill Pond runoff) at the corner of Lindsay Rd and Indian
> Trail.--Tom Olson, York
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   MDI this morning: R-n Ducks, B-t Blue Warbler, L-t Duck, a passel of
> Horned Grebe
> 
 

>   Craig Kesselheim : Oct 26 11:36AM -0400
>
> Hi all -- Took a walk on the Blagden Preserve off the Indian Point Road on
> MDI, with friend Jim Perkins. Highlights included a single male
> Black-throated Blue Warbler (perfect plumage) in the forested southern
> section of the Big Woods Trail, one Long-tailed Duck in the bay, and an
> estimated 150 Horned Grebes in pairs, small groups and one very large
> distant raft.
>
> En route to this preserve there was a small flotilla of Ring-necked Ducks
> in the northern end of Somes Pond (off Oak Hill Road).
>
> Best,
> Craig K
>
> as a p.s., I changed my eBird report of yesterday's Trenton Great Corm to a
> D-c, preferring to err on the conservative side. Forgot to mention a Winter
> Wren at Seawall Campground as well.
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   Orange-crowned Warblers on the Schoodic - and lots of migration!
> 
 

>   Merle and Anne Archie : Oct 25 08:43PM -0400
>
> We had excellent looks at two Orange-crowned Warblers at the terminus of
> the Blueberry Trail where it joins with the Schoodic Head trail. Along the
> Blueberry Trail we saw many flocks of Pine Siskins and a hunting
> Sharp-shinned Hawk that flew low along the trail under the alder canopy.
> Lots of kinglets (both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned), Hermit Thrushes
> and still many Yellow-rumped Warblers.
>
> We also saw two White-crowned Sparrows - one at Frazier Point and another
> at the Blueberry Trail trailhead.
>
> Today along highways, local roads and even the road into our house we saw
> hundreds and hundreds of sparrows (White-throated, Song and juncos....).
>
> Merle and Anne Archie
> Harrington, ME
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   Townsend's Solitaire - Hermit Island, Phippsburg
> 
 

>   Michael Fahay : Oct 25 05:58PM -0400
>
> The bird, reported earlier today by John Berry and Merrymeeting Audubon,
> was seen well by Margaret, Ken, Turk, Bob, Joe and me between 2 and 3 PM
> this afternoon. Feeding on small rose hips along the main road north, ca
> 1.1 mile hike from the parking lot (Kelp Shed) to the site of an old
> orchard/vegetable garden.
>
> The campground is closed for the season, but you’re welcome to park and
> walk around.
>   Back to top <#1494e29eda8c3589_digest_top>
>   Two orange-crowned Warbler at the real Seawall Beach-Phippsburg
> 
 

>   Peter Vickery : Oct 25 05:44PM -0400
>
> Barbara and I saw 2 Orange-crowned Warblers foraging together in White
> Spruces at the east end of Seawall Beach at Cherry Tree Head, the large
> granite dome along the Morse River. They lingered together for 3 - 4
> minutes.
>
> 2 Am Pipits, everything else to be expected.
>
> Best,
>
> Peter
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Subject: Harpswell Highlights
From: Michael Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:54:08 -0400
...today included Lincoln's Sparrows at Bailey Island and Mitchill Field
- a winnowing Snipe at Mitchill Field
-  2 Pectoral Sands w/ 18 GYLegs at Thomas Bay saltmarsh
- a growing bunch of Bluebirds (16) at Mitchill Field
- perhaps 1,000 com eiders growing off Bailey Island.

but nowhere near the number of passerines (sparrows,juncoes, etc.) that were 
crawling everywhere in Sagadahoc/No. Cumberland Counties yesterday. 


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Subject: American Woodcock Essex Marsh Bangor
From: Susan Guare <susanguare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:44:22 -0400
My daughter and I were walking part of the way around the marsh path this
afternoon about three, and met a young woman with a camera.  We said hello
and I asked if she'd seen anything interesting, and she showed me a
photograph of a beautiful American Woodcock.  She said she'd seen it in
that small pond where we were seeing the sora this summer.  I suggested she
look up the Maine Birds facebook group.  I hope she does; it's a good photo
of a shy bird.

I, on the other hand, saw Mallards and more Mallards.  And a family of
Hooded Mergansers, one crisp male and at least six brown companions.

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Subject: White eyed vireo
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:25:03 -0700 (PDT)
Tonight around 5:30 I found a white eyed vireo along the eastern prom 
trail, right across from the waste water treatment facility. Unfortunately 
after being flushed I was unable to relocate the bird, it flew into another 
tangle along the trail and then I believe I saw that same bird exit and 
head down the hill towards the train tracks and the water. I know Louis 
Bevier reported a white eyed vireo on Bailey Island on the 17th, could this 
be the same bird? 

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Subject: Biddeford Pool area shorebirds, 10/26 (HUGO, REKN, PUSA, etc).
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:09:41 -0700
Hi all,

Shorebirds stole the show today in and around Biddeford Pool. The continuing 
family group of 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS continue in the area, today being 
seen rounding East Point and roosting off of Ocean Ave. I also flushed 3 
Wilson's Snipe from a couple of areas. 


But the aggregation of shorebirds along the jetties at the mouth of the Saco 
River, as viewed from Hill's Beach was impressive for the season: 

1 continuing HUDSONIAN GODWIT (appears to have a minor leg injury)
6 lingering RED KNOTS
3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS (first of fall)
101 Dunlin
89 Black-bellied Plovers
53 Sanderlings
33 Ruddy Turnstones

-Derek

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Subject: American Coot in York, ME
From: Tom Olson <sidneyblack AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:57:26 -0700 (PDT)
Solitary American Coot with several Mallards today at 1PM on Lindsay Pond 
(Barreell Mill Pond runoff) at the corner of Lindsay Rd and Indian 
Trail.--Tom Olson, York

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Subject: MDI this morning: R-n Ducks, B-t Blue Warbler, L-t Duck, a passel of Horned Grebe
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:36:53 -0400
Hi all -- Took a walk on the Blagden Preserve off the Indian Point Road on
MDI, with friend Jim Perkins. Highlights included a single male
Black-throated Blue Warbler (perfect plumage) in the forested southern
section of the Big Woods Trail, one Long-tailed Duck in the bay, and an
estimated 150 Horned Grebes in pairs, small groups and one very large
distant raft.

En route to this preserve there was a small flotilla of Ring-necked Ducks
in the northern end of Somes Pond (off Oak Hill Road).

Best,
Craig K

as a p.s., I changed my eBird report of yesterday's Trenton Great Corm to a
D-c, preferring to err on the conservative side. Forgot to mention a Winter
Wren at Seawall Campground as well.

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