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Spotted Creeper,©Tony Disley

7 Dec The Wildlife Society - Call for Papers [Kara ]
7 Dec Maine Birds [Aloyse Lsrrsbee ]
7 Dec Black-throated Blue Warbler [Bill Blauvelt ]
7 Dec partial Albino or leucism? [pegfamhist via Maine birds ]
7 Dec Great Horned Owl - Monhegan [Donna Cundy ]
7 Dec Dickcissel [pegfamhist via Maine birds ]
6 Dec Duckage []
6 Dec Dickcissel [Marianne Taylor ]
6 Dec Portland: King Eider X 2 [Josh Fecteau ]
6 Dec Warren grosbeaks [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
6 Dec Dickcissel [pegfamhist via Maine birds ]
5 Dec Sabattus Pond, 12/5 (16sp waterfowl inc LTDU and GADW) ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
5 Dec King Eider continues [rob speirs ]
5 Dec Dickcissel [pegfamhist via Maine birds ]
5 Dec Herb Wilson talk at UNE Dec 12: The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds [Noah Perlut ]
5 Dec Black-throated Blue is back [Bill Blauvelt ]
5 Dec Wings of a Dove -05 Nov- Bar Harbor [Carol Muth ]
5 Dec Belfast Bay census of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 [Ronald Harrell ]
4 Dec Dickcissel [pegfamhist via Maine birds ]
4 Dec Schoodic Northern Gannets and Northern Shrike [Merle and Anne Archie ]
3 Dec Re: Dickcissel [Rob O'Connell ]
3 Dec Re: Biddeford Pool: Pacific Loon continues [Josh Fecteau ]
3 Dec Bullock's Oriole - Yes [Richard ]
3 Dec Biddeford Pool: Pacific Loon continues [Josh Fecteau ]
2 Dec Pine Grosbeak ["Bob Duchesne" ]
3 Dec Cape Elizabeth Rusty Blackbird ["Elias B." ]
3 Dec Presque isle Snowy owl [Robin R Robinson ]
3 Dec Brown Creeper returns [Marianne Taylor ]
3 Dec Acadia seabirds [Sarah Caputo ]
29 Nov off-topic Cuba field guide request [Rich MacDonald ]
29 Nov Cuba [Bruce Bartrug ]
29 Nov Re: off-topic Cuba field guide request [Charles Duncan ]
28 Nov Sea ducks in Unity [tom A ]
28 Nov Bullock's oriole camden [Nancy Houlihan ]
26 Nov Middle Machias River - Ducks & Merganser Nov.25 [Marianne Taylor ]
26 Nov Bullock's Oriole--yes [Charles Duncan ]
26 Nov Bremen backyard surprise [Juanita Roushdy ]
25 Nov Middle Machias River - Ducks & Merganser Nov.25 [Carol Muth ]
26 Nov Camden oriole [Jay Pendleton ]
23 Nov BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Camden, 11/23 [Doug Hitchcox ]
22 Nov harlequin ducks nubble york [deb powers ]
22 Nov Biddeford: Peregrine Falcon ("Feisty") and continuing Marbled Godwit... [Josh Fecteau ]
21 Nov Dead Gray Fox ["Elias B." ]
21 Nov New Christmas Bird Count - Grand Lake Stream ["'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" ]
21 Nov Re: Re: Cattle egret [Bill Blauvelt ]
21 Nov Re: Cattle egret [wrenyen ]
21 Nov Two Rockport shrikes [Brian Willson ]
21 Nov Evening Grosbeak Durham [Raven Watcher ]
21 Nov Cattle Egret - Yes [Richard ]
21 Nov Tree cutting at Evergreen Cemetery.. [frobey ]
21 Nov Weekend on MDI [Craig Kesselheim ]
20 Nov Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/20 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
20 Nov Red Crossbills in Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
20 Nov Cattle Egret presently in Pittston [Peter Vickery ]
20 Nov Canvasback [Bill Sheehan ]
20 Nov Gradual finch arrivals in Warren [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
20 Nov Northern Maine Birds: Canvasback, Glaucous Gull, Bohemian Waxwings [Bill Sheehan ]
19 Nov Shrike in Rockport [Brian Willson ]
19 Nov Cattle egret ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
19 Nov Red-throated Loon, Skowhegan [Marianne Taylor ]
19 Nov pine grosbeaks [Sarah Caputo ]
19 Nov Pine Grosbeak at Morse Mountain, Phippsburg [Peter Vickery ]
19 Nov Grosbeaks in Unity [tom A ]
18 Nov American crow study, Camden. [David Small ]
18 Nov This Week's Highlights and Goose Fields Update, 11/12-18 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
18 Nov Searsport southerners [tom A ]
18 Nov Belfast Bay census of Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 [Ronald Harrell ]
17 Nov N Shrike ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]
16 Nov Long-billed Dowitcher back again at Wharton Point. [Gordon Smith ]
16 Nov Re: Cattle Egret YES and NO [Mike Fahay ]
15 Nov Marbled Godwit at Biddeford Pool [JMSmith ]
15 Nov Marbled godwit at Biddeford Pool [JMSmith ]
15 Nov Re: anyone with an Evening Grosbeak photo [Kit Pfeiffer ]
15 Nov York County sightings (Nov 15)... [Josh Fecteau ]
15 Nov Red-throated Loon []
15 Nov more Snow Buntings ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]

Subject: The Wildlife Society - Call for Papers
From: Kara <kara.d.moody AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:26:49 -0800 (PST)
The Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Maine Division of Society of 
American Foresters, New England Society of American Foresters, and the 
Northeastern Forest Pest Council are hosting “*Adapt. Adopt. Advance: 
Resiliency in Natural Resource Management*”.  This conference will focus on 
a series of panel presentations, field trips, and indoor workshops that 
highlight current research and give resource professionals the tools 
necessary to successfully manage all our forest resources.  The conference 
will be held from March 8-10, 2017 in Bangor.  If you are interested in 
presenting at this conference, please see the attached call for papers 
announcement.  

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Subject: Maine Birds
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:41:43 -0600
There was a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS (not a Bomemian in the bunch) in a
fruit tree beside the bank in downtown Dexter about 9:30 am.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter, Penobscot County

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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:57:34 -0500
The Black-throated Blue Warbler that I first saw on 12-2 is back at my
feeder again today.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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Subject: partial Albino or leucism?
From: pegfamhist via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:23:09 -0500
Hi All,


Several of you who have been in to see the Dickcissel have also seen the 
"white" House Sparrow. I have been guilty of describing it at caring times as 
either leucitic and partial albino. 



Sibly says in leucism dilute normal patterns are visible but paler. Partial 
albino is where all or some feathers are all white. 



I have watched the bird for 4 years and see no patterns. I think it should be 
described as partial albino. 



Does anyone want to weight in on this?


Peggy Blair
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Subject: Great Horned Owl - Monhegan
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:00:14 -0800 (PST)
For over a week now I've been hearing the sounds of a Great Horned Owl at 
night and before light in the morning. Location is behind my house in the 
woods, which is between Horn's Hill and Underhill Trail. Its an unusual 
bird for Monhegan. The last time I saw one here was in 2001.

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Subject: Dickcissel
From: pegfamhist via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:32:22 -0500
Both birds in today. Josh Fecteau also located an American Wigeon in with the 
Mallards whose numbers are increasing. 



Peggy Blair
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Subject: Duckage
From: nhoulihan1 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:34:11 -0500
Pat Moynihan and I observed a wonderful duck show. Sebasticook Lake is brimming 
over! Low estimate of 1000 common mergansers as well as a single pintail and 
goodly numbers of ruddy, g/l scaup, ring necked, lots of hooded mergs. The 
common merge were shore to shore. 5 bald eagles enjoyed the show with us. 


Other birds today: continuing Dickcissel Clinton, pine grosbeaks Ward Hill and 
near Winterport Rte 69. Nothing doing at Kaler St when we stopped by at 12 


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Subject: Dickcissel
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:06:25 -0800 (PST)
I was at the Blair's in Clinton from 10-11:30 am and both the 1st year and 
adult birds were present.  Also saw at least 1 Tree Sparrow and the 
Leucistic House Sparrow.

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Subject: Portland: King Eider X 2
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:36:37 -0500
Hi all,

I stopped by the Portland Fish Pier this morning and observed two King
Eiders: the continuing 1st-winter male (alone near the end of Union
Wharf) and a female (associating with Common Eiders and American Black
Ducks near Holyoke Wharf).

Photos of both are on my eBird checklist, but given the sun angle
they're less than stellar.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32890848

--Josh

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Subject: Warren grosbeaks
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:19:57 +0000
A flock of 18 evening grosbeaks on Vaughn's Neck Road in Warren this early 
morning; 6 males. The group was feeding mostly on multi-flora rose hips and 
pecking at apples; a few sat in the roadway eating grit from recent road 
sanding. 



Don

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Subject: Dickcissel
From: pegfamhist via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:28:05 -0500
Young Dickcissel is in this morning. Haven't seen adult yet. 65 Pleasant St., 
Clinton. 



If you want to go closer on the lawn, it is fine but please don't go unto my 
neighbors property -ie driveway past the hedge. 




Good Birding,
Peggy Blair

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Subject: Sabattus Pond, 12/5 (16sp waterfowl inc LTDU and GADW)
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:33:34 -0500
Hi all,

Before the snow began to fly this morning, Jeannette and I birded Sabattus 
Pond. Given the late date and a thin layer of ice over about half the pond, 
duck diversity was excellent. 


198 Mallards
195 Canada Geese
88 American Black Ducks
73 Ruddy Ducks
59 Common Mergansers
37 Common Goldeneyes
22 Unidentified scaup
21 Green-winged Teal
17 Hooded Mergansers
11 Buffleheads
9 Greater Scaup
7 Mallard x American Black Duck hybrids.
5 Lesser Scaup
3 GADWALLS (1 male, 2 female)
2 Northern Pintails (pair)
1 drake American Wigeon
1 female Ring-necked Duck
1 female LONG-TAILED DUCK

-Derek

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Subject: King Eider continues
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:28:56 -0500
Swung by the Fish Pier, while in town for errands this afternoon, to see if
Bill Bunn's 1st year King Eider was still hanging around.

There was a tight raft of Eiders about a third of the way across the
harbor, but they seemed to swimming toward the Portland. Sure enough,
within a very short time, they were at the pier. The King Eider, and few
others, swam inside the two finger docks, briefly, posing for photos. I
think I saw him wink, when he made his last turn, and started swimming back
out into the harbor with the others.
Rob Speirs Cumberland

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Subject: Dickcissel
From: pegfamhist via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:36:53 -0500
Hi,


Both Dickcissels are in today. They really show up against the snow. Also the 
Tree Sparrows have shown up Nick Leadly was here when we got back home around 
noon & asked permission to move onto the lawn which is fine. The birds are 
getting used to him & allowed pictures from about the even with the house. 



Peggy Blair

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Subject: Herb Wilson talk at UNE Dec 12: The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds
From: Noah Perlut <nperlut AT une.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:05:51 -0800 (PST)
 

The Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England (UNE) is 
hosting Herb Wilson for a public talk on Monday, December 12th at 6 p.m. at 
the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion on UNE’s Portland Campus.  Herb 
Wilson will present “The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds.”

 

A professor of biosciences at Colby College, Wilson will detail his 22-year 
study of the spring arrival times of more than 100 species of migratory 
birds that visit Maine.  By combining his research with data extending to 
the turn of the 20th century, he will explain how global climate change is 
affecting our winged friends.

 

A public reception will precede the lecture at 5 p.m. at the UNE Art 
Gallery.

 

For more information: 
http://www.une.edu/calendar/2016/patterns-maines-migratory-breeding-birds

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Subject: Black-throated Blue is back
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:52:12 -0500
The female Black-throated Blue that I saw on Friday is back at my feeder
today. I was not home that much over the weekend, so I am not sure if it
was here then or not.

https://flic.kr/p/PHYVg6

Bill Blauvelt
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Subject: Wings of a Dove -05 Nov- Bar Harbor
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:04:17 -0500
We have a mourning dove without normal outer/upper tail feathers. Seems to
fly without problem but looks strange. Photos at
www.acadiabirds.wordpress.com

Also, a Brown creeper yesterday afternoon, in the yard, and this morning a
white-breasted nuthatch. Neither of these are here every day, although they
are fairly regular visitors.

        Carol

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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:36:14 -0500
Gary Gulezian and I did the census.  Weather was cloudy, 32-34 F., and a NW
wind 10-15 mph.  Except for the unusual high number of Canada Geese (45),
birds found were the expected species and numbers for this time of year.
The full report can be found on ebird at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32875539

Ron Harrell

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Subject: Dickcissel
From: pegfamhist via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:12:52 -0500
Hi,


Adult Dickcissel just came in hopefully the juv. will also appear.


65 Pleasant St.  Clinton


Peggy Blair
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Subject: Schoodic Northern Gannets and Northern Shrike
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:56:09 -0500
We spent a delightful morning and early afternoon birding on the Schoodic
yesterday.  Highlights included a Northern Shrike in spruce trees on the
shoreline just before the turnoff to the Schoodic Head road, 9 Northern
Gannets seen from both Schoodic Point and Blueberry Hill parking lot, 20+
Harlequin Ducks on the water above the reef to the east of Schoodic Island,
large flocks of Black Scoters, a Northern Harrier hunting on Schoodic
Island (this is the second time we have seen a Northern Harrier on this
island in the past month) and lots of Common Loons in the water between
Schoodic Point and Blueberry Hill.

We were also treated to views of porpoise sp. in the water along the road
to Schoodic Point and good views of a white weasel (ermine) at the entrance
to the Schoodic Institute.

The sky was dramatic and most beautiful was the sun on the Northern
Gannets' wings!

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Re: Dickcissel
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:21:17 -0500
Dickcissels continue this morning as well as the leucystic bird. 

Thanks, 
Rob O'Connell

> On Dec 2, 2016, at 12:42 PM, Margaret Viens  wrote:
> 
> The adult male Dickcissel was still there 7 minutes after I arrived at 10:09 
am. There are great looks from the street using the car as a blind. Soon after 
10:30 I was joined by Rob Spiers who found a SECOND Dickcissel - a juvenile 
male. We stayed for awhile longer until I could get confirmation photos of the 
second bird, which we saw several times, it just wasn't cooperating for photos 
very much. 

>  
> My e-bird list with photos of both birds is: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32820173 

>  
> Margaret Viens
> Waterville
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: pegfamhist via Maine birds
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> Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 7:54 AM
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Dickcissel
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> The Dickcissel is in this morning with the smaller group of House Sparrows.. 
I am in and out today . The House Sparrows go in and out all day. 

> 
> The ground under the feeders and thicket the Dickcissel comes to are visible 
from the street. The House Sparrows and the Dickcissel are all very flighty - 
any car Blue Jay sound and they retreat into the thicket. Anyone is welcome to 
try for the birds. I would suggest using your vehicle as a blind and watching 
from the, street. It is fine if you go on the front lawn and peek around the 
house for a view. If I vehicle is in the driveway ring the side door bell and 
you may try from the house which is much closer. 

> 
> Peggy Blair
> 65 Pleasant St
> Clinton
> 
> 426-8986
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Subject: Re: Biddeford Pool: Pacific Loon continues
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:20:13 -0500
For those interested, I've posted some photos of the Pacific Loon
(including comparison photos with a Common Loon) on my eBird
checklist.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32833053

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Subject: Bullock's Oriole - Yes
From: Richard <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:41:10 -0500
The Bullock's Oriole was seen moving around the neighborhood of Central & Cross 
Streets, Camden, this morning between 8 & 10. It was with a mixed flock of 
birds, chickadees, titmouse, nuthatches & finches. 


Turk Duddy
Cape Porpoise, ME

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Subject: Biddeford Pool: Pacific Loon continues
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:08:45 -0500
The Pacific Loon continues this morning off East Point in Biddeford
Pool. From the end of Lester B. Orcutt Blvd., the bird is roughly ESE.

I'll post photos later.

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Subject: Pine Grosbeak
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:59:49 -0500
Just to give some geographical parameters to the sightings of Pine Grosbeaks
so far this season, you can put a pin in the map for the northeast corner of
Pushaw Lake in Hudson. At least one noisy little bugger was in the treetops
near my house this morning. 

 

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Subject: Cape Elizabeth Rusty Blackbird
From: "Elias B." <ebbornhofft AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:38:43 -0800 (PST)
We have had a lone Rusty Blackbird foraging below our feeders since yesterday 
afternoon. Other notables so far today include: 

- Red Breasted Nuthatch
- Brown Creeper
- Golden Crowned Kinglet

Elias

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Subject: Presque isle Snowy owl
From: Robin R Robinson <rrrobinson2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:35:19 -0600
A member of the Facebook group MAINE Birds reported a Snowy owl today in 
Presque Isle with photos. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAINEBirds/
This education based group has over 8000 members. Posts to this Google group 
are cross posted to that site. 


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Subject: Brown Creeper returns
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:24:05 -0800 (PST)
A Br Creeper was back here in Skowhegan this morning, on the tree where I 
hang a suet basket.  It often picks up dropped bits at the base of the 
tree.  Haven't seen one since Oct. 28.  Also a Bald Eagle was in a favored 
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Subject: Acadia seabirds
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:41:47 +0000
Seaducks starting to close in...


Single common loon at Sand Beach



Seal Cove:

Raft of common mergansers with single red breasted further out

Flock of black ducks

2 Common Loons

single grebe of uncertain id

Buffleheads in river mouth


Seawall:

Black ducks 8

Long tailed ducks  8-12

Handful of common eider


Large mixed gull flock, Herring/Ring-billed & many Greater black-backed of 
multiple ages. 



Small flock of GC kinglets at long pond but otherwise an uneventful inland on a 
snow squally day. 



and 1 red fox.



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Subject: off-topic Cuba field guide request
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:28:52 -0500
Hello all,

Sorry for posting off-topic, but hey, it is birds. I have been invited to go
to Cuba. Anyone have any recommendations for field guides to birds, plants,
habitats, or any other favorite guide? Thank you in advance,

Be well,

Rich


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Subject: Cuba
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:33:54 -0500
There's a Helm field guide to Cuba by Orlando H. Garrido and Arturo
Kirkconnell (Cornell 2000) which has good plates and range maps.  It's
softcover and 6x9 inches in format.  There may be some more recent.  Too,
there is more than one guide to birds of the West Indies, including the
original by James Bond.  No, I'm not kidding.  Ian Fleming was sitting in a
bar in Havana one day wondering what the name of his spy hero should be.
He struck up a conversation with another at the bar, James Bond, an
ornithologist.  The rest is literary and cinematic history.

I've not been to Cuba, but have friends who enjoyed their stay very much.
Have a great time!

BAB

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Subject: Re: off-topic Cuba field guide request
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:46:09 -0800 (PST)
Hi Rich--

Nils Navarro's innovative new "Field Guide to the Endemic Birds of Cuba" is 
a must.  You will probably also want Garrido & Kirkconnell's "Field Guide 
to the Birds of Cuba."  (And maybe a donation to support the excellent work 
by BirdsCaribbean ;-)


http://www.birdscaribbean.org/2015/10/groundbreaking-endemic-birds-of-cuba-field-guide-available-now/ 


--Charles

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 3:28:19 PM UTC-5, Rich MacDonald wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> Sorry for posting off-topic, but hey, it is birds. I have been invited to 
> go to Cuba. Anyone have any recommendations for field guides to birds, 
> plants, habitats, or any other favorite guide? Thank you in advance,
>
> Be well,
>
> Rich
>
>
> *Richard MacDonald*
> The Natural History Center
> P.O. Box 6
> Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
> 207/266-9461
> Rich AT TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
> www.TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
> www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHistoryCenter
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Subject: Sea ducks in Unity
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:25:56 -0800 (PST)
Birding along Rt 202 near the Troy line this afternoon, I was surprised to 
see a low flying flock of 35 Common Eider heading south.  When I checked 
Unity Pond from the Kanokolus boat launch I found two adult male eider on 
the water and two Long-tailed Ducks flying up the pond.  A Red-necked Grebe 
was also present.

Good birding,
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Subject: Bullock's oriole camden
From: Nancy Houlihan <nhoulihan1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:13:37 +0000
Seen from Washington st parking lot in forsythia bush. Bird at times very
immobile deep in the bush. Can also be seen from over compost heap.

Joanne Stevens
Pat Moynihan
Nancy Houlihan

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Subject: Middle Machias River - Ducks & Merganser Nov.25
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:52:09 -0800 (PST)
I see a Hooded merganser hen and Black ducks. Another bird has white on the 
head but not enough shows for me to tell. And I don't know the gull with bird 
behind. Helens is a great spot. Good birding. 


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Subject: Bullock's Oriole--yes
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:02:38 -0800 (PST)
The Bullock's Oriole put in a decent appearance at 4 Central St, Camden today 
about 2:30. It was seen briefly about 10:30 and not in between although the 
feeders were watched constantly. In fact there was virtually no activity of any 
sort at these feeders or another one in a different corner of the yard. 


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Subject: Bremen backyard surprise
From: Juanita Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:26:34 -0500
Just came in to have a quick bite to eat. Looked out the kitchen at the usual 
mob of Mourning Doves et al and lo and behold a blackbird, a Rusty Blackbird! A 
yardbird first. Stunning looks at less than 10 feet away through the dirty 
window!! 


Excited in Bremen

Juanita

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, ME 04551

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Subject: Middle Machias River - Ducks & Merganser Nov.25
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:54:29 -0500
I could use some ID help. This afternoon, at the boat launch behind
Helen's, 10 ducks, a gull and, I think, maybe, a Hooded Merganser. I think
the ducks were Black Ducks or Mallards. The birds were moving and I had
only a minute to grab the camera. The photos are fuzzier than ever, but the
Merganser profile is probably good enough for ID.
   Any help will be appreciated.  Photos at www.acadiabirds.wordpress.com
AND, Wally saw a Razorbill on Nov.17 very close to shore at the mouth of a
rocky crevasse on Cow Point (Roque Bluffs). A few days earlier there were
two Gray Jays in a crab-apple tree on Johnson Cove Rd. at Calf Point Road.
He sees the jays at that same spot every now and then when he is biking.
          Happy Thanksgiving!  Carol

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Subject: Camden oriole
From: Jay Pendleton <jkpen57 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:47:10 -0500
After missing the bird earlier (12:30 - 1:30, when it was conspicuously
absent) I was successful at about 3:30 at 4 Central St., Camden. I had
about 2 - 3 minutes of continuous, quite satisfying viewing. The bird then
flew out of sight, without actually having come to the feeder.

Jay Pendleton, Camden.

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Subject: BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Camden, 11/23
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:48:24 -0500
Hi everyone:

A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE has been visiting feeders in Camden since November 14. The 
homeowner, Melinda Sortwell, is open to birders visiting but asks that everyone 
follows these guidelines: 


Location: 4 Central Street, Camden, ME

Parking: There is plenty of public parking nearby, along Central Street and 
across the street at the Christian Science Reading Room. 


Hours: Please do not arrive before 8:00AM or after 4:30PM. Melinda is okay with 
people visiting on Thanksgiving (tomorrow) but I ask everyone be especially 
sensitive to their privacy that day. 


Viewing: There are several feeders on the property but the oriole is favoring 
the mealworms at the backside of the house. Melinda is very welcoming to people 
viewing from inside the house but I encourage people to look from the north 
side of yard (on your left as you walk onto the property) where you can see the 
feeders around the house. The bird has a steady pattern of showing up at the 
feeders in about 1 hour intervals, often appearing with goldfinches. 


Good birding!


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Subject: harlequin ducks nubble york
From: deb powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:55:48 -0800 (PST)
Was thrilled today to see 5 male and two females at the Nubble, was early 
this am.  Also there were over 50 dark scoters.
Deb Powers
South Berwick Maine

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Subject: Biddeford: Peregrine Falcon ("Feisty") and continuing Marbled Godwit...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:13:48 -0500
Hi all,

On Monday morning, I photographed a Peregrine Falcon at the Basket Island
Causeway at Hills Beach in Biddeford. I and seemingly all the birds in the
area were oblivious to the falcon until he pinned a Black-bellied Plover to
the sand.

After consulting with Charlie Todd (MDIFW), I learned that this bird has
been a Mainer for nearly 8 years and many peregrinecam fans know him as
"Feisty".

To learn some of Feisty's story (including injury and recovery), see this
slide show by Avian Haven: http://www.avianhaven.org/
ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf

Also, the Marbled Godwit was still present on Monday morning. Photos of
both birds are here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32650288

Wildly,
Josh

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Subject: Dead Gray Fox
From: "Elias B." <ebbornhofft AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:53:27 -0800 (PST)
About an hour ago on my owl prowl I came across a beautiful Gray Fox on Shore 
Rd that had been struck and killed by a car ( most likely some clueless sort 
going too fast, radio blaring etc.). Anyhow I wanted to report this in case 
someone can collect the creature and use it for educational purposes. It is 
located a few hundred yards past Julie Ann Lane along the roadside. 


Elias

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Subject: New Christmas Bird Count - Grand Lake Stream
From: "'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:07:48 -0800 (PST)
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to post a notification of a new CBC circle in Washington County. 
 Downeast Lakes Land Trust is hosting a Grand Lake Stream count, happening 
on Friday, December 16th.  Interested participants must email 
cbrown AT downeastlakes.org, so we can get a head count for lunch.  Any 
interested birders are welcome to head up this way to participate.  The 
count will largely be held in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest, 56,000 
acres of conserved land surrounding Grand Lake Stream.  We have some great 
bird habitat and I'm hoping for a nice turnout of dedicated birders. 
 Please let me know if you'd like to join us!

Many Thanks,
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Subject: Re: Re: Cattle egret
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:14:50 -0500
Still present at 2:15 today on Crocket Rd at the intersection with Rt 27.
Bill Blauvelt
Portland

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> On Nov 21, 2016, at 12:06 PM, wrenyen  wrote:
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> Where?
> 
>> On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11:05:28 AM UTC-5, mzimrsm1 wrote:
>> Cattle Egret still present at 11:00 am
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Subject: Re: Cattle egret
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman AT maine.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:06:13 -0800 (PST)
Where?

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11:05:28 AM UTC-5, mzimrsm1 wrote:
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Subject: Two Rockport shrikes
From: Brian Willson <willson AT 3ip.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:43:43 -0500
With a faint overnight snowfall melting around me at Beech Hill Preserve this 
morning, I watched a pair of Northern Shrikes chatter and chase on those 
fluttery wings of theirs. (Also had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, which was a 
surprise.) 


17 spp total, incl. all resident woodpeckers except red-belly.

B

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Subject: Evening Grosbeak Durham
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:15:02 +0000
2 male 1 female budding corner of Rabbit Road and route 9 near house with
feeder so may stick around
Dan Nickerson

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Subject: Cattle Egret - Yes
From: Richard <rjduddy AT rjduddy.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:54:27 -0500
Seen standing on the back of one of the steer. Then moved down to pasture.

Turk Duddy
Cape Porpoise, ME

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Subject: Tree cutting at Evergreen Cemetery..
From: frobey <frobey69 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:45:42 -0800 (PST)
Was walking some of the paths at the Evergreen Cemetery on friday and 
noticed that they're cutting down many of the massive trees (many of them 
appear to be ash trees), with many more marked to be cut. Yes, some of them 
appear to have some rot in them but what's the worst thing that will happen 
if a branch breaks? Knock down a tombstone or two? I suppose they could 
take out someone visiting the cemetery but the probability of that has to 
be really remote...

These trees provide habitat for nesting as well as food...it's possible 
that they could also be maternity roosts for bats like the Northern Long 
Eared bat which is a threatened species...

I don't live in Portland so didn't know if this had even been discussed 
among residents, didn't see any postings about this on this group with a 
search...anyone know anything?

Frank

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Subject: Weekend on MDI
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:39:26 -0500
Hi all -- Just a few highlights from my home turf near Acadia NP this past
weekend:

Brown-headed Cowbird at our feeder in SW Harbor on Saturday
Barred Owl, flushed from a tree in the Seawall Campground loop roads on
Sunday
Purple Sandpipers, 14 of 'em, at Seawall Picnic Area shore Saturday
Laughing Gulls, still here, high count of 14 yesterday in high wind / surf
conditions
Am Wigeon female, remaining with a flock of Mallard at MDI High School ponds


Cheers,
Craig K

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Subject: Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/20
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:26:32 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
A late morning visit - after most of the rain had moved through - to Sabattus 
Pond yielded 17 species of waterfowl:437 Mallards 

253 Lesser Scaup
154 Canada Geese
130 Greater Scaup
104 American Black Ducks
59 Buffleheads
48 Hooded Mergansers
45 Common Mergansers
28 Green-winged Teal
26 Common Goldeneyes
10 Northern Pintails
10 Mallard x American Black Duck hybrids
3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
1 GADWALL
1 Ring-necked Duck
1 COMMON EIDER (drake; exceptional here, but just the remnant of a large flock 
reported yesterday) 

Other waterbirds including 3 lingering Double-crested Cormorants and 1 Common 
Loon. 


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Subject: Red Crossbills in Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:14:26 -0500
This morning we had 11 Red Crossbills feeding on spruce cones in our yard!
This is our second sighting of Red Crossbills this month in our area.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington, ME

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Subject: Cattle Egret presently in Pittston
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:49:39 +0000
Present as of 1:45 pm, feeding actively.

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Subject: Canvasback
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:21:26 -0500
Is still present at Trafton Lake this AM.   Feeding with some Common Mergansers

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Subject: Gradual finch arrivals in Warren
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:53:11 +0000
This morning, a flock of a dozen pine siskins at feeders. Last week 3 female 
evening grosbeaks at same. 


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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Canvasback, Glaucous Gull, Bohemian Waxwings
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:04:54 -0500
Yesterday afternoon was glorious (from a northern-Maine-in-November
perspective) and I spent it birding until dark (4 PM).  Its been a while
since I've done this.

The usual goose roost ponds were surprisingly full of  birds for so late in
the season and I encountered large feeding flocks in several fields.

I saw about 6 thousand geese in my travels, with the largest assemblage (of
about 1,800) being at Trafton Lake in Limestone.  The birds were crowded in
the distant eastern end, so a scope was necessary to tease out a couple
Cackling Geese from the crowd.  There were no other notable geese species
in the flock, but a drake Canvasback drifting among the horde was a big
surprise.

This was only my second or third-ever Canvasback I've seen in northern
Maine.  Though the bird was distant, I got a couple of digiscoped pictures
that show the bird's chestnut colored, sock puppet head, black breast and
white body: http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S32624638

Other notables in Limestone were a big flock of Snow Buntings that passed
over as I was leaving Trafton Lake Park and yet another Cackling Goose in
the pond down town: http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S32624661

Big flocks of Bohemian Waxwings have shown up now in central Aroostook
County and about 80 of these were working on the fruit trees in front of
the Caribou Rec Center.

It seems the gull migration is near peak and Collins Pond in Caribou had a
fantastic mass of bathing gulls as the sun was going down.  There were six
species seen including my first of fall Glaucous Gull (a first cycle), an
adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a seasonal high count of at least 13
Iceland Gulls (one adult but the rest were first cycle).

The gulls were constantly arriving and leaving in small groups as they
congregated to bathe and drink before heading to their night roosts around
town.  The pink and orange sunset lent a rosy wash to the gull's breasts
and had me thinking about Ross's Gulls and a trip to the Arctic.  Someday...

B


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Subject: Shrike in Rockport
From: Brian Willson <willson AT 3ip.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:11:43 -0500
Had a Northern Shrike this morning on my little patch (Beech Hill Preserve in 
Rockport) -- the first since 27 March 2014. 


(12 spp total, including one of the neighborhood ravens.)

Brian

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Subject: Cattle egret
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:05:28 -0800 (PST)
Cattle Egret still present at 11:00 am

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Subject: Red-throated Loon, Skowhegan
From: Marianne Taylor <andale62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:46:29 -0800 (PST)
I was surprised to see a RTLO on the river this morning. I checked back often 
and was there when it flew off at 3:30. 


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Subject: pine grosbeaks
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0000
Flock of 8-10 Pine Grosbeaks flew over the house this morning. No Evenings that 
I could see. I and my feeders are waiting... 


Sarah


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Subject: Pine Grosbeak at Morse Mountain, Phippsburg
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:03:49 +0000
I was surprised to hear a single Pine Grosbeak calling repeatedly near the
top of Morse Mountain, Phippsburg, yesterday the 18th. Also Pine Siskins
And 2 Lapland Longspurs with Snow Buntings, the latter on the beach.

Stunningly beautiful days. Best, Peter

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Subject: Grosbeaks in Unity
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:33:15 -0800 (PST)
This morning there were five Evening Grosbeaks and five Pine Grosbeaks on 
Ward Hill Rd in Unity near the orchard.  The latter were particularly 
exciting to me.

Good birding,
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Subject: American crow study, Camden.
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:03:34 -0500
Four photos in this series on my web page. Clever American crow. Might not
be in order.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h29b8ee2c#h29b8ee2c

Cheers,
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Subject: This Week's Highlights and Goose Fields Update, 11/12-18
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:54:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Observations of note for me over the past seven days included:- 2 Ruddy 
Turnstones, Winslow Park, Freeport, 11/12 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk 
group).- 3 Gadwall, 2 White-winged Scoters, 600+ Ruddy Ducks, etc, Sabattus 
Pond, Sabattus, 11/13 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! group).- 1 Peregrine 
Falcon, Franco-American center steeple as observed from outside Baxter Brewing 
Company, Lewiston, 11/13 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! group).- 2 Winter 
Wrens, Peak's Island, 11/14.- 1 American Bittern, 7 Lapland Longspurs, 1 
Wilson's Snipe, etc, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh on the King Tide, 
11/15 (with Jeannette).- 5 Ruddy Ducks, Prout's Pond, Scarborough, 11/15 (with 
Jeannette).- 2 Fox Sparrows, our yard in Pownal, 11/17.- 1 Turkey Vulture, over 
I-295 in Falmouth, 11/17. - 1 Common Yellowthroat, Kettle Cove, Cape 
Elizabeth, 11/18.- 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 1 fly-over OSPREY, St. 
Bartholomew's Church, Cape Elizabeth, 11/18 (photos of both). 

As for the "Greater Yarmouth Goose Fields," things remain rather quiet. My high 
count of Canada Geese was a mere 498 on 11/14, and I did not see the 
long-staying "Blue" Snow Goose in my two visits there this week. 

And finally, some of my photos from recent weeks, including the Sabine's Gull, 
Lark Sparrow, an interesting junco, the Yarmouth Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 
etc, are all up on my most recent blog 
here:https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/2016-rarity-season-part-i/ 

-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
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Subject: Searsport southerners
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:23:25 -0800 (PST)
This morning there was a Carolina Wren and Mockingbird at Searsport Harbor 
behind the old Hamilton Marine building.  It would be great if they stuck 
around for the CBC.

Good birding,
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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:03:38 -0500
A cloudy morning with a strong northeast wind caused a lot of chop on
Belfast Bay, which decreased the number of birds seen, but still 16 species
and 558 individual birds were found.  The full report can be found on ebird
at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32605838

Ron Harrell

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Subject: N Shrike
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:50:00 +0000
Who's scaring the birds en masse from my feeders this morning? Not the usual 
sharpie or redtail, but a Northern Shrike! I got some clear photos. The jays 
are trying to chase him away. 



Nancy Dickinson

Pemaquid

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Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher back again at Wharton Point.
From: Gordon Smith <mbsgrs AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:33:50 -0800 (PST)
For those interested, the Long-billed Dowitcher was found again this 
morning at Wharton Point at the head of Maquoit Bay in Brunswick.  It was 
last observed on November 11 after having winged its way high out into the 
bay and was assumed to have departed for good.  This morning, the bird was 
foraging near the water's edge on the incoming tide with the remaining 
Black-bellied plovers and dunlins.

The best time to observe the dowitcher (or any shorebirds at Wharton Point) 
is on the incoming tide approximately 4 hours to 3 hours before high tide 
(using Portland harbor tide predictions).  The birds are forced by the 
incoming tide closer to the shoreline for observation.  Often times, the 
shorebirds are located on the mudflat some distance to the west of the boat 
ramp.  However, as the tide continues to cover the mudflat, the birds 
fly east over to the other side where a stream from the marsh enters the 
bay.  As the tide covers the mudflat, they will disappear into the marsh 
where they'll often roost.  The shorebirds aren't as reliable for close 
observation on the outgoing tide, but it can be productive, at times.  
Depending on the tide heights, the mudflats begin to appear approximately 2 
to 3 hours after high tide.  So, today between 2 and 3 PM, the shorebirds 
should start foraging along the eastern side, and then may fly over to the 
west side of the flats, or further out into the bay.

Of course, the orderly shorebird behavior described above can be put 
totally out of whack when a Merlin or Peregrine appears.  Then, the 
shorebirds can end up anywhere, but the action is often exciting to watch!

Gordon

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Subject: Re: Cattle Egret YES and NO
From: Mike Fahay <mfahay AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:37:47 -0800 (PST)
Margaret;

The bird was in the field at a little after 10.  Initially foraging near 
the farmhouse, eventually moving to the corral area where the cattle seemed 
interested in it (naturally.)
I parked in the driveway across the street, bought a pound of cranberries, 
and chatted with the guy selling produce there.  Awful light conditions for 
photos.

Interesting that you watched it fly toward the river.  It was probably 
headed for the extensive marshes and weedy fields that run next to Everson 
Rd. 
 (where there are a healthy number of passerines BTW).  If it's roosting 
there, it'll be very hard to find.  

mike




On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:46:19 AM UTC-5, Margaret Viens wrote:
>
> I arrived at the previously reported farm field - Crocker Rd, Pittston at 
> about 9:20 to find the Cattle Egret on the far side of the field actively 
> foraging. I took a few ID photos in the poor light and watched for about 7 
> minutes, when he just took off heading west toward the river. I could not 
> relocate it. 
>
> Margaret Viens 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Marbled Godwit at Biddeford Pool
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:47:10 -0800 (PST)
Saw a marbled godwit at Biddeford Pool today around 11:30 to 12:30. Sleeping on 
the rocks down near East Point Sanctuary. In among other shorebirds including 
dunlin, ruddy turnstones, sanderling, and black-bellied plover. Will post 
pictures on Maine Birds Facebook page later as well as with ebird report. 


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Subject: Marbled godwit at Biddeford Pool
From: JMSmith <jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:40:56 -0800 (PST)
Saw a marbled godwit at Biddeford Pool today around 11:30 to 12:30. Sleeping on 
the rocks near East Point Sanctuary. Many other shorebirds with it including 
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Subject: Re: anyone with an Evening Grosbeak photo
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:49:59 -0800 (PST)
Send me your email address and I'll send you my photos from this afternoon. 
We had several DOZEN in our backyard in North Whitefield!!
Kit


On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:43:58 AM UTC-5, Jeff Wells wrote:
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> Anyone out there with an Evening Grosbeak photo that they might let us use 
> for illustrating our column this week in the Boothbay Register?
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> Had several Evening Grosbeaks calling this morning overhead and/or 
> somewhere in the neighborhood in Gardiner this morning. Still none at the 
> feeder….
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> Thanks!
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> Jeff Wells
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Subject: York County sightings (Nov 15)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:27:12 -0500
Here are some highlights from today:

SANFORD LAGOONS
3 Gadwall
4 American Wigeon
1 Northern Shoveler
1 Northern Pintail
1 Lesser Scaup
12 Ruddy Ducks
and larger numbers of more common waterfowl
eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32567189

FORTUNES ROCKS BEACH, BIDDEFORD (at high tide)
4 Iceland Gulls (all immature) and an estimated 700+ assorted gulls at
the south end
eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32568340

ROCKS ALONG OCEAN AVENUE, BIDDEFORD POOL (at high tide)
8 Great Cormorants
30 Black-bellied Plovers
1 continuing Marbled Godwit
26 Ruddy Turnstones
11 Dunlin
1 Purple Sandpiper (probably 50+ more on Beach Island)
1 continuing Spotted Sandpiper
eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32568103

Wildly,
Josh

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Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: duchesne AT midmaine.com
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500 (EST)
I'll never get this close to a Red-throated Loon again. In Jonesport, on
the southern loop of Rt. 187, there is a small road that leads to Crowley
Island. Almost as soon as you turn off the main road, a tidal stream
passes under the Crowley Island Road. The bird was right next to the road,
close enough to toss it minnows, if I had any. He just sat and watched me
film him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIvsF_WmJMg.

Also, six Evening Grosbeaks were behind the courthouse parking lot during
breakfast this morning. Boisterous little buggers.

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: more Snow Buntings
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:31:25 +0000
There was a large flock of Snow Buntings around noon today, at Pemaquid Beach 
Park, on the ball field. (The gate is closed for the season, but you can park 
on the driveway and walk in.) 



Nancy Dickinson

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