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Yellow-breasted Chat,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 Sep Biddeford: Marbled Godwit and Caspian Terns [Josh Fecteau ]
27 Sep Monhegan yesterday ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]
27 Sep Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you [Bob Knight ]
26 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/26 (over 1300 plus two DICK) ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
26 Sep Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you []
26 Sep Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you [Doug Hitchcox ]
26 Sep Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you [Steve Plumb ]
25 Sep Monhegan Island, 9/19-24 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
25 Sep Broad-winged Hawks over Casco Bay ["'Don Thompson' via Maine birds" ]
25 Sep Ruddy Ducks []
25 Sep Bald Eagle [deb powers ]
25 Sep Re: Mt. A hawks [David Gulick ]
25 Sep Midcoast warblers anyone? [Bruce Bartrug ]
24 Sep Mt. A hawks [Joanne Stevens ]
24 Sep Birding at Pinkham Bay, Steuben, Washington County [Merle and Anne Archie ]
24 Sep Yellow-crowned night-heron, Eastport [Chris Bartlett ]
24 Sep MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT [RALPH ELDRIDGE ]
23 Sep Matinicus Seal Island 9/21 [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
22 Sep Schoodic Point [Seth Benz ]
22 Sep Re: 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing [Thomas Robben ]
22 Sep Great Flight at Sandy Point - Thursday morning 6:40 to 8:45 ["Becky Marvil" ]
22 Sep Re: 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing [Louis Bevier ]
22 Sep 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing [Thomas Robben ]
22 Sep Yellow-throated Warbler ["Elias B." ]
20 Sep hummingbirds in Sidney [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
19 Sep Hummingbirds []
19 Sep LOY hummer and whip [Sally P ]
19 Sep Maine Audubon Pelagic, 9/17 [Doug Hitchcox ]
19 Sep RE: Flood Farm ["Rob O'Connell" ]
19 Sep Flood Farm [Sean Hatch ]
19 Sep Belfast Bay census of Sunday, September 18, 2016 [Ronald Harrell ]
18 Sep Re: Flood Farm []
18 Sep Sandhill Cranes [Paul Miller ]
18 Sep LOY hummer and whip [Lena Moser ]
18 Sep Re: Re: 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool [rob speirs ]
18 Sep Re: 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool [Seth Davis ]
18 Sep Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 5 updates in 5 topics [Kathy Van Der Aue ]
18 Sep Flood Farm []
18 Sep Roque Bluffs State Pk beach 2:00p.m. Sunday: peeps [Carol Muth ]
18 Sep Mt. Desert Rock sightings [Craig Kesselheim ]
17 Sep 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool ["Hodgkins" ]
17 Sep Migrants in Unity [tom A ]
17 Sep Mt Agamenticus - re-post 9/17/16 [Denise Johnson ]
17 Sep Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 5 topics [Denise Johnson Email ]
17 Sep Sandhill Cranes, Fryeburg, Maine [Bob Crowley ]
17 Sep Sandhill Cranes, Fryeburg, Maine [Bob Crowley ]
17 Sep Little egret ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
16 Sep Townsend Solitaire [Mick Evans ]
17 Sep South unity [Diana Davis ]
16 Sep Additional Highlights and Shorebird High Counts this week, 9/10-16 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
16 Sep RE: more Broad-wing kettles ["Rob O'Connell" ]
16 Sep Re: more Broad-wing kettles [Joanne Stevens ]
16 Sep Re: more Broad-wing kettles [Scott Richardson ]
16 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/16. ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
16 Sep Shaker Bog Sandhills and Hawks [Raven Watcher ]
16 Sep more Broad-wing kettles [Jeff Wells ]
16 Sep Big Broadwing flight over Poland [Raven Watcher ]
16 Sep York County sightings (Sep 14-16)... [Josh Fecteau ]
15 Sep Monhegan - some birds have arrived! [David Gulick ]
15 Sep Re: site of Great Auk cliffs [Kathleen Zwick ]
15 Sep SeaWatch at Schoodic Point [Seth Benz ]
14 Sep Re: Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park? [Chris Bartlett ]
14 Sep A day in the sun by the sea [David Small ]
14 Sep Gannets? [Jeff Normandin ]
14 Sep Great Egret, Pectoral Sandpiper 136 Durham [Raven Watcher ]
14 Sep cormorants ["DWilde" ]
14 Sep Mars Hill and Caribou sightings [Craig Kesselheim ]
13 Sep Monhegan [David Gulick ]
13 Sep Yel-throated W, Yell-head Bl-bird, YCNH on Monhegan [Peter Vickery ]
13 Sep Purple finch [Donald Tucker ]
12 Sep Cape Elizabeth Yard Birds ["Elias B." ]
12 Sep Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/12 (DICK, 18 spp warblers) ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
12 Sep Re: Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park? [Doug Hitchcox ]
12 Sep Great Egret 2 Durham [Raven Watcher ]
11 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park? [Liam Taylor ]
11 Sep Biddeford Pool, 9/11 (MAGO, YCNH, AMOY, LBBG, etc) ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]

Subject: Biddeford: Marbled Godwit and Caspian Terns
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:13:21 -0400
Hi all,

I birded the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford on the
falling tide from 11am-1pm today.

Here are some highlights:

1 Northern Harrier
1 Bald Eagle
80+ Black-bellied Plovers
1 American Golden-Plover
1 Marbled Godwit
15 Ruddy Turnstones
6+ Red Knots
60+ Dunlin
2 White-rumped Sandpipers
3 Caspian Terns (2 adults, 1 juvenile)
1-2 Peregrine Falcons
1 Horned Lark (flyover)
1000+ Tree Swallows (mostly on/over Basket Island and Stage Island)

Complete checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31783266

Wildly,
Josh

Inspiring Nature Connection in New England
joshfecteau.com | patreon.com/JoshFecteau

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Subject: Monhegan yesterday
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:59:18 +0000
I had a wonderful blue-sky day yesterday wandering Monhegan village by myself. 
Birds were plentiful, especially flickers, nuthatches, and sapsuckers were 
everywhere. At the Ice Pond I watched what I believe was a Solitary Sandpiper, 
foraging along the shore. At the same spot was a Brown Thrasher, Catbird, Brown 
Creeper (on a birch), waxwings, and a zillion yellow-rumps. 



In the center of town was a flock of Rusty Blackbirds giving good looks and 
demonstrating their "song". 



Always a good place to have a look around! The season is still going on out 
there. 


Nancy Dickinson

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Subject: Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you
From: Bob Knight <bob AT knightarchitect.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:21 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Birders,
Somebody hacked my email account yesterday and sent this phishing letter 
out to 790 people in my email lists, and unfortunately it got onto this
list serve.  Sorry .  Just ignore or delete it.
Bob Knight

On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39:26 PM UTC-4, Steve Plumb wrote:
>
> This seems suspicious. The dropbox address is lubovna.eu in the EU domain 
> and "10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016)" doesn't sound bird related. 
>
>
> Is this spam?
>
> -------
> Steve Plumb
> Nobleboro, ME 04555
>
>
>
> On Sep 26, 2016, at 11:51 AM, Bob Knight  > wrote:
>
>
>
>
> Hi,
>
> Bob just shared a folder called "10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016) with you 
> using Dropbox."
>
>
>
> Enjoy!
> - The Dropbox Team 
>
>
>
> © 2016 Dropbox
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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/26 (over 1300 plus two DICK)
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:52:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,A great flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's 
Island, Yarmouth this morning. Far too under the weather yesterday to make it 
on what was undoubtedly also a great flight, I hoped to pick up the dregs this 
morning. Instead, the flight greatly surpassed my expectations. Birds were 
coming in waves at all levels and on both sides, at least 3 Merlins were 
hunting the crossing, and a stiff (and rather chilly!) wind kept a lot 
of birds low. It was a tough morning for counting and identifying, but it was 
a lot of fun - especially when a Merlin nabbed something so close to our heads 
we heard the impact!6:35-10:45. 

40F, NW 13mph to NNW 7.8, mostly clear.343 Unidentified
265 Northern Parulas
122 Black-throated Green Warblers
115 Northern Flickers
102 Yellow-rumped Warblers
71 Blackpoll Warblers
47 Palm Warblers
24 American Redstarts
20 Red-breasted Nuthatches
20 Cedar Waxwings
20 Dark-eyed Juncos
18 Canada Geese
18 Black-capped Chickadees
16 Golden-crowned Kinglets
15 Red-eyed Vireos
15 Black-and-white Warblers
14 Nashville Warblers
12 White-throated Sparrows
10 Tennessee Warblers (*2nd highest count)
8 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
7 Blue-headed Vireos
7 American Goldfinches
6 Common Loons
6 White-breasted Nuthatches (* new record count!)
5 Eastern Phoebes
5 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
4+ Merlins (one migrant, 3+ hunting including at least 3 successful catches)
4 Blue Jays
4 Yellow Warblers
4 Magnolia Warblers
3 Sharp-shinned Hawks
3 American Robins
2 American Pipits
2 Black-throated Blue Warblers
2 Common Yellowthroats
2 DICKCISSELS
2 White-crowned Sparrows
1 Osprey
1 unidentified vireo
1 unidentified thrush
1 Brown Creeper
1 Bay-breasted/Blackpoll warbler
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Baltimore OrioleT= 
1348-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 
04032 207-865-6000 www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com   
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Subject: Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you
From: welaverty AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:13:07 -0400
I immediately trashed it

Bill

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 26, 2016, at 1:39 PM, Steve Plumb  wrote:
> 
> This seems suspicious. The dropbox address is lubovna.eu in the EU domain and 
"10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016)" doesn't sound bird related. 

> 
> 
> Is this spam?
> 
> -------
> Steve Plumb
> Nobleboro, ME 04555
> 
> 
> 
>> On Sep 26, 2016, at 11:51 AM, Bob Knight  wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Bob just shared a folder called "10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016) with you using 
Dropbox." 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Enjoy!
>> - The Dropbox Team	
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> © 2016 Dropbox
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Subject: Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:50:11 -0400
Thanks for pointing this out, Steve. Everyone on Maine-birds should be advised 
to NOT click on any links unless you know where you are being directed. 
Anything that seems suspicious or directs you to an unknown site should be 
deleted. 


We have been fortunate to have very little spam come through Maine-birds. 
Google does a great job flagging suspicious message and I am fairly surprised 
this made it through. 


Thanks,


Doug Hitchcox
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> On Sep 26, 2016, at 1:39 PM, Steve Plumb  wrote:
> 
> This seems suspicious. The dropbox address is lubovna.eu  
in the EU domain and "10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016)" doesn't sound bird related. 

> 
> 
> Is this spam?
> 
> -------
> Steve Plumb
> Nobleboro, ME 04555
> 
> 
> 
>> On Sep 26, 2016, at 11:51 AM, Bob Knight > wrote: 

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Subject: Re: Bob Knight want to share 10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-20​16) with you
From: Steve Plumb <voiceofthefair AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:39:17 -0400
This seems suspicious. The dropbox address is lubovna.eu in the EU domain and 
"10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016)" doesn't sound bird related. 



Is this spam?

-------
Steve Plumb
Nobleboro, ME 04555



> On Sep 26, 2016, at 11:51 AM, Bob Knight  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Bob just shared a folder called "10295 Rev. H (26-Sept-2016) with you using 
Dropbox." 

> 
> 
> 
> Enjoy!
> - The Dropbox Team	
> 
> 
> 
> © 2016 Dropbox
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Monhegan Island, 9/19-24
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:00:49 -0400
Hi all,
I enjoyed six glorious days on Monhegan Island with my biennial WINGS tour. We 
finished with 111 species on the island. 


Highlights for our group each day included:
9/19: Balmy Days ferry from Boothbay Harbor:
- 1 Long-tailed Duck (FOF)
- 1 Pomarine Jaeger
- 1 Cory's Shearwater

Island:
- 1 female Orchard Oriole
- 1 Lark Sparrow
 -1 Clay-colored Sparrow 
- 1 Carolina Wren 

9/20:
- 1 CONNECTICUT WARBLER
- 2 juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- 1 Lark Sparrow
- 1 Clay-colored Sparrow
- 2 American Golden-Plovers
- 1 Cory's Shearwater
- 1 Greater Shearwater
- 1 Carolina Wren

9/21:
- 1 CONNECTICUT WARBLER
- 1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
- 3 Dickcissels
- 1 Clay-colored Sparrow
- 10 Cory's and 12 Great Shearwaters plus 125 large shearwater sp.
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Eastern Kingbird
- 1 Warbling Vireo

9/24:
- 1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
- 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
- 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
- 2 Dickcissels
- 1 American Golden-Plover
- 1 Clay-colored Sparrow
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- 1 Carolina Wren

9/23:
- 1 Black-billed Cuckoo
- 2 Dickcissels 
- 2 Cory's Shearwaters
- 1 White-crowned Sparrow (FOF)
- pair of Pine Warblers were our 18th species of warbler on the week (a little 
low). 


9/24:
- 2 American Pipits (FOF)
- 1 Dickcissel

Ferry back to Boothbay Harbor:
- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (about half way)
- 2 White-winged Scoters

-Derek

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawks over Casco Bay
From: "'Don Thompson' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:36:22 -0700 (PDT)
I spent about an hour after lunch watching hawks ( On Cliff  Island). 13 
Sharp shinned, 9 kestrel, 2 Perigrine, 1 merlin, 4 bald eagles, 5 Harrier, 
4 Osprey. This is typical for the island with this wind in mid September. I 
usually do not see many Buteos over the bay. Then 11 Broad wings came by. 
Then just after three pm I looked up from work I was doing  and started 
counting - 47 Broad-wing followed soon by 75-80 more. I wonder how many 
passed when I wasn't looking. About half were adults and the rest juvenile. 

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Subject: Ruddy Ducks
From: chrwsu AT myfairpoint.net
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:51:58 +0000
9 or 10 Ruddy Ducks, most, if not all, males, were at Sebasticook Lake this 
afternoon; easily visible from the boat landing in Newport.  Not much else.  
The water level is still too high. 

 
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Subject: Bald Eagle
From: deb powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:21:45 -0700 (PDT)
Bald Eagle continues to be seen every few weeks from the 101 bridge 
traveling from NH to Maine, always on the Maine side in a dead tree.  Again 
last night, late evening sky and pretty far away but sure was beautiful!
Deb

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Subject: Re: Mt. A hawks
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:07:43 -0400
I have had similar experiences in past years. Over my house in Portland about 
25 years ago I counted 640 in roughly two hours on September 12th. I was seeing 
so many hawks I had to stop mowing the lawn and watch. 

 
Approximately 10 years ago on September 11th I counted 1040 in three hours over 
my house in Cumberland. One kettle was very high. My estimate was 500+ birds. I 
was counting in blocks of 50 and could only see the birds against this one 
cloud in a clear blue sky. 


I am quite surprised to hear the big push of birds over Agamenticus came so 
much later than in my experiences. I assume late summer warmth and a lack of 
north winds contributed. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 24, 2016, at 9:45 PM, Joanne Stevens  wrote:
> 
> Great day at Mt. Agamenticus with almost 1000 Broadwings. Almost all of the 
birds came between 1:30 and 2:30 with two kettles that joined to make 300 and 
another of 500. Most birds were far and high, some streaming overhead. Other 
species, especially Sharpies and Kestrels zipping by on nice NNW and NW winds. 

> 
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Subject: Midcoast warblers anyone?
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:25:40 -0400
I seem to be having a repeat of last year locally in Nobleboro.  So I
wonder if anyone knows of places where the migration has been at least
steady.  Somewhere between Bath and Rockland, preferably within half hour
drive of the Pemaquid Peninsula.  Cousins Island sounds very decent, but
it's a ways.  Thanks in advance,  bab

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Subject: Mt. A hawks
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:45:46 -0400
Great day at Mt. Agamenticus with almost 1000 Broadwings.  Almost all of 
the birds came between 1:30 and 2:30 with two kettles that joined to 
make 300 and another of 500.  Most birds were far and high, some 
streaming overhead.  Other species, especially Sharpies and Kestrels 
zipping by on nice NNW and NW winds.

Joanne

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Subject: Birding at Pinkham Bay, Steuben, Washington County
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:08:12 -0400
This afternoon in Pinkham Bay we observed (among other birds) 3 Great Blue
Herons, an unsuccessful Osprey fishing near the boat landing, a
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 35+ Semipalmated Plovers, 8 Greater Yellowlegs, 1
Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 40+ Semipalmated Sandpipers, 12+
Least Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin and 2 Laughing Gulls.  What a beautiful day to
go birding and still see shorebirds!

Merle and Anne Archie, Harrington

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Subject: Yellow-crowned night-heron, Eastport
From: Chris Bartlett <christophabartlett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:45:00 -0700 (PDT)
My daughters and I flushed a juvenile yellow-crowned night-heron at 
Hillside Cemetery in Eastport today.  We saw the bird land in a nearby 
spruce tree and took some photos of it.  This is the first YCNH that I've 
seen in Washington County.

A little while later we passed Woody Gillies and friends who were on a 
Fundy Chapter of Maine Audubon outing and so we stopped and led them to the 
night-heron. It's nice to see other birders in Eastport. 

A photo of this YCNH can be seen here:

https://flic.kr/p/MxZRVB

Cheers,

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Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
From: RALPH ELDRIDGE <lightrae1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:07:05 -0700 (PDT)
I returned to MSI on Wednesday last but I've had little time or opportunity 
for birding due to construction work (lighthouse renovation) that's 
underway. That's also keeping most birds away from the immediate vicinity 
of the buildings.

Some migrants are obvious; FLICKERS for example, and CEDAR WAXWINGS. 
RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES are still very abundant with several frequently in 
view. However, raptors are foremost.
With generally fair weather, they haven't been stopping much but yesterday 
produced both high through-traffic as well as lots of birds stopping to 
catch a meal or two.
We escaped most of the rain until afternoon but then there were periods of 
heavy precipitation between 14:00 and 18:00. Nonetheless, the raptors 
didn't slow their hunting and with several continuously cruising the 
island, the prey had little respite.
At one point there were 2 MERLINS and 1 HARRIER on the front lawn, each 
consuming a luckless victim and not at all deterred from hunting in even 
very heaviest rain.
There were frequently 1 to 3 KESTRELS perching on our patio, and making 
forays after insects (and birds) around the lawn & boardwalks.
I have no idea how many raptors may have moved through during the whole 
day, but at one moment I counted 6 KESTRELS, 4 HARRIERS, 3 MERLINS, 3 
PEREGRINES & 2 SHARP SHINNED HAWKS as well as an (apparently) local EAGLE 
hunting nearby.

This morning is bright, damp and cold ..... definite Fall weather ...... 
and several Raptors are hunting. I've confirmed 3 different PEREGRINES, 2 
HARRIERS & 3 KESTRELS present since daylight and presumed to have 
over-nighted here.

Along with the birds, our other fliers, mainly RED ADMIRAL and MONARCH 
BUTTERFLIES, are trickling through, with a stronger pulse late Thursday. 

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Subject: Matinicus Seal Island 9/21
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:11:50 -0700 (PDT)
Standouts included:

1 peregrine (with unidentified prey)
20 sanderling
3 black bellied plovers
2 immature bald eagles (1 live, 1 dead)
1 immature lesser black backed gull
1 lesser yellow legs (heard)

1 minke whale
Most harbor porpoise I've ever seen 

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Subject: Schoodic Point
From: Seth Benz <sbenz AT schoodicinstitute.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:47:18 -0400
Passerine chips passing over campus (North Parking Lot) at about 10 chips per 
minute. 

Interrupted by calling Northern Saw-whet Owl.
(8:30 to 9 PM). Star-filled night sky here at that time.

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Subject: Re: 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing
From: Thomas Robben <robben99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:21:47 -0400
Thanks Louis!
I hope your west coast trip went well.

Our ferry trip crossings last week could not touch the super-successful
Maine Audubon trip on 9/17,  but we did pretty well for six birders on a
new commercial ferry.

I have a GPX track file and audio notes, on a minute-by-minute recorded
log.
The LTJA  which I saw monday (I had lots of jaegers on 9/12) on this ferry
was a spectacular adult (flight, shape, plumage, short bill), and with long
tail streamer.
Will get back to you in two days with full info.

Tom
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On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 6:59 PM, Louis Bevier  wrote:

> Hi Tom,
>
> Great trip! Long-tailed Jaeger is the real star. Was that in Maine waters?
> If so, it's a review species and would be something good to document
> (photos or at least description).
>
> Cheers,
>
> Louis
>
> On Sep 22, 2016, at 1:42 PM, Thomas Robben  wrote:
>
> GREAT SKUAS SEEN ALONG 210-MILE "CAT" FERRY CROSSING OF GOM
>
> Hi Everyone:
>
> ​September 17-18​
>  was the only weekend we could schedule this long Gulf Of Maine "overnight
> pelagic"
> ​round-​
> trip for, and sorry for the
> ​ Saturday​
> conflict with the excellent annual Maine Audubon pelagic trip, but we (6
> observers
> ​assembled
>  together with only one week lead time) did okay with the birds, including
> our #1 target, GREAT SKUA;  we got two of them, fairly close
> ​ to the ship on 9/18​. As noted in 3 places below, I also ran a
> preparatory trip on this route on Sept.12th and filled-in a few additional
> species (Fulmar, Cory's and one more Great Skua):
>
> Northern Fulmar - 0, 0
> ​ ​
>  (10 on Monday 9/12 prep trip).
> Cory's Shearwater - 0, 0
> ​  ​
> (1 on Monday 9/12).
> Great Shearwater - 20, 85.
> Sooty Shearwater - 0, 0.
> Manx Shearwater - 3, 2.
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel -200, 40.
> Leach's Storm-Petrel - 0, 2.
> Northern Gannet - 32, 32.
> Double-crested Cormorant - 1, 0.
> Red-necked Phalarope - 2, 0.
> phalarope species - 12, 14.
> Black-legged Kittiwake - 2, 0.
> Bonaparte's Gull - 10, 0.
> Herring Gull - 7, 3.
> Great Black-backed Gull - 15, 9.
> Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2, 1.
> tern species - 31, 6.
> Arctic Tern - 13, 0.
> GREAT SKUA - 0, 2
> ​ ​
>  (
> ​plus
>  1 on Monday 9/12)
> Pomarine Jaeger - 3, 2.
> Long-tailed Jaeger - 1, 0.
> jaeger species - 3, 16.
> Atlantic Puffin - 1, 0.
>
> The pairs of numbers shown are for birds seen on 9/17 and
> ​ on​
> 9/18
> ​, the two legs of our GOM ferry round trip, 210-miles each way​
> .   Harbor birds are excluded.
>
> We also confirmed that the new CAT ferry (formerly called Alakai
> ​ Superferry​
> , when it was working in Hawaii) is more bird
> er​-
> friendly than we expected. Even at high speed (35 knots) the ship is
> stable and has less vibration than we expected. The front views from behind
> glass are good, and the two side views from open decks are excellent and a
> full 180 degrees wide. The open rear deck is a good place to sit and relax,
> but hot exhaust from the engines
> ​ can​
> blur parts of that rear view. All onboard facilities are very good, and
> the crew is very friendly and helpful.
> ​    ​
> http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
>
> Thanks to our collaborative team of
> ​ six​
> Observers
> ​ that worked well together​
> :
> Nicole Giambro,  Christine Howe,  Anthony Laguidara,  Dan Nickerson,  Dave
> Pettee,  Tom Robben.
>
> Thanks to HAS (Hartford Audubon Society
> ​, CT​
> ) for enabling this trip, and thanks to Bay Ferries Ltd for working
> closely with us on this project.
>
> For more trip details and photos, see this website:
> http://trips33.blogspot.com
>
> ​And see David Pettee eBird reports on 9/18/2016 for skua photos.​
>
> Thanks and good birding,
>
> Tom Robben
> robben99 AT gmail.com
>
>
>
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Subject: Great Flight at Sandy Point - Thursday morning 6:40 to 8:45
From: "Becky Marvil" <bmarvil AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:09:49 -0400
Lots of birds correcting back to the mainland from Cousins Island this
morning after the W then NW winds overnight.  I focused mostly on birds in
the trees by the bridge and occasionally looked up to see droves of birds
flying overhead (estimating 500+ unidentified warbler types).  In small
trees, there would be 10+ in waves that I could see (meaning there were
probably twice that many) only a few feet away from where I stood.  John
Lawrence joined me for a while, and Stella viewed the birds from the parking
lot.  

 

Derek, I don't know how you keep track of all those birds! Missed having you
there!

 

Here are my best estimates:

 

30 Mallard

25 Common Eider

40 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Great Blue Heron

4 Snowy Egret

4 Laughing Gull

6 Ring-billed Gull

30 Herring Gull

3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

4 Northern Flicker

1 Merlin -- Watched it flying over water trying to catch migrants. Hit a few
and continued the chase down to the water, but the prey got away, barely. I
think it was a redstart.

2 Eastern Phoebe

9 Blue-headed Vireo

17 Red-eyed Vireo

4 Blue Jay

30 American Crow

29 Black-capped Chickadee

4 Tufted Titmouse

18 Red-breasted Nuthatch

8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1 Swainson's Thrush -- Stella saw

2 American Robin

6 Gray Catbird

5 European Starling

6 Black-and-white Warbler

24 American Redstart

46 Northern Parula -- Many littering the tree by the bridge. Came in waves
of 5-10 at a time.

1 Magnolia Warbler

1 Blackburnian Warbler

15 Yellow Warbler -- Seen from bridge in trees and bushes, one or two at a
time mixed with other warblers.

8 Blackpoll Warbler

6 Black-throated Green Warbler

2 Wilson's Warbler

500 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) -- My best guess of all small birds flying
over toward mainland. Warblers mostly, but probably vireos and kinglets, etc
too.

1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

12 White-throated Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

1 Lincoln's Sparrow

1 Scarlet Tanager

3 American Goldfinch

 

Number of Taxa: 43

 

 

-Becky Marvil

Yarmouth

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Subject: Re: 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing
From: Louis Bevier <lrbevier AT colby.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:59:38 -0400
Hi Tom,

Great trip! Long-tailed Jaeger is the real star. Was that in Maine waters? If 
so, it's a review species and would be something good to document (photos or at 
least description). 


Cheers,

Louis

> On Sep 22, 2016, at 1:42 PM, Thomas Robben  wrote:
> 
> GREAT SKUAS SEEN ALONG 210-MILE "CAT" FERRY CROSSING OF GOM
> 
> Hi Everyone:
> 
> ​September 17-18​ was the only weekend we could schedule this long Gulf 
Of Maine "overnight pelagic" ​round-​trip for, and sorry for the​ 
Saturday​ conflict with the excellent annual Maine Audubon pelagic trip, but 
we (6 observers ​assembled together with only one week lead time) did okay 
with the birds, including our #1 target, GREAT SKUA; we got two of them, fairly 
close​ to the ship on 9/18​. As noted in 3 places below, I also ran a 
preparatory trip on this route on Sept.12th and filled-in a few additional 
species (Fulmar, Cory's and one more Great Skua): 

> 
> Northern Fulmar - 0, 0 ​ ​ (10 on Monday 9/12 prep trip).
> Cory's Shearwater - 0, 0​  ​ (1 on Monday 9/12). 
> Great Shearwater - 20, 85.
> Sooty Shearwater - 0, 0.
> Manx Shearwater - 3, 2.
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel -200, 40. 
> Leach's Storm-Petrel - 0, 2. 
> Northern Gannet - 32, 32. 
> Double-crested Cormorant - 1, 0. 
> Red-necked Phalarope - 2, 0. 
> phalarope species - 12, 14.
> Black-legged Kittiwake - 2, 0.
> Bonaparte's Gull - 10, 0.
> Herring Gull - 7, 3.
> Great Black-backed Gull - 15, 9.
> Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2, 1.
> tern species - 31, 6.
> Arctic Tern - 13, 0.
> GREAT SKUA - 0, 2 ​ ​ (​plus 1 on Monday 9/12) 
> Pomarine Jaeger - 3, 2.
> Long-tailed Jaeger - 1, 0.
> jaeger species - 3, 16.
> Atlantic Puffin - 1, 0.
> 
> The pairs of numbers shown are for birds seen on 9/17 and​ on​ 9/18​, 
the two legs of our GOM ferry round trip, 210-miles each way​. Harbor birds 
are excluded. 

> 
> We also confirmed that the new CAT ferry (formerly called Alakai​ 
Superferry​, when it was working in Hawaii) is more birder​-friendly than 
we expected. Even at high speed (35 knots) the ship is stable and has less 
vibration than we expected. The front views from behind glass are good, and the 
two side views from open decks are excellent and a full 180 degrees wide. The 
open rear deck is a good place to sit and relax, but hot exhaust from the 
engines​ can​ blur parts of that rear view. All onboard facilities are very 
good, and the crew is very friendly and helpful.​ ​ 

> http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
> 
> Thanks to our collaborative team of​ six​ Observers​ that worked well 
together​: 

> Nicole Giambro, Christine Howe, Anthony Laguidara, Dan Nickerson, Dave 
Pettee, Tom Robben. 

> 
> Thanks to HAS (Hartford Audubon Society​, CT​) for enabling this trip, 
and thanks to Bay Ferries Ltd for working closely with us on this project. 

> 
> For more trip details and photos, see this website:
> http://trips33.blogspot.com
> 
> ​And see David Pettee eBird reports on 9/18/2016 for skua photos.​
> 
> Thanks and good birding,
> 
> Tom Robben
> robben99 AT gmail.com
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: 2 more Great Skuas on Sept.18 GOM ferry crossing
From: Thomas Robben <robben99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:42:35 -0400
GREAT SKUAS SEEN ALONG 210-MILE "CAT" FERRY CROSSING OF GOM

Hi Everyone:

​September 17-18​
 was the only weekend we could schedule this long Gulf Of Maine "overnight
pelagic"
​round-​
trip for, and sorry for the
​ Saturday​
conflict with the excellent annual Maine Audubon pelagic trip, but we (6
observers
​assembled
 together with only one week lead time) did okay with the birds, including
our #1 target, GREAT SKUA;  we got two of them, fairly close
​ to the ship on 9/18​. As noted in 3 places below, I also ran a
preparatory trip on this route on Sept.12th and filled-in a few additional
species (Fulmar, Cory's and one more Great Skua):

Northern Fulmar - 0, 0
​ ​
 (10 on Monday 9/12 prep trip).
Cory's Shearwater - 0, 0
​  ​
(1 on Monday 9/12).
Great Shearwater - 20, 85.
Sooty Shearwater - 0, 0.
Manx Shearwater - 3, 2.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel -200, 40.
Leach's Storm-Petrel - 0, 2.
Northern Gannet - 32, 32.
Double-crested Cormorant - 1, 0.
Red-necked Phalarope - 2, 0.
phalarope species - 12, 14.
Black-legged Kittiwake - 2, 0.
Bonaparte's Gull - 10, 0.
Herring Gull - 7, 3.
Great Black-backed Gull - 15, 9.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2, 1.
tern species - 31, 6.
Arctic Tern - 13, 0.
GREAT SKUA - 0, 2
​ ​
 (
​plus
 1 on Monday 9/12)
Pomarine Jaeger - 3, 2.
Long-tailed Jaeger - 1, 0.
jaeger species - 3, 16.
Atlantic Puffin - 1, 0.

The pairs of numbers shown are for birds seen on 9/17 and
​ on​
9/18
​, the two legs of our GOM ferry round trip, 210-miles each way​
.   Harbor birds are excluded.

We also confirmed that the new CAT ferry (formerly called Alakai
​ Superferry​
, when it was working in Hawaii) is more bird
er​-
friendly than we expected. Even at high speed (35 knots) the ship is stable
and has less vibration than we expected. The front views from behind glass
are good, and the two side views from open decks are excellent and a full
180 degrees wide. The open rear deck is a good place to sit and relax, but
hot exhaust from the engines
​ can​
blur parts of that rear view. All onboard facilities are very good, and the
crew is very friendly and helpful.
​    ​
http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/

Thanks to our collaborative team of
​ six​
Observers
​ that worked well together​
:
Nicole Giambro,  Christine Howe,  Anthony Laguidara,  Dan Nickerson,  Dave
Pettee,  Tom Robben.

Thanks to HAS (Hartford Audubon Society
​, CT​
) for enabling this trip, and thanks to Bay Ferries Ltd for working closely
with us on this project.

For more trip details and photos, see this website:
http://trips33.blogspot.com

​And see David Pettee eBird reports on 9/18/2016 for skua photos.​

Thanks and good birding,

Tom Robben
robben99 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler
From: "Elias B." <ebbornhofft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:30:16 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday evening at about 6:10pm I was doing one last look for migrants and to 
my surprise I spotted a Yellow-throated Warbler high up within the outer canopy 
of an old white oak tree. The tree itself is on the margin between our property 
and a large tract of pasture.The bird was unmistakable. Number #102 on my yard 
bird list since moving to Maine less than a year ago. 


Yesterday morning between 7:40-7:56am I had two (2) Black & White warblers and 
one (1) Female Canada Warbler. My wife also said she saw a Female Nashville 
around noon. 


Elias
Cape Elizabeth

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Subject: hummingbirds in Sidney
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:36:27 -0400
Our hummingbirds left just after Labor Day and we haven't seen any at our
house since--til this morning when one buzzed through.

Then I saw another that flew all the way down the soccer field at the high
school in Oakland.

Safe travels!

Julia

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Subject: Hummingbirds
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:38:31 -0400
 There were 10-15 Ruby-throated hummingbirds, all females or juveniles, at 
Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor on Sat. 9/17 and six in the garden today in 
light rain. The gardeners tell me that there are also still a few at the 
private Rockefeller Gardens in Seal Harbor. 

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Subject: LOY hummer and whip
From: Sally P <pachulski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:04:54 -0700 (PDT)
Where is Proctor Rd?

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Subject: Maine Audubon Pelagic, 9/17
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:48:06 -0400
Hi everyone:

Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor ran last Saturday 
with beautiful weather and calm seas. We motored south of Bar Harbor to the 
Ballpark before heading east to Grand Manan Banks then returned via Machias 
Seal Island. Our target bird, Great Skua, showed off for the fourth year in a 
row, again in good numbers. We had 9 encounters with skuas with all but 2 
clearly Great Skuas - the others others flew past too quickly to be sure of 
their ID. We’ll need analyze photos of the individuals to see if there were 
any duplicates counted. Another highlight for this trip was a Cory’s 
Shearwater, a species that has been increasingly common in the Gulf of Maine 
but only the second time that we have seen it on this trip. Otherwise it was 
nice to see both phalaropes, a couple Northern Fulmar, 5+ Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls, and great comparisons of storm-petrels thanks to the high numbers of 
Leach’s that we encountered. 


This was also one of the best cetacean shows we’ve had recently with Minke, 
Fin, Humpback, and Right Whales, plus one of the most impressive pods of 
Atlantic White-sided Dolphins I’ve ever seen. 


Many thanks to Jan Pierson, Peter Vickery, and Zack Klyver for narrating the 
trip, to all the guides who helped spot and get others on birds, the captain 
and crew on the Friendship V, and especially to all the participants for making 
this trip run! 


Below is a complete list of species we saw (with rough totals). Anyone eBird 
users from the trip can add the segmented checklists to their accounts by using 
the links at: http://maineaudubon.org/events/bar-harbor-pelagic-trip-2016/ 


Mallard - 1 
Common Eider - 210 
White-winged Scoter - 1 
Black Scoter - 1
Common Loon - 2 
Northern Fulmar - 2 
Cory's Shearwater - 1 
Great Shearwater - 446 
Sooty Shearwater - 5 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 81 
Leach's Storm-Petrel - 83 
Northern Gannet - 79 
Great Cormorant - 1 
Double-crested Cormorant - 55 
Red-necked Phalarope - 19 
Red Phalarope - 44 
phalarope sp. - 7 
GREAT SKUA - 7 
skua sp. - 2 
Pomarine Jaeger - 14 
Common Murre - 4 
Razorbill - 6
Black Guillemot - 1 
Atlantic Puffin - 8 
Laughing Gull - 4 
Ring-billed Gull - 3 
Herring Gull - 372 
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 5
Great Black-backed Gull - 1,020
Common Tern - 1
Merlin - 1

Thanks and good birding,


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

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Subject: RE: Flood Farm
From: "Rob O'Connell" <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:34:22 -0400
Just an FYI regarding this. 
Due to the wonders of modern technology, if you plug "839 River Rd. Clinton, 
ME" into Google Maps, I noticed it takes you to a spot about a mile away from 
the actual farm to the northwest. 

If you want to pull up the exact spot in Google Maps enter "6850 River Road. 
Clinton, ME". 


When you get up there on the road in that area though you can't miss it. 

Enjoy it if you go. It is a fantastic place! 61 species already this month. 
If I recall correctly too it was last year this time a Hudsonian Godwit was up 
there. 


Cheers, 

Rob O’Connell
490 Greely Road Extension
Cumberland, ME 04021
H-207-221-3462
M-207-450-4092




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Subject: [Maine-birds] Flood Farm

Where is Flood Farm?

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Subject: Flood Farm
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:12:18 -0700 (PDT)
Where is Flood Farm?

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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Sunday, September 18, 2016
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:03:50 -0400
Gary Gulezian and I did the census during the morning (6:05 - 9:20 am).  An
overcast day with occasional showers.  There are still Double-crested
Cormorants and Osprey hanging around.  Good numbers of Great Blue Herons
are migrating through the area; there were 15 feeding in the Belfast
Harbor/Rt1 bridge vicinity.  Two male Black Scoters were notable to us,
since we had no Black Scoters during last season's (Sept.-April, 2015-16)
censuses.  The complete report can be found at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31656452

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Subject: Re: Flood Farm
From: cathie.murray AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:22:53 -0700 (PDT)
Here is a link to the American Golden Plover we saw today
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4KApSqbQRvAdXZLbkJkSjliaXc/view?usp=sharing

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5:41:27 PM UTC-4, cathie... AT gmail.com 
wrote:
>
> Mike Waters, Vineeta Dixit and I are at Flood Farm north pond from 4:00 to 
> 5:40 pm. Some highlights so far:
> American Golden Plover just flew in. Great views. Will send pic later
> 2 solitary sandpipers
> 1 pectoral sandpiper
> 3 white-rumped sandpipers
> 2 semi-palmated sandpipers
> 2 semi-palmated plovers
> 2 dozen least sandpipers
> 1 juvenile Northern harrier, 3 times, 
> 1 Cooper's hawk probable juvenile, low hunting behavior
> 1 Merlin on barn roof 
> 1 red-tailed hawk by road 
> 4 mallards, didn't land
> American crows 
> Many starlings
> Many Rock doves
> A few other peeps we can't get a good bead on yet

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Paul Miller <pjmillersemail AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:03:30 -0700 (PDT)
The 7 Sandhill Cranes were still foraging today in the plowed field near 
the Charles Cemetery in Fryeburg on Rt 113.

Paul Miller
North Bridgton

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Subject: LOY hummer and whip
From: Lena Moser <lenamoser3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:25:58 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

A quick note: September 13th last week was the last day I heard an Eastern 
Whip-poor-will vocalizing on Proctor Road.  Interestingly enough, that was 
also the last day I saw any Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.  They are 
officially gone from this neck of the woods!

Enjoy the early fall,
Lena

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Subject: Re: Re: 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:10:50 -0400
All,

I was there, today,  as well, getting a birding fix, after a summer up
north of very little birding, during the doldrums, and was not surprised by
the huge swarm of Tree Swallows at Biddeford Pool, having seen them, here,
in previous years, reminiscent of mosquitoes on the Leaf River in northern
Quebec.

HUGE numbers,,,,let me say..HUGE numbers of swallows.  Pardon me, but I
would get nauseous if I tried to count the the swarm of swallows. hundreds,
likely thousands...like mosquitoes..GET IT!!!  HUGE!

The Marbled Godwit was elusive, but Oystercatchers, Caspian Tern and
Yellow-crowned Night Heron were cooperative. Photos all!

Nice to be back south, but, already back to the north. I am looking forward
to hearing about the Audubon Pelagic...early reports are of good
birds..family obligations precluded a 2016 trip.

Rob

On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 7:47 PM, Seth Davis  wrote:

> I was at Fortune Rocks at about 6 am and they were going nuts out on the
> beach. Not shy at all and they'd swarm around all 2-3 of us out there. It
> was crazy fun!
>
> On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:35:56 PM UTC-4, Glenn Hodgkins wrote:
>>
>> There were about 2500 Tree Swallows swirling around Biddeford Pool
>> mid-day today, seen with Andrew Gilbert....an amazing spectacle.
>>
>> Glenn Hodgkins
>> Hallowell
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29670749491/in/d
>> atetaken-public/
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29125776194/in/d
>> atetaken-public/
>>
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Subject: Re: 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:47:33 -0700 (PDT)
I was at Fortune Rocks at about 6 am and they were going nuts out on the 
beach. Not shy at all and they'd swarm around all 2-3 of us out there. It 
was crazy fun!

On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:35:56 PM UTC-4, Glenn Hodgkins wrote:
>
> There were about 2500 Tree Swallows swirling around Biddeford Pool mid-day 
> today, seen with Andrew Gilbert....an amazing spectacle. 
>   
> Glenn Hodgkins 
> Hallowell 
>   
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29670749491/in/datetaken-public/ 
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29125776194/in/datetaken-public/ 
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Subject: Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 5 updates in 5 topics
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:23:46 -0400
Thanks, Linda!  Is that really our mission statement?  I tried to confirm
on line but couldn't find it.  I left out the babbling brook as I didn't
want the overview to mislead our hoped for donors into thinking our
beautiful waterfall actually was a brook on the property.  I also left out
the first sanctuary bit as there is one older.  I can't find my article
written about Mabel for The Connecticut Warbler right now, but the idea
that we are the oldest is actually off by about a year.


Kathy Van Der Aue
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>    - Roque Bluffs State Pk beach 2:00p.m. Sunday: peeps
>    <#m_-1915981346683308905_group_thread_0> - 1 Update
>    - Mt. Desert Rock sightings <#m_-1915981346683308905_group_thread_1> - 1
>    Update
>    - 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool
>    <#m_-1915981346683308905_group_thread_2> - 1 Update
>    - Migrants in Unity <#m_-1915981346683308905_group_thread_3> - 1 Update
>    - Mt Agamenticus - re-post 9/17/16
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> Roque Bluffs State Pk beach 2:00p.m. Sunday: peeps
> 
 

> Carol Muth : Sep 18 02:40PM -0400
>
> Nothing surprising about this, but if you are in the neighborhood, as the
> tide is ebbing the beach at Roque Bluffs State Park is filled with hundreds
> of peeps: semi-plamated plovers, semi-palmated sandpaipers and other things
> you will know better than I do.
> Carol
> p.s. a Great Blue Heron has been hanging out this week at the marshy area
> where Cow Point road and Johnson Cove Road meet.
> Back to top <#m_-1915981346683308905_digest_top>
> Mt. Desert Rock sightings
> 
 

> Craig Kesselheim : Sep 18 06:23AM -0400
>
> Good morning --
> Joined a group trip to Mt. Desert Rock yesterday, sponsored by College of
> the Atlantic, to celebrate 43 years of undergraduate field research
> opportunities and the rebuilding of the station after Hurricane Bill's
> damage in 2009. MDR lies about 22 miles out from Bar Harbor, and is a speck
> of rock with very sparse vegetation.
>
> *Birds on the Rock itself:*
>
> Cape May Warbler - 1 actively foraging insects from roof, rafters,
> windowsills
> B-h Cowbird - 1 male in full ugly molt
> Purple Finch - 1 feeding on thistle heads
> N. Flicker - 1
> R-b Nuthatch - 1 in boathouse and otherwise behaving like the CMWA
> Lincoln's Sparrow! - 1 skulking in boulder crevices near house
> Common Yellowthroat - 1 female
> Merlin - 1
> Am. Kestrel - 1 perching everywhere and feeding on what might have been an
> oriole
> Peregrine Falcon - 1
> Ruddy Turnstone - 17
> Least Sandpiper - 2
> Semi Sandpiper - 3
> Great Cormorant - 3+
>
> *Birds along the way out and in:*
> Common Tern - 2
> Pomarine Jaeger - 1
> N. Gannet - fewer than expected (20?)
> Great Shearwater
> Phalarope (probably Reds), multiple small flocks near the Rock
> Common Eider
>
> Cheers, all.
>
> Craig
> Back to top <#m_-1915981346683308905_digest_top>
> 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool
> 
 

> "Hodgkins" : Sep 17 10:35PM -0400
>
> There were about 2500 Tree Swallows swirling around Biddeford Pool mid-day
> today, seen with Andrew Gilbert....an amazing spectacle.
>
> Glenn Hodgkins
> Hallowell
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29670749491/in/
> datetaken-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/136703500 AT N05/29125776194/in/
> datetaken-public/
> Back to top <#m_-1915981346683308905_digest_top>
> Migrants in Unity
> 
 

> tom A : Sep 17 05:15PM -0700
>
> Great movement of passerines this morning at Unity Pond. Sixteen species
> of warbler included a Western Palm Warbler (which surprised me), and a
> small flock of Cape Mays. There seems to be good numbers of the
> latter this fall - maybe the increasing spruce budworm up north (?). Also
> my FOY Rusty Blackbird and a juvenile Sora. Surprisingly, not a single
> vireo of any species.
>
> Good birding,
> tom
> Back to top <#m_-1915981346683308905_digest_top>
> Mt Agamenticus - re-post 9/17/16
> 
 

> Denise Johnson : Sep 17 04:10PM -0700
>
> Sorry about the earlier message done from the summit of Mt A on my IPhone,
> giving no location :-(. York County Audubon came to support "Eyes Like A
> Hawk" program by Center for Wildlife at the Learning Lodge Sat morning and
> I was thinking of Andy and Ken having been there with their scopes.
> After they had left, four of us saw 3 high flyers around 3:15pm between
> the
> summit and the ocean - huge wings, broad tails, and one with a very
> distinct white head who flew past the lodge heading south on a
> stiff,southerly wind, not far from the coast ( say Kittery to the
> Piscataqua). We all agreed an adult Bald Eagle. Another had very pointy
> wings but seemed way too large for a falcon - maybe Osprey? Wished you
> were
> there guys.
>
> With hopefully only intermittent showers tomorrow, Mt A Trailfest, free to
> the community, is still ON! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new
> universally accessible "Big A" trail at 11:00a.m. Also, Bird Language hike
> with Dan Guardoqui, Maine Fish & Game, demonstrations, a whopper Raffle,
> Food, Live Music, Climbing Wall, Arts & Crafts, vendors, and more. Free
> Shuttle from the York County Courthouse to the summit. We expect the base
> and summit parking to fill up early.
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Subject: Flood Farm
From: cathie.murray AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:41:27 -0700 (PDT)
Mike Waters, Vineeta Dixit and I are at Flood Farm north pond from 4:00 to 5:40 
pm. Some highlights so far: 

American Golden Plover just flew in. Great views. Will send pic later
2 solitary sandpipers
1 pectoral sandpiper
3 white-rumped sandpipers
2 semi-palmated sandpipers
2 semi-palmated plovers
2 dozen least sandpipers
1 juvenile Northern harrier, 3 times, 
1 Cooper's hawk probable juvenile, low hunting behavior
1 Merlin on barn roof 
1 red-tailed hawk by road 
4 mallards, didn't land
American crows 
Many starlings
Many Rock doves
A few other peeps we can't get a good bead on yet

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Subject: Roque Bluffs State Pk beach 2:00p.m. Sunday: peeps
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:40:01 -0400
Nothing surprising about this, but if you are in the neighborhood, as the
tide is ebbing the beach at Roque Bluffs State Park is filled with hundreds
of peeps: semi-plamated plovers, semi-palmated sandpaipers and other things
you will know better than I do.
     Carol
p.s. a Great Blue Heron has been hanging out this week at the marshy area
where Cow Point road and Johnson Cove Road meet.

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Subject: Mt. Desert Rock sightings
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:23:31 -0400
Good morning --
Joined a group trip to Mt. Desert Rock yesterday, sponsored by College of
the Atlantic, to celebrate 43 years of undergraduate field research
opportunities and the rebuilding of the station after Hurricane Bill's
damage in 2009. MDR lies about 22 miles out from Bar Harbor, and is a speck
of rock with very sparse vegetation.

*Birds on the Rock itself:*

Cape May Warbler - 1 actively foraging insects from roof, rafters,
windowsills
B-h Cowbird - 1 male in full ugly molt
Purple Finch - 1 feeding on thistle heads
N. Flicker - 1
R-b Nuthatch - 1 in boathouse and otherwise behaving like the CMWA
Lincoln's Sparrow! - 1 skulking in boulder crevices near house
Common Yellowthroat - 1 female
Merlin - 1
Am. Kestrel - 1 perching everywhere and feeding on what might have been an
oriole
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Ruddy Turnstone - 17
Least Sandpiper - 2
Semi Sandpiper - 3
Great Cormorant - 3+

*Birds along the way out and in:*
Common Tern - 2
Pomarine Jaeger - 1
N. Gannet - fewer than expected (20?)
Great Shearwater
Phalarope (probably Reds), multiple small flocks near the Rock
Common Eider

Cheers, all.

Craig

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Subject: 1000s Tree Swallows Biddeford Pool
From: "Hodgkins" <hodgki AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:35:50 -0400
There were about 2500 Tree Swallows swirling around Biddeford Pool mid-day 
today, seen with Andrew Gilbert....an amazing spectacle. 

 
Glenn Hodgkins
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Subject: Migrants in Unity
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:15:22 -0700 (PDT)
Great movement of passerines this morning at Unity Pond.  Sixteen species 
of warbler included a Western Palm Warbler (which surprised me), and a 
small flock of Cape Mays.  There seems to be good numbers of the 
latter this fall - maybe the increasing spruce budworm up north (?).  Also 
my FOY Rusty Blackbird and a juvenile Sora.  Surprisingly, not a single 
vireo of any species.

Good birding,
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Subject: Mt Agamenticus - re-post 9/17/16
From: Denise Johnson <dpj113 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:10:31 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry about the earlier message done from the summit of Mt A on my IPhone, 
giving no location :-(. York County Audubon came to support "Eyes Like A 
Hawk" program by Center for Wildlife at the Learning Lodge Sat morning and 
I was thinking of Andy and Ken having been there with their scopes.
After they had left, four of us saw 3 high flyers around 3:15pm between the 
summit and the ocean - huge wings, broad tails, and one with a very 
distinct white head who flew past the lodge heading south on a 
stiff,southerly wind, not far from the coast ( say Kittery to the 
Piscataqua).  We all agreed an adult Bald Eagle. Another had very pointy 
wings but seemed way too large for a falcon - maybe Osprey? Wished you were 
there guys. 

With hopefully only intermittent showers tomorrow, Mt A Trailfest, free to 
the community, is still ON!  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new 
universally accessible "Big A" trail at 11:00a.m.  Also, Bird Language hike 
with Dan Guardoqui, Maine Fish & Game, demonstrations, a whopper Raffle, 
Food, Live Music, Climbing Wall, Arts & Crafts, vendors, and more. Free 
Shuttle from the York County Courthouse to the summit. We expect the base 
and summit parking to fill up early. 


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Subject: Re: Digest for maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 5 topics
From: Denise Johnson Email <dpj113 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:43:58 -0400
3:15 pm 9/17 seeing high flying raptors possibly adult bald eagle bc of stark 
white head huge wingspan but pointed wing tips. Seeing three in east, north, 
and the big guy flying south. Still a stiffsoutherly wind turning a tad from 
the west. 


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> more Broad-wing kettles - 4 Updates
> Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/16. - 1 Update
> Shaker Bog Sandhills and Hawks - 1 Update
> Big Broadwing flight over Poland - 1 Update
> York County sightings (Sep 14-16)... - 1 Update
> more Broad-wing kettles           
> Jeff Wells : Sep 16 02:16PM 
> 
> After reading Dan's post about Broad-winged Hawks moving I glanced up out of 
my office window in downtown Gardiner a few minutes ago (10:10 AM) and had the 
pleasure of watching a kettle of at least 75 Broad-winged Hawks circling and 
then peeling off to the south. Don't remember ever seeing a kettle of 
Broad-wings like that here in Gardiner and certainly not from my office window. 

>  
> Good luck to them as they make the journey to South America!
>  
> Jeff
>  
> Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
> Senior Scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
> Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative
> Joanne Stevens : Sep 16 01:24PM -0400 
> 
> Did anyone have any at Mt. A. yesterday or today?
> Joanne
>  
>  
> On 9/16/2016 10:16 AM, Jeff Wells wrote:
> Scott Richardson : Sep 16 01:16PM -0400 
> 
> I hosted a hawk watch picnic lunch at the Wells Reserve today, but alas, the 
wind had already shifted to the south by the 11am start time. 75 minutes, 0 
raptors. 

>  
> Scott Richardson
> "Rob O'Connell" : Sep 16 02:01PM -0400 
> 
> We are getting a smattering of them here at the house in Cumberland getting 
lift off of Bruce Hill. Not watching steadily but checking from time to time 
since Dan’s first post of it this morning has netted about 20 overall. Most 
have been higher up though and moving at speed in a SSW direction. Taking a 
little more time to enjoy the day it seems was a couple of ravens that were 
chasing each other about 100’ above the tree line. 

>  
> 
>  
> Cheers,
>  
> Rob
>  
> 
>  
> From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Joanne Stevens 

> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 1:25 PM
> To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] more Broad-wing kettles
>  
> 
>  
> Did anyone have any at Mt. A. yesterday or today?
> Joanne
>  
>  
> On 9/16/2016 10:16 AM, Jeff Wells wrote:
>  
> After reading Dan’s post about Broad-winged Hawks moving I glanced up out 
of my office window in downtown Gardiner a few minutes ago (10:10 AM) and had 
the pleasure of watching a kettle of at least 75 Broad-winged Hawks circling 
and then peeling off to the south. Don’t remember ever seeing a kettle of 
Broad-wings like that here in Gardiner and certainly not from my office window. 

>  
> 
>  
> Good luck to them as they make the journey to South America!
>  
> 
>  
> Jeff
>  
> 
>  
> Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
>  
> Senior Scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
>  
> Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative
>  
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> Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/16.           
> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch : Sep 16 05:06PM 
> 
> Hi all,
> A moderate flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. I am sure there was a great flight yesterday, but alas, 
I was out of town! 

> 6:20-8:45.47F, clear, calm to West 2.1mph.With Will Russell.
> 108 Northern Parulas84 Cedar Waxwings64 Unidentified27 Yellow Warblers14 
Green-winged Teal13 Blackpoll Warblers8 Black-throated Green Warblers7 Northern 
Flickers6 Red-breasted Nuthatches (one snagged by the local Merlin)5 American 
Redstarts4 American Goldfinches3 Common Loons3 Red-eyed Vireo3 Magnolia 
Warblers2 Ospreys2 Nashville Warblers2 Cape May Warblers2 Black-and-white 
Warblers2 Savannah Sparrows2 Purple Finches1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird1 
Blue-headed Vireo1 Tennessee Warbler 

> 1 Ovenbird1 Yellow-rumped Warbler1 "Western" Palm Warbler (first of season)1 
Wilson's Warbler (late-ish)1 Scarlet Tanager1 DICKCISSEL (second of season)1 
Baltimore Oriole1 Pine Siskin (first of season)x Common Yellowthroats 

> T=372 ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette Lovitch 
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> Shaker Bog Sandhills and Hawks           
> Raven Watcher : Sep 16 10:53AM -0400 
> 
> Paddling Shaker Bog Poland from route 26 access 2 Sandhills Cranes
> relocated from west shore to marsh bordering Colbath Rd at north end. 8
> least sandpipers 5 species of raptors including a river of Hawks forming
> kettles as north wind turns south. 950 Broad-winged Hawks estimated. Easy
> count as they rose above ridge line I was watching.
> Challenging counting while standing on a floating bog
> All BWHA in 40 minutes
> Dan Nickerson
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> Big Broadwing flight over Poland           
> Raven Watcher : Sep 16 09:51AM -0400 
> 
> 450 and counting
> Dan nickerson
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> York County sightings (Sep 14-16)...           
> Josh Fecteau : Sep 16 09:30AM -0400 
> 
> Here are some bird happenings from York County:
>  
> 9/14 (Wednesday)
> ...4 *American Oystercatchers*, 1 *Red Knot*, 1 *Stilt Sandpiper* (FOY),
> and 2 *Lesser Black-backed Gulls* at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills
> Beach, Biddeford
>  
> 9/15 (Thursday)
> ...1 *Red-shouldered Hawk*, 2+ *Philadelphia Vireos*, 1 *Swainson's Thrush*,
> 1 *Blackburnian Warbler*, and 2 *White-throated Sparrows* at Laudholm Farm,
> Wells
> ...4 *American Oystercatchers*, 2 *Dunlin*, and 1 *Lesser Black-backed Gull*
> at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
> ...1 *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* at the edge of "the pool" near Sky Harbor
> Dr., Biddeford
>  
> 9/16 (Friday)
> ...22 *Green-winged Teal*, 4 *American Oystercatchers*, 1 *American
> Golden-Plover*, and 1 *Lesser Black-backed Gull* at the Basket Island
> Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
>  
> Wildly,
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Fryeburg, Maine
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:21:27 -0400
At noon today there are 7 migrant Sandhill Cranes on the West side of 
Rt. 113 in the large plowed field behind the Charles Cemetery. The first 
of what are to be expected Fall migrants. We started with 2 in 2011. 
Last year we had a high of 19 in one flock. What will this year bring?

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Fryeburg, Maine
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:21:27 -0400
At noon today there are 7 migrant Sandhill Cranes on the West side of 
Rt. 113 in the large plowed field behind the Charles Cemetery. The first 
of what are to be expected Fall migrants. We started with 2 in 2011. 
Last year we had a high of 19 in one flock. What will this year bring?

Bob Crowley

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Subject: Little egret
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:54:49 -0700 (PDT)
The LIEG is currently being seen in Rachel Carson at the water station with a 
large group of egrets 


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Subject: Townsend Solitaire
From: Mick Evans <mickevans40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:27:07 -0700 (PDT)
1 Townsend Solitaire on the Woodchuck Hill trail out of Camp Roosevelt in 
Clifton.

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Subject: South unity
From: Diana Davis <dedmaine AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:24:28 +0000
Rose breasted grosbeak still here and 2 hummingbirds in dixmont and my daughter 
in thorndike had one there too. 


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Subject: Additional Highlights and Shorebird High Counts this week, 9/10-16
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:52:43 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Just a couple of other observations of note over the past seven days, in 
addition to what I have previously posted here, included the following:- 
massive swallow migration on 9/12, including hundreds of Tree Swallows over 
Scarborough Marsh (plus 1-2 Cliff Swallows and 3++ Bank Swallows), and Tree 
Swallows passing at a rate of 50 per minute for almost an hour at Dyer Point, 
Cape Elizabeth (with clients from North Carolina). - 1 juv. Common Tern and 1 
Surf Scoter, Dyer Point, 9/12 (with clients).- 2 CASPIAN TERNS (1 ad with 1 
juv), 1 Great Cormorant, 6 White-winged Scoters, etc., Popham Beach State Park, 
Phippsburg, 9/16. 

Meanwhile, my shorebird high counts over the past seven days were as 
follows:AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER: 3 juv, Pine Point, Scarborough, 9/12 (with 
clients from North Carolina)Black-bellied Plover: 123, The Pool, Biddeford 
Pool, 9/11 (with clients from North Carolina). 

Semipalmated Plover: 147, Pine Point, 9/12 (with clients)Killdeer: 2, 
Scarborough Park & Ride, 9/12 (with clients). 

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER: continuing family group of 4, Hill's Beach, 9/11 (with 
clients).Greater Yellowlegs: 5, Pine Point, 9/12 (with clients). 

Lesser Yellowlegs: 12, Yarmouth Town Landing, 9/10 (with Saturday Morning 
Birdwalk group).Solitary Sandpiper: 1, Sandy Point, Yarmouth, 9/10."WESTERN" 
WILLET: 1 juv, Jones Creek, Scarborough Marsh, 9/12 (with clients). MARBLED 
GODWIT: 1 continuing juv, The Pool, 9/11 (with clients).Ruddy Turnstone: 5, 
Hill's Beach, 9/11 (with clients).Red Knot: 12 juv, Hill's Beach, 9/11 (with 
clients).Sanderling: 250+, Popham Beach State Park, 9/16.Semipalmated 
Sandpiper: 200+, The Pool, 9/11 (with clients).Least Sandpiper: 26, Eastern 
Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 9/12 (with clients).White-rumped Sandpiper: 2, 
Hill's Beach, 9/11 (with clients).BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 juv, Popham Beach SP, 
9/16.BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER: 2 juv, Eastern Road Trail, 9/12 (with clients. 
Same two as on 9/4?).Short-billed Dowitcher: 12, Jones Creek, 9/12 (with 
clients). 

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Subject: RE: more Broad-wing kettles
From: "Rob O'Connell" <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:01:18 -0400
We are getting a smattering of them here at the house in Cumberland getting 
lift off of Bruce Hill. Not watching steadily but checking from time to time 
since Dan’s first post of it this morning has netted about 20 overall. Most 
have been higher up though and moving at speed in a SSW direction. Taking a 
little more time to enjoy the day it seems was a couple of ravens that were 
chasing each other about 100’ above the tree line. 


 

Cheers,

Rob

 

From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:maine-birds AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Joanne Stevens 

Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 1:25 PM
To: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] more Broad-wing kettles

 

Did anyone have any at Mt. A. yesterday or today?
Joanne


On 9/16/2016 10:16 AM, Jeff Wells wrote:

After reading Dan’s post about Broad-winged Hawks moving I glanced up out of 
my office window in downtown Gardiner a few minutes ago (10:10 AM) and had the 
pleasure of watching a kettle of at least 75 Broad-winged Hawks circling and 
then peeling off to the south. Don’t remember ever seeing a kettle of 
Broad-wings like that here in Gardiner and certainly not from my office window. 


 

Good luck to them as they make the journey to South America!

 

Jeff

 

Jeff Wells, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign

Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative

 

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Subject: Re: more Broad-wing kettles
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:24:56 -0400
Did anyone have any at Mt. A. yesterday or today?
Joanne


On 9/16/2016 10:16 AM, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> After reading Dan’s post about Broad-winged Hawks moving I glanced up 
> out of my office window in downtown Gardiner a few minutes ago (10:10 
> AM) and had the pleasure of watching a kettle of at least 75 
> Broad-winged Hawks circling and then peeling off to the south. Don’t 
> remember ever seeing a kettle of Broad-wings like that here in 
> Gardiner and certainly not from my office window.
>
> Good luck to them as they make the journey to South America!
>
> Jeff
>
> Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
>
> Senior Scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
>
> Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative
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Subject: Re: more Broad-wing kettles
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:16:38 -0400
I hosted a hawk watch picnic lunch at the Wells Reserve today, but alas, the 
wind had already shifted to the south by the 11am start time. 75 minutes, 0 
raptors. 


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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/16.
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:06:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
A moderate flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. I am sure there was a great flight yesterday, but alas, 
I was out of town! 

6:20-8:45.47F, clear, calm to West 2.1mph.With Will Russell.
108 Northern Parulas84 Cedar Waxwings64 Unidentified27 Yellow Warblers14 
Green-winged Teal13 Blackpoll Warblers8 Black-throated Green Warblers7 Northern 
Flickers6 Red-breasted Nuthatches (one snagged by the local Merlin)5 American 
Redstarts4 American Goldfinches3 Common Loons3 Red-eyed Vireo3 Magnolia 
Warblers2 Ospreys2 Nashville Warblers2 Cape May Warblers2 Black-and-white 
Warblers2 Savannah Sparrows2 Purple Finches1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird1 
Blue-headed Vireo1 Tennessee Warbler 

1 Ovenbird1 Yellow-rumped Warbler1 "Western" Palm Warbler (first of season)1 
Wilson's Warbler (late-ish)1 Scarlet Tanager1 DICKCISSEL (second of season)1 
Baltimore Oriole1 Pine Siskin (first of season)x Common Yellowthroats 

T=372 ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
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Subject: Shaker Bog Sandhills and Hawks
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:53:51 -0400
Paddling Shaker Bog Poland from route 26 access 2 Sandhills Cranes
relocated from west shore to marsh bordering Colbath Rd at north end. 8
least sandpipers 5 species of raptors including a river of Hawks forming
kettles as north wind turns south. 950 Broad-winged Hawks estimated. Easy
count as they rose above ridge line I was watching.
Challenging counting while standing on a floating bog
All BWHA in 40 minutes
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Subject: more Broad-wing kettles
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:16:53 +0000
After reading Dan's post about Broad-winged Hawks moving I glanced up out of my 
office window in downtown Gardiner a few minutes ago (10:10 AM) and had the 
pleasure of watching a kettle of at least 75 Broad-winged Hawks circling and 
then peeling off to the south. Don't remember ever seeing a kettle of 
Broad-wings like that here in Gardiner and certainly not from my office window. 


Good luck to them as they make the journey to South America!

Jeff

Jeff Wells, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
Science and Policy Director, Boreal Songbird Initiative

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Subject: Big Broadwing flight over Poland
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:51:11 -0400
450 and counting
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Subject: York County sightings (Sep 14-16)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:30:44 -0400
Here are some bird happenings from York County:

9/14 (Wednesday)
...4 *American Oystercatchers*, 1 *Red Knot*, 1 *Stilt Sandpiper* (FOY),
and 2 *Lesser Black-backed Gulls* at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills
Beach, Biddeford

9/15 (Thursday)
...1 *Red-shouldered Hawk*, 2+ *Philadelphia Vireos*, 1 *Swainson's Thrush*,
1 *Blackburnian Warbler*, and 2 *White-throated Sparrows* at Laudholm Farm,
Wells
...4 *American Oystercatchers*, 2 *Dunlin*, and 1 *Lesser Black-backed Gull*
at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
...1 *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* at the edge of "the pool" near Sky Harbor
Dr., Biddeford

9/16 (Friday)
...22 *Green-winged Teal*, 4 *American Oystercatchers*, 1 *American
Golden-Plover*, and 1 *Lesser Black-backed Gull* at the Basket Island
Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford

Wildly,
Josh

Inspiring Nature Connection in New England
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Subject: Monhegan - some birds have arrived!
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:51:38 -0400
Yesterday was bad. How bad? I had two shearwaters in the morning at Lobster 
Cove and that was twice the number of warblers I saw all day. Except for one 
die-hard sharpie, no raptors. If you don't like eating waxwings, don't go to 
Monhegan was posted on all raptor social media sites. 


With the slowed north wind and clear skies last night lots of birds arrived. 
Scattered Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and Clay-colored. White-throats had 
by others 


I birded the "Hot Fat" Trail with Bill Thompson for several hours. We barely 
moved. Magnolia, Yellow, Yellowthroat, Parulas, BT Greens, RC Kinglets, 
Redstarts, Gnatcatcher, 5 migrant Ospreys, RE Vireos, Bobolink (Bill only), one 
Merlin (word is getting out), Orioles, Downies, no Sapsuckers yet, almost no 
Flickers yet, etc. BIG change! No sign of the juvie YH Blackbird that Bill 
photographed flying over two days ago. 



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Subject: Re: site of Great Auk cliffs
From: Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:01:43 -0400
Extinct Great Auk site. Thought people might like this memorial photo
I shot yesterday on west coast of Iceland. Saw some gannets and peeps
yesterday but most have left.

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Subject: SeaWatch at Schoodic Point
From: Seth Benz <sbenz AT schoodicinstitute.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:26:55 -0400
110 Northern Gannet streamed by Schoodic Point today between the hours of 6 
-9:30 AM. 

Common Loon (23) and Surf Scoter (10) were also tallied today. More 
importantly, the fall 

migration of many species of waterbirds can be seen from this vantage point. 
Last year’s 

combined effort (Schoodic Point and Otter Cliffs) topped 50,000 birds during 
about 150 hours 

of observation amassed during some 30 days of watch effort. In a typical year, 
Double-crested 

Cormorant and Common Eider make up nearly 80% of the overall flight total.
Oddities have included jaegers, terns (Caspian and Common seen this week), and 
an 

occasional shearwater, not to mention raptors and passerines that are sometimes 
seen. 

Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park is seeking skilled observers to help 
conduct these 

counts. If interested, please contact me offline. 

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Subject: Re: Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park?
From: Chris Bartlett <christophabartlett AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:04:18 -0700 (PDT)
Man, Liam's photos just don't show me enough to be decisive on this bird. 
 I agree with Doug's comments that a resting Sabine's gull would show white 
edging along the secondaries. Liam's bird also has dark brown tertials that 
look darker than other upperwing feathers, which I think is good for LAGU. 
 The bill also seems large for SAGU given the angle of the photo.  So, I'm 
leaning towards LAGU, but I'm not betting big money on it. That white face 
has me hung up. 

I've posted photos of a juvenile SAGU and LAGU for comparison at the link 
below. 

https://flic.kr/s/aHskGTwyXo

Cheers,

Chris


On Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:08:36 PM UTC-4, Doug Hitchcox wrote:
>
> Hi Liam, and others: 
>
> I won’t claim to be an expert on Sabine’s Gulls but with no other 
> responses posted I figured I’d share my thoughts. This bird is still 
> retaining juvenile plumage - I believe Sabine’s Gulls (SABU) don’t start 
> their performative molt until reaching the wintering grounds whereas 
> Laughing Gull (LAGU) could have started already. That said, most of the 
> juvenile LAGUs I’ve seen over the last week haven’t begun or may just be 
> beginning PF molt. The amount of white on the face and throat of this bird 
> does suggest SAGU but I really don’t think that is diagnostic enough to 
> eliminate a LAGU at this time of year. The overall color on the head, neck, 
> and back seems to be a paler tan-brown than the gray-brown that a juvenile 
> SAGU would show. A good example of this grayer color can be seen with a 
> juvenile SAGU that Peter Vickery and Scott Weidensaul found off Eastern Egg 
> Rock on 13 Sep 2007: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18010037. 
> Color may be subjective, especially with such a distant photo, so the best 
> field mark I can come up with in this photo is the color of the tertials 
> and secondaries: This bird appears to have a fairly wide white edge that 
> goes around the tips of its tertials, which is typical of a LAGU. I think a 
> SAGU would show only a white edge (at least one this prominent) below the 
> “tertial step” that would continue as a clean white stripe down the wing, 

> formed by the visible white tips on the secondaries. The lack of that white 
> stripe along the secondaries makes me think this is a juvenile Laughing 
> Gull. 
>
> That is just my interpretation so I’d love to hear if anyone disagrees. 
> This is definitely the ideal time to be looking for a Sabine’s Gull in the 
> northeast! Here are line graphs from ME, NH, and MA: 
> http://tinyurl.com/zq66txm and New Brunswick: http://tinyurl.com/j7a5pkl 
> to illustrate that point. 
>
> Good birding, 
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox 
> Staff Naturalist 
> Maine Audubon 
> 207-781-2330 x237 
> dhit... AT maineaudubon.org  
>
>
> > On Sep 11, 2016, at 6:25 PM, Liam Taylor  > wrote: 
> > 
> > Sorry Sean, no clear verdict yet. North American Gulls Facebook page 
> gives some additional support for Sabine's, but people still wondering if 
> Juvenile Laughing Gull.  Added some extra notes and a zoomed-in pic to the 
> eBird checklist. The most important update is the fact that my buddy, who 
> was also there and took the (bad!) photos, says he noted wing marks on the 
> gull in flight that would apparently match Sabine's. Unfortunately, we do 
> not have a picture of that. 
> > 
> > Would love any other opinions from anyone with experience! 
> > 
> > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31515470 
> > 
> > Thanks, 
> > Liam 
> >   
> > On Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:50:53 PM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote: 
> > What's the verdict? Would LOVE to try for this guy. Thanks. 
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Subject: A day in the sun by the sea
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:43:42 -0400
Petit Manan NWR. Semipalmated plovers and sandpipers, black-bellied plovers
and a lesser yellowlegs were all foraging yesterday with great success.


http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h36552eb4#h36552eb4


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Subject: Gannets?
From: Jeff Normandin <jeff.normandin AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:16:32 -0400
Several years ago I stopped by the Cliff House in York and watched a bunch
of gannets moving south offshore.  Can anyone remind me of their typical
migration?  I love watching gannets.

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Subject: Great Egret, Pectoral Sandpiper 136 Durham
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:26:22 -0400
Great Egret on sand bar in Androscoggin River. PESA foraging with 4 Least
and Killdeer opposite ag fields where irrigation draw is on riverbank.
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Subject: cormorants
From: "DWilde" <daw18 AT uninets.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:20:55 -0500
A bunch of great cormorants have been gracing the little beaver pond off
Route 9 in Troy for the past few days. Gorgeous.

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Subject: Mars Hill and Caribou sightings
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:36:20 -0400
Hi all - Stopped by the intown reservoir (Prestile Stream) in Mars Hill,
Aroostook Cty last night just before dusk. Ducks are losing their eclipse
plumage but are still dingy.

Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sand (1) and Semi Plovers (3)
N. Shoveler, both teal spp
Wood Duck (1)


And stopped by the very low-water Collins Pond in Caribou just a short
while back:

Belted Kingfisher (2)
Hoodies, Shoveler, G-w Teal
Swamp Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat (1 each)
Greater Yellowlegs

Cheers,
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Subject: Monhegan
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:37:23 -0400
Somewhat less exotic: several Dickcissels near the Trailing Yew, a few Gannets, 
one Great Shearwater on Sunday trip out (VERY rough - too rough to bird). 
Yesterday multiple Peregrines, Merlins, Kestrels, Sharpies, and Harrier. All 
but gone today. Lesser BB Gull also yesterday, not yet today (for me). 


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Subject: Yel-throated W, Yell-head Bl-bird, YCNH on Monhegan
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:37:33 -0400
Ice Pond - Yel-throated Warbler, YCNH.  Imm male Yellow-headed Blackbird
over meadow.  Best bird on island, Sanderling, seriously.  Haven't seen one
here since 1993.  Best, Peter

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Subject: Purple finch
From: Donald Tucker <don35 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:14:24 -0700 (PDT)
First purple finch (male) of the fall this AM at the feeder here in North 
Berwick.

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Subject: Cape Elizabeth Yard Birds
From: "Elias B." <ebbornhofft AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:18:16 -0700 (PDT)
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (1)
Red eyed Vireo (4)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Common "Northern" Yellowthroat (6)
Pine Warbler (1)
American Redstart (3)
Black throated Green Warbler (3)
Ovenbird (2)
Eastern Wood Pee (1)
Eastern Bluebird (10)
Ruby throated Hummers (2-3)(oh how we will miss these little gems) last visit 
to one of the feeders was 7:16pm. 

Tree swallow ( hundreds of tree swallows tonight at sunset)

 Elias
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Subject: Sandy Point Morning Flight, 9/12 (DICK, 18 spp warblers)
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:50:31 -0400
Hi all,
A good flight passed over and through Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, 
Yarmouth this morning. 


6:16-8:30am.
53F, clear, calm.
With Evan Obercian

223 Northern Parulas
125 Blackpoll Warblers
63 Unidentifed
47 Cedar Waxwings
21 American Redstarts
19 Black-throated Green Warblers
18 Yellow Warblers
8 Red-breasted Nuthatches
5 Magnolia Warblers
4 Red-eyed Vireos
4 Black-and-white Warblers
4 American Goldfinches
3 American Robins
2 Black-capped Chickadees
2 Nashville Warblers
2 Canada Warblers
2 Blackburnian Warblers
2 Scarlet Tanagers
2 Purple Finches
1 Merlin (plus 1 or more hunting)
1 Northern Flicker
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Unidentified Catharus thrush
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Palm Warbler (first of fall)
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 DICKCISSEL
X Common Yellowthroat

Total = 589

-Derek

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Subject: Re: Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park?
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:09:07 -0400
Hi Liam, and others:

I won’t claim to be an expert on Sabine’s Gulls but with no other responses 
posted I figured I’d share my thoughts. This bird is still retaining juvenile 
plumage - I believe Sabine’s Gulls (SABU) don’t start their performative 
molt until reaching the wintering grounds whereas Laughing Gull (LAGU) could 
have started already. That said, most of the juvenile LAGUs I’ve seen over 
the last week haven’t begun or may just be beginning PF molt. The amount of 
white on the face and throat of this bird does suggest SAGU but I really 
don’t think that is diagnostic enough to eliminate a LAGU at this time of 
year. The overall color on the head, neck, and back seems to be a paler 
tan-brown than the gray-brown that a juvenile SAGU would show. A good example 
of this grayer color can be seen with a juvenile SAGU that Peter Vickery and 
Scott Weidensaul found off Eastern Egg Rock on 13 Sep 2007: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18010037. Color may be subjective, 
especially with such a distant photo, so the best field mark I can come up with 
in this photo is the color of the tertials and secondaries: This bird appears 
to have a fairly wide white edge that goes around the tips of its tertials, 
which is typical of a LAGU. I think a SAGU would show only a white edge (at 
least one this prominent) below the “tertial step” that would continue as a 
clean white stripe down the wing, formed by the visible white tips on the 
secondaries. The lack of that white stripe along the secondaries makes me think 
this is a juvenile Laughing Gull. 


That is just my interpretation so I’d love to hear if anyone disagrees. This 
is definitely the ideal time to be looking for a Sabine’s Gull in the 
northeast! Here are line graphs from ME, NH, and MA: http://tinyurl.com/zq66txm 
and New Brunswick: http://tinyurl.com/j7a5pkl to illustrate that point. 


Good birding,


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


> On Sep 11, 2016, at 6:25 PM, Liam Taylor  wrote:
> 
> Sorry Sean, no clear verdict yet. North American Gulls Facebook page gives 
some additional support for Sabine's, but people still wondering if Juvenile 
Laughing Gull. Added some extra notes and a zoomed-in pic to the eBird 
checklist. The most important update is the fact that my buddy, who was also 
there and took the (bad!) photos, says he noted wing marks on the gull in 
flight that would apparently match Sabine's. Unfortunately, we do not have a 
picture of that. 

> 
> Would love any other opinions from anyone with experience!
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31515470 
> 
> Thanks, 
> Liam
>  
> On Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:50:53 PM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
> What's the verdict? Would LOVE to try for this guy. Thanks.
> 
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Subject: Great Egret 2 Durham
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:16:43 -0400
Two Great Egrets are hanging out on Androscoggin River along route 136
between Durham boat launch and town park
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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull Reid State Park?
From: Liam Taylor <ltaylor.ulysses AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:25:08 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry Sean, no clear verdict yet. North American Gulls Facebook page gives 
some additional support for Sabine's, but people still wondering if 
Juvenile Laughing Gull.  Added some extra notes and a zoomed-in pic to the 
eBird checklist. The most important update is the fact that my buddy, who 
was also there and took the (bad!) photos, says he noted wing marks on the 
gull in flight that would apparently match Sabine's. Unfortunately, we do 
not have a picture of that.

Would love any other opinions from anyone with experience!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31515470 

Thanks, 
Liam
 
On Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:50:53 PM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
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> What's the verdict? Would LOVE to try for this guy. Thanks.

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Subject: Biddeford Pool, 9/11 (MAGO, YCNH, AMOY, LBBG, etc)
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:55:57 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,A very productive day of birding around Biddeford Pool with clients 
visiting from North Carolina - interrupted only by brunch as the line of 
thunderstorms blew through - included the following highlights:- 4 continuing 
juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, Great Pond. One later seen behind 
"Hattie's" in The Pool.- 2 Red-necked Grebes, Ocean Avenue (one continuing 
bird).- 1 continuing juvenile MARBLED GODWIT, The Pool - first from behind 
"Hatties" and then from the Park in the Pines in Hill's Beach.- 1 continuing 
family group (2 ad, 2 juv) of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, Hill's Beach.- 12 Red 
Knots, Hill's Beach- 1 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Hill's Beach.- 1 Cliff 
Swallow, Hill's Beach 

Little Egret was not a "target bird," so I did not go out of my way to check 
every small white egret. Of those we saw, all were Snowies. 

-Derek
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