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24 Jul Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Great Knot 7/24 Update (No Luck) [Keenan Yakola ]
24 Jul Northern Maine Birds: Eurasian Wigeon, nesting Bonaparte's Gulls, Black-billed Cuckoo [Bill Sheehan ]
24 Jul July 24 Whimbrel Report - Flat Bay, Harrington [Merle and Anne Archie ]
24 Jul Re: Re: Whimbrel Report July 23 [Craig Kesselheim ]
23 Jul Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Great Knot [Keenan Yakola ]
23 Jul Re: Whimbrel Report July 23 [David Doubleday ]
23 Jul Trading Places ["'john tobin' via Maine birds" ]
23 Jul Whimbrel Report July 23 [Merle and Anne Archie ]
23 Jul Cuckoos [tom A ]
23 Jul Whimbrels in Harrington [Craig Kesselheim ]
22 Jul Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Royal Tern, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Stilt Sandpiper etc. [Keenan Yakola ]
22 Jul Whimbrel report - Flat Bay, Milbridge [Merle and Anne Archie ]
22 Jul Re: Fenway Park ["'Barbara' via Maine birds" ]
22 Jul Re: Fenway Park [Bill Sheehan ]
22 Jul Gray catbird nesting question [David Small ]
22 Jul Re: Fenway Park []
21 Jul Whimbrel report Flat Bay, Milbridge [Merle and Anne Archie ]
21 Jul Re: Monhegan Island 7/16 - 7/19 (YCNH, misc) [Keenan Yakola ]
21 Jul Re: Re: more bobolinks [Julia Hanauer-Milne ]
21 Jul Re: Re: more bobolinks [AMF ]
21 Jul Baxter State Park region, 7/17-19 (ATTW, BBWO, FOSP, RECR, boreal stuff, etc). ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
21 Jul Red-billed Tropicbirds [Bill Baker ]
21 Jul Re: more bobolinks [Cindy Elias ]
21 Jul Fenway Park [Sean Hatch ]
20 Jul Monhegan Island 7/16 - 7/19 (YCNH, misc) [Doug Hitchcox ]
20 Jul Shorebirds return to Flat Bay [Merle and Anne Archie ]
20 Jul Re: the NEW ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS [Raven Watcher ]
18 Jul the NEW ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS []
19 Jul Bird Monitoring [Linda Woodard ]
18 Jul Peregrine Falcon, Camden, 7.18.16 [Kristen Lindquist ]
18 Jul RE: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 7 updates in 6 topics [eleanorar ]
18 Jul Biddeford: Royal Tern... [Josh Fecteau ]
18 Jul Peregrine Falcon [Charles Duncan ]
18 Jul belated Cory's Shearwater and other birds [Jeff Wells ]
17 Jul Schoodic Ridge addition [John Berry ]
17 Jul Schoodic Ridge, GOM [Seth Benz ]
17 Jul Re: LIEG yes! ["James Lea" ]
17 Jul LIEG yes! [Charles Duncan ]
17 Jul late broods for Yellow rumps [Sarah Caputo ]
15 Jul Additional Highlights This Week, 7/9-15 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
15 Jul Little Egret [Charles Duncan ]
15 Jul Double-crested cormorant [David Small ]
14 Jul Great Horned Owl [Steve Barnes ]
13 Jul Quest for the Red-billed Tropicbird (7/12)... [Josh Fecteau ]
13 Jul Re: A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
13 Jul Re: A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS [Marie Jordan ]
13 Jul A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
12 Jul Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access)- Red-billed Tropicbird [Keenan Yakola ]
12 Jul Little egret right now Tidewater Farm 12:08pm [wrenyen ]
11 Jul Re: ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth [Rob O'Connell ]
11 Jul Re: ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth []
11 Jul Chimney Swift [Dave Thompson ]
11 Jul Little egret [Margaret Viens ]
11 Jul Broad-winged Hawk [Kathryn Davis ]
11 Jul Little Egret summary [Charles Duncan ]
10 Jul ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth ["'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" ]
10 Jul Peregrine fledglings []
10 Jul Little Egret, 7/10am. ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
9 Jul Kennebunk Plains [Bill Blauvelt ]
9 Jul Nighthawk hotspot ["Jeff Webb" ]
9 Jul Re: more bobolinks [Cindy Elias ]
9 Jul Re: Parasitic Jaeger - East Point Sanctuary [Brendan McKay ]
9 Jul Re: Feather ID [Mike Chace-Ortiz ]
9 Jul Re: any bobolinks??? [Dave Thompson ]
9 Jul Re: Leucistic house finch? ["'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds" ]
9 Jul Leucistic house finch? [David Small ]
9 Jul Little Egret, 7/9 am ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
9 Jul Parasitic Jaeger - East Point Sanctuary [Brendan McKay ]
9 Jul more bobolinks [Dean Tyler ]
8 Jul Additional Highlights this Week Plus, 6/28-7/8 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
8 Jul Feather ID [Mike Chace-Ortiz ]
8 Jul Scarborough Marsh, 7/8 (FOTE, REKN, AMOY, shorebirds). ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
8 Jul Re: any bobolinks??? [Geoffrey Ives ]
7 Jul Re: any bobolinks??? ["'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" ]
7 Jul Re: more bobolinks [Cindy Elias ]
7 Jul Re: more bobolinks [Geoffrey Ives ]

Subject: Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Great Knot 7/24 Update (No Luck)
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:24:50 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

We were not able to refind the Great Knot today! Hopefully it will show up 
somewhere on the mainland soon!

All the best,

Keenan

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Subject: Northern Maine Birds: Eurasian Wigeon, nesting Bonaparte's Gulls, Black-billed Cuckoo
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:46:19 -0400
For the past two months I've watched a pair of Bonaparte's Gulls at a nest
site here in northern Maine.  This species apparently nested in the
Allagash Lake region back in the 70's and early 80's.  At that time,
several different skilled observers saw the adult gulls in breeding season
and were dive-bombed by them, but documentation of the birds on a nest was
lacking.  This year's birds found a suitable location, constructed a nest,
defended it diligently against predators and  incubated eggs, but the nest
ultimately failed.  The pair has moved on and I expect they are now
wheeling around Passamaquoddy Bay.

The next nearest known nesting site for Bonaparte's Gulls is near Lac St.
Jean in Quebec, though most of the breeding population is west of
north-central Ontario.  Other than this new northern Maine location, there
are no known nesting sites for Bonaparte's Gulls in the US outside of
Alaska.  Maybe next year they'll return and be successful...
https://flic.kr/p/KitKK7

Today, at Christina Reservoir, I found what I believe is the same Eurasian
Wigeon that was discovered by Wayne Petersen and his Mass Audubon group in
late June.  The bird has done an impressive transformation from a bright,
red and gray breeding-plumaged drake to a somber dark brown bird in eclipse
plumage.  http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S30835091

The euro wigeon was part of a flock of more than 1,000 molting waterfowl at
Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield now.  The large congregation of ducks
and geese has attracted several Bald Eagles that are finding the flightless
waterfowl easy pickings.

Though breeding season is already starting to wind down for some species,
there are still a lot of birds singing in the area.  Olive-sided
Flycatchers and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were very vocal on the Moscovic
Road in Stockholm on Saturday.

A Black-billed Cuckoo was singing steadily near the town office at St
Agatha that same morning.  This was my first of the species this year in
the county.

Good Birding.
Bill

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Subject: July 24 Whimbrel Report - Flat Bay, Harrington
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:05:24 -0400
The morning low tide showed 110 Whimbrel. Evening low tide had 135
Whimbrel. Again, evening viewing conditions are miserable!

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Subject: Re: Re: Whimbrel Report July 23
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:52:17 -0400
Flat Bay is in Harrington, Washington County. Accessible from Flat Bay Road
or Oak Point Rd., both of which are right turns off of Rte 1.

Merle and Anne are the locals who know where to park.

Craig K


On Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 8:49 PM, David Doubleday 
wrote:

> Please tell us the location of these observations.
>
>
> On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6:57:39 PM UTC-4, Merle and Anne Archie
> wrote:
>>
>> Our morning low-tide Whimbrel count was 90+ (other birders from different
>> viewing stations this morning also reported their sightings - there are a
>> lot of Whimbrels out there!!).
>>
>> Our Whimbrel count for the evening low-tide completed 20 minutes ago is
>> again 90+ Whimbrel. Viewing conditions are not good with hazy, humid air
>> and strong winds associated with an incoming storm.
>>
>> New species added to the dowitchers, terns, peeps,
>> yellowlegs tidal feeding party in Flat Bay are Black-bellied Plover,
>> Semi-palmated Plover and Bonaparte's Gull. More shorebird flocks are coming
>> into the bay now.
>>
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Subject: Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Great Knot
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:54:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Today I found a Great Knot on Seal Island NWR! Please see the attached 
checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30822170 . I was able to 
get all of our crew members on it except one! So, I hope it will stick 
around for her! Can't believe we have had two first state records out here 
in one season! Absolutely incredible. If it sticks around I will keep 
everyone updated. It may be possible to see the bird with a boat if you 
were to hire John Drury or Old Quarry Adventures but, just a reminder that 
the public CANNOT land on the island per the USFWS. 

All the best,

Keenan 

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Subject: Re: Whimbrel Report July 23
From: David Doubleday <davidd AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:49:59 -0700 (PDT)
Please tell us the location of these observations.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6:57:39 PM UTC-4, Merle and Anne Archie wrote:
>
> Our morning low-tide Whimbrel count was 90+ (other birders from different 
> viewing stations this morning also reported their sightings - there are a 
> lot of Whimbrels out there!!).
>
> Our Whimbrel count for the evening low-tide completed 20 minutes ago is 
> again 90+ Whimbrel. Viewing conditions are not good with hazy, humid air 
> and strong winds associated with an incoming storm.
>
> New species added to the dowitchers, terns, peeps, 
> yellowlegs tidal feeding party in Flat Bay are Black-bellied Plover, 
> Semi-palmated Plover and Bonaparte's Gull. More shorebird flocks are coming 
> into the bay now.
>

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Subject: Trading Places
From: "'john tobin' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:06:21 -0700
My House Wrens that took over a Bluebird/Chickadee Box fledged their young last 
week and left the immediate vicinity. Now a Winter Wren has appeared in the 
same habitat,and is singing constantly . Seems late in the season for that 
behavior? 


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Subject: Whimbrel Report July 23
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:57:36 -0400
Our morning low-tide Whimbrel count was 90+ (other birders from different
viewing stations this morning also reported their sightings - there are a
lot of Whimbrels out there!!).

Our Whimbrel count for the evening low-tide completed 20 minutes ago is
again 90+ Whimbrel. Viewing conditions are not good with hazy, humid air
and strong winds associated with an incoming storm.

New species added to the dowitchers, terns, peeps, yellowlegs tidal feeding
party in Flat Bay are Black-bellied Plover, Semi-palmated Plover and
Bonaparte's Gull. More shorebird flocks are coming into the bay now.

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Subject: Cuckoos
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:14:02 -0700 (PDT)
This morning a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling loudly in my yard in 
Unity.  The bird had not been noted previously, so appears to be a new 
arrival.  There was also a Black-bill calling soon afterwards.  Perhaps the 
Yellow-bills are staging a mid-summer movement similar to what I witnessed 
locally in the summer of '13?

Good birding,
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Subject: Whimbrels in Harrington
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:24:42 -0400
Hi all -- Since my lifetime high count for Whimbrel is 10, I was taken by
the numbers reported by Merle and Ann Archie in the past couple of days.
Went out to Flat Bay this morning and my scan in the scope yielded 118
Whimbrel on the mudflats east of Oak Point Rd. Hundreds of peep sp
(looking across toward Oak Point), a scattering of S-b Dowitchers, and one
audible / briefly seen Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Obviously a really significant ecological location for migrants. Thanks to
the Archies for their posts.

Link to the morning's list here
 (no photos, sorry).
Scopes are essential equipment here.

Craig K

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Subject: Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access): Royal Tern, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Stilt Sandpiper etc.
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:31 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Today has been a great day out on Seal Island NWR. I started work around 
430 and had a bunch of good birds. Around 530 I had the Red-billed 
Tropicbird which has been quite regularly the past few days. Then at 545 I 
had a Royal Tern flyby the colony and it even called for me once! I also 
had a juvenile Hooded Merganser flyby with a puffin, so odd. Other 
highlights have been a Brown Thrasher, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed 
Cowbird, a female Northern Cardinal, a Bobolink, our first Yellow Warbler 
since the spring and some Red-breasted Nuthatches. Shorebirds have also 
been pouring through. Over the past two days we have seen around 10 species 
highlighted by a Stilt Sandpiper today. The other species included Greater 
and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Sanderlings, 
Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel, Semipalmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher and 
of course the ever present breeding Spotted Sandpipers.  We have also had a 
Yellow-crowned Night Heron on and off as well the past week or so. 

All the best,

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Subject: Whimbrel report - Flat Bay, Milbridge
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:47:47 -0400
Eighty-eight Whimbrel at the morning low tide and 127 this evening.  The
hazy humid light makes the evening counts difficult as the birds are at
least a half mile away and Merle is looking west from our side of the bay.

The usual compadres were feeding on the exposed sandbars - dowitchers,
yellowlegs, peeps, Common Terns (lots of these),
Laughing/Ring-billed/Herring Gulls.

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Subject: Re: Fenway Park
From: "'Barbara' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:41:16 -0400
We used to see nighthawks catching insects at the lights at the baseball 
stadium in Syracuse, NY, many moons ago. 

Barbara Herrgesell 
Sanford

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> On Jul 22, 2016, at 10:08 AM, Bill Sheehan  wrote:
> 
> Sean,
> 
> I once watched a Red-tailed Hawk eating a large rat up in the girders over 
near Pesky Pole in Fenway... Took my attention for about half an inning. 

> 
> Saw 50+ Rock Pigeons vacate the lights at Gillette Stadium in front of a 
Peregrine Falcon that came by us (while we were sitting in the nosebleed 
seats). 

> 
> Saw a Mississippi Kite and Green Heron fly over Ranger stadium a couple 
springs ago. 

> 
> Theres some impressive Monk Parakeet nests in the lights at the field in New 
Brittain CT. 

> 
> I might start a list... Sports venue birds.  Thanks for the idea!
> 
> Bill
> 
>> On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Sean Hatch  wrote:
>> Was at the game last night and while watching our Sox win, RW Blackbirds, 
Grackles and Waxwings all made appearances. Not where I expected to see them. 

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Subject: Re: Fenway Park
From: Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:08:17 -0400
Sean,

I once watched a Red-tailed Hawk eating a large rat up in the girders over
near Pesky Pole in Fenway...  Took my attention for about half an inning.

Saw 50+ Rock Pigeons vacate the lights at Gillette Stadium in front of a
Peregrine Falcon that came by us (while we were sitting in the nosebleed
seats).

Saw a Mississippi Kite and Green Heron fly over Ranger stadium a couple
springs ago.

Theres some impressive Monk Parakeet nests in the lights at the field in
New Brittain CT.

I might start a list... Sports venue birds.  Thanks for the idea!

Bill

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Sean Hatch  wrote:

> Was at the game last night and while watching our Sox win, RW Blackbirds,
> Grackles and Waxwings all made appearances. Not where I expected to see
> them.
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Subject: Gray catbird nesting question
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:51:38 -0400
Three days ago we discovered a gray catbird nest in our raspberry patch.
Two chicks were visible, but no parent, probably scared off by our picking.
The chicks looked just hatched to us and actively begging for food, so we
ceased our picking and left the alone. Yesterday, I checked the nest in the
morning, afternoon and early evening. Each time the mother was sitting on
the nest and, I assume the chicks because I didn't see them. Again, this
morning the mother is sitting on the nest. I can see the hind end of one of
the chicks, but no movement. The adult bird seems small to me, but I'm not
sure. Does this sound like normal nesting behavior? Thank you.

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Fenway Park
From: segela AT colby.edu
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:16:20 -0700 (PDT)
No cardinals, orioles or blue jays?

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:05:39 PM UTC-4, Sean Hatch wrote:
>
> Was at the game last night and while watching our Sox win, RW Blackbirds, 
> Grackles and Waxwings all made appearances. Not where I expected to see 
> them.

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Subject: Whimbrel report Flat Bay, Milbridge
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:24:21 -0400
This morning's low tide yielded 82 Whimbrel in the southern end of Flat Bay
feeding with a great assortment of peeps, terns and gulls. This
is Milbridge township!

This evening 102 Whimbrel were counted there again scattered over
sandbars exposed by the low or minus tides. At least two dozen Short-billed
Dowitchers, scattered yellowlegs, lots of peeps as well as a good number of
Common Terns, Laughing/Herring/Ring-billed Gulls.  There must be a rich and
accessible food source in this particular area given the number of species
and amount of activity.

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Subject: Re: Monhegan Island 7/16 - 7/19 (YCNH, misc)
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:11:27 -0700 (PDT)
Good Stuff! Thanks for sharing. Interestingly enough we also had an imm. 
YCNH last summer at the end of July. And for your viewing 
pleasure! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scolopax/28460618135/in/dateposted-public/ 


Keenan 


On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 9:52:48 PM UTC-4, Doug Hitchcox wrote:
>
> Hey everyone: 
>
> Just got back from a few days on Monhegan Island. While this is obviously 
> a destination during the spring and fall migration, it was interesting to 
> see the island during the breeding season. Not surprisingly species like 
> Black-throated Green Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches dominated 
> Cathedral Woods but there were more Swainson’s Thrushes on territory than I 

> expected. Brown Thrasher is not uncommon on the island but this was the 
> first time having one in my parent’s yard. 
>
> The ‘best’ bird of the trip was an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 
> (YCNH) that my dad found at the Ice Pond on the evening of the 17th (photo 
> here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30776136). I relocated the 
> bird again on the morning of the 18th foraging along the shoreline north of 
> the dock. Interestingly, Keenan Yakola had a YCNH on Seal Island on the 
> 15th (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30700206) and 19th (
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30769785), and Eva Matthews had 
> one on Eastern Egg Rock on the evening of the 19th (
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30774623). Hard to believe that 
> one bird would cover nearly 100 miles (as the night-heron flies) in those 
> few days but makes you wonder how many YCNHs are moving around the coast 
> right now. 
>
> While birding and naturing weren’t the purpose of this trip, it was hard 
> not to keep track of other conspicuous flying creatures during the few 
> days. Large Skimmers (Libellulidae) got the most attention: There was an 
> impressive swarm (50+) of Spot-winged Gliders (Pantala hymenaea) each day 
> in our yard while other showy dragonflies like Common Whitetail (Plathemis 
> lydia), Twelve-spotted Skimmers (Libellula pulchella), and Eastern 
> Amberwings (Perithemis tenera) were regular at the Ice Pond. Butterflies 
> were fairly abundant but not as diverse as I hoped. My FOY Monarch was 
> probably the highlight of the trip. Here is a full list of butterflies: 
> Long Dash Skipper (3+) 
> Dun Skipper (1) 
> Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (3+) 
> Cabbage White (5+) 
> Monarch (1) 
> Great Spangled Fritillary (2) 
> Northern Crescent (10+) 
> Question Mark (4) 
> Red Admiral (10+) 
> American Lady (1) 
> White Admiral (3+) 
> Inornate Ringlet (1) 
>
> Good birding, 
>
>
> Doug Hitchcox

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Subject: Re: Re: more bobolinks
From: Julia Hanauer-Milne <windyridgemaine AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:54:36 -0400
My neighborhood kestrels fledged sometime this week. There are two to three
babies. It's been such a treat to watch the parents hunt up near our house
and all down the road. And now it's fun to watch the babies learn to fly.
They're a little wobbly and don't always land with grace. The barn swallows
are giving them hell.

Julia
in Sidney

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM, AMF  wrote:

> My fields in Benton (Sebasticook River) have been mowed this week.  Mowing
> was delayed to protect the bobolinks.  There have been no bobolinks in the
> field for the last few weeks.  We had four kestrel young fledge two weeks
> ago.  Mom and dad brought food and just dropped it off on a ledge on the
> barn and the young fought over it.  There was a pecking order.  The biggest
> one got first helpings.  I do not know if the kestrel parents raided the
> bobolink parents and nests in the field.  The food (critters) were being
> dropped off every few minutes by the parents at random windows of time.
>
> Allan
>
>
> On 7/21/2016 1:49 PM, Cindy Elias wrote:
>
> The Lewiston Junction bobolinks have been mowed.   At least I know they
> had a successful nesting because we counted quite a few fledglings before
> the mowing happened.  :(
> Cindy
>
> On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:41:54 PM UTC-4, Cindy Elias wrote:
>>
>> Glad to know that.  The Lewiston Junction bobolinks may be in danger of
>> getting mowed.  :(   Cindy
>>
>> On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:31:35 AM UTC-4, Dean Tyler wrote:
>>>
>>> I have been watching a field near my house house in Hancock with at
>>> least 8 nesting pairs.  I don't know if this has been posted before, but
>>> The Bobolink Project will pay mowers to mow later when funds are available.
>>>   So far, it is mainly happening in southern New England (CT, RI, MA), but
>>> with increased support they hope to expand.   Check out
>>> boblinkproject.com.  There is good information.
>>>
>>> Best regards,
>>> Dean Tyler
>>>
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Subject: Re: Re: more bobolinks
From: AMF <znse37 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:10:14 -0400
My fields in Benton (Sebasticook River) have been mowed this week.  
Mowing was delayed to protect the bobolinks.  There have been no 
bobolinks in the field for the last few weeks.  We had four kestrel 
young fledge two weeks ago.  Mom and dad brought food and just dropped 
it off on a ledge on the barn and the young fought over it.  There was a 
pecking order. The biggest one got first helpings.  I do not know if the 
kestrel parents raided the bobolink parents and nests in the field.  The 
food (critters) were being dropped off every few minutes by the parents 
at random windows of time.

Allan

On 7/21/2016 1:49 PM, Cindy Elias wrote:
> The Lewiston Junction bobolinks have been mowed. At least I know they 
> had a successful nesting because we counted quite a few fledglings 
> before the mowing happened.  :(
> Cindy
>
> On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:41:54 PM UTC-4, Cindy Elias wrote:
>
>     Glad to know that.  The Lewiston Junction bobolinks may be in
>     danger of getting mowed.  :(   Cindy
>
>     On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:31:35 AM UTC-4, Dean Tyler wrote:
>
>         I have been watching a field near my house house in Hancock
>         with at least 8 nesting pairs.  I don't know if this has been
>         posted before, but The Bobolink Project will pay mowers to mow
>         later when funds are available.   So far, it is mainly
>         happening in southern New England (CT, RI, MA), but with
>         increased support they hope to expand.   Check out
>         boblinkproject.com .  There is good
>         information.
>
>         Best regards,
>         Dean Tyler
>
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Subject: Baxter State Park region, 7/17-19 (ATTW, BBWO, FOSP, RECR, boreal stuff, etc).
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:01:29 -0400
Hi all,

Evan Obercian and I spent three days birding the greater Baxter State Park 
area. 


The highlight, of course, was the pair (probably with one juvenile) of AMERICAN 
THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS along the Nesowadnahunk Campground Road (off of Telos 
Rd, not the Nesowadnahunk Field Campground with 

in the park). The birds were seen from a diffuse trail on an old skidder track, 
nearly opposite Mile Marker 6 as you approach the campground. 


Photos here:

https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/a-weekend-adventure-in-search-of-american-three-toed-woodpecker/ 


Other highlights:
- 1 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 1 FOX SPARROW, 7 Olive-sided Flycatchers, 3 Palm 
Warblers, 2 Wilson's Warblers, 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, etc, etc, Harvester Road, 
7/17. 

- 3-4 Eastern Whip-poor-wills, 2 Common Nighthawks, 1 American Woodcock, etc, 
Abol Bridge Campground, 7/17-19. 

- 2 Gray Jays, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler, etc, Park Tote Road north of 
Nesowadnahunk Field Campground, Baxter State Lark, 7/18. 

- 2 Boreal Chickadees, 16 Ring-necked Ducks, 5 Common Goldeneyes, several 
broods of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, etc, Tracey to Grassy Pond, Baxter State Park, 
7/18. 

- 1 RED CROSSBILL, Nesowadnahunk Campground Road, 7/19. Only other finches were 
Purple and American Goldfinches. 

- Olive-sides Flycatchers were especially vocal throughout the area all 
weekend, perhaps in anticipation of the beginning of their early departure. 


-Derek

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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbirds
From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:25:37 -0700 (PDT)
Two trips to see puffins at seal island on this Tuesday and Wednesday. 
While a no show on Tuesday as clouds moved in over only seal and matinicus 
island, he did make an appearance yesterday after a week absence from the 
island. Close looks flying, sitting and preening. Puffins, arctic terns, 
and Great cormorants still on the island. Murres have become more frequent 
with 4 seen on Tuesday and 2 on Wednesday. One of these murres was a 
"bridled" murre. Razorbills are completely absent from island and we have 
managed to only see about 3 or 5 on the water at various points. The 
leucistic great black-backed gull was seen at a distance on Tuesday, as 
well as a pair of Manx Shearwaters. Tuesday Wilson's Storm-petrels were 
abundant, yesterday maybe one was seen. We have seen the tropicbird 3/4 
trips this year, 2/4 last summer during afternoon trips. If you can find 6 
or 8 people we can build a puffin trip around your schedule.

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Subject: Re: more bobolinks
From: Cindy Elias <binkcind AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:49:49 -0700 (PDT)
The Lewiston Junction bobolinks have been mowed.   At least I know they had 
a successful nesting because we counted quite a few fledglings before the 
mowing happened.  :(
Cindy

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:41:54 PM UTC-4, Cindy Elias wrote:
>
> Glad to know that.  The Lewiston Junction bobolinks may be in danger of 
> getting mowed.  :(   Cindy
>
> On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:31:35 AM UTC-4, Dean Tyler wrote:
>>
>> I have been watching a field near my house house in Hancock with at least 
>> 8 nesting pairs.  I don't know if this has been posted before, but The 
>> Bobolink Project will pay mowers to mow later when funds are available.   
>> So far, it is mainly happening in southern New England (CT, RI, MA), but 
>> with increased support they hope to expand.   Check out 
>> boblinkproject.com.  There is good information.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Dean Tyler
>>
>

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Subject: Fenway Park
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:05:38 -0700 (PDT)
Was at the game last night and while watching our Sox win, RW Blackbirds, 
Grackles and Waxwings all made appearances. Not where I expected to see them. 


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Subject: Monhegan Island 7/16 - 7/19 (YCNH, misc)
From: Doug Hitchcox <dhitchcox AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:52:45 -0400
Hey everyone:

Just got back from a few days on Monhegan Island. While this is obviously a 
destination during the spring and fall migration, it was interesting to see the 
island during the breeding season. Not surprisingly species like Black-throated 
Green Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches dominated Cathedral Woods but there 
were more Swainson’s Thrushes on territory than I expected. Brown Thrasher is 
not uncommon on the island but this was the first time having one in my 
parent’s yard. 


The ‘best’ bird of the trip was an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 
(YCNH) that my dad found at the Ice Pond on the evening of the 17th (photo 
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30776136). I relocated the bird 
again on the morning of the 18th foraging along the shoreline north of the 
dock. Interestingly, Keenan Yakola had a YCNH on Seal Island on the 15th 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30700206) and 19th 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30769785), and Eva Matthews had one on 
Eastern Egg Rock on the evening of the 19th 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30774623). Hard to believe that one 
bird would cover nearly 100 miles (as the night-heron flies) in those few days 
but makes you wonder how many YCNHs are moving around the coast right now. 


While birding and naturing weren’t the purpose of this trip, it was hard not 
to keep track of other conspicuous flying creatures during the few days. Large 
Skimmers (Libellulidae) got the most attention: There was an impressive swarm 
(50+) of Spot-winged Gliders (Pantala hymenaea) each day in our yard while 
other showy dragonflies like Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia), Twelve-spotted 
Skimmers (Libellula pulchella), and Eastern Amberwings (Perithemis tenera) were 
regular at the Ice Pond. Butterflies were fairly abundant but not as diverse as 
I hoped. My FOY Monarch was probably the highlight of the trip. Here is a full 
list of butterflies: 

Long Dash Skipper (3+)
Dun Skipper (1)
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (3+)
Cabbage White (5+)
Monarch (1)
Great Spangled Fritillary (2)
Northern Crescent (10+)
Question Mark (4)
Red Admiral (10+)
American Lady (1)
White Admiral (3+)
Inornate Ringlet (1)

Good birding,


Doug Hitchcox

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Subject: Shorebirds return to Flat Bay
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:26:57 -0400
Today we saw growing numbers of shorebirds gathering in Flat Bay
in Harrington including 52 Whimbrels. They are difficult to see from our
house as the feeding areas seem to be south of the mouth of Mill Creek.

Merle and Anne Archie
Harrington ME

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Subject: Re: the NEW ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
From: Raven Watcher <ravenwatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:53:47 -0400
I just called yesterday. From the photo on line it is not clear that there
is any outdoor deck space. Called 877 number and person didn't know and
gave me number of terminal which was wring apparently. I gave up but am
going down there today to ask or possibly see boat. I was planning on going
next week
Dan Nickerson

On Monday, July 18, 2016,  wrote:

> Has anybody tried the NEW high-speed CAT ferry between Portland ME and
> Yarmouth NS?
> http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
> This NEW ship just started one month ago, on June 15th.  This was the
> first time it ran in the Gulf Of Maine.
> This is NOT the same as the old CAT ship, but a different ferry, which
> they renamed.
>
> 1.  Can you view and photograph birds from it?
> 2.  Are there open areas, or are all areas enclosed behind glass windows?
> 3.  Is there too much vibration?
> 4.  Any other thoughts on birding from this ship?
> Etc.
>
> Thanks,
> Tom
> robben99 AT gmail DOT com
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Subject: the NEW ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
From: robben99 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:52 -0700 (PDT)
Has anybody tried the NEW high-speed CAT ferry between Portland ME and 
Yarmouth NS?
http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
This NEW ship just started one month ago, on June 15th.  This was the first 
time it ran in the Gulf Of Maine.
This is NOT the same as the old CAT ship, but a different ferry, which they 
renamed.

1.  Can you view and photograph birds from it?
2.  Are there open areas, or are all areas enclosed behind glass windows?
3.  Is there too much vibration?
4.  Any other thoughts on birding from this ship?
Etc.

Thanks,
Tom
robben99 AT gmail DOT com

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Subject: Bird Monitoring
From: Linda Woodard <lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:14:58 -0400
 *Want to do some birding at Maine’s premier birding spot and help gather
data on Maine’s first Important Bird Area?  *


 Join us on July 23 from 8 -11 and August 20 from 7-10 at Scarborough Marsh
for a marsh-wide survey of birds to document the numbers of individuals and
species.  Timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration, each group
of monitors will be assigned a portion of the marsh to survey.  Depending
on the assignment, surveys may be done on foot, by car or from a canoe
(provided at the marsh or bring your own). Beginning birders welcome!  They
will go out with experienced monitors.


 The morning will start with a brief introduction to the marsh and the
survey methods.  After that, monitors will disburse to their assigned
sections, and actual surveys may last up to several hours (depending on
location surveyed).



For more information and to register, call 883-5100 or e-mail
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Camden, 7.18.16
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:06:07 -0400
While walking around downtown Camden with our ice cream cones this evening,
my husband and I heard, then saw, a Peregrine Falcon flying (and vocalizing
insistently) overhead, presumably one of the local birds. It was not
apparent what all the fuss was about.

Here at our home, a chatty Red-bellied Woodpecker has been hanging around
for the past few days, which is kind of fun.

Kristen


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Subject: RE: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 7 updates in 6 topics
From: eleanorar <eleanorar AT rivah.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:54:25 -0400


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maine-birds AT googlegroups.com Google Groups Today's topic summary View all topics belated Cory's Shearwater and other birds - 1 Update Prouts Neck birds - 1 Update Schoodic Ridge addition - 1 Update Schoodic Ridge, GOM - 1 Update LIEG yes! - 2 Updates Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES - 1 Update belated Cory's Shearwater and other birds Jeff Wells : Jul 18 08:40PM Apologies if someone else reported these to the listserve. I know they have been submitted to eBird. On a Hog Island Audubon camp boat trip to Eastern Egg Rock last Thursday (7/14) we saw at least 6 ...more Back to top Prouts Neck birds john tobin : Jul 17 06:31PM -0700 2 Oystercatchers: flyby, near East Point vocalizing. 2 Glossy Ibis : flyovers Piping Plovers and Least Terns seem to be having a good season on the Ferry Beach side. John Tobin ...more Back to top Schoodic Ridge addition John Berry : Jul 17 09:10PM -0400 In addition to Seth's report, seven Red-necked Phalaropes were seen in two small groups. This was a trip to benefit Schoodic Institute and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. A minke whale also was spotted. ...more Back to top Schoodic Ridge, GOM Seth Benz : Jul 17 08:10PM -0400 Evening whale watch excursion with BHWWC. After Petit Manan portion, 18 miles out or so, Great Shearwaters (180) and Wilson's Storm Petrels (50) counted while boat hovered near a surfacing Humpback ...more Back to top LIEG yes! Charles Duncan : Jul 17 04:15PM -0700 Apologies if this is a duplicate post. Previous one seems to have vanished. We saw the Little Egret today (Sunday) about 5:10 pm (a little more than an hour past dead low) from the blind at ...more "James Lea" : Jul 17 07:24PM -0400 Lost bird. Yesterday we lost our beloved Cockatiel Pivot. At ten months old I think his hormones were raging and he snuck out the door when we were not looking. Please watch your feeders in the ...more Back to top Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES Steve Mirick : Jul 17 07:19PM -0400 A while back, I adjusted my web page to show all of the eBird rarities (sorted by date). I published this on a "Start.me" page: https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities This is fine, but ...more Back to top You received this digest because you're subscribed to updates for this group. You can change your settings on the group membership page. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it send an email to maine-birds+unsubscribe AT googlegroups.com. -- Maine birds mailing list maine-birds AT googlegroups.com http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds https://sites.google.com/site/birding207 --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Maine birds" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to maine-birds+unsubscribe AT googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Subject: Biddeford: Royal Tern...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:46:37 -0400
Hi all,

Kathryn Davis and I birded the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach
in Biddeford this evening. We observed juvenile and adult Common and
Roseate Terns, 5 species of gulls, growing numbers of shorebirds
(mostly Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and
Sanderlings) and an assortment of other species including a flyby
Whimbrel and a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Then as we were leaving around 7:30pm, we spotted a ROYAL TERN
standing next to some Ring-billed Gulls on a disappearing sandbar east
of the causeway.

Photos on my eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30752025

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:47:17 -0700 (PDT)
A Peregrine flew along US 1 in Falmouth near the northeast end of the bridge 
across the Presumpscot River today about 4:10 pm. Just kept a-goin. 


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Subject: belated Cory's Shearwater and other birds
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:40:35 +0000
Apologies if someone else reported these to the listserve. I know they have 
been submitted to eBird. On a Hog Island Audubon camp boat trip to Eastern Egg 
Rock last Thursday (7/14) we saw at least 6 Cory's Shearwater's including two 
sitting on the water near the island. Also had a couple of American 
Oystercatchers fly in and land on the island. Lots of other expected birds but 
I was impressed to count at least 64 Black Guillemots in one sweep of the 
binocs over 1-2 minutes in the eastern part of inner Muscongus Bay. 


We also did see two juvenile Peregrine Falcons playing around by stooping at 
soaring gulls over Weskeag Marsh on Wednesday, July 13. 


Jeff Wells

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Subject: Schoodic Ridge addition
From: John Berry <Berry.John AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:10:52 -0400
In addition to Seth's report, seven Red-necked Phalaropes were seen in two 
small groups. This was a trip to benefit Schoodic Institute and Maine Coast 
Heritage Trust. A minke whale also was spotted. 


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Subject: Schoodic Ridge, GOM
From: Seth Benz <sbenz AT schoodicinstitute.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:10:35 -0400
Evening whale watch excursion with BHWWC. After Petit Manan portion, 18 miles 
out or so, Great Shearwaters (180) and Wilson's Storm Petrels (50) counted 
while boat hovered near a surfacing Humpback Whale named Gemini. Northern 
Gannet (6) and a smattering of Herring and GBBG. A single Whimbrel was spotted 
about 4 miles out from Petit Manan, flying roughly NNE. 


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Subject: Re: LIEG yes!
From: "James Lea" <clocks AT midcoast.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:24:32 -0400
Lost bird. Yesterday we lost our beloved Cockatiel Pivot. At ten months old I 
think his hormones were raging and he snuck out the door when we were not 
looking. Please watch your feeders in the Rockport Village area. He may show 
up. Thank you. 


James Alden Lea Clockmaker
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Subject: LIEG yes!
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:15:52 -0700 (PDT)
Apologies if this is a duplicate post.  Previous one seems to have vanished.

We saw the Little Egret today (Sunday) about 5:10 pm (a little more than an 
hour past dead low) from the blind at Gilsland Farm's North Meadow.  This 
was ABA area bird # 805 (!) for my visiting friend who dipped on it last 
year.  The bird was in acceptable view for less than 10 minutes but the 
i.d. was definite (gray lores, long twin head plumes).

It's worth noting that we saw only 1 Snowy Egret at Tidewater Farm during 
the 1.5 hr period beginning at 3 hrs after high tide (1:00-2:30).

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Subject: late broods for Yellow rumps
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:59:25 +0000
I was working in the barn this afternoon when a yellow-rumped warbler swooped 
in and began busily collecting chicken down feathers and bits of hay. Flew off 
into the woods and made several trips. Seems a bit late for another brood but 
maybe since they stay late often they have more time for nesting? I do still 
have bluebirds and phoebes with active broods, but the Bluebirds got going late 
and the Phoebe pair usually manage 2-3 broods anyway. 


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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 7/9-15
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:12:38 -0400
Hi all,
Just a few other, non-Little-Egret, sightings of note over the past seven days 
included: 

- 18+ Cory's Shearwaters with 26+ large shearwater sp., but unclear as to exact 
numbers...could have been many more, could have been swirling birds between 
1:20 and 2:30pm at Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth, 7/10 (with Jason Lambert and 
Kristen Lindquist). 

- 26 Black Scoters, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 7/11.
- 1 Fish Crow, Community Park, Wells, 7/12 (with Jeannette).
- 10 species of shorebirds, led by 48 Short-billed Dowitchers and lots of 
Piping Plover kids, Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg, 7/15. 


-Derek
 
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Subject: Little Egret
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:14:09 -0700 (PDT)
Being seen now, 3:15, from N Meadow, Gilsland Farm. About 50 min after dead low 
tide. 


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Subject: Double-crested cormorant
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:06:31 -0400
Camden. One splendid bird. Marvelously adapted to survive in its chosen
environment. I marvel at its eye color!
My second cousin called them "the crows of the sea". And fishermen call
them something different!!....I understand.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7912e7f5#h7912e7f5


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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Steve Barnes <stbarnes AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:18:13 -0700 (PDT)
Saw this guy Monday night about 8:45 in my backyard and again last night 
8:35, in the same spot.  Stayed about 10-15 minutes each time surveying 
things and then off he went.

Steve Barnes
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Subject: Quest for the Red-billed Tropicbird (7/12)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:00:03 -0400
Hi all,

Andy Aldrich, Kevin Couture, Fletcher Missud and I joined a group of
15 other people (plus Captain Fynn and naturalist Zach) on Tuesday's
(7/12) Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trip with Old Quarry Ocean Adventures out
of Stonington, ME.

We left the dock around 1pm, motoring south to Seal Island NWR,
arriving by 3pm. Keenan Yakola joined us on the "Nigh Duck" and
together 22 of us circled the island. We observed many of the nesting
species, including Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Common
and Arctic Terns, Herring, Great Black-backed, and Laughing Gulls, and
Double-crested and Great Cormorants. We also saw 2 Common Murres, 4
Short-billed Dowitchers, and some Spotted Sandpipers. After we dropped
off Keenan shortly after 4pm, we idled around the northern side of the
island, scanning constantly for the Red-billed Tropicbird. (Zach told
us that the bird has been coming out from his/her island hideaway
around 4:30pm.)

With a ~2 hour ride back to Stonington, and an advertised 6pm end
time, it was becoming clear that we would either miss the bird, or
we'd miss our return time. (Though we were willing to be late getting
back, the boat was needed for an evening trip). Around 4:22pm, the
Captain gave a 2-minute warning, letting us know he was preparing to
motor off. The 4 of us York County birders were in the back row of the
boat scanning the water, island and sky with fervor.

It was, as you might say, the bottom of the 9th. Two outs, two
strikes.... and the pitch... "I think I see the bird" I yelled out.
Kevin, who was putting the lens cap back on his camera thought I was
trying to trick the captain into staying a few more minutes, but then
Andy exclaimed, "The bird's over the island!"

For two minutes we watched the Red-billed Tropicbird flying back and
forth over Seal Island, and then the bird flew out toward the boat and
landed on the water. The Captain carefully steered us closer to the
bird, and we enjoyed just a couple of minutes more with the
long-tailed, tropical vagrant.

At 4:30pm (and a collective 500+ pictures later), our Seal Island
visit came to a close and we motored back to Stonington. En route, we
noticed few birds aside from terns carrying fish, a couple of Northern
Gannets, and handfuls of other island nesting species. No shearwaters,
jaegers, phalaropes, or storm-petrels were observed.

Our ride ended when we arrived back at the dock at 6:15pm.

See photos from Seal Island here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30666759

My advice for participants of this trip:

1. Go out on a sunny day! (In Zach's experience, this is critical for
seeing the tropicbird.)

2. Encourage the Old Quarry folks to plan for more time at Seal
Island, or perhaps a later trip time of 2-7, instead of 1-6. We cut it
very close!

3. Bring ear protection. (The motor is loud!)

4. Don't give up!

Best,
Josh

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Subject: Re: A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:43:04 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
More and more birders are entering our hobby/passion/interest via technology 
like eBird and other forms of social media. They're not getting their 
information from "traditional" sources like knowledgeable elders, local bird 
clubs, or listserves (if you can call that traditional). Clicking on GPS 
coordinates are as likely to be the way to find "new" birds as learning about 
how to bird the local patch from a local expert. Therefore, assuming our 
current ways of disseminating information (and this includes specifics on 
rarities) are rapidly changing, we have to consider that listserve posts, or 
email trees, or other ways of offering specific, helpful, and useful 
information are seen by a smaller percentage of those going out in the field 
(or, at the very least, is often no longer the first place to get information). 
 Therefore, in this case, I agree with Marie: signage - and the support 
thereof - is probably the best way to go, as a sign at the entrance gate that 
is clear, concise, and obvious is probably the easiest and most efficient way 
of getting the word out. And of course "those in the know" need to do the best 
job possible at setting a good example and offering helpful outreach. 

-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 
04032 207-865-6000 www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com   
 **************************************** 


 
      From: Marie Jordan 
 To: Andrew Aldrich  
Cc: Maine Birds 
 Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:56 AM
 Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS
   
You noted that perhaps a  none birder or one who does not read these posts has 
created the problem at the Lagoons.We certainly do not want to loose the 
privilege of visiting such a wonderful birding area. We all thank you for 
being a great ambassador for birders  in working with the folks at the 
plant.  ;-)  Would the folks there be OK with having one or two of signs with 
the hours and regs for visitors  made up AND posted at the entrance and/or 
other appropriate and very visible areas  to inform visitors of what they 
need to be aware of? Signs with a big enough first line to catch the 
attention of anyone entering thru the gate so they would then read the fine 
print!! If you think this is a good idea and they would go along with it, I  
think that YCAS could be approached and would be willing to pay for the 
signs.  My thoughts.Marie 


On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM, Andrew Aldrich  wrote:

Hello Birders,     There has been violations of rules lately.     
FIRST: The weekend hours are 7 AM to 8:30 AM    SECOND:  You must sign in 
and out.    THIRD: Cars are not to be driven inside the gates around the 
dikes.  Please park in the visitor Parking area.  You may park on the east 
side of the main plant.When the workers leave in the morning they do NOT go 
around and check if anyone is still there.  They punch out from work and go 
home to their families.  They do not like calls in the afternoon from the 
police that they have to go back and let someone out and disrupt their family 
life. I have posted the hours and directions below.  They want people to 
enjoy the place and are always glad when we get something rare or unusual. I 
am also aware that not all birders and hikers read this email from this list 
serve, so it is possible a non birder was to fault. Happy birding Andy 
AldrichNorth Berwick      Directions: take Gavel Rd. east off of Rte. 4 
at blinking light, 3.7 miles 

south of jct. of Rtes. 4 and 111, (in Alfred) or 0.7 miles north of jct. of
Rtes. 4 and 109., (in S. Sanford)

Hours as posted: 6-4:30 MON-FRI, WEEKENDS: 7-8:30 SAT+SUN Holidays are
usually the same hours as weekend hours.
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Subject: Re: A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS
From: Marie Jordan <wooddk5555 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:56:19 -0400
You noted that perhaps a  none birder or one who does not read these posts
has created the problem at the Lagoons.
We certainly do not want to loose the privilege of visiting such a
wonderful birding area.
We all thank you for being a great ambassador for birders  in working with
the folks at the plant.  ;-)
Would the folks there be OK with having one or two of signs with the hours
and regs for visitors  made up AND posted at the entrance and/or
other appropriate and *very visible* areas  to inform visitors of what they
need to be aware of?
Signs with a big enough *first line* to catch the attention of anyone
entering thru the gate so they would then read the fine print!!
If you think this is a good idea and they would go along with it, I  think
that YCAS could be approached and would be willing to pay for the signs.
My thoughts.
Marie


On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM, Andrew Aldrich 
wrote:

> Hello Birders,
>
>     There has been violations of rules lately.
>
>     FIRST: The weekend hours are 7 AM to 8:30 AM
>     SECOND:  You must sign in and out.
>     THIRD: Cars are not to be driven inside the gates around the dikes.
> Please park in the visitor Parking area.  You may park on the east side of
> the main plant.
> When the workers leave in the morning they do NOT go around and check if
> anyone is still there.  They punch out from work and go home to their
> families.  They do not like calls in the afternoon from the police that
> they have to go back and let someone out and disrupt their family life.
>
> I have posted the hours and directions below.
>
> They want people to enjoy the place and are always glad when we get
> something rare or unusual.
>
> I am also aware that not all birders and hikers read this email from this
> list serve, so it is possible a non birder was to fault.
>
> Happy birding
> Andy Aldrich
> North Berwick
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Directions: take Gavel Rd. east off of Rte. 4 at blinking light, 3.7 miles
> south of jct. of Rtes. 4 and 111, (in Alfred) or 0.7 miles north of jct. of
> Rtes. 4 and 109., (in S. Sanford)
>
> Hours as posted: 6-4:30 MON-FRI, WEEKENDS: 7-8:30 SAT+SUN Holidays are
> usually the same hours as weekend hours.
>
>
>
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Subject: A MUST READ IF VISITING SANFORD LAGOONS
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:03:23 -0400
Hello Birders,

    There has been violations of rules lately.

    FIRST: The weekend hours are 7 AM to 8:30 AM
    SECOND:  You must sign in and out.
 THIRD: Cars are not to be driven inside the gates around the dikes. Please 
park in the visitor Parking area. You may park on the east side of the main 
plant. 

When the workers leave in the morning they do NOT go around and check if anyone 
is still there. They punch out from work and go home to their families. They do 
not like calls in the afternoon from the police that they have to go back and 
let someone out and disrupt their family life. 


I have posted the hours and directions below. 

They want people to enjoy the place and are always glad when we get something 
rare or unusual. 


I am also aware that not all birders and hikers read this email from this list 
serve, so it is possible a non birder was to fault. 


Happy birding 
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick






Directions: take Gavel Rd. east off of Rte. 4 at blinking light, 3.7 miles
south of jct. of Rtes. 4 and 111, (in Alfred) or 0.7 miles north of jct. of
Rtes. 4 and 109., (in S. Sanford)

Hours as posted: 6-4:30 MON-FRI, WEEKENDS: 7-8:30 SAT+SUN Holidays are
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Subject: Seal Island NWR (Restricted Access)- Red-billed Tropicbird
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:43:03 -0700 (PDT)
The Tropicbird out on Seal Island NWR has been following a bit of a 
different schedule this year compared to years past but, we think we have 
it pinned down! Many observers have been successful over the past week or 
so coming out with Old Quarry Ocean Adventures as well as John Drury. 
Please see their respective  websites below if you are interested in coming 
out for a ride around this beautiful island! 

http://www.maineseabirdtours.com

http://www.oldquarry.com

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Subject: Little egret right now Tidewater Farm 12:08pm
From: wrenyen <medea.steinman AT maine.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:16:01 -0700 (PDT)
Have little egret right now at Tidewater farm with Bruce Barker and Boots 
Garrett. Thanks to Mark ? from Wisconsin who remained here while we checked out 
Providence Ave. We thought we saw it there but weren't 100% sure and then it 
flew off. Mark called us back over here for it so seems like the bird has been 
working the area all morning. 


LIEG is with group of 4 snowies. Behavior of LIEG is noticeably different from 
snowies. More active and occasionally jogs along a bit then stops and feeds 
again. 


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Subject: Re: ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:34:30 -0700 (PDT)
Tonight I stopped by Two Lights State Park(parking lot at Dyer Point was 
overly full) and there was not much close in action. There was a large 
floating mat of seaweed at about the extent of my scope range. I could pick 
out tern(most likely Common as there were a few near shore) and 
shearwater(the gray seemed lighter on the back than a greater and did not 
see any apparent neck or rump band so probably some of the Cory's 
previously reported). There were 9 Northern Gannet in the air at one time 
but there might have been more out there. There was a slow but steady 
stream of gulls and cormorants jockeying from shore towards the mat as 
well. Entertaining though regardless! 
Cheers!


On Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 6:01:28 PM UTC-4, Noah Gibb wrote:
>
> I just ran into Brendan McKay at Dyer Point (near the Lobster Shack near 
> Two Lights State Park) where we watched several Cory's Shearwaters 
> offshore. I was here yesterday and also had a good pelagic show, but today 
> I spotted a large tern heading south offshore that looked good for a Royal. 
> The bird seemed to be feeding alongside a very small looking Common Tern in 
> comparison before it continued offshore heading south or slightly 
> southeast. I will attach crummy photos later to my Ebird list.
>
> Bird haahd,
> Noah Gibb-Portland
>
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Subject: Re: ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth
From: cathie.murray AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:14:23 -0700 (PDT)
Interesting.  On Sunday I was at Pine Point around 4:30 (but not birding) 
when I ran into the person whose vanity plate is "shorbird".  [I apologize 
for not introducing myself. If you are on this google group please correct 
my story, as needed.] If I recall our conversation correctly she mentioned 
that earlier Sunday she had seen an unusually large tern in the area but 
wasn't ready to ID it to species. Related sighting?
Enjoy this summer!
Cathie Murray, Hallowell

On Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 6:01:28 PM UTC-4, Noah Gibb wrote:
>
> I just ran into Brendan McKay at Dyer Point (near the Lobster Shack near 
> Two Lights State Park) where we watched several Cory's Shearwaters 
> offshore. I was here yesterday and also had a good pelagic show, but today 
> I spotted a large tern heading south offshore that looked good for a Royal. 
> The bird seemed to be feeding alongside a very small looking Common Tern in 
> comparison before it continued offshore heading south or slightly 
> southeast. I will attach crummy photos later to my Ebird list.
>
> Bird haahd,
> Noah Gibb-Portland
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone 
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Subject: Chimney Swift
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:19:28 -0700 (PDT)
I just saw a chimney swift fly over the house for the first time. Yes, I got 
this one right. 


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Subject: Little egret
From: Margaret Viens <margaretviens AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:59:07 -0400
Posting for two birders from CT who had the Little Egret from 2:18 - 2:43 at 
Tidewater Farm. We arrived 2 minutes too late. 


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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk
From: Kathryn Davis <kedavis4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:11:38 -0700 (PDT)
Just had a Broad-wing fly over backyard in Wells.   I only got a quick 
glimpse of it but was able to identify it by the distinctive call/whistle 
that it made.

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Subject: Little Egret summary
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:45:57 -0700 (PDT)
I'm helping an out-of-town friend plan a visit to see LIEG and put together 
a summary of recent sightings with tide information added.  Thought it 
might be useful for others (apologies for any formatting weirdnesses)

Date Time Location Tide Timing Comment 
10-Jul 7:30  Tidewater Falling mid 3 hr after high 
9-Jul 8:40  Tidewater Falling Low 1 hr before low Flew toward Providence 
Ave at 9:30 
7-Jul 9:15  N Meadow, Gilsland Rising mid 1:15 after low 
6-Jul 18:10  Tidewater Falling mid 1:20 before low 
6-Jul 10:23  Tidewater Rising mid 2.5 hr before high 
5-Jul 11:50  N Meadow, Gilsland Rising High 45 min before high 
25-Jun 11:00  Gilsland Farm, n end Rising mid 2 hr after low Moving toward 
Tidewater 
23-Jun 9:45  N Meadow, Gilsland Rising mid 2 hr after low 
21-Jun 11:30  N Meadow, Gilsland Rising high 1 hr before high Flew toward 
Tidewater 
21-Jun 13:30  Tidewater Falling high 45 min after high 

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Subject: ROYAL TERN flyby at Dyer Point Cape Elizabeth
From: "'Noah Gibb' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:01:00 +0000 (UTC)
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#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } I just ran into Brendan McKay at Dyer Point (near the Lobster 
Shack near Two Lights State Park) where we watched several Cory's Shearwaters 
offshore. I was here yesterday and also had a good pelagic show, but today I 
spotted a large tern heading south offshore that looked good for a Royal. The 
bird seemed to be feeding alongside a very small looking Common Tern in 
comparison before it continued offshore heading south or slightly southeast. I 
will attach crummy photos later to my Ebird list. 

Bird haahd,Noah Gibb-Portland


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Subject: Peregrine fledglings
From: <wtownsend AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:45:56 -0400
Observations of the Peregrine nest on Ironbound Island (Frenchman Bay).
 6/24 Three young Peregrines on nest, all three of distinctly different sizes 
(ages). 

    6/29 Three young Peregrines on nest, two adults on nearby tree.
 7/1 Last date all three juveniles seen together on nest, last time smaller 
juvenile seen. 

    7/3  Only the two larger juveniles seen on nest.
 7/6 Two fledglings in nearby tree, two adults active along cliffs within 100 m 
of nest. 

 7/8 Nest area appeared vacant. One adult on Egg Rock 2 mi. south of nest but 
it could also have been one of the adults from the Precipice nest in Acadia NP 
2.8 mi. which is 2.85 mi. southwest of the island. 



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Subject: Little Egret, 7/10am.
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:17:51 -0400
Hi all,
Kristen Lindquist and I joined a host of birders from as far as Philadelphia 
this am in enjoying the Little Egret at Tidewater Farm. Jason Lambert reports 
it appeared around 7:30, and had been in and out of view since. Continuing in 
the open now. 


-Derek

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Subject: Kennebunk Plains
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 22:30:12 -0400
I had a nice day at Kennebunk Plains today in spite of the rain. Highlights
for me were the Easter Towhees (first in state for me) Upland Sandpipers
and Eastern Meadowlarks. I did my best to identify as many sparrows as I
could. I have 6unidentified sparrows on my e-bird list. If anyone can help
me with those, and let me know I am wrong on any other pics, please let me
know.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30621061

Bill Blauvelt
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Subject: Nighthawk hotspot
From: "Jeff Webb" <jdwb1981 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:47:41 -0400
Visiting Walden-Parke Preserve off Outer Essex St. in Bangor late this 
afternoon produced at least 2 dozen Common Nighthawks. At almost every spot I 
walked my dog along the trail they were seen and heard overhead. Though there 
were numerous singing Hermit Thrushes, Nighthawks outnumbered any other species 
on this visit. 


Jeff Webb

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Subject: Re: more bobolinks
From: Cindy Elias <binkcind AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:41:54 -0700 (PDT)
Glad to know that.  The Lewiston Junction bobolinks may be in danger of 
getting mowed.  :(   Cindy

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:31:35 AM UTC-4, Dean Tyler wrote:
>
> I have been watching a field near my house house in Hancock with at least 
> 8 nesting pairs.  I don't know if this has been posted before, but The 
> Bobolink Project will pay mowers to mow later when funds are available.   
> So far, it is mainly happening in southern New England (CT, RI, MA), but 
> with increased support they hope to expand.   Check out boblinkproject.com. 
>  There is good information.
>
> Best regards,
> Dean Tyler
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Subject: Re: Parasitic Jaeger - East Point Sanctuary
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:24:20 -0700 (PDT)
Correction, the shearwater's I observed were Cory's. Thanks to Doug H. for 
help with the ID.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:36:23 AM UTC-4, Brendan McKay wrote:
>
> Yesterday afternoon, a Parasitic Jaeger passed by the end of East Point 
> Sanctuary. A pair of Great Shearwaters were also seen. I wish I had brought 
> my scope with me, there was a lot of movement further out. 
>
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Subject: Re: Feather ID
From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:33:42 -0400
Thanks to everyone who directed me to the feather atlas.

They look a little too small for catbirds, but we do have them in that area. I 
did just hear my local Indigo Bunting, so maybe we have more than one in the 
area, or the female was caught? 


Cheers

—mco

> On Jul 9, 2016, at 08:27, Naomi H.  wrote:
> 
> Do these 
 
look the feathers you saw? (You didn't say where you found them but I assume a 
Red-winged Blackbird would be around?) 

> 
> The feather atlas  is a 
wonderful resource, by the way. 

> 
> Naomi Honeth
> 
> On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 3:47 PM, Mike Chace-Ortiz > wrote: 

> Afternoon Everyone
> 
> Any feather ID experts out there? Found lots of these 
 on the 
walk this morning. 

> 
> Each feather is about 2.5in long and 0.5in across.
> 
> I haven’t heard my beloved Indigo Bunting sing for a few days now and I’m 
worried this might be what’s left of him :-( 

> 
> Thanks for the help
> 
> —mco
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Subject: Re: any bobolinks???
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:11:48 -0700 (PDT)
California Fields Wildlife Area, Hollis.
Bobolinks nest there

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Subject: Re: Leucistic house finch?
From: "'Jill McElderry-Maxwell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:55:23 +0000 (UTC)
That's actually a normal color variant, rather than leucism - the color is 
determined by the amount and type of amount of carotenoids in their diet. 
 They can range from bright yellow through orange to the familiar red. Jill 
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 Subject: [Maine-birds] Leucistic house finch?
   
Greetings,
This, I think, leucistic house finch, showed up at my feeder. Although, the 
photo is not very clear, the color is bright 
orange.Thoughts?http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7ae1c606#h7ae1c606 


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Subject: Leucistic house finch?
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:24:04 -0400
Greetings,

This, I think, leucistic house finch, showed up at my feeder. Although, the
photo is not very clear, the color is bright orange.
Thoughts?
http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h7ae1c606#h7ae1c606

Thanks,
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Subject: Little Egret, 7/9 am
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:55:00 -0400
Hi all,
Venturing further afield than normal for my Saturday Morning Birdwalk, my group 
and I had the LITTLE EGRET just off the point at Tidewater Farm from 8:40-8:50. 
It then flew up the creek, out of view. 


At about 9:30, it was seen by others flying out of the creek and rounding the 
corner towards Providence Ave. 


-Derek

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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger - East Point Sanctuary
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:36:22 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday afternoon, a Parasitic Jaeger passed by the end of East Point 
Sanctuary. A pair of Great Shearwaters were also seen. I wish I had brought 
my scope with me, there was a lot of movement further out. 

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Subject: more bobolinks
From: Dean Tyler <dtylerphoto AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:31:34 -0700 (PDT)
I have been watching a field near my house house in Hancock with at least 8 
nesting pairs. I don't know if this has been posted before, but The Bobolink 
Project will pay mowers to mow later when funds are available. So far, it is 
mainly happening in southern New England (CT, RI, MA), but with increased 
support they hope to expand. Check out boblinkproject.com. There is good 
information. 


Best regards,
Dean Tyler

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Subject: Additional Highlights this Week Plus, 6/28-7/8
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:48:12 -0400
Hi all,

My other observations of note over the past over the past 10 days included the 
following: 

- 4 Upland Sandpipers, 10 Grasshopper Sparrows, 19 Vesper Sparrows, etc, 
Kennebunk Plains, 6/30. 

- 1 pair Blue-gray Gnatcatchers carrying food, Sanford Lagoons, 6/30.
- 5 Surf Scoters, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 7/1.
- 1 American Woodcock, Bradbury-Pinelands Corridor Trail, 7/2 (with Saturday 
Morning Birdwalk group). 

- 1 FOX SPARROW, Sugarloaf Mountain, 7/3 (with Paul Doiron, Kristen Lindquist, 
and Jeannette). 

- 1 drake AMERICAN WIGEON, Carrabassett Valley Snowfluent Ponds, 7/3-5 (with 
Paul Doiron, Kristen Lindquist, and Jeannette). 

- 1 Horned Lark, flyover at Spillover Motel, Eustis, 7/3 (with Kristen 
Lindquist). 

- 1 Mourning Warbler, Burnt Mountain, Carrabassett Valley, 7/4 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 12 RED CROSSBILLS and 1 Solitary Sandpiper (first of "fall"), Carrabassett 
Valley Snowfluent Ponds, 7/5 (with Jeannette). 

- 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Gilman Pond, New Portland, 7/5 (with Jeannette).
- 20+ Black Terns, Messalonskee Lake, Belgrade, 7/5 (with Jeannette).

-Derek
 
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 Freeport, ME 04032
 207-865-6000
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Subject: Feather ID
From: Mike Chace-Ortiz <mchaceortiz AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:47:05 -0400
Afternoon Everyone

Any feather ID experts out there? Found lots of these 
 on the 
walk this morning. 


Each feather is about 2.5in long and 0.5in across.

I haven’t heard my beloved Indigo Bunting sing for a few days now and I’m 
worried this might be what’s left of him :-( 


Thanks for the help

—mco

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Subject: Scarborough Marsh, 7/8 (FOTE, REKN, AMOY, shorebirds).
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:06:47 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Pat Moynahan spent the first half of today in and around Scarborough Marsh, 
yielding the following highlights:- 1 adult, breeding plumaged FORSTER'S TERN, 
Pine Point Co-op (early).- 1 continuing adult RED KNOT, off Pine Point Co-op.- 
1 American Oystercatcher, Western Beach 

Increasing numbers of southbound migrant shorebirds included high counts of 48 
Short-billed Dowitchers, 29 Black-bellied Plovers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, and 1 
Ruddy Turnstone at Pine Point co-op; 6+ Piping Plovers at Western Beach; and 
along the Eastern Road Trail,  40+ Least Sandpipers, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, etc. 

-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: any bobolinks???
From: Geoffrey Ives <geoffives AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 03:44:47 -0700 (PDT)
Barbara - I'm no expert but it's going to need to be a place that's not 
hayed. Otherwise you'll be looking for the gathering refugees from all the 
haying which has destroyed their broods this year. Where haying hasn't 
taken place they are now wrapping up their child rearing activities and 
prepping for the trip back to South America. Unfortunately most humans, 
farmers, and mowers are not aware of this tiny songbird treasure and just 
carry on with their business while destroying nests and babies. Go humans! 


On Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:49:21 PM UTC-4, Barbara Herrgesell wrote:
>
> Does anyone know of any sure place where there have been bobolinks (and 
> still are) near Sanford? I searched Laudholm last week, but came up with 
> none. Usually there have been a field full of them. (Didn't get there last 
> year.) I must have looked in the wrong fields? Not habitat at the Sanford 
> lagoons, I would guess. 
> Hope some would be around next week; I'm having minor surgery tomorrow.
> My friend in Springvale had the pleasure of watching an adult Hairy 
> Woodpecker teaching its newly fledged one, how to eat from a suet feeder!
> Barbara
> ~~
>
>
> Barbara Partridge Herrgesell
> Sanford, ME 
> herp... AT aol.com 
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cindy Elias >
> To: Maine birds >
> Sent: Thu, Jul 7, 2016 2:14 pm
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: more bobolinks
>
> I have been watching nesting bobolinks on Lewiston Junction Road in 
> Auburn.    It does not appear to be a field that would be mowed but I will 
> continue to watch. 
>
> Cindy Elias
>
> On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:22:19 PM UTC-4, Michael Boardman wrote:
>>
>> A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late. 
>> We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they 
>> were mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink 
>> activity).
>> A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower 
>> as we could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently 
>> working on.
>> To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
>> office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks 
>> should have fledged by now.
>> Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you 
>> are a Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and 
>> let them know you care about the nesting birds.
>> Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next 
>> year to monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a 
>> best guess on fledging activity?
>> Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.
>>
>> Michael Boardman
>> North Yarmouth
>> www.coyotees.com
>>
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Subject: Re: any bobolinks???
From: "'Barbara Herrgesell' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 15:49:19 -0400
Does anyone know of any sure place where there have been bobolinks (and still 
are) near Sanford? I searched Laudholm last week, but came up with none. 
Usually there have been a field full of them. (Didn't get there last year.) I 
must have looked in the wrong fields? Not habitat at the Sanford lagoons, I 
would guess. 

Hope some would be around next week; I'm having minor surgery tomorrow.
My friend in Springvale had the pleasure of watching an adult Hairy Woodpecker 
teaching its newly fledged one, how to eat from a suet feeder! 

Barbara
~~




Barbara Partridge Herrgesell
Sanford, ME
herpartb AT aol.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Cindy Elias 
To: Maine birds 
Sent: Thu, Jul 7, 2016 2:14 pm
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: more bobolinks



I have been watching nesting bobolinks on Lewiston Junction Road in Auburn. It 
does not appear to be a field that would be mowed but I will continue to watch. 



Cindy Elias

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:22:19 PM UTC-4, Michael Boardman wrote:
A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late.
We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they were 
mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink activity). 

A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower as we 
could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently working 
on. 

To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks should 
have fledged by now. 

Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you are a 
Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and let them 
know you care about the nesting birds. 

Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next year to 
monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a best guess on 
fledging activity? 

Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.


Michael Boardman
North Yarmouth
www.coyotees.com



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Subject: Re: more bobolinks
From: Cindy Elias <binkcind AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:13:57 -0700 (PDT)
I have been watching nesting bobolinks on Lewiston Junction Road in Auburn. 
   It does not appear to be a field that would be mowed but I will continue 
to watch.

Cindy Elias

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:22:19 PM UTC-4, Michael Boardman wrote:
>
> A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late.
> We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they 
> were mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink 
> activity).
> A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower 
> as we could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently 
> working on.
> To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
> office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks 
> should have fledged by now.
> Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you are 
> a Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and let 
> them know you care about the nesting birds.
> Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next year 
> to monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a best 
> guess on fledging activity?
> Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.
>
> Michael Boardman
> North Yarmouth
> www.coyotees.com
>

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Subject: Re: more bobolinks
From: Geoffrey Ives <geoffives AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:29:40 -0700 (PDT)
After 45 days of hay activity in Cornih, our yard, about three acres in 
back, is the only field nearby that has not been hayed. Today I was 
rewarded by a group of about 20 to 25 bob-o-links a mix of babies, males 
and females. My gut tells me the bob-o-link breeding was largely a failure 
this year due to the drought and haying. But at least there's a group 
getting a good sense of who their Daddy is in preparation for next year. 


On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12:22:19 PM UTC-4, Michael Boardman wrote:
>
> A little addition to the bobolink conversation of late.
> We were walking our dog at Twinbrook park in Cumberland and noticed they 
> were mowing the fields (which have been fairly regular spots for bobolink 
> activity).
> A friend who has been watching the birds all spring approached the mower 
> as we could see bobolinks in a frenzy all around the field he was currently 
> working on.
> To the mower's credit he immediately stopped and let us contact the town 
> office, who claimed they had seen on a website somewhere that bobolinnks 
> should have fledged by now.
> Obviously they had not. The farmer left the fields unmowed, but if you are 
> a Cumberland resident it might be a good idea to contact the town and let 
> them know you care about the nesting birds.
> Maybe it would be a good idea for a few folks from our community next year 
> to monitor the birds to see which fields they are using and give a best 
> guess on fledging activity?
> Just a thought. I'd be willing to pitch in where needed.
>
> Michael Boardman
> North Yarmouth
> www.coyotees.com
>

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