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Franklins Gull,©David Sibley

9 Feb Re: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 [Fyn Kynd ]
9 Feb York County Sightings (Feb 3-7)... [Josh Fecteau ]
9 Feb RE: Re: Ruby- crowned Kinglet [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
9 Feb Re: Ruby- crowned Kinglet ["'Jim Littlefield' via Maine birds" ]
9 Feb 1st winter Iceland Gull at Back Cove Right now [Bill Bunn ]
9 Feb Friday, 2/12/15, 12:0pm at USM: “Bird Conservation Research in Eastern Russia – The Ecology of the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser”. [Patrick Keenan ]
9 Feb Ruby- crowned Kinglet ["'Jim Littlefield' via Maine birds" ]
8 Feb Re: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 []
8 Feb Fwd: Mew Gull, Black-headed Gull and Redhead: Yes [Bill Blauvelt ]
7 Feb Midcoast birds [Sean Hatch ]
7 Feb Re: goldfinches vs siskins [Rob O'Connell ]
8 Feb RE: goldfinches vs siskins [Sarah Caputo ]
7 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds and Wilson's Snipe - Jordan Farm Cape Elizabeth [Brendan McKay ]
7 Feb goldfinches vs siskins ["Bob Duchesne" ]
7 Feb Mew Gull, Black-headed Gull and Redhead: Yes [Bill Blauvelt ]
7 Feb King Eider back! ["'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" ]
6 Feb Glen Jenks [rob speirs ]
6 Feb Re: Re: TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery [Peter Vickery ]
6 Feb Re: TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery [Susan Gilpin ]
6 Feb Black throated sparrow - YES [Rob O'Connell ]
6 Feb TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery [Bill Bunn ]
6 Feb Re: Goshawk [Kathleen Zwick ]
6 Feb Black-backed Woodpecker, Newcastle [Jeff Cherry ]
5 Feb Additional Highlights This Week, 1/30-2/5 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
5 Feb Fwd: (CBC) CBC: Songbirds' Range Gets Squeezed By Climate Change - 20 []
5 Feb Baxter White-winged Crossbills [Kit Pfeiffer ]
4 Feb BTSP--yes! [Charles Duncan ]
4 Feb Re: Snowy owls? []
4 Feb Cliff house NO BIRDING till 2017 ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
4 Feb Snowy Owls at Brunswick Landing [Thomas Hayward ]
4 Feb January, Webber Pond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
4 Feb Re: Snowy owls? [Chris Cabot ]
4 Feb BOWAs - Winterport [John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan ]
3 Feb Re: York County sightings (Jan 29 - Feb 2)... [Dan Gardoqui ]
2 Feb York County sightings (Jan 29 - Feb 2)... [Josh Fecteau ]
2 Feb Black-throated sparrow Winter Harbor [David Small ]
2 Feb Snowy owls? [Chris L'Abbé ]
2 Feb Red crossbill and robins at Stoneham ME [frobey ]
2 Feb Swainson's Hawk in Wells/Kennebunk? [Scott Richardson ]
2 Feb Fwd: [birders] : Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story - The New York Times [Ann Hancock ]
1 Feb Mew Gull today, 2 Peregrines yesterday [Peter Vickery ]
1 Feb Re: TV--Scarborough [Bill Blauvelt ]
1 Feb Sanford Lagoons, Feb 1, 2016 Rough-legged Hawk, Bald Eagle ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
1 Feb Kittery through Wells (SNOW, COGR, Borealis COEI, shorebirds, HADU, etc), 2/1 ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
1 Feb TV--Scarborough [Joanne Stevens ]
1 Feb "Winter Birding Weekend" in Grand Lake Stream - Feb. 12-13 ["'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" ]
1 Feb Pileated Woodpeckers/Kennebunk [gerrishlaw via Maine birds ]
1 Feb Proposed Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge [Steve Mirick ]
1 Feb Thick-billed Murres at the Schoodic [Merle and Anne Archie ]
1 Feb RE: Black-throated Sparrow [Michael Little ]
31 Jan Northern harrier, 200+ horned larks, 1 Barrows goldeneye & dead red fox *(non-road kill_ [Norman Famous ]
1 Feb S.Portland Dickcissel Back [Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B ]
31 Jan Midcoast Birds [Sean Hatch ]
31 Jan Midcoast Birds [Sean Hatch ]
31 Jan Re: Barn owl question ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
31 Jan Re: Barn owl question [Rich MacDonald ]
31 Jan Update to Wells Reserve bird list [Scott Richardson ]
31 Jan Hermit Thrush Two Lights SP [Seth Davis ]
30 Jan Route 113, Maine and New Hampshire Border [Bob Crowley ]
30 Jan Route 113, Maine and New Hampshire Border [Bob Crowley ]
30 Jan Dickcissel/South Portland [Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B ]
30 Jan Killdeer in South Portland [Dan Gardoqui ]
30 Jan Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 [Ronald Harrell ]
30 Jan Re: Barn owl question [Herb Wilson ]
30 Jan Re: Barn owl question ["Andrew Aldrich " ]
30 Jan Barn owl question [Kit Pfeiffer ]
29 Jan Additional Highlights This Week, 1/23-29 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
29 Jan Re: Cedar Waxwings [Stella Walsh ]
29 Jan Cedar Waxwings [Sean Hatch ]
29 Jan Black-throated Sparrow [Ed Hawkes ]
29 Jan Glaucous and Mew Gull [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
28 Jan Camden Teal and Redhead; 2 Brown Creepers [Craig Kesselheim ]
28 Jan Re: id question [Bill Blauvelt ]
28 Jan Yellow bellied Sapsucker, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland [Bill Bunn ]
28 Jan id question ["M. Calien Lewis" ]
28 Jan Re: Maine trip in May [Scott Richardson ]

Subject: Re: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:07:48 -0800 (PST)
Check around the harbor. There are often nice sea ducks and gulls if you 
take the time to look.

-Fyn

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Subject: York County Sightings (Feb 3-7)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:46:06 -0500
Here are some highlights from the past week in York County:

2/3 (Wednesday)
...*Ruffed Grouse* (4!), *Belted Kingfisher* (2) and *Carolina Wren* along
the perimeter path at the Sanford Lagoons
...Great Black-backed Gull feeding on a dead *Thick-billed Murre* at Wells
Beach

2/4 (Thursday)
...continuing *Yellow-rumped Warblers* (2) at Well Harbor Community Park
(the place is still loaded with Bayberry fruit)

2/6 (Saturday)
...*Belted Kingfisher* on Kennebunk River from Colony Beach, Kennebunkport
...*Harlequin Ducks* (5), *Eastern Bluebirds* (4) and *Yellow-rumped
Warbler* along Parsons Way (Ocean Ave.), K'port
...*Purple Sandpipers* (40) and *Bald Eagles* (2-adults) at East Point
Sanctuary, Biddeford Pool

2/7 (Sunday)
...*Savannah Sparrows* (2) at end of Granite Point Rd., Biddeford
...*King Eider* (imm. male, opposite 1st St.) and *Great Cormorants* (13 on
Beach Island) at high tide off Ocean Ave., Biddeford Pool
...continuing *Barrow's Goldeneye* (adult male) with Common Goldeneyes (4)
on Saco River viewed from Diamond Riverside Park, Irving St., Saco
...*Bonaparte's Gull* at Colony Beach, K'port
...*Razorbills* (7), *Eastern Bluebirds* (7) and *Yellow-rumped Warblers*
(2) along Parsons Way (Ocean Ave.), K'port

Best,
Josh

Josh's Journal: New England Natural History and Foraging [joshfecteau.com]

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Subject: RE: Re: Ruby- crowned Kinglet
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:23:11 +0000
There is also an overwintering ruby-crowned at feeders in Waldoboro.

Don
 
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:27:23 -0800
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Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Ruby- crowned Kinglet



On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 9:18:59 AM UTC-5, Jim Littlefield wrote:This 
Kinglet has been at my feeder all winter It was in South Berwick ME 





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Subject: Re: Ruby- crowned Kinglet
From: "'Jim Littlefield' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:27:23 -0800 (PST)

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 9:18:59 AM UTC-5, Jim Littlefield wrote:
>
> This Kinglet has been at my feeder all winter It was in South Berwick ME
>

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Subject: 1st winter Iceland Gull at Back Cove Right now
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:34:14 -0800 (PST)
Close in on the ice at parking lot across from Hannafords

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Subject: Friday, 2/12/15, 12:0pm at USM: “Bird Conservation Research in Eastern Russia – The Ecology of the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser”.
From: Patrick Keenan <patrick.keenan AT briloon.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:28:41 -0500
This Friday, February 12 at 12 PM: Please join BRI and Russian scientists,
Diana Solovyeva and Sergey Vartanyan at the USM Portland Science Building
(70 Falmouth Street) for a presentation on “*Bird Conservation Research in
Eastern Russia – The Ecology of the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser”*.



Diana will present her ongoing studies with the scaly-sided merganser. She
is doing some pretty fascinating work and is the leading expert for bird
studies in Russia.



Please feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you feel may be
interested in attending the presentation.

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Patrick C. Keenan
Outreach Director
*Biodiversity Research Institute*
276 Canco Road, Portland, ME 04103
(207) 839-7600 x242

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Subject: Ruby- crowned Kinglet
From: "'Jim Littlefield' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:18:12 -0800 (PST)
This Kinglet has been at my feeder all winter 

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Subject: Re: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
From: djill.ip AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:21:40 -0800 (PST)
I will be in Belfast sometime in the next few days. I'm familiar with 
Belfast. Could you  please recommend some specific spots for good birding?


On Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:33:40 AM UTC-5, Ron Harrell wrote:
>
>
>
> Gary Gulezian and I did the census of Belfast Bay yesterday morning 
> (1/29/2016) under overcast skies with occasional light rain or snow.  
> Temperatures were mild for January with little wind, and we had a good 
> morning of birding (19 species).  The second cycle Glaucous Gull was still 
> there.  We have reached the stage of winter where large numbers of Herring 
> Gulls (685) and Mallards (345) are found on the bay.  Virtually all the 
> Mallards were feeding actively, while most of the Herring Gulls were 
> preening and loafing.  A highlight of the day was a Peregrine Falcon flying 
> fast and low (2ft) off the water: apparently it was trying to put up one of 
> the Goldeneyes or Buffleheads in that area.  That did not work and the bird 
> flew into some woods.
>
> The entire report can be found on ebird by clicking on:
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>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27202910
>
>
> Ron Harrell
>
>

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Subject: Fwd: Mew Gull, Black-headed Gull and Redhead: Yes
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:21:48 -0500
I had my locations of the gull backwards. I corrected that here:
On Saturday, 2/6/16 four us went looking for the Mew Gull, Black-headed
Gull and Redhead.
We did find the Black-headed Gull quickly at the Municipal Fish Pier in
Rockland around 10:00 am.
We found the Mew Gull at the Lobster Pens, at the end of Lobster Lane, in
Owls Head.
With some advice from a resident birder, we found the Redhead in Camden. We
saw it from the from Camden Hills Villa parking lot at 51 Mechanic St. with
many Mallards, two Hooded Mergansers, and a couple Common Goldeneye.

https://flic.kr/p/CVFioY

Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Blauvelt 
Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 4:01 PM
Subject: Mew Gull, Black-headed Gull and Redhead: Yes
To: Doug Hitchcox 


On Saturday, 2/6/16 four us went looking for the Mew Gull, Black-headed
Gull and Redhead.
We did find the Mew Gull quickly at the Municipal Fish Pier in Rockland
around 10:00 am.
We found the Black-headed Gull at the Lobster Pens, at the end of Lobster
Lane, in Owls Head.
With some advice from a resident birder, we found the Redhead in Camden. We
saw it from the from Camden Hills Villa parking lot at 51 Mechanic St. with
many Mallards, two Hooded Mergansers, and a couple Common Goldeneye.

https://flic.kr/p/CVFioY

Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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Subject: Midcoast birds
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:08:27 -0800 (PST)
Was about 5 minutes late yesterday for Jeff's Black-backed Woodpecker. I've put 
in some time for this guy but no luck yet. Today, I did not see the Mew Gull 
but there was one 1St cycle Iceland Gull. The ever dependent Rough-Legged 
perched in a small pine right next to RT. 1. Second time I've seen the the bird 
at this perch. I saw the Chat back on New Years Day but the 6 visits since have 
yielded little. 


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Subject: Re: goldfinches vs siskins
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:02:28 -0800 (PST)
Here in Cumberland, I had the same situation as Sarah with Pine Siskin at 
the feeders. One stretch of a few days where they mobbed the feeders and 
then they were gone. No sign since. I have a resident flock of about 30-50 
American Goldfinch that appear happy not to have the competition. There 
were plenty to be had in Misery though back at the beginning of the year! 
Seemed like every road I turned down had a flock. 

Cheers!
Rob O.

On Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 5:42:39 PM UTC-5, Bob Duchesne wrote:
>
> What a weird winter. I’ve got about 30 goldfinches coming into my feeders, 
> and only one occasional pine siskin. But along the Stud Mill Road east of 
> Milford, you can’t stop the car anywhere without hearing them. They’re 
> swarming everywhere this winter. Three crossbill flyovers while I was out 
> there today, too.
>
>  
>
> Bob Duchesne
>

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Subject: RE: goldfinches vs siskins
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:25:19 +0000
I encountered a large flock of Siskins at Acadia today along the carriage 
trails, feeding on cones. Have a large flock of resident Goldfinches, though 
mainly make passes at the feeder when the weather is bad, rest of the time in 
the woods and fields around the house. Had a few siskins mixed in earlier this 
winter but not now. 


Sarah

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Subject: [Maine-birds] goldfinches vs siskins
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:42:54 -0500

What a weird winter. I’ve got about 30 goldfinches coming into my feeders, 
and only one occasional pine siskin. But along the Stud Mill Road east of 
Milford, you can’t stop the car anywhere without hearing them. They’re 
swarming everywhere this winter. Three crossbill flyovers while I was out there 
today, too. Bob Duchesne 





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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds and Wilson's Snipe - Jordan Farm Cape Elizabeth
From: Brendan McKay <thank.darwin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:48:38 -0800 (PST)
Late this afternoon I stopped at Jordan Farm on Wells Rd. in Cape Elizabeth 
and was greeted by the sound of Red-winged Blackbirds calling as soon as I 
got out of my car! I walked down Wells rd. towards Spurwink Ave. and 
flushed a very early/very late Wilson's Snipe from the muddy field on the 
north side of the road. More details on my eBird checklist;

http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist?subID=S27366172

It's strange to see so many signs of spring at the beginning of February! 

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Subject: goldfinches vs siskins
From: "Bob Duchesne" <duchesne AT midmaine.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:42:54 -0500
What a weird winter. I've got about 30 goldfinches coming into my feeders,
and only one occasional pine siskin. But along the Stud Mill Road east of
Milford, you can't stop the car anywhere without hearing them. They're
swarming everywhere this winter. Three crossbill flyovers while I was out
there today, too.

 

Bob Duchesne

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Subject: Mew Gull, Black-headed Gull and Redhead: Yes
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:01:45 -0500
On Saturday, 2/6/16 four us went looking for the Mew Gull, Black-headed
Gull and Redhead.
We did find the Mew Gull quickly at the Municipal Fish Pier in Rockland
around 10:00 am.
We found the Black-headed Gull at the Lobster Pens, at the end of Lobster
Lane, in Owls Head.
With some advice from a resident birder, we found the Redhead in Camden. We
saw it from the from Camden Hills Villa parking lot at 51 Mechanic St. with
many Mallards, two Hooded Mergansers, and a couple Common Goldeneye.

https://flic.kr/p/CVFioY

Bill Blauvelt
Portland, ME

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Subject: King Eider back!
From: "'mzimrsm1' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:54:00 -0800 (PST)
The immature king eider is back in the cove along Ocean Ave in Biddeford Pool 
at First Street - on the rocks. 


Marian

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Subject: Glen Jenks
From: rob speirs <rspeirs1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:16:08 -0500
Bill Green will air a great segment about Glen Jenks on WCSH 6 in about 1
minutes..tune in...we recently lost this good friend and birder

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Subject: Re: Re: TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:06:16 -0500
Looks like the first migrants are just arriving.

Lots more to come!

Best,

Peter

On Feb 6, 2016, at 5:11 PM, Susan Gilpin  wrote:

> We saw a TV flying high at Tidewater about 11 am. 
> 
> On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:37:43 PM UTC-5, Bill Bunn wrote:
> Single Turkey Vulture flew over this morning around 10:30, quiet otherwise!
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Subject: Re: TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery
From: Susan Gilpin <susanogilpin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:11:04 -0800 (PST)
We saw a TV flying high at Tidewater about 11 am. 

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:37:43 PM UTC-5, Bill Bunn wrote:
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> Single Turkey Vulture flew over this morning around 10:30, quiet otherwise!
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Subject: Black throated sparrow - YES
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:49:33 -0500
Today around 1:20 it appeared for about a minute, something spooked the birds 
and they did not return. 


Thank you, 
Rob O'Connell

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Subject: TV flyover, Evregreen Cemetery
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:37:42 -0800 (PST)
Single Turkey Vulture flew over this morning around 10:30, quiet otherwise!

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Subject: Re: Goshawk
From: Kathleen Zwick <azwickfish AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:33:02 -0500
Northern Goshawk! Dexter street, Rockland. Almost to Old County Rd. Past
Lowes going west. 12:30

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker, Newcastle
From: Jeff Cherry <jeff AT cherrygallery.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:02:38 -0500
Seen this morning in the same dead white pine as on previous visits.

 

Photos and comments here:

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27326910

 

Jeff Cherry

 

 

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914-489-7870 (cell)

cherrygallery.com

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 1/30-2/5
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:53:47 -0500
Hi all,
Just a handful of other observations of note for me over the past seven days 
included: 


- 1 Peregrine Falcon, Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island Yarmouth, 1/30 (with 
Saturday Morning Birdwalk Group). 

- 1 Merlin, Old Port, Portland, 1/31 (with York County Audubon Gull Workshop 
group). 

- 1-2 adult and 3-4 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 1/131 (with York 
County Audubon Gull Workshop group). 

- 1 pair Northern Pintails, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 2/4 (with clients).
- 800+ (all or mostly) Greater Scaup continue, along with 200+ Common 
Goldeneye, 100+ Surf Scoters, etc, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 2/4 (with 
clients). 


-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: Fwd: (CBC) CBC: Songbirds' Range Gets Squeezed By Climate Change - 20
From: welaverty AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:59:21 -0500
Saw this onBloomberg. It is an audio story Open the link and listen. I did not 
see the other parts hat they put out but you could probably find them on line 
on the Canadian Broadcasting Company 


Bill Laverty
Cape Elizabeth

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Subject: Baxter White-winged Crossbills
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 04:56:49 -0800 (PST)
Near Abol Bridge, male/female pair seen and heard on my ski in to Daicey 
Pond on Monday, February 1. Substantial cone mast on the spruce where they 
perched. A special treat that the warm day afforded!

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Subject: BTSP--yes!
From: Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:11:31 -0800 (PST)
After a month in South America, Laura and I were delighted to find the 
Black-throated Sparrow this afternoon (Thursday) at 13 Barnacle Lane, 
Winter Harbor (and to meet Janet and Neil Buffett who keep their feeder in 
their small front yard filled).  The bird showed up twice, albeit briefly, 
with a few other emberizids.between 3:30 and 3:50. 

In case anyone else has been away and not following the comings and goings, 
we offer the fact that Barnacle Lane is not on Google Maps, but is easily 
found as a spur road to the right off Ocean heights Drive in Winter Harbor..

Group members may also be interested in this link about the bird and its 
hosts from the Ellsworth American 
newspaper: 
http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/rare-bird-makes-appearance-draws-attention-in-winter-harbor. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy owls?
From: jay.ae4mz AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:34:35 -0800 (PST)
One Snowy owl was there at Brunswick Landing (airport) today (Feb 4) about 
1:30pm. (see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27296709 )


On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4:19:12 PM UTC-5, Chris L'Abbé wrote:
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> I've been by the Portland Jetport and Biddeford Pool area.   No Snowy Owls 
> in site. Anyone see any lately?  Brunswick Landing?  Thanks 
> Chris 

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Subject: Cliff house NO BIRDING till 2017
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:28:03 -0500
Hello birders
 I talked to someone in the construction office and the head of engineering at 
the Cliff House. They do NOT want any birders or any public people coming on 
site. It is very dangerous with lot of blasting and other large machinery 
moving around. They do not want people to get in their way. Construction will 
last into the fall. Than in the fall they will be building a new building where 
the old one was, the place where birders park and look at birds. 

 So please do not go to bird there at all until next year, 2017. I asked about 
Sunday birding, they will not be working Sundays, but they still do not want 
people showing up because the roads are rough. A town police car came in and 
damaged their car, or got stuck. 

 If the time frame changes I will let you knew. Thank you for respecting their 
wishes. 


Andy Aldrich 
North Berwick

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Subject: Snowy Owls at Brunswick Landing
From: Thomas Hayward <thayward AT bates.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:16:30 -0500
Susan and I saw two this afternoon; one due west of the Brunswick Executive
Airport terminal, sitting on one of the black boxes out on the runway, and
the other far across the runway to the north of the big control tower.
Take heart, Mike Fahay!

Tom Hayward
Brunswick, ME

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Subject: January, Webber Pond, Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:25:49 -0500
January 1-4--still had ducks diving (hooded mergansers)
on the 4th the pond was open in the morning and had closed by
nightfall--wonderful patchwork pattern--and was talking and groaning--
1/7  a great horned owl calling very close to the house--almost seemed to
be answering the pond--
during the rains on the 10th (Sunday) about 20 mallards arrived--standing
on the ice and in the yard-- (a mature bald eagle was circling over head)
on the morning of the 11th two small spots had opened near the shore--one
had some diving ducks (too distant to identify)  and the other had a beaver
swimming and slapping his tail sending water and pieces of ice up into the
sunlight--
Since the 11th the pond has been much quieter and has seemed solid enough
for some ice fisherman (drawing some gulls-)-
the cold spell brought a female flicker who spent every day at the feeder
and on the suet--the red-bellied woodpecker visits occasionally, and
 juncos and other regulars visit daily--
I have seen a distant hawk and have twice found dove feathers scattered on
my deck
most mornings a mallard pair or a single female is under the feeder and at
dusk and during storms about twenty mallards fly in--leaving after dark
with a rush of wings--
since the weather has gotten warner I've been seeing more goldfinches and
have heard the cardinals sounding very springlike

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Subject: Re: Snowy owls?
From: Chris Cabot <chris.c.cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:12:58 -0800 (PST)
Snowies are still at the Brunswick airport. Got good looks at two of them 
this week from the airport parking area at the north end of Orion St.


On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4:19:12 PM UTC-5, Chris L'Abbé wrote:
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> I've been by the Portland Jetport and Biddeford Pool area.   No Snowy Owls 
> in site. Anyone see any lately?  Brunswick Landing?  Thanks 
> Chris 

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Subject: BOWAs - Winterport
From: John Wyatt & Debbie Ryan <birdsnbeads AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:32:42 -0500
Huge flock of Bohemian Waxwings flying over our house this morning. 2000+ birds 
would be my best estimate. Link to a couple photos of part of the extended 
flock here; https://flic.kr/p/DExz3Z , https://flic.kr/p/Dfjq7v 


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Subject: Re: York County sightings (Jan 29 - Feb 2)...
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan AT whitepineprograms.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:37:00 -0800 (PST)
Thanks for the update, Josh.

Was the TUVU your earliest FOY on record?

Dan G.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6:07:57 PM UTC-5, Josh Fecteau wrote:
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> Here are some highlights from the past week in York County: 
>
> 1/29 (Friday) 
> ...Hermit Thrush and Belted Kingfisher at Timber Point, Biddeford 
> ...Yellow-rumped Warblers (2) and an immature male Harlequin Duck 
> along Parsons Way (Ocean Ave.), Kennebunkport 
> ...Cedar Waxwings (19) on Lund Rd., Saco 
>
> 1/31 (Sunday) 
> ...Mourning Dove (FSOY=first-singer-of-year), Biddeford 
> ...Common Grackles (3) with European Starlings on Old Town Rd., Biddeford 
>
> 2/1 (Monday) 
> ...Turkey Vulture (FOY) heading north over parking lot of York County 
> Community College, Wells 
>
> 2/2 (Tuesday) 
> ...Purple Sandpipers (5) and Harlequin Ducks (5) along Parsons Way, K'port 
>
> Best, 
> Josh 
>
> Josh's Journal: New England Natural History and Foraging [joshfecteau.com] 
>
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Subject: York County sightings (Jan 29 - Feb 2)...
From: Josh Fecteau <joshuafecteau AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:07:55 -0500
Here are some highlights from the past week in York County:

1/29 (Friday)
...Hermit Thrush and Belted Kingfisher at Timber Point, Biddeford
...Yellow-rumped Warblers (2) and an immature male Harlequin Duck
along Parsons Way (Ocean Ave.), Kennebunkport
...Cedar Waxwings (19) on Lund Rd., Saco

1/31 (Sunday)
...Mourning Dove (FSOY=first-singer-of-year), Biddeford
...Common Grackles (3) with European Starlings on Old Town Rd., Biddeford

2/1 (Monday)
...Turkey Vulture (FOY) heading north over parking lot of York County
Community College, Wells

2/2 (Tuesday)
...Purple Sandpipers (5) and Harlequin Ducks (5) along Parsons Way, K'port

Best,
Josh

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Subject: Black-throated sparrow Winter Harbor
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:42:30 -0500
​Thank you to everyone who has posted about this Winter Harbor
black-throated sparrow. Location and directions. I had a few undisturbed
moments with it this afternoon. Here's my version. Again, thanks.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h60fd33ca#h6ae817c3


Cheers,
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Subject: Snowy owls?
From: Chris L'Abbé <labbec0861 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:19:12 -0800 (PST)
I've been by the Portland Jetport and Biddeford Pool area. No Snowy Owls in 
site. Anyone see any lately? Brunswick Landing? Thanks 

Chris 

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Subject: Red crossbill and robins at Stoneham ME
From: frobey <frobey69 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:13:34 -0800 (PST)
Yesterday there was a very friendly male and female red cross bill along 
Hut Road in Stoneham, and this morning there were at least a dozen robins 
eating apples on a couple of the trees along Hut Road. I have pics of the 
crossbill if anyone would like to see them.

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Subject: Swainson's Hawk in Wells/Kennebunk?
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:00:36 -0500
Took my lunch to Laudholm Beach today and scoped the water. Nothing
remarkable there, but just as I was leaving a hawk passed overhead. The
only fit I can find for the field marks is Swainson's Hawk. No photos. It
was moving northeast toward Kennebunkport at about 12:45.

Sorry for the late post. Raced back just in time for a meeting.

Details here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27267533

Checked eBird and found this from Essex Co. Mass. a few weeks ago:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26385754
Looks like what I saw.

Someone else find the bird, please.

Scott Richardson

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Subject: Fwd: [birders] : Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story - The New York Times
From: Ann Hancock <annhancock9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:54:06 -0500
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Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM
Subject: [birders] : Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory
Story - The New York Times



Interesting article and animated migration map.



*Subject:* *Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story -
The New York Times*



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/science/bird-watchers-help-science-fill-gaps-in-the-migratory-story.html?mabReward=CTM 


Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

We all know birds in North America fly south for the winter and revisit us
come spring, but have you ever wondered what their journey looks like once
they leave our backyards?

Ornithologists from Cornell University

 

developed this migration map to show a year’s worth of travels for more
than a hundred bird species across the Western Hemisphere. Each dot
represents a different avian group as it flies thousands of miles to breed
and feast. To create the map, the researchers used data from more than a
million observations made by amateur bird watchers through eBird
, a citizen science project.

“This is the first comprehensive picture of where these birds are moving
across the entire year,” said Frank La Sorte
, an ornithologist
at Cornell and one of the map creators. It would have cost millions of
dollars to gather the information needed to reconstruct the trajectories
with traditional tracking methods, he said. “Even if we tracked hundreds
and hundreds of birds, we would not get this level of detail.”

Dr. La Sorte said that through their analysis, first published last week in
a biological research journal
, he and
his colleagues attempted to address what they consider the “big question in
migration ecology”: What migration strategies do birds use to journey
across the Western Hemisphere?

They found three general types of trajectories, including clockwise
movement, counterclockwise movement, and a doubling back along the same
path.

Birds that fly over the eastern portion of North America tend to follow
routes that make large clockwise loops. In autumn they travel south through
the Atlantic into the Caribbean and South America, and then in spring they
loop back north through the Gulf of Mexicoand via a route that is further
inland than their previous one. This path enables species like the American
Golden-Plover
 and Blackpoll
Warbler  to take
advantage of strong winds that help propel them in their desired direction.

Flocks that travel over the western portion of the continent, like the Hermit
Warbler  and the Dusky
Flycatcher , do
not make dramatic loops like their eastern counterparts. Instead they tend
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Subject: Mew Gull today, 2 Peregrines yesterday
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:01:09 -0500
Howie N, Jonathan A, and I saw the Short-billed Mew Gull this morning around 
11:30 at mid tide. Were had spent 30 minutes at low tide at 9:30 and hadn’t 
seen the bird, so birded Weskeag, Rough-leg, and then returned to Owl’s Head. 
Very active gull but no vocalizations. 


Yesterday, Barbara and I saw a Peregrine atop the old Bath bridge and another 
at a quiet Popham Beach. 


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Subject: Re: TV--Scarborough
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:58:57 -0500
I saw one fly over Capisic Park this afternoon around 2:00.
Bill Blauvelt

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 1, 2016, at 2:14 PM, Joanne Stevens  wrote:
> 
> A Turkey Vulture flew south over Fuller Farm, Broadturn Rd., Scarborough this 
afternoon. Late migrant, early migrant, winter resident? 

> 
>    Joanne
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Subject: Sanford Lagoons, Feb 1, 2016 Rough-legged Hawk, Bald Eagle
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:27:09 -0500
Hello,
        I was leaving to do some shopping in Sanford so I might as well go 
to the Lagoons, GLAD I did.  Driving In I saw  an eagle sitting in a tree. I 
opened the sun roof and used the car as a blind to take some nice shots.
         After signing in and walking out the door the eagle flew past the 
entrance for a another photo shoot.
        Later I noticed a hawk flying in the distance and it kept coming 
closer, so I took many photos of it and realized it was ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK!!

The photos are in this checklist: View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27249445


Happy birthday
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick



Mallard  6
Wild Turkey  1
Bald Eagle  1     adult
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Great Black-backed Gull  1
American Crow  5
Common Raven  4
Eastern Bluebird  3
Snow Bunting  5


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.

Happy birding
Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

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Subject: Kittery through Wells (SNOW, COGR, Borealis COEI, shorebirds, HADU, etc), 2/1
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:06:39 -0500
Hi all,

Jeannette and I enjoyed very productive birding on this ridiculously warm day, 
combing the coast from Kittery through Wells in our monthly circuit. 


 Highlights were a'plenty, including a few unseasonable observations:
- 1 Carolina Wren, Fort Foster (should be an easier season for what's left of 
these guys as compared to the last two winters!). 

- 6 Dunlin with 70 Sanderlings and 5 Purple Sandpipers and 9 Harlequin Ducks, 
The Nubble, York. 

- 10 Harlequin Ducks, Short Sands Beach, York.
- 40 Sanderlings and 27 Purple Sandpipers, Marginal Way, Ogunquit.
- 1 hen COMMON EDIER, ssp. "BOREALIS," 36 Harlequin Ducks, 400+ Black Scoters, 
etc, Marginal Way. 

- 1 male COMMON GRACKLE, Dike St, Wells (late, early, or somewhere in 
between?). 

- 1 imm Northern Harrier, Moody Marsh.
- 1 SNOWY OWL, 1 imm Peregrine Falcon, and 1 imm Northern Harrier, Webhannet 
Marsh, Wells. 

- 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, Community Park, Wells.

Not bad for Feb 1st!

-Derek


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Subject: TV--Scarborough
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:14:09 -0500
     A Turkey Vulture flew south over Fuller Farm, Broadturn Rd., 
Scarborough this afternoon.  Late migrant, early migrant, winter resident?

     Joanne

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Subject: "Winter Birding Weekend" in Grand Lake Stream - Feb. 12-13
From: "'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:51:24 -0800 (PST)

Hi All!

 

My name is Colin Brown and I’m the Education and Outreach Manager for the 
Downeast Lakes Land Trust, located in Grand Lake Stream.  We are hosting a 
“Winter Birding Weekend” on February 12 – 13 in Grand Lake Stream and I 
wanted to extend an invitation to everyone.  On that Friday night, we will 
have a brief discussion about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how folks 
can participate, followed by a lecture by Bob Duchesne titled, “Bird 
Identification Made Easy.”  The following morning at 8 am will feature DLLT 
and Fundy Audubon hosting a “Winter Bird Walk” through town to get our 
counts for the GBBC.  Grand Lake Stream is an excellent spot for birding in 
the winter, as the water in the stream stays open and there are several 
great feeder spots in town.  We hope to have several birders from around 
the state joining us and both events are free to the public.  For more 
information, please email me at cbrown AT downeastlakes.org or visit: 
https://www.downeastlakes.org/news-events/events/

 

Best Wishes and Good Birding!

Colin

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Subject: Pileated Woodpeckers/Kennebunk
From: gerrishlaw via Maine birds <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:03:56 -0800 (PST)
Saw both male and female Pileated Woodpeckers along the Bridle Path, near 
Butland Shipyard Marker, last Saturday.

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Subject: Proposed Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:55:24 -0500
I am posting this for Barbara Volkle.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new wildlife refuge 
for parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New 
Hampshire and New York - Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. The 
refuge would protect shrublands an species such as New England 
Cottontail, Woodcock and Blue-winged Warbler.  The comment period is 
open until March 4. Please weigh in with your comments and support!

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/greatthicketLPP.html

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Subject: Thick-billed Murres at the Schoodic
From: Merle and Anne Archie <ravensreachme AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:48:22 -0500
Yesterday at the Schoodic we had good views of Thick-billed Murres close to
shore - one at Schoodic Point and the other at Blueberry Hill Parking
Lot.   Two more Thick-billed Murres were closer to Schoodic Island as
well.  We were able to get long lingering looks at the closer murre at
Blueberry and could even see the little feet churning away in the heavy sea!

Five Harlequin Ducks (2 male and 3 female) were in the surf off Schoodic
Island.

We enjoyed the company of John Wyatt and fellow birder Bob throughout the
day!

Merle and Anne Archie

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Subject: RE: Black-throated Sparrow
From: Michael Little <mjlittle2318 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:14:05 -0500

the Black-throated Sparrow was still present at 13 Barnacle Lane, Winter 
Harbor, at 11:30am on Sunday Jan 31. Flew off toward Hillcrest Drive. 

Mike Little

  
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Northern harrier, 200+ horned larks, 1 Barrows goldeneye & dead red fox *(non-road kill_
From: Norman Famous <nfamous AT maine.edu>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:12:48 -0500
Greetings,

I visited the Flood Farm in Benton/Clinton this afternoon.  The driving
conditions in access roads into the fields were good in that they were
frozen and the adjacent fields were solid for turning around.

Roads in the dairy farm compound were wet with a mix of cow waste and
water, which enhanced the odor.  Birds were thin in the compound area (Rock
pigeons, and House sparrows).  *N**o gulls* and very few European starlings
were present.

There was a dead red fox about a mile from the paved road (across the road
from the house with the barking dog located on the left after the road
emerges from the woods into the Flood Farm corn fields.

The most interesting birds included *1 Northern harrier* (male) and *1
male* *Barrow's
goldeneye* along with over *150 Common goldeneyes* (hard to scan well and
count).

Good birding,

Norm Famous

*Totals below:*

*Barrow's goldeneye   1 Male*

*Common goldeneyes   ~150+*    Difficult to count because they were in
large multiple groups shallow-diving up-stream against the currents

*Horthern harrier**   1*   Across the road from the Flood Farm compound 1

*Horned larks   ~200*  Multiple large flocks within the first 1/2 mile from
the house with the barking dog located on the left or river-side of the
road after it emerges from the woods into the Flood Farm corn fields

*Rock pigeons   **~60*    Around the farm buildings

*House sparrows   **~25*   Around the farm buildings; incomplete count

B*ald eagle   1*   Across from the farm buildings

*Wild turkeys   8*   *2 male pairs* (engaged in a 30 or more minutes of
severe chest-to-chest chest-bumping bout with head-pecking; they were
bumping and pushing when I arrived and continued after I left), *1 beat-up
looking male* and *3 females*)

-- 
Norman Famous, Wetlands and Wildlife Ecologist
513 Eight Rod Road
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 623 6072

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Subject: S.Portland Dickcissel Back
From: Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B <bfraney1 AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:33:05 +0000 (UTC)
The Dickcissel came back to my yard today and we were able to get some fuzzy 
photos which are attached. Although not shown in the photo, it does have the 
chestnut shoulder patches.  Is this a male or female?  It does not not have 
the black breast patch but does have some grayish streaks.  THanks 


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Subject: Midcoast Birds
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:38:05 -0800 (PST)
There was also a cormormant diving in the Lee by the Breakwater. I thought that 
odd. No? 


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Subject: Midcoast Birds
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:23:02 -0800 (PST)
Birded some of the midcoast today. Got the Mew Gull in the right pen this time. 
Many vocalizations from this dainty gull this time. Didn't hear a peep from him 
the other times I saw him. Finally scored the Black-headed Gull in the harbor. 
At the breakwater I got one Red-necked Grebe and a single Dovekie on the 
Breakwater. Back in Newcastle at the alewives amongst the plethora of mallards 
I was graced with a single drake N. Pintail. Awesome birding along the coast of 
Maine. 



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Subject: Re: Barn owl question
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:05:51 -0500
I failed to remember in my earlier post that one time I was at Tuckahoe Turf 
last year, and one of the workers, who lives in Berwick, talked to me about an 
owl he saw. After hearing his description, it was clear he had seen a barn owl. 
I asked him to take pictures and if he would document it for a state record if 
he sees it again, or call me. I have not heard from him since. 


Andy Aldrich
North Berwick

From: Rich MacDonald 
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:39 AM
To: Herb Wilson ; Andrew Aldrich 
Cc: Maine birds 
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question

  
I know of two other Maine Barn Owl records, although it appears neither were 
submitted to the Bird Records Committee: 


1) According to an unpublished reference, there was a report in the Maine Field 
Observer (sorry, I don’t have the specific citation) stating a Barn Owl was 
observed 11 January 1961 in Southwest Harbor. “Mann was the observer.” This 
appears to refer to Rocky Mann, of Bar Harbor. 


2) Former Acadia National Park rangers Tony Linforth and True Muzzy reported a 
single bird after dusk at Sand Beach while they were doing a program. 



Richard MacDonald
The Natural History Center
P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207/266-9461
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www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHistoryCenter

From: "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com"  on behalf 
of Herb Wilson  

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM
To: Andrew Aldrich 
Cc: "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com" 
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question


Here is a list of Barn Owl records for Maine: 
https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/official-list-of-maine-birds/bano 


Herb



On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM, Andrew Aldrich  wrote:

  Hi Kit,    
 According to an eBird search there has never been a sighting in Maine. Perhaps 
15 to 20 years ago I remember hearing a birder say they saw one near the Wells, 
ME. exit. I do not remember any other details. 


  Happy birding 
  Andy Aldrich 
  North Berwick

  From: Kit Pfeiffer 
  Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:15 AM
  To: Maine birds 
  Subject: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question

 My daughter in Bangor wants to now if there have been barn owl sightings 
there. How far north in Maine are they? Thanks. Kit 

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Subject: Re: Barn owl question
From: Rich MacDonald <rich AT thenaturalhistorycenter.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:39:12 -0300
I know of two other Maine Barn Owl records, although it appears neither were
submitted to the Bird Records Committee:

1) According to an unpublished reference, there was a report in the Maine
Field Observer (sorry, I don¹t have the specific citation) stating a Barn
Owl was observed 11 January 1961 in Southwest Harbor. ³Mann was the
observer.² This appears to refer to Rocky Mann, of Bar Harbor.

2) Former Acadia National Park rangers Tony Linforth and True Muzzy reported
a single bird after dusk at Sand Beach while they were doing a program.


Richard MacDonald
The Natural History Center
P.O. Box 6
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207/266-9461
Rich AT TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
www.TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com
www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHistoryCenter

From:  "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com"  on
behalf of Herb Wilson 
Date:  Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM
To:  Andrew Aldrich 
Cc:  "maine-birds AT googlegroups.com" 
Subject:  Re: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question

Here is a list of Barn Owl records for Maine:
https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/official-list-of-mai
ne-birds/bano

Herb


On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM, Andrew Aldrich 
wrote:
> Hi Kit,    
>     According to an eBird search there has never been a sighting in Maine.
> Perhaps 15 to 20 years ago I remember hearing a birder say they saw one near
> the Wells, ME. exit.  I do not remember any other details.
>  
> Happy birding 
> Andy Aldrich 
> North Berwick
>  
> From: Kit Pfeiffer 
> Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:15 AM
> To: Maine birds 
> Subject: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question
>  
> My daughter in Bangor wants to now if there have been barn owl sightings
> there. How far north in Maine are they? Thanks. Kit
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Subject: Update to Wells Reserve bird list
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:06:53 -0500
Here's a story around the latest addition to the bird list for the Wells
Reserve at Laudholm...
http://www.wellsreserve.org/blog/785-wingd_xxxv_is_it_on_the_list

Scott

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Subject: Hermit Thrush Two Lights SP
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:25:54 -0800 (PST)
An out of season Hermit Thrush was spotted yesterday Jan. 30, at Two Lights 
State Park. Not terribly surprising considering the mild winter so far. 
Specifically it was near the "winter" restrooms in the parking lot. 


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Subject: Route 113, Maine and New Hampshire Border
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:02:07 -0500
This afternoon I went North on Rt. 113 through Stow, ME into North 
Chatham, NH. I found Bohemian Waxwings in Stow and Red Crossbills in 
North Chatham.
Picture are in eBird reports.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27207226

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27209771

Bob Crowley
Chatham, NH

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Subject: Route 113, Maine and New Hampshire Border
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:02:07 -0500
This afternoon I went North on Rt. 113 through Stow, ME into North 
Chatham, NH. I found Bohemian Waxwings in Stow and Red Crossbills in 
North Chatham.
Picture are in eBird reports.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27207226

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27209771

Bob Crowley
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Subject: Dickcissel/South Portland
From: Brenda at The Cornerstone B&B <bfraney1 AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:04:03 +0000 (UTC)
Had a Dickcissel at my feeder for one day this week but has not been back.  I 
live near Hinckley Park - just letting other S. Portland birders know so you 
can be on the lookout!    


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Subject: Killdeer in South Portland
From: Dan Gardoqui <dan AT whitepineprograms.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:38:23 -0500
Anyone else seeing/hearing Killdeer this winter?

Just saw one new near the Get Air trampoline park on Riverside Rd.
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>    - Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
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>    - Additional Highlights This Week, 1/23-29 <#322762397_group_thread_2>
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> Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
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> Ronald Harrell : Jan 30 11:33AM -0500
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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:33:35 -0500
Gary Gulezian and I did the census of Belfast Bay yesterday morning
(1/29/2016) under overcast skies with occasional light rain or snow.
Temperatures were mild for January with little wind, and we had a good
morning of birding (19 species).  The second cycle Glaucous Gull was still
there.  We have reached the stage of winter where large numbers of Herring
Gulls (685) and Mallards (345) are found on the bay.  Virtually all the
Mallards were feeding actively, while most of the Herring Gulls were
preening and loafing.  A highlight of the day was a Peregrine Falcon flying
fast and low (2ft) off the water: apparently it was trying to put up one of
the Goldeneyes or Buffleheads in that area.  That did not work and the bird
flew into some woods.

The entire report can be found on ebird by clicking on:



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Subject: Re: Barn owl question
From: Herb Wilson <whwilson AT colby.edu>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:59:53 -0500
Here is a list of Barn Owl records for Maine:

https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/official-list-of-maine-birds/bano 


Herb


On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM, Andrew Aldrich 
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> Hi Kit,
>     According to an eBird search there has never been a sighting in Maine.
> Perhaps 15 to 20 years ago I remember hearing a birder say they saw one
> near the Wells, ME. exit.  I do not remember any other details.
>
> Happy birding
> Andy Aldrich
> North Berwick
>
> *From:* Kit Pfeiffer 
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:15 AM
> *To:* Maine birds 
> *Subject:* [Maine-birds] Barn owl question
>
> My daughter in Bangor wants to now if there have been barn owl sightings
> there. How far north in Maine are they? Thanks. Kit
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Subject: Re: Barn owl question
From: "Andrew Aldrich " <aaldrich1 AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:53:54 -0500
Hi Kit,    
 According to an eBird search there has never been a sighting in Maine. Perhaps 
15 to 20 years ago I remember hearing a birder say they saw one near the Wells, 
ME. exit. I do not remember any other details. 


Happy birding 
Andy Aldrich 
North Berwick

From: Kit Pfeiffer 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:15 AM
To: Maine birds 
Subject: [Maine-birds] Barn owl question

My daughter in Bangor wants to now if there have been barn owl sightings there. 
How far north in Maine are they? Thanks. Kit 

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Subject: Barn owl question
From: Kit Pfeiffer <kit.pfeiffer.maine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:15:33 -0800 (PST)
My daughter in Bangor wants to now if there have been barn owl sightings 
there. How far north in Maine are they? Thanks. Kit

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 1/23-29
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:08:01 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,A handful of other sightings of note from me over the past week 
included: 

- Brunswick's Simpson's Point continues to be an exceptional hotspot for the 
season, with a raft of 800+ scaup continuing. On both of my visits this week, 
the group was too far to identify most, but there are at least a few/some 
LESSER SCAUP among the flock of GREATERS.  The number of Common Goldeneyes 
increased to 250+ by 1/24 (with Jeannette), while a pair of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES 
was among 275-300 Commons on 1/28 (with Evan Obercian).- 1 pair NORTHERN 
SHOVELERS continue in Maquoit Bay, through 1/28 (with Evan Obercian).- 1 male 
PINE WARBLER continues at Jay Stormer's feeders on Rossmore Rd in Brunswick.- 1 
Northern Shrike (shockingly, my first of the year - finally!), corner of 
Rossmore Rd and Mere Point Rd, Brunswick, 1/28 (with Evan Obercian).- 1 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Point, Scarborough, 1/29.- 8 (!!) NORTHERN FLICKERS 
and 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 1/29. 

-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: Cedar Waxwings
From: Stella Walsh <stellawalsh AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:56:32 -0500
Send some down. For those of us in Portland area, checked TT Orchard yesterday. 
Starlings. No Robins and no waxwings. 


Stella

> On Jan 29, 2016, at 13:24, Sean Hatch  wrote:
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> Just had close to 100 in downtown Waldoboro. Searched the pack and couldn't 
find Bohemians. 

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Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:24:15 -0800 (PST)
Just had close to 100 in downtown Waldoboro. Searched the pack and couldn't 
find Bohemians. 


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Subject: Black-throated Sparrow
From: Ed Hawkes <hawkes38 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:31:42 -0800 (PST)
BTSP was reported seen by Sue and Harold Shaw in Winter Harbor at 13 
Barnacle Lane on 1/27 at 9 a.m. and on 1/28 at 3:05 p.m.

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Subject: Glaucous and Mew Gull
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:25:01 +0000
A 1st-cycle glaucous and continuing mew gull at the Owls Head lobster 
impoundment this morning. 


Don  		 	   		  

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Subject: Camden Teal and Redhead; 2 Brown Creepers
From: Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:10:27 -0500
Hi all -- Was able to locate the drake Redhead and the hen G-w Teal today
at the Mechanic Street dam and duckpond in Camden. Also of note one Brown
Creeper in the woods adjacent to the Camden Hills Regional HS student
parking lot, and another in a tree next to the 3 Dogs Cafe in Rockport.

Craig K
SW Harbor

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Subject: Re: id question
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:09:13 -0500
I am no expert, but it sounds like a winter Black Guillemot to me. Here are
2 pictures of one that I took in Cape Porpoise on 12-31-15.
Bill

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> but nice looks at harlequins and purple sandpipers on the rocks.
> Razorbill as well.  One id question:   I had what looked like a black
> guillemot except it was light slate gray with white wing/shoulders, white
> underneath when it spread its wings briefly, short bill, pointed tail held
> up.  Eye was black against gray face.  Is this just a winter or immature
> bird? Thanks.
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Subject: Yellow bellied Sapsucker, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland
From: Bill Bunn <moosetrunks51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:23:33 -0800 (PST)
Seen around 9:15 this morning behind Brentwood Farm Community Gardens area 
at the start of the blue trail, the whole area along this side very active 
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Subject: id question
From: "M. Calien Lewis" <silberose AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:52:46 -0800 (PST)
Just in from Dyer's Point, C.E.  Usual suspects:   eider, long-tailed duck 
but nice looks at harlequins and purple sandpipers on the rocks.   
Razorbill as well.  One id question:   I had what looked like a black 
guillemot except it was light slate gray with white wing/shoulders, white 
underneath when it spread its wings briefly, short bill, pointed tail held 
up.  Eye was black against gray face.  Is this just a winter or immature 
bird? Thanks.  

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Subject: Re: Maine trip in May
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:47:19 -0500
Ron,

There's enough great birding around Kennebunk you might be tempted to skip the 
marathon. It's not an exhaustive list, but check out the York County birding 
trail sites on http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org. With those, eBird, and 
Maine-birds you ought to stay busy. Pelagics could be challenging. 


Scott

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> Hello,
> 
> I will be in Maine May 13th - 17th for a marathon in Kennebunk. I'm looking 
for the best places to bird nearby. I'm afraid I might be too early for a trip 
to see Atlantic puffins or other pelagic birds. Is there still opportunities to 
see any at this time? I'd also love to know where I can view any other rarities 
for an Ohio birder. thanks in advance and I look forward to my trip. 

> 
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