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26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds [Nancy McReel ]
26 Feb Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh [Joanne Stevens ]
26 Feb blackbirds [Dave Thompson ]
26 Feb RW Blackbirds ["'Pete Darling' via Maine birds" ]
26 Feb Merlin in Brunswick [Jan Pierson ]
26 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl [David Small ]
25 Feb red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk [Sharon F. ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Juanitar Roushdy ]
25 Feb Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb [Carol Muth ]
25 Feb blackbirds [kathys ]
25 Feb Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird [Ed Gervais ]
25 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Hope [Thomas Ingraham ]
25 Feb C. Goldeneye, robins ["'Barbara' via Maine birds" ]
25 Feb Great Gray Owl [Bruce Bartrug ]
25 Feb Grey owl [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Re: Bald Eagles in Holden [Ellen Campbell ]
25 Feb Mourning Doves [David Lewis ]
24 Feb Maine Birds [Aloyse Lsrrsbee ]
24 Feb Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 Feb Iceland gulls Portland [Janet Galle ]
24 Feb Scarborough Marsh Spring Migrants, 2/24 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
24 Feb Re: Great Grey [David Lewis ]
24 Feb Bald Eagles in Holden [LNO/MWA ]
23 Feb Re: Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
24 Feb Re: Great Grey [Sarah Caputo ]
23 Feb Great Grey [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
23 Feb Birds this week [Aletha Boyle ]
23 Feb Great Grey [Logan Parker ]
23 Feb Great Grey ["'Carl Small' via Maine birds" ]
23 Feb Black-capped chickadee [David Small ]
23 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 []
23 Feb Surf Scooter, etc ["J. Michael" ]
23 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
23 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
22 Feb Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22 [Fyn Kynd ]
22 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds in Cape Neddick ["Linda Scotland" ]
21 Feb Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1 ["Becky Marvil" ]
21 Feb Re: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics ["'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" ]
20 Feb 370 Bohemians in Dresden [Sean Hatch ]
19 Feb Purple sandpipers [David Small ]
19 Feb Re: Belmont Feeders & Field [David Lewis ]
19 Feb Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics [Richard Harris Podolsky ]
18 Feb Re: Belmont Feeders & Field [Scott Richardson ]
18 Feb Re: Great cormorants? [Seth Davis ]
18 Feb 370 Bohemians in Dresden [Peter Vickery ]
18 Feb Re: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics [Meghan Wakefield ]
18 Feb Webber Pond, Bremen [Ann Nesslage ]
18 Feb Great cormorants? ["M. Calien Lewis" ]
18 Feb Belmont Feeders & Field [David Lewis ]
18 Feb Pemaquid buntings ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]
17 Feb 30-40 Waxwings eating crabapples on the Hut Road in Stoneham ME [frobey ]
17 Feb Additional Highlights This Week, 2/11-2/17 ["'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
17 Feb Re: Nat Wheelwright talk at UNE--Tues, Feb 28 [Seth Davis ]
17 Feb Belfast Bay census of Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 [Ronald Harrell ]
17 Feb Nat Wheelwright talk at UNE--Tues, Feb 28 [Noah Perlut ]
17 Feb spectacular Peregrine hunting in Gardiner [Sean Hatch ]
15 Feb Bullock's O [Janet Henry ]
15 Feb Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics [Adam Wood ]
16 Feb spectacular Peregrine hunting in Gardiner [Jeff Wells ]
16 Feb Evening Grosbeaks - Kennebunk [Shiloh ]
16 Feb Lubec - Razorbills and American Pipit [Karen Burke ]
15 Feb four woodpecker afternoon [Don and Sherry Reimer ]
15 Feb Re: Spring arrival date study [Sharon F. ]
15 Feb Spring arrival date study [Herb Wilson ]
15 Feb Spring is here? [Rob O'Connell ]
15 Feb Red-bellied Woodpecker, Camden [Kristen Lindquist ]
15 Feb Horned Larks in Knox [tom A ]
14 Feb York through Wells, 2/14 (NOPI X MALL hybrid, DOVE, DICK, RLHA, WODU, etc!) ["'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" ]
13 Feb Yellow Breasted Chat - Monhegan [Donna Cundy ]
13 Feb Northern Shrike ["K Sutton" ]
13 Feb Drunk Waxwings? [Garth McElroy ]
13 Feb Pine Siskins Bar Harbor Feb 13 8:25am [Carol Muth ]

Subject: Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:29:31 -0800 (PST)
Still there as if 15 mins ago

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
From: Nancy McReel <nmcreel AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:52:13 -0500
This AM while I was drinking my first cup of coffee, 3 Red-winged Blackbirds 
dropped in for seeds. There were bare spots under the feeders after the 16-in. 
snow of a week ago. 


Nancy in Wells

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Subject: Snow Goose--Scarborough Marsh
From: Joanne Stevens <joshawk AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:34:23 -0500
Pat Sanborn reports a single Snow Goose among the Canadas now, seen from 
Dunstan Landing on the right side of the path.

Joanne

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Subject: blackbirds
From: Dave Thompson <mainedave12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:36:02 -0800 (PST)
I saw the first cowbirds this morning in hollis.

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Subject: RW Blackbirds
From: "'Pete Darling' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:13:09 -0500
Sat 25 Feb, 2017, I heard and saw several Red-wing Blackbirds in Spurwink Marsh 
on the Cape Elizabeth side off Sawyer St. 


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Subject: Merlin in Brunswick
From: Jan Pierson <jpierson AT fieldguides.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:53:31 -0500
Hi all:

Yesterday afternoon (Feb 25) a single Merlin was calling loudly in several 
series from the top of a tall White Pine adjacent to Druckenmiller Science 
Building on the Bowdoin College campus; this is the same vicinity in which a 
pair of Merlins has nested regularly for at least about 15 years now, and such 
a sighting would be run-of-the-mill at this location from late March or early 
April forward but seems remarkable for late February. Spring has apparently 
sprung for one of the pair here. I'll keep my eyes and ears out for the mate. 


Best to all,
Jan

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:09:11 -0500
Amen, Bruce.
"When is one more, too many".

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Bruce Bartrug  wrote:

> I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
> people there on Saturday.  While I was there everyone was staying about 100
> meters from the bird, including photographers.  There's no reason to be so
> intrusive.
>
> I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
> for this very reason.  These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
> have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
> and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
> reported there earlier.  When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
> local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes.  He
> said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
> every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
> discarded trash and bottles and cans.  Not every birder is respectful of
> the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
> located.
>
> Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey."  But if you wish to
> continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
> suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
> principles.  They are ruining the activity of watching
> birds.
>
> --
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> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
> bbartrug AT gmail.com
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>
> •The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
> because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein
> •In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
> silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King
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Subject: red winged blackbirds in West Kennebunk
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:39 +0000
About 20 stopped for a visit this morning. 3 male and one female wood duck were 
romping in an open section of the Mousam on Friday...also heard a Killdeer 
flying north--no imitators--the real thing!! Red breasted nuthatch appeared for 
first time in over 2 years...may not be Spring yet but it sure is a nice 
break...Sharon in West Kennebunk 


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Subject: Grey owl
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:04:52 -0500
Has anyone seen the grey owl today. Am in the area but patchy fog

Thanks

Juanita Roushdy
Bremen, Maine

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Subject: Grey owl
From: Juanitar Roushdy <juanitar AT tidewater.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:46:27 -0500
Bingo! Beautiful, majestic creature.

Juanita Roushdy 
Bremen, ME

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Subject: Mallard courtship- Hulls Cove 25 Feb
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:55:27 -0500
The highlight of our day, a pair of Mallards doing that bonding thing,
facing each other and bobbing their heads. There were about 2 dozen
Mallards total in Hulls cove near The Chart Room.
Also lovely, Long-tailed ducks at Hadley Point, most of them hidden by the
shifting fog, could be heard tootling (clangulating?).

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Subject: blackbirds
From: kathys <ksammis AT sacoriver.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:58:26 -0800 (PST)
FOY red-winged blackbirds (2) in my yard in Buxton this morning.

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Subject: Bluebirds and Red Winged Blackbird
From: Ed Gervais <edgervais AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:38:54 -0800 (PST)
This afternoon, Feb. 25, 4 Bluebirds, 1 female and 3 male, and the first 
Red Winged Blackbird of the year, a single bird calling from the top of an 
oak tree.  

Go figure, isn't this a bit early?

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:35:35 -0800 (PST)
Not any more. I was shocked by what I saw. Twenty empty cars on the road with 
every single person out in the interior of the exact field where the bird had 
been previously hunting. 


Bird harassers showed up chased the bird out of the center of the field and 
into the treeline at the margin. It can no longer forage unencumbered in the 
entire field or use any of the perches it was previously hunting from because 
thoughtless people are now occupying those very parts of the field. 


Common sense says to stay and observe from the road. Be patient. Let the bird 
reveal itself to you. Do not tramp over its hunting habitat and stand in the 
field. What are you thinking? The bird needs to feed and it relies upon the 
entire field for food. 


When you put yourself in the field you are trespassing on the bird and 
negatively impacting it. Secondarily, responsible birders with good intention 
and common sense can no longer see it from the road. Rather, they are forced to 
join the thoughtless throng in the field - which I refuse to to do. Tragedy of 
the Commons. 


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Subject: Hope
From: Thomas Ingraham <thomas.ingraham AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:21:56 -0500
In our yard in Hope today: a small stalwart group of bluebirds still with us! 
Also a pair of Redwing Blackbirds. 




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Subject: C. Goldeneye, robins
From: "'Barbara' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:07:24 -0500
Second hand report of a goldeneye with mallards in the rushing river at Rogers 
Pond in Kennebunk on Friday. Also a gathering of a large number of robins (a 
dozen?) in Buxton; observer didn't count them, as he was trying to avoid 
hitting them! 

Barbara. Sanford 

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Subject: Great Gray Owl
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:17:17 -0500
I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
people there on Saturday.  While I was there everyone was staying about 100
meters from the bird, including photographers.  There's no reason to be so
intrusive.

I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
for this very reason.  These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
reported there earlier.  When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes.  He
said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
discarded trash and bottles and cans.  Not every birder is respectful of
the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was
located.

Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey."  But if you wish to
continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
principles.  They are ruining the activity of watching
birds.

-- 
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Nobleboro, Maine, USA
bbartrug AT gmail.com
www.brucebartrug.com

•The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
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Subject: Grey owl
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:14:50 -0800 (PST)
Bird harassers showed up chased bird out of the field no longer viewable by 
respinsibke birders who know to stay on the road. Thoughtless. 


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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:18:04 -0500
I am in Holden and wonder where you're seeing the eagles. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 10:58 AM, LNO/MWA  wrote:
> 
> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: Ellen Campbell <ellenrc3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:15:33 -0500
I 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 10:58 AM, LNO/MWA  wrote:
> 
> Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a good 
look, particularly four at a time. 

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Subject: Mourning Doves
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:13:50 -0800 (PST)
13 or 14 mourning doves out in the dooryard this morning in Belmont. 

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Subject: Maine Birds
From: Aloyse Lsrrsbee <luvbrds1974 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:24:06 -0600
We had a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this afternoon, first ones seen
this winter.

Aloyse Larrabee, Dexter

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 2/18-24
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:42:31 -0500
Hi all,

Some more of my observations of note over the past seven days included the 
following: 

- 1 Northern Shrike, Merrill Road, Freeport, 2/18 and 2/24.
- 1 PACIFIC LOON (likely same bird as we found at the Cliff House a couple of 
weeks ago) with a distant raft of Common Loons (too far for photos), off 
Marginal Way, Ogunquit, 2/19 (With Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

- 1 continuing NORTHERN PINTAIL X MALLARD hybrid and three continuing Wood 
Ducks, Abbott's Pond, York, 2/19 (with Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! tour group). 

- 4 Pine Grosbeaks, Orono Bog at Stillwater Avenue, Bangor/Orono, 2/20 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 10 Pine Grosbeaks, Littlefield Gardens, University of Maine at Orono, 2/20 
(with Jeannette). 

- immature male and female KING EIDERS continue, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with 
Jeannette). 

- 1 adult and 1-2 1st-winter Iceland Gulls, Portland Harbor, 2/21 (with 
Jeannette). 

- about 250 Greater and Lesser Scaup (exact proportions indecipherable as they 
were actively diving along with a raft of White-winged Scoters and Common 
Eider), Wharton Point, Brunswick, 2/23. 


-Derek
 
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Subject: Iceland gulls Portland
From: Janet Galle <Janetgalle AT gwi.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:19:44 -0500
Heather Higbee and I spent the afternoon on the Portland Fish Pier and did find 
the two Iceland gulls reported before. 

They were on the end of the dock at 400 Commercial Street. Also 3 beautiful 
male long-tailed ducks, a mockingbird, lots of eiders, 

one common loon. We tried for peregrines under the Casco Bay Bridge, but no 
luck. 



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Subject: Scarborough Marsh Spring Migrants, 2/24
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:06:07 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Spring has sprung in Scarborough Marsh. This morning, I encountered the 
following:- total of 21 Red-winged Blackbirds (First of year)- 1 LAPLAND 
LONGSPUR and 15 Horned Larks, along with 1 Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Road 
Trail.- 1 immature male NORTHERN SHOVELER (FOY), 7 Ring-necked Ducks (FOY), 3 
Northern Pintails, 2 Green-winged Teal, 250+ American Black Ducks, etc, from 
the Eastern Road Trail.- 1 Killdeer (FOY), flying south over marsh at the 
Eastern Road Trail.- 1 drake NORTHERN SHOVELER and 1 drake GADWALL, Pelreco 
marsh.- 54 Common Loons between the Pine Point Co-op and the mouth of the 
river. 

I'd celebrate the arrival of spring more if it wasn't still February!
-Derek ***************************************** Derek and Jeannette 
Lovitch Freeport Wild Bird Supply 541 Route One, Suite 10 Freeport, ME 
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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:03:46 -0800 (PST)
It's in that same field, several watching and all keeping a respectful distance 
from the bird. When I was there it was mostly stationary in a tree, rotating 
its head some. A very impressive bird even thru a cheap pocket scope. 


Thanks again to the guy who let me peer into his real scope!

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Subject: Bald Eagles in Holden
From: LNO/MWA <marka AT maine.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:58:43 -0800 (PST)
Two adult and two juvenile bald eagles soaring and vocalizing this morning. 
 Although more common that decades ago, it is still a treat to get such a 
good look, particularly four at a time.

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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:24:04 -0800 (PST)
GG owl was hunting in the field to the right of cemetery on Moody Moubtsin road 
at dusk. 


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Subject: Re: Great Grey
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:11:26 +0000
Drat. I looked along Magog after work but no luck. Was just after dusk. Did 
spot a subadult Bald Eagle on Muzzy Ridge which bookended the adult I saw by 
the old apple squeeze this morning. 



I also have a resident barred owl at work in Belfast. Comes and looks in our 
windows, and then flies across route 1 to check out the inn. 



Sarah


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Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Grey

It's there. Very nice looks hunting at sunset.

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Subject: Great Grey
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:56:00 -0800 (PST)
It's there. Very nice looks hunting at sunset. 

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Subject: Birds this week
From: Aletha Boyle <mainelypets AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:21:13 -0800 (PST)
Monday in New Harbor - 8 Common Loon, one that seemed to be showing some 
summer plumage already, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads. 
 Damariscotta Mills - a pair of Wood Ducks hanging out with all the 
Mallards in the pond by the rr tracks, along with some domestic geese. 
 Damariscotta - lots of Canadian Geese, 4 Common Goldeneyes, and a pair of 
Common Mergansers.
Tuesday Colby College - 40 +/- Bohemian waxwings with a few Cedars.  There 
are lots of fruit trees there so I suspect they will be there for a while.  
Wednesday - Horseshoe Pond, Litchfield, 8 pair Hooded Mergansers, 10 or so 
Common Mergansers flew over.  Belgrade Stream - 1 pair Hooded Mergansers. 
 Rome on 225, 25 Bohemian Waxwings.
Thursday - Somesville - Mt Desert Island - 1 male Wood duck with lots of 
Mallards and a few Black Ducks.  2 weeks ago there was a female Wood Duck 
but she was not there today.  The male was sticking close to 2 particular 
Black Ducks.  I watched in the nice weather for about 30 min.  

A quick question, How do you tell Cackling Geese from Canadian Geese if 
they are swimming?  

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Subject: Great Grey
From: Logan Parker <lparker.mainelakes AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:58 -0800 (PST)
Hey there Skip, 

When did you see the owl today? I was there for a few hours this morning, but 
had to get to work... I hope to get back out. 


- Logan

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Subject: Great Grey
From: "'Carl Small' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:38 -0500
Nice look at the Searsmont Great Grey Owl- same location as mention-
Skip Small
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Subject: Black-capped chickadee
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:39:28 -0500
Black-capped chickadee feeding in Milford.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h842243c4#h842243c4



Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: segela AT colby.edu
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:35:49 -0800 (PST)
Saw the bird about an hour ago. I forgot my scope but a woman there 
generously let me peek through hers. Hansom bird. A real treat.
Also saw a dozen Bald Eagles at Kinney Compost on Knox Ridge on the way 
home.
Austin


On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:39:51 PM UTC-5, Fyn Kynd wrote:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166
>
> For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields 
> and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to 
> hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm 
> going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on 
> it's presence. 
> My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or 
> shoot me an email.
>
> Good birding,
> Fyn
>
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Subject: Surf Scooter, etc
From: "J. Michael" <gepetto AT gwi.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:47:22 -0800 (PST)
A couple pair of Surf Scooters, and several White Wing Scooters hanging out 
at the mouth of the Gut in Biddeford Pool
along with a Horned Grebe, several female eiders , and 4 loons


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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:30:21 -0800 (PST)
*Ghent

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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:29:15 -0800 (PST)
John Wyatt and I refound the bird on Magog Road at a Christmas tree field half 
a mile past the intersection with Gent Road. 


Fyn

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Subject: Great Gray Owl - Searsmont 2/22
From: Fyn Kynd <fynkynd AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:39:51 -0800 (PST)
http://ebird.org/ebird/me/view/checklist/S34654166

For people considering looking for this bird; there are a few large fields 
and recently logged open woodlands along the road so many places for it to 
hunt, but during my viewing time it stayed within view of the road. I'm 
going to be out there tomorrow as much as I can, I will give updates on 
it's presence. 
My number is (207) 323-6613, please call if you have any questions or shoot 
me an email.

Good birding,
Fyn

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds in Cape Neddick
From: "Linda Scotland" <lds AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:51:22 -0500
Nice little flock just showed up (along with a bunch of Starlings).

 

Linda D. Scotland

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Subject: Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
From: "Becky Marvil" <bmarvil AT maine.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:16:53 -0500
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Subject: Re: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics
From: "'Colin Brown' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:32:03 -0800 (PST)
*https://www.cclc.me/page/911-4403/down-east-spring-birding-festival*

This festival will get you most of the pelagics.  Bicknell's would be a 
side trip.  Good luck and enjoy Maine!

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:31:17 PM UTC-5, Adam Wood wrote:
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> Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I am from Texas. I am starting to work on 
> planning a 5 day trip to Maine in search of a few targets birds:
>
> Common Eider (would love to see it in breeding plumage)
> Razorbill
> Black Guillemot
> Atlantic Puffin
> Great Shearwater
> Manx Shearwater
> Wilson Storm-Petrel
> Great Cormorant
> Bicknell's Thrush (or are these easier in a bordering state like New 
> Hampshire)
> Saltmarsh Sparrow
>
> I am hoping to plan the trip early enough in the summer around the time 
> the Bicknell's Thrushes have arrived and are fairly reliable and the Common 
> Eider are still in breeding plumage. I am thinking late May or early June 
> would be good to accomplish that but would like confirmation. Also, are the 
> pelagics aside from the Shearwaters and Storm-Petrel viewable from land in 
> that time frame or what would be my best chances to see the pelagic species 
> on my list. I know that the Maine Audubon Societies Pelagic Trip is in 
> September but what are my options for this time frame. Thank you.
>
> Adam Wood
> Houston, Tx.
> birdson... AT gmail.com 
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Subject: 370 Bohemians in Dresden
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:07:43 -0800 (PST)
I had most of the same birds on the same stretch yesterday afternoon. No 
Grosbeaks though. A hunting Peregrin was hunting the area. On another note, 
witness a video of a crow essentially killing another crow. I've never seen 
anything like it. Is this typical. Would love to hear input offline. Thanksin 
advance. 


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Subject: Purple sandpipers
From: David Small <docfinsdave AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:01:38 -0500
Saw only three purple sandpipers on the Rockland Breakwater this morning.
Lot of people. Beautiful day.

http://photosbychance.zenfolio.com/p432832521/h83d2da24#h83d2da24

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:17:55 -0800 (PST)
Very cool. Thanks....

Two fat Robins in the driveway this morning...

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Subject: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics
From: Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:58:26 -0800 (PST)
See comments below 

Common Eider (would love to see it in breeding plumage)
Hens and drakes are exceeding common all along the coast. Any of the trips I 
suggest below will easily yield this species. 


Razorbill
Can be randomly encountered on state ferries to most islands but best shot is 
the Hardy Boat to eastern egg rocky or better shot is any puffin trips out to 
Machias Seal Island. 


Black Guillemot
See comments above. Though the rarest alcid in the Atlantic it is the most 
common Alcid in the gulf of Maine. Very likely. 


Atlantic Puffin
See comment above for razorbill. Likely at nesting island from may to mid 
august. 


Great Shearwater
Same as above. Sooty shearwaters too. Need to be offshore obviously. Can be 
encountered from headlands like Pemaquid point - need scope and patience 
scanning horizon. 


Manx Shearwater
Same as above but rather unlikely. 

Wilson Storm-Petrel
Above. Likely but varies between year. 

Great Cormorant
Above. The outer island trips are your best shot. Likely. 

Bicknell's Thrush (or are these easier in a bordering state like New Hampshire)
Must get above 2500 feet into smaller stature spruce. Hit or miss. Playback 
helps but may not be your style. I have done well on mountains around 
Greenville Maine - number 4 mountain, baker mountain etc. habitat and elevation 
are key. Need 4X drive and comfortable driving on logging roads. Maybe NH or VT 
has more user friendly access. 


Saltmarsh Sparrow
Weskeag marsh - only place on earth where both species can be seen! Need big 
scope and luck and patience and low to no wind. 


Email me and I can help you further if this isn't enough. 

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Subject: Re: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: Scott Richardson <scott.xot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:30:27 -0500
Nifty graphic here. Watch a goldfinch bring that color on and lose it again:

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2012/05/the-annual-plumage-cycle-of-a-male-american-goldfinch/ 


Scott Richardson

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 12:08 PM, David Lewis  wrote:

> LOTS of goldfinches (the yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new
> feathers come in)
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Subject: Re: Great cormorants?
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:51:24 -0800 (PST)
I would say very likely Great Cormorants, Double-cresteds typically migrate 
away from Maine in the winter. 

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:34:20 PM UTC-5, M. Calien Lewis wrote:
>
> 7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford 
> Pool. Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30

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Subject: 370 Bohemians in Dresden
From: Peter Vickery <crescentchest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:42:43 +0000
Barbara and I took an afternoon walk on Cedar Grove (called Everson Road to
the north) and came across 370+ Bohemian Waxwings, 120+ Cedars, 120+ Am
Robins, including a single Newfie type, and two Pine Grosbeaks.  It was a
huge wonderful din.  The only downside, they  were all feeding on the
invasive Multiflora Rose, but the beautiful waxwings were spectacular. A
cautionary note, we walked the same stretch of road on Thursday and there
no waxwings at all, so who knows what will be there tomorrow, but birds or
not, it's a lovely walk.  Best, Peter
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Subject: Re: Abridged summary of maine-birds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics
From: Meghan Wakefield <meghanmae AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:54:02 +0000
Hugely cropped and through a window but this pair was on the back porch of
a home in CAPE Elizabeth


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>    - 30-40 Waxwings eating crabapples on the Hut Road in Stoneham ME
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> Webber Pond, Bremen
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> Ann Nesslage : Feb 18 02:45PM -0500
>
> Tuesday morning--a flock of robins in the apple tree amidst the snow in the
> morning light--
> a flicker on the suet--
> On Wednesday. I looked out to see a crow's wings spread flat on the snow
> ...more
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> Great cormorants?
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> "M. Calien Lewis" : Feb 18 11:34AM -0800
>
> 7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford
> Pool. Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30
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> Belmont Feeders & Field
> 
 

> David Lewis : Feb 18 09:08AM -0800
>
> New member here. Installed feeders at Christmas time, am now rewarded
> daily with chickadees, white-and red breasted nuthatches, LOTS of
> goldfinches (the yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new ...more
> 
 

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> Pemaquid buntings
> 
 

> "Nancy W. Dickinson" : Feb 18 03:56PM
>
> A flock of 20 snow buntings has returned to my yard recently, enjoying the
> seed thrown down on the snow.
>
> Reply to me privately if you'd like directions.
>
>
> I also have been hearing ravens ...more
> 
 

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> 30-40 Waxwings eating crabapples on the Hut Road in Stoneham ME
> 
 

> frobey : Feb 17 04:15PM -0800
>
> I didn't have any binoculars so I don't know if they were cedar or
> bohemian
> waxwings..they looked really "chunky" but that could have been from the
> cold..
>
> Frank
> ...more
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> Additional Highlights This Week, 2/11-2/17
> 
 

> Derek and Jeannette Lovitch : Feb 17 10:44PM
>
> Hi all,
> Feeder-watching was the name of the game for most of the week, but a few
> other observations of note for me over the past seven days included:- 7
> Brant and 11 Razorbills, Dyer Point, Cape ...more
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Subject: Webber Pond, Bremen
From: Ann Nesslage <anesslage AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:45:42 -0500
Tuesday morning--a flock of robins in the apple tree amidst the snow in the
morning light--
a flicker on the suet--
On Wednesday. I looked out to see a crow's wings spread flat on the snow
with a hawk on its back--fierce profile--when it flew, I saw the red
tail--it left the outspread black feathers--

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Subject: Great cormorants?
From: "M. Calien Lewis" <silberose AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:34:20 -0800 (PST)
7 possibly great cormorants on rock ledge at the end of 3rd St. Biddeford Pool. 
Ocean side past Audubon property.2:30 


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Subject: Belmont Feeders & Field
From: David Lewis <radsboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:08:30 -0800 (PST)
New member here. Installed feeders at Christmas time, am now rewarded daily 
with chickadees, white-and red breasted nuthatches, LOTS of goldfinches (the 
yellows seem to be slowly intensifying as new feathers come in), American tree 
sparrows, an even dozen mourning doves. Blue jays, titmice, etc. Downy and 
hairy woodpeckers. 


Favorites: two pairs of Ravens I've been watching for several years... I find 
their behavior fascinating. I may try to locate a nest when the snow thins out 
in the woods... 


Learning a lot reading the posts here, thank you all.
David

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Subject: Pemaquid buntings
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:56:02 +0000
A flock of 20 snow buntings has returned to my yard recently, enjoying the seed 
thrown down on the snow. 


Reply to me privately if you'd like directions.


I also have been hearing ravens croaking all morning, as if they think it's 
spring. 



Nancy Dickinson

New Harbor/ Pemaquid

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Subject: 30-40 Waxwings eating crabapples on the Hut Road in Stoneham ME
From: frobey <frobey69 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:15:26 -0800 (PST)
I didn't have any binoculars so I don't know if they were cedar or bohemian 
waxwings..they looked really "chunky" but that could have been from the 
cold..

Frank

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Subject: Additional Highlights This Week, 2/11-2/17
From: "'Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:44:04 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Feeder-watching was the name of the game for most of the week, but a few other 
observations of note for me over the past seven days included:- 7 Brant and 11 
Razorbills, Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth, 2/12. I then had the Brant a little 
later at Kettle Cove.- 1 1st-winter Iceland Gull, Mill Creek Cove, South 
Portland, 2/12.- 1 drake Barrow's Goldeneye, Simpson's Point, Brunswick, 2/17.- 
1 Northern Shrike, Head Beach, Phippsburg, 2/17. 

Photos of the York NORTHERN PINTAIL X MALLARD Hybrid, Dickcissel, and Wood 
Ducks are 
here:https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/northern-pintail-x-mallard-hybrid-in-york-wood-ducks-too/ 


-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: Nat Wheelwright talk at UNE--Tues, Feb 28
From: Seth Davis <kd7gxf AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:29:20 -0800 (PST)
Awesome! Thanks for the announcement!

On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:37:32 AM UTC-5, Noah Perlut wrote:
>
> Nat Wheelwright, professor at Bowdoin College, is giving a talk Tuesday, 
> Feb 28 at noon on the University of New England's Biddeford Campus.  The 
> talk will be in the Alfond Center for Health and Sciences, room 113.  This 
> talk is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Environmental Studies and 
> Biology--it is free and open to the public.
>
>  
>
> Here is the title and a short blurb:
>
>  
>
> The inheritance of divorce in Savannah Sparrows
>
>  
>
> About half of the adult Savannah Sparrows that survive the winter and 
> return to breed on Kent Island, New Brunswick select new mates, even when 
> their previous mate is still alive. Using the techniques of quantitative 
> genetics, I explore whether the tendency to "divorce" is heritable.
>
>  
>
> For more info on Nat see : (
> http://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/n/nwheelwr/index.shtml) 
>
>
>
> Noah Perlut
>
> University of New England
>
> Department of Environmental Studies
>
> 11 Hills Beach Road
>
> Biddeford, ME 04005
>
> 207.602.2778
>
> Perlut lab website: http://blog.une.edu/perlutlab/
>
>  
>
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Subject: Belfast Bay census of Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
From: Ronald Harrell <rharrell9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:55:24 -0500
Gary Gulezian and I did the census on a sunny, breezy day.  Total number of
birds seen was 1039 with 13 species.  Of the 1039 there were 300 Mallards
and 645 Herring Gulls.  Numbers of diving ducks were lower than usual,
which has happened in the past after a stormy week in midwinter.  Highlight
was an adult Peregrine Falcon perched in the identical place as the one we
saw on our last census (same bird?).  The full report may be found on ebird
using

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34423943

Ron Harrell

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Subject: Nat Wheelwright talk at UNE--Tues, Feb 28
From: Noah Perlut <nperlut AT une.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:37:31 -0800 (PST)
Nat Wheelwright, professor at Bowdoin College, is giving a talk Tuesday, 
Feb 28 at noon on the University of New England's Biddeford Campus.  The 
talk will be in the Alfond Center for Health and Sciences, room 113.  This 
talk is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Environmental Studies and 
Biology--it is free and open to the public.

 

Here is the title and a short blurb:

 

The inheritance of divorce in Savannah Sparrows

 

About half of the adult Savannah Sparrows that survive the winter and 
return to breed on Kent Island, New Brunswick select new mates, even when 
their previous mate is still alive. Using the techniques of quantitative 
genetics, I explore whether the tendency to "divorce" is heritable.

 

For more info on Nat see : (
http://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/n/nwheelwr/index.shtml) 



Noah Perlut

University of New England

Department of Environmental Studies

11 Hills Beach Road

Biddeford, ME 04005

207.602.2778

Perlut lab website: http://blog.une.edu/perlutlab/

 

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Subject: spectacular Peregrine hunting in Gardiner
From: Sean Hatch <seanarih AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:54:22 -0800 (PST)
On the way to work north through Wiscasset. Just as I was about to hit the 
bridge when an adult Peregrin Falcon flew low over the buildings. I've seen 
several different Peregrins the last 2 months. 


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Subject: Bullock's O
From: Janet Henry <janethenrimoore AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:42:27 -0800 (PST)
Has anyone seen the Bullock's Oriole since late January? Is it capable of 
surviving the February storms? 


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Subject: Summer trip to Maine for Bicknell's Thrush and Breeding Plumaged Pelagics
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:28:40 -0800 (PST)
Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I am from Texas. I am starting to work on 
planning a 5 day trip to Maine in search of a few targets birds:

Common Eider (would love to see it in breeding plumage)
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Atlantic Puffin
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson Storm-Petrel
Great Cormorant
Bicknell's Thrush (or are these easier in a bordering state like New 
Hampshire)
Saltmarsh Sparrow

I am hoping to plan the trip early enough in the summer around the time the 
Bicknell's Thrushes have arrived and are fairly reliable and the Common 
Eider are still in breeding plumage. I am thinking late May or early June 
would be good to accomplish that but would like confirmation. Also, are the 
pelagics aside from the Shearwaters and Storm-Petrel viewable from land in 
that time frame or what would be my best chances to see the pelagic species 
on my list. I know that the Maine Audubon Societies Pelagic Trip is in 
September but what are my options for this time frame. Thank you.

Adam Wood
Houston, Tx.
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Subject: spectacular Peregrine hunting in Gardiner
From: Jeff Wells <jeffwells AT borealbirds.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:12:01 +0000
This morning I watched an adult Peregrine Falcon pursuing pigeons over downtown 
Gardiner. It made some amazing stoops down into a large pigeon flock as they 
tried to wheel away about 100 yards over Cobbossee Steam near the local Subway 
store. The Peregrine hit one of the pigeons who looked like it would drop into 
the stream but it recovered and made its way under the bridge to escape. At 
another point the Peregrine was high up and a flock of about 50 pigeons kept 
descending toward the ground in tighter and tighter circles like water flowing 
down a drain. They got so low I thought they might just all land in the 
Hannaford's parking lot there but just before they would have hit the ground 
they all broke away back towards downtown. 


After missing the last bird, the Peregrine flew up on to the top of the very 
tall church steeple on the hill just behind McDonald's where it has remained 
for at least 30 minutes. If you are passing through Gardiner, check out the 
steeple! 


Jeff

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Kennebunk
From: Shiloh <shiloh.schulte AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:28:10 -0800 (PST)
7 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders in Kennebunk this morning. They are currently 
(8:30am) hanging out in a tall maple on Winter Street. 


Shiloh 

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Subject: Lubec - Razorbills and American Pipit
From: Karen Burke <karendowneast AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:27:49 -0800 (PST)
2/15/17 - Several Razorbills spotted in the Lubec Channel, near the last 
stretch of road (South Lubec Rd.)  leading to Quoddy Head. 1 American Pipit 
at the shore on the beach near the Sand Bar, to the left of parking area.  

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Subject: four woodpecker afternoon
From: Don and Sherry Reimer <sherreal AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:30:05 +0000
A female yellow-bellied sapsucker joined pairs of downy, hairy and red-bellied 
woodpeckers taking advantage of my front yard suet feeders in Warren. 
Sapsuckers are regular nesters here each summer. 



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Subject: Re: Spring arrival date study
From: Sharon F. <sfinley111 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:42:59 +0000
I highly recommend! I have participated for years and it is an easy way to spot 
trends in your area. Plus, it makes Spring seem a lot closer when you receive 
the data sheets! Sharon in West Kennebunk 



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

Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:15 PM
To: Maine Birds List Serve
Subject: [Maine-birds] Spring arrival date study

Hello,

Although the snow is flying as I write this email, spring migration will begin 
in earnest soon. As many of you know, I have been coordinating a project to 
document the first arrival of migratory breeding birds across the state of 
Maine for the past 23 years. Well over 350 birders from all around the state 
have contributed data. We have learned much about the nature of Maine bird 
migration from this citizen-science project. The data also have provided 
insight into the impacts of climate change on our bird fauna. You can download 
copies of research papers on the data at 
http://web.colby.edu/whwilson/publications/ 

Publications | Herb Wilson
web.colby.edu
(* indicates Colby student co-author) Wilson, Jr. W. H. 2013. A deeper 
statistical examination of arrival dates of migratory breeding birds in 
relation to global ... 



I recently mailed out 2017 datasheets to all birders that contributed data for 
2016 along with the summary of the 2016 migration. If you submitted data last 
year and did not receive new datasheets, let me know. 


If you have not participated, I hope you will consider doing so in the 24th 
year of the project. All I ask is that you record the first date you see any of 
about 120 migratory breeding birds in your part of the state. If you would like 
to participate, send me an e-mail giving your snail mail address and I will put 
a set of datasheets in the mail for you. I can also send the datasheets 
electronically as either a Word file or pdf file. 


Best wishes,

Herb


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Subject: Spring arrival date study
From: Herb Wilson <whwilson AT colby.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:15:01 -0500
Hello,

Although the snow is flying as I write this email, spring migration will
begin in earnest soon. As many of you know, I have been coordinating a
project to document the first arrival of migratory breeding birds across
the state of Maine for the past 23 years.  Well over 350 birders from all
around the state have contributed data.  We have learned much about the
nature of Maine bird migration from this citizen-science project.  The data
also have provided insight into the impacts of climate change on our bird
fauna.  You can download copies of research papers on the data at
http://web.colby.edu/whwilson/publications/

I recently mailed out 2017 datasheets to all birders that contributed data
for 2016 along with the summary of the 2016 migration.  If you submitted
data last year and did not receive new datasheets, let me know.

If you have not participated, I hope you will consider doing so in the 24th
year of the project.  All I ask is that you record the first date you see
any of about 120 migratory breeding birds in your part of the state.  If
you would like to participate, send me an e-mail giving your snail mail
address and I will put a set of datasheets in the mail for you.  I can also
send the datasheets electronically as either a Word file or pdf file.

Best wishes,

Herb


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5739 Mayflower Hill Drive
Colby College
Waterville, ME  04901

Phone:        (207) 859-5739                E-mail: whwilson AT colby.edu
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Subject: Spring is here?
From: Rob O'Connell <flashart123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:16:39 -0800 (PST)
This morning I went to take out the garbage and found some birds on my 
front porch here in Cumberland(Greely Road Extension). Turned out to be 3 
Eastern Bluebirds feeding off the berries that we used to decorate the 
window boxes. This is the first time I have seen them in my yard (ever) and 
it was a nice bonus to have them coming to the window boxes so the views 
were great. When I startled them 2 retreated to the trees but one hung out 
on the basketball hoop while we continued to watch them. 
Definitely was a cheerful surprise in the middle of a snowy week. 

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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Camden
From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:26:04 -0500
While out shoveling yesterday, my husband heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker
calling. This morning he's visiting our suet, our first sighting of him
this the calendar year.

Kristen

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Subject: Horned Larks in Knox
From: tom A <tom.aversa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:06:52 -0800 (PST)
An unusually large flock of Horned Larks (for inland Waldo county) seems to 
have taken up winter residence on Knox ridge near Kinney's compost.  A good 
place to look for them is at the church parking lot just north of the Rt 
220 x Rt 137 intersection.  The road traffic here can be heavy so be aware.

Yesterday there were almost 120 but there were even larger numbers before 
the blizzard.

Good birding,
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Subject: York through Wells, 2/14 (NOPI X MALL hybrid, DOVE, DICK, RLHA, WODU, etc!)
From: "'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds" <maine-birds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:02:39 -0500
Hi all,

Jeannette and I enjoyed a beautiful, and very productive day, birding Wells, 
Ogunquit, and York. 


Highlights included:
- 1 singing Carolina Wren, Marginal Way, Ogunquit.
- 1 Razorbill off Marginal Way was surprisingly our only one of the day.
- 1 DOVEKIE (northbound) and 1 dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (southbound, well 
offshore!), The Cliff House, Ogunquit. 

- 1 DICKCISSEL, Sohier Park, The Nubble.
- 1 gorgeous drake NORTHERN PINTAIL X MALLARD hybrid and 3 WOOD DUCKS, Abbott's 
Pond, York (hybrid has been present sporadically over the last month or so, 
according to a local birder). I'll get some of Jeannette's photos posted in the 
next day or two. 

- 15 Horned Larks, Wells Harbor.

- otherwise, fairly low numbers of almost every waterbird, especially scoters.

- Derek

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Subject: Yellow Breasted Chat - Monhegan
From: Donna Cundy <dkcundy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:05:53 -0800 (PST)
Mattie Thomson sent me this photo of a Yellow Breasted Chat on his feeder 
yesterday (Sun Feb 12). He said its been there a few days.
Location - behind meadow 


 


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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: "K Sutton" <nottusk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:07:26 -0500
Love being home during a storm! Northern Shrike watching the feeders in my
Waldoboro backyard. Not cooperating for a decent picture though.

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Subject: Drunk Waxwings?
From: Garth McElroy <mcelroy499 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:52:57 -0800 (PST)
If anyone knows of a location where bohemian waxwings have been observed 
getting drunk on fermented fruit could you please contact me off list? Thanks! 


Garth McElroy / McElroy Productions 
www.featheredfotos.com 
mcelroy AT featheredfotos.com 
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Subject: Pine Siskins Bar Harbor Feb 13 8:25am
From: Carol Muth <suzmuth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:43:40 -0500
Our first Pine Siskins of the 2016/17 winter!
4 of them at the niger seed feeder. They got crowded out by Goldfinches
pretty quickly.
We saw them from inside the house and I had to stand on a chair to see over
the snow-bank on the deck.
   "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good"     ...just sayin'  :-)
              Carol

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