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Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide (Coming soon!)

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I am most pleased to finally announce that my next book “Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide” will be out shortly. I’ve been working on it for over three years now, but of course, all of my birding in Maine for the past 13 years has gone into the development of its concept and content. I sincerely hope you will be pleased with the final product, as I believe it will be an essential asset for birding in the great state of Maine.

With nearly 450 species of birds recorded, Maine offers an abundance of birding opportunities for people of all levels of interest and experience, from those looking beyond their backyards for the first time to knowledgeable visitors looking to plug a hole in their list of sightings. The state’s wealth of undeveloped land and its extensive coastline, countless islands, and varied habitat combine to host an impressive diversity of birds at all times of year. Birders travel to Maine from near and far to seek hard-to-find species, from the only Atlantic Puffins breeding in the United States on offshore islands to Bicknell’s Thrushes high in the mountains.

This book fills an important niche for the birdwatching community by offering comprehensive entries detailing the best locations for finding birds throughout the state for enthusiasts of all levels of skill and interest. It contains descriptions of 201 birding sites in Maine, with explicit directions on how to get there, for all sixteen of the state’s counties (several as large as other New England states!). Each chapter features a county map, my brief overview, numerous specific site guides, and a list of rarities. The book also contains a detailed and useful species accounts guide for finding the most sought-after birds.

Using a county-by-county approach, with chapters by Seth Benz, John Berry, Kirk Betts, Ron Joseph, Kristen Lindquist, Rich MacDonald, Dan Nickerson, Luke Seitz, Allison and Jeff Wells, and Herb Wilson, Derek tapped the knowledge of local experts to offer the most comprehensive and authoritative birdfinding guide the state has seen. And I guarantee there will be many sites completely new to you!

The Official Release Party will be at Blue in Portland (650 Congress St) from 5-7pm on Thursday, April 20th. This will be the first time the book will be available, anywhere.

We’ll also be offering a presentation, full of photos of Maine’s birds and birding places, on Saturday, April 29th at the Freeport Public Library at 7:00pm. This too is a free event, open to the public, and part of the annual “Feathers Over Freeport: A Birdwatching Weekend” events.

For more information about the Blue event, click here.

And for Feathers Over Freeport, click here.

We’re currently taking pre-orders online via our eStore.

Other free events around the state are being scheduled. You can check them out via Facebook on the page of “Birding Books by Derek J. Lovitch.”

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Our Brand New Website!

When we opened our store TWELVE (really, it has been that long!) years ago, our website was cutting-edge. In case you noticed, technology and the internet have changed a little since then.

While our website, freeportwildbirdsupply.com has served us well over the years, it was clearly time for a little update. So without any further ado, we are excited to introduce the brand-spanking-new, completely renovated, www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com!

Features:
1) Easy to use, navigate, and chock full of photos!
2) Mobile-optimized: Now looks great and is easy to use on your smartphone!
3) A cleaner, easier-to-browse “News” page.
4) Enhanced Tours page:
A) On-line registration for all tours
B) Sign up for our Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! outings and pay with a credit card.
C) New tours coming soon!
5) All of the informative features that have always been part of our website, just nicer!
6) More Birding News:
A) a window to our Facebook page where you can see our most current news and bird reports, photos, etc.
B) BirdTrax: a convenient and easy-to-read, organized (by date) display of rare birds submitted to eBird (note: we do not participate in eBird, so our sightings are not included here).
C) Direct link to the Maine Birds Google Group archives on the American Birding Association’s webpage.

Check it out, and we hope you will enjoy it, and find it of value. And we welcome your feedback!

Birds on Tap – Roadtrip: Ducks and Draughts! 11/15/15.

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The second “Birds on Tap – Roadtrip!” of 2015 was another resounding success.  As a follow up to our first event in August that featured shorebirds in Scarborough Marsh, we once again partner with the Maine Brew Bus to offer a fun, bird- and beer- filled outing.

Our theme for the this tour was “Ducks and Draughts,” and so we headed northwest to Sabattus Pond in Sabattus, one of the premier duck-watching sites in Maine, and arguably THE waterfowl hotspot in late fall in the southern half of the state. After pick-ups in Portland and Freeport, the bus, Paul (our driver and beer guide for the day), and I arrived at the south end of Sabattus Pond. It didn’t take long to know why this place is such a destination for birders at this time of year.

A large number of ducks were immediately encountered, but we soon focused our attention on the pair of Redheads – rare, but fairly-regular migrants in Maine – that were a “Life” or “State” Bird for some. For others, it was nothing more than the pleasure of seeing this attractive bird!
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We covered the three primary hotspots on Sabattus Pond, amassing a total of 17 species of waterbirds. In addition to the Redheads, highlights included a Red-necked Grebe (rare in Maine’s interior), 24 American Coots, 4 Northern Pintails, 6 Green-winged Teal, and several hundred Ruddy Ducks. Although a relatively low number for here, “several hundred” Ruddy Ducks is not a statement uttered anywhere else in Maine…and especially not when proceeded by the word “low!”  Other waterbirds species seen today included Lesser and Greater Scaup, Mallard, American Black Duck, Ring-billed and Herring (1) Gulls, Buffleheads, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, and one Great Blue Heron.
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Sabattus also affords the opportunity to study the two scaup species together, so we took plenty of time to go over this identification challenge. Side-by-side, the major differences are often readily apparent, so we practiced our skills to apply them to a homogenous group, or worse, the “dreaded” lone, single, distant scaup!

Having our fill of the nuances of Aythya identification, Paul took charge and delivered us to Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing. But as we stepped out of the bus at the renovated mill, it was back to the binoculars and scopes as we enjoyed a Peregrine Falcon pair – one busy feasting on a Rock Pigeon lunch – a top a nearby building.  With that, it was beer time!
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The first brewer in New England to can all of its beer, Baxter is known for such go-to brews as their Pamola Pale Ale and especially, their Stowaway IPA. Less well-known, however, is their ultra-creative 10-gallon Small Batch Series. Samples of Tarnation Lager, Phantom Punch Winter Stout, and Bootleg Fireworks Double IPA were enjoyed and discusses, and I simply had to quench my curiosity (as well as my thirst, of course), with the Small Batch “Sweet Tea Chai Spice Stout.”
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A tour of the brewery and the brewing processed followed, and soon we were off – with one last quick look at the Peregrines, heading down the Androscoggin River to Freeport for a date at Maine Beer Company. Samples of Zoe (Hoppy Amber), Mo (Pale Ale), King Titus (Porter) and one of my absolute favorites, Lunch (IPA) were served, and a few folks sampled their most recent Pilot 8, their take on a Kolsch. Fueled by the delicious brews, we continued the discussion of…well, ducks…and draughts!
MBC beers

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The “Birds on Tap – Roadtrip!” series, a partnership between the Maine Brew Bus and Freeport Wild Bird Supply will continue in 2016. In fact, several new tours are in the works, which we hope to announce soon. Stay tuned!

Feathers Over Freeport This Weekend! April 25-26, 2015

“Feathers over Freeport” Offers Birding Fun for All Ages

AUGUSTA – The fifth annual “Feathers over Freeport” event will take place the last weekend in April. This unique event is designed to appeal to birdwatchers of all abilities, especially families and children.

“Feathers over Freeport” will highlight special birding opportunities at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, including the Hawk Watch at the summit, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, home to nesting ospreys.

Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands  and the Freeport Wild Bird Supply, the two-day event will feature a wide variety of activities and presentations, including live-bird presentations, bird walks for adults and children, a hawk watch workshop and numerous children’s activities.

Details of the event are:

Feathers over Freeport:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 25, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 26, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

Park entry fees apply; all programs and activities included with park admission.

Two special programs will highlight the event, including a live bird presentation on birds of prey, scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Bradbury Mountain and a live birds presentation scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at Wolfe’s Neck. The programs, presented by Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, will feature a Golden Eagle on Saturday, and a Saw-whet and Great Horned owl on Sunday, as well as other live birds.

New this year, “Bird Watching for Beginners” will be held on Sunday at Wolfe’s Neck Woods. This is a great program for beginners of all ages! Join us to learn the best places to observe birds and the basics of identification. Other programs this year include a Vernal Pool Exploration and Hawk Watch Workshop on Saturday, and a Springtime Plant Walk on Sunday. Bird-related activities geared toward children and families will be offered both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where birding basics will be presented through games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome to come and build a birdhouse. These are available on a first come, first served basis and supplies are limited.

And look for details of a Photography Workshop with Jeff Bouton of Leica Sport Optics to be added to the schedule in the next day or two.

Event partners are the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry- Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Freeport Wild Bird Supply. Sponsors include: Ben & Jerry’s, Birds & Beans, Bow Street Market, Freeport Conservation Trust, Leica, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

For more information, including the complete schedule of events, please click here.

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So you know where I’ll be this weekend! I’ll be leading the birdwalks on Saturday and Sunday mornings, along with Jeannette and Jeff Bouton of Leica. Jeff and I will be leading the hawkwatch workshop on Saturday as well, and I’ll be helping out on various walks throughout the weekend.

This is a great event, with so many things to do for folks of all ages. I look forward to seeing you at the parks this weekend!

My February Birding Re-Cap (2/16/15)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I sure hope you have taken that to mean that I have not been out birding! Quite the contrary in fact.

Yeah, it’s been bitter cold – we’ve yet to rise above freezing in February! And if you hadn’t noticed, we’ve had quite a bit of snow recently. Of course, strong winds with dangerous windchills (like yesterday) and heavy snow precluded birding on some days -well, except for feeder-watching, which has been truly excellent.

In fact, the feeder-watching has been so good of late, that Saturday’s birdwalk outing was mostly spent watching feeders. 50+ Common Redpolls, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, a Carolina Wren, and more were enjoyed from a sheltered yard, or from the inside of our house. Yup, we went indoors for the birdwalk this week, defrosting for about a half hour – our feeders are only visible from inside the house, afterall.

And with several snow days and work-from-home writing days of late, I have been enjoying our feeder activity: a large number of American Goldfinches have been joined by varying small numbers of Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, and Common Redpolls. Still waiting for a big flock, however. And the second-ever, and first long-staying, Carolina Wren in the yard has been a treat – we’re pumping him full of mealworms to keep him around, and healthy.
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The feeders at the store have been active, as well, although non-goldfinch finch numbers have not been as good or as consistent at home. But, for mid-winter with this much snow on the ground, the diversity has been surprisingly good. (Weekly totals are posted to our store’s website).

Snowy Owls are around, and on 1/31 we finally added one to our all-time Saturday Morning Birdwalk list with a visit to Brunswick Landing: species #236. Meanwhile, our birdwalk to Winslow Park on 2/7 had Barred Owl, the continuing (despite all the ice) over-wintering Dunlin (12), and the 4 Barrow’s Goldeneyes (3 drakes and 1 hen) that had been present.

But the impressive ice cover in Casco Bay has greatly reduced the amount of waterfowl in the immediate vicinity over the last couple of weeks. The end of Winslow remains clear (barely) and the duck concentrations there are quite good, but as of today, however, the much-reduced area of open water now held only two drake Barrow’s Goldeneyes. Meanwhile, the small hole of open water at the base of the Lower Falls in Yarmouth is still somehow still hosting the merganser “hat-trick” (with varying numbers of all three species) as it does every winter – they’re running out of room though!

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Not all ducks are quite as concentrated as these hungry Mallards (with a few American Black Ducks) at Riverbank Park in Westbrook.

While the field trip portion of my Gull Identification Workshop has been postponed for the last two Sundays, gull-watching is pretty good right now, especially in and around Portland Harbor. Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta on the 12th, however, had only about 100 Herring Gulls – gull numbers are drastically reduced here when there is little open water on the Kennebec River in downtown. The Bath Landfill is hosting a few Iceland and a couple of Glaucous Gulls, however.

Frugivores have been common, with large flocks of American Robins and goodly numbers of Cedar Waxwings stripping all available, palatable fruit. Bohemian Waxwings have been scattered about – although I have yet to catch up with any – but so far Pine Grosbeaks have mostly remained to our north. The rapidly diminishing fruit crop locally will likely concentrate these birds further, or push them southward.

My two best days of birding this month, however, were on Feb 1 and just this past Friday. On the 1st, a snowshoe at the Waterboro Barrens Preserve was awesome. I went there to refind the Red Crossbills that a friend and I had there in December, as my recordings from that visit were inconclusive as to “type.”

Not only did I find 14 crossbills, but many were in full song, and one male was apparently carrying nesting material! A light wind, and my huffing-and-puffing from snowshoeing in waist-deep snow drifts off trail, impeded the clarity of my recordings, unfortunately. However, one of the call types (as analyzed by Matt Young over at Cornell) was suggestive of the Type 8 Red Crossbill from Newfoundland, which has yet to be definitively recorded outside of that province. Intriguing -yup, I need to find time to go back and improve the recording.

The icing on the cake that day was a Hoary Redpoll teased out from a flock of about 40 Commons as they alighted in fed in the Pitch Pines with the crossbills. This was my first Hoary in Maine away from a feeder.

With all of these storms, and two “nice” days of northeasterly winds, I had alcids on my mind as Lois Gerke and I spent the morning in Cape Elizabeth on Friday (2/13). Apparently, my hunch was correct – we scored 4 species of alcids! This is not an easy feet in winter in Maine, although I have hit the total several times (not yet hit 5, however). Black Guillemots were scattered about, as usual, but the fun started with a fly-by Dovekie at Dyer Point.

A continuing (and apparently not very healthy) Thick-billed Murre was at nearby Kettle Cove.
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Our presence likely saved its life for now, as a 4th-cycle Bald Eagle had its eye on it – but also, us, apparently. The eagle even landed on the rocks a few inches from the murre, which, instead of diving to escape as a healthy alcid would, was apparently resigned to simply tucking itself into a corner of the rock.
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After checking for frugivores at Village Crossings (just a few American Robins on what was left of the crabapple, but we did enjoy a flock of 22 Common Redpolls), we decided to try for a Razorbill for our fourth alcid of the day. Lois’s time was limited, so instead of heading back down to Dyer Point (where the wind was also brutal), we rolled the dice and tried Portland Head Light. And sure enough, a Razorbill was offshore, feeding at the mouth of Casco Bay on the changing tide!

After lunch, I decided to procrastinate a little longer and slowly bird my way to the store, checking for open water on the Falmouth Foreside coastline. Although I was looking for duck concentrations, once again, alcids stole the show: a Thick-billed Murre flew into the cove on the south side of the Mackworth Island causeway. Perfectly strong and healthy, this bird was likely following some small fish into the bay on the incoming tide.

Even more surprising was another Thick-billed Murre in Falmouth, even further up the bay off of the Town Landing. This bird also looked fine, swimming steadily upstream with the tide, “snorkeling” to look for food.
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These Buffleheads looked just as surprised as I was.

So yeah, a 4-alcid day, with three different Thick-billed Murres in quite a day, and probably one of my best birding days of the winter. It just goes to show you what winter birding can bring in Maine, even during an impressive deep-freeze. So yeah, I’ll be out birding as much as I can, and signs of spring are certainly in the air: woodpeckers are drumming actively, Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatches are singing frequently now, and Great Horned Owls are already nesting. Bald Eagles are probably starting some house-keeping, Common Ravens are reaffirming territories, and in only a month, the Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatch gets underway!

Until then, it’s finches, ducks, white-winged gulls, frugivores, and alcids. I’ll be out in the field, and I hope you will be too. (And don’t forget, you can check out what I have been seeing in near-daily posts to our store’s Facebook page).

2014-15 Freeport-Brunswick CBC: West Freeport Territory.

The Freeport-Brunswick Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was conducted on Saturday, January 3rd. With the exception of the last two winters in which we were away visiting family during the count, Jeannette and I have taken part in the count since 2004.

In our first year, as newcomers to the count, we were assigned the least-popular “West Freeport” territory, which includes all of Freeport west of I-295, a corner of Yarmouth and Durham, and a sliver of Pownal. With open water (in some winters) limited to a small stretch of the Cousin’s River and Pratt’s Brook and adjacent brackish marsh, the territory doesn’t get the diversity of the other sections, that include productive places like Cousin’s Island, Winslow Park, and Harpswell.

While Hedgehog Mountain Park and Florida Lake Park are included, these are not usually very productive places in the middle of winter. But I still enjoy being able to cover two of my favorite patches, plus our own backyard (which makes for a good excuse to take a mid-day break for a hot lunch while counting at our feeding station). But in order to adequately sample this large area, with lots of yards, woodlots, and scattered fields, adequately, Jeannette and I spend a lot of time walking.

And whether it’s a CBC or any other birding, I always prefer more time walking than driving. So instead of driving all of these suburban and exurban roads, we walk them. And we walk a lot. Leap-frogging each other with the car, walking one mile stretches at a time, we walk about 20 miles (about 11-12 miles each) in all, and drive only 18-20. In doing so, we pass by a lot of feeders, and encounter mixed species foraging flocks that we would most likely never detect by just driving around.

And so we count a lot of birds. We sift through hundreds of Black-capped Chickadees as we pick out the other members of the winter flock. We listen for finches, check out feeders, and otherwise just go birding! This is how I like to CBC!

One of the other things I particular enjoy about covering this territory is that I am able to quantify some of my impressions of the winter’s birding that I have been noting walking Sasha at the ‘Hog, or watching my own feeders, and just while birding in general.

This year, a lack of snowcover made for easy walking, but reduced concentrations of birds, especially at edges and feeders. Some of the impressions that I have had turned out to be true: although feeders are often a little slower than usual, there are plenty of birds around. Red-breasted Nuthatches are abundant, but Golden-crowned Kinglets are nearly absent. Irruptive finches are still in short supply, but I expect them to now increase as winter returns. There also seem to be a lot of Red-tailed Hawks around, Wild Turkeys and Red-bellied Woodpeckers continue to increase, and the daily “commute” of gulls overhead (which I often note from the yard and Florida Lake Park in particular) no longer occurs following the closing of a feed lot in Auburn (gulls used to travel from Casco Bay to and from this and other Lewiston-Auburn feeding locations).

Dan Nickerson joined us this year, also welcoming the opportunity to bird his neighborhood as well, and making sure his feeder birds get counted. And we really lucked out with the weather. It was indeed the calm before the storm, with light winds all day and the first flurries not falling until we were at the wrap-up in the evening. It was cold though: 10F to start, with a high of only 21F. Increasing humidity and cloud cover made for a very raw afternoon, and a bone-chilling day. That lunch break at our feeders was a necessary respite today, as was some hot chai.

Due to the complex geography of the circle, we actually have two compilers, and two compilations, splitting the long peninsulas of the eastern edge off from the rest of the circle. Therefore, we usually speak of the western half of the circle (nicknamed “The Bean Count”) when comparing our numbers. Of the western half teams, we tallied 9 high counts, and had the only Common Redpolls, White-winged Crossbills, and Northern Shrike of the parties in our area.

The bird of the day was definitely the four White-winged Crossbills that Dan and I had departing a feeder on Beech Hill Road in Freeport. Jeannette and I were very excited to find a shrike at Hidden Pond Preserve where we also hope to see one, and hopefully the two Common Redpolls that flew over us on Granite Road in Yarmouth are a sign of things to come.

But my highlight was the Red-bellied Woodpecker that Dan and I found along Hunter Road. As we were coming up onto the Hunter Road Fields, the Red-bellied called and we spotted it at the edge of the road. I greatly amused Dan, apparently, as I sprinted across the road, got my feet onto the Hunter Road Fields property – which is part of my Hedgehog Mountain Patch List area – and logged the Red-belly for my 148th Patch Bird! …A long overdue, border-line nemesis patch bird at that!

Good conversation throughout the day, and Stella’s chili at the wrap-up at the store, were icing on today’s frosty cake. While our crossbills were one of the best birds of “The Bean Count” area, one could argue the Snowy Owl found at Brunswick Landing would take the crown. 31 Northern Pintails in the “Winter of the Pintail” at Simpson’s Point may have been the most unexpected, along with a Common Grackle in Brunswick, and two Barrow’s Goldeneyes were other highlights.

Because Jeannette and I conduct the CBC with such a consistent route and methodology, I find it unusually valuable to compare data from year to year. Therefore, as I offer the list of this year’s sightings, in parenthesis, I also offer the average for our territory. An *asterix signifies a new record high for our territory.

American Black Duck (8): 4
Wild Turkey (12): 23
Cooper’s Hawk (<1): 1
Red-tailed Hawk (1): 4*
Herring Gull (23): 3
Rock Pigeon (14): 19
Mourning Dove (47): 54
Red-bellied Woodpecker (<1): 2*
Downy Woodpecker (12): 26*
Hairy Woodpecker (7): 27*- by almost triple the previous high!
Pileated Woodpecker (2): 1
NORTHERN SHRIKE (1): 1
Blue Jay (66): 97
American Crow (76): 66
Common Raven (2): 3
Black-capped Chickadee (283): 380
Tufted Titmouse (24): 48*
Red-breasted Nuthatch (13): 44*- by more than triple!
White-breasted Nuthatch (20): 45*
Brown Creeper (3): 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (13): 0 – our first-ever miss of this species
American Robin (42): 7
European Starling (14): 7
American Tree Sparrow (24): 30
Song Sparrow (1): 3*
White-throated Sparrow (1): 1
Dark-eyed Junco (15): 34
Northern Cardinal (5): 21* – more than double the previous high
House Finch (6): 3
COMMON REDPOLL (9): 2
American Goldfinch (63): 66
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL: 4* 1st territory record.
House Sparrow (12): 22

Total (31): 33 species.

The “West Freeport” section of the Freeport-Brunswick CBC doesn’t offer the rarities of the “Moody” section that I annually cover on the York County CBC, nor does it offer the intrigue and surprises when I cover the Portland Peninsula on the Greater Portland CBC. However, this is our “home field” CBC, and with thorough coverage, we quantify a nice sample of what occurs away from the shorelines in the winter. I look forward to learning more, counting lots of chickadees, and getting my exercise on next year’s CBC.

The All-Time Saturday Morning Birdwalk List

Last Update: 7/18/15.

Our store, Freeport Wild Bird Supply, offers free birdwalks every Saturday morning, all year long. Meeting at 8:00am, we carpool to a local park of seasonal interest, and return to the store for bird-friendly coffee between 10 and 10:30. With the exception of inclement weather, we limit the drive to about 10-15 minutes away, and visit a variety of parks, waterfront overlooks, and other hotspots.

Over the years, we have seen a lot of good birds. We’ve “chased” as species or two, but we have found our fair share of “good” birds.  Encompassing a wide variety of habitats each season, we have seen an impressive array of species. Spurred on by the Townsend’s Solitaire that the Saturday Morning Birdwalk group enjoyed this past weekend, I have finally compiled a list of all of the species seen on Saturday Morning Birdwalks over the past 10 ½ years (and not including any other trips, tours, or special walks).

This is the “unofficial” list at the moment. UPPERCASE is for species seen only once or twice. I am hoping participants will take a look at the list and see if I have missed anything, or made any errors. I’ll edit the list as changes come in, so please let me know what I missed!

    1. Greater White-fronted Goose
    2. Snow Goose
    3. BARNACLE GOOSE
    4. Cackling Goose
    5. Canada Goose
    6. Wood Duck
    7. Gadwall
    8. EURASIAN WIGEON
    9. American Wigeon
    10. American Black Duck
    11. Mallard
    12. Blue-winged Teal
    13. Northern Shoveler
    14. Northern Pintail
    15. Green-winged Teal
    16. Canvasback
    17. Ring-necked Duck
    18. Greater Scaup
    19. Lesser Scaup
    20. Common Eider
    21. HARLEQUIN DUCK
    22. Surf Scoter
    23. White-winged Scoter
    24. Black Scoter
    25. Long-tailed Duck
    26. Bufflehead
    27. Common Goldeneye
    28. Barrow’s Goldeneye
    29. Hooded Merganser
    30. Common Merganser
    31. Red-breasted Merganser
    32. Ruddy Duck
    33. Ruffed Grouse
    34. Wild Turkey
    35. Red-throated Loon
    36. Common Loon
    37. Pied-billed Grebe
    38. Horned Grebe
    39. Red-necked Grebe
    40. Double-crested Cormorant
    41. Great Cormorant
    42. American Bittern
    43. Great Blue Heron
    44. Great Egret
    45. Snowy Egret
    46. Little Blue Heron
    47. Green Heron
    48. Black-crowned Night-Heron
    49. Glossy Ibis
    50. Turkey Vulture
    51. Osprey
    52. Bald Eagle
    53. Northern Harrier
    54. Sharp-shinned Hawk
    55. Cooper’s Hawk
    56. Northern Goshawk
    57. Red-shouldered Hawk
    58. Broad-winged Hawk
    59. Red-tailed Hawk
    60. Rough-legged Hawk
    61. GOLDEN EAGLE
    62. American Kestrel
    63. Merlin
    64. Peregrine Falcon
    65. SANDHILL CRANE
    66. Black-bellied Plover
    67. American Golden-Plover
    68. Semipalmated Plover
    69. Killdeer
    70. Greater Yellowlegs
    71. Lesser Yellowlegs
    72. Solitary Sandpiper
    73. “Eastern” Willet
    74. Spotted Sandpiper
    75. Whimbrel
    76. MARBLED GODWIT
    77. Ruddy Turnstone
    78. Red Knot
    79. Semipalmated Sandpiper
    80. Least Sandpiper
    81. White-rumped Sandpiper
    82. Baird’s Sandpiper
    83. Pectoral Sandpiper
    84. Purple Sandpiper
    85. Dunlin
    86. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
    87. Short-billed Dowitcher
    88. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
    89. Wilson’s Snipe
    90. American Woodcock
    91. RED PHALAROPE
    92. Laughing Gull
    93. Bonaparte’s Gull
    94. Ring-billed Gull
    95. Herring Gull
    96. Iceland Gull
    97. Lesser Black-backed Gull
    98. Glaucous Gull
    99. Great Black-backed Gull
    100. Common Tern
    101. FORSTER’S TERN
    102. DOVEKIE
    103. THICK-BILLED MURRE
    104. Razorbill
    105. Black Guillemot
    106. Rock Pigeon
    107. Mourning Dove
    108. Black-billed Cuckoo
    109. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    110. Great Horned Owl
    111. Barred Owl
    112. Chimney Swift
    113. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    114. Belted Kingfisher
    115. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    116. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    117. Downy Woodpecker
    118. Hairy Woodpecker
    119. Northern Flicker
    120. Pileated Woodpecker
    121. Eastern Wood-Pewee
    122. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
    123. Alder Flycatcher
    124. Willow Flycatcher
    125. Least Flycatcher
    126. Eastern Phoebe
    127. Great Crested Flycatcher
    128. Eastern Kingbird
    129. Northern Shrike
    130. Blue-headed Vireo
    131. Warbling Vireo
    132. Philadelphia Vireo
    133. Red-eyed Vireo
    134. Blue Jay
    135. American Crow
    136. Fish Crow
    137. Common Raven
    138. Horned Lark
    139. Tree Swallow
    140. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    141. Bank Swallow
    142. Cliff Swallow
    143. Barn Swallow
    144. Black-capped Chickadee
    145. Tufted Titmouse
    146. Red-breasted Nuthatch
    147. White-breasted Nuthatch
    148. Brown Creeper
    149. Carolina Wren
    150. House Wren
    151. Winter Wren
    152. Marsh Wren
    153. Golden-crowned Kinglet
    154. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    155. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    156. Eastern Bluebird
    157. TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
    158. Veery
    159. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
    160. Swainson’s Thrush
    161. Hermit Thrush
    162. Wood Thrush
    163. American Robin
    164. Gray Catbird
    165. Northern Mockingbird
    166. Brown Thrasher
    167. European Starling
    168. American Pipit
    169. Bohemian Waxwing
    170. Cedar Waxwing
    171. Lapland Longspur
    172. Snow Bunting
    173. Ovenbird
    174. Louisiana Waterthrush
    175. Northern Waterthrush
    176. Black-and-white Warbler
    177. Tennessee Warbler
    178. Nashville Warbler
    179. Common Yellowthroat
    180. American Redstart
    181. Cape May Warbler
    182. Northern Parula
    183. Magnolia Warbler
    184. Bay-breasted Warbler
    185. Blackburnian Warbler
    186. Yellow Warbler
    187. Chestnut-sided Warbler
    188. Blackpoll Warbler
    189. Black-throated Blue Warbler
    190. Palm Warbler
    191. Pine Warbler
    192. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    193. Prairie Warbler
    194. Black-throated Green Warbler
    195. Canada Warbler
    196. Wilson’s Warbler
    197. YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
    198. Eastern Towhee
    199. American Tree Sparrow
    200. Chipping Sparrow
    201. CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
    202. LARK SPARROW
    203. Savannah Sparrow
    204. Nelson’s Sparrow
    205. Saltmarsh Sparrow
    206. Fox Sparrow
    207. Song Sparrow
    208. Lincoln’s Sparrow
    209. Swamp Sparrow
    210. White-throated Sparrow
    211. White-crowned Sparrow
    212. Dark-eyed Junco
    213. Scarlet Tanager
    214. SUMMER TANAGER
    215. Northern Cardinal
    216. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    217. BLUE GROSBEAK
    218. Indigo Bunting
    219. Dickcissel
    220. Bobolink
    221. Red-winged Blackbird
    222. Eastern Meadowlark
    223. Common Grackle
    224. Brown-headed Cowbird
    225. ORCHARD ORIOLE
    226. Baltimore Oriole
    227. Pine Grosbeak
    228. House Finch
    229. Purple Finch
    230. White-winged Crossbill
    231. Red Crossbill
    232. Common Redpoll
    233. Pine Siskin
    234. American Goldfinch
    235. Evening Grosbeak
    236. House Sparrow
    237. SNOWY OWL, Brunswick Landing, 1/31/15.
    238. Purple Martin, Rossmore Road, Brunswick, 5/2/15.
    239. BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, Old Town House Park, North Yarmouth, 7/18/15.
    240. WHITE-EYED VIREO, Freeport Transfer Station/Hedgehod Mountain Park 10/10/15
    241. LITTLE EGRET, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, 7/9/16.

I could not find any records of the following species in my notes, but they are all plausible. Does anyone have any notes suggesting we saw any of the species on this list together?

  1. Virginia Rail
  2. Sora
  3. American Coot
  4. Sanderling
  5. Common Nighthawk
  6. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  7. Yellow-throated Vireo
  8. Orange-crowned Warbler

And finally, these are known “holes” on the list that we very well might have to “seek” in the coming years!

1. Snowy Owl

2. Mourning Warbler

3. Hoary Redpoll

240 – and counting! Not to shabby!

And with the 2014-2015 Snowbird(er) Award contest about to get underway, there’s even more incentive to join us on Saturdays.