Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 16:07:49 -0500
From: Judith Walker
Subject: Maine Bird Alert, February 22, 2005
To: Maine Birds ,
Maine Bird Notes ,
Linda Woodard ,
Julie Suchecki , firstname.lastname@example.org,
“Outdoors/Travel at MaineToday.com”
Name: Maine Audubon Bird Alert
Date: February 22, 2005
Area: State of Maine
Number: (207) 781-2332
Compilers: Steve Pollock and Kay Gammons
Transcriber: Maine Audubon (email@example.com)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been reported in several areas in southern Maine.
The LARK SPARROW continues to be seen near the feeders at the Public Works
Building in the Scarborough Industrial Park. The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE is
still being seen by the yellow house in Staceyville.
In York there was a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, a CAROLINA WREN, and a BROWN
CREEPER. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Brave Boat Harbor area.
Twenty-two species of birds were seen by the Cliff House in Ogunquit.
Highlights were HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a PACIFIC LOON and a THICK-BILLED MURRE.
A KING EIDER continues to be seen in Wells Harbor. A GREAT HORNED OWL was
seen elsewhere in Wells.
The following birds were seen at Goose Rocks in Kennebunk: 2 RED-NECKED
LOONS, 3 COMMON LOONS, 3 HORNED GREBES, 2 SURF SCOTERS, 3 WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS among others.
At Pine Point in Scarborough a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a GLAUCOUS GULL
were seen. Eight to 12 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a few COMMON GRACKLES were
at a birdfeeder off Holly Street at Pine Point. WILD TURKEYS were seen by
the Hearn Road in Scarborough and three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were in a yard on
Cedar Brook Road. The LARK SPARROW continues to be seen near the feeders at
the Public Works Building in the Scarborough Industrial Park.
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD is still being seen in the Great Pond area of Cape
A YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER is still in a yard in Portland. At the waterfront
in Portland there were both GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS. A 1st cycle ICELAND
GULL was in Portland Harbor, visible from Bug Light Park and the PEREGRINE
FALCON was back on the steeple at the corner of Franklin and Cumberland Aves
in Portland. The SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at the Portland
International Jetport. The bird is regularly seen from the Westbrook Street
side of the airport.
An adult ICELAND GULL was in its usual spot at Willard Beach in South
Portland along with 12 GREATER SCAUP. A 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was on the
dredging barge now off of Spring Point Light.
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth.
The number of BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and COMMON EIDERS at Winslow Park in South
Freeport continues to increase. There is a raft of 1500+ COMMON EIDER, and
the raft of BARROW’S GOLDENEYE is now up to 23 birds.
A COOPER’S HAWK was seen in Windham.
There were 9 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS in Naples.
In Bridgton there were 4 PINE SISKINS and in South Bridgton there were two
A BALD EAGLE, 7 PURPLE FINCHES, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were seen in
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BALD EAGLE, 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and a CAROLINA WREN
were seen in Phippsburg.
In West Bath there were 30 AMERCIAN ROBINS and a BALD EAGLE.
Three male and 2 female BARROW’S GOLDEYES were in Belfast.
A COPPER’S HAWK was seen in Turner.
Twelve PINE SISKINS were seen in Augusta.
In Winslow, by the mouth of Sebasticook River (Lithgow St.) there were about
thirty COMMON and two BARROW’S GOLDENEYES (drake and hen), and about six
In Wilton there was an EASTERN BLUEBIRD and a PURPLE FINCH.
On the Pond Road in Manchester there were six HOODED MERGANSERS by the
outlet of Cobbosseecontee Lake and in Winthrop on U.S. Route 202 there were
five HOODED MERGANSERS by the inlet into Annabessacook Lake.
In Orono, a COMMON REDPOLL, 15 PINE SISKINS, and 6 PURPLE FINCHES visited a
feeder. On February 20, in Orono, two male HOODED MERGANSERS were swimming &
diving in the Penobscot River, while a COOPER’S HAWK eyed 15+ PINE SISKINS
at a feeder. PINE SISKINS and COMMON REDPOLLS have been absolutely mobbing
feeders in Orono.
Ten COMMON REDPOLLS and 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were in Charlotte.
A NORTHERN CARDINAL and 6 PURPLE FINCHES were seen in Dennysville.
Two DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen in Eastport and 10 THICK-BILLED
MURRES were seen in Campobello. Thirty PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen by Quoddy
Six ICELAND GULLS and one GLAUCOUS GULL were at Prospect Harbor and one
DOVEKIE was at Schoodic Point.
It was a relative quiet week in the Bar Harbor area. Most notable are
several KING EIDERS. Males have been seen in with flocks of Common Eiders
off the Bay Ferry Terminal, the Bar Harbor Breakwater (can be seen from the
Shore Path), and at the end of Otter Point. This latter group also has a
female KING EIDER. Up to 100 GREATER SCAUP are being seen off Doane’s Pt. in
Sorrento. The number of RED-NECKED GREBES has increased during the past week
along Ocean Drive in Acadia National Park. Two PILEATED WOODPECKERS were
seen chasing each other across Rt. 3 and onto the College of the Atlantic
Of interest were three DOVEKIES off Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park
after the storm on 2/22. This species is now rarely seen in this area. The
downtown Peregrine Falcon in Bar Harbor was not seen this week but based on
the behavior of the local Rock Pigeons it is still around. Finding gulls at
Stinson’s Factory in Prospect Harbor depends on the days the factory is
processing fish. Three BALD EAGLES were harassing 5000 gulls around the
factory on 2/22. Included in the gulls were 40 “white-winged” GLAUCOUS and
ICELAND. A THAYER’S GULL was also seen and photographed. Just south of
Frasier’s Point at Schoodic there were 50+ BLACK SCOTERS on 2/22. TREE
SPARROWS, PURPLE, and HOUSE FINCHES dominated feeder reports this week.
In Piscataquis County, off the Golden and Telos Roads, a GRAY JAY and 3
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found.
On February 19, the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was still at the yellow house in
Staceyville at mid-day, feeding on berries, drinking water from the house
gutter, and sitting quietly, hard to see in hardwood shrubs and trees
southeast of the garage.
In Fort Kent there were 8 PINE GROSBEAK, 62 COMMON REDPOLLS, 3 RED-BREASTED
HUTHATCHES, and a DOWNY WOODPECKER.
Thirty AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were seen in Frenchville.
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