I didn’t get very far afield much this week, but feeder-watching, local patches, and a visit to Sabattus Pond at week’s end made up for it. My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
- 1 continuing LINCOLN’S SPARROW, feeders here at the store through 11/21.
- 8 American Pipits, Highland Road, Brunswick, 11/21.
- 1 Fox Sparrow, feeders here at the store, 11/21.
- 1 Turkey Vulture, over the store, 11/24.
- 100+ Horned Larks and about 40 Snow Buntings, Mayall Road, Gray/New Gloucester, 11/25.
- 1 Common Grackle, feeders here at the store, 11/25 -present.
Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/27:
- It was a great morning as the fog lifted and the water was dead calm. Unfortunately, a high-speed fishing boat, several duck hunting parties, and two hunting Bald Eagles made it difficult to make an accurate count as birds were flushing in different directions.
- 476 Mallards
- 301 Canada Geese
- 231 Ruddy Ducks
- 174 Common Mergansers
- 144 American Black Ducks
- 44 Greater Scaup
- 26 Hooded Mergansers
- 18 Lesser Scaup
- 8 Buffleheads
- 5 GADWALL
- 4 Green-winged Teal
- 4 Common Goldeneyes
- 3 Northern Pintails
- 2 Common Loons
- 1 drake American Wigeon
- 1 probable hen American Wigeon (very brown-headed individual found last week by P. Moynahan and N. Houlihan. Spotted off South Beach but flushed by fishing boat. Refound on west shore and distantly phone-scoped, but flushed by eagle before I could get closer. Appeared to have white bar on upperwing greater coverts to rule out Eurasian, but not conclusively viewed…other details suggestive or ambiguous. Good luck ruling out a hybrid on a hen wigeon, however!)
- 1 CACKLING GOOSE (FOY) – in distance from South Beach with large group of Canadas. Flushed by fishing boat before I could get to Riley Road to attempt phone-scoping. Very tiny bird with short neck and very short, stubby bill. Barely larger than the Mallards. Flew north, but not relocated, including searching of farm fields along eastern shore.
- 1 Belted Kingfisher
The Finch-Tastic Fall festivities continue:
- EVENING GROSBEAK: 9 continue daily at our feeders at home in Pownal; 1 (Highland Rd, 11/21); 2 (Martin’s Point Park, Sabattus, 11/27.
- Red Crossbills: 3 (Highland Road, 11/21).
- PINE GROSBEAK: 4 (Highland Road, 11/21); 3 (Yarmouth Library, 11/25).
- Purple Finch: 0
- Common Redpoll: scattered very few.
- Pine Siskin High Count This Week: 6 (our feeders in Pownal, 11/22).