My highlights over the past seven days included the following:
- 1 Red Crossbill, Runaround Pond, Durham, 4/3.
- 1 drake “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL, Mouth of the Abagadasset River, Bowdoinham, 4/4 (with Jeannette).
- 3 Red Crossbill, Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/8.
- 1 probable WHITE-FACED IBIS (as previously reported; FOY), Rte 1/9 Salt Pannes, Scarborough MarSh, 4/9. However, it did not have particular bright bare parts or “face,” so it is either not yet in high breeding, or it could be a hybrid. My views were just a little too insufficient to be 100% sure.
And my personal first-of-years and new spring arrivals included (obviously I had not been to Scarborough Marsh in a while!):
- 3 Wilson’s Snipe (FOS), Pineland Farms, 4/3 (with “Woodcocks Gone Wild!” tour group).
- 1 Pine Warbler, Brown’s Point Road, Bowdoinham, 4/4 (with Jeannette)
- 1 Double-crested Cormorant, Mouth of the Abby, Bowdoinham, 4/4 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Winter Wren, Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 4/7.
- 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (FOS), Florida Lake Park, 4/7.
- 1 Purple Finch (FOS), feeders here at the store, 4/7.
- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (FOS), Bradbury-Pinelands Corridor Trail, Pownal, 4/8.
- 1 Osprey, Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/8.
- 51 Glossy Ibis, Scarborough Marsh, 4/9.
- 14 Great Egret, Scarborough Marsh, 4/9.
- 3 Snowy Egrets, Scarborough Marsh, 4/9.
- 1 pair GADWALL, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 4/9.
- 3 Savannah Sparrows (FOS), Scarborough Masrsh, 4/9.
I live Scarborough Marsh-adjacent off Black Point Road, and just this morning (5/5/23) my Merlin bird sound identifier ID’d a White-Faced Ibis call. I have yet to see one with my own eyes but it seems highly probable! These birds from the photos look a bit like the all-white herons that frequent the marsh, so I wonder if it may have mistakenly ID’d the call as an Ibis instead?