My observations of note over the past fourteen days included the following:
- Rare mid-summer SCOTER hat-trick with 4 Black, 2 White-winged, and 1 Surf, Simpson’s Point, Brunswick, 7/3.
- 4 Greater and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, Wharton Point, Brunswick, 7/3.
- Seawatching from Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA on 7/8 during Tropical Storm Elsa (with family): In about 2 hours where fog lifted enough to see, Great Shearwaters were passing at an average of 199 per 5-minute segment and Sooty Shearwaters were passing at an average of 314 per 5-minute segment. Plus 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, 1 unidentified JAEGER, and 1 Cory’s Shearwater.
- “Search for Troppy II” boat trip tour report, 7/10 (highlights include RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Great Cormorants, Common Murre, etc): https://mebirdingfieldnotes.blog/2021/07/15/the-search-for-troppy-trip-ii-report-7-10-21/
- 1 proposed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET X LITTLE EGRET hybrid, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 7/13.
- 14 Semipalmated Sandpipers (FOF), Pine Point, Scarborough, 7/13.
- 7 Sanderlings (FOF; a little on the early side), Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, 7/15.
- Highlights from our 7/16 Boothbay Harbor puffin/whale/pelagics cruise included 1 NORTHERN FULMAR, 74 Great Shearwaters, lots of Atlantic Puffins and all three terns, etc. The trip report and pelagic list can be seen here: https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/post/puffin-whale-pelagic-cruise-with-cap-n-fish-s-boothbay-harbor-7-16-tour-report