Before and after the storm, it was a rather great week of birding for me. Rarity Season is now underway! Here are my observations of note over the past seven days:
- 1 Field Sparrow, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 7 Semipalmated Plovers, etc., Wolf’s Neck Center, Freeport, 10/24 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 1 “INTERIOR” (ssp alterus/nelson) NELSON’S SPARROW, Private Property in Cape Elizabeth, 10/24.
- “First of seasons” from seawatching at Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth, 10/28:
25 Long-tailed Ducks (mostly northbound)
2 drake Harlequin Ducks
2 Snow Buntings
1 1st winter Iceland Gull
1 Horned Grebe
- 1-2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 10/28.
- 1 juv RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, private property in Freeport, 10/28. First seen on 10/26, but not on the 27th. See photo and caption above.
- 1 DICKCISSEL (photo below; Abner Point Road), 1 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL (first of fall locally), 2 male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, and 2 American Tree Sparrows (first of fall), Bailey Island, Harpswell, 10/29.