T he Short-eared Owls were a little far for photographs under fading light, but the sunset made for a nice backdrop to the evening’s observations.
My observations of note over the past seven days were as follows as birdlife become decidedly wintery very quickly!
2 “Ispwich” Savannah Sparrows, Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, 11/21
1 Brown-headed Cowbird, Private property in Cape Elizabeth, 11/21.
2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, Brunswick Landing from Bowdoin Sand Plain, Brunswick, 11/21 (with Jeannette).
3 Red Crossbills, Runaround Pond, Durham, 11/25.
1 Rusty Blackbird, Route 9, Pownal, 11/25.
Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/26 – 14 species of waterfowl:
344 Ruddy Ducks
159 Common Mergansers
156 Canada Geese
127 Lesser Scaup
63 American Black Ducks
17 Green-winged Teal
63 Greater Scaup
9 American Wigeon
4+ Mallard x American Black Duck hybrid
4 Hooded Mergansers
4 Northern Pintails
1 Common Goldeneye
1 continuing hen White-winged Scoter
1 hen Wood Duck, Thornhurst Farm, 11/26.
Part of this fall’s incursion of Cattle Egrets into the Northeast, we caught up with this cooperative individual while birding in Vermont at the Goose Viewing Area of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on 11/13.
After spending a long weekend in Vermont –
including quite a few birding highlights – it’s been mostly catching up here at the store. Nonetheless, I did have a great morning at Sabattus Pond on Friday.
1 Winter Wren, Highland Road, Brunswick, 11/18.
Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/19 – 16 species of waterfowl!
520 Ruddy Ducks
251 Lesser Scaup
154 American Black Ducks
74 Green-winged Teal
48 Greater Scaup
41 Common Mergansers
19 Hooded Mergansers
18 Canada Geese
16 American Wigeon
13 Northern Pintails
3 Common Goldeneyes
2 Surf Scoters
1 White-winged Scoter
1 Ring-necked Duck
X Mallard x American Black Duck hybrid
37 Turkey Vultures
1 Carolina Wren
This out of place Brant graced the Burlington Waterfront Park when we spent the morning strolling it on the 11/14.
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No shame in chasing a bird that is this stunningly gorgeous! And like the chase of the ATFL earlier this week, we put in the effort to find out own beforehand – and then rewarded ourselves with another exceptional rarity! What a dapper goose.
Despite my best efforts, my “best” birds of the week were all chased and not found. Nonetheless, I had a great week of birding and birdfinding. My highlights over the past six days were as follows:
1 continuing CATTLE EGRET, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 1 Pine Warbler, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, 8 Laughing Gulls, etc, Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport, 11/6 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
2 Blackpoll Warblers, Saco Riverwalk, 11/7 (with Cameron Cox and Evan Obercian).
3 Great Egrets, The Pool, Biddeford Pool, 11/7 (with Cameron Cox and Evan Obercian).
1 continuing PRAIRIE WARBLER, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 1 Indigo Bunting, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrow, etc, Biddeford Pool neighborhood, Biddeford , 11/7 (with Cameron Cox and Evan Obercian)
1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows, etc, Private property in Cape Elizabeth, 11/7 (with Cameron Cox and Evan Obercian).
1 still-continuing late Fish Crow, Cook’s Corner, Brunswick, 11/9 (with Jeannette).
1 continuing BARNACLE GOOSE, South Elementary School, Rockland, 11/9 (with Jeannette). Photos above and below.
1 American Coot and 10 American Wigeon, The Samoset, Rockport, 11/9 (with Jeannette).
1 American Woodcock, Rte 1, Thomaston, 11/9 (with Jeannette).
2 American Wigeon and 1 Killdeer, Old Brunswick Road, Durham, 11/11.
I simply love the subtle beauty in the color and pattern of the wings and back of this species.
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This week’s Orange-crowned Warbler was “slightly” better photographed than the individual I had here two weeks ago!
With “Rarity Season” now in full swing, my observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 10/31 (with clients from Maine and New Mexico).
2 Indigo Buntings, Private property in Cape Elizabeth, 10/31 (with clients from Maine and New Mexico).
1 Great Egret, Mill Creek Cove, South Portland, 10/31 (with clients from Maine and New Mexico).
1 Indigo Bunting, Capisic Pond Park, Portland, 10/31 (with clients from Maine and New Mexico).
1 WHITE-EYED VIREO and 4 “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrows (FOF), Reid State Park, Georgetown, 11/1 (with Jeannette).
1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 1 RED-EYED VIREO, Sandy Point Beach, Cousin’s Island, Yarmouth, 11/3. My 9 th-ever here and 2 nd of the season. Photo above.
3 Common Goldeneyes (FOF), Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport, 11/4.
1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (likely continuing from 11/3), 1 American Woodcock, 32 Snow Buntings, etc, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 11/5.
2 “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrows, Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, 11/5.
These two Savannah Sparrows of the “Ipswich” subspecies were most obliging at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth on Friday morning.
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Birding in Maine, Week Reports and tagged "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow, Birding, birds, Cape Elizabeth, Cattle Egret, Freeport, Kettle Cove, Orange-crowned Warbler, Rarity Season, Reid State Park, White-eyed Vireo on . November 5, 2021