My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
- 2 continuing immature male NORTHERN SHOVELERS, +/- 177 Greater Scaup, 8+ Lesser Scaup, etc, Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Brunswick, 1/10.
- 3 continuing RUDDY DUCKS and 350-400 distant scaup, Simpson’s Point, Brunswick, 1/10.
- 1 continuing Green-winged Teal, Lincolnville Beach, 1/11 (with Evan Obercian).
- 1 adult Red-shouldered Hawk, Ducktrap Harbor, Lincolnville, 1/11 (with Evan Obercian).
- 2 drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYES, Stockton Harbor, 1/11 (with Evan Obercian).
- 8 Lesser Scaup, Fort Point State Park, 1/11 (with Evan Obercian).
- 1 American Kestrel, Upper Street, Turner, 1/12 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pond Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 1/15. Declining in Maine as a wintering species, there are even fewer this year due to the failure of the Northern Bayberry crop.
- 1 Northern Flicker, Village Crossings/Cape Elizabeth Greenbelt Trail, 1/15.
This Week in Finches. A query on our store’s Facebook page suggested there is another wave of redpolls and Evening Grosbeaks arriving in yards, and more siskins, etc, still widely scattered here and there. But for me:
- EVENING GROSBEAK: 0
- Red Crossbill: ~20 (Merrill Road, Pownal, 1/9, with Beth Edmonds and Dan Nickerson).
- WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL: 0
- PINE GROSBEAK: 14 (here at the store, 1/9); 4 (Woodside Road, Brunswick, 1/10); 5 (Route 1, Wiscasset, 1/11); 9 (Belfast City Park, 1/11 with Evan Obercian); 5 (Stockton Harbor, 1/11 with Evan Obercian); 15 (Cumberland Town Landing, 1/13); 1 (Eastern Promendade, Portland, 1/15).
- Purple Finch: 0
- Common Redpoll High Count This Week: 0
- Pine Siskin High Count This Week: 1 (Belfast, 1/11, with Evan Obercian).
And finally, my annual Predictions Blog for the next 25 species to appear in Maine – and my own next 25 state birds – is posted here.