Our first tour of the season, a roadtrip for work, lots of new arrivals, and more good feeder-watching, but the highlight of the week for me was the awesome congregation of Ring-necked Ducks at Corinna Marsh.
Evening Grosbeaks continued at our feeders in Durham, with 5 on 4/8 and 2 on 4/9.
Great performance by American Woodcocks (at least 5-6) including one landing in the open before dusk during our “Woodcocks Gone Wild!” Tour at Pineland Farms on 4/8.
1 Evening Grosbeak, Shawmut Dam, Fairfield, 4/10.
Incredible concentration of _576_ Ring-necked Ducks on the partially-open Corrina Marsh, Corrina, 4/10.
Personal first-of-years and new arrivals:
1 Brown Thrasher, our feeders in Durham, 4/8 (Yard Bird #126!)
Three Evening Grosbeaks at our feeders in Durham on the 3rd was a highlight this week; they were our first here this year.
It didn’t feel like it on most days this week, but spring was still in the air. My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
3 male Evening Grosbeaks, our feeders in Durham, 4/3.
1 Pine Warbler (FOY), Brown’s Point Road, Bowdoinham, 4/4.
I enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Mouth of the Abby in Bowdoinham on 4/4. The tally:
1 drake “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL
1 drake “EURASIAN” X “AMERICAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL HYBRID
269 American Black Ducks
264 Green-winged Teal
90 Canada Geese
13 Wilson’s Snipe (FOY)
11 Common Mergansers
6 Ring-necked Ducks
4+ Mallard x American Black Duck hybrids
2 American Wigeon
2 Common Goldeneyes
2 Lesser Scaup
1 pair NORTHERN SHOVELERS (FOY)
1 pair Blue-winged Teal (FOY)
1 Hermit Thrush (FOS), Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 4/5.
2 male Evening Grosbeaks, our feeders in Durham, 4/7.
Now that I am back in the field and at work a little more, my feeder-watching at home is just a little less frequent. However, as you can see above, we had some good visitors this week. For continued weekly updates, you can follow “Feeder Watching Friday” posts each Friday on our store’s Facebook page. This week was certainly interesting at the feeding station.
Our annual “Woodcocks Gone Wild!” trip at Pineland Farms was rescheduled to Saturday, 4/8 and we are a go. More info here.
Jeannette and I escaped for a long weekend in Cape Cod, Friday through Monday. We were mostly looking for North Atlantic Right Whales, but of course we did some birding too! Jeannette’s whale and bird photos from the weekend are posted in this short blog about our trip:
Meanwhile, back in Maine, the strong northwesterly winds slowed the pace of migration. However, by week’s end, I had some time do a little local birding, producing the following highlights: