I had a nice photo session with the late-season shorebirds at Biddeford Pool Beach on the 22 nd, including this Dunlin – one of 54 present that day.
With the colder weather, we’re starting to see “late/lingering” migrants concentrating at the coast, and a smattering of rarities around the state. My observations of note over the past seven days included the following:
1 Red Crossbill, Highland Road, Brunswick, 11/19 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
2 Rusty Blackbirds, our feeder in Durham, 11/19.
391 Ruddy Ducks, 1 White-winged Scoter, 150 distant scaup, etc, Sabattus Pond, Sabattus, 11/21 (with Jeannette).
1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 1 Field Sparrow, 2 Wood Ducks, etc, Saco Riverwalk, 11/22.
1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, South Point Preserve, Biddeford Pool, 11/22.
1 Gray Catbird, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 1 Black-bellied Plover, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, etc, etc, Biddeford Pool environs, 11/22.
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, here at the store, 11/23.
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Wolfe’s Neck Center, 11/25.
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Week Reports and tagged Biddeford Pool, Biddeford Pool Beach, Birding, birds, Dunlin, Maine, Orange-crowned Warbler, Saco, Saco Riverwalk, Yellow-breasted Chat on . November 25, 2022
This Blue Grosbeak was among the stars of the show from an exceptional weekend of great birds on Monhegan Island.
I haven’t yet posted a Monhegan tour blog from last weekend, so I figured I’d at least post some of the highlights from our extremely exciting weekend chock-full of great birds!
9/24 (with Monhegan Fall Migration Weekend tour group):
1 adult GREAT BLACK BACKED X HERRING GULL HYBRID 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Sora
9/25 (with tour group):
1 adult PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. Found by me at “Chat Bridge” and refound nearby a short while later by Kristen Lindquist and part of my group. Only bird of the weekend not seen again. 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT 8 DICKCISSELS (in flock together at one point) 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS (in flock with 8 Dickcissels). 1 Gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s Thrush (presumed Gray-cheeked) 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
9/26 (with Tour group):
1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT 1 immature male BLUE GROSBEAK At least 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS At least 7 DICKCISSELS 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
9/27 (with tour group):
1 WESTERN KINGBIRD (found by Kristen Lindquist. Refound by us at the Trailing Yew, then later by our group again at the cemetery. Last sighting?) At least 5 DICKCISSELS At least 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS
9/28 (with Jeannette and Kristen Lindquist): 1 immature male BLUE GROSBEAK 2 LARK SPARROWS At least 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS At least 4 DICKCISSELS 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 unidentified jaeger at a floating Minke Whale carcass offshore. 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, Dry Ledges off of Allen Island from Port Clyde Ferry, 9/28 (with Jeannette).
And don’t forget, our next pelagic with Cap’n Fish’s out of Boothbay Harbor is coming up, on October 11
th. Information and registration can be found here.
OK, back to work on my Monhegan blog.
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