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Owner Acadia Birding Festival

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  • 0.85 mi
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Partly cloudy (40-60%), 74° F, breezy 8-10 mph SW. Acadia Bird Festival trip with co-leaders Billy Helprin, Kristen Lindquist, and Louis Bevier. We walked from boat launch area to gravel drive on left leading to Paine property and field edge. Slow pace and focus on studying a few birds well.


  1. Number observed: 5
  2. Number observed: 4
  3. Number observed: 18
  4. Number observed: 4
  5. Number observed: 1
  6. Number observed: 3
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  7. Number observed: 2

    Details: 1 first cycle; 1 second cycle

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  8. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  9. Number observed: 1

    Details: pik call

  10. Number observed: 1

    Details: long call

  11. Number observed: 7

    Details: Singing, including from favored perch on utility wire! Also 'pip' calls

  12. Number observed: 2

    Details: singing from tree top

  13. Number observed: 1

    Details: wheep calls

  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 3
  16. Number observed: 2
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 9
  20. Number observed: 3

    Details: repeated whistle 'seeeep' and song by one

  21. Number observed: 5
  22. Number observed: 12

    Details: flight calls

  23. Number observed: 4

    Details: seen well; male singing at top of spruce; brief calls by other birds

  24. Number observed: 2

    Details: calls

  25. Number observed: 1

    Details: This is at least the 3rd record for MDI and 13th (or so) for Maine. Found this morning Edison Buenaño. When I arrived it was perched on a rock near the water as tide was low and ebbing. A stunning male. Medium large sparrow with thick conical bill (blackish maxilla and silvery grayish mandible). Almost entirely sooty black from head to tail with broad, bold white oblong patch on wing. Tips of secondaries white, outer margin of inner secondaries white. I could see broad white tips (corners) to underside of tail and some brown mottling in back/rump. Crissum dark with white-tipped feathers. Eye dark; legs pinkish-red to pinkish brown. Upon our return, the bird was chowing down on dandelion seeds, jumping up from the ground to grab erect heads and tugging them down.

    Some recent records for Maine include:
    7 Sep 2003 Appledore I.
    18-20 Sep 2003 Scarborough Marsh
    [ 18-19 Sep 2005 Scarborough Marsh - description by single observer questioned? ]
    28 May 2006 Bangor (spruce bog)
    [May?] to 9-10 Jun 2009 Kennebunk
    14-15 Sep 2010 Monhegan I.

    Older records and reports include:
    25 Aug 1950 Hog Island
    24-27 Sep 1965 Hulls Cove (MDI)
    17 Aug 1968 Seawall (MDI)
    18-19 Sep 1976 Monhegan I.
    30 Sep-3 Oct 1978 Monhegan I.
    11 Sep 1979 Monhegan I.
    6 Jun 1983 Machias Seal I., [New Brunswick/Maine]
    23 Jun 1983 Monhegan I.
    [ no records 1984-2002. This hiatus was apparent in New England as a whole, when one on Block I., Rhode Island, fall 1996 was said to be the first for this "formerly annual" vagrant in several years ].

    Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) - Seal Cove, Maine

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Sex Unknown
  26. Number observed: 1
  27. Number observed: 2

    Details: calls

  28. Number observed: 1

    Details: song

  29. Number observed: 5

    Details: singing

  30. Number observed: 3

    Details: calls and song by one

  31. Number observed: 5

    Details: singing

  32. Number observed: 1

    Details: singing

  33. Number observed: 4

    Details: singing

  34. Number observed: 1

    Details: singing and perched for great views

  35. Number observed: 8

    Details: singing

  36. Number observed: 6

    Details: singing

  37. Number observed: 2

    Details: one or two songs by one bird

  38. Number observed: 7

    Details: a few singing; most just calling