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Checklist S10359802

 
Location
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Dec 22, 1988 7:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
4
Duration:
8 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
12.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Peter Vickery
Comments:
PDV, Jeff Wells, Charlie Duncan, and Ilze Balodis conducted the Monhegan Island CBC.
Species
41 species (+2 other taxa) total
11
Mallard
25
American Black Duck
315
Common Eider (Dresser's)
5
Harlequin Duck

number noted as unusual.

1
Surf Scoter
0
White-winged Scoter
0
Black Scoter
23
Long-tailed Duck
7
Bufflehead
3
Common Goldeneye
12
Red-breasted Merganser
14
Ring-necked Pheasant
1
Horned Grebe
1
Red-necked Grebe
4
Mourning Dove
1
Wilson's Snipe

noted as unusual.

0
Dovekie
0
Thick-billed Murre
169
Razorbill
36
Black Guillemot
750
Black-legged Kittiwake
305
Herring Gull (American)
3
Iceland Gull (kumlieni)
3
Iceland Gull (glaucoides/kumlieni)

number noted as unusual.

235
Great Black-backed Gull
1
Larus sp.

We reported a Thayer's Gull on this count. My noted from Maine Bird Notes 2:39 read: First struck me as a dark iceland Gull with notably dark primaries. Head, neck, and underparts off-white, perhaps a slightly creamier tone than the typically white Iceland. Mantle and wing coverts slightly darker, with a more conspicuous gray-brown patterning than the underparts. Upper surface of primary tips was a darker smoky gray-brown, clearly not the blackish color of first-winter Herring Gull. Undersurface of primaries silvery-gray. In flight, smoky gray-brown secondaries contrasted with the paler secondary coverts. gray-brown tail, not obviously mottled or banded, contrasted with the patterned and paler uppertail coverts. When perched, bird was slightly smaller than herring Gull; head rounder; wings projected a bit further; bill clearly shorter. Bill dark, with a small fleshy area restricted to the base. Compared to adult Iceland Gull, bill was the same length but a bit stubbier. Eye dark, legs pink. Other than the slightly thicker bill and darker mantle, this bird struck me as an Iceland Gull - which may reflect Thayer's Gull taxonomic status. Observed for 30 minutes at distances ranging from 10 to 40 meters with 8x binoculars and 50x Questar scope.

2012: It seems to me that this description does not convincingly match Thayer's Gull but is consistent with Kumlien's Gull. I think this observation should remain as Larus sp.

1
Pacific Loon

my notes that appeared in Maine Bird Notes 2:34 read: first observed amid a group of four Common Loons. This individual was smaller, perhaps by 10 - 15%. Most obvious feature was the rounded crown and nape, quite unlike Common's blocky head-shape. Small, thin bill, obviously tiny in comparison to Common's, appeared bluish or gray. Dark gray crown and nape, a shade or two lighter than Common's, contrasted with blackish mantle. Dark feathering extended from crown to bill, completely obscuring the eye. White area on face was restricted: limited to the throat and lower cheeks. Dark feathering on side of neck more extensive than on Common; demarcation between the restricted white throat, neck and upper breast was sharply defined. Dark upperparts extended to the waterline; no obvious flank patches were noted. Identified as Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) on the basis of range. No known characters separated it from Arctic Loon (G. arctica). No photographs taken.

24
Common Loon
1
Northern Gannet
29
Great Cormorant
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Downy Woodpecker
2
Hairy Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

noted as unusual.

12
Blue Jay
31
American Crow
7
Common Raven
37
Black-capped Chickadee
14
Red-breasted Nuthatch
2
Golden-crowned Kinglet
4
American Robin
1
Northern Mockingbird
16
European Starling
1
House Finch
3
Song Sparrow
7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
9
Northern Cardinal
 

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