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Checklist S20042382

 
Location
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:16 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
6 hour(s)
Distance:
3.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox
Comments:
Casual birding around the island, focused on the area around the village. Goal of the day was to better photograph the Hooded Warbler and look for rarities. Unfortunately, my "finding" a MEGA wasn't recognized until Luke Seitz properly identified the Corn Crake I had been calling a juvenile Sora. This checklist was updated on 27 November 2016 to reflect that species correction.

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
Species
48 species total
8
Mallard
12
Common Eider (Dresser's)
2
Ring-necked Pheasant

© Doug Hitchcox

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Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
2
Mourning Dove
1
Corn Crake

***MEGA | below is my report to the ME-BRC; currently (14 Jan 2017) in the second round of voting:

"It is with much egg on my face that I submit this report of a Corn Crake I photographed on Monhegan Island (Lincoln Co.) on 5 October 2014. Thanks to Luke Seitz for reviewing photos uploaded to eBird.org and spotting my error in misidentifying this bird as a juvenile Sora. Despite writing this report two years later I do remember encountering this bird.

The bird was in the front yard of the house known as “Nigh Duck”, located at the end of Bates Lane. This spot is close to the school, on the east side of the island overlooking the north end of the harbor. (A photo of that yard can be seen here: https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3923667) A section of that yard is regularly mowed, keeping the grass short and making it a good spot to look for ground-feeding birds. On this morning a group of ~8 Northern Flickers were foraging in the cut grass and I noticed this rail darting across the back edge of the mowed area. It was only in view briefly; making quick passes across the yard before walking into the tall grass in the northwest edge of the yard and out of sight. I mistakenly identified this bird in the field as a juvenile Sora, the most commonly encountered rail on the island. My focus was apparently on overall color and not much else. I do recall questioning this bird again when I uploaded my photos and looked up Spotted Crake because Jeremiah Trimble had (optimistically) mentioned this species in the evening when we were listening to rails in the meadow the following evening. Despite that brief doubt, I kept this in my records as a juvenile Sora until Luke’s correction on 27 November 2016.

I uploaded the photo with this record to my eBird checklist (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S20042382) because I was sorting and deleting old photos on my computer. This is regrettably the only photo of the bird to survive that purge. I have no experience with young/first-winter Corn Crakes, having only ‘studied’ adults in field guides. Interestingly, only adults are pictured in Collins and Nat Geo, though a first-winter bird is depicted in Howell, Lewington, & Russel’s “Rare Birds of North America.” This single photo does show the typical black-centered olive-bordered feathers on the scapulars, lacking distinctive white edging that an immature Sora would show. Structural differences between Crex and Porzana can be seen: this crake being larger and longer overall, less ‘squat-chicken’ shaped as in Sora, though structure is hard to appreciate in a single photo.

This may over-take my Trindade Petrel incident on my ‘birding faux pas’ list."

© Doug Hitchcox

4
Black Guillemot
2
Ring-billed Gull
300
Herring Gull (American)
40
Great Black-backed Gull
1
Great Cormorant
20
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Great Blue Heron
2
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Bald Eagle
5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3
Downy Woodpecker
10
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Merlin
2
Peregrine Falcon
5
Red-eyed Vireo
20
Blue Jay
6
American Crow
12
Black-capped Chickadee
4
Red-breasted Nuthatch
3
Brown Creeper
2
Carolina Wren
1
Golden-crowned Kinglet
6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2
Gray Catbird
1
Brown Thrasher
1
Northern Mockingbird
17
European Starling
20
Cedar Waxwing
15
American Goldfinch
2
White-crowned Sparrow (leucophrys)
6
White-throated Sparrow
5
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)
10
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)
1
Lincoln's Sparrow
4
Swamp Sparrow
2
Common Yellowthroat
1
Hooded Warbler

**rare | continuing behind the brewery; more photos

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality

© Doug Hitchcox

© Doug Hitchcox

3
American Redstart

three identifiably different birds: adult male; HY male; apparent female

2
Palm Warbler (Yellow)
10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1
Prairie Warbler
1
Northern Cardinal
1
Dickcissel
 

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