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Checklist S28791255

 
Location
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Cumberland County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:03 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 24 minute(s)
Distance:
1.3 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox
Comments:
Maine Audubon's Weekly Bird Walk - rainy at start so no participants. Still walked the West Meadow, spending more time scanning the river and checking waterfowl/gulls than usual. Tide was low but coming in quickly.
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Species
35 species (+3 other taxa) total
1
Mallard
28
American Black Duck
1
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)

presumably more in the large ABDU group along the river but this one was close enough to positively ID

3
Green-winged Teal

quick fly-bys with some ABDUs, too fast to see ssp.

2
Green-winged Teal (American)

pair off the north meadow

1
dabbling duck sp.

unsure of ID, possible just a ABDUxMALL hybrid but the bird was weirdly GADW-like. Dark brown body with paler head and neck were fine for ABDU but when swimming there was a small spot white in the secondaries, at one point the bird was preening and the white was only visible on the tips of the inner secondaries, not forming a row across all the secondaries like I expect when MALL is involved. No visible white on the greater coverts. The head was suspiciously squared off (like GADW) with a heavily sloped forehead; not typical of MALL or ABDU. The bill also appeared misshaped - thinner based seeming more teal-like than MALL/ABDU.

Given the white in the secondaries was mostly at the tips, rather than the entire feather and most of the other (very slight) abnormalities could have been sexual variation I'd rather chalk this up as an unknown Anas sp than try to put a label on it.

12
Common Eider
24
Bufflehead
2
Red-breasted Merganser

*low given the tide

2
Wild Turkey

one male walking on the edge of the marsh and another tom strutting across the west meadow

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Mourning Dove
1
Bonaparte's Gull

*early? | small gull with dark ear spot among the flock off the north meadow

26
Ring-billed Gull
76
Herring Gull
7
Great Black-backed Gull
3
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Osprey

foy for me at Gilsland; possibly two

1
Red-tailed Hawk

immature bird still hanging around the building

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
1
Belted Kingfisher

solo bird today at the west meadow bluff

1
Red-bellied Woodpecker

calling

2
Downy Woodpecker
2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Eastern Phoebe

surprised to see the drop since last week. the cold (and snow) early this week might have forced these birds away

10
American Crow
10
Black-capped Chickadee
2
Tufted Titmouse
2
White-breasted Nuthatch
2
Eastern Bluebird
13
American Robin
6
House Finch
3
American Goldfinch
1
American Tree Sparrow

remaining at the feeders; singing

13
Song Sparrow
10
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Brown-headed Cowbird
4
Northern Cardinal
6
House Sparrow
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes