Owner Doug Hitchcox

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  • 0.3 mi
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Observations

  1. Number observed: 47

    Comments: count of a couple large groups that went by early. constantly moving around so hard to get accurate count of birds in this area

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  2. Number observed: 16
  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  5. Number observed: 1

    Comments: possibly two | one seen hunting at first light across the runway, another seen later in that general area chasing an AMCR

  6. Number observed: 1

    Comments: ***RARE | reported at this location on 29 Sep 2016, found by Anita Mueller (reported on MAINE Birds Facebook Group by Rhonda Little-Aifd); possibly present earlier than that as heard from locals this morning. First appeared around 7:30AM in the trees on the edge of the field on the west side of Medway Road. Eventually flew to the fence on the edge of the airport and proceeded to forage around the western side of the airport until we left around 10:45AM.

    ID: Long winged buteo; long primary extension practically to the tip of the tail. Large head with small 'face' (petite bill). Juvenile plumage and greenish hue to cere. Palest coloration on head (brow, auriculars, throat) with dark brown stippling on crown and nape. Large dark brown blotchy spots on neck and chest over warm buffy (sometimes appearing pale orange) body. Nearly all coverts with pale tips.

    Behavior: Resting (solar-radiating?) in trees for nearly an hour before flying down to the airport fields to forage (at 8:30AM); 15 minutes spent trying to cast pellet (unsuccessfully). Would often perch from the fence and fly down to areas to forage. Very little flying; most movement came from running on the ground, apparently flushing grasshoppers that it would consume. Short flights of 10-20 feet were made to enter new foraging areas but otherwise would cover large areas of the field walking/running. Very tame; allowing fairly close approach (some observers getting uncomfortably close).


    Swainson's Hawk Millinocket, Maine from Louis Bevier on Vimeo.

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  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard only

  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: perched in a spruce on the edge of the cemetery

  11. Number observed: 8
  12. Number observed: 14
  13. Number observed: 1
  14. Number observed: 60

    Comments: estimate of large group(s) that were moving between the cemetery and the airstrip

  15. Number observed: 2
  16. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard early

  17. Number observed: 3
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 27
  20. Number observed: 1

    Comments: possibly 2-3 but only singles that kept flying over

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  21. Number observed: 2
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  22. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  23. Number observed: 4
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  24. Number observed: 1
  25. Number observed: 6
  26. Number observed: 10
  27. Number observed: 203

    Comments: one large flock (200) passed then a small group (3) a few minutes later

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  28. Number observed: 1
  29. Number observed: 4
Additional species seen by Louis Bevier:
  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 4
  3. passerine sp.

    Number observed: 4
Additional species seen by Josh Fecteau:
  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 2
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