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Checklist S32432700

 
Location
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:58 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
4
Duration:
7 hour(s), 36 minute(s)
Distance:
6.6 kilometer(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox List , Fyn Kynd List , Josh Fecteau List , Louis Bevier
Comments:
Today started out mostly cloudy with a strong NW wind and temperatures mid 40s (44° F to start, rising to about 48° F in sheltered areas). Skies remained cloudy until midday when it become partly sunny while we were at the south end of the island and when the wind had turned easterly (northeasterly). Early afternoon turned dark and gray with a few drops of rain and then northerly winds. We birded from the Ice Pond south through town, checking beaches and Wharton Ave before heading south toward Lobster Cove by way of Mooring Chain Rd. and Ocean Ave. From Lobster Cove, we headed up trail #1 around the southeast side of the island, turning west along the Underhill Trail, cutting over to the top of Horn Hill, down that to town, up to the Library Road and the pump station at the back of the marsh, then up through the cemetery to the lighthouse. From there, Doug returned to the house while Josh, Fyn, and I checked the ball field, out the trail to Whitehead, turning north on Red Ribbon trail, east on Black Head Road to Boynton feeders, then returning via north side of the Ice Pond to Hitchcox house. Distance calculated using one-way paths of our routes, i.e. not counting backtracking over same sections.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.107
Species
57 species total
12
Mallard
3
American Black Duck
1
Greater Scaup

I was able to study this bird in the scope. Although distant, I could see this was a scaup and that the wing pattern clearly showed a white wing stripe extending into the inner primaries and not just restricted to the secondaries with a faded pale stripe into the primaries like Lesser Scaup. Too distant to judge size well, but seemed large headed, consistent with Greater Scaup.

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
45
Common Eider (Dresser's)
12
Mourning Dove
4
Black Guillemot
104
Herring Gull (American)
60
Great Black-backed Gull
7
Common Loon
28
Northern Gannet
7
Great Cormorant
18
Double-crested Cormorant
3
Sharp-shinned Hawk

SY, adult, juvenile

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 1 1
5
Bald Eagle
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 3 2
1
Downy Woodpecker
2
Hairy Woodpecker
1
Merlin
1
Eastern Phoebe

This appeared to be the same bird as before, now hanging out on the south side of Monhegan House

© Doug Hitchcox

1
Northern Shrike

flushed from row of sunflowers in garden along west side of meadow and then spotted being mobbed by chickadees and nuthatches as it perched near the top and near the trunk of a spruce at the south end (looked the same).

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
12
Blue Jay

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
10
American Crow

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
3
Common Raven

© Doug Hitchcox

4
Horned Lark
75
Black-capped Chickadee

At least 35-40 engaging in attempted migration flight from copse of conifers at the south end of Lobster Cove. These birds were very vocal and would gather at the tops of the trees until deciding to launch at a steep angle skyward towards the ocean only to turn around and descend steeply in what appeared to be an aborted attempt. At first this group involved 10 or so birds, but the flock grew to as many as 40. Video and photos. I encountered a very similar behavior earlier this fall with a similar sized flock at Durham Bridge, eastern Sebasticook Lake (see eBird notes for xxx). We estimated 40 elsewhere on our walk.

© Doug Hitchcox

© Doug Hitchcox

18
Red-breasted Nuthatch

most encountered in the forest sections along Whitehead and Red Ribbon trails.

1
White-breasted Nuthatch
2
Winter Wren
11
Golden-crowned Kinglet

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
2
Eastern Bluebird
3
American Robin
26
European Starling
11
Cedar Waxwing
7
Purple Finch
1
White-winged Crossbill

One female-type bird calling ('chit chit chit') and seen perched at top of spruce near intersection of Lobster Cove Rd and Mooring Chain Rd. Good scope views.

© Louis Bevier

Average Quality

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
9
Pine Siskin
18
American Goldfinch
2
Snow Bunting
7
Chipping Sparrow

6 together at Donna Cundy's and another on Ocean Avenue.

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
1
Lark Sparrow

Probably the same as yesterday but at south side of Donna Cundy's yard.

1
American Tree Sparrow
1
Fox Sparrow (Red)

lip-smacking good

50
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1
White-crowned Sparrow (leucophrys)

Immature at Hitchcox feeders, judged to be nominate leucophrys by bill color (more brownish-red than orange) and "mean" look to forward part of lateral crown stripes. Like many, even most, 1st basic Z. l. leucophrys, the supraloral area was pale grayish white, hence like pale-lored populations.

8
White-throated Sparrow
11
Song Sparrow
3
Swamp Sparrow

Marsh and Lobster Cove

1
Bobolink

Same bird as yesterday but now on lawn north side of Monhegan House. The bird now seemed very lethargic but was capturing and eating a fair number of invertebrates. More photos of this bird today.

© Doug Hitchcox

1
Baltimore Oriole

Perched on tops of spruces at Lobster Cove. Orangish medium sized passerine with long pointed bill, olive wash on face and head, grayer olive tones on back, creamy wing bars. Underparts not noted.

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
15
Red-winged Blackbird
3
Rusty Blackbird

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
Behaviors:
call
Recorder:
iPhone 6s
40
Common Grackle (Bronzed)

Careful estimate of flock

2
Orange-crowned Warbler

A very gray headed bird with white eye arcs and dull plumage was seen at the end of Sterliing Cove Road (west downhill from Ice Pond). A yellower bird with slightly greener wash and yellow eye arcs was seen on the Library Road; this looked like the same bird as yesterday up the road by the Hitchcox House along Black Head Road. It is possible that there were two at the end of Sterling Cove and that we might have seen three today.

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality

© Fyn Kynd

Average Quality
1
Nashville Warbler

A clearly gray headed bird with yellow throat and complete white eyering. The underparts were overall duller than the bird we saw the previous two days. This bird showed a broader area of white from lower breast to undertail. No tail wagging seen.

© Doug Hitchcox

1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)

Found by Doug. Most of us only saw it in flight and could agree it was a Palm Warbler.

6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
8
Northern Cardinal
 

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

Yes