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Checklist S33456223

 
Location
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Cumberland County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
1 hour(s), 50 minute(s)
Distance:
1.85 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox
Comments:
Maine Audubon's Weekly Bird Walk | Mostly sunny and appearing warm at 28F but a steady west wind at 20-25 mph kept birds quiet and birders cold. Trails were pretty icy and the meadows are mostly (90+%) snow covered. River has ice building but the low tide today kept most waterfowl numbers below average.
Species
27 species (+1 other taxa) total
110
Canada Goose

increasing in the past week or two, presumably as other bodies of water are freezing up and pushing geese here

35
Mallard

ever present group off the southern end of the West Meadow with a few others up Scitterygusset Creek

20
American Black Duck

spread out off the West Meadow on the far shore

40
Bufflehead
3
Common Goldeneye

low

5
Red-breasted Merganser

low

4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

flying over the houses off the North Meadow

2
Mourning Dove

flushed from the feeders in front of the store

100
Ring-billed Gull

conservative estimate of birds foraging on the flats off the West Meadow

20
Herring Gull (American)
1
Great Black-backed Gull
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk

immature bird chasing after HOFIs near the feeder

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
Bald Eagle

two adults seen flying over the western tree line from the North Meadow

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 2
1
Red-tailed Hawk

not-quite-mature bird that has been hanging around the environmental center for a few weeks continued this morning on the edge of the Pond Meadow

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
Downy Woodpecker

pecking at an oak gall, possibly 'gouty oak gall'?

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
1
falcon sp.

very distant falcon (long sharply pointed wings) flying south, roughly over 295. Didn't appear large enough for PEFA and definitely larger than AMKEl - I have little doubt this was anything other than a MERL but given the distance and brevity of the observation I can't be confident on the species level

2
Blue Jay
10
American Crow
5
Black-capped Chickadee
4
Tufted Titmouse
3
White-breasted Nuthatch

one entertaining bird repeatedly flying into the a former HAWO nesting cavity. It would fly directly into the hole, quickly stick its head out for a few seconds before flying to a nearby tree. Wait there for 30 seconds to a minute before repeating the process.

Also two birds duetting across the orchard: rapid "ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" songs given immediately after the opposite bird stopped

30
American Robin

mostly flying over the parking lot at the beginning of the walk

12
Cedar Waxwing

flew over the Pond Meadow shortly after the SNBUs

10
House Finch

mostly around the feeders

3
American Goldfinch
25
Snow Bunting

rough estimate; flying over the Pond Meadow

6
American Tree Sparrow

all at the feeders

20
House Sparrow

feeders...

 

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