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Checklist S39173963

 
Location
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Cumberland County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
24
Duration:
3 hour(s), 10 minute(s)
Distance:
1.8 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox
Comments:
Maine Audubon's Weekly Walk | Slow start with virtually no migrants in the first hour. We did find a few little pockets of warblers near the south blind in the West Meadow and at the entrance to the North Meadow. Perfect timing for shorebirds off the blind in the North Meadow; mud was just getting exposed and sandpipers were very close (making it somewhat easy to pick out the WESA). Temps rising quickly from 60ºF at the beginning to low 70ºFs by the end.
Species
46 species (+5 other taxa) total
45
10
6
Mallard/American Black Duck
5
10
2

heard only

Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
130

only about to count about half the flock before they'd flush and kept getting ~60

1

*rare | picked out among the SESA flock first by its bright rusty scapulars. The bird also looked paler head (especially the face). Not sure if this is a good field mark for WESA but noticed the bird appeared either short-tertialed or long-primaried compared to SESA (not long winged like WRSA or BASA - didn't cross in the back - but the primaries were definitely more exposed than on nearby SESA). The bill appeared a bit longer than SESAs nearby but not one of the DUNL-esque bills that WESA can show. Structurally it was a bit more square-headed, a trait accentuated by it foraging with its neck stuck way out. It was a struggle to stay on the bird and I probably spent to much time studying it myself rather than letting others on the scope. I did get some really terrible digiscoped shots through branches that I can add later. The flock kept reshuffling but was ultimately flushed by a Merlin.

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality

© Doug Hitchcox

Average Quality
1

surprise to see this bird make a few passes over head in the North Meadow

1
2
12
4
2
24
3
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)
1
Empidonax sp.
3
1
6
10
8
3
2
1
4
12
3
25
6
4
10
6
1
7
2
1
1
1
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler
1
5
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)
1
8
 

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Yes