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Location
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Cumberland County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:19 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 55 minute(s)
Distance:
0.8 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Hitchcox
Comments:
Walked the perimeter of the West Meadow. Ran into Sarah at the bluff and got to show her the LIEG. Very sunny; 70°F. Low but quickly rising tide.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.148
Species
23 species (+1 other taxa) total
1
Mallard (Domestic type)
1
Semipalmated Plover
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
250
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Two large flocks of peeps. On the ground I could only spot SESAs and in flight all looked fairly uniform in color and not obvious white-rumps.

300
Ring-billed Gull

not exceptional for this location at low tide

60
Herring Gull (American)
15
Double-crested Cormorant
3
Great Blue Heron
1
Little Egret

**RARE | presumably the same bird that has been seen around Falmouth this summer despite no reports in over a month. Picked out among a group with four SNEGs foraging with DCCOs along the shore just off the West Meadow's south blind. Lighting was terrible here, backlit in the afternoon sun but the bird was structurally very different from the SNEGs: longer necked, slightly longer 'dagger-like' bill, and overall taller appear - it seemed like this bird has an obviously longer tibia than the SNEGs. The bird had no obvious head plumes, presumably from molting them this late in the summer (fall). I'd caution observers of all the immature SNEGs that have been around Gilsland Farm lately - we had 24 SNEGs on the bird walk yesterday - which can have little to no bushy plumes like the adult SNEGs. When very active it looked like a single very short penacious feather was right at the nape but it was hard to tell if this was a remnant of a plume or just the contour feathers on the nape. I followed the bird with the rising tide and finally got a decently lit view when it flew across the Presumpscot River and was feeding directly across from the bluff in the West Meadow (where the short fence is). From there the color of the lores could be seen: this bird does have a yellow tinge in the lores - as we saw earlier this year - though it is not bright yellow like all the nearby SNEGs showed. The legs were all dark except of dull greenish-yellow feet (almost the same color as the bill.

7
Snowy Egret
2
Osprey
1
Red-tailed Hawk
2
Belted Kingfisher
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Pileated Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Peregrine Falcon

immature flushing SESAs

1
Eastern Phoebe
1
Blue Jay
6
American Crow
4
Black-capped Chickadee
3
Gray Catbird
1
Cedar Waxwing
3
Song Sparrow
1
Common Yellowthroat
 

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