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Checklist S46144630

 
Location
Scarborough Marsh, Cumberland County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue May 29, 2018 3:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Sally Pachulski
Comments:
Sunny, breezy, high 80s
Species
14 species (+1 other taxa) total
2
Mallard
49
American Black Duck
2
Black-bellied Plover
3
Willet
2
Herring Gull
3
Least Tern
1
Double-crested Cormorant
15
Great Egret
2
Snowy Egret
1
Snowy Egret x Tricolored Heron (hybrid)

The bird was too far for me to get a decent photo but I was able to study him for a while through the scope. The bird was about the size of a snowy and had plumes on its head. He had a thick, long black beak with no discernible yellow lores. His legs were black but I never saw his feet as they were below my line of sight. He was hopping and holding his wings very much like a Reddish Egret would do while hunting prey. I have occasionally seen Snowy Egrets practice this same behavior. His coloring was almost all a silvery gray which was like no other bird I've ever seen. He was not an immature Little Blue as the beak, leg color and overall color were wrong. I originally thought this was a gray Little Egret but have now seen photos of the hybrid which has been at the location. I agree this is what I saw.

11
Glossy Ibis
1
Turkey Vulture
1
American Crow
2
Song Sparrow
1
Common Yellowthroat
 

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

Yes