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Checklist S7064004

 
Location
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:30 AM 🌙 Nocturnal
Protocol:
Area
Party Size:
3
Duration:
6 hour(s)
Area: 235.0 ac
Observers:
Jeremiah Trimble List , Luke Seitz List , Marshall Iliff
Comments:
Our (Marshall J. Iliff, Luke D. Seitz, and Jeremiah R. Trimble) final day on the island. Iliff headed south and seawatched and birded at Lobster Cove until 10:00 a.m.; Jeremiah and Luke checked the main parts of the island for landbirds and noted a slight decrease in the numbers and variety over the previous day(s). We worked Lobster Cove together, including a rope drag, and then headed back to pack. Cave Swallow tape playing all day long (literally!) did us no good, but by the afternoon (16:00) Tom Magarian had found Monhegan''s first feeding around Lobster Cove. Frustratingly, a male Painted Bunting showed up on 1 Nov as well, and weekend landbirds on the mainland included Maine''s second Gray Kingbird at Ogunquit 31 Oct+, Tropical Kingbird in Falmouth MA 30 Oct+, and multiple Cave Swallows 29-30 Oct. WEATHER: Overcast, SW winds at 10 mph, shifting to NW or WNW by 11:00 or so, 45-55 F.
Species
74 species (+4 other taxa) total
18
Canada Goose

flock of what was presumably a continuing group (we had seen 19 around the island all three days). The fact that one bird was missing and that MJI watched these birds fly all the way to the mainland may indicate that it was a different group.

15
Mallard
2
American Black Duck
1
Green-winged Teal

flyby with scoters and scaup

8
Greater Scaup

flybys with scoters and one Green-winged Teal

X
Common Eider
X
Surf Scoter
X
White-winged Scoter
X
Black Scoter
X
Long-tailed Duck
1
Common Merganser

**rare; an unusual species for the island, it was seen as a brief flyby from near the Monhegan House as it flew south along the west shore of the island. Marshall Iliff (MJI) picked up two flying ducks and were able to get them in the scope for about five seconds. One was a hefty, chesty merganser with fairly whitish underparts and a well-defined brown head. A limited white throat patch was briefly visible and there were large white patches on the upperwing. Structurally, this bird was clearly a Common Merganser, being much more thick-set than Red-breasted. A second merganser flying with it was almost surely a Red-breasted, based on size and structure, as it was just 2/3 the size and quite slender. I saw no plumage field marks (since I concentrated on the larger bird).

X
Red-breasted Merganser
1
merganser sp.

flyby with Common Merganser, but seemed smaller and slimmer, consistent with Red-breasted; MJI did not see this bird well enough to be sure

1
Red-necked Grebe

seawatch; flying south far offshore

15
Mourning Dove
1
Wilson's Snipe

flushed at Lobster Cove

© Jeremiah Trimble

Average Quality
1
jaeger sp.

extremely distant; chased shearwater

7
Razorbill

groups of 1-2 flying south

6
Black Guillemot
8
Black-legged Kittiwake
1
Black-headed Gull

**rare; adult; MJI only (photos); seen well, a white-breasted and pale gray backed gull with a white traingle in the outer primaries, blackish outer primaries from below, reddish bill, and black earspot on an otherwise white head. Size was clearly larger than Bonaparte's, but no other gulls present for comparison. Flew south along the shoreline within about 50-100m of shore to Lobster Cove, but when I moved closer for photos I lost it and it disappeared. Poor photos:

IMG_0473

8
Ring-billed Gull

including 3-4 migrants flying south offshore

140
Herring Gull
50
Great Black-backed Gull
X
Red-throated Loon
X
Common Loon
X
Great Shearwater

seen from seawatch

X
Northern Gannet
X
Great Cormorant
X
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

im; apple tree by Monhegan house; photos by MJI

2
Downy Woodpecker
1
Hairy Woodpecker

continuing bird near Lobster Cove

3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
2
American Kestrel

including one continuing male and one female that flew south off the island low over the water

2
Merlin
5
Peregrine Falcon

including a group of 4 at once north of the boat launch

1
Peregrine Falcon (Tundra)

continuing bird hunting off east side of island, and a clear tundrius by the extensively pale forehead and thin malar

1
Eastern Phoebe
1
Northern Shrike

*rare; im; sitting on wires over meadow/marsh near Carina; great views! Photos by JRT, LDS, MJI

8
Blue Jay
20
American Crow
2
Common Raven
15
Black-capped Chickadee
8
Red-breasted Nuthatch
2
Brown Creeper
4
Winter Wren

one that gave aberrant calls and was audio-recorded by JRT; not Pacific Wren, alas!

3
Carolina Wren
8
Golden-crowned Kinglet
3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6
Eastern Bluebird

new high count for our stay

5
Hermit Thrush
250
American Robin
1
Northern Mockingbird

continuing bird seen all three days

8
European Starling
1
American Pipit

calling flyover

3
Cedar Waxwing
15
Purple Finch
2
Pine Siskin
15
American Goldfinch
1
Snow Bunting

confiding bird at Lobster cove; ph. MJI

6
Chipping Sparrow
4
Field Sparrow

one at Lobster Cove; three others by Jeremiah only

1
American Tree Sparrow

Lobster Cove

2
Fox Sparrow (Red)

calling and singing near Trialing Yew at dawn

100
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

© Jeremiah Trimble

Average Quality
1
White-crowned Sparrow

**rare; MJI only; photos; immature with medium-orange bill and pale lores (no hint of dusky in lores); head also appeared to have narrower crown stripes and bird appeared overall paler-headed than Eastern White-crowneds nearby. Definitive ID as Gambel's depended on photo review and at best this appears to be an intergrade:

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

14
White-crowned Sparrow (leucophrys)

including the first adult of our stay near Trailing Yew (MJI)

20
White-throated Sparrow
20
Song Sparrow
8
Swamp Sparrow
4
Red-winged Blackbird

flying with large grackle flock

120
Common Grackle

a new arrival flock

1
Black-throated Blue Warbler

female; near boat docks (photos JRT, JDS); unclear if this was a continuing bird

1
Pine Warbler

bright ad male; Lobster Cove for second day

15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1
Black-throated Green Warbler

*late; flew in off water and landed in spruces at Lobster Cove

4
Northern Cardinal
 

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

Yes