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Location
Seal Cove, Hancock County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri May 29, 2015 1:31 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
23
Duration:
2 hour(s), 35 minute(s)
Distance:
0.85 mile(s)
Observers:
Acadia Birding Festival , Kristen Lindquist List , Laurie Yntema List , Louis Bevier List , Marianne Taylor List
Comments:
Partly cloudy (40-60%), 74° F, breezy 8-10 mph SW. Acadia Bird Festival trip with co-leaders Billy Helprin, Kristen Lindquist, and Louis Bevier. We walked from boat launch area to gravel drive on left leading to Paine property and field edge. Slow pace and focus on studying a few birds well.
Species
38 species total
5
4
18
4
1
3
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
2

1 first cycle; 1 second cycle

Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1

pik call

1

long call

7

Singing, including from favored perch on utility wire! Also 'pip' calls

2

singing from tree top

1

wheep calls

1
3
2
2
1
9
3

repeated whistle 'seeeep' and song by one

5
12

flight calls

4

seen well; male singing at top of spruce; brief calls by other birds

2

calls

1

This is at least the 3rd record for MDI and 13th (or so) for Maine. Found this morning Edison Buenaño. When I arrived it was perched on a rock near the water as tide was low and ebbing. A stunning male. Medium large sparrow with thick conical bill (blackish maxilla and silvery grayish mandible). Almost entirely sooty black from head to tail with broad, bold white oblong patch on wing. Tips of secondaries white, outer margin of inner secondaries white. I could see broad white tips (corners) to underside of tail and some brown mottling in back/rump. Crissum dark with white-tipped feathers. Eye dark; legs pinkish-red to pinkish brown. Upon our return, the bird was chowing down on dandelion seeds, jumping up from the ground to grab erect heads and tugging them down.

Some recent records for Maine include:
7 Sep 2003 Appledore I.
18-20 Sep 2003 Scarborough Marsh
[ 18-19 Sep 2005 Scarborough Marsh - description by single observer questioned? ]
28 May 2006 Bangor (spruce bog)
[May?] to 9-10 Jun 2009 Kennebunk
14-15 Sep 2010 Monhegan I.

Older records and reports include:
25 Aug 1950 Hog Island
24-27 Sep 1965 Hulls Cove (MDI)
17 Aug 1968 Seawall (MDI)
18-19 Sep 1976 Monhegan I.
30 Sep-3 Oct 1978 Monhegan I.
11 Sep 1979 Monhegan I.
6 Jun 1983 Machias Seal I., [New Brunswick/Maine]
23 Jun 1983 Monhegan I.
[ no records 1984-2002. This hiatus was apparent in New England as a whole, when one on Block I., Rhode Island, fall 1996 was said to be the first for this "formerly annual" vagrant in several years ].

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) - Seal Cove, Maine

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

calls

1

song

5

singing

3

calls and song by one

5

singing

1

singing

4

singing

1

singing and perched for great views

8

singing

6

singing

2

one or two songs by one bird

7

a few singing; most just calling

 

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

Yes