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Location
Saddleback Mountain, Franklin County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 31, 2017 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
13
Duration:
6 hour(s)
Distance:
5.3 mile(s)
Observers:
Acadia Birding Festival , Ellen Miller List , Georgia Conti List , Josh Fecteau List , Michael J Good List , Michael Weaver List
Comments:
Acadia Birding Festival Saddleback Mountain Bicknell's Thrush field trip with Josh Fecteau and Michael Good. A successful trip to the Appalachian trail and the wind sweep mountaintop of Saddleback. The group initially struggled with the steep trail called Gray Ghost but eventually caught their second wind and finished with the climb in style finding many Blackpoll and Magnolia Warbler's, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and some not so totally cooperative Bicknell's Thrush. The weather cooperated, as did the birds, for an excellent experience for everyone and a few Life Birds. New birds, smiles and sore muscles where the reward for this intrepid group of Acadia Birding Festival participants. This is a trip no one ever forgets for the beauty and solitude that Saddleback offers. Thank you to Josh Fecteau for his good humor and knowledge of Maine birds. It was a great pleasure working with everyone today.
Species
33 species (+1 other taxa) total
1
Turkey Vulture
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Accipiter sp.
2
Mourning Dove
1
Hairy Woodpecker
1
Black-backed Woodpecker

Seen well by two group members and heard by several

4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

found along the Gray Ghost trail beginning where Jim had his fall after getting overly excited about this species. As he mentioned later, "I did hear the bird".

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Blue-headed Vireo
1
Red-eyed Vireo
1
American Crow
1
Common Raven
1
Tree Swallow
5
Black-capped Chickadee
2
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Brown Creeper
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Winter Wren
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
1
Eastern Bluebird

at the bottom of the hill

3
Bicknell's Thrush

Three locations checked had defensive males approaching our group but only a few fleeting views were afforded by these birds today. The weather may have been a factor in keeping the birds low in the scrub and difficult to see. We all had an excellent experience listening to this mountaintop nesting thrush at the top of the world on Saddleback Mountain. Thank you to the entire group for your fortitude and determination to reach the summit. This was a memorable field trip.

Breeding Code
T Territorial Defense (Probable)
2
Swainson's Thrush

seen and heard by Josh and a couple of other group memebers.

1
Wood Thrush

seen by Jim and Ann as they birded the lower reaches of Saddleback Mountain after deciding not to make the climb. Thank you to both of you

1
Gray Catbird
1
American Pipit

The group had an opportunity to observer several display flights, calling as it descended to the ground. This bird was very reactive to pishing. Found at the very top of the mountain in the semi-alpine habitat

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
Breeding Code
C Courtship, Display, or Copulation (Probable)

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
7
Cedar Waxwing
3
American Redstart
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 3
Female
Sex Unknown

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
13
Magnolia Warbler
1
Blackburnian Warbler
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
12
Blackpoll Warbler
9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2
Black-throated Green Warbler
1
Chipping Sparrow
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Fox Sparrow

heard in the distance aftr finding our first Bicknell's Thrush.

15
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
6
White-throated Sparrow
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 4
Female 1
Sex Unknown

© Michael J Good

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© Josh Fecteau

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
Additional species seen by Michael J Good :
4
American Robin
1
Song Sparrow
Additional species seen by Josh Fecteau:
4
American Robin
1
Song Sparrow
 

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