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Peaks Island's Bird Lists, 2019

Michael LaCombe's and Sam Wainright's daily bird sightings from 2019 are shown below along with the number of birds for each species, weather conditions, and observation times.

These bird lists are listed sequentially - the most recent one on top.

Michael's and Sam's individual lists are submitted to Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird.

By providing these lists, we hope you will compare birds seen within each month for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Page Assembled by Patty Wainright

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December 19, 2019

Peaks Island ferry

Sam Wainright

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
3.5 miles
Comments: To Portland, Sunny, 5-10 km, 22F, mid-tide
11 species

Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos)  42
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  7
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  1
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  43
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  100
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  41
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  60
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  14

December 19, 2019

Peaks Island Christmas Bird Count

Dan Nickerson (RavenWatcher); Ellen from Portland; and Sam Wainright

6:45 AM - 2:45 PM
9.0 miles
Checklist Comments:     1.5 miles ferry then combined walking and car around Island.
44 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  17
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  7
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  67
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  2
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  21
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  7
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  39
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  26
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  7
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  70
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  75
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  46
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  28
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  22
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  24
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  57
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  110
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  22
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  65
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  13
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  9
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1     Seen in dried vegetation at the edge of marsh, gray breast slight streaking on sides, rusty patch on wings, gray face dark/rusty cap.  Continuing.  Seen two days earlier by Derek Lovitch and Robbie Lampbert.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  9

 


December 11, 2019

Peaks Island ferry

Sam Wainright

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
3.5 miles
Checklist Comments:   Ferry to Portland; Overcast, 31 F, high tide, calm
13 species

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  12
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  30
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  7
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  18
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  3
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  37
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  37
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)  1
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  13
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  14
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1

 


December 7, 2019

Sam Wainright

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
3.5 miles
Checklist Comments:   Counterclockwise on Seashore to Spar Cove, Pleasant, Ocean, Island; left on Central to Upper A to Alderbrook to home.
18 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  35           Near Trefethan
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  26
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  5
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  6
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  3     Spar Cove
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)  2     Spar Cove
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  8
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)  12
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  7
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  5
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  1            Heard from Alderbrook, off toward Brackett Pond
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1              Flying S along back shore near Whaleback
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1

 


December 4, 2019

Sam Wainright

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
Checklist Comments:  From front window; Seashore Ave.
9 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  40
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  8
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  3
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  2
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  6
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  3
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)  11
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  3
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  3
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1

November 17, 2019

7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
3.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:  Partly sunny; 22 degrees, wind chill 16 degrees; north wind at 10 mph

Michael LaCombe
16 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  3
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  1
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  3
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  12
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  23
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  5
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4

November 9, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
3.0 miles
Checklist Comments: 27 degrees; sunny, high tide, no wind.

Michael LaCombe
16 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  8
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  5
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  5
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livi)  9
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  5
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  4
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2


October 19, 2019

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
4.0 miles
Comments:  With Sam Wainright; spectacular morning; low tide, mid-forties, sunny, no wind; birds everywhere

Michael LaCombe

37 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  15
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  16
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  40
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  11
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  2
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  18
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  20
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  14
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 125  Huge flock off TEIA swimming up the coastline of Centennial Beach, ultimately to a feeding frenzy of small fish.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  6
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  14
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  24
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  15
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  24
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  15
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  12
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  12
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1   Gray above, light yellow breast with faint black streaked necklace; down low, feeding on insects hatching with the bright sunrise.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4


October 18, 2019

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
2.0 miles
Comments:  Morning after the Northeaster; low tide; 52 degrees

Michael LaCombe
22 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  25
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  32
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  5
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  3
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  20
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  8
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  4
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  18
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1

September 29, 2019

7:30 AM - 10:45
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:  With Betsy Hays, Holly Phifer;  beautiful morning, mid-fifties, sunny.

Michael LaCombe
34 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  90
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  18
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  30
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  20
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)  1 Seen together with the LEFL; good contrast, slightly larger, hint of crest.  behind Battery Steele in marsh.
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  12
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  8
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1

September 28, 2019

7:00 AM - 9:00 A
3.0 miles
Comments:  Fifties; chilly; partly cloudy, low tide rising

Michael LaCombe
25 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  9
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  75
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  12
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  6
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  12
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  6
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  9
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  18
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  20
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1

September 27, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:  Bright sun, high tide, chilly in 50's; an invasion of the ringbills

Michael LaCombe
21 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1     Ice Pond
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8     Ice Pond
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3     Ice Pond
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  160     Rafts of thirty all up and down back shore at high tide
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  9
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  125       About 100 in Woodlanding Cove; haven't seen this previously; 25 in Wharf Cove
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  20
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1              Slim, long-tailed juvenile; seen both perching and soaring, behind Battery Steele
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  20
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  30
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1

September 13, 2019

1:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3.0 miles
Comments:  Glorious, sunny day in 60's; high tide

Michael LaCombe
18 species

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  125     Five rafts of 25 each; females and frequent juvenile males
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)   3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  3
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  8
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  35
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1                    At junction of Seashore and Whaleback Rd.


September 1, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
0.3 miles
Comments: Outer Green Island with Patty; clear, 70F, NE wind 5-10 kn; Audubon site; anchored off rocks

Sam Wainright

12 species (+3 other taxa)

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  350
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.))  20
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  6
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  8
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  22
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  4                    Swimming together, vocalizing
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)  1            Flying off E side of island
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  35
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1                      Foraging in open raspberry-morning glory shrubs, sitting on reeds
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12            Several families, with protective parents, curious juveniles
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1     Foraging along rocky cliffs
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1                   Foraging along rock cliff
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.)  1     Mainly yellow; foraging in purple flower heads on scrub that was about 6 ft tall.


August 31, 2019

3:00 PM
Comments: Outer Green Island; with Patty, motoring around Outer Green Island; clear, 72 F, light wind NW, 3 hrs past high tide

Sam Wainright
3 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  350  Large flock; mostly brown (female or 1st year), some1st year males
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  1
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1

August 24, 2019

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
4.0 miles
Comments:   With Wainrights
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  4
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  50
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  7
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  11
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
woodpecker sp. (Picidae sp.)  1     Just a glimpse; a DOWO or HAWO
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  8
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  15
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3

August 3, 2019

7:15 AM - 10:30 AM
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:  Low tide; 70's, partly sunny
31 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  6           Off City Point
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  29                               Ice Pond; huge group of females with the young, in reeds, rushes, along far shore
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  45
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  1    A lost soul; sitting afloat among the female wood ducks on Ice Pond
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  5
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  9
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  3
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  3            High in trees, Island Avenue up from City Point
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30          In a large single flock, swirling and turning in the air a hundred feet above back shore; flight lessons?
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  40
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6
 

August 1, 2019

8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Distance: 5.0 miles
Comments: With Paula Chessin, Michele Coughlin; low tide rising; 80's-90's, humid, sunny
35 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  12                       On Ice Pond, along far shore; mother with eleven duckings in single file; beautiful to see
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  115 At least four creches along back shore, with two GBBG's highly visible on house chimneys
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia)  25
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  33
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  50
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  20
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  20
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  3                   In marshes along Florida Ave
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2                    Juvenile off House Island.  Adult on nest sandbar between Little and Great Diamond
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1  Breathtaking views in marsh along Brackett Avenue
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     Flying east just north of Evergreen Landing
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1                     Behind Battery Steele; striking in flight
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1      Regal! At top of tallest birch along Florida Ave.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2              Larger marsh, along Brackett Avenue
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1            Brackett Avenue, at height of land
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  20
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1         At usual spot
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  30
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1    close-up views, Brackett Ave at height of land
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6


 

July 25, 2019

8:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Comments:  64 degrees  77% humidity, sunny, one hour past high tide
34 species

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  55                      Twenty females sunning on rocks on Backshore
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  14
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  5                                             Three at City Point, two at CBL wharf
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  9
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  5                                         Two off House I., three at Little-Great Diamond sand bar
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2                          Nesting on Great Diamond, across from Evergreen
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1                          Marsh behind Battery Steele
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1               Alderbrook Road, near Florida Ave
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)  1                         Back shore, near entrance path into Battery Steel; Fitz-bew!
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  6                   Flock, feeding on winterberries, Pleasant Avenue, very close to road, 5-6 high
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1                                 Brackett Ave
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  16
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  75
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  15
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  12             Flock together on large bush, back shore
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6
 

June 22, 2019

Peaks Fest Bird and Beaver Walk led by Michelle Brown

Time: 6:45 AM - 8:45 AM
1.5 miles
Comments: With Patty, Michelle, Michelle2, Claudine, Nicole, Kevin, Michael, Bob, Theia, Rory, Amber, Elenore, Paula Chessen. Peaks Fest. 60-70F, 5-10 kn wind W, overcast, part sunny.  Battery Steele @ Seashore to Battery to trails to ponds to Brackett Marsh, back to start.
31 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  11                                  Male flying, chicks w/o supervising adult
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  12
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  10
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2     Adult heard; immature seen, w/o red on nape
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  12
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  18
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  4
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

June 21, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4.0 miles
Comments:  Clockwise to Island Ave, City Point, Island, Ocean Ave, to Pleasant to Seashore.  70 F, wind 5-10 kn N, cloudy, high tide.
41 species



Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  107                    About 8 chicks
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  45
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  5
Sterna sp. (Sterna sp.)  6
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  45
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  2
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  8
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  9
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  36
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  8
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  10
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  40
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  11
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  14
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  8
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  3
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  38

June 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Michael
4.0 miles
Comments:  Rising tide; overcast, humid, no wind, plenty of mosquitos
28 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  4
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  45
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  9
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  3
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  1                                         In Diamond pass
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  8
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  12                        Much more in evidence than last year
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  7
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  31
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  21
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1    High in trees behind Battery Steele
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1            Behind Battery Steele
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  19

 

June 14, 2019

Time: 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM
Sam
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:  62 F, 10 kn wind SE, part cloudy
33 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2                              Alderbrook Rd.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  14               Adult pair, with 10 small chicks, Alderbrook; one female alone flying off back shore; one male in Battery Steele ponds
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  77  Scattered all along the back shore; about 40 females in Wharf Cove with 2 chicks
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2          Saw and heard, near the bicycle house
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)  2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  35
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  16
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  7
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  45        In tree near transfer station
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  14
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  11
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

Warbler 'fallouts':

May 25, 2019

Michael LaCombe

Time: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  On deck; maple tree next to house, alive with warblers
20 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  5
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1     ? least flycatcher ?
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  2

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

 

 


May 24, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 4:43 PM - 7:02 PM
3.0 miles
Comments:   Overcast, W wind about 15 km all day, slackening; 60F.  'Warbler fallout'.  Seashore to Battery Steele via marsh boardwalk; to Brackett to Reservoir Ave (one site of the fallout), left at Hussey Rd, into the woods (more fallout) to Central to Tolman Heights to Tolman to Seashore to Ice Pond, rt at Brackett Ave to Battery Steele to Alderbrook to Backshore.
47 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6               One with a ABDU female mate?
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  14     10 for sure, possibly another 4 in a separate group.
scoter sp. (Melanitta sp.)  32                    Well offshore, flying N toward Long Island, white in the wings.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  35
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  9
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  4
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  18
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  10
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  12
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  18
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  16
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  20
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  20
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  9
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  7
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  5
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  1
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  7
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3

May 22, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
3.0 miles
Comments:  To Spar, up Tollman, to Tollman Heights, down to Spar Cove, home; 58F, Clear, 5 kn SW wind
36 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) (Anas platyrhynchos x rubripes)  1
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  55
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  10     Wharf Cove
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.))  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  4
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  45
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  5
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1                                    Flying towards Ram Island
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  3
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  12
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  10
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  16
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  8
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  6                More females than males
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  8
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.)  4

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  8
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

May 20, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 3:55 PM - 5:15 PM
3.0 miles
Comments:  Alderbrook to Battery Steele to Brackett to Central to Toman to Tolman Heights to Ice Pond to home; 63F, calm, part cloudy to rain showers at the end.
38 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  65
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  18    6 in one group, 12 in the other.  Suspect that the 12 were incoming while the 6 had been here all winter.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  25
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  13
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  13
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  18
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  12
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  7
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  4
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1     Heard?
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7

May 20, 2019

Michael LaCombe

Time: 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Comments:  On deck; heavy fog, low sixties, mod. humid, rising tide
16 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  6
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  1                             Flying SW over Picnic Point
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1                        Gliding at moderate height in from Cushing/Hadlock Cove
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1                   High in maple next to house; very active male, brilliant orange colorings
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1                       Maple tree next to house
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1

May 18, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:20 PM
4.0 miles
Comments:   65F, wind SW 5-10 kn, partly cloudy to overcast; counterclockwise to Brackett Ave to Upper A to Island Ave to City Point to Island to Ocean St. to Pleasant to Seashore to home.
43 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  1     
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3     
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  75   
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  7     
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  3           Diamond Passage
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  7     
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1             In Ice Pond, perfectly still, white eye-ring
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  60     
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1     
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  7     
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  18     
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5               Flying toward Long Island
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2     
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3     
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2     
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3   
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1                   @ Ice Pond
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6     
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5     
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1     
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  8     
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2     
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1     
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  16     
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  20     
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  6     
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8     
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  16   
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1     
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1     
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1     
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  30     
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  4     
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  24     
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  20     
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  12   
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  3     
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2     
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2     
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1     
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4     
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2   
 
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  9     
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  15     

 

May 17, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4.0 miles
Comments:  With Patty W.; counterclockwise to Spar Cove, Ice Pond, Pleasant Ave, Ocean St, Island Ave, City Point Rd, Island Ave, Central Ave, Brackett Ave. to home.  52F, light wind, fog
42 species (+2 other taxa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5                                             3 at Ice Pond; 2 on Upper A St.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  45    
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)  2                                               Probably ABDU
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6   
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  22    
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  5    
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  3    
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1    
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1    
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1    
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2    
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1                                   Pond below dam at Ice Pond
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1    
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1                Central Ave
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8    
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5    
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5    
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6    
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1                           At Pleasant Ave.
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2    
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  14    
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  22    
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1                            @ Pleasant and Seashore
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  14    
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  7   
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  16    
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  2    
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15    
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3    
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  22    
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  20   
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1    
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  11   
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  3                          At Ice Pond
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2                                At Dickie's
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4   
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1                             At Ice Pond
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2     At Ice Pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1   
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1                               At Pleasant Ave

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  3                                 At City Point Rd.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  12    
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  20    

 

May 16, 2019

Michael LaCombe

Time: 9:00-11:AM

3 miles

Comments: Mostly sunny, high 50s; beautiful day; with Sophie; walking

22 Species

 

·  Mallard  2

·  Common Eider  80

·  Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2

·  Mourning Dove   1

·  Herring Gull   6

·  Great Black-backed Gull   1

·  Northern Gannet  1

·  Double-crested Cormorant  5

·  Great Blue Heron   1

·  Bald Eagle  

·  Broad-winged Hawk   2

·  American Crow 

·  Tree Swallow  22

·  American Robin   1

·  Gray Catbird   6

·  Northern Mockingbird

·  European Starling  6

·  American Goldfinch 

·  Song Sparrow  20

·  Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius  1

·  Common Grackle  4

·  Common Yellowthroat  1

·  Yellow Warbler 30

·  Northern Cardinal  1

·  House Sparrow


 

Spring Migration and Warbler 'Fall-out'

May 8, 2019

Michael LaCombe

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4.0 miles
Comments:  With Sam Wainright; glorious morning; sixties, bright sun, birds singing everywhere; Spring!
49 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  75
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  1
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  14
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2     Over Diamond Pass
hawk sp. (Accipitridae sp. (hawk sp.))  1     Scattered and quieted the warblers at Ice Pond
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  12
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  8
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  18
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  12
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  18
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  18
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  12
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  8
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  8
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  5
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1     At Ice Pond, cavorting with magnolia warblers
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2  At far end of Ice Pond, with black-throated green, parula, and black and white
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  4
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1     Pleasant Street; breathtaking in the morning sun.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  10
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  40

Spring Migration and Warbler 'Fall-out'

May 7, 2019

Sam Wainright

Time: 3:50 PM - 6:20 PM
4.0 miles
Comments:  Clockwise from Backshore. Overcast at first, then showers. Warbler fallout at Pleasant St, and another at Ice Pond, both in rain. Tree leaves starting to pop out, especially willows
40 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8    
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  85    
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  10                                Diamond Passage
scoter sp. (Melanitta sp.)  1                                          Probably White Winged, in the usual spot, near Spar Cove, with head tucked under wing
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  3    
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  2                    Together near the shore along Seashore Ave; long neck, white face patch.  Have seen them commonly for the past month or more.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4    
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  35    
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1    
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  11    
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  53     (38 in one flock)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2                                         Diamond Passage
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4    
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1   
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  4                             Part of the warbler fallout
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6    
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  12                   1 was chasing something dark and larger than it, possibly CORA
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3    
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2    
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3                   At warbler fallouts
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6    
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1    
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2    
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12    
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  5   
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6    
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1   
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  18           At Pleasant/Seashore intersection, more at fallout at half-way house
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  4    
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  16     11E, 5W
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1     E
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  14    
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10    
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4    
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3                              Pleasant Ave
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2                        Ice Pond
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2   Ice Pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2                Ice Pond
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  2          Pleasant Ave
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  9    
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  35    

 

 


April 19, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Comments:   High; high seas with strong wind, overcast, high forties.
31 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  6
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  112
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  4
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  14
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  29
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  18
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  38
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  19
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  22 One large flock of 16 skimming just above the water
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  1                  Dark below; indistinct tail band; short, broad tail; scruffy looking,     and  ? lost immature bird.  Groups (not kettles) of BWHA reported now at Bradbury Mt. Hawk Watch
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  7    
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1                     One seen and heard near Brackett Pond:  sweet, sweet, sweet, I'm so sweet
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  11

April 7, 2019

12:15 PM - 3:05 PM
Sam Wainright
5.0 miles
Comments:  52 F, wind 5-10 kn S clear; Alderbrook to Battery Steele to Hussey Rd to Seashore to Pleasant to Trefethan to Island to Belvedere to Pleasant to Ocean to Island to City Point to Island to Seashore to home.
40 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2    
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2    
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  5    
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  120    
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  5    
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  2    
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  75    
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  4   
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  12    
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  6   
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  6    
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3   
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1    
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  45   
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2    
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  51                                        41 W side of island, including 33 fishing together in a group near ferry dock, 4 solitary individuals in Diamond Passage, 4 in Whitehead Passage; 11 E side of island near and within Spar Cove including a pair (?) with one in breeding plumage, the other not (pics).
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2       Building a nest in top of a hollow tree adjacent to Brackett marsh; male had red belly
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  6    
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2                        Heard both
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  6                         4 were in a group at former church on Pleasant
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5    
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  12    
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  18    
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2                At feeder, Chessen's house
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3   
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1               In pussy willows alongside water below Ice Pond
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3   
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1                           Good look at a gray catbird, including the black cap, perched 20 ft away at eye level, and feeding in leaf litter near Battery Steele.  Not singing
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1              At Trefethan
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  9    
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2                  Near half-way house; assumed to be a pair scoping our a nest site?
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  15    
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  9   
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2    
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  50                     34 E side of island, 16 W side; seen and heard singing everywhere.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  15    
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  3    
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  12    
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  24             16 E side of island, 8 W side;  heard at many locations, seen frequently
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  60    

April 7, 2019

8:20 AM - 12:40 PM
Michael LaCombe
5.0 miles
Comments:  Warm sunny morning gave way to overcast skies with cold SE wind;
36 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2                      In Hadlock Cove
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2              Scarce today
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  58
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  1                 One clearly seen, off City Point
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  8        A flock of six flying just off back shore, flying north, very fast
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  22               In abundance on both east and west waters
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  19
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  9                      Just off Great Diamond shore
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1         Single; off City Point
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  6     All off back shore
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1                 In Spar Cove
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  17
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2 One on rock just east of Picnic Pt., the other in flight
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4     Two in a pair at Brackett Ave and Island Ave.  One at Brackett and Florida; one up at Tolman Hts.
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1             Woods, Brackett Avenue, at height of land
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1      In woods n. of Upper A, near gravel pit
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1                 In Brackett Avenue marsh south of road; seemed to be hawking
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  14
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1             At Reed Park
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  4     Tree tops at junction Upper A and Florida
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7             Most are probably migrants; all roosting 15-20 up in trees.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  13
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2                Just two; male in full color; at feeders Tolman Hts.
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1           In roadside shrub, along Seashore between First St and Sandpiper Road; clearly seen ten feet away, in shrub, five feet up; rusty cap, black eyeliner, gray unstressed breast, long tail;  no "chipping"
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  16                 Sixteen seen, and heard everywhere, all over the island
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  22 Have returned, and are very much in evidence, mostly in marshes in front of Battery Steele
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  8             One flock in tree just off path,  east of Battery Steele
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  12
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  48

March 17, 2019

Michael LaCombe

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
4.0 miles
Comments:  With Sam Wainright; 35 degrees with 24 degrees wind chill; sunny, cold
34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  33
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  11
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  19
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  9
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  2
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  1
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  18
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  5
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  6
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  15
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  9
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  12
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  12
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  16

March 16, 2019

Michael LaCombe

8:10 AM - 11:00 AM
4.0 miles
Comments:  47 degrees; high tide; sunny; cold winds
19 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  27
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  17
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  9
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  8
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  7
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  18
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  13
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1     being chased by two AMCR at Upper A and Daniel
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  19
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  8