The Backshore Bird Blog

January 24 - 25, 2016 Bird Sightings

Great Cormorant At the tail end of Storm Jonah, Michael scans for birds along the Backshore and around the island to the Downfront. The day is cold in the 20s and the sky is clear with high winds from the storm that mostly skirts by Maine - on its way to the eastern shores of Nova Scotia. The surf along the Backshore is spectacular, especially at high tide, with sets of waves up to 20 feet. Even in these conditions he finds a new species for the PILP bird list – two Horned Grebes, a male and female. Just as important are the sightings of those longer necked grebes – the Red-necked Grebe, five of them. The numbers of Common Eiders are still low as compared to previous years, but their 3:1 rat

The Great Backyard Birdcount

You can even count birds from your boat. The Great Backyard Birdcount Lead by The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Audubon, and Bird Studies Canada Do you want to participate in a bird count from February 12th through the 15th of 2016? It is easy and fun. It is free, and stress-free. Anyone can participate. Citizen scientists such as you, contribute bird data that are compiled and used, as in the Christmas Bird Count, by scientists in population trend studies. Data collected from Peaks Island will be most valuable for better understanding our bird species. Easy instructions are available on What is actually required? A minimum of 15 minutes is required. During that time one

January 1, 2016 Bird Sightings

Male Surf Scoters, Diamond Passage Photo © Sam Wainright Bringing in the 2016 New Year, bright and early, Michael and Sam climb into the now famous truck (please see December 2015 blog – Christmas Bird Count) to search the island for birds. Most exciting is that the truck has heated seats – yes, this addition is birding in luxury. They see the Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes off the South shore facing Cushing Island. Along the Backshore are scattered Common Eiders and Common Loons. The Red-necked Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, and Black Guillemots are still feeding offshore, along with the ever-present gulls – Herring a

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