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Peaks Island's Bird Lists, 2018

Michael LaCombe's daily bird sightings from 2018 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 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, and 2018.

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Peaks Island Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Lists (include ferry ride counts)

December 15, 2018

Participants/Team: Dan Nickerson (Leader/Ravenwatcher), Beth Nickerson, Kathryn Ostermier (Scribe), Krista Grotto, Joseph Grotto, Michael LaCombe (PI; Driver 1), and Sam Wainright (PI; Driver 2)

Early morning ferry to Peaks Island
6:51- 7:11 AM
Distance: 1.00 mile
Comments: Portland's Peaks Island CBC team (DN, BN, KO, KG, JG)
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.8.2 Build 15

5 Mallard (Domestic type)
18 American Black Duck
1 Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
14 Common Eider
23 Surf Scoter
25 Long-tailed Duck
45 Herring Gull
1 Iceland Gull
7 Great Black-backed Gull
2 Common Loon
2 American Crow

Number of Taxa: 11

 

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On Peaks Island
Start: 7:11 AM
Distance: 5.00 miles
448 Minutes
Comments: Portland and Peaks Island CBC team (DN, BN, KO, KG, JG, ML, SW)
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.8.2 Build 15

12 Canada Goose
5 Mallard
13 American Black Duck
100 Common Eider
17 Surf Scoter
63 White-winged Scoter
12 Black Scoter
45 Long-tailed Duck
49 Bufflehead
3 Common Goldeneye
25 Red-breasted Merganser
4 Wild Turkey
1 Horned Grebe
25 Red-necked Grebe
25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
13 Mourning Dove
6 Razorbill
8 Black Guillemot
2 Ring-billed Gull
9 Herring Gull
3 Great Black-backed Gull
32 Common Loon
1 Great Cormorant
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- Identified by CBC members and coordinator Dan Nickerson. Buteo with slower wing beats and buoyancy; Rusty breast, upper wings dark, banded tail (put on with a 1” brush); generally more colorful than your average hawk. 
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Peregrine Falcon
20 Blue Jay
10 American Crow
16 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Winter Wren
1 Carolina Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Northern Mockingbird
16 European Starling
12 Cedar Waxwing
4 House Finch
15 American Goldfinch
3 American Tree Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
20 Dark-eyed Junco
2 White-throated Sparrow
16 Song Sparrow
5 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
16 Northern Cardinal
150 House Sparrow
Number of Taxa: 53 

 

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Afternoon ferry back to Portland
2:30 - 3:05 PM
2.00 miles
Comments: Portland's Peaks Island CBC team (DN, BN, KO, KG, JG)
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.8.2 Build 15

85 Canada Goose
20 Common Eider
12 Surf Scoter
28 Long-tailed Duck
10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Ring-billed Gull
150 Herring Gull
45 Great Black-backed Gull
25 Common Loon
1 Bald Eagle

Number of Taxa: 10

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Peaks Island Bird List for December 6, 2018

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:  Cold, 17 degrees with wind chill; blue skies; ebbing high tide.
17 species

American Black Duck  1
Common Eider  47
White-winged Scoter  2
Black Scoter  6
Bufflehead  7
Common Goldeneye  1
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Black Guillemot  1
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
American Goldfinch  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  50

Peaks Island Bird List for October 31, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Distance: 1.0 mile
Comments:   Overcast, low forties, cold wind;  very few birds on back shore; with Sam Wainright
19 species

Mallard  6
American Black Duck  2
Common Eider  22
Black Guillemot  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  12
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Northern Harrier  1               Low, thirty feet in the air overhead; female or immature bird; the bird of the day.
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
European Starling  14
American Goldfinch  4
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Song Sparrow  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
House Sparrow  4

Peaks Island Bird List for October 28, 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Distance: 1.0 mile
Comments:   One hour before high tide; huge surf; storm abated early this AM
12 species

American Black Duck  6
Common Eider  100
Black Scoter  6
Semipalmated Plover  2
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  100    Large numbers of gulls in Wharf Cove, equally divided between herring and ring bills; six BLSC's in with them.
Herring Gull  100
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Double-crested Cormorant  2
American Crow  4
European Starling  40
Yellow-rumped Warbler  300    A conservative estimate; clearly a fall-out of them, swarming all along the back shore in flocks of 25-50 or more each.  Large flocks reported at Monhegan and Hurricane islands two weeks ago, and smaller numbers all over the Maine coast; Quite a spectacle.

Peaks Island Bird List for October 26, 2018

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:   Sunny, low forties, near high tide
28 species

Mallard  11
American Black Duck  15
Common Eider  55
Hooded Merganser  3             
In Ice Pond
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18
Semipalmated Plover  4
Dunlin  2     at Wharf Cove
Pectoral Sandpiper  1            
At Wharf Cove, as yesterday
Semipalmated Sandpiper  4
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  2
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Brown Creeper  1                
Alder Brook Road
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2       Low, darting in bushes, back shore
American Robin  6                Small flock behind Battery Steele
European Starling  15
House Finch  2
Dark-eyed Junco  14
White-crowned Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  30
Orange-crowned Warbler  1   
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25   
Still very active along back shore; hawking insects at Wharf Cove
House Sparrow  25

Peaks Island Bird List for October 25, 2018

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Comments:  Mostly sunny, low forties with wind chill at 30 degrees; rising tide
37 species


Mallard  10
American Black Duck  16
Common Eider  47
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Semipalmated Plover  4       Demonstrating that he is semipalmated
Dunlin  4
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Black Guillemot  1
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  11
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Common Loon  3
Great Cormorant  7
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1                      Immature; flying low over back shore to Trout Pond
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Brown Creeper  1                In woods on Prince Street
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1     

American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  11
Purple Finch  12                  In a flock of a dozen in one large bush, the three I saw clearly all had pink only
American Goldfinch  14
Snow Bunting  4
Dark-eyed Junco  30           Very numerous and all over the island
White-crowned Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  80               The most numerous species on a very busy back shore scene
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  22  All over the back shore area; probably twice as many that I didn't identify. they were even competing with the shore birds at Wharf Cove
Northern Cardinal  5
House Sparrow  120

Peaks Island Bird List for October 11, 2018

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:   Steady rain, fifties, fog 100 yards off chore; with S. Channon
16 species

Mallard  3
American Black Duck  5
Common Eider  18
Black Scoter  19                  In Diamond Pass, far out
Common Goldeneye  1         Off Evergreen Landing; solitary
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18
Herring Gull  45
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Common Loon  1
Great Cormorant  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7

Peaks Island Bird List for October 9, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:  High tide; sunny, hot, 78 degrees and very humid
23 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
American Black Duck  15
Common Eider  65
Mourning Dove  4
Semipalmated Plover  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Ring-billed Gull  21
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Common Raven  2
Brown Creeper  1        Scuttled up large shag-barked tree behind Battery Steele; distinctly uniformly brown
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
American Pipit  1         Solitary, feeding in weed wrack Wharf Cove; tail bobbing when still
Savannah Sparrow 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
House Sparrow  8

Peaks Island Bird List for October 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:  Cloudy, fifties, intermittent light rain; high tide today at 10:07 AM; with Sam Wainright
22 species

American Black Duck  7
Common Eider  30
Mourning Dove  1
Semipalmated Plover  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  22     Feeding in weed wrack at Wharf Cove; no LESA in the flock
Ring-billed Gull  40                   At Wharf Cove, high tide
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2       In trees upper Centennial St. near Island Ave
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
European Starling  20
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Baltimore Oriole  1                 High in tree at junction of Centennial Street and Island Ave
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20     Along back shore, concentrated most in shrubs bordering Wharf Cove hawking behavior frequent
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  14

Peaks Island Bird List for October 6, 2018

8:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:  High tide; sunny, high forties, low fifties, high surf
28 species

Mallard  4
American Black Duck  11
Common Eider  98
Semipalmated Plover  1     HUGE, compared to the LESP's with which it was feeding
Least Sandpiper  22          Quite small, and dwarfed by the single SEPL among them; yellow-green legs; feeding carefully amid the kelp at high tide.  The clinchers are the leg color and the striking size difference with the plover
Black Guillemot  2
Ring-billed Gull  88            In Wharf Cove at high tide, feeding on an insect hatch
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Common Loon  2
Great Cormorant  1           Size and thick neck striking compared to the few DCCO's still around
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  2
American Goldfinch  9
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  22
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  11

Peaks Island Bird List for September 23, 2018 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:   Sunny, sixties, falling tide
14 species

Wood Duck  3
Mallard  3
American Black Duck  6
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Common Eider  87
Black Guillemot  4
Herring Gull  33
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Blue Jay  2
Common Raven  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
American Goldfinch  1
Song Sparrow  2
Yellow Warbler  1

Peaks Island Bird List for September 16, 2018 

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:  With Sam and Patty Wainright; 65 degrees, sunny
34 species

Wood Duck  5
American Black Duck  2
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  8
Common Eider  172
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  3
Black Guillemot  10
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Common Loon  4
Double-crested Cormorant  43
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  17
Tree Swallow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  3
American Goldfinch  12
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  2
House Sparrow  30

Peaks Island Bird List for September 2, 2018 

7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:   With Sam Wainwright; sixties, humid, falling tide   

                    Highlight of the AM - minke whale off back shore
31 species

American Black Duck  5
Common Eider  157
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  7
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  42
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  13
Osprey  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Alder Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Gray Catbird  14
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  3
American Goldfinch  9
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  3
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Kentucky Warbler  1     Low in bushes, with good long looks from both of us; uniform olive above with more striking green of tail; uniformly yellow underneath, down to coverts; no white (in contrast to female COYE); slight black horizontal streaking at lores, cap olive, without any contrasting crest; prominent eye ring, but white and not yellow, and only with posterior half of a complete ring.  (see p. 633 Stokes, female)  Medium in size; judging from photos in Sibley's, Crossley, Stephenson & Whittle, and Peterson Warbler Field Guide, this is a first fall female.  Seen at corner of Seashore Drive and Alder Brook Road.
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Cardinal  2
House Sparrow  34

Peaks Island Bird List for August 29, 2018

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments:   What started at 75 degrees and 70% humidity ended at noon as another intolerable example of global warming
18 species

Common Eider  89              (11 immature male eiders; 15 immature female eiders)
Mourning Dove  4
Herring Gull  55
Great Black-backed Gull  11
Double-crested Cormorant  13
Great Egret  1                    (Fly over from Cushing's I.  Also, one seen on Peaks by Palfreys)
Empidonax sp.  1               (Probably an ALFL, but not a sound)
Eastern Phoebe  3              (Three together at Brackett St. marshes; migrating flock?)
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  5      (Together; migrating? four seemed smallish; immatures?)
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  13
American Goldfinch  5
Song Sparrow  11
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1   (Call only; behind Battery Steele)
House Sparrow  97

Peaks Island Bird List for August 16, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:  Very hot and humid; low tide; with Sam and Patty Wainright
29 species (+3 other taxa)

American Black Duck  7
Common Eider  131                (125 female adults; 4 immature males; 2 immature females)
Mourning Dove  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
peep sp.  12
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  15                      (11 adults and 4 juveniles)
Great Black-backed Gull  9       (8 adults and 1 juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant  41
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  3
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Empidonax sp.  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  20
Black-capped Chickadee  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
American Goldfinch  20
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  3
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  1     (Possibly a Wilson's Warbler)
Northern Cardinal  12
House Sparrow  4

 

Peaks Island Bird List for August 15, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Distance: 2.0 miles
Comments: The long way to the grocery store; hot and humid
21 species

American Black Duck  1
Common Eider  140             (135 females and 5 immature males)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  11
Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Black Guillemot  1
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Osprey  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
American Goldfinch  8
Song Sparrow  4
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  1

Peaks Island Bird List for August 1, 2018

8:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Distance: 3.0 miles
Comments:   With Sam and Patty Wainright
37 species

American Black Duck  13
Common Eider               (20 female adults and 4 immatures)
Double-crested Cormorant  17
Great Blue Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  1
Black Guillemot  3
Herring Gull  51               (40 adults and 11 juveniles)
Great Black-backed Gull    (10 adults and 2 juveniles)
Common Tern  29
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3 (Family)
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  20
Black-capped Chickadee  24
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  26
House Sparrow  22

Peaks Island Bird List for July 29, 2018

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

2.0 miles
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Comments: Brackett Church Silent Auction Bird Trip with Claudine Weatherford, Jeremy Wyant, Timothy Wyant

Mallard  1                          Female mallard x black duck hybrid (?)
American Black Duck  5
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  1
Common Eider  2
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Herring Gull  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  5
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  15
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  10
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  12

Peaks Island Bird List for July 21, 2018

7:30 AM - 10:45 AM
4.0 miles
Comments: Near full tide; 60's with dense fog clearing by 9:30AM 
41 species

American Black Duck  8

Common Eider  41

Double-crested Cormorant  2

Great Blue Heron  1

Great Egret  1

Green Heron  1

Black-crowned Night-Heron  1

Cooper's Hawk  3

Spotted Sandpiper  1

Herring Gull  34

Great Black-backed Gull  13

Caspian Tern  2

Common Tern  3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4

Mourning Dove  3

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker. 1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

Eastern Kingbird  3

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  8

Tree Swallow  5

Black-capped Chickadee  1

House Wren  1

American Robin  1

Gray Catbird  18

Northern Mockingbird  1

European Starling  13

Cedar Waxwing  3

Common Yellowthroat  2

Yellow Warbler  4

Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Chipping Sparrow  2

Song Sparrow  13

Eastern Towhee. 4

Northern Cardinal  1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 1

Red-winged Blackbird  2

Common Grackle  1

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow  32

Peaks Island Bird List for June 26, 2018

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:  Sunny, sixties, rising tide; with P. Wainright, A. Whitman, K. McCarthy
42 species

American Black Duck  4
Common Eider  53    (46 females, 3 males; 4 immature ones)

Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  5
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Common Tern  1
Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Alder Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  16
Black-capped Chickadee  3
House Wren  1
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  10
American Redstart  7
Yellow Warbler  16
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  1     Behind Battery Steele, where seen previously; black cap
Song Sparrow  25
Eastern Towhee  5
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  17
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  16
House Sparrow  35

Peaks Island Bird List for June 24, 2018 (Annual PeakFest Bird Walk)

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
0.6 mile
Comments:  Partly cloudy changing to sunny skies; incoming tide 3/4's;  PeaksFest Birding on backshore with Anne (PI), Lori (NJ), Megan (PI), Theresa (RI), and Patty (PI)
27 species

Common Eider  30
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Black Guillemot  1
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Common Tern  2
Mourning Dove  3
Alder Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  16
Gray Catbird  4
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  9
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Song Sparrow  11
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  14
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  12

 


Peaks Island Bird List for June 23, 2018

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1.5 miles
Comments:   With P. Wainright
28 species

American Black Duck  5
Common Eider  103
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  11
European Starling  13
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  8
Yellow Warbler  27     Peaks seems to be overrun with them this year.
Song Sparrow  18
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  6

 


Peaks Island Bird List for June 21, 2018

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:  High tide; overcast; 60 degrees
30 species

American Black Duck  5
Common Eider  109
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron  2
Herring Gull  19
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  11
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  19
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  22
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  31     All over the island
Song Sparrow  13
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  17
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  5
American Goldfinch  13
House Sparrow  9

Peaks Island Bird List for May 26, 2018

Time: 5:15 AM - 6:15 AM
Comments: Across from 8th Maine: On deck with coffee; low tide, sunrise at 5:03, heavy overcast with storm coming in from west
20 species

Canada Goose  6
Common Eider  4                          In the cove
Double-crested Cormorant  7    Flight over the cove
Glossy Ibis  3                                 In flight overhead; curved bill un-mistakeable; first sighting for me this year
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  X              Too numerous to count
Cedar Waxwing  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1         Heard, never seen; thin high pitched two note call repeated three times, identical to call in iBird Pro:  zee-se, zee-se, zee-se.  Answered the call but would not come in.  Just after sunrise at 5:15; not call of BAWW, AMRE, or CMWA;  could not get a recording with iPhone.
Yellow Warbler  3                    Came readily to call; evident very early, just after sunrise
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     In silver maple next to deck
House Sparrow  X                      Too numerous to count

 

Peaks Island Bird List for May 25, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:  With Sam and Patty Wainright
41 species

Wood Duck  1
Mallard  5
American Black Duck  7
Common Eider  27
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  1
Black Guillemot  2
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Veery  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  4
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  4
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  8
Song Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  10

Peaks Island Bird List for May 16, 2018

Time: 8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:   Cold; 47 degrees, overcast, low tide; with P. Wainright
33 species

Mallard  2
Common Eider  51
Double-crested Cormorant  22
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  7
European Starling  13
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Baltimore Oriole  2     Florida Avenue, by the geyser
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Grackle  5
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  18

 

 

Peaks Island Bird List for May 14, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
3.0 miles
Comments:   With Patty Wainright; overcast, chilly wind, 48 degrees, low tide
34 species

Mallard  1
Common Eider  22
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Herring Gull  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  1
Alder Flycatcher  1                       Back shore drive, just to left of Higgins' place
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Common Raven  1
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  11
Northern Waterthrush  1               Behind SW end of Battery Steele; long views
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  9
Blackpoll Warbler  1                     Along Brackett Avenue near marshes
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1     Alder Brook Road
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  12
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  10

 

Peaks Island Bird List for April 23, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM

Protocol: Incidental

1 species

 

Osprey  1    House Island buoy; female on nest, male on rail, standing guard

 

 

Peaks Island Bird List for April 23, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

2.0 mile(s)

Comments:   An hour past high tide; high forties, low fifties; bright sunny day, mild wind

25 species

 

Brant  2                               Off back shore

Mallard  6                            In flight in the morning sun, quite beautiful

Common Eider  33

Black Scoter  11

Wild Turkey  1                      Bold, brazen, unafraid; walked right by me on back shore drive

Double-crested Cormorant  3

Great Blue Heron  1             Overhead in flight, on Alder Brook Rd.

Herring Gull  200                 Ram Island alive with them this morning

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Mourning Dove  1

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  3

American Crow  5

Black-capped Chickadee  11

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1      Alder Brook Rd. by Wainrights

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3       High in Wainright's trees, Alder Brook Rd.

Northern Mockingbird  2

European Starling  23

Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1       By marsh waters on Florida Ave.  Very active; a lucky photo

White-throated Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  14

Northern Cardinal  7

Red-winged Blackbird  16

American Goldfinch  2

House Sparrow  7

Peaks Island Bird List for April 3, 2018

Time: 11:15 AM - 1:45 PM

4.0 miles

Comments:   Overcast, 42, cold SE wind, rising tide 3/4's

30 species

 

Canada Goose  2

Mallard  6

Common Eider  82

Surf Scoter  16

White-winged Scoter  10

Black Scoter  22

Long-tailed Duck  11

Bufflehead  1

Common Goldeneye  5

Red-breasted Merganser  16

Wild Turkey  1

Common Loon  5

Black Guillemot  3

Herring Gull  5                                                             

Great Black-backed Gull  2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  2

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  12

Black-capped Chickadee  6

European Starling  11

Song Sparrow  20

Northern Cardinal  8

Red-winged Blackbird  3

Common Grackle  1

House Finch  2

American Goldfinch  1

House Sparrow  13

 

Peaks Island Bird List for March 21, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

3.0 miles

Comments:   With Patty Wainright; forties, overcast, rising tide

23 species

 

American Black Duck  3

Common Eider  14

Black Scoter  20

Long-tailed Duck  3

Bufflehead  10

Common Goldeneye  3

Wild Turkey  12

Black Guillemot  2

Herring Gull  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12

Mourning Dove  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  1

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  21

Black-capped Chickadee  18

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Dark-eyed Junco  2

Song Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  6

House Finch  4

American Goldfinch  2

House Sparrow  6

 

Peaks Island Bird List for March 20, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3.0 miles

Comments:   Bright sun; low forties; rising tide; little wind

18 species

 

Common Eider  73

Black Scoter  21

Long-tailed Duck  2

Red-breasted Merganser  7

Wild Turkey  12    The person who tipped me off says he has 30-50 in his woods, feeds them 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a day, and his neighbor feeds them cracked corn.  The birds are huge.

Common Loon  7

Turkey Vulture  2

Black Guillemot  1

Herring Gull  12

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  23

Mourning Dove  1

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  11

Black-capped Chickadee  21

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

Northern Cardinal  2

House Finch  5

Peaks Island Bird List for March 18, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

3.0 miles

Comments:  Bright sunny day; cold, with 15 degree wind chill

17 species

 

American Black Duck  2

Common Eider  28

Black Scoter  32

Long-tailed Duck  5

Red-breasted Merganser  3

Herring Gull  9

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1    Tolman Heights

Downy Woodpecker  2          Tolman Heights

Pileated Woodpecker  2        Alderbrook Road

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  7

Black-capped Chickadee  9

Carolina Wren  1                 Alderbrook Road

American Robin  3               Together, outer Brackett Ave

Song Sparrow  3

Northern Cardinal  4

House Finch  5                    At junction of Alderbrook and Brackett

 

Peaks Island Bird List for March 16, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

4.0 miles

Comments:   Mostly sunny, 35 degrees, with cold NW wind, wind chill 22; incoming tide

17 species

 

Mallard  11

American Black Duck  1

Common Eider  107

Black Scoter  47

Long-tailed Duck  2

Red-breasted Merganser  7

Herring Gull  9

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  6

Black-capped Chickadee  8

Brown Creeper  1           Behind Wainright's; on its large shaggy barked tree

Song Sparrow  6

Northern Cardinal  5

Red-winged Blackbird  1

House Finch  4               Sounded like forty

House Sparrow  5

Peaks Island Bird List for March 15, 2018

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

3.0 miles

Comments:   Mostly cloudy; thirties, cold wind, high tide

21 species

 

Mallard  7

American Black Duck  6

Common Eider  85

Surf Scoter  4

White-winged Scoter  6

Black Scoter  34

Long-tailed Duck  6

Bufflehead  6

Red-breasted Merganser  9

Common Loon  1

Herring Gull  9

Lesser Black-backed Gull  1    Yellow legs, on chimney over by City Point

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  13

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

American Crow  9

Black-capped Chickadee  3

European Starling  60

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  5

Red-winged Blackbird  4

House Sparrow  5

Peaks Island Bird List for March 8, 2018

Time: 4:30 PM

Incidental Sighting

Comments:  Crossing on 4:30 ferry; large migrating flock; flock seen early over Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn

1 species

 

Brant  55   Large string over Casco Bay, while crossing on 4:30 ferry

"They are impressive:  fly in single file, quite low and fast, with a purpose and not much talk.

Headed for Hudson Bay, where they summer." (ML)

 

Peaks Island Bird List for February 28, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

4.0 miles

Comments:  High tide, overcast early, then sunny; 40's

32 species

 

Mallard  11

American Black Duck  4

Common Eider  107

White-winged Scoter  1

Black Scoter  27

Long-tailed Duck  5

Bufflehead  8

Common Goldeneye  1

Red-breasted Merganser  11

Common Loon  3

Great Cormorant  11

Herring Gull  5

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  11

Mourning Dove  2

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  2

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Peregrine Falcon  1    Swooping over Battery Steele marshes, scattering birds everywhere; breathtaking

Eastern Kingbird  1    This is a puzzler; seen at a distance and photo taken with 700mm telephoto; appeared larger and darker than an eastern wood-peewee; no recorded sighting of an EAKI on bird before April

Blue Jay  5

American Crow  7

Black-capped Chickadee  11

Tufted Titmouse  1

Carolina Wren  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

European Starling  14

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  6

Red-winged Blackbird  11

American Goldfinch  2

House Sparrow  45

Peaks Island Bird List for February 20, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

3.0 miles

Comments:  Overcast with occasional light rain; 40's, fog off shore; rising tide

19 species

 

Canada Goose  11

Mallard  11

American Black Duck  3

Common Eider  35

Black Scoter  13

Long-tailed Duck  1

Bufflehead  18

Common Loon  3

Herring Gull  5

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9

Mourning Dove  2

Blue Jay  3

American Crow  9

Black-capped Chickadee  1

European Starling  5

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  1

American Goldfinch  2

House Sparrow  14

 

 

Peaks Island Bird List for February 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

4.0 miles

Comments:  Bright sun, rising tide, cold, high twenties; with Patty and Sam Wainright

28 species

 

American Black Duck  3

Common Eider  138

Surf Scoter  5

White-winged Scoter  2

Black Scoter  28

Long-tailed Duck  13

Bufflehead  22

Common Goldeneye  2

Red-breasted Merganser  11

Common Loon  16

Great Cormorant  1

Turkey Vulture  1

Bald Eagle  3

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Herring Gull  3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  29

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  2

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  12

Black-capped Chickadee  5

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

Peaks Island Bird List for February 14, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

3.0 miles

Comments:  45 degrees, sunny, low tide

16 species

 

Canada Goose  41

Mallard  17

American Black Duck  2

Common Eider  63

Long-tailed Duck  7

Bufflehead  13

Common Loon  5

Red-necked Grebe  1

Herring Gull  9

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  15

Black-capped Chickadee  1

European Starling  5

Northern Cardinal  1

House Finch  5

House Sparrow  43

Peaks Island Bird List for February 8, 2018

Time: 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

3.0 miles

17 species

 

Canada Goose  9

Mallard  13

American Black Duck  2

Common Eider  4

Surf Scoter  11

Black Scoter  8

Long-tailed Duck  12

Bufflehead  20

Common Goldeneye  2

Red-breasted Merganser  1

Common Loon  1

Herring Gull  32

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  11

American Crow  17

Northern Cardinal  3

House Sparrow  6

Peaks Island Bird List for January 24, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3.0 miles

Comments:  With P. Wainright; overcast, low thirties, after ice storm

15 species

 

Canada Goose  5

American Black Duck  4

Common Eider  105

Surf Scoter  3

White-winged Scoter  19

Black Scoter  225               Raft of 130 in Diamond Pass with 10 WWSC

Long-tailed Duck  3

Bufflehead  9

Red-breasted Merganser  7

Common Loon  10

Herring Gull  7

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  21

American Crow  2

Northern Mockingbird  1     At junction Great Pond Road and Seashore Drive

House Finch  8

Peaks Island Bird List for January 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

3.0 miles

Comments:   With Peter, Jill King; very cold

18 species

 

Common Eider  55

Surf Scoter  4

White-winged Scoter  4

Long-tailed Duck  5

Bufflehead  32

Common Goldeneye  9

Red-breasted Merganser  6

Common Loon  6

Black Guillemot  5

Ring-billed Gull  3

Herring Gull  17

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  33

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  5

Black-capped Chickadee  2

European Starling  13

House Sparrow  7

Peaks Island Bird List for January 9, 2018

Time: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Distance: 3.0 miles

Comments:  Sunny, low thirties, falling tide

23 species

 

Canada Goose  175

Mallard  2

American Black Duck  2

Common Eider  88

Surf Scoter  5

Long-tailed Duck  4

Bufflehead  18

Red-breasted Merganser  2

Common Loon  2

Great Cormorant  2

Herring Gull  18

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Mourning Dove  2

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  7

Common Raven  2

Black-capped Chickadee  1

White-throated Sparrow  5

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  2

House Finch  1

American Goldfinch  4

House Sparrow  30

Peaks Island Bird List for January 3, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Distance: 3.0 miles

Comments:  Sunny, 'warm', in the 20's; high tide

17 species

 

Canada Goose  43   In bay by TEIA, very close to shore, at high tide

Common Eider  187

Surf Scoter  5

White-winged Scoter  6

Black Scoter  12

Long-tailed Duck  13

Bufflehead  37

Common Goldeneye  13

Hooded Merganser  1

Red-breasted Merganser  5

Common Loon  7

Northern Harrier  1

Black Guillemot  3

Herring Gull  2

Great Black-backed Gull  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  33

Blue Jay  1

 

Peaks Island Bird List for January 2, 2018

Time: 2:30 PM

Comments:  Crossing on ferry to Peaks

1 species

 

Bald Eagle  1   Above Diamond Pass between Peaks and Little Diamond; being harassed by four crows