Peaks Island's Bird Lists, 2021

Michael LaCombe's (ML) and Sam Wainright's (SW) daily bird sightings from 2021 are shown below along with the number of birds for each species, weather conditions, and observation times. If you have a bird list that you want to share (that has first been submitted eBird), please forward it to us for posting on this page. Please forward your list through eBird to

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, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Lists Assembled by Patty Wainright



March 2021


March 23, 2021

7:15 AM - 11:15 AM
4.0 miles
Checklist Comments:  High tide; 33 degrees, initial dense fog, then clearing.

35 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  34
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  2
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  40            Strung out in a line in Cushing's passage
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  12
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  8
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  21              Large flock at Ocean and Pleasant
Rock Pigeon  (Columba livil)  12
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  200                At Fort Gorges; spectacular
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1          Immature; out over Casco Bay
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1         Behind Battery Steele
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  18
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2                      Male in bright sun; spectacular colors
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  23
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  18
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  22
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1     Early!  At usual spot, east north east end of Battery Steele
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  14
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  12

March 11, 2021

5:25 PM
Checklist Comments: Walking counterclockwise around Peaks Island.

2 species

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)  1     Heard on shoreward side of Seashore Ave, between Spar Cove and Wharf Cove...close to Wharf Cove.  Bzzzt call, repeating.
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     Saw COHA, agitated, flying from tree to tree and calling: a slow Kek, kek, kek, about 2-3 sec apart.  I think it was a male.



March 9, 2021

7:15 AM - 3:45 PM
3.0 miles
Checklist Comments:  Cloudy morning; 34 degrees; rising tide, no wind

21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  10
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  33
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  9
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  7
Rock Pigeon  (Columba livia)  16
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3


March 7, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Peaks E quadrant
1.0 mile
Checklist Comments:  Alderbrook Rd to Florida Ave, to Battery Steele and back;  32F, Clear, light wind.


15 species

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  5
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  8
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1     Singing
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)  12 (Rare)      A flock feeding on cones in tall fir trees.  Watched for about 30 min.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6

March 4, 2021

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
3.0 miles
Checklist Comments:   Bright sunny clear day; 35 degrees; low tide

22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  29                  At Centennial Beach
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  22                          Ferry Beach, down front
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  14
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  11
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  4
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  22
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  1
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  6
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1                     By Brackett Church
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  9
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2    By Brackett Church
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2

March 2, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
3.0 miles
Checklist Comments: 11 below with wind chill; high winds; low tide, clear skies

12 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  13
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  1
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  3
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  5
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  7
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2


Great Backyard Bird Count

February 12-15, 2021

Sam Wainright

Total island counts over 4 days

Eastern Screech Owl and Brown Thrasher are considered rare by eBird.

45 Species

Canada Goose


American Black Duck

Common Eider

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Mourning Dove

Thick-billed Murre

Black Guillemot

Great Cormorant

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Common Loon

Cooper's Hawk

Eastern Screech Owl

Bald Eagle

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

European Starling

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

American Robin

House Sparrow

American Gold Finch

House Finch

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Northern Cardinal

January 2021

January 26, 2021

5:15 PM
Checklist Comments: Whitehead Road and up the hill from Hadlock Cove.

1 species

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)  1     Tremolo call, repeated at approx. 30 second intervals.

January 8, 2021

3:30 PM - 8:15 AM
3.5 mils)
Checklist Comments: Counterclockwise around Peaks starting at Alderbrook Rd., clear, 35F, NW breeze 5-10 knm. Low-ish tide.

20 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  12
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  8
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  30
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)  2
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  18
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  5
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  6
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  2
Rock Pigeon  (Columba livia)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  6
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  12
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)  21  Roosting on Whitehead Cliffs, Cushing Island
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)  1     Heard the call at dusk, along Whitehead Rd.  A tremolo on one pitch that lasted 5-10 sec.  When I returned home, I confirmed it by listening to AllAboutBirds recordings of ESOW and Saw Whet Owl (which did not match what I heard).
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3

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