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19 Jan: @ 20:50:17 
Re: short eared owl [Janet Alexander]
19 Jan: @ 20:02:25 
Common Redpolls-Sanford ['BARBARA P HERRGESELL' via Maine birds]
19 Jan: @ 18:22:09 
short eared owl [JMSmith]
19 Jan: @ 15:23:37 
Orange-crowned Warbler Gone in Cumberland [Linda Woodard]
19 Jan: @ 15:23:02 
Common and Barrow's Goldeneye [Loring Danforth]
19 Jan: @ 03:50:11 
Message from the Moderator ['Doug Hitchcox' via Maine birds]
19 Jan: @ 02:12:34 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Craig Kesselheim]
19 Jan: @ 01:12:24 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Sean S]
18 Jan: @ 18:43:12 
Pine Grosbeaks [Nancy W. Dickinson]
18 Jan: @ 18:36:36 
Red Crossbills in Hiram [Sean S]
18 Jan: @ 18:15:10 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Sean S]
18 Jan: @ 17:21:01 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Kristen Lindquist]
18 Jan: @ 17:13:25 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Lynn Havsall]
18 Jan: @ 16:23:09 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Sean S]
18 Jan: @ 14:48:04 
SEOW [Alan Darrah]
17 Jan: @ 22:34:52 
Re: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Craig Kesselheim]
17 Jan: @ 21:20:30 
Birders' fashion choices in these odd times: [Charles Duncan]
17 Jan: @ 15:52:54 
Western Tanager [Kathryn Davis]
17 Jan: @ 15:47:23 
Snowy Owls in Biddeford Pool [Kathryn Davis]
15 Jan: @ 22:06:10 
This Week's Highlights, 1/9-15. ['Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds]
15 Jan: @ 01:32:11 
Pine Grosbeaks in Wells [Scott Richardson]
14 Jan: @ 13:23:23 
Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13 [Dana Fox]
13 Jan: @ 20:48:29 
Finches and other winter birds are missing from the foothills? [Pat Ledlie]
13 Jan: @ 14:15:38 
Bald Eagles in Buxton [sean theriault]
12 Jan: @ 23:25:16 
Allagash atlas stuff [Bob Duchesne]
12 Jan: @ 22:11:26 
Winter Raptor Trifecta [Tony Federer]
12 Jan: @ 00:43:31 
Re: Short-eared Owl YES [Rob O'Connell]
11 Jan: @ 22:07:16 
2 SNOW Gorham [Joanne Stevens]
11 Jan: @ 19:44:50 
Short-eared Owl YES [Julie A. Krasne, DVM]
11 Jan: @ 19:27:37 
Re: Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER [A. P. Aldrich]
11 Jan: @ 15:20:59 
Possible Pacific Loons at Two lights [Margaret Page]
11 Jan: @ 15:13:06 
Re: Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER [Boots.]
11 Jan: @ 15:00:51 
Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER [A. P. Aldrich]
10 Jan: @ 22:51:34 
Re: 3 Short-eared Owls again at the Portland Jetport [Charles Duncan]
10 Jan: @ 22:34:54 
Bangor N. saw-whet owl ['Paul Markson' via Maine birds]
10 Jan: @ 22:15:38 
3 Short-eared Owls again at the Portland Jetport [David Gulick]
10 Jan: @ 20:43:51 
Northeast Harbor [David Small]
09 Jan: @ 22:06:34 
Re: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport [Weston Barker]
09 Jan: @ 21:51:47 
Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport [Weston Barker]
09 Jan: @ 20:11:29 
AMKE and RLHA Scarborough [Joanne Stevens]
09 Jan: @ 19:59:45 
Re: Harrier [David Gulick]
09 Jan: @ 17:33:48 
Re: Harrier [Nancy W. Dickinson]
09 Jan: @ 17:14:54 
Harrier [Nancy W. Dickinson]
09 Jan: @ 14:00:23 
Lew/Aub CBC results [Linda Seamans]
08 Jan: @ 22:23:30 
Re: Re: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport [Nathan Hall]
08 Jan: @ 22:12:06 
Re: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport [Charles Duncan]
08 Jan: @ 21:42:44 
This Week's Highlights, 1/2-8 ['Derek and Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds]
08 Jan: @ 21:34:48 
Eastern Bluebird in Brooksville [Bob Knight]
08 Jan: @ 20:56:28 
Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport [Nathan Hall]
08 Jan: @ 16:01:51 
Rock Wren [Kathryn Davis]





Subject: Re: short eared owl
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 20:50 pm
From: 445ray AT gmail.com
 
Bill Dalbec and I were there last Thursday or Friday when a trapper was
setting up at the MACAir end of the runway where the owls have been. Our
guess is that he was successful and the birds have been relocated (I hope)
to a safer place. We've not seen any of them, nor the harrier hawks, on
several excursions over the past couple days.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:22:06 PM UTC-5 JMSmith wrote:

> Has anyone been to the airport lately to see if the short eared owls are
> still there?? I will have an opportunity to head over there tomorrow and
> wondered if they were still around.
> Thanks!!
>

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Subject: Common Redpolls-Sanford
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 20:02 pm
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
 
Finally a winter finch. One with black cap this morning, and now one with a red cap. 
This morning I passed it off as a goldfinch, on the ground, then did a double take, as it did not jizz as a goldfinch and I don’t usually see them on the ground. It came back: dark stripes on sides, dark cap and chin. Still not satisfied. Just now another one showed up under the feeder, right outside my window, with a red cap.
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Subject: short eared owl
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 18:22 pm
From: jeanette.m.smith AT gmail.com
 
Has anyone been to the airport lately to see if the short eared owls are
still there?? I will have an opportunity to head over there tomorrow and
wondered if they were still around.
Thanks!!

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler Gone in Cumberland
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 15:23 pm
From: lwoodard AT maineaudubon.org
 
Just FYI, The Orange-crowned Warbler that was coming to a feeder in
Cumberland has not been seen in a week.

Linda


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Subject: Common and Barrow's Goldeneye
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 15:23 pm
From: ldanfort AT bates.edu
 
There were about 15 - 20 Goldeneye visible on both sides of the Bernard
Lown Peace Bridge on the Androscoggin River between Lewiston and Auburn
this afternoon (1/17/2020). There were approximately 8 female and 6 male
Common Goldeneye. In addition there were 2 female Barrow's Goldeneye and
one young eclipse or transitional plumage male Barrow's. The female
Barrow's had much steeper foreheads and more bulging forcrowns than the
Common. The female Barrow's alo had much yellow in the bill, but so did
some of the female Common. Some of the male Common Goldeneyes were engaged
in courtship displays, throwing their heads back, kicking back with their
feet and uttering a "zee zee" call.
Danny Danforth

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Subject: Message from the Moderator
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 3:50 am
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
 
I want to begin by apologizing to everyone on this listserv for the off-topic messages that went out today, and especially for the racist comments that were made. I’ve been running this group since June 2010 and have tried to make this a welcome and inclusive place for anyone to report or peruse recent bird sightings in Maine. We have over 1,400 members, with many more that only read this online, and I will not tolerate any messages that make our community members feel excluded.

In full disclosure, I try to have very few interventions in moderating this listserv and historically let discussions run their course. Because of the uncivil discourse today, I attempted to defuse this discussion by reviewing messages before they were posted. Unfortunately, among Google’s other surprise changes to Groups, “Moderate all messages” doesn’t do that anymore. I believe this has been corrected, so please bear with me as posts will be delayed in the coming days. My apologies to anyone whose messages didn’t go through earlier, while others' did.

I appreciate the level of participation lately and especially the effort from folks who are helping provide access to rare and uncommon birds. Between eBird, iNaturalist, and countless Facebook groups, there are many places that bird sightings are shared, but I believe this listserv provides the best place for building the Maine Birding community thanks to a positive narrative from its members. Let’s keep building that community.

Thank you,

Doug Hitchcox
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 2:12 am
From: ckesselheim AT gmail.com
 
I'm not sure this argument is worth pursuing any further in this forum. I
don't see any progress being made.

But I would like to say this to everyone: Sean doesn't speak for me. Based
on my encounters with Maine birders for over 25 years, I also don't believe
his views are representative of the listserv or of the birding community
in Maine.

I look forward to meeting up in the field.

Good birding,
Craig

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 8:12 PM Sean S wrote:

> Dear Susan,
>
> "In conversations such as this, that term is most often used by white
> people who feel uncomfortable discussing issues of racism." I guess this
> statement should be accepted as fact just because it's your opinion?
> Thanks for proving my point.
>
> I'm done with this discussion, and I'm 100% certain others are sick of it
> as well. Thanks to the dozen or so list birders who privately emailed me
> in complete agreement with my posts. I will not, however, bog down this
> list with anything else on the topic of whether or not birders should be
> pilloried for wearing camouflage clothing, owning a camouflage patterned
> spotting scope, etc. I'll leave that to others if they really want the
> topic to continue.
>
> The Conway Daily Sun article was very poorly written and relayed to the
> list, and as one of the birders who emailed me pointed out and I didn't
> initially catch, the birders in the accompanying photo weren't even the
> ones in the article! Just a photo of some other birders lazily substituted
> by the writer. Is it any wonder that subscriptions to print newspapers are
> in a free fall to the bottom? My sincerest apologies for my not catching
> that idiotic error earlier, before posting. That's just the state of
> "journalism" today, I guess. I would, however, suggest to the individuals
> in the photo (whoever they are) look into taking a certain newspaper to
> court.
>
> Good birding?
>
> Sean Smith
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 3:41 PM Susan Guare wrote:
>
>> Dear Sean,
>>
>> I was hesitant to enter this discussion, as most of what I would say has
>> been said, but silence can be mistaken for agreement.
>>
>> As I'm sure you know, people call the police on other people for many
>> reasons, most of which have nothing to do with burning buildings or
>> destroying property. Sometimes, they're having a barbecue or jogging.
>> Sometimes, they're entering their own home. Sometimes they're SLEEPING in
>> their own home. I agree with Craig.
>>
>> Encouraging people to recognize privileges they may have in particular
>> situations is not "racial divisiveness". In conversations such as this,
>> that term is most often used by white people who feel uncomfortable
>> discussing issues of racism. l encourage you to not let any feelings of
>> discomfort override the very real underlying issue: If these birders were
>> black, they may well not have survived that police call.
>>
>> And what, exactly, does a terrorist "look like"? Given that, and your
>> citation to "burning down local businesses" as an example of terrorism, I
>> think you should not use the term dog-whistle.
>>
>> Susan Guare.
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:15 PM Sean S
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Kristen,
>>>
>>> I'm somewhat at a loss at how to respond to your rhetoric, since you've
>>> made no attempt to refute a single fact or any of the actual information I
>>> stated in my post.
>>>
>>> However, to me it's extremely unsettling that you would say something
>>> like "Craig's comment should at the very least have given pause to the
>>> white birders on this list-serve (which I'm betting is most of the
>>> list-serve, unfortunately"). Really Kristen? To me this sounds like
>>> actual racism.
>>>
>>> My post was to provide actual information and context, which I did, and
>>> I stand by. If you disagree with or have corrections to any of actual my
>>> points, please address it, and put down the dog whistle. And while you
>>> accuse me of having "white privilege", how certain can you be that I
>>> identify as white? You really are overstepping into areas of personal
>>> harassment and race baiting which have little to do with birding, and which
>>> I think you should reconsider your words.
>>>
>>> Sean Smith
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> :
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM Kristen Lindquist <
>>> kelindquist@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi Sean,
>>>>
>>>> Your rude and dismissive response to Charles Duncan's post and Craig
>>>> Kesselheim's follow-up comment really seems uncalled for.
>>>>
>>>> First of all, Charles was quoting a non-birder friend, who cannot be
>>>> expected to know a Cedar from a Bohemian Waxwing. But that's less important
>>>> than the fact that Charles was simply sharing the information he'd received
>>>> to suggest that in the current, incendiary political situation, we birders
>>>> creeping around in neighborhoods-not-our-own might think a little bit about
>>>> the optics. Not bad advice, depending on where one is birding these days.
>>>>
>>>> Was the Gorham, NH situation an overreaction, even absurd? Probably.
>>>> But to be able to scoff at it is only possible from a place of white
>>>> privilege. This past year a white woman in Central Park threatened to call
>>>> the police on a black birder--an action that could easily have cost him his
>>>> life--simply because he (rightly) told her to put her dog on a leash,.
>>>> While this might be the most publicized situation of a black birder's
>>>> vulnerability simply for being black and outside, it is far far from the
>>>> only one. Yes, birders of color experience racism while they're out
>>>> birding, probably much more than you could ever imagine.
>>>>
>>>> So I'm not quite sure how it is "racially divisive" to point out that
>>>> the Gorham, NH situation could have gone a lot differently if the birders
>>>> were black. At the very least I hope we can all think about our own
>>>> responses to Charles's initial post--perhaps, if you're white, like me, you
>>>> gave a little laugh and shook your head, and didn't think any more about
>>>> it. But a person of color would have taken that story much more seriously,
>>>> because they would know that it only takes one "loony" to call the police
>>>> on a black person, whatever they're wearing. And if you have paid any
>>>> attention in the past year, we all know how little it takes to escalate
>>>> that kind of situation into tragedy. Craig's comment should at the very
>>>> least have given pause to the white birders on this list-serve (which I'm
>>>> betting is most of the list-serve, unfortunately); it invited a moment of
>>>> *empathy*, of which Martin Luther King, Jr. was a big advocate.
>>>>
>>>> May you too learn to find some empathy on a day in which we celebrate
>>>> this great man.
>>>>
>>>> Kristen
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:23 AM Sean S
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any
>>>>> context whatsoever:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> https://www.conwaydailysun.com...
>>>>>
>>>>> Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
>>>>> typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
>>>>> are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
>>>>> spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
>>>>> themselves.
>>>>>
>>>>> If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I
>>>>> don't see how race even enters into this discussion.
>>>>>
>>>>> Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
>>>>> property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
>>>>> economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
>>>>> even asked to disperse, or change their attire.
>>>>>
>>>>> Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
>>>>> snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
>>>>> No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
>>>>> sighting.
>>>>>
>>>>> While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
>>>>> changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
>>>>> compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
>>>>> to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
>>>>> fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
>>>>> LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.
>>>>>
>>>>> Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political
>>>>> correctness! Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message
>>>>> was one of unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.
>>>>>
>>>>> Sean Smith
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM Charles Duncan <
>>>>> charles.d.duncan@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest
>>>>>> that we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in
>>>>>> the field in the coming days:
>>>>>> ---------------------------
>>>>>> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
>>>>>> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
>>>>>> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
>>>>>> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
>>>>>> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
>>>>>> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
>>>>>> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
>>>>>> we are all a bit on edge these days...
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>>>>
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>>>>
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Tue Jan 19 2021 1:12 am
From: therefromhere168 AT gmail.com
 
Dear Susan,

"In conversations such as this, that term is most often used by white
people who feel uncomfortable discussing issues of racism." I guess this
statement should be accepted as fact just because it's your opinion?
Thanks for proving my point.

I'm done with this discussion, and I'm 100% certain others are sick of it
as well. Thanks to the dozen or so list birders who privately emailed me
in complete agreement with my posts. I will not, however, bog down this
list with anything else on the topic of whether or not birders should be
pilloried for wearing camouflage clothing, owning a camouflage patterned
spotting scope, etc. I'll leave that to others if they really want the
topic to continue.

The Conway Daily Sun article was very poorly written and relayed to the
list, and as one of the birders who emailed me pointed out and I didn't
initially catch, the birders in the accompanying photo weren't even the
ones in the article! Just a photo of some other birders lazily substituted
by the writer. Is it any wonder that subscriptions to print newspapers are
in a free fall to the bottom? My sincerest apologies for my not catching
that idiotic error earlier, before posting. That's just the state of
"journalism" today, I guess. I would, however, suggest to the individuals
in the photo (whoever they are) look into taking a certain newspaper to
court.

Good birding?

Sean Smith


On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 3:41 PM Susan Guare wrote:

> Dear Sean,
>
> I was hesitant to enter this discussion, as most of what I would say has
> been said, but silence can be mistaken for agreement.
>
> As I'm sure you know, people call the police on other people for many
> reasons, most of which have nothing to do with burning buildings or
> destroying property. Sometimes, they're having a barbecue or jogging.
> Sometimes, they're entering their own home. Sometimes they're SLEEPING in
> their own home. I agree with Craig.
>
> Encouraging people to recognize privileges they may have in particular
> situations is not "racial divisiveness". In conversations such as this,
> that term is most often used by white people who feel uncomfortable
> discussing issues of racism. l encourage you to not let any feelings of
> discomfort override the very real underlying issue: If these birders were
> black, they may well not have survived that police call.
>
> And what, exactly, does a terrorist "look like"? Given that, and your
> citation to "burning down local businesses" as an example of terrorism, I
> think you should not use the term dog-whistle.
>
> Susan Guare.
>
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:15 PM Sean S wrote:
>
>> Hi Kristen,
>>
>> I'm somewhat at a loss at how to respond to your rhetoric, since you've
>> made no attempt to refute a single fact or any of the actual information I
>> stated in my post.
>>
>> However, to me it's extremely unsettling that you would say something
>> like "Craig's comment should at the very least have given pause to the
>> white birders on this list-serve (which I'm betting is most of the
>> list-serve, unfortunately"). Really Kristen? To me this sounds like
>> actual racism.
>>
>> My post was to provide actual information and context, which I did, and I
>> stand by. If you disagree with or have corrections to any of actual my
>> points, please address it, and put down the dog whistle. And while you
>> accuse me of having "white privilege", how certain can you be that I
>> identify as white? You really are overstepping into areas of personal
>> harassment and race baiting which have little to do with birding, and which
>> I think you should reconsider your words.
>>
>> Sean Smith
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> :
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM Kristen Lindquist
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Sean,
>>>
>>> Your rude and dismissive response to Charles Duncan's post and Craig
>>> Kesselheim's follow-up comment really seems uncalled for.
>>>
>>> First of all, Charles was quoting a non-birder friend, who cannot be
>>> expected to know a Cedar from a Bohemian Waxwing. But that's less important
>>> than the fact that Charles was simply sharing the information he'd received
>>> to suggest that in the current, incendiary political situation, we birders
>>> creeping around in neighborhoods-not-our-own might think a little bit about
>>> the optics. Not bad advice, depending on where one is birding these days.
>>>
>>> Was the Gorham, NH situation an overreaction, even absurd? Probably. But
>>> to be able to scoff at it is only possible from a place of white privilege.
>>> This past year a white woman in Central Park threatened to call the police
>>> on a black birder--an action that could easily have cost him his
>>> life--simply because he (rightly) told her to put her dog on a leash,.
>>> While this might be the most publicized situation of a black birder's
>>> vulnerability simply for being black and outside, it is far far from the
>>> only one. Yes, birders of color experience racism while they're out
>>> birding, probably much more than you could ever imagine.
>>>
>>> So I'm not quite sure how it is "racially divisive" to point out that
>>> the Gorham, NH situation could have gone a lot differently if the birders
>>> were black. At the very least I hope we can all think about our own
>>> responses to Charles's initial post--perhaps, if you're white, like me, you
>>> gave a little laugh and shook your head, and didn't think any more about
>>> it. But a person of color would have taken that story much more seriously,
>>> because they would know that it only takes one "loony" to call the police
>>> on a black person, whatever they're wearing. And if you have paid any
>>> attention in the past year, we all know how little it takes to escalate
>>> that kind of situation into tragedy. Craig's comment should at the very
>>> least have given pause to the white birders on this list-serve (which I'm
>>> betting is most of the list-serve, unfortunately); it invited a moment of
>>> *empathy*, of which Martin Luther King, Jr. was a big advocate.
>>>
>>> May you too learn to find some empathy on a day in which we celebrate
>>> this great man.
>>>
>>> Kristen
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:23 AM Sean S
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any context
>>>> whatsoever:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> https://www.conwaydailysun.com...
>>>>
>>>> Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
>>>> typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
>>>> are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
>>>> spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
>>>> themselves.
>>>>
>>>> If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I
>>>> don't see how race even enters into this discussion.
>>>>
>>>> Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
>>>> property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
>>>> economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
>>>> even asked to disperse, or change their attire.
>>>>
>>>> Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
>>>> snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
>>>> No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
>>>> sighting.
>>>>
>>>> While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
>>>> changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
>>>> compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
>>>> to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
>>>> fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
>>>> LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.
>>>>
>>>> Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political
>>>> correctness! Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message
>>>> was one of unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.
>>>>
>>>> Sean Smith
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM Charles Duncan <
>>>> charles.d.duncan@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>
>>>>> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest
>>>>> that we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in
>>>>> the field in the coming days:
>>>>> ---------------------------
>>>>> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
>>>>> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
>>>>> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
>>>>> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
>>>>> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
>>>>> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
>>>>> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
>>>>> we are all a bit on edge these days...
>>>>> ------------------------------
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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 18:43 pm
From: nwd1 AT cornell.edu
 
Again this morning at 8:30 I found the reliable flock of Pine Grosbeaks in the large crabapple tree at Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic on Main Street, near the Whaleback Midden. Seven birds were feeding in the tree and on the ground, calling brightly, and didn’t spook when I walked past with my dog. But if you take the first parking space you can see them from your car, if you’re lucky. 
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Subject: Red Crossbills in Hiram
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 18:36 pm
From: therefromhere168 AT gmail.com
 
This morning there were 11 Red Crossbills seen near Mt. Cutler in Hiram.
I also counted 11 of them several weeks ago, so I would guess these are the
same birds.

Sean Smith

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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 18:15 pm
From: therefromhere168 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Kristen,

I'm somewhat at a loss at how to respond to your rhetoric, since you've
made no attempt to refute a single fact or any of the actual information I
stated in my post.

However, to me it's extremely unsettling that you would say something like
"Craig's comment should at the very least have given pause to the white
birders on this list-serve (which I'm betting is most of the list-serve,
unfortunately"). Really Kristen? To me this sounds like actual racism.

My post was to provide actual information and context, which I did, and I
stand by. If you disagree with or have corrections to any of actual my
points, please address it, and put down the dog whistle. And while you
accuse me of having "white privilege", how certain can you be that I
identify as white? You really are overstepping into areas of personal
harassment and race baiting which have little to do with birding, and which
I think you should reconsider your words.

Sean Smith





:




On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM Kristen Lindquist
wrote:

> Hi Sean,
>
> Your rude and dismissive response to Charles Duncan's post and Craig
> Kesselheim's follow-up comment really seems uncalled for.
>
> First of all, Charles was quoting a non-birder friend, who cannot be
> expected to know a Cedar from a Bohemian Waxwing. But that's less important
> than the fact that Charles was simply sharing the information he'd received
> to suggest that in the current, incendiary political situation, we birders
> creeping around in neighborhoods-not-our-own might think a little bit about
> the optics. Not bad advice, depending on where one is birding these days.
>
> Was the Gorham, NH situation an overreaction, even absurd? Probably. But
> to be able to scoff at it is only possible from a place of white privilege.
> This past year a white woman in Central Park threatened to call the police
> on a black birder--an action that could easily have cost him his
> life--simply because he (rightly) told her to put her dog on a leash,.
> While this might be the most publicized situation of a black birder's
> vulnerability simply for being black and outside, it is far far from the
> only one. Yes, birders of color experience racism while they're out
> birding, probably much more than you could ever imagine.
>
> So I'm not quite sure how it is "racially divisive" to point out that the
> Gorham, NH situation could have gone a lot differently if the birders were
> black. At the very least I hope we can all think about our own responses to
> Charles's initial post--perhaps, if you're white, like me, you gave a
> little laugh and shook your head, and didn't think any more about it. But a
> person of color would have taken that story much more seriously, because
> they would know that it only takes one "loony" to call the police on a
> black person, whatever they're wearing. And if you have paid any attention
> in the past year, we all know how little it takes to escalate that kind of
> situation into tragedy. Craig's comment should at the very least have given
> pause to the white birders on this list-serve (which I'm betting is most of
> the list-serve, unfortunately); it invited a moment of *empathy*, of
> which Martin Luther King, Jr. was a big advocate.
>
> May you too learn to find some empathy on a day in which we celebrate this
> great man.
>
> Kristen
>
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:23 AM Sean S
> wrote:
>
>> Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any context
>> whatsoever:
>>
>>
>> https://www.conwaydailysun.com...
>>
>> Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
>> typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
>> are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
>> spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
>> themselves.
>>
>> If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I
>> don't see how race even enters into this discussion.
>>
>> Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
>> property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
>> economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
>> even asked to disperse, or change their attire.
>>
>> Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
>> snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
>> No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
>> sighting.
>>
>> While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
>> changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
>> compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
>> to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
>> fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
>> LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.
>>
>> Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political
>> correctness! Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message
>> was one of unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.
>>
>> Sean Smith
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM Charles Duncan <
>> charles.d.duncan@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest
>>> that we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in
>>> the field in the coming days:
>>> ---------------------------
>>> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
>>> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
>>> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
>>> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
>>> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
>>> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
>>> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
>>> we are all a bit on edge these days...
>>> ------------------------------
>>>
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 17:21 pm
From: kelindquist AT gmail.com
 
Hi Sean,

Your rude and dismissive response to Charles Duncan's post and Craig
Kesselheim's follow-up comment really seems uncalled for.

First of all, Charles was quoting a non-birder friend, who cannot be
expected to know a Cedar from a Bohemian Waxwing. But that's less important
than the fact that Charles was simply sharing the information he'd received
to suggest that in the current, incendiary political situation, we birders
creeping around in neighborhoods-not-our-own might think a little bit about
the optics. Not bad advice, depending on where one is birding these days.

Was the Gorham, NH situation an overreaction, even absurd? Probably. But to
be able to scoff at it is only possible from a place of white privilege.
This past year a white woman in Central Park threatened to call the police
on a black birder--an action that could easily have cost him his
life--simply because he (rightly) told her to put her dog on a leash,.
While this might be the most publicized situation of a black birder's
vulnerability simply for being black and outside, it is far far from the
only one. Yes, birders of color experience racism while they're out
birding, probably much more than you could ever imagine.

So I'm not quite sure how it is "racially divisive" to point out that the
Gorham, NH situation could have gone a lot differently if the birders were
black. At the very least I hope we can all think about our own responses to
Charles's initial post--perhaps, if you're white, like me, you gave a
little laugh and shook your head, and didn't think any more about it. But a
person of color would have taken that story much more seriously, because
they would know that it only takes one "loony" to call the police on a
black person, whatever they're wearing. And if you have paid any attention
in the past year, we all know how little it takes to escalate that kind of
situation into tragedy. Craig's comment should at the very least have given
pause to the white birders on this list-serve (which I'm betting is most of
the list-serve, unfortunately); it invited a moment of *empathy*, of which
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a big advocate.

May you too learn to find some empathy on a day in which we celebrate this
great man.

Kristen

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:23 AM Sean S wrote:

> Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any context
> whatsoever:
>
>
> https://www.conwaydailysun.com...
>
> Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
> typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
> are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
> spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
> themselves.
>
> If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I
> don't see how race even enters into this discussion.
>
> Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
> property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
> economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
> even asked to disperse, or change their attire.
>
> Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
> snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
> No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
> sighting.
>
> While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
> changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
> compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
> to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
> fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
> LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.
>
> Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political correctness!
> Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message was one of
> unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.
>
> Sean Smith
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM Charles Duncan
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest
>> that we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in
>> the field in the coming days:
>> ---------------------------
>> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
>> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
>> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
>> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
>> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
>> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
>> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
>> we are all a bit on edge these days...
>> ------------------------------
>>
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 17:13 pm
From: lhavsall AT gmail.com
 
Dear Sean,

To gain some perspective on birding while black, perhaps you should read
this: Orion Magazine | 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher
https://orionmagazine.org/arti...

It's written by an ornithologist at Clemson.

Btw, MLK's words were of equality.
Happy MLK Day.

Lynn Havsall

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Sean S wrote:

> Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any context
> whatsoever:
>
> https://www.conwaydailysun.com...
> camo-mistaken-for-terrorists-in-gorham/article_0420b266-
> 55da-11eb-968c-cbbf3212ad41.html
>
> Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
> typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
> are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
> spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
> themselves.
>
> If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I
> don't see how race even enters into this discussion.
>
> Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
> property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
> economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
> even asked to disperse, or change their attire.
>
> Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
> snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
> No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
> sighting.
>
> While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
> changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
> compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
> to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
> fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
> LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.
>
> Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political correctness!
> Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message was one of
> unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.
>
> Sean Smith
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM Charles Duncan
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest
>> that we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in
>> the field in the coming days:
>> ---------------------------
>> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
>> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
>> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
>> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
>> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
>> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
>> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
>> we are all a bit on edge these days...
>> ------------------------------
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 16:23 pm
From: therefromhere168 AT gmail.com
 
Here's the actual article, since you didn't provide one, or any context
whatsoever:

https://www.conwaydailysun.com...

Do these people look at all like terrorists? No, they look like a
typically motley group of birders, and only 4 of the 14 shown in the photo
are wearing camo, although a couple of them have camouflage patterned
spotting scopes, which I'm sure quite a few people on this list own
themselves.

If they were Black folks would they look like terrorists? No, and I don't
see how race even enters into this discussion.

Were any of these birders burning down local businesses or destroying
property? No. In fact, they were probably contributing to the local
economy, as the writer of the article mentions. They were not cited or
even asked to disperse, or change their attire.

Were the birds actually Cedar Waxwings eating crabapples, which you
snarkily reference a "apparently a big deal because it's most unusual"?
No. They were Bohemian Waxwings, which most of us consider to be a good
sighting.

While as a choice I don't wear camo to bird, I certainly wouldn't be
changing my apparel habits to appease the sole loony in town who felt
compelled to make an issue out of a non-issue. Context is very necessary
to this article, as it seems to escape even its author: Gorham, NH is in a
fairly remote wilderness area, where, due to hunting, camo is as common as
LL Bean polo shirts are in Freeport.

Enough of the racial divisiveness being pushed as political correctness!
Especially on Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King's message was one of
unity, not stoking division. Don't believe me? Read his words.

Sean Smith





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>
> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest that
> we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in the
> field in the coming days:
> ---------------------------
> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
> we are all a bit on edge these days...
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Subject: SEOW
Date: Mon Jan 18 2021 14:48 pm
From: abdvrd AT gmail.com
 
Have there been recent sightings.
May have a chance to look for them this afternoon if it’s thought they’re
still around the airport/ MAC area...

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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 22:34 pm
From: ckesselheim AT gmail.com
 
Makes me wonder how that call might have gone down if these birders were
people of color wearing camo. Food for thought.

Craig K

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>
> Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest that
> we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in the
> field in the coming days:
> ---------------------------
> There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
> Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
> because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
> birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
> terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
> to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
> birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
> we are all a bit on edge these days...
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Subject: Birders' fashion choices in these odd times:
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 21:20 pm
From: charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

Wanted to share this note from a non-birder friend in NH, and suggest that
we all think perhaps a little more than usual about what we wear in the
field in the coming days:
---------------------------
There’s a news story today about a bunch of birdwatchers traveling to
Gorham NH to see cedar waxwings eating crabapples—apparently a big deal
because it’s most unusual. So this made the news because many of the
birders were wearing camo duds & a local feared that they might be domestic
terrorists which does seem a stretch but, nonetheless, do they really need
to be dressed in camouflage? Guess a forestry employee, who’s also a
birder, asked the group to not dress in camo when they are in town. Guess
we are all a bit on edge these days...
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Subject: Western Tanager
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 15:52 pm
From: kedavis4 AT gmail.com
 
I was able to see the rare female Western Tanager today which has been seen
for some time now at a private residence next to the Cliff House in York
County. Originally, it was spotted sitting in the brambles facing the
sun. Periodically, it would fly to a bird feeder and then back into the
brambles. Bright orange bill was very visible. Thanks to E.J., the home
owner, for letting us come and see the bird.

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Subject: Snowy Owls in Biddeford Pool
Date: Sun Jan 17 2021 15:47 pm
From: kedavis4 AT gmail.com
 
Spotted both a female and a male Snowy Owl in Biddeford Pool on 15 Jan 2021
about 1430. Both were seen on Mile Stretch Rd sitting in the sun on
different roof tops. Female was darker, more streaked and larger than
male which was smaller and paler. Neither bird left their perch while I
was watching them.

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Subject: This Week's Highlights, 1/9-15.
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 22:06 pm
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
 
https://mebirdingfieldnotes.bl...

-Derek


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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks in Wells
Date: Fri Jan 15 2021 1:32 am
From: scott.xot AT gmail.com
 
Today I watched 9 pine grosbeaks working over rotten apples under a tree on
the Laudholm campus of the Wells Reserve. Exactly a week ago I watched 8
pine grosbeaks doing the exact same thing in the exact same spot... on the
detour trail right next to the Coastal Ecology Center.

Also a harrier cruised low over the fields this morning.

A reminder: Some Wells Reserve trails are closed due to construction.

Scott Richardson

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Subject: Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
Date: Thu Jan 14 2021 13:23 pm
From: dana.fox1939 AT gmail.com
 
Report of crow numbers
We were out on Monday evening with four other ladies. We started in the New
Balance parking lot. The crows started to come in singly and head over the
202 building (the brick building on the east side of So. Union St.) We
decided to go to the top of the parking garage and found they were staging
in the treetops far to the east south east many in North Andover. Later
vast flocks came in from the east, south east and then those from the west
- NW and SW flocks too joined them with not many in the O'Connell Common
trees.
After sunset they began to swirl in large flocks flying towards the
clock tower and then around and a round. We went down to the street and
looked up. Many, many different swirling flocks each flock of maybe a
thousand birds. - over Merrimack St., over South Union St. It is now
quite dark and some start to settle down on the flat roof of the R&D
building. Bob and the ladies went back up to the top of the garage. I
walked back to the car and saw some trickling into the roost while they had
15,000+ still on the roof. NO WAY YOU COULD COUNT THEM SYSTEMATICALLY.

Last night with Bob Quinn from NH we went there. Again, the early single
birds trickled over to North Andover. We even tried to find them in NA.
Back to the garage. Small numbers heading east south east, then the migrant
flocks from the east and south east. The western birds were visible far to
the west, some in trees, many landing on what we think was the ice not
coming towards us though. After sunset, the birds from the west came
towards un in vast flocks heading towards the commons. The SE birds moved
towards the commons. Pure mayhem followed as thousands of birds in so many
different flocks circled around some going all the way to the north side of
the river beyond Rt. 28. Later under darkness you could see a few settling
down in the roost going way up towards the Casey Bridge but most still in
the air. Then thousands dropped onto the far R&D roof and stayed there..
When we left at 5:10 pm.
Again, no way to systematically count them as we had on December 19th. Bob
Quinn and Bob Fox BOTH *estimated* there were OVER 20,000 BIRDS. A few Fish
Crows were heard flying over in one flock, none id while they were sitting.
Do pland to visit the roost by the end of February before the birds begin
to head north or stay on their nesting territory.
Let me know if you would like to get directions or have a guided tour.
Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox
North Andover, MA
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Subject: Finches and other winter birds are missing from the foothills?
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 20:48 pm
From: ledlie AT ledlie.com
 
I'm in Buckfield in the foothills of the Western Mountains.  We had many
Purple Finches and Goldfinches at our feeder early on, but for the last
two months or so it's been Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice, Black Capped
Chickadees , and for a couple of weeks 2 lone Tree Sparrows. Must be
something to do with weather patterns? Any ideas?

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Subject: Bald Eagles in Buxton
Date: Wed Jan 13 2021 14:15 pm
From: stheriault1 AT gmail.com
 
Along Rt 22 across from Rankin Road in the Bog. I have seen 2 in there at
times, at least one has been there each day since Sunday (including this
morning around 7am). Typically in a tall dead tree about 100-150 yards off
the road.
@stheriault1 on IG if you want some pics of them from sunday.

Rough legged Hawk continues to hang out across from Smiling hill this
morning on the telephone poles.

My father saw the snowy in Gorham yesterday as well so that seems to be its
home for a bit.

Good Birding All!
Sean

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Subject: Allagash atlas stuff
Date: Tue Jan 12 2021 23:25 pm
From: duchesne AT midmaine.com
 
I spent two days around Chamberlain Bridge in the Allagash Wilderness
Waterway, doing some surveys for the Winter Bird Atlas. (See: Maine Bird
Atlas: Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
.)



Highlights:

A male black-backed woodpecker about a mile north of Chamberlain Bridge.

A female black-backed woodpecker about a mile west of Chamberlain Bridge

A northern shrike about a quarter mile south of Chamberlain Bridge.



Humorously, I had more black-backed woodpeckers than hairy or pileated.



Lowlights:
The finches have deserted the area. I had three pine grosbeaks, and two
flyover red crossbills, but no other finches. Last year was so LOUD! Now,
it's pretty dead - maybe the quietest I've ever seen it. Even the routine
birds were pretty subdued.



Still, conditions were ideal and I can't complain. Will return soon to knock
off some more blocks.



Bob Duchesne





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Subject: Winter Raptor Trifecta
Date: Tue Jan 12 2021 22:11 pm
From: compassbrook AT gmail.com
 
I hardly ever chase after other peoples' birds, but the recent reports of
three species of winter raptors all close together west of Portland and not
far from my home was too much to resist.

I arrived in Gorham at 1:30 and saw one Snowy Owl at Shaw Cherry Hill
Farm as I was parking the car - a very white bird on grass just to the
north, looking like the only pile of snow around. No sign of the second owl.

Then I went to Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, and immediately drove right
under the rough-legged hawk, which was sitting on a telephone pole at the
west end of the fields over the busy highway. It remained there while I
drove into the farm, parked, walked out onto the field, and got my scope on
him. What an extremely dark bird, solid brown from chin to belly. Then he
flew east along the road, over the red barn, and disappeared over the east
field. I followed on foot and was rewarded by it flying again into the
northeast field at about 2:15.

The third leg of the trifecta took a bit longer. I reached the south side
of the Portland Jetport by 2:30 and waited around for quite a while at the
circle, telling several drive-by birders that I had not seen anything.
Finally I joined the accumulating group by Mac Jets at about 3:20 just as
two Short-eared Owls appeared, chasing a red-tailed hawk. A few minutes
later one owl was spotted on the ground far out and provided me a good
scope view.

What an afternoon! Never before in my seventy years of birding have I
chased after three species of reported rare birds in one day in three
different places and found them all! Unforgettable. Many thanks to all of
you who posted here about these birds.

Tony Federer
Falmouth

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Subject: Short-eared Owl YES
Date: Tue Jan 12 2021 0:43 am
From: flashart123 AT gmail.com
 
I arrived around 3:20 and walked past the end of Aviation Blvd to a point on the berm between the airport and youth center about here.
https://goo.gl/maps/BZhcsQpNhr...
It afforded good views of three owls for a brief period . One staying west of runway 36 afforded better views. The other the other two were east of 36 and had more dips to land in. The closer owl caught something on one flight. I lost site of the far pair as they appeared to move south down the runway. When I headed back to the parking area a couple asked if I had seen them so I took The m back down where the closer one was still visible.
Thanks,
Rob O'Connell

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>
> ?
> Refound by Jeff Stann at Portland Jetport at 2:25 PM. First seen on a white post with red stripes. Then, when a Red-tailed Hawk flew across the field and perched in a tree, the owl flew over and circled low over the hawk. There were soft peeping sounds coming from one or the other, not sure whether from the owl or the hawk. Able to see the dark "wrists" on the mostly white underwings as it flew overhead.
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Subject: 2 SNOW Gorham
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 22:07 pm
From: joshawk AT maine.rr.com
 
Late this afternoon there were two Snowy Owls at the Shaw Cherry Hill 
Farm, Rt. 25 Gorham, which is near Mosher Rd. (Rt.237).  One was lightly
marked, the other more heavily marked.  They didn't seem to be bothered
by the loud construction vehicles, people walking their dogs and others
skating on the ice rink.

The dark phase Rough-legged Hawk was present at 2:00 pm near Smiling
Hill Farm along Rt. 22.  It seems to like to perch on the telephone
poles near the west end of the fields.

Joanne Stevens

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Subject: Short-eared Owl YES
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 19:44 pm
From: jkraz1984 AT gmail.com
 
Refound by Jeff Stann at Portland Jetport at 2:25 PM. First seen on a white
post with red stripes. Then, when a Red-tailed Hawk flew across the field
and perched in a tree, the owl flew over and circled low over the hawk.
There were soft peeping sounds coming from one or the other, not sure
whether from the owl or the hawk. Able to see the dark "wrists" on the
mostly white underwings as it flew overhead.

Julie Krasne

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Subject: Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 19:27 pm
From: aaldrich1955 AT gmail.com
 
Wear a mask while on Cliff House property

Andy Aldrich

On Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:13:05 AM UTC-5 CrimsonCrow wrote:

> Dear Andy,
> Would you kindly inform us (me) about which Covid-19 precautions will be
> required or not during these meetups? Thanks.
>
>
> *~BG*
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM A. P. Aldrich
> wrote:
>
>> Hello Birders,
>>
>> We have come up with a plan to see the WESTERN TANAGER. Date
>> is Tuesday the 12th , the times are* 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM and 10 AM to
>> 10:30 AM (please be on time).*
>>
>> 1) A Cliff House Rep or designated person will escort up to 6
>> people at a time to see the bird.
>>
>> 2) Where to meet:: At the cliff house park in the lowest paved
>> parking lot. At the east end of that lot is a gravel road that goes down
>> to the lowest gravel parking area ment for the staff.
>>
>> 3) Meet me at the lowest gravel parking area at the east end.
>> There is a road with a gate, please do not go down to it. You can also
>> park down in the lower lot. Also, please be quiet while waiting in this
>> gate area as the viewing site is close by...
>>
>> 4) Depending on how many people want to see and photograph the
>> bird, more dates can be opened up like the next Thursday and Sunday.
>>
>> 5) Please send me an email if you're interested in coming and
>> which days, Tuesday, Thursdays, or Sundays so i can get a feel on how to
>> proceed.
>>
>> 6) The bird does like to hide in the thick bushes for periods
>> of time.
>>
>> 7) *If you have a group of 4-6 fellow birders and would like
>> to coordinate a date/time for your group, please specify which day and time
>> and send me an email. *
>>
>> Andy Aldrich
>>
>> North Berwick, ME.
>>
>> aaldri...@gmail.com
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Subject: Possible Pacific Loons at Two lights
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 15:20 pm
From: mpage815 AT gmail.com
 
Two distant loons scoped at max power from Two Lights SP in Cape E, looking towards Richmond Island. Strongly suggest Pacific over RedThroated because of white pattern in face (less than RT) and attitude of slender dark Bill (not elevated). It was too distant to be 100% certain but eye seems to be in dark not white part of face, suggesting Pacific. It anyone checks and makes a better diagnosis please report. Thanks!
Peggy Page

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Subject: Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 15:13 pm
From: bootsg AT gmail.com
 
Dear Andy,
Would you kindly inform us (me) about which Covid-19 precautions will be
required or not during these meetups? Thanks.


*~BG*


On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM A. P. Aldrich
wrote:

> Hello Birders,
>
> We have come up with a plan to see the WESTERN TANAGER. Date is
> Tuesday the 12th , the times are* 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM and 10 AM to 10:30
> AM (please be on time).*
>
> 1) A Cliff House Rep or designated person will escort up to 6
> people at a time to see the bird.
>
> 2) Where to meet:: At the cliff house park in the lowest paved
> parking lot. At the east end of that lot is a gravel road that goes down
> to the lowest gravel parking area ment for the staff.
>
> 3) Meet me at the lowest gravel parking area at the east end.
> There is a road with a gate, please do not go down to it. You can also
> park down in the lower lot. Also, please be quiet while waiting in this
> gate area as the viewing site is close by...
>
> 4) Depending on how many people want to see and photograph the
> bird, more dates can be opened up like the next Thursday and Sunday.
>
> 5) Please send me an email if you're interested in coming and
> which days, Tuesday, Thursdays, or Sundays so i can get a feel on how to
> proceed.
>
> 6) The bird does like to hide in the thick bushes for periods of
> time.
>
> 7) *If you have a group of 4-6 fellow birders and would like to
> coordinate a date/time for your group, please specify which day and time
> and send me an email. *
>
> Andy Aldrich
>
> North Berwick, ME.
>
> aaldrich1955@gmail.com
>

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Subject: Cliff House WESTERN TANAGER
Date: Mon Jan 11 2021 15:00 pm
From: aaldrich1955 AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

We have come up with a plan to see the WESTERN TANAGER. Date is
Tuesday the 12th , the times are* 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM and 10 AM to 10:30 AM
(please be on time).*

1) A Cliff House Rep or designated person will escort up to 6
people at a time to see the bird.

2) Where to meet:: At the cliff house park in the lowest paved
parking lot. At the east end of that lot is a gravel road that goes down
to the lowest gravel parking area ment for the staff.

3) Meet me at the lowest gravel parking area at the east end.
There is a road with a gate, please do not go down to it. You can also
park down in the lower lot. Also, please be quiet while waiting in this
gate area as the viewing site is close by...

4) Depending on how many people want to see and photograph the
bird, more dates can be opened up like the next Thursday and Sunday.

5) Please send me an email if you're interested in coming and
which days, Tuesday, Thursdays, or Sundays so i can get a feel on how to
proceed.

6) The bird does like to hide in the thick bushes for periods of
time.

7) *If you have a group of 4-6 fellow birders and would like to
coordinate a date/time for your group, please specify which day and time
and send me an email. *

Andy Aldrich

North Berwick, ME.

aaldrich1955@gmail.com

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Subject: Re: 3 Short-eared Owls again at the Portland Jetport
Date: Sun Jan 10 2021 22:51 pm
From: charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com
 
I want to share this note that I just sent to the Portland Jetport 
operations staff via their website.:

My name is Charles Duncan, and I'm a part of the loose community of
Portland area birdwatchers. Over the past few afternoons, we've been
thrilled to see three Short-eared Owls hunting from various posts and signs
along the runways. Most of us have been watching from the MAC Air viewing
lot. Of course, we're aware of the challenges you face in maintaining
safety for air traffic and the well-being of these owls and other wildlife
attracted to the habitat at the Jetport.

I had a good chat this evening with your staffer, Josh, and just wanted to
write to say thank you to all of you for doing the best job possible and
caring about these birds. I have no idea if it's possible or appropriate,
but, boy, if we could get word of any other species like Snowy Owls and
such that could be safely seen from viewing areas, we would appreciate it
hugely!

In turn, if there's anything we birders can do to be helpful, please don't
hesitate a minute to be in touch. I'd be most happy to spread the word.
And if it would be useful for you, we'd happy to share photos of these
Short-eared Owls or any others.

On Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:15:38 PM UTC-5 David Gulick wrote:

> Nice long show from at least 3:15-4:30 and later. Three birds. All seen
> together in the air at one point. Sometimes mobbed by the crows who were
> commuting into Portland for their night roost. Also three Redtails circled
> close overhead and the harrier was again present (as it was yesterday).
> Dozens of people saw the owls during this time. They occasionally landed
> on posts, occasionally were seen to pounce in the grass along the runways,
> mostly seen flying low back and forth within 10-20’ of the ground.
>
> Sent from my iphone with auto incorrect activated :-)

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Subject: Bangor N. saw-whet owl
Date: Sun Jan 10 2021 22:34 pm
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
 
Calling Sunday evening around twilight. Essex Woods, in vicinity of VZRR bed at Rudnicki Farm fence. Heard, not seen, from our backyard.

Paul Lindsay Markson
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Subject: 3 Short-eared Owls again at the Portland Jetport
Date: Sun Jan 10 2021 22:15 pm
From: dvdgu741 AT gmail.com
 
Nice long show from at least 3:15-4:30 and later. Three birds. All seen together in the air at one point. Sometimes mobbed by the crows who were commuting into Portland for their night roost. Also three Redtails circled close overhead and the harrier was again present (as it was yesterday).  
Dozens of people saw the owls during this time. They occasionally landed on posts, occasionally were seen to pounce in the grass along the runways, mostly seen flying low back and forth within 10-20’ of the ground.

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Subject: Northeast Harbor
Date: Sun Jan 10 2021 20:43 pm
From: docfinsdave AT gmail.com
 
Red-breasted mergansers were plentiful this morning..despite the wind.


https://photosbychance.zenfoli...

Cheers,
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Subject: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 22:06 pm
From: westonbarker26 AT gmail.com
 
*Edit: I left at 4:30 pm, not 3:30

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 4:59 PM Ben Tucker wrote:

> Great to know. We were there around noon and saw nothing.
>
> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 4:51 PM Weston Barker
> wrote:
>
>> Three owls were visible hunting over the airfield when I left at 3:30pm.
>> Seen well (including one that twice flew directly overhead) from MAC Air
>> Group public viewing area.
>>
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Subject: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 21:51 pm
From: westonbarker26 AT gmail.com
 
Three owls were visible hunting over the airfield when I left at 3:30pm.
Seen well (including one that twice flew directly overhead) from MAC Air
Group public viewing area.

Weston

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Subject: AMKE and RLHA Scarborough
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 20:11 pm
From: joshawk AT maine.rr.com
 
Continuing American Kestrel at Flaherty's Farm, Payne Rd. and dark phase
Rough-legged Hawk, Smiling Hill Farm, Rt. 22 early afternoon today.

Joanne Stevens

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Subject: Harrier
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 19:59 pm
From: dvdgu741 AT gmail.com
 
And there was one earlier this afternoon patrolling the Portland Jetport!

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> On Jan 9, 2021, at 12:14 PM, Nancy W. Dickinson wrote:
>
> I was surprised to see a handsome Northern Harrier hunting over our field an hour ago. Shouldn’t he be further south in January?
>
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Subject: Re: Harrier
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 17:33 pm
From: nwd1 AT cornell.edu
 
I see in Birds of Maine that the bird is unusual in January but not unheard of. 
Nancy

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> On Jan 9, 2021, at 12:14 PM, Nancy W. Dickinson wrote:
>
> ?I was surprised to see a handsome Northern Harrier hunting over our field an hour ago. Shouldn’t he be further south in January?
>
> Nancy Dickinson
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Subject: Harrier
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 17:14 pm
From: nwd1 AT cornell.edu
 
I was surprised to see a handsome Northern Harrier hunting over our field an hour ago. Shouldn’t he be further south in January?

Nancy Dickinson
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Subject: Lew/Aub CBC results
Date: Sat Jan 9 2021 14:00 pm
From: seamans.linda AT gmail.com
 
The Stanton
Bird Club conducted its 41st Christmas Bird Count of the Lewiston and Auburn
area on Friday, January 1st. In total, 21 people participated (includes 6
feeder watchers) and recorded 50 species; the average since 2000 is 48.  There was little/no snow on the ground and most
waterways were open (Sabattus pond was frozen). The grand total of 7,577
individual birds was a new count high for individuals, and well above the average
of 5,500. We had a perfectly clear sunny day in
the morning, giving way to clouds later in the day.  There was little/no wind and temperatures
started at 17 degrees, rising to 37 by the end of the day.  Count week
added 3 additional species. There were no new
bird species added to the count this year. 


 

New
Highs: Red-tailed Hawk, Red-Bellied
Woodpecker, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird

Low
Counts: Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove,
Black-capped Chickadee, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed JuncoAbove Average:  Hairy
Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American
Robin, Cedar Waxwing

Irruptive:  Pine
Grossbeak, Purple Finch, Common Redpoll (cw)

Trending: Red-bellied
Woodpeckers were seen for the 9th consecutive year and Eastern
Bluebirds have become more reliable winter residents this past decade. 
Peregrine Falcons have continued on the spires of the Gendron Franco
Center (old St. Mary’s church). 

Notables:
A Belted Kingfisher found along North River Rd in Auburn, while a Gray Catbird
was successfully pished out of a grapevine/bittersweet thicket in the same
area.    A pair of Carolina Wrens visited
a feeder during count week.  





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Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 22:23 pm
From: hallnatec AT gmail.com
 
Hey Charles
I'm glad that you found them. 
They were very active throughout the time that I was watching them. They were alternating between short moments perched and hunting. I noted they made numerous drops in what appeared to be attempts to catch something. The most I saw at once was three when they were having "an aerial 'discussion' about territory." But I wouldn't be surprised if there were more it was hard to keep track of them all.
Be wellNathan


On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 5:12 PM Charles Duncan <charles.d.duncan@gmail.com> wrote:
Many, many thanks, Nathan, for the alert!
Laura and I headed over, arriving at MAC Jets by 4:22 pm.  We found the first SEOW actively hunting soon after.  Our direct view was obscured by two jets right in front of the parking area, but we found a place to look to the east and across the runways.  We later saw at least two more actively hunting, and I wonder if there even could have been four of them.  We witnessed an aerial "discussion" about territory between two of them.
Were the birds hunting or perched when you saw them?

On Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:56:28 PM UTC-5 Nathan Hall wrote:
Hello
I stopped by the MAC jets parking this afternoon to look for Snowies and found three Short-eared Owls.
Park at MAC Jets viewing parking and look towards Thompson’s Point. There is very limited parking here.
I’ll post some poor digiscope pics to my eBird checklist once I’m home.
Nathan HallPortland, ME





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Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 22:12 pm
From: charles.d.duncan AT gmail.com
 
Many, many thanks, Nathan, for the alert!

Laura and I headed over, arriving at MAC Jets by 4:22 pm. We found the
first SEOW actively hunting soon after. Our direct view was obscured by
two jets right in front of the parking area, but we found a place to look
to the east and across the runways. We later saw at least two more
actively hunting, and I wonder if there even could have been four of them.
We witnessed an aerial "discussion" about territory between two of them.

Were the birds hunting or perched when you saw them?

On Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:56:28 PM UTC-5 Nathan Hall wrote:

> Hello
>
> I stopped by the MAC jets parking this afternoon to look for Snowies and
> found three Short-eared Owls.
>
> Park at MAC Jets viewing parking and look towards Thompson’s Point. There
> is very limited parking here.
>
> I’ll post some poor digiscope pics to my eBird checklist once I’m home.
>
> Nathan Hall
> Portland, ME
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Subject: This Week's Highlights, 1/2-8
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 21:42 pm
From: maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
 
Hi all,My observations of note over the past seven days can be found here:
https://mebirdingfieldnotes.bl...

-Derek

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Subject: Eastern Bluebird in Brooksville
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 21:34 pm
From: bob AT knightarchitect.com
 
Wow--this morning I watched a pair of Eastern Bluebirds exploring my
somewhat expired freeze dried meal worms in my Bluebird feeder! As soon as
they moved away I rushed out and took it in and cleaned it and put out new
mealworms. I am sure this is the couple that raised a brood in our
Bluebird house this summer. They looked fat and healthy hopping around on
the snow.

I know they were seen in the count in southern Maine--but we are in Hancock
county.

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Subject: Short-eared Owls, Portland Jetport
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 20:56 pm
From: hallnatec AT gmail.com
 
Hello
I stopped by the MAC jets parking this afternoon to look for Snowies and found three Short-eared Owls.
Park at MAC Jets viewing parking and look towards Thompson’s Point. There is very limited parking here.
I’ll post some poor digiscope pics to my eBird checklist once I’m home.
Nathan HallPortland, ME




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Subject: Rock Wren
Date: Fri Jan 8 2021 16:01 pm
From: kedavis4 AT gmail.com
 
Rock Wren spotted at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine yesterday, 7 Jan 21, at 0930.  Was in the rocks behind the Oarweed Restaurant along the walking path.  Observed bird moving on and under the rocks as well as drinking from a puddle of water in a depression in the rock.  Observed for about 30 minutes before it moved out of sight.




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