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Many peregrines

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Peregrine Falcons, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Peregrine Falcons.

One warm, sunny day five years ago, during my first visit to Monhegan for fall migration, as I was sitting at a picnic table eating pizza from The Novelty, five Peregrine Falcons flew over. I was sold.

Warbling Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Warbling Vireo.

This warm, sunny day, while sitting at a picnic table having pizza at the Novelty, seven peregrines flew over, circling lazily, or chasing each other. Others passed overhead in morning, and more in afternoon. A day of falcons. Unless you see it, pay attention to it, you can’t really appreciate the thrill.

In other news, I went with friends on a 45-minute around-the-island cruise. Seals, porpoises, eagles, Black-bellied Plovers.

Oh, yeah: and I got my first good look at this year’s vagrant Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my sixth day on the island.

1. Herring Gull
2. Blue Jay
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. Pine Siskin
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
7. Northern Flicker
8. European Starling
9. Great Black-backed Gull
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Warbling Vireo
12. Nashville Warbler
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Merlin
15. Osprey
16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
17. Song Sparrow
18. Yellow-headed Blackbird
19. Rusty Blackbird
20. Peregrine Falcon
21. Carolina Wren
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23. Golden-crowned Kinglet
24. American Redstart
25. Northern Parula
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. Mallard
28. Chipping Sparrow
29. Eastern Towhee
30. White-crowned Sparrow
31. White-throated Sparrow
32. Common Grackle
33. Northern Harrier
34. Black-bellied Plover
35. Bald Eagle

…and more I’m forgetting.

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 26 September 2014.

Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Another nice day offshore

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Rusty Blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Rusty Blackbird.

Carolina Wren, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Carolina Wren.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Awoke well before sunrise this morning—which was nice, considering the lovely sunrise. Today seemed a little more birdy overall, although the Red-Headed Woodpecker seemed to have split the island. (Someone had done a little road grating right in front of its yard.) Walked through Cathedral Woods to Whitehead today. Saw the mother of all fairy houses. Also saw a seal floating on its back.

Sunrise, Monhegan Island, Maine, 25 September 2014).

Sunrise.

Another nice day offshore.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my fifth day on the island.

1. American Crow
2. Herring Gull
3. Blue Jay
4. Peregrine Falcon
5. Least Flycatcher
6. Baltimore Oriole
7. Dickcissel
8. Carolina Wren
9. Rusty Blackbird
10. Red-eyed Vireo
11. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
13. Yellow Warbler
14. Cape May Warbler
15. American Redstart
16. Northern Flicker
17. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
18. Common Raven
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Great Black-backed Gull
21. Double-crested Cormorant
22. Great Cormorant
23. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
24. Golden-crowned Kinglet
25. Black Guillemot
26. Common Eider
27. Mallard
28. Red-winged Blackbird
29. Yellow-headed Blackbird
30. Song Sparrow
31. Chipping Sparrow
32. Mourning Dove
33. Merlin
34. Sharp-shinned Hawk

…and more I’m forgetting.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Magnolia Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Magnolia Warbler.

Philadelphia Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Big news today was the Yellow-headed Blackbird that showed up on the island. Big news for all the birders who saw (and didn’t) see it—especially, perhaps, my own self, since it was a lifer for me. However, back at the Trailing Yew later, as I popped into my room to change from shorts to jeans, the bird showed up all sunlit and photogenic on the tip of a spruce overlooking the yard. Dang it.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my fourth day on the island.

1. Herring Gull
2. Merlin
3. Northern Flicker
4. Blue Jay
5. European Starling
6. American Goldfinch
7. Pine Siskin
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Unidentified empid
12. American Crow
13. Osprey
14. Peregrine Falcon
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. Common Raven
17. Rusty Blackbird
18. Red-headed Woodpecker
19. Yellow-headed Blackbird
20. Northern Harrier
21. Red-eyed Vireo
22. Song Sparrow
23. Lincoln’s Sparrow
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Baltimore Oriole
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
27. Blackpoll Warbler
28. Palm Warbler
29. Northern Parula
30. Common Yellowthroat
31. Philadelphia Vireo
32. Magnolia Warbler
33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
34. Belted Kingfisher
35. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

…and more I’m forgetting.

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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