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Blackbird

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2014.

Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Least Flycatcher, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2014.

Least Flycatcher.

Palm Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2014.

Palm Warbler.

The blackbird hangs around. I got a couple half-way decent photos. Also a Least Flycatcher and a Palm Warbler. (Many palms today.) Hated to have to leave—the snake I saw swimming across the Ice Pond kind of made up for the bittersweet return trip inshore.

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

1. Herring Gull
2. American Crow
3. Yellow-rumped Warbler
4. Blue Jay
5. European Starling
6. Northern Flicker
7. Merlin
8. American Goldfinch
9. Pine Siskin
10. Carolina Wren
11. Song Sparrow
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Great Black-backed Gull
14. Double-crested Cormorant
15. Peregrine Falcon
16. Osprey
17. Cape May Warbler
18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
19. Yellow-headed Blackbird
20. Rusty Blackbird
21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
22. Lark Sparrow
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Black-throated Green Warbler
25. Dickcissel
26. Mallard
27. Wood Duck
28. Belted Kingfisher
29. Great Blue Heron
30. American Redstart
31. Golden-crowned Kinglet
32. Palm Warbler
33. Least Flycatcher
34. White-crowned Sparrow

…and more I can’t remember.

Swimming snake, the Ice Pond, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2014.

Swimming snake (crossing the Ice Pond).

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.

 
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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