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Long Weekend at Monhegan

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Song Sparrow, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Song Sparrow.

Philadelphia Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial day Weekend 2017.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Cattle Egret, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Cattle Egret.

Baltimore Oriole, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Baltimore Oriole.

Peregrine Falcon, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Peregrine Falcon.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Black-throated Green Warbler.


Monhegan List
From midday Friday, 26 May 2016, to midday Monday, 29 May 2016, I hiked all over the island.
(Alphabetical list includes species seen from the ferry both to and from Monhegan.)

1. Alder Flycatcher (v)
2. American Black Duck
3. American Crow
4. American Goldfinch
5. American Redstart
6. American Robin
7. Atlantic Puffin
8. Baltimore Oriole
9. Belted Kingfisher
10. Black Guillemot
11. Black-and-white Warbler
12. Black-capped Chickadee
13. Black-throated Green Warbler
14. Blackburnian Warbler
15. Blackpoll Warbler
16. Blue Jay
17. Brown Thrasher (v)
18. Canada Goose
19. Cattle Egret
20. Cedar Waxwing
21. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
22. Common Eider
23. Common Grackle
24. common Loon
25. common Raven
26. Common Tern
27. Common Yellowthroat
28. Double-crested Cormorant
29. Eastern Kingbird
30. Eastern Wood-pewee
31. European Starling
32. Gray Catbird
33. Great Black-backed gull
34. Great Blue Heron
35. Green Heron
36. Hairy Woodpecker
37. Herring Gull
38. Laughing Gull
39. Magnolia Warbler
40. Mallard
41. Mourning Dove
42. Mourning Warbler
43. Northern Cardinal
44. Northern Gannet
45. Northern Mockingbird
46. Northern Parula
47. Orange-crowned Warbler
48. Peregrine Falcon
49. Philadelphia Vireo
50. Purple Finch
51. Red-breasted Nuthatch
52. Red-eyed Vireo
53. Red-winged Blackbird
54. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
55. Roseate Tern
56. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
57. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (v)
58. Scarlet Tanager (v)
59. Song Sparrow
60. Sora
61. Tree Swallow
62. White-breasted Nuthatch
63. White-eyed Vireo
64. Yellow Warbler

v = Voice only

Beech Hill List
On 29 May 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Goldfinch (v)
2. Chestnut-sided Warbler (v)
3. Eastern Towhee (v)
4. Song Sparrow (v)
5. American Crow
6. Tree Swallow
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Savannah Sparrow
9. Eastern Phoebe
10. Gray Catbird
11. Common Yellowthroat (v)
12. Northern Cardinal (v)

v = Voice only

The miracle of falcons

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Rusty blackbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2010.

Rusty blackbird.

Overcast and a bit misty this early morning on Monhegan. Right away, my friend Kristen and I spotted a rusty blackbird in an apple tree in town. One species you can count on finding here in fall is rusty blackbird—I bird I personally don’t see anywhere else. But the most inspiring thing you can count on seeing here at this time of year, at least in my opinion, is the miracle of falcons.

Merlin, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2010.


After breakfast, Kristen, Monhegan pal (and birder extraordinaire) Bill, and I headed down to Lobster Cove, on the southwest side of the island. Word had it that, in the thickets along the trail down, we might see a yellow-breasted chat and/or a marsh wren and/or some other crazy songbirds I’d love to see. Instead, we saw beaucoup yellow-rumps, swamp sparrows, white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, a catbird, and northern gannets fishing offshore. And falcons.

Merlins, mostly. These small, speedy, feisty birds-of-prey seem both fearless, pugnacious, and eager to do battle. They’d wiggle their wings in anticipation as they’d dive for flickers, goldfinchs, and herring gulls alike. We even saw a merlin dive at a peregrine falcon—a much larger and (arguably) more fearsome bird—seemingly without a care in the world. And more than once we’d be looking off into a thicket in hopes of spying some tiny warbler or sparrow or wren, when a dark blur would sweep through an overgrown opening in the trail near us: a merlin on the prowl. What sleek, expert flier and killing machine. And fun to watch.

Palm warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2010.

Palm warbler.

We also saw some pint-sized kestrels. And peregrines are a marvel to behold. But there’s just something to love about a merlin. We must’ve seen three or four dozen of them (although of course some could’ve been the same bird). Several peregrines. A couple kestrels. Which leads me to ask: where else can you go at any time of year and be sure to see so many falcons? Maybe somewhere, but nowhere I know. It’s just a miracle. A circus. An incredible show.

Other highlights of this day included my first-ever yellow-throated warbler, my first ever sora, dickcissels, clay-colored sparrows, and a lark sparrow in the rain.

Monhegan List
(Not in order of sighting.)

1. Mallard
2. Commen eider
3. Ring-necked pheasant
4. Northern gannet
5. Double-crested cormorant
6. Osprey
7. Bald eagle
8. Northern harrier
9. Sharp-shinned hawk
10. American kestrel
11. Merlin
12. Peregrine falcon
13. Sora
14. Herring gull
15. Great black-backed gull
16. Mourning dove
17. Belted kingfisher
18. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
19. Northern flicker
20. Eastern phoebe
21. Red-eyed vireo
22. Blue jay
23. American crow
24. Common raven
25. Black-capped chickadee
26. Red-breasted nuthatch
27. Carolina wren (voice)
28. Golden-crowned kinglet
29. American robin
30. Gray catbird
31. Cedar waxwing
32. Yellow-rumped warbler
33. Yellow-throated warbler
34. Palm warbler
35. Blackpoll warbler
36. Common yellowthroat
37. Chipping sparrow
38. Clay-colored sparrow
39. Lark sparrow
40. Savannah sparrow
41. Song sparrow
42. Lincoln’s sparrow
43. Swamp sparrow
44. White-throated sparrow
45. Dark-eyed junco
46. Dickcissel
47. Bobolink (voice)
48. Rusty blackbird
49. Common grackle
50. Baltimore oriole
51. Purple finch
52. Pine siskin
53. American goldfinch

Lark sparrow, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2010.

Lark sparrow.

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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