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Western kingbirds

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Western Kingbirds, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2011.

Western Kingbirds, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2011.

Monhegan List
(In no particular order.)

1. Common yellowthroat
2. Magnolia warbler
3. Pine warbler
4. Black-and-white warbler
5. Wilson’s warbler
6. Blackpoll warbler
7. Yellow-rumped warbler
8. Baltimore oriole
9. Red-eyed vireo
10. American crow
11. Common raven
12. Osprey
13. American kestrel
14. Merlin
15. Peregrine falcon
16. Sharp-shinned hawk
17. Northern harrier
18. Cedar waxwing
19. Blue jay
20. Song sparrow
21. White-throated sparrow
22. White-crowned sparrow
23. Lark sparrow
24. Chipping sparrow
25. Lincoln’s sparrow
26. Dickcissel
27. Dark-eyed junco
28. Northern flicker
29. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
30. Downy woodpecker
31. European starling
32. Common grackle
33. Rusty blackbird
34. American goldfinch
35. Pine siskin
36. Carolina wren
37. Golden-crowned kinglet
38. Ruby-throated hummingbird
39. Black-capped chickadee
40. White-breasted nuthatch
41. Brown creeper
42. Herring gull
43. Great black-backed gull
44. Double-crested cormorant
45. Mallard
46. Canada goose
47. Belted kingfisher
48. Northern cardinal
49. Rose-breasted grosbeak
50. Mourning dove
51. Eastern kingbird
52. Western kingbird
53. Eastern wood-pewee
54. Eastern phoebe
55. Alder flycatcher
56. Northern mockingbird
57. Semipalmated sandpiper
58. Wilson’s snipe
59. Greater yellowlegs
60. Ring-necked pheasant


Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Western Kingbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 29 May 2010.

Western Kingbird, Monhegan Island.

Our morning routine fell apart this morning, Jack’s and mine. We didn’t hike Beech Hill early. Instead, we hung around the house until my friend Mark came to take Jack off for a weekend at his farm in the country and my friends Kristen and Paul came to take me and a couple bags down to Port Clyde. Then we all boarded the Elizabeth Ann and sailed off to Monhegan. It might even become a Memorial Day tradition.

Black-throated green warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 29 May 2010.

Black-throated green warbler.

I’d planned the trip—my first spring visit to the island—to correspond with Kristen’s and Paul’s annual stay. We came to bird. But for whatever reason spring came early in 2010, and Memorial Day came late, and when we made our obligatory stop at Tom Martin’s place (to pay our respects to the 89-year-old grandfather of Monhegan birding), Tom said, essentially, the birds were gone aready. A few blackbirds hanging around his usually fruitful yard. Some nesting starlings. Reports of more than twenty warbler species by one birder friend—but that’d been a few days. Thus, we began with low expectations.

People should always begin things that way.

By nightfall, I’d personally listed 45 species (naturally, Kristen had listed about eight or ten more than that), including ten first-of-year birds—at least one of which was a lifer (maybe two, I’ll have to check). The lifer: a western kingbird.

Not a lot of electricity out here, and my laptop battery’s running low, but I’ll post a couple photos and a list of species.

(Note: now all is dark here, with the sound of the ocean out the window and a slowly-flashing blue-green light on the horizon. A magical place, this island.)

Gray catbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 29 May 2010.

Gray catbird.

Monhegan List
(Not in order of listing.)

1. Ring-necked pheasant*
2. Common grackle
3. Red-winged blackbird
4. European starling
5. Song sparrow
6. Yellow warbler
7. American redstart
8. Common yellowthroat
9. Black-throated green warbler
10. Blackburnian warbler (voice)
11. Blackpoll warbler
12. Northern waterthrush* (voice)
13. Blue jay (voice)
14. Northern cardinal (voice)
15. American goldfinch
16. White-winged crossbill*
17. Eastern kingbird
18. Western kingbird**
19. Great crested flycatcher (voice)
20. Easter wood-pewee (voice)
21. Bobolink (voice)
22. Barn swallow*
23. Black-capped chickadee
24. American crow
25. Merlin*
26. American robin
27. Swainson’s thrush* (voice)
28. Eastern bluebird
29. House wren
30. Carolina wren* (voice)
31. Gray catbird
32. Northern oriole* (voice)
33. Osprey
34. Mallard
35. Double-crested cormorant
36. Herring gull
37. Great black-backed gull
38. Black guillemot
39. Common eider
40. Blue jay (voice)
41. Mourning dove
42. Red-eyed vireo


43. Northern gannet*
44. House finch
45. Laughing gull

*First-of-year birds.
**Life bird.

Sunset, Monhegan Island, Maine, 29 May 2010.

Sunset, Monhegan Island.

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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