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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

Dead bird report

Monday, May 31st, 2010
Dead cedar waxwing, Monhegan Island, Maine, 31 May 2010.

Dead cedar waxwing.

Earlier this month, the Alaotra grebe—a small species from Madagascar—was declared extinct. On Monhegan this morning, I got a look at the preserved remains of a lovely cedar waxwing that’d run into a window and died. (Note: an estimated 100 million or more birds die in the U.S. each year from running into windows.) Then on a hike through Cathedral Woods this afternoon, my friends Kristen and Paul and I came upon a whimsical memorial to a dead wood-warbler.

Ovenbird memorial, Monhegan Island, Maine, 31 May 2010.

Ovenbird memorial.

This particular trail in the woods is known for its tiny “fairy houses” made of bark and twigs and lichen and spruce cones. And this particular house had a makeshift cross, a snail shell, and a sort of lean-to holding the corpse of a lovely ovenbird. I can hardly express how touching this was to stumble upon on Memorial Day.

A number of house cats—including an exotic breed or two—stalk the yards of Monhegan, and no doubt a few kill birds. In fall, the island gets by peregrine falcons and other raptors, efficient machines for murder. And, sure, every living thing dies. But it sticks with you when you view the dead bodies of more than one recently living bird in one twenty-four-hour period. It sticks with me, at least.

White-eyed vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, 31 May 2010.

White-eyed vireo.

So it’s with somewhat deeper appreciation that I counted forty-five living species this warm, summer-like spring day on Monhegan—including plenty of living waxwings (about a hundred). Also including a white-eyed vireo (a lifer for me), a bird Kristen and I tracked down in a thicket off the Burnt Head trail; obligingly, it hopped up onto a dead branch just as I raised my camera. Three individual birds were most discussed this weekend: Saturday’s western kingbird, the white-eyed vireo, and an olive-sided flycatcher reportedly seen in the same area as the vireo. We tried for what one birder called the “all-excited flycatcher” but saw and heard only a bunch of alders. Oh, well.

One interesting aspect of this trip were two thirteen-year-old Maine birders—long-time friends—who really knew their stuff. One of the boys got nice photos of the white-eyed, and the other ended the day with a sighting of a black-billed cuckoo. I believe they both photographed the wayward western kingbird. And this afternoon, on the boat back inshore, they both stood with me in the bow snapping photos of northern gannets.

The northern gannets, by the way, were very much alive.

Northern oriole, Monhegan Island, Maine, 31 May 2010.

Northern oriole.

Monhegan List
(Numbered for full trip; not in order of listing.)

55. White-eyed vireo**
56. Northern flicker (voice)
57. Spotted sandpiper*
58. White-throated sparrow (voice)
American robin
Cedar waxwing
Red-breasted nuthatch
House wren
Winter wren (voice)
Carolina wren
Magnolia warbler
Alder flycatcher
Golden-crowned kinglet (voice)
Double-crested cormorant
Herring gull
Great black-backed gull
Laughing gull
Common eider
Black guillemot
American goldfinch
White-winged crossbill
Ring-necked pheasant (voice)
American crow
Common grackle
Red-winged blackbird
European starling
Purple finch (voice)
Common yellowthroat
Yellow warbler
American redstart
Black-throated green warbler (voice)
Blackpoll warbler (voice)
Gray catbird
Mourning dove
Black-capped chickadee
Northern oriole
Brown thrasher
Northern cardinal (voice)
Eastern kingbird
Alder flycatcher
Eastern wood-pewee (voice)
Song sparrow
Blue jay (voice)
Osprey (voice)


Northern gannet
Bald eagle
Tufted titmouse (voice)

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

Northern gannet, Muscongus Bay, Maine, 31 May 2010.

Northern gannet, living and breathing.

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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