A Special Day at Machias Seal Island

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Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 18:20:45 -0300

From:    Ralph Eldridge NatureNB Listserv
Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT

Joan Pearce hit it well when she called this a colourful day. It seems that most of our most flamboyant species arrive together. Out here, I'm accustomed to seeing species together in combinations that we only dream about on the mainland.

By mid-afternoon the only notable new arrivals were a 1st spring INDIGO BUNTING (to join the female here since Friday) and a young male BOBOLINK. However, in a gathering second only to a special day in the mid-1990s, for a brief time our 20 foot square patio hosted:

INDIGO BUNTING (1M & 1F);
BOBOLINK (1M);
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (IM & 3F);
EASTERN TOWEE (2M & 2F);
BALTIMORE ORIOLE (1M & 1F);
NORTHERN FLICKER (1M);
GRAY CATBIRD (2);
WOOD THRUSH (1);
GOLDFINCH (3M & 2F);
PURPLE FINCH (1F);
BLACK & WHITE WARBLER (1M);
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (>30);
SAVANNAH SPARROW (>10);
WHITE CROWNED SPARROW (4);
SWAMP SPARROW (5);
SONG SPARROW (2);
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (1);
FIELD SPARROW (1);
OVENBIRD (1).

Also in sight but not on the patio at that time:

MIXED SPARROWS (>100);
BROWN THRASHER (1):
GRACKLE (3);
STARLING (1)
RED WINGED BLACKBIRD (1F);
ROBIN (1F);
NORTHERN PARULA (3);
YELLOW WARBLER (1M);
MAGNOLIA WARBLER (1M);
BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER (1M);
PALM WARBLER (2).

Add to that: an EAGLE (EATING puffin); a SHARP SHINNED HAWK (eating WHT. THR. SPARROW); both CORMORANTS; 3 GULL sp.; 2 DUCK sp.; a couple LOONS; a couple RAVENS and (of course) the ALCIDS.

Not too bad for 15 minutes standing at the livingroom window. I wonder if I should take a stroll??

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Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 18:30:52 -0300

I did step outside to get a decent photograph of the INDIGO BUNTING.
While out there I watched a KESTREL actively hunting birds, as well as a HARRIER (also hunting).
I was distracted from getting shots of the hovering Kestrel by an arriving pair of SNOWY EGRETS.
One Egret set down here but looks to be simply resting. The other Egret continued directly towards Southern Head, Grand Manan. Both birds are in full breeding plumage.

Photo Credit: wikipedia.com

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