Sunday, September 2, 2012

Greetings from Peak's Island, Maine

[This Philadelphia Vireo joined a mixed species foraging flock at the Kennebunk Plains, ME yesterday. Since I never got around to writing a Fri-D I.D. blog. . .  how do we i.d. this one? Small bird, warbler-like but thick bill with a trace of a hook, foraging deliberately in trees = vireo. Extensive yellow below, more yellow below on this one than on any of the vireos without wingbars. Dark eyeline extending to bill rules out Warbling Vireo. Philadelphia Vireos don't breed this far east in Maine, and indeed eBird flagged this sighting, but now's the time to find them in migration, whether here or in Cape May, NJ.]

The calls of a descending nocturnal flight of Swainson's Thrushes dripped through the open window at 5:20 this morning to wake me here on Peak's Island, off Portland, ME. Flocks of Common Eiders totalling 50 or more, and 7 Black Guillemots, mixed adults and juvs, were the last birds we saw as the sun set last night. Not bad at all. We're up here exploring Maine all week. I confess to missing Cape May, but life and lobsters are good!

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen a Philadelphi Vireo here in CT. The are somewhat rare to see here. Nice photo!