16.04 | Nature Notes (Feb 24 – Mar 1)

Photo of Red-winged Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbirds | Biddeford, ME | 27 Feb 2016

Here are some nature highlights from around York County, Maine:

  • Spring Peepers calling from a few locations, but no group chorusing yet
  • Red-winged Blackbirds (FOY=first of year) and Common Grackles in several locations, and one early Brown-headed Cowbird (FOY) in Wells
  • Mallards on a rooftop in Kennebunkport
Photo of Mallards on rooftop
Mallards | Kennebunkport, ME | 26 Feb 2016
  • continuing adult male Barrow's Goldeneye on Saco River viewed from Diamond Riverside Park, Irving St., Saco
  • Peregrine Falcon and a pair of Hooded Mergansers along Harbor Rd., Wells
  • American Woodcock (FOY) peenting/displaying at 5:40am along Wildbrook Dr., Biddeford
  • 2 Killdeer at Rockin' Horse Stables on Arundel Rd., K'port
  • a mostly-white Snowshoe Hare dead on a road near my home

Additionally, on Sunday I scouted along Rt. 16 in Coos County, NH and Oxford County, ME where Pine Siskins and Crossbills provided an almost non-stop soundtrack for the day. Here are some highlights:

  • 2 Gray Jays (Life Bird #307!), Red Crossbills, and 25 Bohemian Waxwings along Rt. 16, between Errol, NH and Maine border
  • 1 Gray Jay, 20 Purple Finches, 8 Red Crossbills, 10 White-winged Crossbills, 100+ Pine Siskins and 75 Evening Grosbeaks in Magalloway Plantation
  • 1 Northern Shrike, 2 Purple Finches, 10 Red Crossbills, 4 White-winged Crossbills, 50 Pine Siskins and 30 Evening Grosbeaks in Lincoln Plantation
  • 2 Boreal Chickadees (Life Bird #308!), 10 Purple Finches, 8 White-winged Crossbills and 30 Pine Siskins in Lower Cupsuptic Township
Photo of White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill | Lincoln Plantation, ME | 28 Feb 2016

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