Field Trip Reports

Purple Sandpiper

Cliff House, Perkins Cove, and Nubble Lighthouse, Saturday, January 27, 2018
We had spring-like weather with the temperature nearly 50. Although the Cliff House has built a large expansion, we were able to get good views on both sides. Ten chapter members saw 15 species with significant numbers of common eider (91), black scoter (47), and purple sandpiper (42). Other notable species included harlequin ducks, surf scoter, white-winged scoter, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, and great cormorant.

Red-breasted merganser

Sabbatus Pond, Saturday, November 4, 2017
It was a crisp and breezy day at Sabattus Pond, and it lived up to its reputation for hosting large concentrations of migrating waterfowl. Eight chapter members saw 29 species in and around the pond including 250 ruddy ducks, 200 lesser and/or greater scaup, 39 green-winged teal, 14 ring-necked ducks, 3 northern pintail, 2 gadwall, 13 hooded mergansers, 7 red-breasted mergansers, and 1 pied-billed grebe.

Christmas Bird Count, Rockland/Thomaston Saturday, December 16, 2017
Here are the results – 80 species and 6,551 individual birds. Thanks to all the intrepid birders who braved pretty cold conditions. Click here for a full list of the species and numbers reported.

Rusty blackbird

Christmas Bird Count, Bunker Hill Monday, December 18, 2017
The 2017 CBC for Bunker Hill Circle was, in terms of number of species and total individuals, very much in line with the 2016 count with 55 species and 4728 individuals counted. Aside from the vast numbers of European Starlings, American Robins, Mourning Doves, Bluejays and Juncos, a Rusty Blackbird, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, a Red-winged Blackbird and 2 American Wigeons were seen on count day or count week. Thank you to the counters for testing their abilities on what turned into a challenging day afield (progressive snow conditions).