Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spring Migrants in the Yard

1. female RT hummingbird-kab Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5-12-14

Once the snow melted and the birds started arriving it was just plain chaos around here. I had so many new birds in my yard that I often submitted 3 to 4 bird counts a day. I found it hard to get anything done, including blogging, because I was often out watching birds. It started with American woodcocks in early April. I hoped to get a photo but since they are most active at duck, that did not happen. Still, for a few night you could find me out on my front lawn, head tipped back and mouth open as I watched them fly overhead and I listened to their calls. Being new to Maine birding, I had hoped this would be a nightly display for the rest of the summer, but alas, it only lasted a couple of weeks, and then it was over. While the woodcocks may still be around, they are a lot harder to find nowadays!

2. brown thrasher-kab Brown Thrasher 5-9-14

Waves and waves of sparrows moved through my yard with White-throated, Savannah, and White-crowned sparrows. fox sparrows were here for about two weeks, then they were gone. Eastern Towhees passed through as well, but I only saw them once or twice and I have not seen or heard any since. I was wondering if I would get to see a Brown thrasher, and I asked Don Smith, a birder I recently met and went birding with. he told me they are here in Maine, but a bit hard to find as they are so secretive. However, on the same day I asked him I found one in my yard under the pine tree by the back door after I returned home! It was here for about two days, then it, too, was gone. It was my first Brown Thrasher in Maine and I saw it in my own back yard!

3. gray catbird-kab Gray Catbirds arrived on May 10th and have been here ever since.


4. black-throated blue warbler-kab Black-throated Blue Warbler 5-15-14

I was stunned the day I looked out and saw a black-throated Blue warbler in my yard. Can you see it in this tree?

5. baltimore oriole-kab Baltimore Oriole 5-15-14

The orioles were around for about two to three weeks on a regular basis, but now I only see or hear them occasionally.

6. female common yellowthroat-kab Female Common Yellowthroat 5-21-14

I loved having the Common Yellowthroats in my yard. I saw them here for several days working their way through the low bushes. They have now moved across the street to the boat launch and I see and hear them over there almost every time i visit and count birds.

7. male rubythroat-kab Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5-21-14

I was not sure If I would get hummingbirds out here on the point or not but they did arrive and a few have stayed around. I set out three feeders at first, but they do not visit them enough to make it worth maintaining them all. In fact, this is the only one of the three they seem to like, so I took the others down, including my pretty blue glass feeder, which they have never used. I usually see at least one hummingbird a day, sometime two or three. The most I ever saw was four birds, but that was only once. Still, I will take what I can get, but it does make me miss the four to five species that would visit my feeders in Tucson!

8. black-throated green warbler-kab Black-throated Green Warbler 5-21-14

I am still seeing and hearing this warbler species in my yard and all over Maine.

9. American redstart-kab American Redstart (male) 5-21-14

10. indigo bunting-kab Indigo Bunting 5-21-14

The Indigo Buntings arrived on May 15th and stayed around for about a week. I only saw a female once at the top of a tree with a male. The males were the only ones I ever saw at my feeders and I have not seen one in the yard since May 28th.

11. indigo bunting-kab 

12. White-crowned sparrow-kab White-crowned Sparrow 5-28-2014

I had a couple of White-crowned Sparrows move through at the beginning of May, but when once showed up on May 27th it was flagged by eBird. I set out to get a photo and shot this photo through the picture window the next day as the bird nibbled on dandelion seeds beneath the feeder. It stayed around for two days and then it was gone. These photos are my proof I saw it! Notice the bold black and white stripes, the lack of a white throat, and the pinkish-brown bill!

13. white-crowned sparrow-kab White-crowned Sparrow 5-28-14


14. Willow flycatcher-kab Willow Flycatcher 5-31-14

I think this was a Willow Flycatcher from the call I heard it make. I am still learning my eastern empids and I know I have a ways to go, but here is proof they did pass through my Mere Point yard! May was an exciting month on Mere Point. Below is a list of all 35 bird species I added to the yard list during that month.

Mere Point Cottage New May Yard Birds:

  1. Red-bellied Woodpecker 5-5-14
  2. Yellow-rumped Warbler 5-5-14
  3. Yellow Warbler 5-5-14
  4. Black-and-white Warbler 5-5-14DSC_0178
  5. Pine Warbler 5-5-14
  6. Chimney Swift 5-6-14
  7. Lincoln’s Sparrow 5-7-14
  8. Northern Parula 5-7-14
  9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-8-14
  10. Brown Thrasher 5-9-14
  11. White-crowned Sparrow 5-9-14
  12. Mallard 5-10-14
  13. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5-10-14
  14. Gray Catbird 5-10-14
  15. Broad-winged Hawk 5-12-14
  16. Black-throated Green Warbler 5-12-14
  17. Common Yellowthroat 5-12-14
  18. Baltimore Oriole 5-12-14
  19. Red- Shouldered hawk 5-14-14
  20. Great Crested Flycatcher 5-15-14
  21. American Redstart 5-15-14
  22. Black-throated Blue Warbler 5-15-14
  23. Indigo Bunting 5-15-14
  24. Chestnut-sided Warbler 5-16-14
  25. Wilson’s Warbler 5-19-1415. common yellowthroat-kab
  26. Red-eyed Vireo 5-22-14
  27. Swainson’s Thrush 5-22-14
  28. Pileated Woodpecker 5-23-14
  29. Eastern Bluebird 5-25-14
  30. Mourning Warbler 5-28-14
  31. Black-billed Cuckoo 5-28-14
  32. Blackpoll Warbler 5-28-14
  33. Magnolia Warbler 5-30-14
  34. Rock Pigeon 5-31-14
  35. Willow Flycatcher 5-31-14



Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5-21-14


  1. Kathie, awesome collection of yardbirds! Beautiful photos!

  2. Hi Kathie

    I am delighted that your new home is proving to be such a birding hotspot.

    Good luck with your list.

  3. I don't know if my first comment went through! Hope you see as many cool birds when your visitor arrives!

    1. Karen, I didn't see it. Thanks for posting again! I am hoping for the best once Chris gets here!

  4. Lots of great birds Kathie! I can't wait until we get together and bird. It has been too long. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather as well:)

    1. Chris, it is getting warmer, but not quite as hot as AZ! see you soon!

  5. That's quite an impressive yard list, Kathie! You've seen some real beauties! Terrific photographs of your visitors! I especially love the first hummingbird shot as it looks like a stunning painting to me.

  6. ...your yard is definitely hopping! Love the photos.

  7. Great pics of the Bunting and male Hummer. I'm jealous!


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.