CalendarYork County Audubon programs are free and open to the public.
- May 21, 2013
- June 8, 2013
- June 18, 2013
- July 6, 2013
- July 13, 2013
- September 14, 2013
- October 27, 2013
- November 9, 2013
On November 3rd, Andy Aldrich and Ken Janes found a Northern Lapwing at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick. The bird was observed first around 10:50am and was last seen as it flew of towards the southwest at 12:30pm.
I believe this is only the second record for Maine; one was collected in December 1927 in Aroostook County.
Here are a few notes from Andy on birding Tuckahoe Turf Farm:
NEVER DRIVE ON THE GRASS, OR PARK ON GRASS.
Birders and walkers are welcomed to come and walk any where you wish to.
You may drive on all the roads, if you come during the week PLEASE do not get in their way. As you go into the place there are parking places on the left by the woods. They do load BIG trucks on the weekend, so do not park to block any of the dirt roads.
I was told that they do not want lots of people there at the same time during the week, so if you come in a group check with them first, A group on weekend is okay.
The manager also wanted it to be very clear that people often hunt in the woods around the turf farm and did not want birders disturbing them.
The Sabbatus Pond field trip started out in a heavy fog. But five stalwart YCAS members carried on anyway, joined by Jay Adams. We peered at silhouettes in the eerie mist. We didn’t do too badly, teasing out six duck species. The major challenge was distinguishing between Greater and Lesser Scaup. We managed to do it quite successfully, with Jay’s help. All together, when the land birds were added in, we tallied 30 species, including the first American Tree Sparrows of the season.
Andrew Aldrich to maine-birds…
Sanford Sewage Plant, York, US-ME
Oct 18, 2012 11:20 AM – 12:40 PM
The LALO was near the fence to the right of the gate into the ponds, one half the distance to the power pole.
Twelve adults and two young folks (Sue Bickford’s grandchildren) met at 9 am at the Savage Preserve in South Berwick for our bejeweled and bedazzled walk. Thank goodness for the young folks. They caught the majority of the butterflies and dragonflies for Sue to identify.
The Calico Pendants amazed us with their orange saddlebags, red faces, and wing dots. The butterflies of the day included Cloudless Sulfurs, American Copper, Monarch nectaring on milkweed, one of the Blues, Common Wood Nymph, and Silver-spotted Skipper. Birds included Chipping Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Common Yellowthroat, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, a family of Eastern Wood Pewees, American Crows, and the endless sound of summer, Red-eyed Vireo.
Thanks, Sue, for a most informative walk and I look forward to next year’s bejeweled and bedazzled. This is a great walk for children — they use up lots of energy.
Magnificent weather encouraged 17 people to arrive at Historic New England’s Hamilton House property in South Berwick on June 9 for our second annual bird walk at this tranquil and beautiful site. Barn swallows coursed over the field as we climbed a gentle rise to get the sun at our backs, but songbirds were a bit of a challenge to see in tall grass and thick foliage.
With a mix of experienced birders and novices, we slowly but surely introduced various species to the beginners. For many, the highlight was discovering male and female bobolinks carrying food for nest-bound young. Our disturbance kept the caterpillar-carrying male cautious enough for folks to enjoy a scope view, then we moved past so the couple could feed their young. As soon as they were left behind, a Baltimore oriole appeared in front of us and sang brightly in full view.
Neighboring Vaughan Woods State Park beckoned, so we skirted its edge to pick up a few forest species including a singing winter wren. Soon after, we braved a mucky path back to the Hamilton House, where a scan of the Salmon Falls River shore revealed a spotted sandpiper.
In the tidy gardens, a hide-and-seek indigo bunting and a cooperative hummingbird capped off our 2-hour stroll, which put 34 species in the notebook. Donuts and coffee in the gardener’s cottage were a welcome treat offered by our hostess for those who had a few minutes to spare.
- Great Blue Heron
- Turkey Vulture
- Sharp-shinned Hawk
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Spotted Sandpiper
- Mourning Dove
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Downy Woodpecker
- Eastern Phoebe
- Great Crested Flycatcher
- Red-eyed Vireo
- Warbling Vireo
- Blue Jay
- American Crow
- Tree Swallow
- Barn Swallow
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Tufted Titmouse
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Winter Wren
- Eastern Bluebird
- American Robin
- Gray Catbird
- Yellow Warbler
- Common Yellowthroat
- Chipping Sparrow
- Song Sparrow
- Scarlet Tanager
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak
- Indigo Bunting
- Eastern Meadowlark
- Baltimore Oriole
- American Goldfinch
On Saturday, May 5th, veteran Maine naturalist Bill Hancock led a group of birders on an exploration of the Intervale Marsh in New Gloucester, Maine. It’s an area of exceptional habitat, much of it protected by the Royal River Conservation Trust. While we were a little too early for many of the migrants, we still saw a good number of birds. Our highlights were great up close visits with a couple of Virginia Rails and a couple of Marsh Wrens. Afterwards, at Bill’s suggestion, we continued our birding up the adjacent Woodman Road, and were delighted to be greeted by the calls of several Sandhill Cranes. Our great thanks to Bill Hancock for leading the trip and introducing us to this great habitat.