Monday, January 4, 2016

Yellow-throated Warbler Activity (rare bird in Maine)

I just got home from work, and Drew mentioned that there was lots of birding activity today. We were very pleased to see that Don Smith had come back for another viewing attempt, as he hadn't been able to see the warbler last week. Here is what he had to say today:
Good morning! I stopped in this morning around 8:30, waited just a few minutes, maybe 10 or 15 and he came in with a flock of chickadees, nuthatches and titmice. Beautiful bird! Thank you!
Don Smith
9:30 - 10:30 - Jeff and Allison Wells came bird watching and they saw the warbler. They are big time ornithologists who are involved with The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) which is a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the North American Boreal Forest to birds, other wildlife, and the global environment. Allison is an author and environmentalist, and is the senior director of public affairs for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. And, here is the bio of Dr. Jeff Wells:
Jeff Wells, Ph.D. Science and Policy Director.  Dr. Wells is the Science and Policy Director for the Boreal Songbird Initiative. He is also a scientific advisor to the International Boreal Conservation Campaign.  Dr. Wells has previously worked as a conservation ornithologist at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. From 1996-2003 Dr. Wells was with the National Audubon Society, first as Bird Conservation Director for the New York State office, then as the National Director of Bird Conservation. Dr. Wells has earned a reputation as one of the nation's leading bird experts and conservation biologists. He is now dedicated to understanding and protecting the land where North America's birds are born and raised, the boreal forest of Canada and Alaska.  Dr. Wells received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in avian ecology from Cornell University. He has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers, reports, and popular articles on birds and bird conservation. He is also the author of the books Boreal Birds of North America: A Hemispheric View of Their Conservation Links and Significance and Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk.
Wowee! I wish I'd been home to talk with them. It would have been an honor to meet them.

10:30 - 12:30 - Peter Vickery and a few other people kept an eye out, but the warbler did not show. He said that there were repeated visits by chickadees, titmice, etc., but no warbler.

10:45 - 1:05 and then again from 1:50 - 3:20 - Richard Garrigus saw the warbler on his second visit, and photographed it.

ACTIVITY NOTE: One of the birders, with the scope, told Drew that he watched the warbler fly over to the eve of Neighbor Ernie's house, and then it went into an old phoebe's nest. He then saw the warbler fly across the street toward the pond where it may have been finding shelter in the shrubs.

Ralph Eldridge said, 
It's likely checking out any and every house and building in the neighbourhood, Laurie. The eaves, gables, foundations​, under shingles; they all harbour insects that we never suspect and your little friend is expert in finding them.People often forget to look up.
I must say that this rare bird sighting has become such an incredible education for me. I have so many observations to make, and so much to study and learn... 

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