Maine Big Year 2021 Gallery

133 Species to Date

While Big Year rules only require a Birder to be able to identify a species by sight or sound (the good old fashion honor system), I’m endeavoring to photograph or record as many species as possible during the year.  This is more difficult that it might seem as birds can be seen for fleeting moments; deep in a tangle of tree branches; while driving a vehicle or at a great distance through a spotting scope.  In other cases, one is seeing several new species at a time and only one can be photographed.

Owls are nocturnal species and are most easily identified by recording their vocalization.

On this page you’ll see every bird on my Maine Big Year list along with the date and location I found it.  If there is an asterisk and a second date . . . this is the date of my best photograph or recording.

Read about my Big Year on my Blog.

Alcids (6)

Black Guillemot - Jan 1 *Jan 13 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Razorbill - Jan 4 (Cape Neddick Light)

Common Murre - Jan 13 (Ferry, Monhegan - Port Clyde)

Dovekie - Jan 13 (Ferry, Monhegan - Port Clyde)

Thick-billed Murre - Jan 15 (Peaks Island Ferry)

Atlantic Puffin - Feb 21 (Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth)

Bitterns (0)

Blackbirds (2)

Rusty Blackbirds - Jan 7 (185–187 Varney Mill Rd Bath)

Brownheaded Cowbird - Jan 28 (1784 Clarry Hill Rd Union)

Red-winged Blackbird - Feb 22 (Nubble Light, York)

Buntings (1)

Snow Bunting - Jan 6 *Jan 17 (Ferry Beach, Scarborough)

Cardinals and Allies (2)

Dickcissel - Jan 2 *Jan 23 (Yellow-breasted Chat Stakeout Thomaston)

Northern Cardinal - Jan 2 *Jan 6 (Yellow-breasted Chat Stakeout Thomaston)

Chickadees (1)

Black-capped Chickadee - Jan 1 *Jan 6 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Crows and Ravens (2)

American Crow - Jan 1 (120 Evans St South Portland)

Common Raven - Jan 1 *Jan 30 (I-195 W Saco)

Cuckoos (0)

Doves and Pigeons (2)

Rock Pigeon - Jan 1 *Feb 5 (I-195 S Saco)

Mourning Dove - Jan 2 *Jan 27 (Yellow-breasted Chat Stakeout Thomaston)

Ducks (25)

Bufflehead - Jan 1 *Feb 27 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Long-tailed Duck - Jan 1 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Black Scoter - Jan 1 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Harlequin Duck - Jan 1 *Jan 3 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Common Eider - Jan 1 *Jan 3 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Mallard - Jan 1 *Feb 22 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

White-winged Scoter - Jan 1 *Feb 3 (Biddeford Pool)

American Black Duck - Jan 1 *Jan 25 (Biddeford Pool)

Red-breasted Merganser - Jan 1 *Feb 6 (Biddeford Pool)

Hooded Merganser - Jan 1 *Jan 25 (Biddeford Pool)

Common Goldeneye - Jan 2 *Jan 25 (Rockland Harbor--Breakwater)

Surf Scoter - Jan 2 *Feb 22 (Rockland Harbor--Breakwater)

Green-winged Teal - Jan 4 *Feb 22 (Duck Pond, York)

Northern Pintail - Jan 4 (Duck Pond, York)

Lesser Scaup - Jan 5 (Grondin Pond, Scarborough)

Common Merganser - Jan 5 *Feb 15 (Kettle Cove)

Ring-necked Duck - Jan 7 (Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder)

Greater Scaup - Jan 7 (Rockland--Chickawaukie Pond)

American Wigeon - Jan 7 (Rockland Harbor--Breakwater)

Barrow's Goldeneye - Jan 8 * Jan 28 (Brunswick)

Gadwall - Jan 21 (Oyster Creek)

Ruddy Duck - Jan 25 (Simpson's Pt. Landing)

Wood Duck - Jan 25 (Calvary Cemetery, South Portland)

Northern Shoveler - Feb 6 *Feb 20(Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Brunswick)

King Eider - Feb 13 (Nubble Light)

Eagles (1)

Bald Eagle - Jan 4 *Feb 4 (Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp)

Falcons (3)

Merlin - Jan 3 (129 Evans St South Portland)

Northern Harrier - Jan 11 (South Thomaston)

Peregrine Falcon - Jan 21 *Feb 27 (SR-26 N Portland)

Finches (8)

American Goldfinch - Jan 1 *Feb 2 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

House Finch - Jan 1 *Jan 23 (98 Goose Rocks Rd Kennebunkport)

Purple Finch - Jan 11 (University of Maine--Orono campus (general area) *Jan 17

Red Crossbill - Jan 12 (2 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel)

White-winged Crossbill - Jan 12 (2 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel)

Common Redpoll - Jan 12 *Feb 14 (Rachel Carson NWR--Batson River Marsh/Tidal Flats)

Pine Siskin - Jan 24 (Acadia NP--Schoodic Loop Road (Mt. Desert Narrows))

Hoary Redpoll - Feb 1 (River Rd, Clinton)

Flycatchers (0)

Gannets and Cormorants (3)

Great Cormorant - Jan 1 *Jan 4 (Cape Neddick Light)

Double-crested Cormorant - Jan 4 (Cape Neddick Light)

Northern Gannet - Jan 13 (Ferry, Monhegan - Port Clyde)

Geese (3)

Canada Goose - Jan 1 *Jan 5 (180 Evans St South Portland)

Brant - Jan 5 (Kettle Cove)

Snow Goose - Jan 18 (Deptula Lane, Wells Marsh)

Gnatcatchers and Kinglets (1)

Golden-crowned Kinglet - Jan 6 (Reid SP, Georgetown)

Grosbeaks (3)

Pine Grosbeak - Jan 2 (220 Warrenton St Rockport)

Evening Grosbeak - Jan 17 (Evening Grosbeak Stakeout) *Feb 10

Black-headed Grosbeak - Feb 3 (Capisic Pond Park)

Gulls (8)

Herring Gull - Jan 1 *Feb 3 (120 Evans St South Portland)

Ring-billed Gull - Jan 2 *Jan 30

Greater Black-backed Gull - Jan 2 *Feb 3 (Rockland Harbor--Breakwater)

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Jan 2 (Rockland Harbor--Fales St)

Black-legged Kittiwake - Jan 5 (Dyer Point)

Bonaparte's Gull - Jan 7 (Rockland--Chickawaukie Pond)

Iceland Gull - Jan 12 *Jan 13 (Mill Creek Cove)

Glaucous Gull - Jan 19 (497 Marginal Way Portland)

Hawks (6)

Red-tailed Hawk - Jan 1 *Jan 3 (480 Shore Rd Ogunquit )

Sharp-shinned Hawk - Jan 1 *Jan 19 (Cannon Towel Outlet feeders)

Cooper's hawk - Jan 1 *Feb 3 (Biddeford Pool)

Red-shouldered Hawk Jan 7 - (Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp)

Rough-legged Hawk - Jan 8 (264–298 River Rd Windham)

Northern Goshawk - Jan 13 (148 Winslow Hill Rd Nobleboro)

Herons, Egrets and Spoonbills (1)

Great Blue Heron - Jan 5 (Scarborough Marsh--Dunstan Landing)

Hummingbirds (0)

Ibises (0)

Jays (1)

Blue Jay - Jan 1 (Cliff House, York)

Kingfishers (1)

Belted Kingfisher - Jan 1

Longspurs and Larks (2)

Horned Lark - Jan 7 (601–695 Beedle Rd, Richmond) *Feb 19

Lapland Longspur - Feb 1 (Flood Brothers Dairy (Restricted access))

Loons and Grebes (4)

Common Loon - Jan 1 *Feb 3 (Biddeford Pool)

Horned Grebe - Jan 1 *Jan 20 (Biddeford Pool)

Red-necked Grebe - Jan 4 *Jan 6 (Cape Neddick Light)

Red-throated Loon - Jan 11 (Sears Island)

Mimics, Starlings and Pipits (2)

Northern Mockingbird - Jan 1 *Jan 2 (Biddeford Pool)

European Starling - Jan 1 *Jan 27 (1108 Post Rd Wells)

Nuthatches and Creepers (3)

White-breasted Nuthatch - Jan 1 *Feb 2 (Cushman Point/Back River)

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Jan 2 *Jan 6 (Cushman Point/Back River)

Brown Creeper - Jan 8 (Carl & Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek (KELT))

Orioles (0)

Owls, Nightjars, and Swifts (6)

Great Horned Owl - Jan 1 (2–18 Charles E Jordan Rd, Cape Elizabeth)

Snowy Owl - Jan 1 (Biddeford Pool)

Northern Saw-whet Owl - Jan 4 (Crescent Beach SP)

Short-eared Owl - June 7 (Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp)

Barred Owl - Feb 10 (818 Gardiner Rd Dresden)

Eastern Screech Owl - Feb 15 (Peaks Island)

Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys (2)

Wild Turkey - June 1 *Feb 15 (1063–1079 Sawyer Rd Cape Elizabeth)

Ruffed Grouse - Jan 17 (68–198 Jefferson Rd Whitefield)

Pelicans (0)

Rails, Gallinules, Coots, and Cranes (1)

American Coot - Jan 2 (Meadow Brook on Thompson Street)

Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels (0)

Shorebirds (3)

Purple Sandpiper - Jan 3 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Sanderling - Jan 6 (Reid SP)

Dunlin - Jan 20 (Wells Beach jetty)

Shrikes and Vireos (1)

Northern Shrike - Jan 4 (Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp)

Skuas and Jaegers (0)

Sparrows (7)

American Tree Sparrow - Jan 1 (Cannon Towel Outlet feeders)

House Sparrow - Jan 1 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Dark-eyed Junco - Jan 2 *Jan 6 (Cushman Point/Back River)

Song Sparrow - Jan 4 *Jan 31 (Fort Foster Park, Kittery)

White-throated Sparrow - Jan 5 (Gilsland Farm Audubon Center)

Fox Sparrow - Jan 17 (The 20 Acre Wood)

Savannah Sparrow - Feb 1 (Flood Brothers Dairy (Restricted access)) *Feb 19

Swallows (0)

Swans (0)

Tanagers (1)

Western Tanager - Jan 1 (Cliff House, York)

Terns and Skimmers (0)

Thrushes (3)

Eastern Bluebird - Jan 1 *Jan 8 (734–768 Shore Rd Cape Neddick)

American Robin - Jan 5 (10 Stornoway Rd Cumberland Foreside)

Redwing - Jan 29 (Capisic Pond Park)

Tits and Titmice (1)

Tufted Titmouse - Jan 1 *Jan 23 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Towhees (0)

Vultures (1)

Turkey Vulture - Jan 8 (150 Leeman Hwy Bath)

Warblers (4)

Yellow-breasted Chat - Jan 2 (Yellow-breasted Chat Stakeout Thomaston)

Orange-crowned Warbler - Jan 6 (Cumberland/Falmouth Foreside)

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Jan 6 (Reid SP, Georgetown)

Yellow-throated Warbler - Feb 7 (Yellow-throated Warbler Stakeout Waldoboro)

Waxwings (2)

Cedar Waxwing - Jan 7 (Waldoboro Town Landing)

Bohemian Waxwing - Jan 11 (University of Maine--Orono campus (general area))

Woodpeckers (6)

Hairy Woodpecker - Jan 1 *Jan 19 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)

Downy Woodpecker - Jan 1 *Jan 11 (Biddeford Pool)

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Jan 2 *Jan 25 (Cushman Point/Back River)

Northern Flicker - Jan 5 *Feb 6 (63 Pine Point Rd Scarborough)

Pileated Woodpecker - Jan 6 (Reid SP, Georgetown)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Jan 31 (Capisic Pond Park)

Wrens (2)

Carolina Wren - Jan 1 (Cliff House, York)

Rock Wren - Jan 4 (Perkins Cove, Ogunquit)