MAINE BIG YEAR 2021 GALLERY (A – F)

177 Species to Date

While Big Year rules only require a Birder 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 can be difficult as birds are seen for fleeting moments; deep in a tangle of tree branches; while driving 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.

On this page you’ll see every bird on my Maine Big Year list along with the date and location I found it and the date and location of the "best" validation photograph or recording.

Read about my Big Year on my Blog.

Alcids (6)

Atlantic Puffin

Feb 21 - Dyer Point, Cape Elizabeth

Black Guillemot

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan 

Common Murre

Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan

Dovekie

Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan

Thick-billed Murre

Jan 15 - Peaks Island Ferry
Photo: Jan 31 - Pond Cove

 

Not Photographed

Razorbill - Jan 4 - Cape Neddick Light

 

Bitterns (0)

No Photograph

American Bittern - Apr 12 - Meadow Brook on Green House Hill Road

Blackbirds (4)

Brown-headed Cowbird

Jan 28 - 1784 Clarry Hill Rd Union
Photo: Mar 18 - Village Crossing

Common Grackle

Mar 8 - Freeport Wild Bird Supplies
Photo: Buffalo Ranch - Mar 12 Buffalo Ranch

 

Red-winged Blackbird


Feb 22 - Nubble Light, York

Rusty Blackbirds

Jan 7 - 185–187 Varney Mill Rd Bath

Buntings (1)

Snow Bunting

Jan 6 - Ferry Beach, Scarborough
Photo: Jan 17 - Brunswick Executive Airport

Cardinals and Allies (2)

Dickcissel

Jan 2 - Thomaston
Photo: Jan 23 - Capisic Park

Northern Cardinal

Jan 2 - Thomaston
Photo: Jan 6 - Cumberland/Foreside

Chickadees (1)

Black-capped Chickadee

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Jan 6 - Cumberland/Foreside

Crows and Ravens (3)

American Crow

Jan 1 - 120 Evans St South Portland
Photo: Jan 23 - Not Posted to eBird

Common Raven


Jan 1 - I-195 W Saco
Photo: Jan 30 - Wiscasset

Fish Crow

Mar 14 - 57 Portland Rd Kennebunk ME

Cuckoos (0)

Doves and Pigeons (2)

Mourning Dove

Jan 1 - I-195 W Saco
Photo: Jan 30 - 
Not Posted to eBird

Rock Pigeon

Jan 1 - 120 Evans St South Portland
Photo: Mar 9 - Freeport Wild Bird Supply

Ducks (25)

American Black Duck

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Jan 25 - Not Posted to eBird

American Wigeon

Jan 7 - Rockland Harbor--Breakwater
Photo: Mar 28 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp

Barrow's Goldeneye

Jan 8 - Brunswick
Photo: Jan 28 - Damariscotta Town Landing

Black Scoter


Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Jan 24 - 
Not Posted to eBird

Blue-winged Teal

Apr 1 - Bisson's Farm, Topsham
Apr 3 - 219 Eddy Rd, Edgecomb 

Bufflehead

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove
Photo: Feb 27 - Fort Foster Park

Common Eider


Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Jan 25 - Not Posted to eBird

Common Goldeneye


Jan 2 - Rockland Harbor--Breakwater
Photo: Jan 25 - River Point Conservation Area, Falmouth

Common Merganser

Jan 5 - Kettle Cove
Photo: Mar 7 - Not Posted to eBird

Greater Scaup

Jan 7 - Rockland--Chickawaukie Pond

Green-winged Teal

Jan 4 - Duck Pond
Photo: Feb 22 - Not entered on eBird

Harlequin Duck

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Feb 21 - Dyer Point

Hooded Merganser

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Mar 1 - Not Posted to eBird

Lesser Scaup

Jan 5 - Grondin Pond, Scarborough
Mar 30 - Sanford Lagoon

Long-tailed Duck


1st Seen: Jan 1 (I-195 W Saco)
Photo: Jan 30 (Wiscasset)

Mallard


Jan 1  - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Feb 23 - Not Posted to eBird

Northern Pintail

Jan 4 - Duck Pond, York
Photo: Mar 7 - Gardiner Waterfront

Northern Shoveler

Feb 6 - Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Brunswick
Photo: Feb 20 - Cove Rd, Freeport

 

Red-breasted Merganser


Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Feb 6 - Not Posted to eBird

Ruddy Duck

Jan 25 - Simpson's Pt. Landing
Mar 30 - Sanford Lagoons

Surf Scoter

Jan 2 - Rockland Harbor--Breakwater
Photo: Feb 22 - Fort Foster, Kittery

White-winged Scoter

Jan 1  - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Jan 3 - Ferry Beach

Not Photographed

King Eider: Feb 14 - Nubble Light

Eagles (1)

Bald Eagle

Jan 4 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp
Photo: Feb 4 - Not Posted to eBird

Falcons (3)

Not Photographed

Merlin: Jan 3 - 129 Evans St South Portland
Peregrine Falcon: Jan 21  - SR-26 N Portland

 

Finches and Allies (8)

American Goldfinch

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Feb 2 - Not Posted to eBird

Common Redpoll

Jan 12 - Rachel Carson NWR--Batson River Marsh/Tidal Flats
Photo: Feb 14 - Not Posted to eBird

Hoary Redpoll

Feb 1 - River Rd, Clinton

 

House Finch

Photo: Jan 23 - Capisic Park

Red Crossbill

Jan 12 - Arundel Cemetery 

Photo: Mar 12 - Arundel Cemetery 

White-winged Crossbill

Jan 12 - Arundel Cemetery

Not Photographed

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

Flycatchers (1)

Eastern Phoebe


Mar 23 - Rustlewood Land Trust
Photo: Mar 31 - Florida Lake