MAINE BIG YEAR 2021 GALLERY (A – F)

283 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 * Photo: Jun 5 - Acadia Pelagic

Black Guillemot

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

Common Murre

Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan

Dovekie

Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan

Razorbill

Jan 4 - Cape Neddick Light * Photo: Jun 5: Acadia Pelagic

 

Thick-billed Murre

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

 

Bitterns (2)

Blackbirds (6)

Bobolink

May 3 - Green Point * Photo: Essex Wood

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 * Photo: Apr 20 - Meadowbrook on Green Hill

 

Rusty Blackbirds

Jan 7 - 185–187 Varney Mill Rd Bath

Yellow-headed Blackbird

May 1 - East Branch Sebasticook River Reservoir

Buntings (3)

Indigo Bunting

May 13 - Hinckley Park

Painted Bunting

May 13 - Hinckley Park

Snow Bunting

Jan 6 - Ferry Beach, Scarborough * Photo: Feb 1 - Flood Brothers Dairy

Cardinals and Allies (2)

Dickcissel

Jan 2 - Thomaston * Photo: Jan 23 - Capisic Park

Northern Cardinal

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

Chickadees (2)

Black-capped Chickadee

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

No Photograph

Boreal Chickadee - Jun 10 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit

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: May 4 - River Point Conservation Area, Falmouth

Fish Crow

Mar 14 - 57 Portland Rd Kennebunk ME

Cuckoos (2)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

May 18 - Biddeford Pool--Stonecliff Rd. thickets * Photo: May 31 - Fort Foster

Audio Only

Black-billed Cuckoo - May 16 - Hinkley Park  * Audio: May 21 - Waldoboro

Doves and Pigeons (3)

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

While-winged Dove

Mar 23 - Chestnut St. Gardiner

Ducks (26)

American Black Duck

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool * Photo: Mar 16 - Cliff House Beach, South Portland

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

Eurasian Wigeon

Apr 24 - Timber Trail

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)

American Kestrel

Jan 11 - 96–98 Scottow Hill Rd Scarborough * Photo: Feb 27 - 269 St George Rd, South Thomaston

Merlin

Jan 3 - 129 Evans St South Portland * Photo: Apr 30 - Brunswick Landing

Peregrine Falcon

Jan 21  - SR-26 N Portland * Photo: Jun 5 - Acadia Pelagic

 

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

Purple Finch

Jan 11 - University of Maine--Orono campus (general area) * Photo - April 21 - Not Submited to eBird

Red Crossbill

Jan 12 - Arundel Cemetery 

Photo: Mar 12 - Arundel Cemetery 

White-winged Crossbill

Jan 12 - Arundel Cemetery

Flycatchers (11)

Alder Flycatcher

May 23 - Weskeag Marsh * Photo: May 24 - Timber Trail

Eastern Kingbird


May 6 - Green Point

Eastern Phoebe


Mar 23 - Rustlewood Land Trust * Photo: Apr 27 - Fort Foster

Eastern Wood-Pewee


May 16 - Hinckley Park

Fork-tailed Flycatcher


May 22 - Goose Rock Beach

Great Crested Flycatcher

May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery * Photo: May 14 - Hinckley Park

Least Flycatcher


May 6 - Green Point

Olive-sided Flycatcher

May 27 - Boy Scout Woods--Rangeley

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Jun 3 - Trenton * Photo: Jun 4 - Trenton

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


May 21 - Monhegan Island

Willow Flycatcher

May 25 - Green Point