MAINE BIG YEAR 2021 GALLERY (G – R)

295 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.

Gannets and Cormorants (3)

Double-crested Cormorant

Jan 4 - Cape Neddick Light * Photo: May 12 - Capisic Park

Great Cormorant

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Jan 4 - Cape Neddick Light

Northern Gannet

Jan 13 - Ferry, Monhegan * Photo: Jun 5 - Acadia Pelagic

Geese (3)

Brant

Jan 5 - Kettle Cove

Canada Goose

Jan 1 - 180 Evans St South Portland * Photo: May 7  - Great Salt Bay

Snow Goose

Jan 18 - Deptula Lane, Wells Marsh

Gnatcatchers and Kinglets (3)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Apr 21 - Fort Foster * Photo: May 31 - Fort Foster

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Jan 6 - Reid SP, Georgetown
Photo: Apr 2 - Trout Brook Nature Preserve

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Apr 2 - Trout Brook Nature Preserve, South Portland
Photo: Apr 2 - Florida Lake

Grosbeaks (5)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Feb 3 - Capisic Pond Park

Blue Grosbeak


May 21 - Monhegan Island

Evening Grosbeak

Jan 17 - Evening Grosbeak Stakeout
Photo: Feb 10 - 46 N Main Ave Orono ME 

Pine Grosbeak

Jan 2 - 220 Warrenton St Rockport

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


May 15 - Timber Trail

Gulls (9)

Bonaparte's Gull

Jan 7 - Rockland--Chickawaukie Pond

 

Glaucous Gull

Jan 19 - 497 Marginal Way Portland

 

Great Black-backed Gull

Jan 2 - Rockland Harbor--Breakwater
Photo: Feb 3 - Ferry Beach

Herring Gull

Jan 1 - 120 Evans St South Portland
Photo: Feb 3 - Ferry Beach 

Iceland Gull

Jan 12 - Mill Creek Cove
Photo: Jan 13 - Monhegan Island

 

Laughing Gull

Apr 6 - Pemaquid Harbor * Photo: May 14 - Kettle Cove

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Jan 2 - Rockland Harbor--Fales St

 

Ring-billed Gull

Jan 2 - 359 Atlantic Hwy Waldoboro ME
Photo: Jan 30 - Not Posted to eBird

Not Photographed

Black-legged Kittiwake - Jan 5 -Dyer Point

Hawks (9)

Broad-winged Hawk

Mar 23  -Biddeford
Photo: Apr 19 - Bradbury Mt

 

Cooper's Hawk

Jan 1 -Biddeford Pool
Feb 3 - Capisic Pond Park

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier - Jan 11 (South Thomaston)
Photo: Mar 30 - Pelreco Building

Osprey

Mar 28 - Brunswick
Photo: Apr 1 - Cobbosseecontee Lake, causeway

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

Jan 7 - Messalonski Lake--Boat Ramp

Red-tailed Hawk

Jan 1 - 480 Shore Rd Ogunquit
Photo: Mar 11 - Rustlewood Land Trust (Johnson Farm)

Rough-legged Hawk

Jan 8 - 264–298 River Rd Windham

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Jan 1 - Cannon Towel Outlet feeders * Photo: Jan 30 - Peaks Island

 

Not Photographed

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

Herons, Egrets and Spoonbills (11)

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Mar 3 -Trout Brook Nature Preserve, South Portland

Cattle Egret

Mar 6 - 139 Moosehead Trail Newport 

Great Blue Heron

Jan 5 - Scarborough Marsh--Dunstan Landing
Photo: Feb 8 - Not Posted to eBird

 

Green Heron

Apr 30 - Green Point
Photo: May 2 - Fort Foster

Little Blue Heron

May 4 - Spurwink Cemetery
Photo: May 4 - Spurwink Cemetery

Little Egret

Jun 22 - Scarborough Marsh

Tricolored Heron

Mar 23 - Spurwink Cemetery

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


Jul 26 - Ovens Mouth East Preserve, Boothbay

Hummingbirds (1)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Apr 30  - Green Point
Photo: May 1 - Cushman Point/Back River

Ibises (2)

Jays (2)

Canada Jay

May 27 - Rangeley--Boy Scout Woods * Photo: June 5 - Katahdin Woods and Waters

Kingfishers (1)

Belted Kingfisher

Jan 1 - Spurwink Rd Scarborough ME
Photo: Apr 1 - Cobbosseecontee Lake, causeway

Longspurs and Larks (3)

Eastern Meadowlark

 Mar 25 - Brunswick Executive Airport
Apr 14 - Kennebunk Plains

Horned Lark

Jan 7 - 601–695 Beedle Rd, Richmond
Photo: Feb 19 - Flood Brothers Dairy

Lapland Longspur

Feb 1 - Flood Brothers Dairy

Loons and Grebes (5)

Common Loon

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

Horned Grebe

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Jan 20 - Ferry Beach

Red-necked Grebe

Jan 4 - Cape Neddick Light
Jan 6 - Not Posted to eBird

 

Red-throated Loon

Jan 11 - Sears Island

 

Peid-billed Grebe

Reid-billed Grebe - Mar 15 - Dunstan Landing * Photo: May 1 - East Branch Sebasticook River Reservoir (Corinna Bog/Corundel Lake)

Mimics, Starlings and Pipits (5)

American Pipit

Apr 13 - Biddeford Pool--East Point Sanctuary

Brown Thrasher

Apr 18 - 158–250 McNeil Rd, Fryeburg
Apr 24 - Fort Foster

European Starling

Jan 1 - 1108 Post Rd Wells
Photo: Jan 27 - Not Posted to eBird

Gray Catbird

Apr 24 - Fort Foster

Northern Mockingbird

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Mar 11 - Fort Foster

Nuthatches and Creepers (3)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Jan 2 - Cushman Point/Back River
Jan 6 - Cumberland/Falmouth Foreside

White-breasted Nuthatch

Jan 1 - Cushman Point/Back River
Feb 2 - 1008 Dutchneck Rd Waldoboro

Orioles (2)

Baltimore Oriole

Mar 8 - Nequasset Park (Town of Woolwich)

Orchard Oriole

Mar 11 - Capisic Park

Owls, Nightjars, and Swifts (10)

Chimney Swift


Jun 8 - 8 Mason St, Brunswick

 

Great Horned Owl

Jan 1 - 2–18 Charles E Jordan Rd, Cape Elizabeth
Photo: May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery

 

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl - Jan 7 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp
Photo: Mar 24 - Brunswick Sand Plains

Snowy Owl

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool

Audio Only

Eastern Screech Owl - Feb 15 - Peaks Island
Eastern Whip-poor-will - May 2 - Kennebunk Plains
Chuck-will's-widow - Jun 13 - Great Pond Mtn. Wildlands--Hothole Valley Parcel
Common Nighthawk - Jul 19 - Portland

 

 

 

No Photograph

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

 

Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys (4)

Ring-necked Pheasant


May 21 - Monhegan Island

Wild Turkey

Jan 1 - 1063–1079 Sawyer Rd Cape Elizabeth
Feb 15 - Not Posted to eBird

 

Ruff Grouse

Ruffed Grouse - Jan 17 - 68–198 Jefferson Rd Whitefield * Photo: Jun 5 - Katahdin Woods and Water

 

No Photograph

Spruce Grouse - Jun 30 - B&A Railroad Rd. N. Shirley Mills ME

 

Pelicans (0)

Rails, Gallinules, Coots, and Cranes (5)

American Coot

Jan 2 - Meadow Brook on Thompson Street

 

Common Gallinule

May 17 - Essex Woods--Watchmaker St. entrance

 

Sandhill Crane

Mar 28 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp * Mar 16 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp

 

Audio Only

Virginia Rail - April 17 - Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve, Boothbay Harbor

 

No Photograph

Sora - April 27 - Sanford Lagoons