MAINE BIG YEAR 2021 GALLERY (S – Z)

293 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.

Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels (8)

Cory's Shearwater


Jul 23 - Boothbay Pelagic

Great Shearwater


Jun 7 - Boothbay Pelagic

 

Manx Shearwater


Jul 23 - Boothbay Pelagic

Northern Fulmar


Jun 7 - Boothbay Pelagic

Sooty Shearwater


Jul 16 - Boothbay Pelagic

Wilson's Storm Petrel


Jun 7 - Boothbay Pelagic

No Photograph

Leach's Wilson's Storm Petrel - Jun 21 - Boat trip, Cutler - Machias Seal Island

Shorebirds (28)

American Oystercatcher

Apr 18 - Scarborough March--Pine Point

 

Black-bellied Plover

Apr 30 - Wharton Point, Brunswick * May 24 - Biddeford Pool--Hattie's Restaurant

 

Dunlin

Jan 20 - Wells Beach Jetty

 

Greater Yellowlegs

Apr 13 - Scarborough Marsh -- Pelecro Building

 

Killdeer

Mar 8 - Kate Furbish Preserve  * Photo: May 30 - Thorndike

 

Least Sandpiper

May 10 - Weskeag Marsh * Photo: May 14 - Spurwink Marsh

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

Apr 2  - Sanford Lagoons
Apr 25 - Spurwink Marsh at Sawyer Road

Long-billed Dowitcher

May 11 - Flood Brothers Dairy

Pectoral Sandpiper

Apr 25 - Spurwink Marsh

 

Piping Plover

Mar 30 - Wells Beach

Purple Sandpiper

Jan 3 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit 
Photo: Feb 21 - Dyer Point

 

Red-necked Phalarope


Jun 7 - Boothbay Pelagic

 

Ruddy Turnstone

May 2 - Biddeford Pool * Photo: May 24 - Biddeford Pool--Hattie's Restaurant

 

Sanderling

Jan 6 - Reid SP

 

Semipalmated Plover

 
May 14 - Kettle Cove * Photo: May 22 - Goose Rocks Beach

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper

May 14 - Spurwink Marsh at Sawyer Road * Photo: May 31 - Fort Foster

 

Short-billed Dowitcher

May 2 - Spurwink Marsh at Sawyer Road * Photo: May 24 - Biddeford Pool--Hattie's Restaurant

Solitary Sandpiper

May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery

 

Spotted Sandpiper

May 11 - Evergreen Cemetery

 

Upland Sandpiper

Mar 27 - Kennebunk Plains

 

White-rumped Sandpiper


Jul 22 - Popham Beach

 

Willet

Mar 26 - Dunstan Landing

 

Wilson's Phalarope

May 11 - Flood Brothers Dairy

 

Wilson's Snipe

Mar 24 - Rustlewood Land Trust * Photo: May 30 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp

 

Audio Only

American Woodcock - Apr 11 - Zak Preserve

No Photograph

Whimbrel - Jul 12 - Popham Beach

Shrikes and Vireos (7)

Blue-headed Vireo

Apr 21 - Fort Foster

Northern Shrike

Jan 4 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp

Philadephia Vireo

May 14 - Spurwink Cemetery

Red-eyed Vireo


May 21 - Monhegan Island

Warbling Vireo

May 3 - Green Point

White-eyed Vireo

May 11 - Hinckley Park

Yellow-throated Vireo


May 19 - Brownfield Blog

Skuas and Jaegers (0)

Sparrows (17)

American Tree Sparrow

Jan 1 - Cannon Towel Outlet feeders

 

Chipping Sparrow

Apr 4 - Cushman Point/Back River
Photo: Apr 20 - Beech Hill Preserve

 

 

Dark-eyed Junco

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

Field Sparrow

Mar 24 - University of New England
Photo: Apr 8 - Sanford Lagoon

 

Grasshopper Sparrow

May 13 - California Fields, Poland

Fox Sparrow

Jan 17 - The 20 Acre Wood
Photo: Mar 15 - River Point Conservation Area, Falmouth

House Sparrow

Jan 1 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit
Photo: Jan 1 - Cannon Towel Outlet feeders

Lincoln's Sparrow

May 10 - Butler Head Preserve * Photo: May 16 - Hinckley Park

Nelson's Sparrow

 May 24 - Scarborough Marsh--behind Clam Bake Restaurant * Photo: May 29 - Weskeag Marsh

Savannah Sparrow

Feb 1 - Flood Brothers Dairy
Photo: Feb 19 - Flood Brothers Dairy

Song Sparrow

Jan 4 - Fort Foster Park, Kittery
Photo: Jan 31 - Capisic Pond Park

Swamp Sparrow

Apr 5 - Fort Foster
Photo: Apr 10 - Florida Lake

Vesper Sparrow

Apr 4 - Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve

White-crowned Sparrow

May 7 - Evergreen Cemetery * Photo: May 13 - 2 Reynolds Ln, Lubec

White-throated Sparrow

Jan 5 - Gilsland Farm Audubon Center 
Photo: Jan 6 - Cumberland/Falmouth Foreside

No Photograph

Clay-colored Sparrow - Jun 8 - Kennebunk Plains--Maguire Rd.

Swallows (6)

Bank Swallow

May 17 - 38–186 Hovey Luce Rd, Mount Vernon * Photo: Jun 17 - 65 Mt Auburn Ave, Auburn

Barn Swallow

Apr 8 - Pleasant Hill Preserve
Photo: Apr 27 - Sanford Lagoon

 

Cliff Swallow

 Apr 30 - Sanford Lagoon * Photo: Jul 14 - Scarborough Marsh--Pelreco Building

 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Apr 13 - Fortunes Rock -- Beach & Pond
Photo: Apr 24 - Factory Island

 

Purple Martin

Apr 28 - Martin Houses, Belgrade * Photo: May 30 - Martin Houses, Belgrade

 

Tree Swallow

Mar 28 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp
Photo: Apr 8 - Florida Lake

 

Swans (1)

Mute Swan

Mute Sawn - May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick * Photo: May 27 - Scarborough Marsh--Pelecro Building

 

Tanagers (2)

Scarlet Tanager

May 10 - 50–98 Spur Rd Orrs Island

 

Western Tanager

Jan 1 - Cliff House, York

 

Terns, Skimmers and Tropicbirds (6)

Arctic Tern

 May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick * Photo: Jun 21 - Machias Seal Island

Black Tern

May 16 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp * Photo: May 30 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp 

Common Tern

May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick * May 12 - Pine Point Jetty

Least Tern

May 8 - Popham Beach

 

Red-billed Tropicbird

Jun 10 - Seal Island

Roseate Tern

May 12 - Pine Point Jetty

Thrushes (8)

American Robin

Jan 5 - 10 Stornoway Rd Cumberland Foreside

Bicknell's Thrush


Jun 10 - Saddleback Mt

Eastern Bluebird

Jan 1 - 734–768 Shore Rd Cape Neddick
Photo: Feb 21 - Pleasant Hill Preserve

 

Hermit Thrush

Mar 11 - Eliot

 

Redwing

Jan 29 - Capisic Pond Park

Swainson's Thrush

May 27 - Rangeley--Boy Scout Woods

Veery

Apr 18 - Florida Lake
Photo: May 8 - Green Point

Wood Thrush

May 4 - River Point Conservation Area

Tits and Titmice (1)

Tufted Titmouse

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

 

Towhees (1)

Eastern Towhee

Apr 21 - Laudholm Farm--Muskie Trail

Vultures (2)

Turkey Vulture

Jan 8 - 150 Leeman Hwy Bath
Photo: Mar 3 - Windham

 

Black Vulture

Mar 3 - Windham

 

Warblers and Chats (30)

American Redstart

Mar 23 - Hinckley Park * Photo: Jun 24 - Green Point

 

Bay-breasted Warbler


May 18 - Hinckley Park

 

Black-and-White Warbler

Mar 23 - Hinkley Park

 

Blackburnian Warbler

 May 7 - Florida Lake * Photo: May 9 - Sprauge Pond Preserve

 

Blackpoll Warbler


May 15 - Hinckley Park

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler

 May 7 - Florida Lake * Photo: May 9 - Sprague Pond Preserve

 

Black-throated Green Warbler

 Apr 28 - Thorncraig Bird Sanctuary, Lewiston
Photo: May 3 - Reid State Park--Ice Pond

 

Blue-winged Warbler

 May 4 - River Point Conservation Area
Photo: May 4 - Hinckley Park

 

Canada Warbler

May 9 - Sprague Pond Preserve * Photo: Jun 24 - Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson

 

Cape May Warbler

May 14 - Hinckley Park *May 15 - Spurwink Church Cemetery

Chestnut-sided Warbler

May 6 - Green Point

 

Common Yellow-throat Warbler

Photo: May 2 - Fort Foster

 

Louisiana Waterthrush

Mar 18 - Outlet Rd, Poland

Magnolia Warbler

May 8 - Nequasset Park (Town of Woolwich) * Photo: May 14 - Spurwink Church Cemetery

 

Nashville Warbler

May 2 - Evergreen Cemetery * Photo: Jun 18 - Boot Head Preserve

 

Northern Parula

Apr 24 - 2462 Tatnic Rd, South Berwick
Photo: Apr 27 - Hinkley Park

 

Northern Waterthrush

May 4 - River Point Conservation Area 
Photo: May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery

 

Orange-crowned Warbler

Jan 6 - Cumberland/Falmouth Foreside

 

Ovenbird

Apr 24 - Fort Foster Park
Photo: May 7 - Florida Lake

 

Palm Warbler

Apr 8 - Florida Lake
Photo: Apr 10 - Florida Lake

 

 

Pine Warbler


Mar 11 - Kennebunkport * Photo: Apr 14 - Kenebunk Plains

Prairie Warbler

Apr 11 - Captain Fitzgerald, Brunswick * Photo: May 13 - California Fields

 

Prothonotary Warbler


May 22 - Hinckley Park

 

Tennessee Warbler

May 14 - Hinckley Park

 

Wilson's Warbler


May 10 - Florida Lake * Photo: May 14 - Spurwink Church Cemetery

Yellow-breasted Chat

Jan 2 - Thomaston

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Jan 6 - Reid SP, Georgetown
Apr 23 - Hinkley Park

 

Yellow-throated Warbler

Feb 7 - Waldoboro

 

Yellow Warbler


May 3 - Reid State Park--Ice Pond * May 8 - Green Point WMA

 

Audio Only

Mourning Warbler - June 2 - Monton Cutoff, Andover

 

Waxwings (2)

Bohemian Waxwing

Jan 11 - University of Maine--Orono campus
Photo: Apr 8 - Butler Head

Cedar Waxwing

Jan 7 - Waldoboro Town Landing

Woodpeckers (7)

Black-backed Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Jan 1 - Biddeford Pool
Photo: Jan 11 - Not Posted to eBird

 

Northern Flicker

Jan 5 - 63 Pine Point Rd Scarborough
Photo: Mar 24 - Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

 

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker - Jan 6 (Reid SP, Georgetown)
Photo:  Apr 2 - Sanford Lagoons

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Jan 2 - Cushman Point/Back River
Photo:  Jan 25 - River Point Conservation Area, Falmouth

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Wrens (5)

Carolina Wren

Jan 1 - Cliff House, York
Photo: Jan 31 - Capisic Park Pond

 

House Wren

Apr 26 - Capisic Park

Marsh Wren

Apr 2  - Sanford Lagoons

Rock Wren

Jan 4 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit