MAINE BIG YEAR 2021 GALLERY (S – Z)

229 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 (0)

Shorebirds (17)

American Oystercatcher

Apr 18 - Scarborough March--Pine Point

 

Black-bellied Plover

Apr 30 - Wharton Point, Brunswick

 

Dunlin

Jan 20 - Wells Beach Jetty

 

Greater Yellowlegs

Apr 13 - Scarborough Marsh -- Pelecro Building

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

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

Sanderling

Jan 6 - Reid SP

 

Pectoral Sandpiper

Apr 25 - Spurwink Marsh

 

Piping Plover

Mar 30 - Wells Beach

Purple Sandpiper

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

 

Solitary Sandpiper

May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery

 

Upland Sandpiper

Mar 27 - Kennebunk Plains

 

Willet

Mar 26 - Dunstan Landing

 

Wilson's Snipe

Mar 24 - Rustlewood Land Trust 

 

Audio Only

American Woodcock - Apr 11 - Zak Preserve

No Photograph

Short-billed Dowitcher - May 2 - Spurwink Marsh at Sawyer Road 
Ruddy Turnstone - May 2 - Biddeford Pool

 

Shrikes and Vireos (3)

Blue-headed Vireo

Apr 21 - Fort Foster

Northern Shrike

Jan 4 - Messalonskee Lake--boat ramp

Warbling Vireo

May 3 - Green Point

Skuas and Jaegers (0)

Sparrows (11)

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

 

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

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

White-throated Sparrow

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

Vesper Sparrow

Apr 4 - Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve

Swallows (5)

Barn Swallow

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

 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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

 

Purple Martin

Apr 28 - Martin Houses, Belgrade

 

Tree Swallow

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

 

No Photograph

Cliff Swallow - Apr 30 - Sanford Lagoon

 

Swans (1)

Mute Swan

Mute Sawn - May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick

 

Tanagers (1)

Western Tanager

Jan 1 - Cliff House, York

 

Terns and Skimmers (2)

No Photograph

Common Tern - May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick
Arctic Tern - May 8 - Simpson's Pt. Landing, Brunswick

 

Thrushes (6)

American Robin

Jan 5 - 10 Stornoway Rd Cumberland Foreside

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

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 (20)

American Redstart

Mar 23 - Hinckley Park

 

Black-and-White Warbler

Mar 23 - Hinkley Park

 

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

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler

May 6 - Green Point

 

Common Yellow-throat Warbler

Photo: May 2 - Fort Foster

 

Louisiana Waterthrush

Mar 18 - Outlet Rd, Poland

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

Yellow-breasted Chat

Jan 2 - Thomaston

 

Yellow-throated Warbler

Feb 7 - Waldoboro

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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

 

Yellow Warbler

Photo: May 3 - Reid State Park--Ice Pond

 

No Photograph

Prairie Warbler - Apr 11 - Captain Fitzgerald, Brunswick
Nashville Warbler - May 2 - Evergreen Cemetery
Magnolia Warbler - May 8 - Evergreen Cemetery 

 

Waxwings (2)

Bohemian Waxwing

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

Cedar Waxwing

Jan 7 - Waldoboro Town Landing

Woodpeckers (6)

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

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