Wildlife Sightings

Sunshine: Plumb Point, NW corner-
Saw a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers about 20 feet from the South side of the house on Feb. 9th. They hung around quite a while, mostly pecking at a large stump.

Then two days ago we saw a Deer swimming from somewhere west of us out of Greenlaw Cove towards Bear Island. He/She swam past the closest possible landing on Little Bear/Black Is. and on to Bear Is. a bit beyond. It seemed unfazed by the rather long swim and not at all tired out. Amazing... brrrr.
Ellen Rowan : Mar 4, 2010
Thursday Feb. 18 at the head of Conary Cove a Barred owl flew down below our deck and back up landing in a tree near our house. It was carrying a small rodent. After a few minutes it devoured it's prey.
Bob Wilson : Feb 21, 2010
Saturday February 13, the eagles were carrying sticks to their nest on Carney Island. Seen during an IHT Bird Walk. Also seen a Rough-legged Hawk over Route 15 by Scott's Landing.
Mike Little : Feb 13, 2010
During this past week I have heard the Chickadees singing their spring song - "Fee-bee, fee-bee" at my house in North Deer Isle. Last night the Great Horned Owls were making a racket as they come into their mating season -also in North Deer Isle. And on Tuesday, a flock of Robins flew across Burnt Cove Road in Stonington near the town line.
Mike Little : Jan 28, 2010
Saw a mink down by the water edge in Conary Cove looking for food on Jan. 17 2010.
Bob Wilson : Jan 22, 2010
About 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 28 a Sharp-shinned Hawk attempted to find a meal among the goldfinches at our feeders. It was not successful, but it took almost an hour for any birds to return to the feeders. We are located on the Bow Cat across from Carney Island.
Phil Glaser : Nov 28, 2009
Location: Southwest Harbor, Sunset, ME
Area count: ~200 acres
Time: 1135-1215

Red-necked Grebe 86
Chip Moseley : Oct 29, 2009
Location: Scott's Landing
Observation date: 10/14/09
Notes: I would estimate that we witnessed 2000 passerines migrating southward in the 1hr.and 20 minutes that we collected data. Most of the birds were passing high overhead so that species could not be determined.
Number of species: 26

Northern Goshawk 1, Merlin 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 60, Veery 1, Hermit Thrush 2, American Robin 1200, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 6, White-crowned Sparrow 1
Chip Moseley : Oct 14, 2009
Location: Scott's Landing
Observation date: 10/9/09
Notes: Sal Rooney and I worked this patch for 2 1/2 hours this AM. I would estimate that we witnessed ~2000 passerines passing through. It was impossible to keep track of the RCKI but I would guess that the number was more like 200+.
Number of species: 34

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 12, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)8, Red-eyed Vireo 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 100, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 150, Gray Catbird 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)30, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Palm Warbler (Yellow)11, Common Yellowthroat 3, Song Sparrow 8, Swamp Sparrow 5,White-throated Sparrow 25, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)22, Northern Cardinal 2, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Chip Moseley : Oct 9, 2009
Location: Scott's Landing 9:00-11:00
Osprey 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10, Black-throated Blue Warbler 3, Yellow-breasted Chat 1

Birding friend, Bill McHenry, photographed a Lincoln's Sparrow.
Chip Moseley : Oct 6, 2009
Pickering Cove, Oct. 5, early afternoon: 4 eagles, 2 kingfishers, 2 cormorants, 1 loon, 1 seal
Elke Dorr : Oct 6, 2009
Scott's Landing;
1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, alot of Yellow-rumped Warblers and the other species that one would expect to see in this season.
Chip Moseley : Sep 17, 2009
Notes: From 6:35 to 10:00AM, 600 to 1200 migrating passerines seen migrating southward. 3 Empids seen, most likely alders.
Number of species: 41
Double-crested Cormorant 40, Red-tailed Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird , Philadelphia Vireo , Red-eyed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin 31, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Palm, Redstart, Yellowthroat, Wilson's, Canada &..
Chip Moseley : Sep 6, 2009
Scott's Landing:
30 Cedar Waxwing, Wilson's Warbler

Wainwright Marsh & Reach Beach:
Blue-winged Teal 2. White-winged Scoter 1, Red-necked Grebe 2, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Short-billed Dowitcher 4,
Black Guillemot 7
Chip Moseley : Sep 1, 2009
Location: Wainwright Marsh
Observation date: 8/25/09

Blue-winged Teal 2, Semipalmated Plover 22, Solitary Sandpiper 4, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Lesser Yellowlegs 4, Semipalmated Sandpiper 4, Least Sandpiper 40, peep sp. 150, Short-billed Dowitcher 6
Chip Moseley : Aug 25, 2009
Location: Sand Beach (Oak Point Road)
Observation date: 8/21/09

Semipalmated Plover 25, Solitary Sandpiper 1,
Greater Yellowlegs 2, Semipalmated Sandpiper 25, Least Sandpiper 30. White-rumped Sandpiper 2, Bonaparte's Gull 18.
Chip Moseley : Aug 21, 2009
Location: Scott's Landing
Observation date: 8/19/09
Time: 9:00-10:30AM

Double-crested Cormorant 10
Bonaparte's Gull 15
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Mourning Dove 1
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 7
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 5
Cedar Waxwing 3
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Song Sparrow 4
American Goldfinch 6
Chip Moseley : Aug 19, 2009
Location: Reach Beach (Oak Point Road)
Observation date: 8/19/09
Number of species: 10

Mallard 15
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Semipalmated Plover 21
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 20
Least Sandpiper 12
White-rumped Sandpiper 7
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Herring Gull X
Chip Moseley : Aug 19, 2009
8/11/09 Freese Island - mink, eagle, ospreys
Barbara Southwo : Aug 15, 2009
Location: Mill Pond
Observation date: 8/11/09
Notes: Island Heritage Trust Field Trip.
Number of species: 11

American Black Duck X
Common Eider X
Black-bellied Plover 5
Semipalmated Plover 9
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 5
Bonaparte's Gull 21
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
American Goldfinch 2
Chip Moseley : Aug 11, 2009
Location: Southwest Harbor, Sunset, ME
Observation date: 8/6/09
Number of species: 17

American Black Duck 10
Common Eider 30
Semipalmated Plover 10
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 18
Least Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 10
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Common Tern 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Song Sparrow 3
Chip Moseley : Aug 6, 2009
Could I have spotted a silver fox or a lynx? Heading west on the Cemetary Rd. in Stonington I turned right at the Marine Supply store (not sure of road name) to revisit site of pink lady slippers (didn't find them). Returning back towards Cemetary Rd. I saw light bushy creature about double domestic cat size, cross the road.

(Probably not a lynx as they are a creature of the North Woods and unlikely to be on the island - Mike Little)
Barbara Southwo : Jun 29, 2009
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - North Deer Isle. Right out of context, but hopping about under my feeder!
Mike Little : Jun 26, 2009
Sunday morning (June 7) watched a large sleek otter in the rock weed at the east end of the beach at Scott's Landing. He was swimming among the weeds, then hauled out on a rock and proceeded to preen.
Mike Little : Jun 8, 2009
A large and healthy-looking red fox pouncing on field mice ( entertaining ! ) in the field close to the shore on Scott's Landing, May 29 and June 2. A neighbour has seen two of them and we are keeping a watch for kits.
Jean Wheeler : Jun 2, 2009


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