Hog Island Adventure Part 2-Lifers Galore

        The second day arrived and started at 5:45 AM with an early morning bird walk through part of the island. We saw and heard quite a few species even though we were only out for about an hour and I got two lifers total including Common Eider and Purple Finch. After eating a delicious breakfast, we set out for the mainland and birded along McCurdy Pond Road for a few hours. I got four lifers there including Canada Warbler, Veery, Black-capped Chickadee and Broad-winged Hawk and was satisfied at getting fabulous looks at a Canada Warbler, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Northern Waterthrush perched in the top of a tree. We also got to hear my favorite birdsong, that of the Common Loon. That could be the last time I see a Northern Waterthrush perched in a tree for so long as they almost always prefer the ground. We went back to Hog Island for lunch and soon after went on our afternoon trip to Demerescotta Pond on the mainland again. I got three lifers there as well including Bobolink, Black-billed Cuckoo, and Alder Flycatcher. Other highlights include Yellow Warblers and Soras. We saw all kinds of wildflowers including Prairie Rose, Chickweed, Oxeye Daisy, Spotted Napweed, Helol, Buttercups and Meadow Rue. We rode back to Hog Island and finished the day with a 30 minute boat ride to Wreck Island where we saw a Great Blue Heron rookery. I got four lifers there again including Great Black-backed Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Cormorant and Manx Shearwater. Other highlights there included Black Scoter, and lots of Common Eiders. Here are the species lists for the four places:
Hog Island Early Morning Hike:
American Crow 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Herring Gull 5
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Common Eider 1
Laughing Gull 1
Black Guillemot 1
Common Tern 1
Northern Parula 1
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1

McCurdy Pond Road:
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Ovenbird 2
Pine Warbler 2
Veery 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Common Loon 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Brown Creeper 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Canada Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush 1

Demerescotta Pond:
Bobolink 10
American Crow 1
Barn Swallow 15
American Goldfinch 5
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Song Sparrow 3
Yellow Warbler 1
Cedar Waxwing 1-on nest
Tree Swallow 5
Bald Eagle 1
Canada Goose 5
Sora 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Osprey 2
Mourning Dove 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Wreck Island:
Great Blue Heron 4
Black Scoter 1
Herring Gull 50
Great Black-backed Gulls 20
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Cormorant 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Manx Shearwater

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