Hog Island 6/19/14

On the final full day of the camp, we took the ferry to the mainland and went birding at four locations. This is one of my favorite parts of the camp as this day brings the most species diversity. First, we stopped and walked along McCurdy Pond Rd. Highlights there include lifer Least Flycatcher, one Veery, multiple Ovenbirds, a singing Magnolia Warbler, and an amazing view of a Canada Warbler. Next, we stopped at the Damariscotta River Association’s Great Salt Bay Farm Wildlife Preserve. Highlights at this beautiful marshy area include American Black Duck with chicks, Hooded Merganser chicks, Bobolinks, adult and immature Bald Eagles, a calling Sora, Alder Flycatcher, Swamp Sparrow and spectacular views of a Yellow Warbler. On the way to the final location, we briefly stopped along Feyler’s Corner Rd where we heard three lifer Nashville Warblers and saw a flyover female Wood Duck. Finally, we visited a private property on Clarry Hill Ln where we got amazing views of Vesper and Savannah Sparrows. Overall, I had a blast at the camp and I would love to go back as an adult. The birds as well as the people make Hog Island a special place and the National Audubon Society a special organization. Everyone should have the opportunity to attend this wonderful camp at some point. Good Birding!

McCurdy Pond Rd:

Birds (18 species, 1 lifer):

Broad-winged Hawk  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
*Least Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2     
Red-eyed Vireo  4
American Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Veery  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Ovenbird  4
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Magnolia Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Canada Warbler  1    
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
American Goldfinch  1

Damariscotta River Association:

Birds (31 species, 0 lifers):

American Black Duck  20     3 young
Mallard  30
Hooded Merganser  7     Females. One had two chicks
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  3    
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Sora  1     Calling from marsh
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Alder Flycatcher  1     Heard first two rising notes of wee-bee-o call.
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  10     
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  5    
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Bobolink  35     
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  10

Butterflies (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Wildflowers (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Cow Vetch

Ferns (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Interrupted Fern

Feyler’s Corner Rd:

Birds (2 species, 1 lifer):
Wood Duck  1     Female
*Nashville Warbler  3    Heard

Clarry Hill Ln:

Birds (5 species, 0 lifers):

Killdeer  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
Vesper Sparrow  2     
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2

Herbaceous Plants (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Lowbush Blueberry


Great Crested Flycatcher


Canada Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Quarter Moon


Canadian Tiger Swallowtail – noticeably smaller than Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Cow Vetch


Cumulus cloud


Immature Bald Eagle




Tree Swallow


Lowbush Blueberry


Vesper Sparrow