Though the expected late-February warming trend is being experienced, most streams and rivers remain locked up in a thick layer of ice. The lowest and warmest temperatures of the month occurred on Presidents Day weekend (16-18th) and made it interesting for travelers.
With the increasing day length and sun intensity, the birds appear to be getting restless and some movement is already being seen. Some early bird song, territorial behavior and breeding displays were noted by reporters. The Great Backyard Bird Count turned up some good birds in northern
Common Goldeneye drakes have started doing their bizarre breeding display for the hens at the
Judging from the up tick in reports, it appears that Bald Eagles have begun returning to the area and have even started to show up at some nest sites. Adults were seen at the nest on
A Northern Goshawk buzzed some feeders in Caribou on Sunday the 24th. An early (overwintering?) Red-tailed Hawk was spotted along Interstate 95 in New Limerick on the 26th. The Presque Isle Cooper’s Hawk continues.
The only gull species reported in the area was a small flock of 16 Great Black-backeds that returned this week. They have been seen in Caribou and at the Tri-Community Landfill in
A Barred Owl was heard calling in the Woodland Bog Preserve in
With the onset of the breeding season, the woodpecker species have featured prominently in many reports. Literally dozens of Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers were reported drumming from around the county. Pileated Woodpeckers were also seen in good numbers especially at in-town locations.
Northern Shrikes were seen in Caribou (21st),
As of yet unsubstantiated, a Black-billed Magpie was reported to have been photographed in Limestone on the 18th. If it can be confirmed, this would be a first for northern
Gray Jays were seen last week near
The Great Backyard Bird Count produced a bunch of interesting discoveries during the count weekend of the 15th through the 18th. Reports included the first returning Horned Larks in
Both White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up on the count in good numbers. Rare away from feeders in northern
Northern Cardinals were seen in Caribou, Houlton and Presque Isle. The Caribou bird has begun to sing.
The Eastern Towhee continues on in Sherman Mills and according to the GBBC maps, appears to be the northern-most individual of this species on the continent! The bird is reported to be coming to the feeder daily.
Snow Buntings are reappearing in good numbers as winter winds down. Double digit counts were reported from flocks in
The over-wintering Rusty Blackbird continues in Presque Isle and was seen as recently as the 26th.
Finch highlights this period included three Hoary Redpolls at a feeder in
Pine Grosbeaks remain widespread and numerous throughout the county. Evening Grosbeaks are more spotty, but good sized flocks are still being reported. 50+ of each species visit my feeders daily in