From: Jennifer Hammett <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wed, June 1, 2011 9:31:53 PM
Subject: Amazing story on migrants in Maine
This was originally off of the Oklahoma list. I am so jea
This was originally off of the Oklahoma list. I am so jealous, would have loved
to experience this. The pictures are amazing.
Check out the
lighthouse keeper's account and pics of a warbler fallout off the
coast of Maine last week:
Be sure to click next to view all the pictures.
Here is the report, written by the lighthouse keeper there. Note his remark
"15 warblers perched on me comprising 11 species":
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 06:31:45 -0300
From: Ralph Eldridge
Subject: MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND REPORT
The wind drop and shift overnight seems to have encouraged heavy migrant
The movement through here was easily the largest this year and one of the
largest that I've ever seen.
The fog and rain showers prompted lots of fall-outs. There was a good mix of
species including shorebirds and Gr. Blue Herons.
Thrushes and Catbirds were noted but the mass was warblers. At one point,
while on the light taking a few photos, I counted 15 warblers perched on me
They feel odd when they cling to your beard or cozy down to sleep in your
A Blackburnian Warbler and Yellow Warbler squabbled for several minutes to
see which would perch on my right index finger, both oblivious to the
finger's movements as I took photos and made camera adjustments. Evenyually,
both the warblers lost the apparent prime perch to a male Common
Yellowthroat. That fellow kept his position for nearly a half hour,
interrupted only briefly when I had to reach into my pocket a coup0le times.
I bet that White Head is dripping warblers this morning.
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