Evergreen and Capisic Park

by John Briggs on May 6, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

 UPDATE: The Hawk in question is an immature Cooper’s Hawk. Thanks to Stella, Luke and all the others who helped us out with the ID of this bird.

Early to rise this Sunday morning, my wife and I traveled to Portland and took a walk through Evergreen Cemetery and Capisic Park looking for [tag]Warblers[/tag]. Maybe it was the cold front that went through the area last night, bringing with it cooler temps and winds from the NNE, that caused a poor showing of Warblers that had been reported from the area on the Maine BirdList all week long.

We did have a good time regardless, meeting [tag]birders[/tag] from the [tag]Portland[/tag] area and talking about our birding experiences.

At Evergreen, a large Snapping Turtle surfaced in the large pond that is nearest the woods, Kingfishers chattered and splashed into the pond, Mallards chased each other, and mostly Ruby-Crowned Kinglets and Yellow Rumped Warblers flitted about the trees. I did hear a report about a Blue Throated Green flying across the pond, and a Water Thrush seen in a small stream on the woods side of the large pond.

A Double-Crested Cormorant and a single Spotted Sandpiper occupied the small stony island in the large pond.

At Capisic Park, an immature [tag]Hawk[/tag] was seen and photographed near the entrance to the park. I am not quite sure which species of Hawk this is, so a little help is appreciated. The first four pictures below show four different views of this hawk, so please comment on this article with your ID guesses.

Red-Winged Blackbirds were everywhere in the park, along with Ruby-Crowned Kinglets and Yellow-Rumped Warblers. A pair of Kingfishers chattered here and there, and Fox and Song Sparrows were seen on numerous occassions. A Lesser Yellowlegs was seen feeding in the brook that feeds the pond.

While I was walking up the hill that is mid-way into the park, I saw some movement along the waters edge. Investigating, I found the movement was an American Bittern, so blended in with its surroundings that it was nearly impossible to see. The photo is included below.

We will return to Evergreen and Capisic Park when the Warbler migration is in full swing, which will be in the next two weeks or so. There are still plenty of species of this [tag]bird[/tag] to see!

Below are pictures taken today. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view. Comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated. Don’t forget to scroll down the page for an article on Saturdays outing.

Hawk - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Hawk - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Hawk - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine.
Hawk - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Male Mallard fleeing from a frisky female - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Tufted Titmouse - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine.
Tufted Titmouse Flight - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. Double-Crested Cormorant - Evergreen Park - Portland, Maine. American Bittern - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.
Lesser Yellow Legs - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine. Lesser Yellow Legs - Capisic Park - Portland, Maine.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!


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