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Monhegan Island, Maine
Fall 2008

The fall's annual trip to Monhegan Island was among the most memorable. Here's evidence: Dickcissel and Blue Grosbeak in the same scope view. Warblers at our feet (especially that tired Prairie Warbler). Northern Gannetts diving just offshore. Peregrine Falcons and Merlins zooming everywhere around us. We even experienced a bit of Tropical Storm Kyle. (Yep, we bird in the rain.)

Bryan himself spent 15 days on Monhegan, getting a chance to help with the start of lobster fishing season on October 1. He plans to run two Monhegan trips again next year -- September 17-20 and 26-29. (You'll know where to find him in between.)

Below is Bryan's personal trip list (113 species, including 23 warbler species) with some notables in bold:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Common Eider
Black Scoter
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Ring-necked Pheasant
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black Guillemot
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder/Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Solitary Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Dickcissel (pictured to the right)
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Lark Sparrow (pictured to the right)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Butterflies and Dragonflies
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
American Copper
Mourning Cloak
American Lady
Painted Lady (pictured to the right)
Red Admiral

Common Green Darner
Shadow Darner
Meadowhawk species
Black Saddlebags

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