In late September, six lucky Mad Birders spent three wonderful days birding Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine . Led by Fred and Chris Pratt (Team Pipit), we enjoyed finding over eighty species of birds, many of them not usually seen in the East. The weather was fantastic, although Fred kept looking for those northwest winds to bring in lots of migrants. Nevertheless, we saw fifteen species of warbler, including Cape May, Orange-crowned, Wilson’s. Other highlights included five species of vireo, including White-eyed, a lifebird for me. Blue Grosbeak, Clay-colored and Lark Sparrows, American Bittern from the hotel window, and Black-billed Cuckoo spotted when lowering the bins after watching two Bald Eagles.
Monhegan is such a wonderful place, accessible by ferry only, a small village, the rest of the island great bird habitat with many trails. We met so many birders from NY, ME, MA, and many artists taking advantage of this picturesque spot.
Mad Birders on Monhegan!