According to the predictions on eBird's annual Winter
Finch Forecast, several species of northern seed-eating birds will be
moving south this season due to a poor cone crop in the north. As of
mid-October, pine siskins, purple finches, red-breasted nuthatches and
red crossbills have already been showing up in larger numbers than usual
in New England, well south of their normal wintering grounds. This type
of movement is referred to as an irruption. Because of a widespread
crop failure of fruiting and cone-bearing trees in Canada, we may be
lucky enough to have a glimpse of crossbills, redpolls, pine grosbeaks
and evening grosbeaks this winter
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video shot over a 4
period of a brood of Robins being raised
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of a rescued baby hummingbird
CURRENT ISSUE: WINTER 2012
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Female Oriole (4MB) (7MB)
Orioles at Jelly (3.8MB) (7MB)
GoldFinch (2.6MB) (6MB)
Goldfinch at Feeder (2.75MB) (5.3MB)
Goldfinch Chick Begging (.8MB)
White-crowned Sparrow (1.8MB) (3.4MB)
Red-winged Blackbird (1.7MB) (3.2MB)
Summer Tanager (3.5MB) (6.5MB)
Starlings (3 MB) (6MB)
Starling Bathing (1.8MB)
Northern Shrike (1MB)
Pileated Woodpecker (1.9MB)
Cooper's Hawk (1.6MB)
Great Cormorant (1.1MB)
Eagle (2 MB)
Eagles on Nest (7.4 MB)
Peregrine Falcons (8.2
Puffins & Razorbills
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SBC's own Dave footer is the cover story on Lewiston Auburn
If you don't already subscribe you might want to. Or you can pick
up a copy at several locations around L-A... The Book Borrow at
the Auburn Mall comes to mind.
Thorncrag and the Stanton Bird Club are featured as the cover
Sept./Oct. 2010 issue of
Lewiston Auburn Magazine.
And congratulations to SBC's own Dan Marquis for doing the photography
for these two stories.
Stanton Bird Club
was founded in 1919 and named in honor of Dr. Jonathan Y. Stanton,
a professor at Bates College in Lewiston. Over the years, a number
of parcels of land were donated to the Club. These donations have
grown to encompass 372 acres, known as the
Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, in
the heart of Lewiston, Maine's second largest city.
The Club also owns and manages the 401 acre Woodbury
Bird Sanctuary in Monmouth.
Club is made up of people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds,
but they all share a love of nature in general, and birds in particular.
Today there are some 300 club members, including about 8
Junior Naturalists. A Board of Directors oversees the
Club's finances and activities, both of which have grown tremendously
in the last decade.
almost all of the Stanton Bird Club's activities are free of charge,
membership is encouraged because dues help finance stewardship
programs at Thorncrag and educational programs of the Junior Naturalists,
as well as help fund the Club's two other sanctuaries. Anyone
interested in membership can request
a membership brochure.
are held on the first Monday of the month from November through
May, starting at 6:30 pm at University of Maine L/A College on
Westminster Street in Lewiston. (Some exceptions do exist,
so please check the list) Visitors are always welcome and
the meetings are free and open to the public.
Stanton Bird Club offers numerous field trips throughout the year
to a variety of local hot spots in the Lewiston-Auburn area, as
well as state-wide and even to the coast of New Hampshire and
All trips are led by experienced birders.
We hope you'll join us in the field.
sure to check back on the field trip page to see the results of each outing, along
with any photos from the trip!
TRIP RESULTS ARCHIVES
IT'S HAPPENING HERE
Maine Stock Photos
Wood Thrush at Thorncrag in mid October
Thorncrag was also filled with Yellow-rumped Warblers last October.
A Common Yellow-throat seen in early October