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Birds and Bagels at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, August 2, 2013
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Birds and Bagels attendees walk along the path keeping an ear out for bird calls.
Birds and Bagels attendees walk along the path keeping an ear out for bird calls. - Photo Credit: Susan Adamowicz

On July 19th, 2013 it was just after 6AM and hazy on what was soon to be the hottest day of the summer. Nine Rachel Carson NWR employees, led by Brian Harris, a regionally renowned birder, stepped outside for an hour-long excursion. Our path led down a power line right-of-way covered with dense thickets of brambles and shrubs. Kelly Boland, a New England Cottontail Restoration Specialist, said that rabbits live in just the same kind of habitat a few miles away. A moment later, a red-tailed hawk gave its piercing call when it was harassed by a pair of eastern kingbirds. We were lucky to see eastern towhee and prairie warbler, even an indigo bunting sitting just above the path. But most birds were identified by their calls:  scarlet tanager, cedar waxwing, and chestnut-sided warbler among more than 25 other species.
“The shrub-scrub habitat isn’t where most of us normally work,” said salt marsh Land Management Research and Demonstration Biologist Susan Adamowicz. “But this walk gives us an opportunity to really open up and experience a common enough place as if for the first time.”
Later over coffee and breakfast, Candice Hodges, a Student Conservation Association intern from California said, “The best part of Birds and Bagels was learning about birds in the area by people who know them well. It was the first time since I’ve been here that people were willing to take time, look around, and identify birds with me. From this experience I learned how to ID birds based not only on physical appearance but by sound as well.”
The 3rd Annual Birds and Bagels was held in Wells, ME, sponsored by the Rachel Carson Land Management Research and Demonstration program. Other species identified were a brown snake, a red-bellied snake and a pearl crescent butterfly.



In attendance:
Susan Adamowicz, Land Management Research and Demonstration Biologist
Brian Harris, Salt Marsh Integrity/SHARP Bird Surveyor
Kelly Boland, New England Cottontail Restoration Coordinator
Lucy Atkins, Youth Conservation Corps Group Leader
Kaiti Titherington, Plover Technician
Suzanne Sullivan, Intern
Angela Patterson, Intern
Candice Hodges, Student Conservation Association Intern
Becca Bartkovich, Student Conservation Association Intern

Species Observed:
great blue heron
red-tailed hawk
mourning dove
barred owl
eastern phoebe
eastern kingbird
red-eyed vireo
American crow
tree swallow
black-capped chickadee
house wren
eastern bluebird
America robin
gray catbird
cedar waxwing
chestnut-sided warbler
black-and-white warbler
prairie warbler
pine warbler
common yellowthroat
scarlet tanager
eastern towhee
field sparrow
chipping sparrow
song sparrow
indigo bunting
common grackle
American Ggldfinchbellied snake
pearl crescent (Butterfly)

For Additional Information Contact:
Susan C. Adamowicz, Ph.D.
LMRD Biologist
Rachel Carson NWR
321 Port Rd.
Wells, ME 04090
207-646-9226 x31

Rachel Carson NWR website
Contact Info: Stephanie Petrus, 207-646-9226, stephanie_petrus@fws.gov
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