Chebeague Birds


This bird has been hanging around the Golf Course for the past week. This picture was taken November 26, 2000. I think it is a Snow Goose - white morph immature.
Sites about Snow Geese:

Willow Ptarmigan - she was spotted up by the firehouse on May 16th, 2000 by my daughter Darya and me. The range is usually Arctic regions - lives in the tundra. The Maine Audubon Society sent representatives down May 17th to see the bird and they confirmed that it is a Willow Ptarmigan. It looks like he has white fur boots and he is not afraid of cars, trucks or people - I hope it can survived the dogs, cats and foxes.
May 26,2000 - Every day we check on Willy and he seems to be content as can be hanging around the side of the road eating the blueberry bushes and being photographed by birders who come everyday to see him. I can't believe that on the 17th 9 people spent 6 hours in the rain and never saw him, because I believe he has been found everyday since. Our biggest worry is the foxes, dogs and cats around - and now I'm even concerned about the cars.
May 28, 2000 - At dusk Willy was seen heading Southwest into the woods off of Roy Hill Road halfway between South Road and North Road. I haven't heard of anyone spotting him yesterday or today. I've been checking all the spots where he has been sited and haven't seen him.
June 2, 2000 - I have heard of no sightings of Willy since the 28th. He may be in Parker's Woods hiding from the Paparazzi, he may have flown the coop, or he may no longer be with us. Many of us have been looking like crazy and I have walked through all the woods and haven't seen any feathers either. If we hear of any sightings I'll report back.
June 3, 2000 - Seen along the Littlefield Road eating wild blueberries and looking healthy.
June 9, 2000 - No sightings since last Saturday - lots of looking for it my many trips around the island!
June 16, 2000 - Still no sightings

Ptarmigan page:
Just click here to see some more pictures of it and information about the three other times a Willow Ptarmigan has been sighted in Maine.

May 16,2000 above May24, 2000 below

ptarmigan links:


I took this picture of a banded rock dove (pigeon) on top of a roof on the East End on May 19. It has been hanging around the Whitakers and Ross' house and is well fed. In the meantime Stephen (my husband has been trying to catch the bird that has been living aboard our boat (he finds signs of it whenever he goes out to the boat). Last night we snuck up to the enclosed cabin of the boat in our outboard and sure enough "Rocky" was perched on the sill on top of the cell phone all content in his home. Rocky has found a way in around the hauler. We got him out and as soon as we were almost to the wharf we saw Rocky finding his way inside again.

Two House Finches and an Indigo Bunting

All of these pictures were taken between May 11th - 13th 2000 at our backyard feeders except for the Eastern Kingbird 


I don't know what the house finch was saying but the bunting was sure interested!

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Hairy woodpecker

Baltimore Oriole


A female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Eastern Kingbird on the Golf Course - picture taken May 16th

Cowbird, Orioles and Bluejay


Scarlet Tananger pictures taken by Deborah Gordon in May in her back yard.

Barred Owl pictures taken February 10th, 2000

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