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Monhegan Update No. 3

by Bryan on September 28th, 2011

Gentle north winds, the first in many days, carried a new wave of migrants to the island Tuesday. But songbird diversity remains relatively low. Noteworthy were two Western Kingbirds, several Dickcissels (often issuing their distinctive buzzy call note) two Lark Sparrows together and newly arrived Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Baltimore Orioles and Indigo Buntings. The abundant bird on the island now is most certainly Yellow-rumped Warbler. But here’s a Black-and-white Warbler near Monhegan’s Ice Pond.

What departed Monhegan on those north winds were insects, lots of them. Many of the Monarchs nectaring on asters and red clover on Monday during south winds were gone with Tuesday’s north winds. Same goes for the abundance of dragonflies here, particularly the mosaic darners in the genus Aeshna and the classic migratory species, Common Green Darner (Anax junius). But here’s a Common Buckeye, rare at this latitude, at Lobster Cove.

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