With drizzle already falling and rain on its way, we spent the morning searching farm fields hoping for Snow Buntings and other grassland denizens.
328 CANADA GEESE were present at Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth, but still no rare geese among them. Gulls-in-fields were another target today, and Thornhurst hosted about 50 RING-BILLED GULLS (total of 94 by the end of the morning) and 22 HERRING GULLS (total of 42 by the end), with a single GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL among them. 200 EUROPEAN STARLINGS crowded into a few trees and nearby wires, with about 30 ROCK PIGEONS and 25+ AMERICAN CROWS also present.
The primary destination was Mayall Road in Gray/New Gloucester, but it was very, very quiet. We did hear at least 2 HORNED LARKS, which sounded like they flew right in front of us, but with the wind and the mist, we never got eyes on them. About 30 MOURNING DOVES, four BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and another 45 or so American Crows were added to the list.
Working our way back, adding a few species and some more numbers to our totals en route, we arrived at Greely Road in Cumberland. 10 MALLARDS, 2 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and one NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD were all that we picked up, however.
Next up in this regular route is the Yarmouth Town Landing, which usually pads the list nicely. But it was a struggle today! However, among more Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, we found the bird of the day: a snazzy adult ICELAND GULL! Shockingly few ducks were limited to only ONE each of BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON MERGANSER.
We were still at 17 species when I squeezed in one last stop at the Cousin's River Marsh. A nice flock of 24 Black-capped Chickadees included a single RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and a few more down the road had a BROWN CREEPER in tow. With time winding down, and our species list still short, two sharp-eyed birdwalkers spotted a single hen HOODED MERGANSER at the last minute, our 20th species of the day and with that, we were allowed to get back for coffee and indoor warmth and dryness!