News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert – April 30 – May 6, 2012

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Summer Tanager
  • York County

A common gallinule was seen in a small pond on the west side of Route 16, just north of the intersection of Route 16 and Pond Brook Road on the 6th.

A hooded warbler continuing from April 29th at the Biddeford Pool Land Trust off 7th Street was last reported on the 30th.

On the 5th a prothonotary warbler was found on the edge of the pond at the end of Elphis Street at Biddeford Pool and it continued throughout this period.
Greater Portland

Two louisiana waterthrushes were seen on the 30th downstream of the Windham Center Road Bridge over the Pleasant River.

Highlights from the Scarborough Marsh

A cattle egret at Seavey’s Landing on April 30th, two white-faced ibis and one tricolored heron typically seen near Dunstan Landing, and an early stilt sandpiper was seen off the Eastern Trail on May 2nd and 3rd.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

A sandhill crane continues to be seen at the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve off Route 41 in Readfield.


On the 30th a summer tanager was seen on feeders at a private farm in Bowdoinham where it stayed until May 2nd.

A large group of at least 57 red crossbills were seen around Morse Mountain, where they apparently bred, on the 6th.

Central Maine

A snow goose continued at Witter Farm in Old Town on the 2nd.
On the 5th, a prairie warbler was found at the Bangor City Forest on the backside of the return loop.


Continuing from April 27th, a summer tanager was seen in Hulls Cove on May 1st.
Northern Maine

On the 3rd, two black-backed woodpeckers and two american three-toed woodpeckers were seen in close proximity within Baxter State Park.

Two greater white-fronted geese, one adult and one immature bird, were seen near Washburn on May 1st.

Reports of lingering rough-legged hawks came from Hersey on April 30th and Presque Isle on May 1st.