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Rare Bird Alert – February 1-7, 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Reporting Period: February 1 – 7, 2014
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Northern Pintail
  • Pacific Loon
  • Golden Eagle
  • Snowy Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker

York County
On the 1st, a SNOWY OWL was found at the Wells Beach ‘north’ parking area, perched on a chimney and best seen from the path leading toward the beach.

At least 4 SNOWY OWLS are still being seen regularly around Biddeford Pool this week.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported from the Cliff House in York on the 1st and again on the 2nd.

At least one SNOWY OWL was present at the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick on the 2nd.

Exact dates are unclear though a GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed in York, near the Scotland Bridge, and apparently was being seen fairly regularly.

Greater Portland
A SNOWY OWL continued to be seen at the Hook on Chebeague Island as of the 1st.

Lewiston-Auburn
In Minot, a SNOWY OWL was found along Pottle Hill Road on January 23rd was last reported on February 4th.

Midcoast
Continuing from January 2nd, an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still being seen along Whiskeag Road in Bath. Most observations are near the Whiskeag Creek, near the address: 166 Whiskeag Road, Bath.

A GOLDEN EAGLE is still being seen at the Bath Landfill, located at the end of Detritus Drive through this week.

On the 2nd, two SNOWY OWLS were seen at Popham Beach State Park.

Penobscot Bay
On the 2nd, there was a report of 1-2 SNOWY OWLS at Clarry Hill in Union, one at the Samoset Resort Golf Course in Rockport, and one at the Owls Head Airport.

Northern Maine
The NORTHERN PINTAIL that was found in a small pond behind the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle on January 24th continued to be seen there as of February 3rd.

SNOWY OWLS are still being seen regularly on the PT Barn in Presque Isle and at the intersection of the Connector and Route 1.

 

Rare Bird Alert – January 4 – 10, 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Northern Pintail
  • Golden Eagle
  • Purple Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow

York County
A deceased LONG-EARED OWL found in a yard along Fortunes Rocks in Biddeford on the 6th.

Up to eight SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen regularly around Biddeford Pool this week.

Greater Portland
A SWAMP SPARROW was found at Village Crossings in Cape Elizabeth on the 5th.

An injured LINCOLN’S SPARROW continues to be seen at feeders along Bradley Street in Portland.

Lewiston-Auburn
A SNOWY OWL was seen along King Road, across from Mockingbird Lane, in Sabattus on the 8th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
On the 4th, a SNOWY OWL was found above a farmhouse on Hinckley Road in Clinton. This location is about a mile north of Tardiff Road, and the bird was still being seen as of the 10th near the address: 839 Hinckley Road.

Midcoast
Continuing from January 2nd, immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still being seen along Whiskeag Road in Bath as of the 10th. Most observations are near the Whiskeag Creek, near the address: 166 Whiskeag Road, Bath.

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE, apparently the second of the winter for this location, continued throughout the week at the Bath Landfill, located at the end of Detritus Drive.

On the 4th, a SNOWY OWL was seen on New Sand Island near Popham Beach State Park.

A SNOWY OWL was reported on the afternoon of the 5th near the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was photographed on Matinicus Island during the Christmas Bird Count there on the 5th.

Penobscot Bay
A female NORTHERN PINTAIL and an AMERICAN COOT continued through this week in the Camden Harbor.

On the 5th, a SNOWY OWL was photographed on Beech Hill in Rockport.

Another SNOWY OWL was found along Perkins Road at the south end of Belfast on the 8th. This bird was still being seen here on the 9th.

Central Maine
Since November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Route 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). Following a dearth of reports, the bird was seen again on January 8th atop the pine trees at the northwest corner of this intersection. On the 9th it was seen at the intersection and later further east near the railroad tracks.

Downeast
A deceased PURPLE GALLINULE was found in Trenton on the 8th.

 

Rare Bird Alert – November 30 – December 6, 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • King Eider
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Hooded Warbler

York County
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Seapoint Beach in Kittery on the 5th.

On the 2nd, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed along Circuit Road in Berwick. The bird was seen again, just south of Circuit Road, on the 5th.

A drake KING EIDER was photographed from Marginal Way in Ogunquit on the morning of the 30th.

A SNOWY OWL was found on the rocks a couple hundred yards north of the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick on the 6th. South of here, another SNOWY OWL was found on the 6th along Long Sands Beach in York.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen along the Wells Jetty, located at the end of Foster Lane in Wells, on the 4th.

Mount Agamenticus in York hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 4th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen on Strawberry Island, visible from the rock ledges off Great Hill Road in Kennebunk on the 30th. Two new SNOWY OWLS were seen here on the 4th.

Biddeford Pool was the top spot for SNOWY OWLS this week with: 3 on the 30th, 5 on the 1st, 6 on the 2nd, peaking at 10 on the 3rd, and down to 4 on the 6th. A female HOODED WARBLER was seen foraging in a thicket at the edge of the field that borders the corner of Orcutt Road and First Street on the 5th.

Greater Portland
Two SANDHILL CRANES were filmed in Scarborough this week. They were reported from a marsh off Highland Ave on the 5th and 6th.

Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 30th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the field off Cross and Winn Roads in Cumberland on the 4th.

Midcoast
Away from the coast, a SNOWY OWL was seen on the 1st along Route 220, approximately 0.3 miles south of Route 17, in Washington.

On the 30th, three SNOWY OWLS were seen from Small Point in Phippsburg.

Also on the 30th, a SNOWY OWL was on the Morse River side of Popham Beach State Park. At least five SNOWY OWLS were photographed at the park on the 1st. A new SNOWY OWL was seen here on the 6th.

Monhegan Island’s SNOWY OWL count reached three on the 1st.

Waldoboro also hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 5th. This one was just off Chapel Road in Waldoboro, midway between Feylers Corner Road and Route 235.

Central Maine
A SNOWY OWL was seen in an open field off Route 220, about 2 miles south of the junction with Route 9/202 on the 5th.

Unity Pond hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 5th.

Since November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Route 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). More recently, the bird has been seen further east on Penobscot Valley Ave, near the railroad tracks. The bird was still being reported there as of December 4th.

Downeast
A SNOWY OWL was seen along the road up Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor on the 3rd.

On the 4th, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on Sargent Mountain in Acadia Nation Park.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Navy base in Cutler on the 5th.

Northern Maine
Aroostook County got on the board with a SNOWY OWL just south of the intersection of the Madore Road and Route 1 in Cyr Plantation (near Van Buren) on the 5th.

 

Rare Bird Alert – November 23 – 29, 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • King Eider
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Lark Sparrow

York County
A hen KING EIDER was seen off Seapoint Beach in Kittery on the afternoon of the 23rd.

On the 25th, a LARK SPARROW was reported from the Old Orchard Beach Transfer Station.

Greater Portland
A SNOWY OWL was perched atop one of the hunting blinds in the Scarborough Marsh, visible from the end of Seavey’s Landing Road in Scarborough on the 23rd.

On the 24th, a deceased SNOWY OWL was found along the Cliff Walk at Prouts Neck in Scarborough.

Midcoast
A late AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was reported from Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg on the 23rd.

On the 28th, two SNOWY OWLS were seen on island in the mouth of the Kennebec River. One was atop North Sugarloaf Island and the other on South Sugarloaf Island.

Penobscot Bay
A SNOWY OWL was photographed along the runways of the Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head on the 26th.

Central Maine
Since November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Rte 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). The bird does not seem to be entirely reliable at this location but was still being reported there as of November 26th.

Western Mountains
A SNOWY OWL was reported early in the week from the top of Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley.

 

Rare Bird Alert – November 2 – 8, 2013

Monday, November 11th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Barnacle Goose+
  • Eastern Screech-Owl+
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • ‘Audubon’s’ Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Clay-colored Sparrow

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/)

York County
The ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continued to be seen at Fort Foster in Kittery as of the 3rd. A late PRAIRIE WARBLER was also seen here on the 3rd.

Continuing from October 28th, a young GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued along Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick through the week.

On the 5th, a SNOW GOOSE was found at Rockin’ Horse Stables on Arundel Road in Kennebunkport. This bird was still being seen here on the 7th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Timber Point, off Granite Point Road in Biddeford, on the 3rd.

The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER on the 2nd.

Greater Portland
The adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE that had been seen around Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook last week has relocated with a SNOW GOOSE to the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough. The bird is often seen on the course’s fields or pond, which is best viewed from the Eastern Trail.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the Eastern Promenade in Portland on the 3rd.

On the 8th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was photographed along Sawyer Road in South Portland.

Midcoast
A late EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was photographed at Bailey Island in Harpswell on the 2nd.

On the evening of the 4th, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported calling from the Quaker Point area in West Bath.

Northern Maine
On the 6th, a CACKLING GOOSE was with 300+ CANADA GEESE across the road from the Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along Foxhill Road in Portage on the 6th and continued through the end of the week.

A late report was received of a BARNACLE GOOSE photographed on October 29th in Limestone.

 

Rare Bird Alert – October 26 – November 19, 2013

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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Reporting Period: October 26 – November 1, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Pacific Loon
  • Sandhill Crane
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Bell’s Vireo+
  • Rock Wren+
  • Orange-crowned Wabler
  • ‘Audubon’s’ Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Dickcissel

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/)

York County
An ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was photographed at Fort Foster in Kittery on the 27th. This bird was still present on the 30th.

On the 28th, a young GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed along Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick.

Two PACIFIC LOONS were reported from Marginal Way in Ogunquit on the 30th.

Greater Portland
An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the fields at Smiling Hill Farm on October 28th and was still present as of November 1st. Smiling Hill Farm is located at 781 County Road in Westbrook.

Capisic Pond Park, off Capisic Street in Portland, hosted a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on the 29th.

On the 31st, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in the North Meadow of Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.

A LARK SPARROW was reported from the feeders at the Freeport Wild Bird Supply store off Route 1 in Freeport on the 26th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Hedgehog Mountain in Freeport on the 30th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

On the 26th, a DICKCISSEL was reported from Unity.

Midcoast
A probable BELL’S VIREO was reported from Cape Small in Phippsburg on the 30th.

Late flycatchers from Monhegan Island this week included: an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE on the 28th and 30th, plus a LEAST FLYCATCHER and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER on the 29th.

Downeast
On the 30th, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Mount Desert Island High School.

Continuing from October 23rd, a WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported again from the Ingersoll Point Preserve in Addison on the 27th. The bird had previously been reliable near the intersection of the Alder Woods Trail and the Beach Trail on the northeastern point of the preserve.

A well described ROCK WREN was reported from the shore of Bog Brook Cove in Trescott on October 29th. This species has yet to be fully documented in Maine.

Western Mountains
On the afternoon of the 26th, five SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Fryeburg in the sod fields close to Route 113.

 

Rare Bird Alert – October 19 – 25, 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Pink-footed Goose+
  • Cackling Goose
  • Iceland Gull
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher+
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Bell’s Vireo+
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Blue Grosbeak

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/)

York County
On the 23rd, a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen throughout the day around Biddeford Pool. The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the 23rd.

Greater Portland
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth on the 21st. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER from the 21st was seen along the Eastern Promenade in Portland. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported coming to private feeders in Casco on the 24th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
On the 21st, a LONG-EARED OWL was reported from a yard in East Winthrop, along Cobbosecontee Lake.
The Viles Arboretum, off Hospital Street in Augusta, hosted a BLUE GROSBEAK early this week.

Midcoast
On the 19th, a WHITE-EYED VIREO was found at Head Beach in Phippsburg. This bird was still being seen along the east end of the beach on a thickly vegetated slope on the 23rd. A BELL’S VIREO was found along Abner Point on Bailey’s Island in Harpswell on the 22nd. This represents the fourth or fifth record of this species in the state.

In South Harpswell, a LARK SPARROW was photographed in a neighborhood “past the Lobster House but before Potts Point Road” on the 22nd.

Noteworthy species from Monhegan Island this week included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on the 19th and a photographed ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER on the 21st.

Penobscot Bay
An ICELAND GULL was found at the end of Lobster Lane in Owls Head on the 22nd.

Downeast
A WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported from the Ingersoll Point Preserve in Addison on the 23rd. It was seen at the intersection of the Alder Woods Trail and the Beach Trail on the northeastern point of the preserve. This bird was still being seen here on the 25th.

Western Mountains
There was a late report, from the 16th, of a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE on a forested mountainside near Claybrook Lodge in Highland Plantation.

Northern Maine
Maine’s fifth PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was photographed at Collins Pond in Caribou on the 19th. This bird was not relocated in the following days.

On the 21st, a CACKLING GOOSE was found with 1,100 CANADA GEESE at the mill pond in Limestone.

 

Rare Bird Alert – August 21-27, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • American White Pelican+
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Mew Gull+
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Dickcissel

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
On the 21st, a HOODED WARBLER was banded on Appledore Island, part of the Isles of Shoals.

A MARBLED GODWIT continued throughout the week along the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach in Biddeford. [Photo of the Marbled Godwit]

Greater Portland
Banders at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth caught a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on the 24th.

An impressive morning flight count for August came on the morning of the 24th at Sandy Point Beach on Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth. Beyond the high passerine counts, most noteworthy was a DICKCISSEL making the crossing.

Midcoast
On the 23rd, a FORSTER’S TERN was reported from Spirit Pond in Phippsburg.

Penobscot Bay
Continuing from August 3rd, Maine’s third MEW GULL was seen more regularly this week than when it was first found. Most reports were from the roof or fields of Oceanside High School off Valley Street in Thomaston. Reports were still positive as of the 26th.

Northern Maine
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued at Lake Josephine in Easton on the 22nd and 23rd. This bird has apparently been moving around between here and Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield and was reported as being seen “regularly all month.”

 

Rare Bird Alert – August 7-13, 2013

Monday, August 19th, 2013
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Reporting Period: August 7 – 13, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Tricolored Heron
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Little Gull
  • Mew Gull+
  • Forster’s Tern

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
On the 10th, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported from Hills Beach in Biddeford at low tide. A LITTLE GULL was reported from the Webhannet River Marsh in Wells on the 13th. One FORSTER’S TERN was photographed at the mouth of the Kennebunk River on the 11th.

Greater Portland
There were no reports of the WHITE-FACED IBIS in the Scarborough Marsh this week; the bird was last seen in basic plumage, which could lower its detectability. The adult TRICOLORED HERON and the two presumed TRICOLORED HERON x SNOWY EGRET hybrids do continue to be seen, often from the Eastern Trail running through the Scarborough Marsh.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
At least a single SANDHILL CRANE and one BLACK TERN are still being seen at Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade as of the 7th.

Midcoast
First located on August 8th, an adult FORSTER’S TERN was seen again at Maquoit Bay in Brunswick on the 11th.

Penobscot Bay
On August 3rd, Maine’s thirds MEW GULL was found behind Thomaston Grocery on Main Street in Thomaston. Despite careful searching, the gull was not relocated until the 12th when it was found roosting on the roof of building #7 at the Lyman Morse Boatyard early in the morning. The bird was seen again on the afternoon of the 13th at the Thomaston Pollution Control Plant, located at the end of Booker Street, and visible from the trails of the Thomaston Town Forest.

 

Maine Rare Bird Alert – July 17-23, 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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Black-Necked Stilt - Scarborough Marsh

Black-Necked Stilt – Scarborough Marsh by Chuck Homler

Reporting Period: July 17 – 23, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Red-billed Tropicbird+
  • Brown Booby+
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Little Gull
  • South Polar Skua+

York County
Three LITTLE GULLS continued to be seen along the beach at Laudholm Farm in Wells this week.

Presumably one of the Laudholm birds, a LITTLE GULL was seen on the north end of Drakes Island on the 20th.

Greater Portland
Two TRICOLORED HERONS were observed along with the presumed TRICOLORED HERON x SNOWY EGRET hybrid in the pannes off the Eastern Road on the 19th. At least one WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen at this time.

The last report of the BLACK-NECKED STILT that had been frequenting the Scarborough Marsh came from July 17th, a full month after it was first located.

Midcoast
A late report was received of Maine’s second BROWN BOOBY photographed on Eastern Egg Rock on the 16th.

Penobscot Bay
The RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that has taken up residence on Seal Island this summer was reported again this week, on the 22nd.

Downeast
An apparent SOUTH POLAR SKUA was photographed from a whale watch out of Bar Harbor on the 22nd.

Northern Maine
Highlights from Lake Josephine and a few nearby ponds included: an AMERICAN COOT, a hen REDHEAD with six young, and three COMMON GALLINULES on the 21st.