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Rare Bird Alert – January 24, 2014

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
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Reporting Period: January 18 – 24, 2014
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • American Wigeon
  • Northern Pintail
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Golden Eagle
  • Thick-billed Murre
  • Thayer’s Gull+
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Marsh Wren

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

York County
On the 20th, a SNOWY OWL was reported from the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was reported from Perkins Cove in Ogunquit on the 20th.

Greater Portland
A SNOWY OWL was seen on the west side of the Eastern Trail through the Scarborough Marsh on the 20th.

On the 19th, a SNOWY OWL was found in the Back Cove area of Portland.

Rare in the winter, a MARSH WREN was found at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on the 18th.

A SNOWY OWL was found at the hook and sandbar of Chebeague and Little Chebeague Islands on the 18th. On the 23rd, it was seen at the Indian Island Nature Preserve on Chebeague.

Winslow Park in Freeport hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 19th. This bird was seen along the shoreline walking trail.

Lewiston-Auburn
In Minot, a SNOWY OWL was found along Pottle Hill Road on the 23rd and continued as of the 24th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Present since the 18th but not recognized until the 20th, a possible THAYER’S GULL was found at the Shawmut Dam in Fairfield. Best viewing is accessed by going to the east end of Kennebec St. and turning left, then walking up to look over the area above the dam. This bird was present on the 21st, 23rd, Pending ME-BRC review, this would represent Maine’s third record of this species.

Midcoast
Continuing from January 2nd, 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.

It appears the first of the two GOLDEN EAGLES is now back at the Bath Landfill, located at the end of Detritus Drive.

Penobscot Bay
Lingering waterfowl in the Camden Harbor this week included an AMERICAN COOT, AMERICAN WIGEON, and RING-NECKED DUCK on the 20th.

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). While not always easy to find, the owl was still being seen through the 24th.

Downeast
Two SNOWY OWLS were reported from the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton on the 18th.

Sargent Mount on Mount Desert Island hosted two SNOWY OWLS on the 18th.

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

Potentially the first winter record for Aroostook County, a NORTHERN PINTAIL was found in a small pond behind the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle on the 24th.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Audubon Rare Bird Alert March 25 – 31, 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Reporting Period: March 25 – 31, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • ‘Eurasian’ Green-winged Teal
  • King Eider
  • Golden Eagle
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Hoary Redpoll

Seasonal notes:
New arrivals this week included reports of: GREAT EGRET, SNOWY EGRET, OSPREY, TREE SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

York County
A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Mount Agamenticus in York on the 30th.

Greater Portland
On the 30th, a KING EIDER was photographed in the river at Pine Point in Scarborough. A new season record of NORTHERN GOSHAWKS was set this week at the hawk count on Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal. Six SANDHILL CRANES and the season’s first OSPREY were seen from the hawk watch on the 29th. Two SANDHILL CRANES were found in the fields along North Raymond Road, across from Mailman Road, in Raymond on the 30th and continued on the 31st. A HOARY REDPOLL visited a Pownal yard on the 28th and 29th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Four SANDHILL CRANES have returned to Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade, first reported on the 30th. Two HOARY REDPOLLS were photographed in Fairfield on the 27th with one continuing on the 31st.

Midcoast
A drake ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL, first found on the 18th, continued at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River, visible from Brows Point Road in Bowdoinham. An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from West Waldoboro on the 26th.

Penobscot Bay
A feeder on Kaler Street in Winterport hosted a HOARY REDPOLL on the 29th.

Central Maine
On the 27th, a ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the marsh end of Fields Pond in Orrington. Four SANDHILL CRANES were reported flying over I-95 just north of the Newport exit on the 29th. A HOARY REDPOLL was photographed at the University of Maine in Orono on the 29th.

Downeast
An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again on the 29th at a private yard in Bar Harbor. On the 31st, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found at Blagden Preserve on Mount Desert Island.

Northern Maine
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was photographed at Collins Pond in Caribou on the 30th