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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 – 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.

 

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.

 

Rare Bird Alert: June 26 – July 2, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 2013
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Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: June 26 – July 2, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Great White Heron+
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Seaside Sparrow

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
One CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued to be reported from Kennebunk Plains this week with the last report from the 27th. This bird is most often heard singing near the tree line north of the Route 99 parking area.

A GREAT WHITE HERON was found in the Webhannet Marsh area in Wells on the 25th. This bird was photographed but any further sightings or documentation of the taxonomically uncertain species should be shared.

Greater Portland
A BLACK-NECKED STILT continued throughout the week in the Scarborough Marsh, best seen from the Eastern Trail. The bird can be difficult to spot in the tall grass but persistence is usually rewarded. Most successful reports this week were afternoon sightings. Two SEASIDE SPARROWS also continued in this area throughout the week.

A TRICOLORED HERON and two WHITE-FACED IBISES continue to be seen at various locations around the Scarborough Marsh. The presumed TRICOLORED HERON X SNOWY EGRET was seen again on June 29th in the pannes along Route 1 in Scarborough.

Downeast
Up to two HOODED WARBLERS were reported on Machias Seal Island this week.

Another HOOED WARBLER was reported from Roque Island off Jonesport on the 27th and 28th.

 

Rare Bird Alert: February 4 – 10, 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compiler:Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Ross’s Goose
  • Canvasback
  • King Eider
  • Golden Eagle
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Field Sparrow
  • ‘Oregon’ Dark-eyed Junco
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County 
A FIELD SPARROW continues to visit private feeders in Berwick. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported in a Cape Porpoise Yard on the 6th.

Continuing from January 13th, a SNOWY OWL has been seen on Strawberry Island, visible from the rock ledges off Great Hill Road in Kennebunk. The bird was still being seen here as of the 10th. On the 6th, a SNOWY OWL was seen on top of the chimney next to the lighthouse on Wood Island, visible from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool.

Greater Portland
On the 10th, a KING EIDER was found below the Yacht Club at Prout’s Neck in Scarborough. The sporadic visits of the ‘OREGON’ DARK-EYED JUNCO to feeders in Cumberland continues with reappearances on the 8th and 9th.

CANVASBACKS continued to linger this week with one in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook and six in the Presumpscot, visible from the Route 9 bridge in Falmouth. All of these birds were still being seen as of the 7th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
The immature GOLDEN EAGLE was last reported around The Flood Brothers Farm in Clinton on the 5th when a second GOLDEN EAGLE, an adult, was also reported in the same area.

Midcoast
A HOARY REDPOLL was photographed a private feeders in Bowdoinham on the 4th.

Penobscot Bay
An AMERICAN KESTREL has continued throughout the winter along route 137 in Knox and was reported again on the 6th.

The ROSS’S GOOSE that had been present at the Samoset Golf Course in Rockland since January 31st was last reported on the 4th.

Central Maine
Feeders in Hudson, on the north end of Pushaw Lake, hosted a HOARY REDPOLL on the 9th.

Downeast
On the 4th, an AMERICAN COOT was seen at the intersection of Upper Falls Road and Soper Road. The bird was first found here on the 2nd.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again on the 7st at private feeders in Bar Harbor.

In Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on Seal Cove Road on the 7th.

Two HOARY REDPOLLS were photographed visiting feeders in Eastport on the 7th.

Northern Maine
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL continued this week in Houlton. The bird has been seen a short distance down Access Road near York’s car dealership.

Continuing from the Presque Isle CBC, a BROWN THRASHER was seen again on the 7th at a house in Easton.