News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert – October 25 – 30, 2011

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
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Area: State of Maine

Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Species mentioned:

Greater White-fronted Goose
‘Blue’ Snow Goose
Barnacle Goose
Harlequin Duck
Sooty Shearwater
Hudsonian Godwit
Baird’s Sandpiper
‘Kumlien’s’ Iceland Gull
Forster’s Tern
Atlantic Puffin
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s Thrush
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
‘Interior’ Nelson’s Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird

Gulf of Maine

Notable birds from a whale watch out of Bar Harbor on the 26th included 125 NORTHERN FULMAR, 16 GREAT SHEARWATER, one SOOTY SHEARWATER, two POMARINE JAEGERS, one PARASITIC JAEGER, one ATLANTIC PUFFIN, and one RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

York County

Two DICKCISSEL were photographed at Beach Plum Farm on the 28th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen on the morning of the 25th from the park at Hill’s Beach in Biddeford.

Fortune’s Rocks beach had one SNOW BUNTING on it at noon on the 25th.

On the morning of the 26th, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was spotted at the Saco Yacht Club.

Greater Portland

On the 25th, Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth held a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and at least one DICKCISSEL were seen at a private residence in Cape Elizabeth on the 25th.

An OVENBIRD and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were spotted in the rain at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth on the 27th.

Notable birds from the Eastern Road through the Scarborough Marsh this week include: three FORSTER’S TERNS, one “INTERIOR” NELSON’S SPARROW, one LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and three “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

The mudflats at Pine Point held one HUDSONIAN GODWIT on the 25th.

An adult LARK SPARROW was seen near East End Beach in Portland on the morning of the 25th. A DICKCISSEL was also seen in the area.

Two GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and the juvenile “BLUE” SNOW GOOSE continue to be reported from the Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from Merrill Road in Pownal on the 25th.

A GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL’S THRUSH, first reported on the 26th, spent two days in a Freeport yard eating crabapples.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

On the 27th, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from the Viles Arboretum in Augusta.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER continues to be seen as late as the 25th from the Flood Brothers Farm on River Road in Clinton along with 71 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 11 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, four SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, one SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, four LESSER YELLOWLEGS and one KILLDEER. Please respect this private property and remain well away from machinery.


An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was photographed at the end of Estabrook Lane on Bailey Island on the 27th.

Central Maine

A flock of at least 2500 scoters, mostly male BLACK SCOTERS were reported from Unity Pond on the 27th. Five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, eight SURF SCOTERS and a GREATER SCAUP were picked out of the group.

On the 29th, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on Ward Hill Road just east of the Unity line.


A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Sieur De Mont Springs in Acadian National Park on the 26th. On the 29th a BOHEMIAN WAXWING joined several CEDAR WAXWINGS along the A loop at the Seawall Campground.

On the 29th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was photographed near the ponds at the Mount Desert Island High School.

Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS highlighted the Schoodic Point sea watch on the 29th.

A “KUMLIEN’S” ICELAND GULL was spotted near the Eastport waterfront on the 29th.

Northern Maine

The BARNACLE GOOSE was reported again at Collins Pond on the morning of the 26th.


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