News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert March 12 – 18, 2012

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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  • Area: State of Maine
  • Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
Pacific Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Rough-legged Hawk
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Seaside Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

York County

The long staying SNOWY OWL at the Nubble Lighthouse had not been reported since February 16th although one was seen here on March 13th.

A PACIFIC LOON was photographed from the Cliff House in Ogunquit on the 13th.

A SNOW GOOSE was mixed in a group of 65 CANADA GEESE in the Webhannet Marsh in Wells, visible from Deptula Lane, on the 15th and continued on the 16th.

Greater Portland

The SEASIDE SPARROW, found on the 11th, continued to be seen along the Eastern Trail through the Scarborough Marsh this week.

On the 12th, a NORTHERN PINTAIL was photographed at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

An early BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON has been seen at the Mercy Hospital Pond since the 12th. An AMERICAN COOT was also here on the 13th.

One (of the apparent two) GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in this area was spotted at the junction of Winn and Range Roads in Cumberland on the 12th. Later two birds were seen, one at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth and the other at the Fore River Sanctuary in Portland.

Three immature SNOW GEESE were reported from Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth on the 16th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted from I-95 going through Litchfield on the 12th.

A group of 17 SNOW GEESE were visible from I-295 before the Gardiner town line on the 17th and continued on the 18th.


Eight EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were reported from the fields between Maquoit and Pleasant Hill Roads in Brunswick on the 12th. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed on the 14th at the intersection of Mere Point Road and Rossmore Road.

The early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Wharton Point, which was originally found on the 10th, continued to be seen on the 14th. The continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was seen here again on the 15th.

A single EASTERN MEADOWLARK was perched on a wire on Route 127 between Woolwich and Dresden on the 18th.

Central Maine

A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted from I-95 going through Newport on the 12th and again on the 13th.

On the 14th, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and PIED-BILLED GREBE were highlights at the Penjajawoc Marsh in Bangor.

A MERLIN has returned to its nesting territory in the Little City section of Bangor on the 18th.


Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen hunting along the Eastport airport on the afternoon of the 18th.

Western Mountains

Six SNOW GEESE were seen off McNeil Road in Fryeburg on the 18th.

Northern Maine

Two early TURKEY VULTURES made it up to Presque Isle by March 6th.

EVENING GROSBEAKS have become regular at feeders in Presque Isle and Castle Hill.