News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert April 2 – 8, 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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Area: State of Maine Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Top Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Eurasian Green-winged Teal
  • Redhead
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Sandhill Crane
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Snowy Owl
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Harris’s Sparrow
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Red Crossbill


Three REDHEADS continued to be reported until the 5th at the Sanford Sewerage District, which is at the end of Gavel Road, off Route 4 in Sanford. Visitation is limited to 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F and 7-8:30 a.m. only on the weekend.

Greater Portland

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL remained at Dunstan Landing in the Scarborough Marsh until the 4th.

On the 6th, two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen from the Lobster Co-op at Pine Point. Four were also reported here on the 8th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported in Pownal on the 3rd.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported from Dunn Road in Poland on the morning of the 7th. Later in the day they were best viewed from Empire Road.

The hawkwatch at Bradbury Mountain continues to see good numbers of raptors moving through, highlighted this week by a movement of NORTHERN GOSHAWKS.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

The resident SANDHILL CRANES of Messalonskee Lake were reported again this week, best viewed from the south end of the lake.


Starting on the 2nd, a HARRIS’S SPARROW began regularly visiting feeders on Monhegan Island and has been seen daily since.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued at Cushing Cemetery on the west side of N Pond Road in Warren this week.

Penobscot Bay

The Rockland LARK SPARROW continues to be seen from the small gravel parking area at the junction of South and Mechanic Streets.

Central Maine

A dozen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found in a flock of blackbirds off Fields Pond Road, just down the street from the Audubon Center on the 3rd.

Western Mountains

Three RED CROSSBILLS were found on South Chatham Road, north of Fryeburg, on the morning of the 3rd.

Northern Maine

On the 4th, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Collins Pond in Caribou. Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were here on the 3rd. Also, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was relocated here on the 6th.

A SNOWY OWL was photographed on the Flat Mt Road in St. Agatha on the 4th.