News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert March 19 – 25, 2012

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Eurasian Green-winged Teal
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs
Snowy Owl
Lark Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
‘Oregon’ Dark-eyed Junco

York County

On the 19th an early WILSON’S SNIPE and a drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were reported 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 drake and two hen REDHEADS continue to be seen from the Lobster Co-op at Pine Point with a flock of COMMON EIDERS after first being reported on the 23rd.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was reliably seen at Dunstan Landing in the Scarborough Marsh this week. GLOSSY IBIS returned to the marsh as early as the 21st, while a GREATER YELLOWLEG and a SNOWY EGRET were reported on the 23rd.

The SEASIDE SPARROW was last reported off the Eastern Road through the Scarborough Marsh on the 19th.

An AMERICAN COOT continued to be seen around Mercy Pond in Portland on the 20th.

A DICKCISSEL was photographed along the Eastern Promenade on the 22nd.

An ‘OREGON’ DARK-EYED JUNCO was reported from the athletic fields near Evergreen Cemetery on the 21st.

Up to four immature SNOW GEESE continue to be seen at Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth.

The hawkwatch at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal is underway and has already seen a good push of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS moving through but the highlight this week was a GOLDEN EAGLE that passed through on the 22nd.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

A group of 18 SNOW GEESE continued to be seen just north of the Beedle Road in Richmond on the 19th.

Five SANDHILL CRANES have returned to Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade, typically best viewed from the south end of the lake. A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was also reported here. These birds were reported on the 19th along with a single SANDHILL CRANE returning to a private site in Leeds.

Rare this year, a COMMON REDPOLL was reported visiting feeders in Augusta on the 18th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen just north of Monmouth village along Route 132 on the morning of the 21st.


Wharton Point in Brunswick hosted a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the 19th. Nearby, along Pennellvile Road a NORTHERN SHRIKE was heard singing.

OSPERYS have returned to the Bath area with a single bird reported on the 22nd and another on a nest just off New Meadows Road in West Bath.

Two drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL were spotted at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River in Bowdoinham on the 20th.

A lone SNOW GOOSE was photographed in Phippsburg on the 20th.

Penobscot Bay

A LARK SPARROW continues to be seen between Pacific, Mechanic, and South Street in Rockland. A SNOWY OWL was also reported in Rockland back on the 17th.


Three SNOWY OWLS continue to be reported from Acadian National Park’s Sargent Mountain.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near the Mount Desert Island High School ponds on the 25th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the Gaddis Pool on the East Machias River on the 22nd and continued on the 24th. The continuing COMMON GOLDENEYE X HOODED MERGANSER hybrid was also reported there.