News & Notes

Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert – August 27 – September 2, 2012

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Pacific Loon
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Sandhill Crane
  • American Golden-Plover
  • American Avocet
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Lark Sparrow

York County

A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported from Stratton Island on the 29th while another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was banded here on the 31st, making that #8 for the fall. A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was also caught on the 31st and three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS roosted on the island on September 1st. On the 2nd, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen at Laudholm Farm in Wells. Hills Beach hosted a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER near the base of the jetty on the south side of the river mouth during low tide on the 31st.

Greater Portland

Kayakers reported a non-breeding PACIFIC LOON halfway between Kettle Cove and Richmond Island on the 31st. A LARK SPARROW was seen feeding with CHIPPING SPARROWS along Hanson Road in Scarborough on the 27th. The Scarborough Marsh hosted several rarities this week including: one BAIRD’S SANDPIPER in Jones Creek on the 1st, two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS from Pine Point on the 2nd. Also, from the Eastern Trail through the marsh, a WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen on the 27th, at least one TRICOLORED HERON continues, three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on the 2nd, and up to 12 STILT SANDPIPERS throughout the week. An impressive morning flight was observed from Sandy Point on Cousin’s Island on the 29th, with over 1,000 migrants passing in 3 hours. A birch and Red Oak have been replanted at the end of the point; bringing water to help keep the ‘water bags’ at the base of each tree full in appreciated.


A FORSTER’S TERN was seen from the lagoon area at Popham Beach on the 27th. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was also reported at Popham throughout the week.

Central Maine

Five GREAT EGRETS continued at the Essex Street Marsh in Bangor on the 28th.


A group of 25+ RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Schoodic Point on the 29th. Two OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were also reported there on that morning. On the 27th, a continuing ‘WESTERN’ WILLET was seen on the Lubec Sand Bar. An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen from August 26th through the 29th in the northwest edge of Joy Cove proper and later near the mudflats south of the boat landing in Steuben Harbor.

Western Mountains

This week the Fryeburg Harbor area, specifically around Old River and Harbor Road, hosted: four BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and a SANDHILL CRANE that is often seen near McNeil Road.