News & Notes

Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert September 17 – 23, 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Eared Grebe
  • Sandhill Crane
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Hudsonian Godwit
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • White-winged Dove
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Dickcissel

York County

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen on the sandbar to Basket Island in Biddeford on the 17th. On the 20th, two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were reported from Winding Brook Sod Farm on Route 111 in Biddeford. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported visiting suet feeders in Kennebunk on the 22nd.

Greater Portland

Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen from Pine Point in Scarborough on the 20th. More big morning flight observed from Sandy Point Beach on Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth included an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a DICKCISSEL on the 17th.


The long continuing WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen again on the 19th at a private home in Auburn. This bird has also been seen in the area around Lake Street, between Park Ave. and Hotel Road.


First spotted on the 16th, an EARED GREBE was still being reported as of the 23rd in Middle Bay, observed from Simpson Point south of Brunswick. Distance from birds can make viewing very difficult at this site; high tide typically brings birds in closer but a scope may be necessary. Popham Beach State Park hosted several noteworthy shorebirds this week, including: one WESTERN SANDPIPER, two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS and one AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER. A DICKCISSEL visited feeders in Newcastle on the 21st; this is the third fo the fall at this location. Highlights and high-counts from Monhegan Island this week included: four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the 19th, three WHITE-EYED VIREOS on the 21st, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on the 23rd, and three CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and two LARK SPARROWS on the 20th.

Western Mountains

13 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 18 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the intersection of Harbor and Old River Roads in Fryeburg on the 20th. Three SANDHILL CRANES were reported at the intersection of Old River and McNeil Roads on the 22nd.

Northern Maine

Logging roads off the Telos Road, west of Baxter State Park, held 12 SPRUCE GROUSE, seven GRAY JAYS, four BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, and two AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS on the 20th.