News & Notes


Rare Bird Alert October 15 – 21, 2012

Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Posted on:

Reporting Period: October 15 – 21, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compiler: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Snow Goose
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Northern Pintail
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Hudsonian Godwit
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Black Skimmer
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Western Kingbird
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • ‘Ipswich’ Savannah Sparrow
  • ‘Interior’ Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Dickcissel
  • Pine Grosbeak

Seasonal note:
An invasion of PINE SISKINS continues this week with flocks from 50-300 birds being reported around the state but especially in coastal areas. Also, a movement of EVENING GROSBEAKS started on the 17th with reports as south as York County.

York County
A late BAIRD’S SANDPIPER continued at Timber Point in Kennebunk through the 21st. Waterfowl diversity is increasing at the Sanford Sewerage District including: two NORTHERN PINTAIL, 150 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 90 RING-NECKED DUCKS, three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 21 RUDDY DUCKS. This site 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
On the 18th, an ‘interior’ NELSON’S SPARROW was photographed at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. An ‘Ipswich’ SAVANNAH SPARROW was also seen in the area. An immature BLACK SKIMMER, first found on September 26th, continues to be seen in Jones Creek at Pine Point in Scarborough as of the 18th. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT also continues to be seen here during low tides. Three ‘interior’ NELSON’S SPARROWS were seen with six ‘Atlantic Coast’ NELSON’S SPARROWS and five SALTMARSH SPARROWS along the Eastern Road through the Scarborough Marsh during high tide on the 17th.

Midcoast 
An apparent SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was photographed at the Parker Head Dam in Phippsburg on the morning of the 16th. A DICKCISSEL visited feeders in Newcastle on the 15th and 16th; this is the fourth of the fall at this location. On the 16th a WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from a field in West Waldoboro and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported nearby on the 17th. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON continued throughout the week on Monhegan Island.

Central Maine
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visited a private yard on the northeast side of Pushaw Lake in Hudson on the 17th. A GREATER SCAUP was reported from the Bangor City Forest at the end of Kittredge Road on the 19th.

Western Mountains
Three SANDHILL CRANES continued on the 18th along McNeil Road in Fryeburg.
Northern Maine
A severely emaciated SHORT-EARED OWL was taken by Maine DIF&W from the Mouse Island section of Perham back on the 10th. Continuing for its third week, a SNOW GOOSE continues with CANADA GEESE in Washburn. BOHEMIAN WAXWING and PINE GROSBEAK have slowly been moving into Northern Maine this past week