News & Notes


Rare Bird Alert November 5 – 11, 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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Reporting Period: November 5 – 11, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compiler: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Pink-footed Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • American White Pelican
  • Cattle Egret
  • Forster’s Tern
  • White-winged Dove
  • Boreal Owl
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Western Kingbird
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • American Redstart
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Hoary Redpoll

Seasonal notes:
There were a surprising number of INDIGO BUNTING reports this week, coming from: Biddeford, two near Acadia, Sanford, South Portland, and Winterport. COMMON REDPOLLS have continued to spread across the state. EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Gorham, Kennebunk, South Unity, Stockton Springs, Augusta, Windham, Newcastle, New Haven, Pownal, New Sweden, Rockport, and Whitefield. Catching up were PINE GROSBEAKS for which specific locations are listed below.

York County
The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD that had been visiting feeders along Hills Beach since October 17th was captured and brought to rehabbers on the 11th. A WESTERN KINDBIRD, possibly the one found on the 4th, was seen at the end of Hills Beach Road, near Sky Harbor Road, on the 9th and continued through the week.

Greater Portland
A late MAGNOLIA WARBLER was photographed at Trout Brook Nature Preserve in South Portland on the 6th. Four PINE GROSBEAKS were seen at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth on the 9th. A HOARY REDPOLL was reported from the Wainwright Recreational Fields in South Portland on the 11th. Two CACKLING GEESE were seen from Greely Road in Cumberland on the 5th. Two were also reported here on the 11th. An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were spotted at Thorhurst Farm in North Yarmouth on the 11th. On the 8th, a late AMERICAN REDSTART was seen near the feeders at the Wild Bird Center of Falmouth. Two PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from Hedgehog Mountain Park in Freeport on the 7th.

Lewiston-Auburn
Two PINE GROSBEAKS were found on the 6th along Pond Road in Lewiston.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Four PINE GROSBEAKS were seen along Blue Jay Way in Waterville on the 5th and continued here on the 6th. Four others were also reported from China on the 5th. Two PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from downtown Gardiner on the 6th. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the south end of Cobbosseeconte Lake in East Monmouth on the 11th. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from an Augusta yard on the 8th.

Midcoast
On the 6th, eight PINE GROSBEAKS were found at Green Point WMA in Dresden. Also here on the 11th were: seven PINE GROSBEAKS and one late BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Two more PINE GROSBEAKS were spotted nearby at Chopps Cross Road on the 6th. The late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD visiting feeders in Bremen continued until the 6th when it was captured by rehabbers. A WHITE-EYED VIREO was photographed in West Bath on the 9th. Highlights from Reid State Park in Georgetown on the 6th include: one WHITE-EYED VIREO and a FORSTER’S TERN. 13 PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from Newcastle, near the Public House restaurant, on the 10th.

Penobscot Bay
Six PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from the Stockton Springs town landing on the 6th. Another group of six PINE GROSBEAKS were spotted along Thomas Street in Camden on the 6th. A NELSON’S SPARROW, possibly an ‘interior’ bird, was found along the beach at the Rockland breakwater on the 11th. Back on the 5th, a BOREAL OWL was recovered in Rockland by rehabbers after flying into a window. Two PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from a North Haven yard on the 8th and 9th. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE, visiting Winterport feeders since the 2nd, was last seen on the 6th.

Central Maine
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued from November 3rd at Sebasticook Lake in Newport until it was last seen on the morning of the 5th. Three PINE GROSBEAKS were seen on the corner of Forest Ave and Essex Street in Orono on the 10th.

Two BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were spotted in the Stillwater River from the Fay Hyland Botanical Gardens in Orono on the 11th. Several PINE GROSBEAKS were reported around Unity on the 8th.

Downeast
A CATTLE EGRET was found on the morning of the 9th in Seal Harbor on Mount Desert Island and continued on the 10th. Eight PINE GROSBEAKS were reported near Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor on the 9th. A CACKLING GOOSE was with a group of 200 CANADA GEESE at the head of Frenchman Bay on the 5th. On the evening of the 5th, a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found in the farm field north of Willey District Road, just west of Wing Siding Road, in Cherryfield. The bird has remained in the area throughout this week.

Western Mountains
Six PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from Fish Street in Fryeburg on the 9th. A mixed flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and PINE GROSBEAKS was spotted at the intersection of Harbor and North Fryeburg Road in Fryeburg on the 11th.

Northern Maine
A pair of PINE GROSBEAKS continues to visit a yard in Greenville this week.