News & Notes


Rare Bird Alert October 29 – November 4, 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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Reporting Period: October 29 – November 4, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compiler: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Pacific Loon
  • Cory’s Shearwater
  • American White Pelican
  • Cattle Egret
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Northern Lapwing
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Laughing Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Dovekie
  • White-winged Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Western Kingbird
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Saltmarsh Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Bullock’s Oriole

York County
A NORTHERN LAPWING was photographed just before 11am on the 3rd at the Tuckahoe Sod Farm off Hubbard Road in Berwick. The bird was very flighty but returned at least once before leaving for good by 12:30pm. Despite substantial efforts, this bird has not been relocated since this initial sighting. Please be very respectful of this property: birders are allowed to visit on the weekends when machinery is not is use. You can drive on the dirt roads but do not drive or park on the grass. On the 30th, an unidentified storm-petrel and a LAUGHING GULL were highlights from the Cliff House in Ogunquit. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen along Marginal Way on the 4th. Also on the 30th, a late BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen in a section of thickets in Cape Neddick. A DOVEKIE was seen in the cove at Lord’s Point in Kennebunk on the 30th. Late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were reported visiting feeders in Kennebunk and Wells on the 1st. The Selasphorus hummingbird that has been visiting feeders at 133 Hills Beach Road in Biddeford since October 17th was banded on November 2nd and identified as a hatch-year female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. This bird continued throughout this period and can easily be viewed at the feeders from the road. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on Yates Street at Biddeford Pool on the 30th. A WESTERN KINGBIRD made a brief stop along Mile Stretch Road on the 4th. A late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported in the woods behind the University of New England on the 2nd. On the 31st, a CATTLE EGRET was observed at the Sanford Sewerage District. 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 4th, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Prout’s Neck Cliff Walk. Two SALTMARSH SPARROWS were in the Scarborough Marsh on the 1st. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was photographed at the Wainwright Fields in South Portland on the 30th. A seawatch from Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth on the 29th was highlighted by: four late LAUGHING GULLS and one ATLANTIC PUFFIN. Even more impressive were highlights from the 30th, including: 73 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 13 unidentified shearwaters, three GREAT SHEARWATERS, one CORY’S SHEARWATER, two LAUGHING GULLS, one POMARINE JAEGER, and one DOVEKIE. On November 1st a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported from Greeley Road in Yarmouth. Noteworthy birds around Portland on the 4th included: a SWAINSON’S THRUSH on West Commercial Street, a SCARLET TANAGER on Sheridan Street, and a BOHEMIAN WAXWING on the Eastern Promenade.

Lewiston-Auburn
Waterfowl numbers and diversity have increased at Sabattus Pond but the highlight this week was an immature ICELAND GULL seen on the 30th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
A small flock of CATTLE EGRETS was reported off Blaisdell Hill Road in North Monmouth on the 31st. 10 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Smithfield on the 3rd.

Midcoast
A male BULLOCK’S ORIOLE was photographed during its brief visit to a Brunswick yard on the 4th. On the 30th, a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Green Point WMA in Dresden. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER visited a suet feeder in Phippsburg on the 3rd. On the 1st, a CATTLE EGRET was photographed along Doughty Road in Bowdoinham. Possibly the same bird, a CATTLE EGRET was later seen in Topsham. Yet another CATTLE EGRET was found on Pennellville Road in Brunswick, this one on the 3rd. A very late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was photographed on a feeder in Bremen on the 4th.

Penobscot Bay
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE began visiting feeders at the end of Kaler Street in Winterport on the 2nd and continued through this period.

Central Maine
Sebasticook Lake in Newport hosted an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on the afternoon of the 3rd, best seen from Camp Benson Road. This bird continued here on the 4th.

Downeast
A PACIFIC LOON was reported from Sand Beach on Mount Desert Island on the 29th.

Western Mountains
Continuing from October 27th, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was still being seen in the sod fields in Fryeburg as of the 30th. The three SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen as well.

Northern Maine
Two CATTLE EGRETS were seen on the afternoon of the 2nd along Mill Road in Bancroft.