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Rare Bird Alert December 17 – 23, 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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Reporting Period: December 17 – 23, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compiler: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Pacific Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Dovekie
  • Common Murre
  • Atlantic Puffin
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Kestrel
  • Marsh Wren
  • American Pipit
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Red Crossbill
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County
Highlights from the York County CBC, held on the 20th, include: RED CROSSBILL, MARSH WREN, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, NORTHERN FLICKER, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, COMMON MURRE, and AMERICAN KESTREL. A DOVEKIE was reported from Cape Neddick on the 22nd.

Greater Portland
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Davis Road in Druham on the 20th. Two GREATER YELLOWLEGS were reported from the Fall Point Marine public boat launch on South Freeport Road in Freeport on the 20th. A second GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, an adult, joined the continuing 1st winter bird at Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth on the 21st. Two SNOW GEESE were still being reported here as of the 19th.

Lewiston-Auburn
On the 22nd, the Lewiston/Auburn CBC was highlighted by: a PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
On the 20th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at the corner of Blue-Jay Way and Pleasant Hill Street in Waterville. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported from Maple Ridge Road in China on the 21st.

Penobscot Bay
A late AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along the telephone lines on Route 137 in Knox on the 23rd.  Highlights from the Thomaston/Rockland CBC, held on the 22nd, include: PACIFIC LOON, AMERICAN PIPT, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.  Continuing from November 28th, Maine’s fourth TOWNSEND’S WARBLER continues to be seen at feeders located at the end of Kaler Street in Winterport.

Central Maine
Two late BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were reported visiting feeders in Pittsfield on the 18th. A HOARY REDPOLL was reported during the Hartland CBC from Pittsfield, just west of Hartland Avenue on the 22nd.  On the 20th, a group of 12 PINE GROSBEAKS and 52 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen along Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.