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Rare Bird Alert December 3 – 9, 2012

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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Reporting Period: December 3 – 9, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compiler: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Snowy Owl
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • American Kestrel
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Palm Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Pine Grosbeak

COMMON REDPOLLS had a slight uptick in the number of reports this week but PINE GROSBEAKS continue to steal the show with reports from: Augusta, Gardiner, Bar Harbor, South Portland, Jonesport, Belfast, Camden, Harpswell, Scarborough, Phippsburg, North Haven, Waterville, Freeport, and Stoneham.

York County
A late AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Nubble Light in York on the 9th. A CACKLING GOOSE continues to be seen in Great Pond at Biddeford Pool. On the 9th, a SNOWY OWL was found in the marsh along Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool. The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco continues to host lingering migrants, including: an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a ‘WESTERN’ PALM WARBLER, the continuing NASHVILLE WARBLER, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were also seen here on the 5th through the 7th and an immature BRANT was seen on the 7th.

Greater Portland
A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen along Holmes Road in Scarborough on the 4th. Thornhurst Farm in North Yarmouth continues to host a variety of geese, highlighted this week by: the third GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE of the season, at least two CACKLING GEESE, and two SNOW GEESE.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
On the 5th, two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were reported from Waterville. A flock of 126 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Western Avenue in Fairfield on the 8th. A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Route 8 in Smithfield on the morning of the 7th.

Midcoast
A late GREATER YELLOWLEGS was photographed at Stover Point Preserve in Harpswell on the 5th. Highlights from Vinalhaven on the 8th included: 10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, a late COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE.

Penobscot Bay
Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland hosted the following highlights on the 9th: 10 RUDDY DUCKS, a late PIED-BILLED GREBE, and up to 70 AMERICAN COOTS. A PINE WARBLER was seen visiting feeders in Stockton Springs on the 8th. 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.

Downeast
Four AMERICAN WIGEONS continued at Somesville Mill Pond on Mount Desert Island into this week. On the 4th, a PINE WARBLER was seen visiting feeders in Bar Harbor. A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along the Hunters Brook Trail in Seal Harbor on the afternoon of the 4th.

Northern Maine
Notable birds from St. Agatha on the 8th included: a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL.