News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert December 24 – 30, 2012

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
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Reporting Period: December 24 – 30, 2012
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Snow Goose
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Iceland Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Thick-billed Murre
  • American Kestrel
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Gray Catbird
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • ‘Western’ Palm Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County
Continuing around Cape Neddick, a late AMERICAN KESTREL was still being reported as of the 27th. The Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco continues to host a ‘WESTERN’ PALM WARBLER. A SNOW GOOSE was photographed at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick on the 25th.

Greater Portland
An ICELAND GULL was spotted behind the Hannaford parking lot in South Portland on the 26th. Noteworthy waterfowl at Grondin Pond in Scarborough this week included: GADWALL, GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN COOT, and AMERICAN WIGEON. A drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was reported from the Royal River in Freeport on the 29th. Cousin’s Island held a late GRAY CATBIRD on the 29th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Colby College hosted around 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 24th. 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Pleasant Hill Drive in Waterville on the 26th. The Flood Brothers Farm on River Road in Clinton held a GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, 115 HORNED LARKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR on the 28th. Please respect this private property and remain well away from machinery.

A late AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at the Green Point WMA in Dresden on the 26th. Highlights from Phippsburg this week included: a HERMIT THRUSH on the 25th and a THICK-BILLED MURRE on the 29th. Two late BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Popham Beach State Park on the 29th.

Penobscot Bay
A LARK SPARROW was photographed along Station Street in Stockton Springs on the 29th. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Scott’s Landing Preserve in Deer Isle on the 25th. 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.

Highlights from the Eastport CBC on the 26th included: a NORTHERN PINTAIL, two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, five ICELAND GULLS, 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and a HOARY REDPOLL.

Northern Maine
Two ‘GREATER’ COMMON REDPOLLS joined a flock coming to feeders in Woodland on the 27th.