News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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Reporting Period: December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • American Wigeon
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Common Goldeneye X Hooded Merganser (hybrid)
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Iceland Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Snowy Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • American Pipit
  • Varied Thrush
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Pine Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Field Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County
A FIELD SPARROW was seen visiting private feeders in Berwick on the 31st. Where Old Port Road approaches the Kennebunk River a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen on the 31st. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen here on the 1st. On the 31st, four AMERICAN PIPITS were on the beach near Walkers Point in Kennebunkport.

Six PINE WARBLERS were reported during the Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC. A PALM WARBLER was seen at the sewerage treatment plant in Saco on the 31st. A SNOWY OWL was on the rocks off the Strawberry Island Preserve seen from Great Hill Road along Kennebunk Beach. A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen from Water Street in Saco on the 2nd.

Greater Portland
Waterfowl highlights near the intersection of Broadway and Anthoine Street in South Portland included: a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, two GREEN-WINGED TEALS, an AMERICAN WIGEON, and up to three NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen throughout the week. The remaining open water at Grondin Pond in Scarborough held a GREATER SCAUP, three AMERICAN WIGEONS, four RUDDY DUCKS, and two AMERICAN COOTS on the 1st. The gull roost at Mill Creek, located behind the Hannaford in South Portland, was highlighted by two GLAUCOUS GULLS and up to five ICELAND GULLS this week. A LARK SPARROW and a SWAMP SPARROW were seen along the Greenbelt Trail near the Cape Elizabeth High School on the 6th. A late SWAMP SPARROW was seen at Capisic Park in Portland on the 4th., Feeders along Birch Point Road in Freeport hosted a VARIED THRUSH from December 30th through January 3rd.


Two ICELAND GULLS were on the ice below the falls in downtown Auburn on the 6th.

Totman Cove in Phippsburg hosted a NORTHERN SHOVELER on the 2nd. Two LONG-EARED OWLS were photographed at Hermit Island on the 3rd.

Penobscot Bay
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen in Belfast Bay on the 1st. A VARIED THRUSH visited private feeders near Coleman Pond in Lincolnville for at least three days starting around December 30th. 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. A PINE WARBLER and BALTIMORE ORIOLE have also been noted here.

Beginning on December 31st, an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been coming to feeders on Cricket Lane in Bar Harbor. Continuing for its 7th year, the COMMON GOLDENEYE X HOODED MERGANSER HYBRID was seen again in the Southwest Harbor Great Marina Dock on the 3rd.

Northern Maine
The Presque Isle CBC, held on the 1st, was highlighted by: BROWN THRASHER, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOWY OWL, and HOARY REDPOLL.