News & Notes


Audubon Rare Bird Alert February 11 – 17, 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Reporting Period: February 11 – 17, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Snow Goose
  • Canvasback
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • King Eider
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Killdeer
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Field Sparrow
  • ‘Oregon’ Dark-eyed Junco
  • Rusty Blackbird

York County
A FIELD SPARROW continues to visit private feeders in Berwick. The Saco River, viewed from Water Street in Saco, continues to host a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE daily that was rejoined by a pair of RING-NECKED DUCKS on the 11th. On the 13th, a SNOWY OWL was seen on top of the chimney next to the lighthouse on Wood Island, visible from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. Uncommon this late in the winter, a KILLDEER was reported from the Webhannet Marsh in Wells on the 12th. A pair of GADWALL was seen in the river south of the Nature Center at the Scarborough Marsh on the 12th.

Greater Portland
First located on the 10th, a KING EIDER continued throughout the week below the Yacht Club at Prout’s Neck in Scarborough. The sporadic visits of the ‘OREGON’ DARK-EYED JUNCO to feeders in Cumberland continues with a reappearance on the 14th. Six CANVASBACKS continue in the Presumpscot River, visible from the Route 9 bridge in Falmouth. On the 16th, 18 SNOW GEESE were seen in Windham along Route 202 near Danielle Drive.

Midcoast
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen around the open water by the Rogers Neck Bridge in Phippsburg on the 16th. On the 15th, an ‘OREGON’ DARK-EYED JUNCO was photographed in Dresden.

Penobscot Bay
A drake AMERICAN WIGEON was spotted at the Weskeag Marsh in South Thomaston on the 15th.

Downeast
Continuing from January 26th, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD has been visiting feeders off Gilbert Farm Road in Bar Harbor. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again on the 12th at private feeders in Bar Harbor.

Western Mountains
On the 16th, Brandy Pond in Naples hosted: a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a drake WOOD DUCK, and four RING-NECKED DUCKS.

Northern Maine
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL continued this week in Houlton. The bird has been seen a short distance down Access Road near York’s car dealership.