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Audubon Rare Bird Alert April 1 – 7, 2013

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
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Reporting Period: April 1 – 7, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • ‘Eurasian’ Green-winged Teal
  • Sandhill Crane
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County
An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was reported at Hills Beach in Biddeford on the 4th. Beginning on the 5th, a ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL was present off Boom Road in Saco.

Greater Portland
On the 6th, a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen over Prouts Neck in Scarborough. Two SANDHILL CRANES continued to be seen in the fields along North Raymond Road, across from Mailman Road, in Raymond on the 2nd.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Seven SANDHILL CRANES were photographed at Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade on the 4th. On the 4th, three SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Route 8 just south of Norridgewock.

Midcoast
Another drake ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL and two BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River, visible from Browns Point Road in Bowdoinham on the 4th.

Downeast
On the 3rd, a COMMON GOLDENEYE X HOODED MERGANSER HYBIRD was seen on the East Machias River from Factory Road in East Machias.

Western Mountains
Six SNOW GEESE were spotted in the fields at the northeast corner of Old River Road and McNeil Road in Fryeburg on the 2nd.

Northern Maine
Collin’s Pond in Caribou hosted a SNOW GOOSE on the 6th. An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported here on the 7th. Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on the 7th down river near the Fort Fairfield/Caribou town line. Three HOARY REDPOLLS were picked out of over 350 COMMON REDPOLLS visiting a yard in Woodland on the 7th.