News & Notes


Audubon Rare Bird Alert April 8 – 14, 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013
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Reporting Period: April 8 – 14, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • ‘Eurasian’ Green-winged Teal
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County

Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at the mouth of the Saco River in Biddeford on the 8th. Continuing from the 5th, a ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL was still present off Boom Road in Saco as of the 13th.

Greater Portland

On the 8th, a LONG-EARED OWL spent the day roosting in a neighborhood near Willard Beach in South Portland. The 10th was a great day for raptors as reported by the hawk count on Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, highlighted by: 139 OSPREYS, 46 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 102 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, their first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the season, and 102 AMERICAN KESTRELS. Two migrating SANDHILL CRANES also passed on the 13th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Up to two SANDHILL CRANES were reported from Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade this week.

Midcoast
A drake ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen again on the 9th at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River, visible from Browns Point Road in Bowdoinham.

Penobscot Bay
On the 14th, two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Agricola Farm on Route 17 in Union.

Central Maine
A HOARY REDPOLL was photographed in a Skowhegan yard on the 10th.

Northern Maine
Two HOARY REDPOLLS were photographed visiting a yard in Woodland on the 13th.