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
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.
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.
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.
On the 14th, two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Agricola Farm on Route 17 in Union.
A HOARY REDPOLL was photographed in a Skowhegan yard on the 10th.
Two HOARY REDPOLLS were photographed visiting a yard in Woodland on the 13th.