News & Notes


Audubon Rare Bird Alert April 22 – 28, 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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Reporting Period: April 22 – 28, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • ‘Eurasian’ Green-winged Teal
  • Redhead
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Glossy x White-faced Ibis (hybrid)
  • Purple Martin
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Hoary Redpoll

York County
At least 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were photographed atop Mount Agamenticus on the 23rd.

Greater Portland
A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen on the Eastern Trail through the Scarborough Marsh on the 22nd. With a pair first arriving on the 16th, at least three WHITE-FACED IBIS and one presumed GLOSSY X WHITE-FACED IBIS HYBRID are being seen around the Scarborough Marsh. An adult TRICOLORED HERON was also seen throughout the week, most often at Dunstan Landing. Two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen at Capisic Park in Portland on the 25th and 26th. A male ORCHARD ORIOLE was photographed at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth on the 26th. A well-described GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was reported from a yard in Gray on the 24th but was not seen again and went undocumented.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was photographed on the North Street Recreational Trail in Waterville on the 22nd.

Midcoast
A drake ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued until the 22nd at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River, visible from Browns Point Road in Bowdoinham. On the 23rd, three BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were photographed on Hermit Island.

Central Maine
Three PURPLE MARTINS returned to the Field of Dreams box at Unity Pond on the 22nd.

Northern Maine
A pair of REDHEADS returned to Lake Josephine in Easton on the 27th. In Woodland, a HOARY REDPOLL continued to visit feeders as of the 27th.