News & Notes


Audubon Rare Bird Alert April 29 – May 6, 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Posted on:

Reporting Period: April 29 – May 6, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Redhead
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Northern Lapwing+
  • Iceland Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Louisiana Waterthrush

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Saco Yacht Club at the end of Front Street in Saco on the 1st. On the 30th, a COMMON MURRE was seen from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford. A return of WHIP-POOR-WILLS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS to the Kennebunk Plains was reported on the 6th.

Greater Portland
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported from various locations around the Scarborough Marsh throughout the week.

Lewiston-Auburn
Word finally got out on the 6th of a NORTHERN LAPWING in a field at the corner of Carpenter Road and Range Hill Road in Poland although it was reported to have been present since the 3rd. The bird was last seen flying northeast from this location on the evening of the 6th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported singing from Vaughn Woods in Hallowell on the 28th and 29th. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over Lower Togus Pond in Augusta on the evening of the 6th. Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Route 2 in New Sharon on the 1st. A high of five ICELAND GULLS on the 2nd and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS

Penobscot Bay
Uncommon in this area, a FIELD SPARROW had been visiting a Sedgwick feeder for three days as of the 29th.

Downeast
A GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from the Mount Desert High School Ridge Trail on the 4th. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again on the 1st at a private yard in Bar Harbor.

Northern Maine
A pair of REDHEADS continued at Lake Josephine on the 5th.

Support Maine Audubon by having your own Birdathon team or pledging one of the staff teams, http://maineaudubon.org/events/birdathon/pledge/