News & Notes


Audubon Rare Bird Alert May 7 – 13, 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
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Reporting Period: May 7 – 13, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Redhead
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Black Vulture
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Common Murre
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Summer Tanager
  • Orchard Oriole

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
Part of the Isle of Shoals, Appledore Island had a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL return this year, which is again breeding with a HERRING GULL. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was banded here on the 13th. Up to eight BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen at Fort Foster in Kittery on the 10th. On the 10th, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was reported from a home in Cape Neddick. A COMMON MURRE, possibly continuing from April 30th, was seen from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford on the 8th.

Greater Portland
A TRICOLORED HERON and two WHITE-FACED IBIS continue to be seen at the Scarborough Marsh this week. A female SUMMER TANAGER was reported from Capisic Park in Portland on the 11th. The hawkcount at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal continues and was highlighted by a BLACK VULTURE on the 13th. On the 7th an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on Egypt Road near the Gray/Raymond town line. The bird was not relocated on the 8th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)
Two BLACK TERNS were reported from Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade on the 10th. On the evening of the 11th, a CASPIAN TERN was photographed flying downriver at the Shawmut Dam in Fairfield.

Northern Maine
Lake Josephine in Easton continues to host noteworthy waterfowl with: six GADWALL, four AMERICAN WIGEON, a pair of REDHEADS, and three RUDDY DUCKS present, as well as a SORA, on the 10th.