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Rare Bird Alert June 19 – 25, 2013

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Reporting Period: June 19 – 25, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Red-billed Tropicbird+
  • Swallow-tailed Kite+
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Seaside Sparrow

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen at the Kennebunk Plains on the north side of Route 99. Very uncommon in the summer, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed at Fortune’s Rocks Beach in Biddeford on the 18th. Presumably the same bird was seen at Hill’s Beach on the 25th. The BLACK-NECKED STILT (more below) made a brief appearance in York County when it spent the 20th on Stratton Island.

Greater Portland
The BLACK-NECKED STILT continued sporadically throughout this week: spending the 19th in the marsh off the Eastern Trail, the 20th on Stratton Island, and back in the Scarborough Marsh on the 22nd through the 24th. Two SEASIDE SPARROWS were also seen this week from the Eastern Trail. The WHITE-FACED IBIS and TRICOLORED HERON continue at various locations around the Scarborough Marsh. A probably SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported over Plainview Farm Perennials on Mountfort Road in North Yarmouth on the 24th.eee

Penobscot Bay
The RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that has taken residence on Seal Island again this year was reported on the 23rd.

Central Maine
An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen at the Nesowadnehunk Campground in Baxter State Park on the 20th.