News & Notes


Maine Rare Bird Alert – July 17-23, 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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Black-Necked Stilt - Scarborough Marsh

Black-Necked Stilt – Scarborough Marsh by Chuck Homler

Reporting Period: July 17 – 23, 2013
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Red-billed Tropicbird+
  • Brown Booby+
  • Tricolored Heron
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Little Gull
  • South Polar Skua+

York County
Three LITTLE GULLS continued to be seen along the beach at Laudholm Farm in Wells this week.

Presumably one of the Laudholm birds, a LITTLE GULL was seen on the north end of Drakes Island on the 20th.

Greater Portland
Two TRICOLORED HERONS were observed along with the presumed TRICOLORED HERON x SNOWY EGRET hybrid in the pannes off the Eastern Road on the 19th. At least one WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen at this time.

The last report of the BLACK-NECKED STILT that had been frequenting the Scarborough Marsh came from July 17th, a full month after it was first located.

Midcoast
A late report was received of Maine’s second BROWN BOOBY photographed on Eastern Egg Rock on the 16th.

Penobscot Bay
The RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that has taken up residence on Seal Island this summer was reported again this week, on the 22nd.

Downeast
An apparent SOUTH POLAR SKUA was photographed from a whale watch out of Bar Harbor on the 22nd.

Northern Maine
Highlights from Lake Josephine and a few nearby ponds included: an AMERICAN COOT, a hen REDHEAD with six young, and three COMMON GALLINULES on the 21st.