News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert – August 21-27, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • American White Pelican+
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Mew Gull+
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Dickcissel

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee)

York County
On the 21st, a HOODED WARBLER was banded on Appledore Island, part of the Isles of Shoals.

A MARBLED GODWIT continued throughout the week along the Basket Island Causeway at Hills Beach in Biddeford. [Photo of the Marbled Godwit]

Greater Portland
Banders at the River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth caught a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on the 24th.

An impressive morning flight count for August came on the morning of the 24th at Sandy Point Beach on Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth. Beyond the high passerine counts, most noteworthy was a DICKCISSEL making the crossing.

On the 23rd, a FORSTER’S TERN was reported from Spirit Pond in Phippsburg.

Penobscot Bay
Continuing from August 3rd, Maine’s third MEW GULL was seen more regularly this week than when it was first found. Most reports were from the roof or fields of Oceanside High School off Valley Street in Thomaston. Reports were still positive as of the 26th.

Northern Maine
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued at Lake Josephine in Easton on the 22nd and 23rd. This bird has apparently been moving around between here and Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield and was reported as being seen “regularly all month.”