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Rare Bird Alert – November 9 – 15, 2013

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Yellow-breasted Chat by Doug Hitchcox 2011

Yellow-breasted Chat by Doug Hitchcox 2011

Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Little Gull
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee: https://sites.google.com/site/mainebirdrecordscommittee/)

York County
A CACKLING GOOSE was reported with a flock of CANADA GEESE loafing in the ocean off Lord’s Point in Kennebunk on the 10th.

On the 11th, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at the South Point Preserve at Biddeford Pool.

Greater Portland
An adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued at the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough through the 10th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen flying over Bradley Street in Portland on the 13th.

On the 15th, a WILSON’S WARBLER was found along the Eastern Promenade path in Portland.

A late CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was photographed at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on the 10th.

Also pretty late, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was on McAlister Farm Road off Riverside Street in Portland on the 11th.

Midcoast
A late PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Seawall Beach in Phippsburg on the 10th.

Central Maine
Beginning on November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was being seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Rte 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). The owl was present until the 14th, not seen all day on the 15th, but reappeared on the afternoon of the 16th.

Downeast
On the 10th, a first-winter LITTLE GULL was seen from the end of the Eastport Breakwater. At the time, several hundred BONAPARTE’S GULLS were flying in the channel between Eastport and Campobello.

Northern Maine
A young drake EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at Long Lake in Sinclair on the 9th.