News & Notes


Rare Bird Alert – November 30 – December 6, 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • King Eider
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Hooded Warbler

York County
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Seapoint Beach in Kittery on the 5th.

On the 2nd, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed along Circuit Road in Berwick. The bird was seen again, just south of Circuit Road, on the 5th.

A drake KING EIDER was photographed from Marginal Way in Ogunquit on the morning of the 30th.

A SNOWY OWL was found on the rocks a couple hundred yards north of the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick on the 6th. South of here, another SNOWY OWL was found on the 6th along Long Sands Beach in York.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen along the Wells Jetty, located at the end of Foster Lane in Wells, on the 4th.

Mount Agamenticus in York hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 4th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen on Strawberry Island, visible from the rock ledges off Great Hill Road in Kennebunk on the 30th. Two new SNOWY OWLS were seen here on the 4th.

Biddeford Pool was the top spot for SNOWY OWLS this week with: 3 on the 30th, 5 on the 1st, 6 on the 2nd, peaking at 10 on the 3rd, and down to 4 on the 6th. A female HOODED WARBLER was seen foraging in a thicket at the edge of the field that borders the corner of Orcutt Road and First Street on the 5th.

Greater Portland
Two SANDHILL CRANES were filmed in Scarborough this week. They were reported from a marsh off Highland Ave on the 5th and 6th.

Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 30th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the field off Cross and Winn Roads in Cumberland on the 4th.

Midcoast
Away from the coast, a SNOWY OWL was seen on the 1st along Route 220, approximately 0.3 miles south of Route 17, in Washington.

On the 30th, three SNOWY OWLS were seen from Small Point in Phippsburg.

Also on the 30th, a SNOWY OWL was on the Morse River side of Popham Beach State Park. At least five SNOWY OWLS were photographed at the park on the 1st. A new SNOWY OWL was seen here on the 6th.

Monhegan Island’s SNOWY OWL count reached three on the 1st.

Waldoboro also hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 5th. This one was just off Chapel Road in Waldoboro, midway between Feylers Corner Road and Route 235.

Central Maine
A SNOWY OWL was seen in an open field off Route 220, about 2 miles south of the junction with Route 9/202 on the 5th.

Unity Pond hosted a SNOWY OWL on the 5th.

Since November 12th, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen near the intersection of Route 116 (Penobscot Valley Ave / Route 95 Connector Road) and Route 2 (West Broadway). More recently, the bird has been seen further east on Penobscot Valley Ave, near the railroad tracks. The bird was still being reported there as of December 4th.

Downeast
A SNOWY OWL was seen along the road up Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor on the 3rd.

On the 4th, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on Sargent Mountain in Acadia Nation Park.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Navy base in Cutler on the 5th.

Northern Maine
Aroostook County got on the board with a SNOWY OWL just south of the intersection of the Madore Road and Route 1 in Cyr Plantation (near Van Buren) on the 5th.