News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert – April 4-10, 2015

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Reporting Period: April 4 – 10, 2015
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Cackling Goose
  • ‘Eurasian’ Green-winged Teal
  • Golden Eagle
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Surfbird+
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Gyrfalcon+

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee:

York County

Maine’s first SURFBIRD, which was originally found on March 21st, continued to be seen around Biddeford Pool until April 5th. The bird is often found on the rocky shoreline of East Point Sanctuary or on the marshy edge of the ‘pool’ bordered by Mile Stretch Road.

A drake ‘EURASIAN’ GREEN-WINGED TEAL was photographed along Harbor Road in Wells on the 7th. This bird was still being reported here as of the 9th.

Greater Portland

A CACKLING GOOSE was found amongst Canadas in the field on the south side of Spring Brook Farm off Greely Road in Cumberland on the 8th and continued in the snow on the 9th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

Three SANDHILL CRANES were reported from Reidfield on the 5th.


An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported from Wharton Point in Brunswick on the 4th.

On the 5th, an immature GOLDEN EAGLE was reported at the Bath Landfill, located at the end of Detritus Drive. The landfill is closed on the weekends though limited viewing is available from their gate.

Penobscot Bay

On the 10th, a white-morph GYRFALCON was reported from a private residence along Castine Road in Penobscot. The bird was actively hunting in the area but could not be relocated.