News & Notes

Rare Bird Alert – April 25-May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Reporting Period: April 25 – May 1, 2015
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Glossy Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis+
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Caspian Tern
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker

(+ Details requested by Maine Bird Records Committee:

Greater Portland

Two WHITE-FACED IBIS were found behind the Pelreco Building at the Scarborough Marsh on the 25th. This location is off Snow Canning Road in Scarborough. These birds were seen throughout the week and are often in a large flock of GLOSSY IBIS at various points around the Scarborough Marsh.
Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

Eight GLOSSY IBIS were found in Albion on the 26th and continued until the 28th in a pasture adjacent to a wetland on E. Benton Road opposite (west of) #133.


On the afternoon of the 25th, a CASPIAN TERN was seen feeding at Wharton Point in Brunswick. Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen here on the 29th and 30th.
A CASPIAN TERN was seen flying just offshore along Seawall Beach on the 26th.
Penobscot Bay
On the 27th, two CASPIAN TERNS were found in the Weskeag Marsh in South Thomaston. They continued here on the 28th and 29th, with only one bird being reported on the 30th and May 1st. There was a late report at least one could have been present since the 24th.
Central Maine
At least two pairs of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen along the Harvester Road, off the Telos Road in Northwest Piscataquis on April 26th. A pair of AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS was also reported near here, at a spot west of Chamberlain Lake.


Rare this far east, a GLOSSY IBIS was photographed at Roque Island in Jonesport on the 24th.
On the 26th, a CASPIAN TERN was seen flying up the Pleasant River near the boat landing in Addison. Not far from here, a CASPIAN TERN was reported from Flat Bay in Harrington on the 30th.

Western Mountains
On the evening of the 30th, three SANDHILL CRANES were reported from the cornfield at the north end of McNeil Road in Fryeburg.
Northern Maine
A pair of GLOSSY IBIS was photographed in Van Buren and present from the 27th through the 29th; representing what is probably the northern most record for this species in Maine.