Rare Bird Alert – February 15-21, 2014

Reporting Period: February 15 – 21, 2014
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

Noteworthy Species Mentioned:

  • Pacific Loon
  • American Coot
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Thick-billed Murre
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Red-headed Woodpecker

York County

On the 15th, a THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen from The Cliff House in York, located at 591 Shore Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick on the 15th.

Uncommon in winter, a RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen on Beach Island, off Biddeford Pool, on the 15th.

At least two SNOWY OWLS continued to be seen around Biddeford Pool this week.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford on the 15th.

Greater Portland

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen off Winslow Park in Freeport on the 15th.


Continuing from January 2nd, an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still being reported along Whiskeag Road in Bath as of the 16th. Most observations are close to the Whiskeag Creek, near the address: 166 Whiskeag Road, Bath.

Penobscot Bay

Two SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen at the Owls Head Airport this week.

On the 19th, a SNOWY OWL was reported from Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport.

An AMERICAN COOT continued to be seen in Camden Harbor as of the 15th.

Central Maine

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). This bird was not seen here from the 16 through the 19th but has been seen each day since.


On the 20th, a SNOWY OWL was seen atop a utility pole across from house #901 on Leighton Point Road in Pembroke.