Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert: Dec. 7

by John Briggs on December 7, 2007

in Blog, RBA: Maine

Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: November 30 – December 6, 2007
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Eric Hynes and Stella Walsh

 Of Special Note

 Sightings too numerous to list of NORTHERN SHRIKES, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS continue state-wide, with scattered reports of EVENING GROSBEAKS.

 An unusually high number of BARRED OWLS have been seen recently, particularly road fatalities and birds active during the day indicating food stress.

 DOVEKIES have been spotted along the coast for the first time this fall.



 York County

 Birds seen off-shore in Saco Bay included an estimated 60 RAZORBILLS and three DOVEKIES on December 3.  A few NORTHERN GANNETS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS are being seen daily.

 A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen over Basket Island off Hills Beach in Biddeford where a CAPE MAY WARBLER also continues visiting a feeder at 148 Hills Beach Road.

 Greater Portland

 A late EASTERN PHOEBE was reported at the end of Phineas Road in Scarborough on December 2.

 Four DOVEKIES and six BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen off Dyer Point and Two Lights State Park on December 2.

 A first year ICELAND GULL was roosting on top of the Re-Harvest building at the end of Milliken Street off Riverside Parkway in Portland on December 2.

 Also in Portland, a CAROLINA WREN and a NORTHERN FLICKER were seen at the end of Hobart Street on December 5.

 Two NORTHERN FLICKERS were still around Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on December 6.


 A HERMIT THRUSH was at IF&W’s new boat launch on Mere Point Road in Brunswick on December 5.

 A male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is regularly visiting a suet feeder on River Road in Topsham.

 Two FOX SPARROWS continue at a feeder in Phippsburg.

 A PIED-BILLED GREBE was spotted in Robinhood Cove as seen from Route 127 in Georgetown on December 1.

 A FIELD SPARROW was found in the company of COMMON REDPOLLS at Green Point Wildlife Management Area in Dresden on December 2.  PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON MERGANSERS (in the Eastern River) are also frequenting Green Point WMA.

 A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL is visiting a thistle feeder daily in Waldoboro while on December 2 a BALTIMORE ORIOLE was photographed at a sunflower feeder in Waldoboro.

 Kennebec Valley (Augusta – Waterville)

 The waxwing flock on the former AMHI campus in Augusta had in the range of 200-300 birds over the past weekend with 90% BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.  A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen taking one on the wing on December 3.

 A late AMERICAN WOODCOCK flushed from a back lawn in Belgrade on November 30.

 Two REDHEADS are being seen on China Lake as viewed from Route 32 in Vassalboro.

 A juvenile LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was teased out of the many Herring Gulls at Hatch Hill landfill in Augusta on December 6.

 Four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been frequenting feeders across from Koons Hall on Quaker Hill Road on the Unity College campus in Unity.

 Three drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continue among the Common Goldeneye flock at Fort Halifax in Winslow.

 Penobscot Bay

 A BLACK-HEADED GULL was picked out of a flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls in Belfast harbor on December 5.

 An immature SNOW GOOSE has stayed for about a week near the Samoset Resort fairway pond in Rockport.

 A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continues his sporadic visits to a suet feeder on North Haven Island.

 A FOX SPARROW dropped into a feeding station in Belfast on December 5.


 A HOARY REDPOLL was discovered among COMMON REDPOLLS at a feeder in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island on December 4 and returned on the 5th.

 A flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were feeding in apple trees in Perry on December 3 and 4.

 Northern Maine (Aroostook County)

 Somewhat north for this resident species, a male NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen at a bird feeder in Caribou.  Even more unusual for northern Maine is a TUFTED TITMOUSE that has been visiting feeders on Canterbury Road in Presque Isle for over a month. 

 Muscovic Road in Stockholm continues to be a good place to look for AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER.

Report Provided By:
Eric Hynes
Staff Naturalist / Gilsland Farm Center Manager
Maine Audubon
20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
207-781-2330 ext. 237

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