Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert: June 6

by John Briggs on June 9, 2008

in Blog, RBA: Maine

Maine Rare Bird AlertName: Maine Audubon Bird Alert
Date: 6 June 2008
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Eric Hynes, Luke Seitz, Kay Gammons

 

Of Special Note

A very compelling report was received of a KIRTLAND’S WARBLER at the Kennebunk Plains on June 2.  Efforts to relocate the bird have been unsuccessful; however, birders are urged to keep an ear and eye out for this extremely rare species.

 

Other unusual sightings this week included: RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD,
SUMMER TANAGER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER, LITTLE GULL, and SANDHILL CRANE.

Late migrants continue to move through the area, with OLIVE-SIDED and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED and SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and
MOURNING WARBLER being particularly noteworthy.

York County

A KIRTLAND’S WARBLER was reported from Kennebunk Plains the morning of
June 2.  A single observer had a prolonged, close observation of a
singing male in a pitch pine stand near the pond north of McGuire Road.
Photographs accompanying the good description were limited but
compelling.  Despite efforts, the bird has not been relocated.  Six
UPLAND SANDPIPERS and two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were at the Kennebunk
Plains on May 30. 

Greater Portland

Five RED KNOTS continue at Pine Point in Scarborough along with a single
LITTLE GULL on June 3, while two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were in the salt
pannes off Eastern Road Trail in Scarborough Marsh.  Also in Scarborough
Marsh, A WINGS tour group discovered what appeared to be a hybrid GLOSSY
X WHITE-FACED IBIS, observed in the pannes on the west side of the north
end of Eastern Road.

A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen off Stratton Island in Saco Bay on June 3.

A MOURNING WARBLER was singing in Evergreen Cemetery on June 1, along
with an OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, SWAINSON’S THRUSH,
FISH CROW, and COMMON NIGHTHAWK.

The powerline cut that runs from Hurricane Road to Blackstrap Road in
Falmouth continues to be productive, this week producing 1 OLIVE-SIDED,
5 YELLOW-BELLIED, and 20+ ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 2-3 MOURNING WARBLERS, a
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and
breeding YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS.

Two WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were noted at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on June
5.

A pair of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS was seen at Scarborough Beach State
Park on June 2.

Midcoast

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen on private property in the
Georgetown area.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Old County Road in Sedgwick.

Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island continues to be active, this week hosting SUMMER
TANAGER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL,
TENNESSEE WARBLER, and three MOURNING WARBLERS.

Kennebec Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in Richmond on June 1.

SANDHILL CRANES continue in Belgrade, along with OLIVE-SIDED, WILLOW,
and ALDER FLYCATCHERS.

Northern Maine- Aroostook

A newly arrived SWAINSON’S THRUSH was in Fort Kent on June 3.

Gulf of Maine

A RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD was reported from Matinicus Rock last Tuesday.
This is likely the same individual that has summered in those waters for
several years now.

 

Eric Hynes
Staff Naturalist / Gilsland Farm Center Manager
Maine Audubon
20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
ehynes@maineaudubon.org
www.maineaudubon.org

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