Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert: Nov. 15

by John Briggs on November 17, 2007

in Blog, RBA: Maine

Semipalmated Plover | Curtis Cove | Biddeford Pool, Maine | Nov. 17, 2007A new feature here at Birding In Maine will be the posting of the Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alerts. Many thanks go to Eric Hynes, Staff Naturalist / Gilsland Farm Center Manager, Maine Audubon.

Of Special Note

This week was dominated by continued reports of good numbers of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and PINE GROSBEAKS with scattered reports of arriving COMMON REDPOLLS.  Waterfowl numbers continued to build along the coast. NORTHERN SHRIKE reports continued state-wide.

Notable finds this week included a WESTERN GREBE, and the winter’s first GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS.  A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and WESTERN KINGBIRD continue at Pine Point. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues at Fortunes Rocks.

Lingering migrants included CAPE MAY, PINE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

York County

In Biddeford, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continued in the shrubs along Etherington Pond on Fortunes Rocks Road through November 12 and a female CAPE MAY WARBLER is reported at a series of feeders on Hills Beach Road.

A single COMMON REDPOLL visited a feeder in Berwick this past weekend.

Three PINE GROSBEAKS were seen along Rt. 25 in Cornish at the north end of the county on November 11.

Greater Portland

An Aechmophorus Grebe, likely a WESTERN, was videotaped and photographed off of Pine Point Beach in Scarborough late on November 9. The bird has not been relocated. A sub-adult ICELAND GULL is also being seen sporadically in this area.

Elsewhere at Pine Point, a LITTLE GULL was found near the Lobster Co-op on November 12, mixed with about 200 Bonaparte’s Gulls.  An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER joined the HUDSONIAN GODWIT and the hundreds of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers foraging on the flats there.

The lingering WESTERN KINGBIRD continues but is not reliably found at the end of Dunstan Landing Road, off of Pine Point Road, in Scarborough. 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Village Crossings in Cape Elizabeth on November 11.

On November 13, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE foraged briefly in the apple orchard behind the environmental center at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.  A very cooperative PINE WARBLER was gleaning insects just outside the front door of the environmental center on November 15.

Birds at Florida Lake Park in Freeport this week included two RED CROSSBILLS on November 10 and two BOREAL CHICKADEES on November 14.  Other birds at this site included a RUFFED GROUSE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and PINE GROSBEAKS.


COMMON REDPOLLS have been showing up at feeders in the Wilton area.

Androscoggin Valley – Lewiston

A juvenile NORTHERN SHRIKE and a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were noted at Leavitt High School in Turner on November 12.

An impressive concentration of ducks, including 643 RUDDY DUCKS and a NORTHERN SHOVELER, were tallied at Sabattus Pond in Sabattus on November 12.


A PEREGRIN FALCON was pursuing pigeons over the parking lot of Fort Andros in Brunswick on November 11, marking the 7th year one has wintered at that site.  Another PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Spirit Pond in Phippsburg on November 14.

A male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen at a suet feeder on River Road in Topsham and a second at feeders in Woolwich.

A late BLUE-WINGED TEAL as well as a GADWALL and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were reported at the mouth of the Abbagadasset River in Bowdoinham on November 12.  Other birds at this site included numerous GREEN-WINGED TEAL and AMERICAN COOTS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, seven GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and three GREAT BLUE HERONS.

A lingering PINE WARBLER is visiting a yard in Georgetown.

Kennebec Valley – Augusta

An ICELAND GULL was seen from Route 8 in Smithfield.

Five BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were with COMMON GOLDENEYES on the Kennebec River at Fort Halifax in Winslow on November 9.

Two GLAUCOUS GULLS and one ICELAND GULL were at the Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta on November 13.

Twenty PINE GROSBEAKS were feasting on a fruiting tree along a back road in Benton.

In Benton, at least 80 COMMON REDPOLLS were foraging on birch catkins on November 15.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and PINE GROSBEAKS have been visiting a crabapple tree in the village of Purgatory in Litchfield.

A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has been visiting a feeder in Winthrop each afternoon since November 13.

PINE GROSBEAKS are frequenting the Skowhegan area and several were found in Whitefield as well.

Central – Bangor

Orono topped the BOHEMIAN WAXWING reports this week with 160 – 170 at the Post Office, 100 more at the University of Maine gardens, and another 15 in the area of the Bangor Mall.  PINE GROSBEAKS were found at a number of locations in the Bangor area as well.


COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE GROSBEAKS and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS dominated the reports from Washington County, with good numbers reported in both Calais and Machias.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found at Meddybemps Lake.

Northern Maine- Aroostook

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are being seen regularly across the area with reports from Hersey in southern Aroostook to St David in the northern part of the county. 

The first ICELAND GULL of the season in northeastern Maine was a first winter bird found with some lingering Ring-billed Gulls at Collins Pond in Caribou on the 12th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found at the boat launch of Nadeau Pond in Fort Fairfield. 

A few HORNED LARKS continue to linger in area potato fields.  Numbers are down from a high count of over 120 seen in Limestone at the beginning of the month.

The largest flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen were 170 at Presque Isle and 120 at Caribou.  Most other groups were 20-50 birds.

GRAY JAYS were seen at Madawaska Lake and Woodland.

A very late BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was found with a group of House Sparrows in Presque Isle.

COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE GROSBEAKS have been frequenting feeders in New Sweden.

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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