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Rare Bird Alert

Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: December 27, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

York County

A PACIFIC LOON was reported from Fort Foster in Kittery on the 1st. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also reported.

A drake KING EIDER that was found at the Cliff House in York on December 12th continued through the end of this week. A PACIFIC LOON was reported here on the 2nd.

On December 27th, a WESTERN TANAGER was located at the corner of Brown and Day Streets in Kennebunk. The bird continued in this neighborhood, typically seen feeding on the fruiting trees, through the end of the week.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen around Biddeford Pool on the 29th.

Greater Portland

A lingering GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued in the Fore River in Portland, visible from the church parking lot on Congress Street.

A SNOWY OWL was found along Ledge Road in Yarmouth on the 27th.

One of the drake EURASIAN WIGEONS that were first found at the end of November continued at Grondin Pond, best viewed from the end of Woodview Drive in Scarborough, through the end of the week. Very little open water remains here.

Two BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were seen in the Lower Haraseekett River South Freeport, visible from the Freeport Town Wharf at the end of Pine Street in South Freeport.


On the 26th, a WESTERN GREBE was found in Middle Bay from private property in Harpswell. Following negative reports, this bird was relocated on the 29th, visible from the Wilson's Cove Trail.

Four BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were reported from Great Island in Harpswell on the 2nd.

A SNOWY OWL was reported on the keeper's house on Ram Island Light, visible from Ocean Point in East Boothbay, on the 28th.

Penobscot Bay

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found in Damariscotta, along Belvedere Road, on the 22nd and continued in the area until the 28th.

A lingering YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continued to be seen along Youngtown Road in Lincolnville through the end of the week.


On the 27th, a SNOWY OWL was seen atop Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor.

A gray-phase GYRFALCON was reported from the Lubec Bar on the 27th.

Western Mountains

A SNOWY OWL was hunting along the sod fields at the intersection of McNeil and Old River Road in Fryeburg on the 27th and continued here on the 28th.

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