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Rare Bird Alert

Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: August 23 - 29, 2014
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

York County

On the 26th, two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were found at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick.

Curtis Cove Beach, at the end of Granite Point Road in Biddeford, held a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the 29th.

A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen at the northeast corner of Biddeford Pool Beach from the 23rd to the 28th. On the 24th, a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER was photographed here.

Two immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued to be seen around Biddeford Pool, usually on the edge of the pond off Elphis Road, as of the 26th.

Greater Portland

Shorebird diversity continues to build along the Eastern Road through the Scarborough Marsh, highlighted this week by a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the 29th.

Also on the 29th, a MARBLED GODWIT was reported from the Pine Point Lobster Co-op in Scarborough.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

On the 27th, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and WILSON'S PHALAROPE were found at the Flood Brothers Farm on River Road in Clinton. Please respect this private property and remain well away from machinery.

A CRESTED CARACARA was photographed atop a telephone pole near Hawks Ridge Farm in Unity, at the intersection of Route 139 and Reynolds Road, on the evening of the 26th. It was briefly relocated here on the morning of the 27th before moving west on Route 139 into Benton where it only remained for a couple hours. There have been no positive reports since then. Pending acceptance by the Maine Bird Records Committee, this would represent the first occurrence of this species in Maine.


A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were found at Popham Beach State Park on the afternoon of the 28th. Two WESTERN SANDPIPERS were reported here on the 29th.

A pair of MUTE SWANS continues to be seen at the Winnegance Causeway in Phippsburg.


A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found on the Lubec Flats on the 28th and continued on the 29th.

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