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Rare Bird Alert

Name: Maine Audubon Rare Bird Alert
Reporting Period: August 30 - September 5, 2014
Area: State of Maine
Compilers: Doug Hitchcox

York County

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen on the 2nd and 3rd at the south end of Mother's Beach in Kennebunk, near Lord's Point.

On the 3rd an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at the northeast corner of Biddeford Pool Beach. A WESTERN SANDPIPER was also seen here on the 2nd.

One of the YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS that have been seen around Biddeford Pool continued through at least the 4th where it was reported at Great Pond.

Hills Beach in Biddeford held two HUDSONIAN GODWITS, an adult AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, three WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and a FORSTER'S TERN on the 5th.

A CASPIAN TERN was reported from Ferry Beach in Saco on the 1st.

Greater Portland

HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen almost daily from Pine Point in Scarborough this week with up to three present from the 31st to the 2nd. Also on the 2nd, two MARBLED GODWITS and a BLACK SKIMMER were reported from this location.

On the 31st, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported from the Eastern Trail through the Scarborough Marsh.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was photographed at the Spurwink River crossing off Route 77 in Scarborough on the 3rd.

The Wainwright Fields, located at the end of Gary L Maletta Way off Highland Ave in South Portland, hosted a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the 4th.

Kennebec River Valley (Augusta-Waterville)

The CRESTED CARACARA that was found on August 26th and 27th in Unity was relocated in Norridgewock on September 2nd. The bird was being seen in the pastures off the south side of Route 2, opposite the big Waste Management Inc. landfill. The bird continued in the area on the 3rd and again on the morning of the 4th.


Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying down Seawall Beach in Phippsburg on the 4th.

Three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported from Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg on the 3rd.

Central Maine

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE had been visiting feeders at a Lincoln residence since August 30th and was last reported on the 4th.


A whale watching trip out of Bar Harbor on the 4th hit the jackpot with 1-2 GREAT SKUAS, 1 SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and a LONG-TAILED JAEGER amongst other expected pelagic species.

Two juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Lubec Flats on the 30th. Five HUDSONIAN GODWITS, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and a CASPIAN TERN was all reported here on the 5th.

A boat out of Eastport on the 30th was able to pick a BLACK-HEADED GULL and a LITTLE GULL out of the masses of BONAPARTE'S GULLS in Western Passage.

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