• Ed Jenkins

Maine Bird Rarity Round-Up: December 5th-11th.

Maine was treated to a real treat this past week with the 10th (or so) Harris's sparrow for the state found at a private feeder in Levant, Penobscot County, on the 6th and staying until at least the 10th. Doug Hitchox has a excellent write-up here on the blog so please do go and read that and his discussion of the use of social media as a tool to find rare birds and communicate within the birding community.

Harris's sparrows breed in Arctic Canada and are Canada's only endemic breeding bird, rarely finding their way to either the Atlantic or Pacific Coast. Interestingly, another was present at Cape May, New Jersey, on December 4th, while a handful of others are currently scattered through eastern Canada.

Harris's sparrow range map from the Cornell Lab's All About Birds webpage. © Cornell Lab

In other rarity news, a yellow-throated warbler was present in Belfast, Waldo County, on December 11th, apparently first reported on iNaturalist.

Elsewhere in Maine a few classic winter species such as Iceland gulls and dovekies (little auks) have begun to appear along the coast.

Good birding,

Ed Jenkins