• Ed Jenkins

Maine Bird Rarity Round-Up: January 1st-8th

This week saw 2020 off to a flying start (forgive the pun) with a Bullock's Oriole found visiting feeders in Camden on December 31st 2019, through to at least January 7th 2020.

This immature male is one of a handful of records of Bullock's Orioles in Maine, and unbelievably, is favoring the exact same area that was visited by a different immature male in the winter of 2016-2017. The western counterpart of the familiar Baltimore Oriole, this vagrant rarely straggles to the east coast, however, there has also been an immature male present throughout the past week just over the southern border of Maine in Rockingham, New Hampshire, also visiting feeders.

In other wildfowl-related news, two flyover male Eurasian wigeon were seen briefly at Keag Bridge, Knox County, on January 3rd, a redhead was reported from Simpson's Point Landing, Brunswick, on January 4th, and a snow goose was present at Bar Harbor up to the 6th.

As it wouldn't be a Maine rarity round-up without some mention of yellow-breasted chats, you'll be happy to know one was found on Monhegan during CBC on January 2nd!

That's all for this past week! Good birding,

Ed Jenkins