Maine Bird Rarity Round-Up: November 28th- December 4th.
A week of two halves, the first major snowfall of the winter enveloped Maine on Monday, presumably forcing many late-staying stragglers southward. One such example seems to be the highlight rarity this week in the form of the ongoing yellow-breasted chat at Capisic Pond, Portland, that was last reported on the the 1st.
Also exciting, a hatch-year red-headed woodpecker was found in a private yard near Bristol, Lincoln County, on Dec 1st and was present the following day.
In other news, a few late-staying yellow-bellied sapsuckers were reported in multiple counties, as well a single Nashville warbler (Capisic Pond, Portland, Dec 1st) and Baltimore oriole (Waldo County Dec 1st). Tree swallows too continued, with two buzzing around over a frozen Scarborough Marsh on Dec 1st and other sites in Cumberland County.
All in all, a quiet week in Maine while other neighbouring states were turning up rarity after rarity! Tis the season to keep your eyes open for lost European migrants such as rare geese and shorebirds. Here are some birds present in New England this week to whet the appetite to get out and brave the elements!
Good birding and have a great week,