Bird Observer: The Birding Journal for New England

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

February 2015

Vol. 43, No. 1

Fourth Report of the Maine Bird Records Committee

Trevor B. Persons,Louis R. Bevier,William J. Sheehan,Peter D. Vickery,and Christopher A. Bartlett


New England’s first Yellow-billed Loon was found by Luke Seitz offshore of Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, October 26, 2010, and was relocated on October 29. Photo by Luke Seitz (October 26, 2010).

The fourth report of the Maine Bird Records Committee (hereafter ME-BRC, or the committee) details the evaluation of 95 records of 58 species and includes all decisions made by the committee between January 2009 and December 2013. The ME-BRC accepted records of 14 species new to the state list during this period: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Pink-footed Goose, Yellow-billed Loon, Black- browed Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Brown Booby, Little Egret, Thayer’s Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Gray Kingbird, Mountain Bluebird, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and Bronzed Cowbird. These additions bring Maine’s official bird list to 445 species. The official list of Maine birds, as well as the list of review species, can be found on the Maine Bird Records Committee website.

The ME-BRC has nine voting members and a nonvoting secretary. Seven affirmative votes are needed to accept a record. Current committee members include Louis Bevier (chair, 2013-2014), Lysle Brinker, Robby Lambert, Pat Moynahan, Trevor Persons (chair), Jan Pierson, Will Russell, Luke Seitz, and Bill Sheehan. Sheehan served as secretary in 2009, was replaced by Chris Bartlett in 2010, was re-elected to the position in 2012, and passed the torch to Doug Hitchcox in 2013. Past committee members that voted on records presented here include Denny Abbott, Jody Despres,
Davis Finch, Scott Hall, Eric Hynes, Kristen Lindquist, Don Mairs, Jonathan Mays (chair, 2011–2012), Michael Smith, Peter Vickery (chair, 2005–2011), and Jeff Wells.

An asterisk (*) denotes that a written description was provided, and a dagger (†) denotes that a photograph was provided. In the localities, county names are italicized. All accepted records were unanimously accepted on the first round of voting unless otherwise indicated.

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