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April 2020

Vol. 48, No. 2

Ninth Report of the Maine Bird Records Committee

Douglas P. Hitchcox, Tom Aversa, Louis R. Bevier, and Trevor B. Persons

Trumpeter Swan was added to Maine's list after questionable provenance delayed review of one found in Biddeford from April 8–15, 2011. Photograph by Doug Hitchcox.

The Ninth report of the Maine Bird Records Committee (hereafter ME-BRC or the committee) summarizes the assessment of 70 reports involving 36 species or species pairs. Evaluation of and decisions by the committee for these reports occurred during 2019. The committee accepted 50 records for an acceptance rate of 71%. Although the majority of birds in this report were documented in 2018–2019, the years of occurrences ranged from 1973 to 2019.

Highlights in this report include Maine's first record of Zone-tailed Hawk. In addition, the first state record of Trumpeter Swan, previously unreviewed, is accepted here. These bring the total number of documented species on Maine's state list to 464. The official list of bird species recorded in Maine, our review procedures, and list of members can be found at the committee's website:

Records in this report are grouped by species, with both those accepted and those not accepted listed within the same species account. Each account provides the location, county (italicized), dates of occurrence, names of observers or contributors, and committee record number. Documentation was provided by the observers listed or, in some cases, was obtained from public websites. All reviewed materials and member comments are archived. If known, the names of finders are listed first and separated from other names by a semicolon. Photographic, video, or audio evidence reviewed is denoted by a dagger (†); written notes are denoted by an asterisk (*). As always, the committee strongly encourages written submissions even when there are photographs. Species accounts follow the current taxonomic classification and sequence adopted as of 2019 by the American Ornithological Society (list available at

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