Date and Effort
Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:45 AM
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- Michael J Good
- Historical Record: I received a phone call January 8 from Phil Lichtenstein telling me that Joel Wescott at Nautilus Marine Fabrication on Industrial Way in Trenton Maine e had a long-toed bird he found after the high winds and 50 F wind blowing from the Southwest. This is my first Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) in Maine in December. The weather conditions were perfect for bringing this immature bird to Maine. On January 7 winds were gusty, steady and strong winds out of the southwest followed by Arctic conditions after the "Polar Vortex" dropped well into the south. Many thanks to Bill Sheehan.
Palmer has three previous records of Purple Gallinule for Hancock County:
Specimen, SW Hbr, March 19-25 1941,Mrs. E. A. Anthony
Specimen found dead, Bar Hbr, 28 April 1928, F. Leach (In Tyson and Bond)
Immature male "taken", Winter Hbr, early NOv 1899. (In Swain 1900)
This may be the first winter record!
Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?