The Maine Bird Records Committee (ME-BRC) was created in 2005 and was among the last of the state bird committees to be formed in the United States.  

As with most state bird records committees, the goal was to form a body that could provide an Official List of Maine Birds, to function as review board for new Maine records,  and to act as a repository for the information concerning Maine bird records. Our bylaws provide details of committee procedures. 

The Official List of Maine Birds was first approved in 2005 and was most recently revised as of December 2013.  As of that date, the list stands at 445 species for Maine.

The ME-BRC will review old and new records. All species for which ME-BRC seeks documentation are noted with an asterisk (*) in the checklist. In addition, the committee may review out-of-season, out-of-range within the state, and subspecies considered rare to the state. Please see the Official List of Maine Birds.
Chestnut-collared Longspur
22 to 28 June 2012 East Point Sanctuary, Biddeford, York Co., Maine
photo by Louis R. Bevier

Carole Sevilla Brown found this stunning bird and wrote about her experience here. The committee accepted this record, which is the second for the state.

The first report for Maine has not been reviewed. It is an old account of a specimen (so far not located) from the Little River marshes, a former inlet south of Pine Point, Scarborough. According to the published account, this bird was collected 13 August 1886 by Joseph L. Goodale of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and subsequently said to have been examined by William Brewster.