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 US.
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.
The Official List of Maine Birds was first approved in 2005 and was most recently revised in April 2011. At this time, the list stands at 438 positively documented species for Maine.
The ME-BRC will review old and new records and will pay special attention to the list of hypothetical species. At this time the ME-BRC is limiting formal review to reports of species that have been positively documented fewer than five times in Maine, but all species for which ME-BRC seeks documentation are noted with an asterisk * in the checklist. The Committee also seeks documentation of irregular breeders and species that have not been documented as breeding in Maine. The Committee has developed a list of Review Species.
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.