PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland is paying tribute to a rare hawk that mysteriously showed up in Deering Oaks Park more than a year ago.
The great black hawk, native to Central and South America, showed up in the park in late 2018/early 2019.
Maine Audubon says the unusual visit was the equivalent of finding a zebra in Baxter State Park.
It endured a few light snow storms, but the hawk eventually had to be euthanized because of frostbite.
The city commissioned a life-size bronze sculpture of the hawk, and unveiled it Friday.
Organizers say the birding community was in shock that the bird traveled so far.
“The bird was named the craziest vagrant of 2019 by the American Birding Association,” Anne Pringle of Friends of Deering Oaks said.
Friends of Deering Oaks raised money for the sculpture.
Donors around the country and in Maine contributed, including Norway Savings Bank and MC Construction Company.