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Birdwatching in Maine

A Site Guide

With nearly 450 species of birds recorded, Maine offers an abundance of birding opportunities for people of all levels of interest and experience, from those looking beyond their backyards for the first time to knowledgeable visitors looking to plug a hole in their list of sightings. The state’s wealth of undeveloped land and its extensive coastline, countless islands, and varied habitat combine to host an impressive diversity of birds at all times of year. Birders travel to Maine from near and far to seek hard-to-find species, from the only Atlantic Puffins breeding in the United States on offshore islands to Bicknell’s Thrushes high in the mountains. This book fills an important niche for the birdwatching community by offering comprehensive entries detailing the best locations for finding birds throughout the state for enthusiasts of all levels of skill and interest. It contains descriptions of 201 birding sites in Maine, with explicit directions on how to get there, for all sixteen of the state’s counties (several as large as other New England states!). Each chapter features a county map, a brief overview by Derek J. Lovitch, numerous specific site guides, and a list of rarities. The book also contains a detailed and useful species accounts guide for finding the most sought-after birds. Lavishly illustrated in color throughout, Birdwatching in Maine is the best available resource for finding birds in the largest of the New England states. Contributors: Derek Lovitch Kirk Betts Dan Nickerson John Berry Allison Childs Wells Jeffrey V. Wells Herb Wilson Kristen Lindquist Seth Benz Rich MacDonald Ron Joseph Luke Seitz

472 pages | 6 x 9

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Table of Contents

Contents • Preface • Introduction: Why Go Birding in Maine? • Basics of Birding in Maine • How to Use This Book • American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics • YORK COUNTY—Derek Lovitch • Fort Foster and Seapoint Beach • Mount Agamenticus • The Nubble (Cape Neddick) • Winter Alcid and Harlequin Duck Tour • Moody-Ogunquit Beach and Beach Plum Farm • Wells Marshes and Beaches • Wells Reserve at Laudholm • First Chance Whale Watch • Kennebunk Plains • Sanford Lagoons • Timber Point and Fortunes Rocks Beach • Biddeford Pool • Saco “Yacht Club” and Riverwalk • Pleasant Point Park • Waterboro Barrens Preserve • Killock Pond Road, and Maynard Marsh and Little Ossippee River Wildlife Management Areas • Sawyer Mountain Loop • CUMBERLAND COUNTY—Derek Lovitch • Scarborough Marsh • Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove State Parks • Dyer Point and Two Lights State Park • Village Crossings and the Cape Elizabeth Greenbelt Trail • Portland Harbor Winter Gull Loop • The Eastern Promenade • Back Cove • Evergreen Cemetery and Other Urban Sites • Capisic Pond Park • Odyssey Whalewatch • Casco Bay Islands (especially Peaks Island) and the Mailboat • Riverbank Park and Westbrook Riverwalk • Sebago Lake State Park and the Sebago Lake Loop • Sandy Point Beach, Cousin’s Island • “Greater Yarmouth Goose Fields” • Old Town House Park • Morgan Meadow Wildlife Management Area • Bradbury Mountain State Park and Spring Hawk Watch • Winslow Park and South Freeport • Florida Lake Park • Wharton Point to Simpson Point • Harpswell Neck • Bailey Island • OXFORD COUNTY—Kirk Betts • Brownfield Bog • Pleasant Mountain • Fryeburg Harbor Loop • Heald and Bradley Ponds • Streaked Mountain • Virgil Parris Forest (Packard Trail) • Norway Loop • White Mountain National Forest • Mount Will • Rumford Whitecap Mountain • Grafton Notch State Park • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge • ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY—Dan Nickerson • Androscoggin River Tour, Durham to Lewiston • Beaver Park, Lisbon • Miller Park—Papermill Trail, Ricker Farm, and Androscoggin River Trails • The “Louie” Loop • Range Pond State Park • Lewiston-Auburn Parks and Trails • Auburn North Circuit • Sabattus Pond • SAGADAHOC COUNTY—John Berry • Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach • Popham Beach State Park • Reid State Park • New Meadows River • Bath Landfill and Waterfront • Whiskeag Creek Trail (Sewall Woods and Thorne Head) • Bradley Pond • Bisson’s Farm • Cathance Preserve • Merrymeeting Bay (including the Mouth of the Abagadasset River) • Green Point Wildlife Management Area • LINCOLN COUNTY—Allison Childs Wells and Jeffrey V. Wells • Monhegan Island • Boothbay Harbor Loop • Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch • Boothbay Center Loop • Ocean Point—Linekin Preserve Loop • Pemaquid Point Loop • Eastern Egg Rock via the Hardy Boat • Schmid Preserve–Zak Preserve Loop • Old Cedar Grove Road and Pownalborough Court House Trails • Great Salt Bay Loop • Dresden Bog Loop • North Lincoln County Loop • KENNEBEC COUNTY—Herb Wilson • Cobbosseecontee Lake • Vaughan Woods • Mill Park and Augusta State Airport (West Augusta) • Viles Arboretum • Hatch Hill Landfill • Messalonskee Lake • Sidney Bog • China Lake • Waterville Loop • Kennebec River • Kennebec Highlands Trails • River Road Farmlands • KNOX COUNTY—Kristen Lindquist • St. George River in Warren • Weskeag Marsh • Thomaston Waterfront • Owls Head Area Loop • Rockland Breakwater • Vinalhaven Island (and Ferry) • Chickawaukie Lake and Maces Pond • Clarry Hill • Appleton Ridge to the Gibson Preserve • Beech Hill Preserve • Merryspring Nature Center • Camden Harbor • Camden Hills State Park • WALDO COUNTY—Seth Benz • Fernald’s Neck Preserve • Ducktrap Harbor • Islesboro (Island) • Lake St. George State Park • James Dorso (Ruffingham Meadow) Wildlife Management Area • Belfast Tour • Head of Tide and Stover Preserves • Bog Brook Sanctuary / Sheepscot-Wellspring Land Alliance Properties • Frye Mountain State Wildlife Management Area • Sears Island • Cape Jellison Loop • Sandy Point Beach and Sandy Point Wildlife Management Area • Unity Area • Howard L. Mendall (Marsh Stream) Wildlife Management Area • HANCOCK COUNTY—Rich MacDonald • Deer Isle Tour • Blue Hill Peninsula Tour • Holbrook Island Sanctuary • Acadia National Park Tour (including Park Loop Road) • Mount Desert Island (West) Tour • East Mount Desert Island Tour • Bar Harbor Whale Watch • Trenton • Schoodic Peninsula Tour • Great Pond Mountain Wildlands • Ellsworth Tour • Route 9, Airline Road (“the Airline”) and Stud Mill Road Tour • FRANKLIN COUNTY—Kirk Betts • White Granite Park • Foothills Land Conservancy • Whistlestop Trail • Mount Blue State Park • Perham Stream Birding Trail • Saddleback Mountain • Rangeley Lakes • Rangeley Loop Drive • Bald Mountain • Boy Scout Road and the Kennebago River • Quill Hill • Sugarloaf Area • Burnt Mountain (aka Burnt Hill) • SOMERSET COUNTY—Ron Joseph • Mill Island Town Park • Shawmut Dam • Goodwill-Hinckley School Nature Trail, L. C. Bates Museum, and Kennebec Valley Community College Farm Fields • Madawaska Bog Wildlife Management Area • Gilman Pond Farm and Stream Inlet • Long Falls Dam Road • Moore Pond • PENOBSCOT COUNTY—Luke Seitz • Sebasticook Lake • Corinna Marsh • Plymouth Pond • Essex Woods • Bangor Waterfront Tour • Penjajawoc Marsh • Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog • University of Maine Campus • Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge • Stud Mill Road • WASHINGTON COUNTY—Herb Wilson • Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge • Southern Washington County Blueberry Barrens • Addison Marsh • Great Wass Island • Roque Bluffs State Park • Machias Loop • Machias Seal Island • Hamilton Cove and Boot Head Preserves • Lubec and the Lubec Bar and Flats • Quoddy Head State Park • Campobello Island • Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge: Edmunds Division • Pleasant Island–Eastport Loop • Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge: Baring Division • The Burn Road • PISCATAQUIS COUNTY—Luke Seitz • Shirley Bog Railroad Bed • Big Moose Mountain • Lily Bay State Park • Kokadjo Area • Golden Road • Harvester Road • Baxter State Park: Nesowadnehunk Campground • Baxter State Park: Roaring Brook Campground and Sandy Stream Pond • Baxter State Park: Mount Katahdin • AROOSTOOK COUNTY—Luke Seitz • Mars Hill Pond • Masardis Area • Aroostook State Park • Lake Josephine • Christiana Reservoir • Collins Pond • Limestone / Fort Fairfield Goose Tour • Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge • Stockholm–Van Buren Path • Muscovic Road • Sinclair Area • Square Lake Road • The North Maine Woods • Species Accounts • References • About the Editor and Contributors • Index of Bird Species

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