Winter in Maine
Summer birding in Maine is
spectacular, so folks can be forgiven for overlooking
winter. Our resident species provide plenty of
Cold weather means the return of subarctic breeding sea
ducks. The ocean fills with scoters, eiders, grebes,
mergansers, long-tails, harlequins, buffleheads, and loons.
Purple sandpipers settle onto the rocky coastline. In the
woods, crossbills and finches move southward into Maine.
Bohemian waxwings and pine grosbeaks move into the fruit
trees. Snow buntings flock to the blueberry fields. To have
some real fun in the offseason, see:
are 82 sites on the official Maine Birding Trail.
Many more great sites were researched and remain relatively
secret. Over 260 are documented and mapped in this handy guide,
including maps, and bonus chapters on the Canadian islands of
Campobello and Grand Manan.
Wings, Waves, Woods
Down East Spring Birding Festival May 23-26
Acadia Birding Festival
May 29-June 1
Aroostook State Park Festival
Explore Maine eBird
- a map-based tool
designed to provide quick access to birding information.
Join the Maine Birding Listserv for e-mail bird alerts from
around the state.