and Casco Bay
Portland is blessed with wonderful birding year round.
There are a variety of habitats: sand beaches, rocky beaches,
granite cliffs, estuaries, fresh and saltwater marshes,
deciduous and pine forests, urban, suburban, and rural parkland.
Because the bulk of Maineís population lives within 45 minutes
of Portland, the preponderance of birders is here as well.
Unusual birds do not remain unobserved for long. Furthermore,
Portland marks a transition point for many species. This is the
northern edge for southern warblers such as Blue-winged and
Prairie. It is where Nelsonís and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed
Sparrows overlap and hybridize. Brown Thrashers, Eastern
Towhees, and Grasshopper Sparrows become scarce north of
is Maineís largest community and boasts many tourist amenities.
Most of the areaís best birding spots are less than 30 minutes
from downtown hotels and the airport, so birding while on a
business trip is exceptionally easy. Maine Audubon
headquarters is located in nearby Falmouth and two other Maine
Audubon sanctuaries are located within Cumberland County. The
metropolitan area includes several communities. The City of
Portland itself is known for hot spots like Back Cove,
Eastern Promenade, Evergreen Cemetery,
Capisic Pond, The Dragon Fields,
and Portland Harbor. South Portland is home to
Hinckley Park. Cape Elizabeth encompasses
Dyer Point, Two Lights State Park,
Kettle Cove, and Crescent Beach.
dominates the city of Scarborough where birders also spend time
at Pine Point, Proutís Neck,
and Fuller Farm. Falmouth lies just north of
Portland, boasting of Maine Audubonís Gilsland Farm
and Mackworth Island
It is a strong-willed visitor who can resist
the lure of the world famous L.L. Bean store
just twenty minutes north of Portland. Itís just a stoneís throw
away from Freeport area sites like Maine Audubonís Mast
Landing Preserve, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park,
Winslow Park, and South Freeport Town
Landing. Yarmouth lies between Falmouth and Freeport,
where Sandy Point Beach can be incredible in
late summer and fall.