Owls Head State Park is home to a lighthouse that overlooks the southwestern entrance to Penobscot Bay. The park is small and it can be birded easily in a short time. Scan from the lighthouse and from the picnic area reached by trail from the parking lot. Because the site is a prominent extension into the bay, it gets more than its share of warblers in migration. The forest is mixed hardwood and spruce, attractive to an assortment of migrants, including spruce-loving Blackpolls and Bay-breasted Warblers. Thrushes include Veery, Hermit, and Swainson’s. In summer, the birding is pleasant but average. In winter, bring a spotting scope up to the lighthouse boardwalk and scan for seaducks, particularly grebes.
Directions: From Route 1 in downtown Rockland, take Route 73 south toward Owls Head, following the signs to the park. Follow 1.9 miles to a left turn onto Shore Road, follow 2.6 miles to the small town center, and turn left onto Main Street. Proceed to Lighthouse Road and follow the signs to the park.
Owls Head, ME 04854