Pemaquid Point

Bath, Maine

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Visiting Pemaquid Point is like going out to sea, but without a boat. The peninsula is long and relatively narrow, extending well out in the ocean, which explains why it is such a great place for seabirds. A great variety of seabirds show up at Pemaquid Point. Razorbill, Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Black Guillemot, Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, and Northern Gannet are all regular visitors. Sea ducks abound, and these sometimes include King Eider and Harlequin Duck. Atlantic Puffin is possible, but don’t expect them. Purple Sandpiper is seen along the point, and you may see Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull. These are only a smattering of the smorgasbord of seabirds at Pemaquid Point. If you are new to birding, be sure to carry a good field guide—you will need it here. If you are visiting from another state, be sure to bring a camera; you may well encounter a bird for your life list. Note that while Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Razorbill are common in winter, you really need a spotting scope to see them. Look out to sea, and scan the water carefully. Some birders consider Pemaquid Point one of the best sites on the Maine coast to see Razorbill.
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by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Visiting Pemaquid Point is like going out to sea, but without a boat. The peninsula is long and relatively narrow, extending well out in the ocean, which explains why it is such a great place for seabirds. A great variety of seabirds show up at Pemaquid Point. Razorbill, Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Black Guillemot, Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, and Northern Gannet are all regular visitors. Sea ducks abound, and these sometimes include King Eider and Harlequin Duck. Atlantic Puffin is possible, but don’t expect them.

Purple Sandpiper is seen along the point, and you may see Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull. These are only a smattering of the smorgasbord of seabirds at Pemaquid Point. If you are new to birding, be sure to carry a good field guide—you will need it here. If you are visiting from another state, be sure to bring a camera; you may well encounter a bird for your life list. Note that while Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Razorbill are common in winter, you really need a spotting scope to see them. Look out to sea, and scan the water carefully. Some birders consider Pemaquid Point one of the best sites on the Maine coast to see Razorbill.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Bath
Best Times: You will see plenty of birds here year-round. However, if you arrive in November or December after a fall storm, you may have an opportunity to view a rarity that was blown in by the storm.
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 7, C3
Driving Directions: Directions to Pemaquid Point

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