R Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area—Weskeag Marsh

Rockland, Maine

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Birding can be done from one of the roadside turnoffs; you can also walk out in the marsh. This suggestion is accompanied by a caveat. The marsh contains ditches and channels, often hidden by marsh grass; stepping in one of these unawares can cause a sprained ankle, or worse. I recommend knee-length, waterproof boots and a walking stick. This WMA is the northernmost nesting site for Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. R. Waldo Tyler WMA is a haven for shorebirds, waterfowl, grassland birds, and wading birds of all sorts, many more than can be listed here. A variety of hawks and owls are seen here too, as are several different gulls, along with Osprey and Bald Eagle. In short, this ranks among the best sites in Maine for spotting vast numbers of interesting species of birds. To add even more spice to this already fabulous site, three rarities have been sighted here in the past 10 years: Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, and Ruff.
Birding Maine

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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Birding can be done from one of the roadside turnoffs; you can also walk out in the marsh. This suggestion is accompanied by a caveat. The marsh contains ditches and channels, often hidden by marsh grass; stepping in one of these unawares can cause a sprained ankle, or worse. I recommend knee-length, waterproof boots and a walking stick. This WMA is the northernmost nesting site for Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. R. Waldo Tyler WMA is a haven for shorebirds, waterfowl, grassland birds, and wading birds of all sorts, many more than can be listed here.

A variety of hawks and owls are seen here too, as are several different gulls, along with Osprey and Bald Eagle. In short, this ranks among the best sites in Maine for spotting vast numbers of interesting species of birds. To add even more spice to this already fabulous site, three rarities have been sighted here in the past 10 years: Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, and Ruff.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Rockland
Best Times: Birding is good year-round, but summer is the very best time.
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 8, A3
Driving Directions: Directions to R. Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area—Weskeag Marsh

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