Beech Hill Preserve

Rockland, Maine

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The nearly 300-acre Beech Hill Preserve, a bastion of rural Maine set amid a rapidly changing landscape, was purchased in 2003 by Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CLT). While Beech Hill is a popular spot with local birders, CLT asks that large groups notify them before visiting the preserve. Since part of the preserve is dedicated to maintaining an organic blueberry operation (a process amenable to nesting birds), please do not stray off the trails. Look for Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow on the grasslands. Also present are Upland Sandpiper. Eastern Towhee inhabit the edges. American Kestrel and Northern Harrier glide over the grasslands. In 2006 Eastern Bluebird nested here in some swallow nesting boxes, an unexpected treat. Besides the grassland birds, a great number of songbirds have been observed here. This includes 16 different warblers and 6 sparrow species in addition to Savannah Sparrow. Coastal Mountains Land Trust has compiled the Beech Hill Preserve Bird List, which lists 78 different species, including species seen or heard during bird surveys carried out in May and June 2006. The list also includes a few notable species recorded earlier.
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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

The nearly 300-acre Beech Hill Preserve, a bastion of rural Maine set amid a rapidly changing landscape, was purchased in 2003 by Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CLT). While Beech Hill is a popular spot with local birders, CLT asks that large groups notify them before visiting the preserve. Since part of the preserve is dedicated to maintaining an organic blueberry operation (a process amenable to nesting birds), please do not stray off the trails. Look for Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow on the grasslands. Also present are Upland Sandpiper. Eastern Towhee inhabit the edges. American Kestrel and Northern Harrier glide over the grasslands.

In 2006 Eastern Bluebird nested here in some swallow nesting boxes, an unexpected treat. Besides the grassland birds, a great number of songbirds have been observed here. This includes 16 different warblers and 6 sparrow species in addition to Savannah Sparrow. Coastal Mountains Land Trust has compiled the Beech Hill Preserve Bird List, which lists 78 different species, including species seen or heard during bird surveys carried out in May and June 2006. The list also includes a few notable species recorded earlier.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Rockland
Best Times: May through September. Snowy Owl have been reported here in winter. While chances are you won’t see one of these, you may well see Wild Turkey and other common winter residents.
Local Contacts: Coastal Mountains Land Trust; Georges River Land Trust
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 14, D3
Driving Directions: Directions to Beech Hill Preserve

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