Sears Island

Belfast, Maine

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The causeway is a favorite site for local birders. There are numerous places along the causeway to pull off the road and park while you scan the cove. In winter, birders frequent the causeway that separates Sears Island from the mainland. If it’s uncomfortably cold, you can watch wintering waterfowl from the warmth of a parked, heated vehicle. At high tide, especially, you can get close-up views of Pie-billed and Horned Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, American Black Duck, Common Loon, and occasionally Barrow’s Goldeneye. Bald Eagle frequent the island and are often seen near the causeway. The island itself is a mix of wetlands, fields, edge habitat, and upland forests, mostly fir and spruce.
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by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

The causeway is a favorite site for local birders. There are numerous places along the causeway to pull off the road and park while you scan the cove. In winter, birders frequent the causeway that separates Sears Island from the mainland.

If it’s uncomfortably cold, you can watch wintering waterfowl from the warmth of a parked, heated vehicle. At high tide, especially, you can get close-up views of Pie-billed and Horned Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, American Black Duck, Common Loon, and occasionally Barrow’s Goldeneye. Bald Eagle frequent the island and are often seen near the causeway. The island itself is a mix of wetlands, fields, edge habitat, and upland forests, mostly fir and spruce.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Belfast
Best Times: November through March is prime times for wintering waterfowl. In spring, which can arrive as early as late March, songbirds return to the island’s upland habitats. Summer is slow, except for gulls, eagles, and Osprey.
Local Contacts: Town of Searsport
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 15, A1; Page 15, A2
Driving Directions: Directions to Sears Island

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