Howard L Mendall Wildlife Management Area—Sandy Stream

Brewer, Maine

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Sandy Stream is managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The marsh is composed mostly of short grasses, and although it looks as though you couldn’t walk on it, the surface is amazingly firm. However, little narrow tidal channels weave their way throughout the marsh and are often obscured by vegetation. Use extreme caution as you walk the marsh—the channels are often several feet or more deep. A key bird, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, breeds at Mendall Marsh. Other birds of interest include Common Merganser, Sora and Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. Osprey and Bald Eagle are often present out over the stream, as are a variety of ducks, Common Loon, and Canada Goose. Several kinds of sparrows inhabit the low growth along the access road.
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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Sandy Stream is managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The marsh is composed mostly of short grasses, and although it looks as though you couldn’t walk on it, the surface is amazingly firm. However, little narrow tidal channels weave their way throughout the marsh and are often obscured by vegetation. Use extreme caution as you walk the marsh—the channels are often several feet or more deep.

A key bird, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, breeds at Mendall Marsh. Other birds of interest include Common Merganser, Sora and Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. Osprey and Bald Eagle are often present out over the stream, as are a variety of ducks, Common Loon, and Canada Goose. Several kinds of sparrows inhabit the low growth along the access road.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Brewer
Best Times: Look for migrating waterfowl from late September through October.
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 23, E1; Page 23, E2
Driving Directions: Directions to Howard L. Mendall Wildlife Management Area—Sandy Stream

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