Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area

Waterville, Maine

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Birders can enjoy Carlton Pond in two ways. First, park in the small lot off Bog Road and walk across the road to the dam. There you can stand or sit and scan the water and bog with binoculars or scope. Second, and better, launch a canoe and explore the pond and edge habitat at your leisure. Carlton Pond is a key breeding area for the Maine endangered Black Tern. The area is rich in waterfowl species, as well as American Bittern and Virginia and Sora Rail. Also present are Great Blue Heron. Green-backed Heron are documented here as well. During the migration, besides the standard array of ducks, you may also see Pintail, Wigeon, Shoveler and White-winged Scoter.
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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Birders can enjoy Carlton Pond in two ways. First, park in the small lot off Bog Road and walk across the road to the dam. There you can stand or sit and scan the water and bog with binoculars or scope. Second, and better, launch a canoe and explore the pond and edge habitat at your leisure.

Carlton Pond is a key breeding area for the Maine endangered Black Tern. The area is rich in waterfowl species, as well as American Bittern and Virginia and Sora Rail. Also present are Great Blue Heron. Green-backed Heron are documented here as well. During the migration, besides the standard array of ducks, you may also see Pintail, Wigeon, Shoveler and White-winged Scoter.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Waterville
Best Times: From late April through June, waterfowl are much in evidence. In June visitors can see Black Tern flying over the pond. For this reason alone, June rates as the absolute best month to visit. The fall migration, September and October, is another good time. In summer Osprey glide high above the pond.
Local Contacts: Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 22, C1
Driving Directions: Directions to Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area

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