St Albans Wildlife Management Area

Waterville, Maine

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St. Albans Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a hidden gem, not advertised and basically unknown except to a few local birders. Those making the effort to visit will find many rewards. Except for October and November hunting seasons, and this mostly on Saturday (Sunday hunting is prohibited in Maine), the WMA is bereft of human presence. Waterbirds predominate here. Ducks include Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, and Black Duck. Some interesting species observed here in the past include Marsh Wren, American Coot, Common Moorhen, Least Bittern, Green-backed Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Sora Rail, and Virginia Rail. More likely, though, are American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, Osprey, Canada Goose, and Common Grackle. Forest birds frequent the upland habitat.
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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

St. Albans Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a hidden gem, not advertised and basically unknown except to a few local birders. Those making the effort to visit will find many rewards. Except for October and November hunting seasons, and this mostly on Saturday (Sunday hunting is prohibited in Maine), the WMA is bereft of human presence. Waterbirds predominate here.

Ducks include Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, and Black Duck. Some interesting species observed here in the past include Marsh Wren, American Coot, Common Moorhen, Least Bittern, Green-backed Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Sora Rail, and Virginia Rail. More likely, though, are American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, Osprey, Canada Goose, and Common Grackle. Forest birds frequent the upland habitat.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Waterville
Best Times: Beginning in mid-May and continuing through June, breeding waterfowl keep the marsh alive with activity. Summer is relatively quiet, but the fall migration in September and October bring the marsh back to life.
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Sidney Regional Office
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 22, A1
Driving Directions: Directions to St. Albans Wildlife Management Area

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