Leonard’s Mills

Brewer, Maine

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Leonard’s Mills is a restored eighteenth-century logging community set along Blackman Stream. Saturdays in summer are busy with different events, but weekdays and Sundays often see the place deserted. The road to Leonard’s Mills, through the University of Maine’s Penobscot Experimental Forest, crosses a wide variety of habitats, including softwood monocultures. A series of hiking trails, with a trailhead near the actual old mill, takes birders through upland habitat as well as past a freshwater marsh along Blackman Stream. Leonard’s Mills and vicinity host a great assortment of birds. Warblers draw birders here during spring migration to view Pine, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, to name just a few. Wet areas sometimes host Northern Waterthrush. Other birds include thrushes, Eastern Wood Peewee, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, and Great Blue Heron, and Canada Goose. Ruffed Grouse live here, as well as the occasional Spruce Grouse.
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Birding Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Leonard’s Mills is a restored eighteenth-century logging community set along Blackman Stream. Saturdays in summer are busy with different events, but weekdays and Sundays often see the place deserted. The road to Leonard’s Mills, through the University of Maine’s Penobscot Experimental Forest, crosses a wide variety of habitats, including softwood monocultures. A series of hiking trails, with a trailhead near the actual old mill, takes birders through upland habitat as well as past a freshwater marsh along Blackman Stream.

Leonard’s Mills and vicinity host a great assortment of birds. Warblers draw birders here during spring migration to view Pine, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, to name just a few. Wet areas sometimes host Northern Waterthrush. Other birds include thrushes, Eastern Wood Peewee, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, and Great Blue Heron, and Canada Goose. Ruffed Grouse live here, as well as the occasional Spruce Grouse.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Brewer
Best Times: May and June are best for migrating warblers. Marshbirds and waterfowl are active around Blackman Stream. Osprey are on their nests, and with optical aids, the young should be visible high atop the utility poles.
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 23, B3; Page 23, B3
Driving Directions: Directions to Leonard’s Mills

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