Best Birding in Maine

This list represents the most popular birding in Maine. Use this list to plan your next Maine birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Lagrange Rail-Trail

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    Lagrange, ME

    This rail-trail takes its guests through a delightful stretch of rural Maine not often seen by tourists. The trestle bridge at the end of the trail is particularly noteworthy. Surface: Packed ...
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    This rail-trail takes its guests through a delightful stretch of rural Maine not often seen by tourists. The trestle bridge ...

  • #2 R. Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area—Weskeag Marsh

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    Rockland, ME

    Birding can be done from one of the roadside turnoffs; you can also walk out in the marsh. This suggestion is accompanied by a caveat. The marsh contains ditches and channels, often hidden by ...
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    Birding can be done from one of the roadside turnoffs; you can also walk out in the marsh. This suggestion is accompanied ...

  • #3 Brownfield Bog Wildlife Management Area

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    Westbrook, ME

    This 5,700-acre WMA stands out as a significant wild area. While the nearby Saco River teems with canoe and kayak traffic in summer, Brownfield Bog WMA sees relatively little pressure. DIF&W ...
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    This 5,700-acre WMA stands out as a significant wild area. While the nearby Saco River teems with canoe and kayak traffic ...

  • #4 Fields Pond Audubon Center

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    Brewer, ME

    Fields Pond Audubon Center features include walking trails through fields and woodlands and a 300foot boardwalk through a floodplain swamp. The wheelchair-accessible Nature Center Building is ...
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    Fields Pond Audubon Center features include walking trails through fields and woodlands and a 300foot boardwalk through a ...

  • #5 Bradbury Mountain State Park

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    Portland, ME

    Bradbury Mountain is an off-the-beaten-path state park that offers hiking, camping, and of course birding. The mountain summit, the highest point for many miles around, offers superb views of ...
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    Bradbury Mountain is an off-the-beaten-path state park that offers hiking, camping, and of course birding. The mountain summit, ...

  • #6 Lily Bay State Park

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    Waterville, ME

    Lily Bay State Park, a 925-acre parcel on the east side of Moosehead Lake, presents in brief what the surrounding country has to offer. This is the gateway to the larger North Maine Woods. The ...
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    Lily Bay State Park, a 925-acre parcel on the east side of Moosehead Lake, presents in brief what the surrounding country ...

  • #7 Orono Bog Boardwalk

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    Bangor, ME

    The Orono Bog Boardwalk takes birders through a series of habitats that would not otherwise be possible to traverse on foot. Besides the birds, Orono Bog is home to many different plants, insects, ...
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    The Orono Bog Boardwalk takes birders through a series of habitats that would not otherwise be possible to traverse on foot. ...

  • #8 Beech Hill Preserve

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    Rockland, ME

    The nearly 300-acre Beech Hill Preserve, a bastion of rural Maine set amid a rapidly changing landscape, was purchased in 2003 by Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CLT). While Beech Hill is a popular ...
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    The nearly 300-acre Beech Hill Preserve, a bastion of rural Maine set amid a rapidly changing landscape, was purchased in ...

  • #9 Belgrade Bog

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    Augusta, ME

    Belgrade Bog on Messalonskee Lake may possibly have the greatest marshbird diversity in Maine. Of special note, the Black Tern colony here is considered one of Maine’s largest. Black Tern are ...
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    Belgrade Bog on Messalonskee Lake may possibly have the greatest marshbird diversity in Maine. Of special note, the Black ...

  • #10 Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

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    Old Town, ME

    This 2,605-acre refuge has color-coded trails leading through forests, along field edges, and around the pond. A total of 125 Tree Swallow houses, placed along the field edges, are a scene of ...
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    This 2,605-acre refuge has color-coded trails leading through forests, along field edges, and around the pond. A total of ...

  • #11 Petit Manan Point, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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    Ellsworth, ME

    Petit Manan Point is only one part of a larger system, which includes both coastal parcels and offshore islands. The system ranges over 200 miles of Maine’s rocky coast and comprises more than ...
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    Petit Manan Point is only one part of a larger system, which includes both coastal parcels and offshore islands. The system ...

  • #12 Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

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    Caribou, ME

    The refuge’s upland areas provide nesting habitat for warblers such as Blackthroated Green, Canada, Bay-breasted, Cape May, and Blackburnian Warbler. Boreal Chickadee and Gray Jay are also fairly ...
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    The refuge’s upland areas provide nesting habitat for warblers such as Blackthroated Green, Canada, Bay-breasted, Cape May, ...

  • #13 Holbrook Island Sanctuary

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    Ellsworth, ME

    Holbrook Island Sanctuary is managed as a nature and wildlife sanctuary, rather than as a park. Holbrook Island has well-maintained hiking trails, picnic tables, and considerable shore frontage, ...
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    Holbrook Island Sanctuary is managed as a nature and wildlife sanctuary, rather than as a park. Holbrook Island has well-maintained ...

  • #14 Saxl Park

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    Bangor, ME

    Saxl Park, 100 acres of field and shrub on the grounds of the Bangor Mental Health Institute (BMHI), is an oasis of green (brown in fall and early spring) in the midst of one of central Maine’s ...
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    Saxl Park, 100 acres of field and shrub on the grounds of the Bangor Mental Health Institute (BMHI), is an oasis of green ...

  • #15 Pemaquid Point

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    Bath, ME

    Visiting Pemaquid Point is like going out to sea, but without a boat. The peninsula is long and relatively narrow, extending well out in the ocean, which explains why it is such a great place ...
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    Visiting Pemaquid Point is like going out to sea, but without a boat. The peninsula is long and relatively narrow, extending ...

  • #16 Lt. Gordon Manuel Wildlife Management Area

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    Presque Isle, ME

    This 6,482-acre WMA has several unimproved roads leading through it, as well as some hiking trails. Visitors can launch a canoe from the boat landing in Hodgdon and spend a leisurely half day ...
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    This 6,482-acre WMA has several unimproved roads leading through it, as well as some hiking trails. Visitors can launch a ...

  • #17 Passagassawakeag River

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    Belfast, ME

    Birding could not be easier—a brand-new footbridge across the Passagassawakeag River opened to the public in 2006. The bridge allows birders to scan upriver and also gives a good view of Belfast ...
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    Birding could not be easier—a brand-new footbridge across the Passagassawakeag River opened to the public in 2006. The bridge ...

  • #18 Pine Tree State Arboretum

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    Hallowell, ME

    This 224-acre parcel contains about 75 acres of forest land, nearly 150 acres of open fields, and 5 miles of hiking trails. These trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset year-round. Around ...
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    This 224-acre parcel contains about 75 acres of forest land, nearly 150 acres of open fields, and 5 miles of hiking trails. ...

  • #19 James Dorso Wildlife Management Area—Ruffingham Meadow

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    Belfast, ME

    The 610-acre Ruffingham Meadow WMA was formed when Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife impounded Bartlett Stream. A small pond quickly formed, and the balance of the impoundment ...
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    The 610-acre Ruffingham Meadow WMA was formed when Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife impounded Bartlett ...

  • #20 Bog Brook Wildlife Management Area

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    Ellsworth, ME

    Bog Brook WMA, like so many other prime birding sites in Maine, is owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W). Great Blue Heron, Osprey, and Bald Eagle ...
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    Bog Brook WMA, like so many other prime birding sites in Maine, is owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries ...