Belgrade Bog

Augusta, Maine

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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 the big draw, but by no means are they the only species of interest. Also recorded here are Pied-billed Grebe, Common Loon, a wide variety of ducks, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, American Coot, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Marsh Wren, and Common Moorhen. Eastern Kingbird are regular summertime residents along Belgrade Stream and are easily viewed from shore. Bald Eagle and Osprey visit here too. These species represent but a fraction of the birds present in and around the marsh.
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by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

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 the big draw, but by no means are they the only species of interest.

Also recorded here are Pied-billed Grebe, Common Loon, a wide variety of ducks, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, American Coot, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Marsh Wren, and Common Moorhen. Eastern Kingbird are regular summertime residents along Belgrade Stream and are easily viewed from shore. Bald Eagle and Osprey visit here too. These species represent but a fraction of the birds present in and around the marsh.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Augusta
Best Times: This rates as a prime early-season birding site. If spring comes early, perhaps mid-March or earlier, you may find Canada Goose as well as a number of duck species returning now.
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 12, A5; Page 20, E4
Driving Directions: Directions to Belgrade Bog

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