Beech Hill Preserve

Camden, Maine 4843

Beech Hill Preserve

Beech Hill Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"This hike climbs gently through a commercial blueberry barren to the summit of Beech Hill. On the summit is a recently renovated lodge surrounded by a lawn with views in every direction. To the north and northeast is a line of mountains: Pleasant, Ragged, and Bald Mountains and Mount Megunticook. Most show bare western faces. To the east you will see a curve of coastline. Islands dot the ocean beyond."

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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 2003 by Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CLT). While Beech Hill is a popular spot with local birders, CLT asks that large groups notify them before visiting the preserve. Since part of the preserve is dedicated to maintaining an organic blueberry operation (a process amenable to nesting birds), please do not stray off the trails. Look for Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow on the grasslands. Also present are Upland Sandpiper. Eastern Towhee inhabit the edges. American Kestrel and Northern Harrier glide over the grasslands.

In 2006 Eastern Bluebird nested here in some swallow nesting boxes, an unexpected treat. Besides the grassland birds, a great number of songbirds have been observed here. This includes 16 different warblers and 6 sparrow species in addition to Savannah Sparrow. Coastal Mountains Land Trust has compiled the Beech Hill Preserve Bird List, which lists 78 different species, including species seen or heard during bird surveys carried out in May and June 2006. The list also includes a few notable species recorded earlier."

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1-2 hours

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Sep 2018