Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Old Town, Maine

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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 125 Tree Swallow houses, placed along the field edges, are a scene of hectic activity in early spring. The 110 Wood Duck nesting boxes are spread in both wetland and upland areas. A walk here on a May or early-June afternoon will disclose Blue Heron, bitterns, and a variety of ducks. Pushaw Stream and the four-acre pond attract a variety of ducks. Species noted here include Mallard, American Black Duck, Pintail, American Widgeon, Greenwinged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, and Red-breasted Merganser. Additionally, Pie-billed Grebe have been spotted. Hawks common to Hirundo include Sharp-shinned, Northern Harrier, and Broad-winged Hawk. Hirundo hosts Great Blue Heron and American Bittern. Shorebirds include Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and Common Snipe. American Woodcock are common as well.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"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 hectic activity in early spring. The 110 Wood Duck nesting boxes are spread in both wetland and upland areas. A walk here on a May or early-June afternoon will disclose Blue Heron, bitterns, and a variety of ducks. Pushaw Stream and the four-acre pond attract a variety of ducks.

Species noted here include Mallard, American Black Duck, Pintail, American Widgeon, Greenwinged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, and Red-breasted Merganser. Additionally, Pie-billed Grebe have been spotted. Hawks common to Hirundo include Sharp-shinned, Northern Harrier, and Broad-winged Hawk. Hirundo hosts Great Blue Heron and American Bittern. Shorebirds include Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and Common Snipe. American Woodcock are common as well."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Old Town
Best Times: May is a top month because of returning swallows and waterfowl and the warbler migration.
Local Contacts: Trustees of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 33, E2
Driving Directions: Directions to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018