Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Old Town, Maine 4468

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Birding here is done by walking the hiking trails and canoeing. Oak Point Trail is highly recommended. This 1-mile trail is bounded on three sides by streams and on the fourth side by a road. The end of the trail overlooks the vast expanse of Sunkhaze Meadows. Or you can put your canoe in at Baker Brook and paddle through the wetlands there. Go slowly, and watch carefully. Over 200 species of birds have thus far been documented at Sunkhaze Meadows, and this list continues to grow. It’s tempting to say that waterfowl are the key species here. But a wide variety of other types of birds are also present in great numbers.

A great array of neotropical migratory songbirds nest at Sunkhaze, including Chestnut-sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. Also present here are Bobolink and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Two notable species seen at Sunkhaze are Yellow Rail and Sedge Wren. For starters, though, expect to see American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, and Blue-winged Teal. A list of the larger waterbirds here include Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, and Double-crested Cormorant. Smaller birds of the wetland areas include Virginia and Sora Rail, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Snipe, and Long-billed Dowitcher."

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Try to hit the late-spring migration. This lasts from June through early July and is the absolute best time to visit Sunkhaze Meadows. September and October are also good months for waterfowl viewing.
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Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 33, E4 and E5
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