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Winter in Maine

Summer birding in Maine is spectacular, so folks can be forgiven for overlooking winter. Our resident species provide plenty of entertainment. Pine Grosbeaks have invaded the University of Maine campus in Orono: 

Cold weather means the return of subarctic breeding sea ducks. The ocean fills with scoters, eiders, grebes, mergansers, long-tails, harlequins, buffleheads, and loons. Purple sandpipers settle onto the rocky coastline. In the woods, crossbills and finches move southward into Maine. Bohemian waxwings and pine grosbeaks move into the fruit trees. Snow buntings flock to the blueberry fields. To have some real fun in the offseason, see: Winter Birding.


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Chase puffins, razorbills, murres, shearwaters, jaegers, and skuas, Chase spruce grouse, boreal chickadees, American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and lots of warblers. See:

Mountains to the Sea

Authentic Downeast

Maine's Winged Migration

Maine Birding TrailThere are 82 sites on the official Maine Birding Trail.

Many more great sites were researched and remain relatively secret. Over 260 are documented and mapped in this handy guide, including maps, and bonus chapters on the Canadian islands of Campobello and Grand Manan.

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Razorbill and PuffinWings, Waves, Woods Festival
May 15-17

Down East Spring Birding Festival May 22-25

Acadia Birding Festival

May 28-31

Northern Maine Birding Festival
June 6

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Maine eBird
Explore Maine eBird - a map-based tool designed to provide quick access to birding information.

Join the Maine Birding Listserv for e-mail bird alerts from around the state.

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