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United States of America -- Maine
Discover the top birding locations in Maine. Find out more about Maine Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Maine. Print out a checklist of Maine birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Maine. Order books to help you become a better birder in Maine. Discover links to Maine Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Maine before you begin your trip.


Birds of Maine

Maine Birds

Sibley Guide to Eastern Birds

Thayer's Birds of
North America version 7

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Birds of


Sibley Guide to
Eastern Birds

State Bird: Black-capped Chickadee

State Checklists:
Maine Bird Checklist Committee
Checklist of Maine Birds (partial)
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Maine

Species Seen in Maine: 423

State Ornithological Society:

Rare Bird Alerts:
(207) 781-2332   Statewide

Maine Maps

Retail Birding Stores


Birding Links for Maine:
Maine Birding Trail
Maine - Birding by Region
Birding Down East
Birding in Maine
Hot Spots
Lewiston/Auburn Hot Spots
Acadia Nation Park - NPS site
Machias Seal Island
Puffins and Machias Seal Island
Rachel Carson NWR
Moosehorn NWR
Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Birding Spots in Portland Maine
US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges

Maine Organizations:
Maine Audubon
   Merrymeeting Audubon Society
   Mid Coast Audubon Society 
Penobscot Valley Audubon Chapter   
York County Audubon Society  
Audubon Chapters in Maine
The Nature Conservancy - Maine
Stanton Bird Club

Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Acadia National Park

44.15 N   68.20 W
Spruce forests and rugged rocky coastline combine to make Acadia a top 100 Spot for birders. Seabirds are plentiful. You may even see a Purple Sandpiper or an Atlantic Puffin.

Baxter State Park
44.06 N   67.13 W
Bicknell's Thrush can be found at Mount Katahdin. Look in burned out areas for Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers. This is 204,000 acres of remote birding in a land of BIG mosquitoes.

Bluenose Ferry
44.06 N   67.13 W
This ferry used to take 7 hours to travel from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Now a newer ferry called The Cat makes the crossing in 2.5 hours. In September you might see Manx, Greater and Sooty Shearwater; Wilson's and Leach's Storm-Petrel; Northern Gannet as well as Red and Red-necked Phalarope.

Machias Seal Island
44.59N   67.05W
This is a great place to see nesting Atlantic Puffins in the summer. You must book ahead -- small boats leave from Jonesport and Cutler. Arctic Terns will dive-bomb your head, so wear a hat!

Monhegan Island
43.47 N   69.22 W
Small, isolated, and far offshore, Monhegan Island is famous for its picturesque beauty -- and birds! Its size and location concentrate land bird migrants and attract off-course vagrants. Late September can produce over 100 species during a long weekend.



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