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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.  

Thayer's Birds of
North America version 7

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Click to see Our Recommended Maine Bird Books

Recommended North American Bird Field Guides

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



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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