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Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Monday through Thursday we will bird Evergreen Cemetery. Last year we identified 111 species during these two weeks!
We will meet near the pond in the back of the cemetery. Here is a map of our meeting place (park near marker “B”). The walk will continue if there is a light rain, but we will cancel if there is a steady downpour.
Join us for our free walks during peak migration to see returning birds that are stopping by Portland’s parks either along their northern migration or as a potential nesting location. On Fridays during these ‘Warbler Walks’ we go birding at Capisic Pond which often holds unique species like Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos, and waterbirds like Wood Ducks and Virginia Rails.
Brownfield Bog, in the Saco River’s floodplain, is a fascinating complex of small peatlands, ponds, maple swamps, and meandering watercourses that harbor some of Maine’s more uncommon breeding birds. The Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest in the deciduous forest along the water’s edge; both cuckoo species, thrushes, and sapsuckers can be found in the surrounding forest. There is no better place to study the different songs and habits of both Alder and Willow Flycatchers. Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye compete with the Wood Ducks for the nesting boxes posted around the wetland. Hidden among the reeds may be found American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Sora, and we’re sure to hear and see Wilson’s Snipe.
There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 5:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Brownfield Bog (use the link above or contact Doug at the number below for directions).
In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine. On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.
Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273