With the coldest time of the year fast approaching, many wildlife enthusiasts may head indoors, intent on hibernating until the spring thaw. In the case of birders however, this would be a big mistake: winter is one of the best times to look for our feathered friends! If you live or are visiting southern Maine, below are three, can’t miss birding spots for the upcoming season:
1) Back Cove, Portland
In addition to providing a great jogging trail with views of the Portland skyline, this 3+ mile loop is perfect for birding. Sea ducks and waterfowl frequent the water body, with easy viewing access from the trail itself.
2) Biddeford Pool, Biddeford
If you want to see a Snowy Owl, this is the place. They have been known to frequent chimneys, lampposts, and snowy expanses, so schedule some time here to check out the docks near the Yacht Club, Great Pond near the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, and the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.
3) Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough
Maine Audubon has a nature center at Scarborough Marsh for a reason. I prefer the short, raised trail that takes visitors through the wetland itself, looking for Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls, waterfowl, sea ducks, and sparrows.
Where do you like to bird during the Maine winters?