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Old Orchard Beach – Maine Winter Birding Trails

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Beach Birding

We have provided a list below of some of our favorite Winter walking and Birding trail locations near the Alantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast and hope you enjoy visiting and photographing these Maine Birding Trails as much as we have.

The Old Orchard Beach Maine area enjoys abundant seabirds in winter,see  some Purple Sandpipers on the rocks and Sanderlings on the beach, and the day is full of other surprises. Although the entire Maine coastline is full of birds, there are two land features (half-moon bays and rocky capes that make for some of the best places to visit for Winter Birding.

Rocky Coast

Rocky capes that extend into the ocean are the places where Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders, and Wandering Alcids are more likely to be found. They are good vantage spots for the passing Northern Gannets and Great Cormorants. The  good sites to see these birds on the Southern Maine Coast from south to north are Fort Foster in Kittery, Nubble Light at Sohier Park in York, Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Biddeford Pool, and Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth. Noteworthy Major land extensions into the sea in the Mid-coast area are at Ocean Point in Boothbay, Pemaquid Point and Lands End on Orr’s\Bailey Island.

Half-moon bays and sheltered harbors are more apt to contain any of the scoter species. Grebes and Long-tailed Ducks appreciate the respite from surf. Buffleheads and

Common Golden Eye

 Common Goldeneyes particularly favor the calmer waters that escape the prevailing breeze. Wells Beach in Wells, Fortunes Rocks Beach next to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough Marsh (Pine Point and Higgins), Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Eastern Promenade in Portland, and Sandy Point Beach in Yarmouth are good spots to check in winter. Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown are two of the best sites in Maine year round.

Lapland Longspur

Bird anywhere along the coast for sea ducks.  Snow Buntings and sometimes Horned Larks frequent beaches, particularly at Reid State Park, Pine Point, Ferry Beach State Park. A Lapland Longspur is also possible in flocks, too. Northern Shrikes may turn up anywhere in winter but enjoy the edges of open areas along the coast similiar to Old Orchard Beach.