Join us as we seek spring migrants in Knox County birding hotspots. No advanced birding skills are necessary. We aim to instill interest in the natural world through an understanding of how birds live and thrive in our area. This modest three hour walk will focus on the migrant songbirds. During spring migration, many species rest and feed in the midcoast during their long northbound trip. Warblers galore! Some are here to stay (Chestnut-sided, Black and White, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart) and some have farther to go (Wilson’s, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll). Other songbirds include Scarlet Tanager, thrushes, flycatchers, and White-throated Sparrow. Our locations are generally easy to navigate though uneven terrain and mud are common. Along the way we’ll learn how to identify these charismatic birds, and we’ll discuss their mind-boggling migration and what they’re up to in Maine.
Although we never know what we’ll find on a given day, we’ll take advantage of whatever species are present to truly get to know them. Our focus will be to give you the tools to identify birds on your own, maximize your time in the field by predicting where and when to be birding based on geography, habitat, weather and much more. Maine’s midcoast offers varied terrain from lowland saltwater estuaries to rock strewn blueberry barrens. It’s an easy access birders paradise.