May is an amazing month, filled with birth, growth, and the return of many of our feathered friends that have spent their winter in warmer climates. Many migratory birds have already arrived in the Downeast Lakes region, readying their nesting sites and foraging on the plentiful bounties of spring. Birding is a favorite pastime of many naturalists, eager to explore different habitats and add bird species to their “life list.” The Grand Lake Stream area is home to over 180 different species of birds and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust is a featured stop on the “Maine Birding Trail.”
This Saturday, May 28th, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust is excited to be supporting the 13th Annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival with a birding walk along Musquash Esker. A remnant of the last ice age, this glacial ribbon has created many varied habitats in a small area. As we move through mixed woodlands, birds that we may encounter include Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, and numerous vireos, thrushes, and wood warblers. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and many raptors patrol the wetlands. Wading species, including American Bitterns, could be seen in the shallows.
Participants should meet at 6 pm on Milford Road, about 4.6 miles west of Route 1. Just past Big Musquash Bridge, there will be a gravel parking area on your right. Be sure to bring your binoculars! For more information, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.