Winter birding in Maine can be fantastic along the coast, where seabirds are abundant along rocky capes and protected bays. We are going explore two productive seabirding spots: Biddeford Pool and Cape Elizabeth!
Join us as we explore East Point Sanctuary, Dyer Point, Kettle Cove and other stops as time allows. In Biddeford we will search for visiting Snowy Owls and scan the water for Purple Sandpipers, and numerous sea ducks including Long-taileds, Buffleheads, and scoters. We will then move to Cape Elizabeth where we hope to see Harlequin Ducks, Eiders and scoters. There will also be a possibility of spotting the hard-to-find Razorbill, Dovekie, or King Eider. We may also venture to the Strawberry Fields in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.
LOGISTICS: Dress in WARM layers and wear comfortable WARM walking shoes. Be sure to bring a hat, gloves, and toe/hand warmers if necessary. We will be spending most of our time along the coast where it is exposed and cold, so it will be easy to catch a chill if underdressed. Bring the following: filled water bottle or two, snacks, a bagged lunch, warm hat, warm coat, cozy under-layers, gloves, socks, waterproof hiking boots, etc., binoculars, camera (optional), scope (if you have/want one), notebook & field guide (optional), and a backpack in which you'll keep all your stuff. If you do not have binoculars, MYBC will provide you with a pair.
MEET UP and PICK UP: We will be meeting at 8:00 am at East Point Sanctuary at the parking spot off L.B. Orcutt Blvd. Follow GPS to East Point Sanctuary. Parking is along the right side of the street just before you get to Ocean Ave.
PICK UP will be at Dyer Point at 12:30PM. Follow GPS directions to the address of the Lobster Shack at Two Lights (225 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth). However DO NOT park at the Lobster Shack. Take Two Lights Rd. to its dead end where you will see a dirt parking lot. We will be meeting in this parking lot (see photo of map below).
CARPOOLING: If you wish to carpool out of Biddeford with Seth Davis or out of Westbrook with Marion Sprague, please indicate this in your RSVP.