Maine’s Moosehead Lake boreal forest is a prime bird watching spot for singing warblers, thrushes, vireos, and northern finches. Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, and of course seeing a Moose are highlights of our bird watching tours in the North Maine Woods. We have numerous lakes, ponds, wetlands, and rivers that are ideal habitat for a variety of water birds to listen to and photograph.
Birding watching is a year round activity in Maine. When you visit the Moosehead Lake area in the spring, you can catch first-of-the-season glimpses of warblers, orioles, indigo buntings, Canadian geese and other seasonal visitors that have migrated north.
In addition to the spring arrival of birds, once summer arrives there is a variety of birds, including the ruby-throated hummingbird, waterfowl to include numerous varieties of ducks, hawks and osprey. This is also a great time of year for you to join us for a canoe paddle or Stand Up Paddleboarding on area ponds and waterways to see the common loon. Hearing the call of the loon can be one of the most amazing birding experiences that sends chills up and down one’s spine.
During the beautiful foliage season of autumn, birds begin their journey south toward warmer climates, but we continue to see northern flickers, partridge and grouse.
In winter, enjoy a quiet snowshoe hike in the Maine woods to see dark eyed junco, bluejay, cardinal, goldfinch, the black capped chickadee and red breasted nuthatch for some enjoyable backyard birding. If bald eagles excite you, we can take you to snowy riversides for sightings or enjoy a snowshoe hike with our Registered Maine guides.
The bald eagle is one of many birds you can spot in Maine year-round. Maine’s inland fisheries and wildlife reports that Maine has the largest population in the Northeast, 500 pairs. Bald eagle are actively seen at the waters edge, near rivers and inlets/outlets ideal for fishing and waterfowl.
Northeast Whitewater offers a variety of ways for guests to enjoy bird watching in the Moosehead Lake area. Choose from a nature trail hike, canoe tour near the rivers edge for bald eagle sightings, Stand Up Paddleboarding or leisurely canoe bird watching tour on area ponds and bogs to seek out the common loons and native Maine waterfowl. Whatever your bird watching pleasure, let Northeast Whitewater be your guide to Maine’s native birds for sightseeing, sounds and scenery!
*Each additional participant, over 2, would be at $29 per person.
- All bird watching tours are 3.5-4 hours.
- All safety equipment, transportation, and Registered Maine Guide on every Bird Watching Tour. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring your cameras and a field guide if you would like!
- No experience necessary.
- Children under 10 years of age are only $29 (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum number of 2 children at the $29 discount rate.)
- Minimum 5 participants on guided trips or join an existing trip.
- Private bird watching tours are available from January 15 – October 11.
- We pride ourselves on small, personalized trips.