White-winged crossbill photo by Brian Henry.

Maine Bird Watching

Birding Maine

The air is always cool and crisp and smells like pine in Maine. This wild and densely forested state offers great birds, breathtaking scenery, and wilderness. Find pelagic species and the birds of the boreal forest here. Need an Atlantic puffin on your life list? Visit coastal Maine in the summer. Sparsely populated by humans, the state’s northern and interior forests are prime breeding territory for many woodland species, such as Bicknell’s thrush and crossbills. Thanks to its boreal forest, you can find American three-toed and black-backed woodpecker, and spruce grouse. Birders like to get an early start, and every day in the U.S., the first rays of sunlight shine on Maine.