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Exploring the Marvels of Spring Bird Migration with Josh Fecteau

By Ryan Gorman


As the vibrant colors of spring swept across the picturesque landscapes of Maine, Saco Bay Trails was leading the charge in celebrating the awe-inspiring phenomenon of spring bird migration. Partnering with naturalist and birder, Josh Fecteau, our Spring Birdwalk Series took nature enthusiasts on an unforgettable journey, offering glimpses into the rich avian diversity that graces the region during this magical time of year. Join us as we recap the highlights of our series, and delve into the captivating world of spring bird migration.

Each spring, Maine becomes a captivating stopover for a wide array of bird species as they embark on their remarkable journeys across continents. From the vibrant warblers and thrushes to the majestic shorebirds and raptors, these winged travelers transform the landscape into a living tapestry of colors, melodies, and astonishing behaviors. Saco Bay Trails understands the importance of migratory journeys and is committed to offering chances for birding enthusiasts and nature lovers to witness these incredible feathered travelers.


Throughout our Spring Birdwalk Series, participants have witnessed firsthand the marvels of spring migration and experienced unforgettable encounters with some of Maine's most stunning avian residents. Laurel Hill Cemetery along the Saco River is a birding paradise, offering a serene and diverse habitat. Its proximity to the river attracts a wide array of bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers to explore and discover.


Let's take a moment to recap the highlights and notable bird sightings from our previous walks:

  • May 4th: Notable sightings included the Scarlet Tanager, Blue-winged Warbler, and Eastern Towhee. eBird checklist

  • May 11th: Attendees marveled at the Yellow Warbler, Least Flycatcher, and American Redstart. eBird checklist

  • May 18th: Highlights included sightings of the Great Crested Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, and Baltimore Oriole. eBird checklist)

  • May 25th: Participants were enchanted by the Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. eBird checklist

  • June 1st: Participants were treated to sightings of Indigo Buntings, Common Yellowthroats, and captivating displays by Wilson's Snipes. Nature's magic at its finest! eBird checklist

Saco Bay Trails' Spring Birdwalk Series, in collaboration with the renowned birder Josh Fecteau, has been a remarkable journey of discovery and appreciation for the wonders of spring bird migration. From the early arrivals to the vibrant late migrants, each walk has brought us closer to the enchanting world of birds. This series was an amazing opportunity to revel in the breathtaking beauty of nature, learn from passionate experts, and create lasting memories in the company of fellow bird enthusiasts.

Join us in 2024 as we embark on another exciting birding adventure with Saco Bay Trails. Stay tuned for incredible sightings, educational insights, and unforgettable memories in the making!


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