How to Enjoy the Best Maine Birdwatching Experience in Boothbay Harbor

One of the main draws of Boothbay Harbor, ME, is its stunning natural scenery and abundance of wildlife. For those of you who are interested in experiencing the great outdoors for yourself, figuring out where to go and what to do can be daunting. We highly suggest a Maine birdwatching excursion during your stay with us at Topside Inn! With so many distinct species to discover, it is sure to be one of the highlights of your Midcoast Maine getaway. 

Find even more local activities like birding in Maine by downloading our free Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide! This handy planning tool will help you find all the best local things to do and experience during your visit. 

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What You Need to Know About Maine Birdwatching 

When it comes to Maine birdwatching, the most important thing to know is that the state is split into regions. A variety of birds inhabit each of these regions. Boothbay Harbor is along the Midcoast and consists of long rocky peninsulas and offshore islands. Here, you’ll find a variety of coastal birds including razorbills, saltmarsh sparrows, and piping plovers.  

Once you’ve explored the coastline, it’s easy to travel more inland to find the forest-dwelling birds. Bring your binoculars and search for winged creatures such as the ruffed grouse, American woodcock, or black-capped chickadee. 

The Best Boothbay Harbor Birdwatching Locations 

Boothbay Region Land Trust 

If you are looking to stay close to town, Boothbay Harbor is an ideal location for birding in Maine. Our top suggestion for staying close to town is the Boothbay Region Land Trust. It has many trails and areas for you to hike, explore, and search for birds. 


Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve 

One of the best places to go birding in Boothbay Harbor is the Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve. It is comprised of 46.8 acres of wetlands, fields, and forested uplands. There have been sightings of over 140 migratory and nesting bird species. In the summer months, flowers are in bloom all over the preserve, creating an absolutely breathtaking scene. Be sure to check out each of the ecosystems that are here! 

Birding in Maine: Ask the Experts 

If you are looking to immerse yourself in a birding adventure while you are here, be sure to check out all the local resources offered by the Maine Birding Trail. There are downloadable guides that can make planning a multi-trail birding trip a breeze, including brochures, trail guides, and local knowledge. You can also find tours, notes from those who have gone before you, and insight into our local birding festivals. 

What Kinds of Birds Will You Find in Midcoast Maine?  

From Atlantic Puffins to shorebirds to warblers, you’ll find some truly magnificent creatures while birding in coastal Maine. Each season of the year brings various birds to the area and new wildlife to be admired.  


This time of year is ideal for viewing the arrival of songbirds. Some of the most common birds in the area are American robins, song sparrows, and house finches. 


Once the weather begins to cool in August, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to watch raptors migrate south for the winter months. During these months, be on the lookout for shorebirds, peregrine falcons, and merlins.  

Enjoy the Best Maine Birding Trips With Topside Inn

If you are looking for an ideal place to stay while birding in Maine, look no further than Topside Inn. Our beautiful bed & breakfast is located right in Boothbay Harbor and overlooks the water. From your room, you will be able to see our local birds as well as the boat traffic in and out of the harbor. Each of our beautiful rooms is decorated in a classic Maine style. Our comfortable beds are topped with luxurious linens ensuring a restful night’s sleep. As an added treat, you can start your day off right with a delicious gourmet breakfast. 

Check our availability today and start planning your next trip to Maine. We can’t wait to hear about all your incredible birdwatching adventures!