Birdwatching in Maine

The Complete Site Guide

Derek Lovitch

With over 470 species of birds recorded, Maine offers an abundance of birding opportunities for people of all levels of interest and experience, from those looking beyond their backyards for the first time to knowledgeable visitors looking to plug a hole in their list of sightings. The state’s wealth of undeveloped land and its extensive coastline, countless islands, and varied habitat combine to host an impressive diversity of birds at all times of the year. Birders travel to Maine from near and far to seek hard-to-find species, from the only Atlantic puffins breeding in the United States on offshore islands to Bicknell’s thrushes high in the mountains.

This book fills an important niche for the birdwatching community by offering comprehensive entries detailing the best locations for finding birds throughout the state for enthusiasts of all levels of skill and interest. It contains descriptions of 202 birding sites in Maine, with explicit directions on how to get there, for all sixteen of the state’s counties, several as large as other New England states! Each chapter features a county map, a brief overview by Derek J. Lovitch, numerous specific site guides, and a list of rarities. The book also contains a detailed and useful species accounts guide for finding the most sought-after birds.

Lavishly illustrated in color throughout, Birdwatching in Maine is the best available resource for finding birds in the largest of the New England states. This updated edition features a new introduction, as well as new birding sites and maps.

Paper: $35 | E-book: $34.95
ISBN-13: 9781684581993
Pages: 480 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: February 12, 2024

Concise, engaging guidance on where and how to seek out some of Maine’s many iconic species.

North American Birds

Edward S. Brinkley


  • Whether an experienced Maine birder or visitor, or even just a mildly interested bird enthusiast who likes to explore, this book... is a must-have for your personal library, although it may spend more time in the car and in your hands than on the shelf!

    Boothbay Register
  • Derek Lovitch’s new birding guide, Birdwatching in Maine, is a must-have for all who love Maine’s birds. The book is comprehensive, covering all the state’s best bird watching places.

    Bangor Daily News
  • Best birding spots revealed.

    Mount Desert Islander
  • Full of insider information and tips... this book is guaranteed to increase your enjoyment when exploring the birds of the wild and wonderful state of Maine.

    David A. La Puma
    Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory
  • Comprehensive and definitive... Lovitch and collaborators skillfully and helpfully tell you where to go, how to get there, what birds to look for, and when to find them.

    Ted Floyd, Editor of Birding Magazine
  • Concise, engaging guidance on where and how to seek out some of Maine's many iconic species. The charming conversational tone and consistent editorial hand, along with first-rate graphic design, make this an exemplary effort.

    North American Birds
    Edward S. Brinkley
  • Derek Lovitch and his collaborators have done birders a service by producing an up-to-date Maine site guide.

    Will Russell

About the Author

Derek J. Lovitch

Derek J. Lovitch is the author of How to Be a Better Birder and a former department editor of Birding, the American Birding Association’s flagship magazine. He and his wife, Jeannette, own and operate Freeport Wild Bird Supply, an independent birdfeeding and birding specialty shop that serves as a vehicle for promoting birding and bird conservation. Lovitch acts as a guide for clients throughout the state.

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