Maine Nature Preserve

There are few inns in Maine that can boast of terrific nature preserve in their own backyards. Make it a point to sneak out before breakfast and enjoy the birding right next door.
1) Penny Lake Preserve is next to the Flagship Inn. When you cross the bridge from the south side of the parking lot into this preserve, you’ll be impressed by
the variety of the habitat contained along this simple half-mile trail.
This Boothbay Region Land Trust property traverses wetlands, fields, and mature forests of several types. The main trail through the preserve is handicap accessible.
Several short loops offer alternatives for a more thorough exploration.
A wetland complex runs through the heart of the sanctuary. As you enter the preserve, the shrubbery behind the Carousel Theater is likely to be alive with sparrows,
warblers, and catbirds. Upon entering the woodlands, expect routine encounters with Goldencrowned Kinglets. Summering warblers should include Blackburnian, Black-throated Green and Northern Parula. Redeyed and Blue-headed Vireos are present throughout. Spend some time scanning from the bridge over the main part of
the wetland. Waterfowl, American Bitterns, Wilson’s Snipe, and rails are lurking in there somewhere.
Bob Duchesne - published by Downeast Books