Birding Guide Services

Photo of BobolinkSouthern Maine is home to some of the best birding opportunities in all of New England, and every season has something to offer. I'd love to introduce you to some of my favorite birding hotspots and help you expand your knowledge of New England birds.

  • Winter is a great time to scan for sea ducks, gulls, loons, grebes, and shorebirds, like Purple Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones.
  • Spring is a busy time for birders, with migrants passing through or arriving to summer in Maine. Look for sparrows, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, swallows, shorebirds, and many, many warblers!
  • Summer is nesting season for most species, and southern Maine is host to some uncommon breeding birds like Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper, along with coastal species like Least Tern, Piping Plover, Willet, and Common Eider.
  • Fall, like spring, is another exciting time to go birding. You just never know who might fly by. Early fall is a time for shorebirds, wading birds, and migrant songbirds. Late fall can be filled with sparrows, ducks, geese, and an assortment of other migrants.

Whether you want to seek out uncommon species or simply get to know the common birds of Maine, I'd love to help. Let's open our ears, engage our eyes, and go birding.

Rates:

$25/hr for an individual or small group
$80 for a half day (up to 4 hours)
$150 for a full day (up to 8 hours)
Repeat clients $20/hr, $60 for a half day, $120 for a full day

Participants provide their own transportation. Additional costs may apply for adventures outside of York & Cumberland Counties, Maine.

Contact me if you'd like to schedule an outing.


If you ever have a chance to take one of Josh Fecteau's birding workshops, I highly recommend that you do so. I recently had the opportunity to participate in one and found it to be a wonderful learning experience. The one I attended was at the Sanford Lagoons in Sanford, Maine in April 2016. We spent over 3 hours exploring the lagoons, looking for waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers and other species and had an educational and rewarding morning of birding. Josh is very knowledgeable about bird species, songs and calls, habitats, and behaviors and when he learned that I had never seen a Wilson's Snipe or a Louisiana Waterthrush, he went out of his way to find them for me. With the waterthrush, it took some time to find one out in the open but he managed to find one on a tree limb singing away and was able to scope it so that I got a great look at it. Later, he was able to find a very well camouflaged Wilson's Snipe laying in the marsh grass and was able to scope it as well. I was truly amazed by his ability to find these birds and show them to me. Life birds for me! The workshop fee was reasonable and since Josh is very knowledgeable about flora and fauna in general, as well as birds, the entire walk was very informative and fun on many levels. It was a great experience and I hope to attend other of his workshops in the future. If you are looking for a great Maine birding experience, this is it!

--Kathryn (Maine)