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Bird Watching Campsites Bangor ME

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Wheeler Stream Camping Area
(207) 848-3713
Rr 2
Bangor, ME
 
Paul Bunyon Campgrounds
(207) 941-1177
1862 Union St
Bangor, ME
 
Red Barn Rv Park
(207) 843-6011
602 Main Rd
Holden, ME
 
Parks Pond Campground
(207) 843-7360
State Rd
Eddington, ME
 
Stetson Shores Campground Inc
(207) 296-2041
Route 143
Stetson, ME
 
Pleasant Hill Campground
(207) 848-5127
222 Union St
Bangor, ME
 
Villa Vaughn Campground
(207) 945-6796
Rr 5 Box 205
Orono, ME
 
Greenwood Acres Campground
(207) 989-8898
Rt 178
Eddington, ME
 
Shady Acres Rv Park & Camp
(207) 848-5515
Pt 69 Hampden Rd
Carmel, ME
 
Stetson Shores Campground Inc
(800) 421-7116, (207) 296-2041
304 Lakins Road
Stetson, ME
Number of Sites
47 Total Camp/RV Sites,47 Electric and Water,40 Max RV Length,2 Pull-Thru Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Kayak Rentals,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Recreation Hall,Swimming - Lake,

Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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