Date: 7/10/18 10:06 am From: Ian Carlsen <i.a.carlsen...> Subject: [Maine-birds] RUGR, BCNH - Mill Brook Preserve - Westbrook
Had an adventurous morning exploring the Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook. Would recommend it to all. Some lovely mixed and deciduous forest, small waterfalls, winding trails and a few early successional forest habitats.
I spooked a ruffed grouse (my first in Cumberland County) in habitat with some good drumming logs to check back in on come next spring. I also found a black-crowned night heron looking for some leftover alewives, and a barred owl getting mobbed by a group of daring chickadees. Twenty seven species total.
The bridge at the south end appears washed-out (it's just sitting in the middle of the riverbed about 10 feet from either side) so loops get a little trickier. I had to scamper across a fallen tree to connect back with the path along the west bank.
Tried my hardest to spot a Louisiana warbler, but wasn't able to locate any. Great habitat for them, and it looks like a few others have had luck there on eBird.